VapeCon 2017 - the story in pictures

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Next up is a duo from KZN - E-Cig Inn and Bradford Vapes.

E-Cig Inn is a vaping retailer based in Amanzimtoti. They have been a supporting vendor here for a long time and it was their second appearance at VapeCon. Founded and managed by Brian @BigB and ably assisted by several other great folk including the always friendly @Mari.

This time they teamed up with KZN-based juice maker Bradford Vapes.

They had a small stand just next to the entrance. One half was dedicated to E-Cig Inn with the other half Bradford Vapes. This was early in the morning before the gates opened...

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And a closer shot

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Incidentally, E-Cig Inn did extremely well in the vendor juice shootout competition on the day taking second place.

A big thank you to Brian @BigB from E-Cig Inn and Yusuf from @BradfordVapes for the support and dedication from afar. The support for this event from the out of town vendors was amazing.
 
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Next up, all the way from the USA is Elysian Labs

They are a premium international juice maker from California. We were delighted and honoured to host them at VapeCon for their first appearance here. Was great to have their founders here - Katy Marie Aitken and Jeff Donahue.

They had a small stand on the bottom perimeter (facing the informal seating area) that looked wonderful. This was early in the morning before the doors opened. That's Katy on the right and I think Gisset Mason to her left.

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Katy behind the counter. There were lots of interested vapers at the stand during the day sampling and trying out all the international creations.

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Posing with Katy ;-)

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The Elysian Labs outside wing flag

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And.... Katy hugging skipper @Rob Fisher. Classic!

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A big thank you to Katy and Jeff and your team for your support and efforts in coming all the way to South Africa to take part in VapeCon 2017. And not just taking part but getting to know the community and being part of the fun and laughter the whole way. You guys rock!
 

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Next exhibitor is FIRETRAP VAPE

They are a local vaping retailer based in Vanderbijlpark and this was their second VapeCon appearance. Hashim and his team from @Firetrap vape never fail to impress.

They had a small stand again just next to the entrance. It was nicely laid out with counters allround. I only noticed those two "octo-tester-units" now :eek:

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A view from the top. Those lights built in to the counter were amazing and eye-catching!

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Those lights certainly added lots of excitement to the products on offer...

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And there is the main man Hashim in action! Their stand was packed most of the day.

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Hashim, thanks to you and your @Firetrap vape team for being such great supporters of this event. And for all the effort you guys put in. Your stand was awesome and it was great to have you with us again!
 

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The next exhibitor is a fine juice maker from Cape Town - Five Points E-Liquid

@Ashley has been making liquids for quite some time and Five Points has become a well-known juice brand. This was their first VapeCon appearance.

They had a small stand on one of the islands in the top left portion of the arena. It was well branded and professionally kitted out.

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Great team shot. That's @Ashley on the left.

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Thanks for your efforts and support from afar Ashley. We appreciate it and it was super to have you and your team with us at this great event!
 

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Moving on - the next vendor is none other than Geekvape - all the way from China

They had a small stand on one of the islands near the ECIGSSA/VapeCon stand. The stand was strongly branded with a bright, colourful backwall.

This was very early in the morning. They hadn't put out their products yet...

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And this is SINER in action. I believe SINER is one of the main designers at Geekvape and has designed several products including the Peerless

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It was an honour and a privilege to have you guys with us at VapeCon 2017. To Perry, Siner and the team, thanks for all the effort and for travelling from so far. Thank you!
 
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Next up is Grannys Famous Juice Co

Once again travelling from out of town, this time from Port Elizabeth.

They had a small stand on the island near the entrance. This was early in the morning during final setup...

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Grannys Famous also has the John Doe juice line. This was later in the day...

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A big thank you to Wesley and the @GrannysFamous team for the effort in travelling from far as well as the support of this great event.
 

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The next exhibitor is h2vape

Philip and his @h2vape team are from the East Rand of JHB. They also have a presence in Durban.

They had a small stand on the island near the entrance. This was fairly early in the morning. I think that's Philip in the centre with the blue shirt and black cap. Their stand was great and colourful. Nice apparel hanging on the side.

