316 Vapes to open in Tallgrass Plaza

WICHITA — It may seem like a lot of electronic cigarette shops are opening around town, but store owner Derek Hoover doesn’t think there are many here.

“That’s one reason I chose Wichita,” he says of opening his second shop. “My friends and I, we all have stores. We always try to stay ahead of the game.”

His first store is in Muskogee, Okla.

Hoover is now working on opening 316 Vapes in Tallgrass Plaza at the northeast corner of 21st and Rock Road.

The store will sell electronic cigarettes, the liquid that goes in them and related accessories.

“The way we have it set up is it’s a bar,” Hoover says. He says anyone 18 and older can sit at the bar and sample his products.

Hoover says he has an acquaintance who is a chemist and a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma who will mix their liquids.

“I hate to say it,” says Hoover, an Oklahoma State University graduate.

The store will open in almost 1,500 square feet sometime next week.

Krista Lowry with J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.