Hey all, My names Chris and I'm from Westbrook. For to long now, I have been hearing about all kinds of cool ideas, such as vape lounges, meet and greets, and vaping groups/clubs, but I haven't been able to find anything of the sort here in Maine! It is past time for us mainers to create a vape friendly community here in our own state! Unfortunately, I have noticed that many of the ECF members from Maine are scattered all through the state, some people 3+ hours away from the Portland area, so it would be almost impossible to create any group or regularly held meet that could include everyone of us on here, although I do want to clarify that everyone is welcome, including far away members if they don't mind the commute. Now, if someone up north would prefer to start A separate group, I am more than willing to pool resources/ideas/ect with anyone else who wants to try to get something of their own going. Who knows, this might just lead to great things in the future. Picture it now, a few years down the road, a yearly Maine State Vapefest? lol I am from Westbrook, right outside of Portland, and unless I am mistaking, us vapers don't have any groups, or meets, lounges, or anything of the sort for the Portland Area as of right now, and if I'm wrong, please correct me if I am, because I would love to get involved it if it already exists lol. If there Isn't, then I would like to change that! Okay, so here are my thoughts, nothing happens on its own, so I think we should try to get something started, even if its just a few of us at first, with the growth of e cig industry, I'm sure things will get rollin . I feel like many of us would like to see the same things happen, such as lounges and stores with better selections, and businesses that are vapor friendly, ect. As a business student, I understand business basics, and if I saw that groups of vapers were popin up everywhere, I would see that there is a demand for such products/services and I would be more incline to have a better selection, or promote vaping, or open a store or lounge, ect. So, if anyone else is interested, I would like to at least try to get a group going, and start planning out basics, maybe a webpage or a a Facebook, reach out to any business that have ties to vaping, and just kinda let um know who we are, and maybe inquire as to what they offer and if they are open to any suggestions as far as products they carry ect. It would be nice and simple, and get a line of communication open. once we have a few of us, start by finding a vape friendly place, like a bar or restaurant where we can hang out, chat, and vape, and start with just meeting each other and introductions and kinda just hang, trade tips, knowledge, teach each other, and basically just talk about vaping and compare vaping note . Again, my whole train of though is that, most of the time things don't just happen, you gotta do something, and I for one would really like to see things like vapor lounges in Maine. It would be great to hang out with other vapers, in person. no offense to ECF, so far, I'm loving this place, but its the internet, so there are always limitations. I know of a couple of businesses that might be interested in what were doing because they might see how it could help benefit them. I know Westbrook Market sells a small selection of e cigs, and where as they are a small, company (just 1 store), they are more likely to respond to feedback. I also have a good relationship with the owners since I've been a customer there for years. When I go there, I get the "NORM!" from cheers feeling lol. Also, I know Northern Lights Smokes Shop has begun to carry a small selection of vaping equipment and accessories. they are actually, they only place I know of around here that carries e liquid, although they have a small selection. Another plus here is they are a small company (again 1 store), and I know the management their, and I know if they saw a business potential, they would consider at least hearing our suggestions. and it would be nice to have GOOD supplies locally available just incase something happens that leaves you stranded with no liquid, cartos/clearos/tanks, or liquid, ect. I also have a potential place to meet that would possibly allow us to vape while there, but i will have to look into it more, so if anyone has alternatives, please mention them incase. So, one thing I would like to ask, does anyone know of any vapor friendly businesses in the Portland area that would at least consider letting us hangout and vape for a bit? and even if they wouldn't let us meet, let me know of any vape related business or vape friendly place around here. It would be great to at least get a list of um going anyways . anyways, I hope to hear from some of ya, it would be great to meet other vapers face to face, plus I'm sure there are some places of interest around that I don't know about that one of you do, and vice versa. So if you really are interested in either at least joining, or possibly helping me set this thing up, please reply here, message me, or preferably, email me at CMancini04092@gmail.com because that is sent directly to my cell phone via an email app, so ill get it quickly. Happy vaping my fellow maniacs!