Underground Vapes in Grand Junction now open
WHAT: Underground Vapes
WHEN: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays Noon to 8 p.m.
WHERE: 326 Main St., downtown Grand Junction
INFO: Facebook at Underground Vapes or 970-644-5950
Underground Vapes, a new downtown Grand Junction shop, is marketing itself as a way to help cigarette smokers quit the habit.
Owners Andrew and Kelley Robeck, both of Grand Junction, opened their electronic cigarette, or better known as e-cigs, store at 326 Main St. on Dec. 5.
The store sells vaporizer starter kits, “juices” for the vaporizers, and more. Customers must be 18 years old or older to purchase.
“Our primary goal is to help people quit smoking,” Kelley said. “We want to educate people on what vaping is, too.”
The “juice” costs between $8-17 depending on the amount, which ranges from 10-30 milliliters. Underground Vapes additionally offers 45 vapor flavors, including customer favorites like Jolly Dream (raspberry and dragon fruit), Blue Dragon (blueberry and dragon fruit), and Pink Clouds (watermelon).
A starter kit — which includes the vaporizer pen, charger and case — costs $30. The store also sells pieces for the vaporizers including made-in-store coils.
Vaporizers and juices can be tested at the store.
WHAT IS VAPING?
Read a health feature on vaping here.
According to Andrew, it’s a flavored liquid (some with nicotine, some without). To use it, liquid is warmed in a vaporizer pen, which creates vapor. That vapor is then inhaled and released through an exhalation of breath.
Andrew added “juices” can contain nicotine from “strong to minimal” levels to help ween smokers who are battling addiction to cigarettes.
“We help people stop or taper off smoking with nicotine and eventually just using the vapor to inhale,” he said.
The Robecks create their own “juices” in house, which contain three ingredients — natural flavor, vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol.
Some people believe e-cigs are harmful, Kelley explained, due to products in the market using diethylene glycol (which she said is not in their products). Another widely held belief is that the vaporizers are connected to marijuana use only, which the Robecks say is false.
“We want people to know what they are getting into,” Kelley said. “We want to educate people about vaporizers.”
Underground Vapes is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, noon to 8 p.m.
For more information, find them on Facebook at Underground Vapes or call 970-644-5950.
Read a local doctor’s take on vaping & e-cigs here.
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