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E-Cig Shop in Anoka - First Impressions

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  1. Walker843

    Walker843 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 25, 2013
    Minneapolis, MN, USA
    I stopped at the E-cig Shop in Anoka on Tuesday, and had a quick look around. It's located in a strip mall on Main Street, just off Hwy 10.

    My first impression was that it is a really small store. They have a ticket dispenser on the wall, where you take one and then wait for your number to be called. Fortunately, in the middle of the afternoon, they weren't using it. There were 3 people working, and two were assisting customers that arrived before me. I was greeted by a very nice person named Tara, I think?

    I looked over their extensive list of favors, and asked if I would be able to try one. While she retrieved one of the flavors that I wanted to try, I took the opportunity to look at the hardware. They had a small but decent selection of hardware, pretty much exactly what you see on their website. Prices seemed to be pretty much in line with what you would expect for a brick and mortar.

    She brought out a box of different flavors and located the one I had asked for pretty quickly. It was in atomizer form which she screwed onto a battery (which was lucky because I forgot mine), inserted a drip tip which she wiped off with a Clorox wipe, and let me try. Being a germaphobe, this is the only complaint I have about my visit. I would much prefer that they use the disposable drip tip covers. Logically I know that she cleaned it and it was safe, but I didn't like the thought of putting my lips on something that other people did. I decided that I'd prefer not to try any others.

    However, the one I did try (vanilla custard) was very good, and I ordered up a bottle. Choices were 15ml one 30ml, and your only choice of nicotine strength is 16mg. Anything else is a special, with a 48 hour wait. I purchased the 15ml for $11.95, and headed out.

    It was a very short visit, 10 minutes tops. High points were cleanliness, selection of juices, and friendliness of the one person I talked to. Low points were small selection of hardware, and it could get crowded fast in the small space. And the drip tip thing, which probably doesn't matter to anyone but me. :)

    Overall it was a very positive experience, and I will be stopping in again for a more detailed look around and to try out some more of their large selection of juices.
  2. jamie

    jamie Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jun 3, 2008
    No, the drip tip thing does matter. Also I'm not clear on how she could really have cleaned it unless she ran a wipe through the inside of the drip tip as well (which maybe she did).

    They could be skating by at the moment due to a loophole, but I would agree that it violates the spirit of common public health practices and what one would normally expect.
  3. Walker843

    Walker843 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 25, 2013
    Minneapolis, MN, USA
    Aside from the drip tip incident, I hope that doesn't dissuade anyone from giving this store a try. It really was a very nice place, and I will stop in again. I'll just bring my own drip tip next time. :)
  4. Vidi

    Vidi Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 25, 2010
    Minneapolis, MN
    I took my mother in law to that store originally. They were very helpful though the guy that owns it rubbed both myself and my wife the wrong way. he didnt do anything "wrong" it was just his overall manner that seemed "off".

    They gave my mother in law a good price and were extremely helpful, even on subsequent visits but my mother in law eventually went to another shop and said she prefers to go there instead.

    I wont give the name of the other shop here as I dont want to advertise for it in a thread about this shop.
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