Lucky’s Vape & Smoke owner to open Lucky’s Vape Lounge in Delano

WICHITA — What appears to be Wichita’s second electronic smoking lounge is opening this week.

First came Big E’s Vapor Room on South Rock Road.

Now, Lucky’s Vape Lounge is opening in the building to the east of the Monarch, which is at the roundabout in Delano.

“The electric thing has caught on so huge,” says Matthew Powell, who is opening the lounge.

He owns Lucky’s Vape & Smoke, a smoke shop, at 4100 E. Harry.

“We transitioned it to, like, half and half,” Powell says of selling electronic and regular cigarettes. “The electronics really caught fire.”

That was the inspiration for the lounge, which is having a soft opening on Friday and a grand opening on Saturday.

“It’s also kind of like a hangout,” Powell says.

He says he’ll sell pastries and other food, juices and nonalcoholic drinks. Powell says he’d like what he serves to have a healthy component, “which is just kind of the point of electronic cigarettes.”

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“I guess when you try to put a business together this quickly, and you’re a girl, you have the choice to change your mind.”

Jennifer Ray, who has decided to rename her new Delano bar, which opens Dec. 7, the Monarch after one of Wichita’s first saloons from the 1890s