After he quit smoking cigarettes while using his vaporizer, a Hannibal resident joined his neighbor in crafting a home-like atmosphere where people can sit and “vape” — opening their doors Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 215 N. Main St.
After he quit smoking cigarettes while using his vaporizer, a Hannibal resident joined his neighbor in crafting a home-like atmosphere where people can sit and “vape” — opening their doors Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 205 N. Main St.
Owner Kevin Mitchem said he wanted a business “designed and built by people who vape.” Mitchem and employee Sebastian Thompson have a small array of electronic vaporizer kits, parts and juices, but the selection is poised to grow quickly as they discover what customers are looking for. The open floor plan will allow for a spacious lounge setting, and chairs or couches will soon be set up for people to stop by and hang out, along with a streaming movie service running throughout the day.
Mitchem said asking people what they prefer is the best way to go, because the vaping industry is still new. And he and Thompson agreed they wanted to providing an inviting atmosphere
“We want you to stay a little while,” Thompson said.
During the first day, a couple customers had already come in to purchase e-juice for their vaporizers, and Thompson wrote down suggestions like specific vape kits and a vending machine stocked with affordable goodies.
Mitchem said this is his first business, and Thompson said he enjoyed his role in customer service and sales following a job in food handling. They both live a few blocks away in the same building. Thompson said they looked forward to the Big River Steampunk Festival, since the clouds of vapor and eye-catching designs of the vaporizers fit right in with the festival's atmosphere.
Sales are cash only right now, and Mitchem said he is constantly searching for the best vendors to provide low prices and the varieties people request. As the business continues to grow, Mitchem said he plans to hire an employee —likely a customer who stops by — who possesses an extensive knowledge about the vapor industry.
As furniture begins to go in along with Wi-Fi for movies, the homey vibe will continue to grow as Mitchem and Thompson use feedback from visitors.
“As long as you're okay with vapor clouds, it's a welcome place to be,” Thompson said.
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