The Offbeat and Unique Team – Gilbert, AZ

Name: Bethany

Title: Co-Owner

Bio: I moved to Arizona in November 2008 after living in Montana for 7 yrs. I was born and raised in Louisiana, and regardless of how long I’m away from ‘home,’ I’ll always be a southerner at heart.

Some of my favorite things to do are: I love spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy many outdoor activities: camping, fishing, tubing, boating, hiking, and quad riding. I am passionate about cooking and love being able to demonstrate that food can be both delicious and healthy!

Vaping story: I wasn’t a smoker, but my husband, T.J. was. We were introduced to ecigs in the spring of 2013 by our friends, Anthony and Janelle. T.J. had tried numerous methods for quitting smoking, but all had failed. Even still, he felt that vaping was a viable alternative to smoking. I wanted to be supportive of his efforts to get off cigarettes and encourage him to vape. I got an eGo setup with a 0 nic e-liquid, so I could vape with him. It worked, and that was the beginning of the road that has led us to where we are today – helping people lay down their smokes…one person at a time.

Favorite vape products: My go-to tanks are the Uwell Crown mini and SvoeMesto’s Kayfun Lite Plus. My current mod of choice is the ProVari P3…you just can’t go wrong with American Made!

All-time favorite flavors: Lazuras Vintage’s Sir James XO, Virgin Vapor’s Razzmatazz and Trinity.

Favorite part of being at ObaU: I am a ‘people’ person, and I love working with customers. I especially have a heart for working with older customers. I think it’s great that they are willing to give this new technology a shot in order to improve their lives! Working the e-liquid sample bar is so much fun! The variety of flavor options available is amazing, and I really enjoy helping people find just the right flavor! It is very rewarding to be able to help people change their lives for the better on a daily basis!

Name: T.J.

Title: Co-Owner

Bio: An Arizona native – Father of 4 wonderful children and married to the love of my life (whom also happens to be my business partner).  I love the heat and can’t stand the cold, which is exactly why I live here.  I genuinely love having the opportunity to help people each and every day!

Some of my favorite things to do are: long road trips on our motorcycle, camping, fishing, being on ANY beach, and educating people on a new and REVOLUTIONARY technology called Vaping!

Vaping story:  A Pack and a half smoker for over 25 years.  My very good friends, Anthony and Janelle (Owners of Cigawatt in the Kansas City area), introduced me to vaping with a device called the 4-5-6 paired with a 510 carto tank in March of 2013, and I have loved it ever since.

Favorite vape products: Titanium Stealth Provari P3 with Kayfun 4 or my Kabuki tank.

All-time favorite flavors: Virgin Vapor – The Jet Set and Trinity, Lazuras Vintage – Sir James, Cleopatra, and Compass.  Nicobine – Classic and Salted Caramel.

Favorite part of being at ObaU: Seeing the look on a person’s face when they try vaping for the first time makes me smile every time.  Helping individuals kick the traditional tobacco habit with what I label as a “BetTer Alternative” is very rewarding for me.  I truly enjoy hearing all the stories about how people approach vaping and how it has changed their lives.  Many people have commented saying that there is NO WAY they could be with their spouse 24 hours a day – EVERYDAY!  I cherish all the time I get to spend with Bethany and hope that it never changes (she may feel a tad different).

Name: Brian

Title: General Manager

Bio: Born in Virginia and moved to Arizona when I was seven making the desert my home ever since. The love of my life and her two kids is what brings enjoyment to me. Living life to the fullest and helping people with what ever their needs may be is my passion.

Some of my favorite things to do are: When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my family whether that be BBQ, Camping or just being lazy at home. Hiking and exploring the great outdoors is always a plus. One of my favorite hikes is Havasu Falls, there is nothing more beautiful than a huge waterfall in the desert.

Vaping story: Saw vaping as a great opportunity for those that wanted to quit smoking. After doing my research, the best way to speak to something is to do it. Doing just that there has been many people that I have shared my knowledge and set them up with the options to quit smoking.

Favorite vape products: Crown tank by Uwell and D1. For Mods Laisimo l3 touch and MVP3/4.

Favorite part of being at ObaU: Being a people person it is easy to say that the people are the best part about working at OBAU. There is nothing better than sharing knowledge and the passion of vape with people looking to quit smoking. Hearing all of the success stories of those that have made the change to vaping brings to life what we are about here at OBAU.

Name: Walt

Title: Sales Associate

Bio: I was born in a coal mining town in Pennsylvania, then, at five years old, I took a cross-country trip, (no, not alone. With mom and three sisters, dad was already there) to Southern California and was raised in the mill-town of Fontana.  After more than 30 years it was time for a change.  A short stint in Southern Oregon (do not like snow) followed by 18 months in Las Vegas, Nevada my work took me to Gilbert, Arizona (a quaint little town in the southeast valley of Phoenix Metro).  After the first year I adapted to the heat… well, got used to it anyway.  Now, after 20 years, I am almost a native…?  Can you do that?  I mean, if you’re born in one place and lived another place for 30 years then drifted for a few years and settled in a fourth… uhm, no, the fifth… Uhh, (sigh) never mind.

Moving right along.  Having worked more than 40 years in the construction industry I became bored and retired… at 70.  So, I retired to… (da da dut ta daaa) Gilbert, Arizona.  What can I say, I like it here.    Now, in my humble opinion, retirement is not what it is advertised to be.  When you think about it, what is there to do? Watch television (talk about boring)?  Take up some gawd-awful hobby (how many bird houses can you build)?  Develop dementia? Alshymers… Elsheimmers… Whatever?  So, I did what I do best, I went back to work.  Not in the construction business, no, no, no, had enough of that.  I started in the up-and-coming industry of “Vape”.   Awesome business and awesome people to work for.  It will probably take me nine years, four months and 22 days to learn it all, but, hey, I’m a fast learner.

Some of my favorite things to do are: Learning.  I love learning new things.  Then there is reading, when I start to read a book I hate to stop.  Other than that, whatever I feel like doing at the moment.

Vaping story: I smoked cigarettes for 50 years (16 to 66).  I decided to quit… three times.  I started vaping with the cigarette style devices from a convenience store but most of those had tobacco flavoring and I didn’t see the point.  They were worse than regular cigarettes!  Then, in 2013, I tried mods (battery packs with tanks) and tested different flavors.  Since then that has been my way to go.  I do not even like the regular tobacco products any more.  Vaping is the only way to go.

Favorite vape products: I use the ProVape “Radius” mod and ProVari 3.

All-time favorite flavors: “Kind Juice” Key West Sunset, “Kind Juice” Little Mean Vanilla Bean and “Lazarus Vintage” Nefertiti.  Mmm mm mm. There are others, many others, that I like, but those three are my favorites.

Favorite part of being at ObaU: Well, lemme see.   Hmmmmmmmmmmm.  Well, there’s uhm?   Okay, to be honest.  It starts with TJ and Bethany, they don’t seem to mind having this old codger shuffling around their store.  And what I really like is I feel that I fit in, I mean, everybody, employees and owners and customers vape, so I feel part of it.  We are all members of the same team, of the same clique, of the same thought.  We are part of something that can improve lives and even save them.  

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