The hazards of smoking cigarettes are well documented. But some people continue to do it because they don’t feel like there are any great alternatives out there.
That’s the attitude that Smart Spark Vape + Lounge is trying to eliminate.
Read more about the business’s offerings and its mission in this week’s Small Business Spotlight.
What the Business Does
Sells electronic cigarette accessories, advanced handheld portable vaporizers and a wide variety of e-liquids.
CEO and President Jeremy Kwaterski told Small Business Trends, “Our goal is to help people kick the habit of smoking in favor of a smart alternative.”
Mixing a fun atmosphere with knowledgeable staff.
Kwaterski says, “We are known for our knowledgeable staff and the wide selection of products available. Customers enter our shops knowing they will be receiving the most accurate information available in the vaping industry as well as the newest products, all while in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.”
How the Business Got Started
To help people quit smoking.
Kwaterski explains, “I became interested in the e-Cig business in early 2014 when I found out my father, who had been a 2 to 3 pack a day smoker for over 50 years, had contracted stage-4 lung cancer. I immediately started looking for healthier ways to get him to stop smoking while still getting the nicotine he craved. Unfortunately, I was too late to offer him much help, and he passed away in early 2015. In his honor I have made a commitment to help as many people as possible kick the cigarette and chewing tobacco habit.”
Being approved as an AEMSA (American E-Liquid Manufacturing Standard Association) member.
Kwaterski says, “This gives us the clear advantage over our competitors as FDA regulation is enacted over the vaping industry. We are the first vape lounge-franchise concept to control the production of our e-liquids in a “clean room” environment according to AEMSA standards. The FDA is recommending against unregulated mixing of e-liquids on site, so Smart Spark is pushing ahead of FDA recommendations and we are manufacturing our e-liquids in only the strictest standards.”
Building a new large location in Summerville, Georgia.
Kwaterski says, “We are undertaking a 80k build-out in Summerville to establish it as a world class, one-of-a-kind “Gaming, Vaping, Food and Drink” establishment. For us, we are imagining a Dave & Buster’s of vaping! We are keeping our fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly!”
How They’d Spend an Extra $100,000
Lobbying against Big Tobacco in Congress.
Handcrafting new e-juice flavors.
Kwaterski says, “It’s always exciting to craft new flavors and have customers try them out. One of our most popular flavors is called “Looney Toons,” it’s a blend of watermelon, honeydew, bubblegum and peppermint!”
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” –Winston Churchill
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Images: Smart Spark, Top Image: Smart Spark employee Corey Tibbs (left) assists a customer