W. Kamau Bell in 2014

W. Kamau Bell in 2014

Times like these, you need a funny person who understands politics. W. Kamau Bell has honed his witty, managed outrage at the world around him into a consistently hilarious brand. Like any comedian who focuses on cultural material, in his early years he battled to find the right mix of commentary and humor, but things…

ISSUES in our Industry

ISSUES in our Industry

by Norm Bour  Every industry has it’s “issues.” Sometimes they are caused by the people in the industry itself, sometimes from outside circumstances beyond our control.  Just look at what happened to travel, hospitality, and aviation last year…  When we posed the question of “what are the issues?” to smoke shop industry experts, we got answers. And…

2022 tax preparation

2022 tax preparation

by Norm Bour  New year, new administration, new tax laws: you can plan on it every four years, and usually, a lot more often. By the time you read this, the new year will be under way and it may be too late to make proactive moves, but that does not mean your (last) year is “over.”  Regardless, you, or…

January 2022 News

January 2022 News

Nicotine Tax Could Cripple Vape Industry    The e-cigarette and vaping industry in the U.S. is worth over $6 billion. And the government wants a bigger piece of that pie to help fund their massive $1.75 trillion social spending bill.  The most recent version of Democrats’ Build Back Better Act spending bill leaves tobacco taxes untouched, while…

Dan Foster

Dan Foster

Dan Foster Some artists draw inspiration from pop culture, others are captivated by sea life and the mysteries of the deep. Dan Foster finds inspiration in trees. But not just any tree. As a glass blower, Foster creates stunning smoking accessories that mimic the papery white barked birch. “It’s the coolest and most beautiful tree around here,”…

STNR CREATIONS

STNR CREATIONS

STNR CREATIONS Ask Matthew Kleizo the secret to standing out in the smoke shop industry, and he’ll proudly tell you that you’ve got to always be coming out with the next best thing. As the founder of STNR Creations, Kleizo has made many innovations impacting the vape, glass, and now Delta-8 markets. In 2014 Matthew Kleizo started Fast Eddie’s Vape Shop & Lounge with the intention of helping people…

 Smokey Shays 

 Smokey Shays 

 Smokey Shays by Norm Bour Some of the more notable people in this smoke industry are known because of the size of their business. Or their visibility. Or their social media presence. But Shana Wilkinson, along with being known for some of those things, is also recognized because of her heart. I have spoken with her at Smoke Shop…