Showing posts with label vape. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vape. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Another smoke shop for 14th Street

A new smoke shop recently opened (maybe 6 weeks ago?) at 329 E. 14th St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue.

The signage for K & H Convenience was only installed last week (thanks Pinch!) ... the shop has the usual items popping up at like-minded businesses around the neighborhood — hookah, vapes, snacks, soda, etc.

These are all things you can find directly across 14th Street at the Ali Baba Smoke Shop...
... or a few storefronts to the west at newish The Tree Shop NYC...
Interesting to see how these shops have evolved... the signage for PJ's Grocery, a block to the west on 14th Street, still touts Sports Cards, Comic Cards, Phone Cards and Cigars...

Monday, December 30, 2019

A for rent sign at the Smoke & Beer shop on Avenue A

After nearly four years on Avenue A, the Smoke & Beer shop here between 13th Street and 14th Street is winding down its business. A for rent sign hangs in the front window.

Among other other items, the shop specializes in e-liquids and e-cigarettes, which continue to come under scrutiny amid an outbreak of lung illnesses.

This was one of the several beer-smoke combo shops that popped up in the neighborhood in recent years.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Smoke shop, the new nail salon, opening in former nail salon on Avenue A

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Cloud99 Vapes space for rent, business set to close

A for rent sign hangs in the front window of Cloud99 Vapes at 50 Second Ave. between Second Street and Third Street. The shop will be closing in the months ahead, a victim of the public health crisis involving vaping products.

According to published reports, vaping-related injuries and deaths are continuing to mount, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting 1,080 lung injuries in 48 states and the Virgin Islands and more than 20 confirmed deaths from 15 states. (A Bronx teenager was the first person to die of a vaping-related illness in New York, officials said Tuesday.)

On Sept. 17, New York passed an emergency ban on flavored vaping products. However, the ban was halted on Oct. 3, when an appeals court issued a temporary restraining order. The next hearing is set for Oct. 18.

Still, the damage has been done. As MSN recently reported, business at Cloud99 is down 70 percent.

Pete Foran, a co-owner, is a retired NYPC officer. Per MSN:

Electronic cigarettes had become a galloping trend, and a vape store seemed like a lucrative second act.

Sure enough: Offering dozens of flavored vaping products, the Second Avenue shop was a hit. Foran and his partners opened two more locations in Nanuet and Suffern. Revenue hit $2 million.

And now...

Foran and his partners are stuck with $300,000 of inventory, 95 percent of which is flavored. The manufacturers won't take the product back, and Foran isn't even sure how to dispose of highly concentrated nicotine, each bottle of "vape juice" the equivalent of packs if not cartons of cigarettes. "You can't just throw it in a landfill," he said. "It's poison."

In Foran's view, officials didn't approach the outbreak rationally. "They should have handled it like a homicide investigation," tracing the potentially illness-causing cartridges to their sources, he said. "What's coming out is that it's black-market products that are causing these things."

NBC News did conduct an investigation late last month:

NBC News commissioned one of the nation's leading cannabis testing facilities to test a sampling of THC cartridges — 18 in all — obtained from legal dispensaries and unlicensed dealers.

The findings were deeply troubling.

Of the three purchased from legal dispensaries in California, the CannaSafe testing company found no heavy metals, pesticides or residual solvents like Vitamin E.

But 13 out of the other 15 samples from black market THC cartridges were found to contain Vitamin E.

CannaSafe also tested 10 of the unregulated cartridges for pesticides. All 10 tested positive.

Still, a new poll conducted by Siena College finds 61 percent of New Yorkers support the ban, and 78 percent believe that vaping is a serious public health problem.

Cloud99 Vapes opened in 2015 (at the site of the former Yoo's Convenience Store). And it won't be the only local vape-related shop impacted by the current crisis.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Here's your Vape N Smoke signage on 2nd Avenue

Back in late November, we noted that a business called Vape N Smoke was opening at 150 Second Ave. between Ninth Street and 10th Street... and yesterday, workers put up the Vape N Smoke signage, as EVG Vape Signage Correspondent Steven noted...

Presumably they will be selling vaporizers, electronic cigarettes and other smoking products.

The previous tenant here, Village Eyecare, merged with Eyes on Second at 170 Second Ave.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Vape in store for 2nd Avenue?

It looks like a new tenant is in place for the recently departed Village Eyecare space at 150 Second Ave. between Ninth Street and 10th Street...

EVG correspondent Steven spotted a note for the Post Office on the gate...

Vape N Smoke – "Please throw mail here."

Previously a reader stated that the Village Eyecare merged with Eyes on Second at 170 Second Ave. (If anyone else can verify that.)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Beer & Cigars replace Massage & Bodywork on Avenue B

The storefront is coming together here at 206 Avenue B... not sure what this place will be called (the descriptive Beer & Cigars has a nice ring to it) between 12th Street and 13th Street.

Aside from beer and cigars, the shop will be selling cigarettes, glass, vape, e-juices and soda, per the signage.

The storefront was previously the equally descriptive Massage & Bodywork...

H/T to the EVG commenter who mentioned this arrival back in this post...

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Vape shop casualty as East 2nd Street storefront arrives on rental market

Grand Vape, which opened early last fall, has closed on Second Street just east of Avenue A.

The 400-square-foot storefront at 150 E. Second St. is now for rent.

Per the listing:

Typical uses include grocery stores, dry cleaners, drug stores, restaurants and other businesses that cater to the daily needs of the immediate neighborhood.

Located one store off Avenue A, East Village. This block is convenient for those that walk to the 2nd Avenue subways and buses.

The rent is negotiable, per the listing.

Before Grand Vape's grand opening, the storefront housed both a Nicky's and a Vicky's Vietnamese sandwich shop.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Smoke shop, the new nail salon, opening in former nail salon on Avenue A

Well, OK — if you made it past that headline... a tipster tells us that a smoke shop (water-pipe and vaping accessories, etc.) is opening over at 221 Avenue A between East 13th Street and East 14th Street where the nail salon was. No one was around the premises to confirm. But this is what our tipster hears.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Vape shop opening; not located on St. Mark's Place

Well! The awning's up on the new business coming to East Second Street just east of Avenue A …

Grand Vape, home to premium E-juice (e-juice?).

The space was previously home to both a Nicky's and a Vicky's Vietnamese sandwich shop.

Thanks to EVG reader Dale MacDonald for the tip!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Yoo's Convenience Store — former home of New York's 'best coffee' — becoming a vape shop

[EVG photo from April 2014]

A rent hike ended Yoo's retail life at 50 Second Ave. back in April 2014.

The small shop, which boasted handmade signs touting the Best Coffee in NYC (and it was pretty good), had been on the market for months now here between East Second Street and East Third Street…

Anyway, EVG correspondent Derek Berg passes along word of the new tenant — Cloud 99 vapes…