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Exploring Life & Business with Anthony Rodriguez of Vaping Ape Smoke Shop and Gorilla Hemp Company

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anthony Rodriguez. 

Hi Anthony, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
In 2010 I came to the conclusion that it was best to work for myself rather than work for someone else. At the time I was working at a pathology lab and I did some consulting for a doctor on opening a in office lab. The money I made from that I opened a Private social club in West Tampa. From there I’ve opened multiple businesses in different avenues. Right now, I’m the owner of Vaping Ape Smoke Shop and Co-owner of Gorilla Hemp Company. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
When opening a business from scratch there are always struggles. from building cliental to working long hours because employees are not in the budget. With the social club, I had months where I had my lights cut off because I could not afford the light bill. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Vaping Ape Smoke Shop and Gorilla Hemp Company?
I’m most proud of Gorilla Hemp Company, it was an idea I had one day I was doing an order for Vaping Ape. I own a store but with a brand I can be in multiple store in many regions. So, I talked to my brother and two other very close friends who I consider brothers about partnering up and starting this company. We started in the middle of a pandemic and in over a year’s time we’ve been able to get our products in stores throughout the state of Florida and in stores in Puerto Rico, West Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, Texas, Michigan, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. What sets us apart is we put quality over profits. We feel that if we put out a quality product profits, we come. We have our products tested to ensure a safety for our customers 

How do you define success?
Success to me is freedom. freedom is not having to work 40hrs a week. and being able to spend time with family and friends. 

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