New Warsaw Tobacco Shop Offers Great Variety – InkFreeNews.com
By Dan Spalding
WARSAW – Warsaw now has a smoker’s supply store that is perhaps bigger and different than anything seen locally.
Smoking Vaping & Hookah opened Monday, March 14 at 2103 E. Center St. and celebrated with a ribbon cutting with representatives of the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce.
As the name suggests, the store specializes in a huge selection of smoking products for tobacco and vaping, hookah pipes, and merchandise used for cannabis products.
Customers are greeted at the entrance by a large selection of glass bongs, one of which is priced at $200. There is a whiff of incense in the air.
But it’s not your grandfather’s main store of the 1970s and 1980s.
The store is bright and clean, and like many businesses today, there are a handful of security cameras inside.
Most products are behind counters and in glass display cases. There is a huge selection of pipes, papers, dugouts, grinders, rolling machines, rolling trays, ashtrays, CBD products, and vaping merchandise. There are even bongs equipped with a face mask.
The store is owned by Mo Sawal and operated with family members They also own and operate similar stores in Kendallville and LaGrange.
Although marijuana is illegal in Indiana, possession of most smoking accessories remains legal until it is used or contains residue of a controlled substance.
The availability of smoking accessories is not new in Warsaw. Smokehouses and some music stores have evolved in recent years to meet the needs of a growing demand for vape products and often have a collection of pipes and bongs.
Perhaps what is changing and making smokehouses more popular is the wave of states moving towards marijuana legalization and the belief that people are bringing cannabis products purchased in Michigan to Indiana. Drug arrests in Indiana now routinely include cannabis edibles and cartridges designed for vaping and a large portion likely originated in Michigan.
Mo Sawal stresses that everything sold in the store is legal and hopes to succeed with a diverse range of products.
“We try to have it all here,” Mo Sawal said.
House President and CEO Rob Parker arrived for the grand opening and admitted he had never seen most of the products available at the store.
He said the owners approached him to join the room.
Membership organizations like the chamber cannot refuse membership applications if the business transaction is deemed legal.
The store is adjacent to Jimmy John’s sandwich shop. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.