Brett Saginar is a founding member of Vaporific LLC, a company working on opening its first location in Talladega’s historic downtown. “I live in this county, and I wanted to start somewhere close to home,” he explained. “We are planning on opening several other locations in the area in the near future, and we’ve already got some point of purchase displays up in the surrounding area.”
Once it opens, the store will feature a retail area, a lounge with a big screen TV for ball games and other special events, and a flavor bar, where patrons will be able to try some of the different “e-liquids” available, Saginar explained.
This area will feature a wall-mounted TV showing featured flavors, along with a display holding the actual samples and the larger containers available for sale.
There will also be a coffee and juice bar.
The business has already seen several proposed opening dates come and go. “With a building this old, you pretty much find something new at every wall,” he said. “Right now we’re hoping for the first part of January, or at least the first half.”
For those who are unfamiliar, an e-cigarette is a smoke alternative that does not involve tobacco or smoke at all. An e-cigarette only gives off water vapor, and not all flavor additives contain nicotine, although some do.
Saginar said the law does not allow him to make many specific health claims on behalf of his products, but he does say that the flavors containing no nicotine “don’t have anything in them that your grandmother wouldn’t have put on cookies or cupcakes. This product is healthier and contributes not only to the health of the community but the cleanliness also, because there are no butts to throw away.”
The city’s indoor smoking ban does not cover e-cigarettes, he said. Mayor Larry Barton and his wife have visited the site and invited him to appear on the mayor’s television program, he added.
The city of Anniston recently revised their ordinance to exclude e-cigarettes, but Saginaw said he hopes that won’t happen here.
“Right now, we just want as much exposure as we can get, and for people to make up their minds. We want people to know we’re out here.”