Vaping shops have exploded in the US in the past decade, and a few are popping up in cities across the country.
Here are some of the best places to find them, including a vape shop called The Flamingo, located in Queens, New York.
Flamingo – The Flappingo (Photo: Courtesy of The Flakingo)The Flamingos owner, Domenic, says the business started out as a hobby, but now it’s becoming a regular part of his daily life.
“We had this idea that we want to create a vape store that has all of the flavors and smells that we love,” he said.
“And it started off with just me, but we started to expand.”
The Flappingos location is located in the Queens borough of New York, and the owner started his business as a kid by taking pictures of the sights and sounds around his hometown.
“I used to visit the old movie theaters and take pictures of them and put them in my notebook and it just kept getting better,” he told Al Jazeera.
“Then when I started selling to restaurants, it started growing.”
Since then, The Flalingos has grown to be the largest vape shop on New York City’s East Side, selling a variety of products including e-cigarettes, concentrates and vape pens.
The owner has also opened up a vape manufacturing business, but the most important thing for him is the customers.
“It’s the customers that drive this business,” he explained.
“They’re the reason why we do it, they’re the people that want to come in and experience it.”
As for the place’s name?
“We just thought it would be funny, so it’s been Flamingoes since I’ve been here,” he laughed.
The Flakingos – The Best E-Cigarette on Earth (Photo by: Alamy)There are a lot of reasons why The Flallingos is one of the most popular vape shops in the city.
“There’s this sense of community that’s there, and it’s a very laid back atmosphere, which I think is the best thing,” Domenick explained.
“You feel like you’re part of something bigger, like a community.”
Domenic is also happy that the shop attracts a wide range of customers, from those looking for something different to those looking to try new flavours.
“This place has always been about bringing people together, and to have a different experience for a couple of hours, it’s so important,” he continued.
“It’s one of those places where if you’re new to vaping, you’re not going to go to every vape shop.”
It’s not just the shop’s atmosphere that is unique, either.
The Flaggingos is home to a collection of other products and accessories.
“They’ve got vape pens, they’ve got electronic cigarettes, and they’ve also got vaporisers,” Dombal told Aljeet.
“So they’ve done a great job in making sure that they’re giving people something that they can use in the shop.”
In fact, The Clappingo is one the most sought-after vape shops on the East Side.
“The Flaggingoes is one place that you can find all kinds of different flavors and things you would never see in your local vape shop,” Doms owner said.
When you’re shopping for vape supplies, there are a few things to keep in mind.
“The biggest thing is to keep your eyes open for the e-cig and all the different products that they have on their shelves,” he added.
“Make sure to ask about the ejuice they sell, and what they’re made from.”