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A unique "behind the scenes" shot of their top level wall banner on the stage.

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And look how nice it was from the front. Very effective! Congrats on the simple bold design @h2vape

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More action at the stand with some interesting looking juices. Notice the SickBoy77 cap. @Sickboy77 was also representing himself on their stand on the day.

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Thanks Philip and your @h2vape team for all the effort and support of VapeCon 2017!
 

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Next up is KZN based juice maker Hazeworks

Mark @MarkDBN and his team have been making juice for a long time and they are a well known juice brand. Their famous Scream juice won tied 1st place overall best juice in the 2016 ECIGSSA Local Juice awards and won the Dessert category.

Once again, dedication and commitment shown by the out of town exhibitors.

They had a double stand on the island near the entrance and it looked amazing. Professional and well branded back walls. Couch and coffee table too. This was early in the morning. All looks set up and ready to go!

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Lovely colourful Taffy Guy !

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It's a real pity I couldn't find any great photos of the amazing people behind Hazeworks.

Nevertheless, a big thank you to @MarkDBN and your whole team from Hazeworks for all the effort you went to this year and for your support of VapeCon!
 

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I spent a lot of time at this stall.
Entering the Instagram comp was difficult. Luckily, the ladies were very helpful



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Next up is a duo from KZN - E-Cig Inn and Bradford Vapes.

E-Cig Inn is a vaping retailer based in Amanzimtoti. They have been a supporting vendor here for a long time and it was their second appearance at VapeCon. Founded and managed by Brian @BigB and ably assisted by several other great folk including the always friendly @Mari.

This time they teamed up with KZN-based juice maker Bradford Vapes.

They had a small stand just next to the entrance. One half was dedicated to E-Cig Inn with the other half Bradford Vapes. This was early in the morning before the gates opened...

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And a closer shot

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Incidentally, E-Cig Inn did extremely well in the vendor juice shootout competition on the day taking second place.

A big thank you to Brian @BigB from E-Cig Inn and Yusuf from @BradfordVapes for the support and dedication from afar. The support for this event from the out of town vendors was amazing.

Of all the shots both busy either talking deep in thought or writing.
Thank you so much it was such a great event!!
 

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Next stand was a combined effort from two Gauteng-based vendors : juice maker Infinite Vape Creations (IVC) and vaping retailer Brothers' Vapes.

They had a small stand on one of the islands and made great use of it with Brothers' Vapes on one side and IVC on the other. Nice and neat. Well laid out...

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IVC in action...

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@Scoob from Brothers' Vapes ;-)

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Nice group shot outside with the ladies from Brothers' Vapes and IVC

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Laughter and smiles all round...

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A big thank you to @Paul vermaak and Adriaan @ivc_mixer from IVC as well as @Scoob and Edward from Brothers' Vapes. Thanks for the efforts and dedication. You guys did great and we are pleased we could host you at this great event.
 

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Thank you guys! It was an absolute honour to be a part of this event!

Here's to the next one!


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Next up is the awesome pairing of juice maker JOOSE-E-LIQZ and vaping retailer J&J's Emporium

@Naeemhoosen from JOOSE-E-LIQZ and Yusuf @wazarmoto have been around for a long time and are great pillars of the community. And lets not forget that JOOSE-E-LIQZ did very well in the 2017 ECIGSSA Juice Awards. SNLV18 won best Fruit and Havana Nightz came second in the Tobacco category.

They teamed up again this year on a large stand near the stage. Photo from above. J&J's on the one side and JOOSE-E-LIQZ on the further side. This was early in the morning, I think still last minute preparations underway...

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Yusuf (@wazarmoto)and his team!

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JOOSE-E-LIQZ side of the stand with @Naeemhoosen (wearing the cap). I think that is Yusuf next to him. "Brick" cladding effect on the sides was cool. Juices all laid out and ready for the vapers!

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Group shot with @Naeemhoosen . Proud moments indeed.

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I want to say a big thank you to @Naeemhoosen and @wazarmoto for your support, dedication and effort this year. It was fantastic. And thank you for being such gentlemen and allround great people over the years.
 

