Kalamazoo Vapor Shop was founded in 2010 in Kalamazoo, MI and is locally owned by James and Kristen Bearup. We decided to start this business when we found out Michigan was passing a law to ban smoking in all public places, but more importantly because we are e-cig users and have found the benefits and cost savings to be tremendous. We want to increase awareness of these great products and share all the benefits of vaping with others like ourselves who may be looking for an alternative to traditional smoking.
We opened our first retail location in July of 2011, right here in Kalamazoo, on Portage St, where our first store remains. Kalamazoo was so good to us that we opened a second store here, on W Main St, just two years later. In April of 2014, Kalamazoo Vapor Shop went multi-state and opened our first Ohio store in Mentor - followed quickly by another Ohio store in Elyria in July of 2016. Ohio was quickly followed by two store in Illinois: Algonquin and Gurnee both opened in August of 2017! In total, we have 10 stores in three states, and employ nearly 35 people.
Of course, while the local market remains our heart, we made the decision early to spread our awareness and services to the world through our website. In 2013, we started selling e-liquid and vapor products online through this very website! The site has gone through a number of changes in the five years since then, and we hope this latest version makes buying vape juice and vaping hardware easier for you than ever before.