Ivan Alonso started smoking when he was just fifteen years old. When he turned eighteen, and he could buy cigarettes for himself, his habit got worse.
“I never wanted to quit. I knew it wasn’t good for me and that I shouldn’t be smoking but I was truly in denial that it would harm me. Everyone in my family smoked and I grew up around it. Then I met my wife Paola who was also a smoker. It was something we had in common – we even smoked the same brand of cigarettes,” recalls Ivan.
Ivan and Paola had no plans of ever quitting cigarettes, but one day Ivan noticed a long line outside of a vapor shop while he was driving. He was curious about the buzz and decided to stop in and check it out.
“Once I realized how easy it was for me to let go of cigarettes by vaping, I told my wife, and soon enough neither of us were buying cigarettes anymore. Vaping made such a positive impact in our lives and we knew we wanted to open a store and share our experience with others in our community,” he continues.
After a few months of research, Ivan and Paola realized that there were not many vapor shops where they were located in Miami, Florida and finally decided to open up a place of their own in 2013 – Ultra Vapor Bar.
Today, Ultra Vapor Bar is committed to changing bad habits into healthier lifestyles. Ivan and Paola have created a one-stop shop for their customers. The shop has something for everyone, from beginners to advanced users. They offer a variety of starter kits, atomizers, batteries, mechanical mods, subtanks, temperature control and variable wattage devices, RBAs, juices, CBD products and more. Ivan and Paola take the time to research, test, and try the products they choose to carry. They continuously strive to be ahead of the curve and supply customers with the newest items on the market and even carry a few exclusive products sold only at Ultra Vapor Bar.
“When it comes to the products we carry, we choose only to carry items we can stand behind. We don’t sell things just because they are popular, we choose to sell things we like and can trust. Products become easier to sell when they are something you believe in and use yourself,” says Ivan.
At Ultra Vapor Bar, not only do Ivan and Paola want to be a vape shop, but a lifestyle brand that strives to push individuals towards an improved and healthier lifestyles.
“Whether you are new to vaping or a seasoned veteran, we will always put forth our best efforts in finding the right set up that works for you. The Ultra vapor Bar team always welcomes you with a smile and will happily walk you through all the steps needed to teach you about the products we have,” explains Ivan.
The UVB team works hard to give each customer the best one-on-one experience and build personable relationships with customers along the way. The Miami shop wants to ensure that each and every person that walks out their doors is confident and excited about what they have purchased.
“I have seen this business grow and blossom into a humongous industry and I am really proud to be a part of it,” says Ivan.
When customers walk into Ultra Vapor Bar, they are greeted with a clean, modern space. The sampling bar is made from granite, the barstools are comfortable, there are a few big TVs, and everything is well lit. The inviting atmosphere makes the shop feel like home and puts customers at ease.
In addition to the top-notch selections of products at fair prices and comfortable atmosphere, Ultra Vape Bar works hard to provide excellent customer service.
“When a customer walks in your door, there is always a chance they will come back. So by providing excellent customer service and giving them the best experience possible, you can almost guarantee that they will return. Do anything you can to make them happy. If you take the time to form relationships with you customers and treat them right, in just a few short years you can establish a strong customer base you will be happy with. The people are the best part of this industry and I love that I get to be a part of it,” explains Ivan.
This husband and wife team have truly made a name for themselves over the years and will surely continue to do so in those to come. Ivan and Paola are dedicated to helping their customers lead healthier lifestyles and have become the go to stop for many local vapers.
“My wife is the boss here. All I do is place the orders,” laughs Ivan. “She makes everything happen and knows the most about the products. She makes sure everything is done correctly, she holds the shop to the highest standards, and she gives the final approval on everything. We both know a lot about this industry, but she probably knows more than me. She’s amazing and with her by my side, I know we will be successful,” he continues.
The pair is friendly, knowledgeable, and trustworthy – which is not always the case with every vapor shop out there today. When this industry exploded, many shops popped up overnight looking to make a quick buck, but for Ivan and Paola – this is much more than a job, it’s their calling. They love what they do, and they are passionate about making this industry better with each day. At the end of the day, they aren’t in it for the money, they are in it for the people. Passion can take you a long way in this industry, and Ivan and Paola are concrete proof that this is true. SVBS