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Next up is none other than local juice maker Moose Juice

They had a very effective stand last year and did not disappoint this year.

Moose Juice had a small stand on the island near the entrance. It was very neat and highly effective. The juices were the focus and were shown off in very colourful display stands! Moose Juice ladies ready to rock and roll just before opening time!

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And here with founder and mixologist Heath @Moose Juice. Notice the colours of the beams on the sides and the juice displays are different! Very nice and impactful!

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Thank you Heath to you and your team for the support and for the effort that you put in to this event. Your stand looked fantastic!
 

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Next up is an amazing pairing of juice maker Mr Hardwicks and KZN-based DIY retailer The Flavour Mill.

Joel @method1 from Mr Hardwicks is fabulous. Another great pillar of the community and a super juice maker. He has been around a long time and has supported the forum and its initiatives in many ways.

The Flavour Mill is also a dedicated and passionate retailer from KZN. Damian @DizZa and Erica @Erica_TFM have grown TFM remarkably in a short space of time to become a well-known name in the DIY space.

They teamed up on a medium stand at the end of one of the islands. Counters with glass cabinets allround. This was early in the morning with last minute touches underway.

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View from above. Mr Hardwicks on the left and TFM on the right. Prominent brands on the backwall. The team was busy getting things ready ;-)

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Something very special about these two exhibitors. They brought world renowned Wayne Walker from DIY or DIE all the way from the USA to VapeCon 2017! And Wayne did a talk on the stage with Joel @method1 . Thank you to Mr Hardwicks and the Flavour Mill for doing this! You guys are champions!

Here is Wayne Walker on stage talking about DIY and vaping

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And here is Wayne again with our own Joel @method1 - what a great moment!

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Back to the stand. Here's the TFM team later in the day. Hydrating is very important!

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A view from the balcony quite late in the day. You can see the Mr Hardwicks / TFM stand at the end of the island.

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Having a chat with Wayne. And when @method1 noticed a photo was being taken he had to jump in with thumbs up! @Vape_N8th , is that you next to Joel? !

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And a group shot

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Ok, several thank you notes are now in order:

@DizZa, thanks to you and @Erica_TFM for your dedication and support - and for making the trip from afar. We appreciate all the efforts.

@method1 thanks for all your support and encouragement in the months leading up to this event. And for your efforts on the day. And for all your support over the past. Means a lot to us.

Thanks to both of you - Mr Hardwicks and The Flavour Mill for bringing Wayne out! It was fabulous to meet him and he is a great guy.

And please pass on our thanks to Wayne for flying all the way out to SA and taking part. For giving the talk - and for being an allround great guy chatting to all the people and enjoying the community spirit.
 

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Next exhibitor is local juice maker Mystic Nectar

This was their first appearance at VapeCon and they had a small stand on one of the islands. It was lovely. Wooden panel backwall and a great wooden bench set.

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Chilled vibe with seating space... Allowing for all important "vaper interaction" ;-)

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Showing off the juices...

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Smiles and concentration...

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A big thank you to Robert and your @MysticNectar team - for the support and all the effort on VapeCon 2017.
 

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Next up is another local juice maker - MY Vape E-liquids

They are a fairly new juice maker and have gotten far in a relatively short space of time. This was their first VapeCon appearance.

They had a small stand on the left hand wall of the arena. Nice and simple yet very effective counter! This was fairly early in the morning. I think the doors hadn't opened yet.

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Thanks to Muhammad and Yusuf from @MY Vape E-liquids for their efforts and dedication. You guys did great and we thank you for taking part!
 
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The next exhibitor is none other than vaping retailer Noon Clouds

Noon Clouds is a fairly established vaping retailer from Centurion and @Morne is no stranger to VapeCon. This is their second appearance.

They had two small stands in the left hand corner of the arena and made great use of it. Lots of counter space and a gazebo in the corner. Noon Clouds banners were very visible.

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View from above. Lots of eager vapers wanting to get close to the Noon Clouds stand!

