Vape Cat @ Village Vapors

We wandered off one weekend to visit random places like we always do, and of course a vape shop had to pop up in the planning. Our youngest child was not really entertained by the idea of visiting yet another vape shop, not because she does not understand them of course but because most of the time they bore her far too much. I can understand where she is coming from as she would rather be playing with friends, doing some kicks at the dojo or playing a video game. What kid wouldn’t?

10375991_752506191460082_5819015584934697495_nAs we walked in we were first greeted by Chris who broke down how the place came to be with the recent renovations. Within a few minutes Barbara came out of a little room in the far back corner to join in and once the adults got into the conversation of how vaping is now becoming mainstream, the child wandered around to check things out for herself ignoring us completely.

The general presence of the place is “warm and fuzzy” to me, for the guys out there – the place was “comfortable”. I have lived in the south for the past decade and when I think of southern comfort (not the drink) & southern hospitality I am thinking of this place.

We talked about the juices lined up behind the counter, how they were made while we tested out some of their flavors and how other companies don’t steep their juices. Looking around the store gear was spread out across the counters and shelves, which was quite impressive for a smaller storefront. We also talked about what might be up & coming within the vape world dealing both with the law makers and those who lobby for and against the idea of vaping.

Barbara explained how she makes their juices, they have 50 you can taste test and we tried at least a dozen while we were there. They market for “high quality steeped tobaccos” which is fine and I love that they actually let their juices settle. There is nothing worse than getting a bottle of juice in the mail and then having to wait before you use it. Here you can walk in, get the juices you want, walk out & vape – it’s just that simple.

Keep in mind we went to visit back in March and I still have a good bit of their juices (I will be talking more about these within an upcoming review). The things we talked about as far as vaping and the law makers go has really stuck in my mind since then. Some of the things we wondered about have already come to light recently like the proposed regulations and how many people who vape are concerned about how this is being spun within the media outlets.

Village Vapors is one of my top three picks in the local area now. I am juice picky but that is just me, I still require a good juice to pass both the smell and the vape test. They have a good amount of gear for any new person out there looking to shop around and many interesting pieces which fit for others who are more experienced.

I noticed some newer gear checking out their page on Facebook this week (spinners, adapters, driptips & some pipe styles too) plus they also have some new juices which means we need to plan for another trip out. One change that has happened since March is that all juices, except their signature blends are available in 10ml bottles only. This change was due to feedback received from their customer base and 10ml bottles are $4.99 or 3 for $13.00.

The staff goes beyond being friendly and helpful with questions for a novice or a vet and of course they have a cat. This cat has been named the “Vape Cat” by my youngest so it shall be named “Vape Cat” anytime I reference Village Vapors. What vape shop doesn’t need a company mascot? You can check the kitty out on their Facebook page or stop by to see the little buddy in person while picking up new vape gear and test out some local juices at their location 308 Fairview Street Fountain Inn, South Carolina 29644. If by any chance you get lost and need directions just call, (864) 630-5143.

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From a vaping mother’s perspective.

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What exactly is a mother’s perspective when it comes to vaping? Let me provide a little information for others who might be curious. I picked up the nasty habit of smoking after going the first 12 years of my life giving my parents hell for doing exactly same thing.

I was one of the many who picked up the bad habit when I was twelve. I have no idea what this magic number has over people but just about everyone I have ever spoken with always says they started when they were twelve. I smoked from when I was twelve until I was 30, if you do the math that is a seriously long time for someone to be smoking while still being considered “young”.

Between starting the bad habit and stopping it I had two (marvelous) children. It took a very long time before I could get the courage to put cigarettes down. Even knowing that a life is growing inside you is not always enough to kick the habit. After both of my children were born I started back up fairly quickly, even though I never smoked around my kids I still smoked. I wish something like a personal vaporizer was available either of the times I was pregnant.

I love vaping and I will vape anywhere, in front of anyone. I have vaped at my doctor’s office, my dentist’s office, the school my kids goes to (or field trips), home, work – you name it I have vaped there. Even at the grocery store while I have my other hand pushing the cart and holding my coupons.

Why not? What is the big deal about exhaling water vapor? Are these people scared of water? How do you bathe with that phobia? I have read too many stories lately about how vaping is bad, we should never do it and that it is harming our kids. All of the articles I have come across are listed with some random author tag (trying to make a name for themselves), a few random blurbs (more like rants) and no hardcore facts to back any of the blubber that these people are spewing out.

Yes I have nicotine, oh no! Call in the armed guards, that woman has nicotine and she is vaping some fruity juice with it! I am not running around blowing my vape in someone’s face but, I do vape in the house. I also vape while I am in the car doing school runs or at a parent-teacher conference. Why, random members of the world might ask?

I dare ask you, why not? I have sat down to educate my own doctor about my progress in putting analog’s down, how I went through all of the other ways to quit smoking (cold turkey, Chantix, lozenges, gum, etc.) – none worked. I have given countless others information to get the word out because honestly we need more education about this subject.

I for one am tired of the witch-hunt that seems to be going on by people who are either too lazy to educate themselves or just want to believe everything they read & hear by the mass media outlets that are all full of shit. How can you propose something is unsafe without actually doing any research into it before hand? Don’t get me started on this one either, I would love to see this women’s source for Propylene Glycol.

The e-juice I am vaping now is actually a 65/35 blend PG/VG from NicVape (the flavor is Energy Drink for anyone wondering and yes it is amazing). So, let’s break that down a little. If you look up Propylene Glycol online you will see all sorts if information from your crazy cousin to Joe Bob’s mom down the street. Would it surprise you to know that Propylene Glycol can be found in the toothpaste you use, or the soda / beer that you might be sipping on while reading this? What about the air sanitizers that you might have come in contact with?

Now what about Vegetable Glycerin you ask? Need a little something to keep your hair in check? Do you have a sweet tooth? Like those sugary sweet foods that always stay fresh and moist for your lovely taste-buds? I bet you do, but next time check the label. Many of those sweet treats that we have grown to love have vegetable glycerin in it. Think about cookies the next time you think about vegetable glycerin or protein bars. Even better for those out there with a real sweet tooth, think cake icing. Yummy, right?

I plan to keep this mother’s perspective ongoing as more news out there crops up and try to help educate those who are unaware. As a mother, I wanted to change my bad habit into a healthier habit. Over the past five years now I have cut down quite a bit. I started with 25mg, now I am vaping I 6mg or 8mg depending on the juice. I stopped with traditional cigarettes about a month in and over the years I have lowered my nicotine levels as you readers can see. For a while I was vaping and smoking (I know, crazy, right?) then I finally put them down 4 days before my 30th birthday. I could not have given myself a better birthday gift, not only myself, but also my family (and friends) that harped on me to quit for those 18 years. Vape on readers, vape on!

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