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Semi-noob tours Brick and Mortar stores

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  1. dogrocket

    dogrocket Full Member

    Aug 24, 2012
    San Francisco, CA
    For what it's worth, last Saturday I went on a little pilgrimage to Vapor Den in Berkeley, and Tasty Vapor in Oakland. I thought I'd write up my impressions in case it helps someone.

    I've been vaping for a few months now, first on disposables, then a Blu pack, and recently got a nice 650 mAh Ego 510 setup. So I was looking for some 510 cartridges, maybe some cartomizers, and most importantly, some juices to try.

    VaporDen was first. It's a tiny place, but they seem to have it all: hardware, juice, etc. So very convenient for Berkeley fols and nearby. However, the guy didn't show up until 1:30PM (posted opening time was 11AM! but luckily I arrived at 1:20), and he seemed annoyed to actually have customers. Prices seemed a little steep, but honestly I didn't look at much. I didn't try any juice, just bought some blank 510 cartridges and then headed south.

    Tasty Vapor was great: spacious and inviting, everything on display, prices were good, and the people were incredibly helpful and patient. Only a limited set of juices to taste, but he let me sniff anything I wanted. I peeked into the mix room and it looked like a good lab should: clean, organized, professional. Many juices were custom-mixed on the spot (for other customers, I just bought a couple samples and some carts). Several regular customers came and went while I was there, and obviously loved the place. Recommended!

    I bought a couple samples, and I LOVE that their juices are mixed locally by people who care about what they are doing. But I'm still looking for a flavor I like, and I'm starting to think that PG is not for me (and Tasty Vapor only uses a PG base, apparently). But that's a separate thread.

    Now if only a vape shop would open in SF...
  2. 18SixFifty

    18SixFifty Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 14, 2012
    Sounds cool. Tasty Vapor has had a great name for years so I am not surprised at all.

    Happy vaping and don't get lost in the fog.
  3. CHoKPoP

    CHoKPoP Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 6, 2012
    I bet it was Jacques that was late. I would not recommend going to Vapor Den if he's there. Very rude guy.
  4. dogrocket

    dogrocket Full Member

    Aug 24, 2012
    San Francisco, CA
    I just saw that they opened a shop in SF, I'll go check it out soon.
  5. CHoKPoP

    CHoKPoP Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 6, 2012
    It Is Vapor 5 just opened up in downtown Hayward.
  6. sashwa

    sashwa ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 20, 2010
    Where in Hayward is it?
  7. crashtest22

    crashtest22 Reviewer / Blogger Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 5, 2010
    Santa Cruz
    I have not been around here for a while but saw this and figured I would post up.
    my buddy Phil I think Phylo on here owns e-smokeytreats and he is in scotts valley.
    little further south but a good shop and plenty of stock.
    He is mainly mail order but will take walk in too
  8. CHoKPoP

    CHoKPoP Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 6, 2012
    B st......
  9. sashwa

    sashwa ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 20, 2010
    Thank you, CHoKPoP.
  10. nervewreckincali

    nervewreckincali Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 30, 2010
    Hayward, CA
    Sad that I learned about this place looking for laws about indoor vaping. Went today. Bought some juices. Prices are about right and I forgot to bring the coupon. I dropped some duckets just cause it was a walk-in place you know.

    Decent looking place, great selection of juices and a few pv's. I asked "was there a lot of opposition from the City?" the lady was like: "yeah, had to get lawyers involved."

    Support your local vape shop.
  11. ccm2000

    ccm2000 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 23, 2011
    Thanks for the tips on brick & mortar shops. Keep 'em coming. So glad to hear about Vapor Den in SF. Now I can get some attys this weekend!
  12. daventura

    daventura Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Over the bridge in San Rafael, I can recommend Digital Ciggz.

    1560 4th St. San Rafael, CA 94901
  13. soul05

    soul05 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 19, 2013
    sf bay area
    Personally, I go to It Is Vapor in redwood city. very convenient for me
  14. stinkboto

    stinkboto Full Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    San Jose, CA.
    I love It Is Vapor in Redwood City. I'm excited to check out their new store opening in San Jose this week!
  15. pAth77

    pAth77 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 26, 2010
    Bay Area
    I just went to "It Is Vapor" in San Jose, and I have to give them two thumbs up. I had recently purchased a few bottles of my daily vape RY4 from KBV, and I accidentally bought it with zero nic. I kept my fingers crossed that "It Is Vapor" would have some nic that I could buy. The owner (Eric) said that he did not have any for sale, but he told me to bring my zero nic bottles over and he would throw some nic into them for me. I went back a few hours later, and he added some nic into them. When I asked him how much I owed him, he just shook his head and said "Don't worry about it man. It's on me." I know that it probably was not a big thing for him, but I was not expecting that at all! Because of that, I'll definitely support him with my business. I did end up buying a few bottles of juice from him, which were surprisingly very good!

    The store itself is quite small. It seemed like more of a store for noobs, but his prices were very reasonable. His stock was more of the usual Ego/ViVi/Vamo type stuff so I wouldn't buy anything there for myself other than juice. The store was packed with people, but Eric took the time to really explain things to the noobs. Check this place out if you're ever in the area.
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