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And you couldn't miss the lovely Noon Clouds ladies in pink. Serving up a storm. Great action going on.

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A big thank you @Morne to you and your team for the ongoing support and efforts over the past two years!
 

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Moving along...

Just a side note : looking back now at the photos, I cannot believe how amazing VapeCon 2017 was!
Ok, I was involved in the planning so I would naturally say that ;-)
But honestly, I am seeing lots of things I didn't see on the day. It was so special.

The stands of the vendors were something else. The effort they put in - many of them with the finest of details. It's quite remarkable and humbling....

The VapeCon vendors rock big time

More coming :D
 

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Next up was a combined effort from two very passionate juice makers:

Old School Alchemist and Troll Brothers Elixirs

Their first VapeCon appearance. They had a small stand on the island just behind our ECIGSSA/VapeCon stand. One half was for Old School Alchemist and the other for the Troll Brothers.

Wesley from @Old School Alchemist

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@Troll Brothers Elixirs on the other side. Pity you guys weren't at the stand when the photo was taken. Damn. This was quite early in the morning. Tables on either side with a couch in the middle.

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Wesley getting ready. Others are taking it easy on the couch ;-)

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A big thanks to Wesley from @Old School Alchemist and to Genevieve (@PsychoFluffy) and Nicholas from @Troll Brothers Elixirs. Thank you for your support and for taking part in this great event.
 

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Next up is established local juice maker Opus Ejuice Co

This was their second VapeCon appearance. They had a small stand on the island near the entrance.

It was super. Leather couch and seats on either side around a coffee table to sample the juices. Large branded walls and chic flooring. I see now the LED lights around the perimeters. Cool. I see Pieter in the middle and Renesh sitting on chair. This was early in the morning. Not sure where Marc (@Rhapsody) was...

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From a different angle...

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And we bumped into (I assume) the Opus promotional ladies later in the day. @Rhapsody please correct me if I'm wrong ;-) In any event, they were wearing the Opus apparel. Fun picture...

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Thanks to Marc @Rhapsody , Pieter and Renesh for your efforts and for supporting VapeCon 2017. It was great and your stand looked lovely. Congrats.
 

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The next exhibitor is Cape Town based juice maker Retro Vape Co.

They are no strangers to VapeCon and this was their second year. They had a small stand on one of the islands. It was a great stand with clean strong branding allround. This was quite early in the morning.

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Group shot later in the day with the Retro brothers! Whoop!

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A big thank you to Junaid, Shuayb and Taahir for making the effort from afar and for supporting this great event for the second time. It was great to have you guys there with us.

Tagging: @Retro Vape Co , @ShuRVC
 

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Moving on, the next exhibitor is a juice maker all the way from Upington - Rebel Revolution Vape

They had a small stand on one of the islands. First time at VapeCon but looking at the effort and the stand, you would not say so - neither would you say they travelled from far. Kobus @BaD Mountain did a great job.

Good branding all-round with juice testers ready for action. This was very early in the morning before VapeCon opened. Last minute touches...

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All ready now - let's get the show on the road!

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Hmmm... this looks interesting. This was Erwin (apologies if incorrect spelling Erwin) who later went on to WIN the trick competition. Here he is sampling some Rebel Revolution Vape juices ;-)

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And the main man Kobus @BaD Mountain interacting with the vapers at his stand...

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A big thank you to Kobus @BaD Mountain and his team for all the efforts from far. Thanks Kobus for all the support. Your stand was great! We are so pleased you could take part in VapeCon 2017!
 

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Next up is renowned international juicemaker from the USA - SaveurVape

We were delighted that they could join us. They had a small stand facing the informal seating area. Next to the Elysian Labs stand.

Here is a great one with the main man Lonnie Bozeman. That's @Stroodlepuff and @Satans_Stick on the right.

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SaveurVape's hanging banner came out very well...

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@Rob Fisher and Lonnie

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A big thank you to Lonnie Bozeman, James Greer and the SaveurVape team for coming all the way to be with us on this great day. Thanks for the support and taking part in the spirit of VapeCon 2017!
 
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