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Vaporpalooza Recap: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Just the other night, I touched down in Phoenix after having spent the last five days in Grand Rapids, Michigan for Vaporpalooza 2018. And, dare I say, I am still catching my breath. If you’ve never heard of Vaporpalooza, it’s basically a massive event held annually for businesses, purchasers, distributors, and employees. In order to vape, connect, learn, and then repeat again. It’s also an opportunity to advocate for vaping rights. And of course, a chance to party! Here is our Vaporpalooza recap.

Our Team

Our Team at Vaporpalooza 2018

The Mt Baker Vapor team — Joe Chacon, Jessica Gonzalez, Josh Hanna and I — landed in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Thursday, March 22nd, to heaps of dirty snow piled high from a brutal winter storm the previous week.

We were all dressed in our winter gear — thick jackets, hats, and gloves. All except for Josh Hanna, our daring sales manager, who soaked up the frigid Michigan weather in nothing more than a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. Some people, go figure.

After receiving the keys to our Ford Escape rental car, we loaded up our bags and drove off.

A Brief History of Grand Rapids

A historic furniture-manufacturing center, Grand Rapids developed on the banks of the Grand River, for which it is named after. The city is said to be home to five of the world’s leading office furniture companies. For this, the city holds two nicknames— the Furniture City and the River City. The city and surrounding areas are economically diverse. The countryside bordering the metropolitan area is flat and narrow, surrounded by steep hills, bluffs, mixed forest, and farmland.

After driving twenty minutes through Michigan’s second largest city, the voice on Google maps announced our arrival. Our Airbnb was located on a nice, quiet street called College Ave. Century-old homes with small, yellowing front yards ran the length of the tree-lined avenue. Fallen leaves littered the driveway as we pulled up.

Our house, which was a little over 2,000 sq ft, looked like the setting of a creepy horror film. During the day, all the various nooks and crannies piqued our interest, while at night, those same corners gave us the chills. All in all, the house was intriguing and frightfully comfortable.

Our Booth

The following morning was our day to set up our booth. In order to save you from the uneventful activities that led up to the construction of our booth, I have attached a few images for your viewing pleasure:

The event known as Vaporpalooza kicked off on Saturday morning. Previously, when we arrived at the venue to set up, I had my doubts about the event based on the location and the look and feel of it all. But come Saturday, boy was I wrong. The place filled up in a matter of minutes. Vapers of all shapes, colors, and sizes arrived with their tickets and mods. Some of the most renowned e-cigarette companies in the industry were in attendance with their very best e-juice and hardware. While businesses connected with other businesses, consumers looked for their next tasty e-juice to buy and sell. The main stage held beautiful performances and speeches on vaping advocacy — not to mention some incredible cloud chasing contests.

Vaporpalooza was an intense two-day event. And rather than throw word after word into your face, I’ll let the images do the talking from here on. Enjoy:

Especially relevant: Last Wednesday’s Blog


 

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Small Acts of Kindness Can go a Long Way

People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel— Maya Angelou

It seems Dr. Smita Pakhalé, a doctor, research scientist and respirologist with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute in Canada, fully understands the sentiment behind Maya Angelou’s words as she sets to launch a clinical trial to determine whether giving e-cigarettes to homeless people can help them quit smoking.

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Vaping Abroad – Part 4

From 30 Year Smoker to Marathon Runner; A Truly Inspiring Tale of How E-Cigarettes Changed This UK Man’s Life

Chris Baxter had been a smoker for 30 years when he finally realized it was time to make the switch. Like many smokers, he had tried and failed to quit many times, but after seeing somebody vaping in a local pub, he became curious about E-Cigarettes and decided to give them a try. The story attached is an inspirational tale of how vaping let Chris go from a 58 year old man that would get wheezy from climbing a flight of stairs, to a man who has now completed two marathons.

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Vape A Vet Awareness

Have you heard of The Vape A Vet Project? Founded in 2013, this 501c3 organization has provided vaping materials to our service men and women across the world at little/no cost to these brave individuals. The founder of Vape A Vet was a smoker of 15 years who made the switch to e-cigarettes and wanted to help active duty/veteran military members pursue an alternative lifestyle change as well.

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