OB has its first storefront dedicated solely to e-cigarettes after the recent opening of Ocean Beach Vape Shoppe and Lounge. The store opened in the beachfront center at Abbott Street and Santa Monica Avenue, tucked away behind Shades Oceanfront Bistro and Tower Two Café.
It’s the second store in San Diego for the owners. Pacific Beach Vape Shoppe, at 1477 Garnet Avenue, has already been open for a few months.
Store manager Rachel Lester said customers can purchase e-cigarette devices, also known as “vapes,” and a number of nicotine-infused flavors.
There’s even a lounge for people to sit at and enjoy their vapes, although it may be only a matter of time before these devices are regulated.
No doubt this will be a hot topic in the coming months as other communities decide how to deal with these devices, which opponents say is just another way for tobacco companies to get kids hooked on nicotine at a younger age.
Proponents say it’s a way for current smokers to ease off traditional cigarettes and the vapor they produce is not harmful to others.
What do you think? Should vapes be allowed in businesses?
Another Pot Dispensary Coming to Voltaire?
In other smoking news, a marijuana dispensary is rumored to be opening on Voltaire just west of Sunset Cliffs.
Gregg’s Art & Surf Co., a surf shop that also showcased the works of artist Gregg Sullivan, closed in October. Sullivan owns the building and says he is in the process of renting it to someone who plans to use the space as a dispensary.
I talked briefly to the potential dispensary owner, who said he would call me back and tell me more about it last week. He has yet to do that and won’t answer any subsequent calls.
The Ocean Beach Collective dispensary is located just down the street from the location, but is believed to be closed (but that’s also just a rumor).