Carroll of Slinger blows a vapor ring while relaxing
Thursday afternoon at The Vapor Stop in West Bend. The store
offers alternatives to cigarettes.
John Ehlke/Daily News Staff
WEST BEND - Mike Budish wanted to quit smoking
and tried everything from pills to patches and gum, but it
didn’t work. Then he came across electronic cigarettes.
for a West Bend storefront came and he jumped at the chance and
recently opened The Vapor Stop USA. Early in his journey to
quit, Budish looked at his options.
doing some research and found out some interesting facts.
E-cigarettes got more popular on the East Coast and the West
Coast,” he said. “I ordered some on the Internet from different
suppliers and they turned out to be junk.”
investing nearly $400, Budish said he found an electronic
cigarette that worked, but he couldn’t get any information about
the devices and he discovered no one else could either. So, he
started selling electronic cigarettes online.
at the chance to own a store and The Vapor Stop USA,
414 S. Main St., opened Oct. 12. The business focuses on
electronic cigarette, vaporizer kits and e-liquid. Budish said
the products are high quality and the e-liquid is American made.
The e-liquid comes in a variety of flavors from pina colada,
fruit smoothie and of course, nicotine flavor.
has known Budish for seven years and works at the shop.
She said there
are vaping forums and a Wisconsin Vapers Club to learn more
about electronic cigarettes, but she said because it is so new,
there’s not a lot of information available.
Budish said he
chose to open The Vapor Stop USA in West Bend because he’s a
“I like the
small community. A lot of our customers are turning out to be
our friends. The response has exceeded our expectations,” he
said. “In three weeks we had several hundred customers. I
haven’t heard one negative thing.”
she is excited to see people excited about quitting smoking and
feels like she is helping people.
“Stop in and
see what it’s about, if you ever thought about quitting,” she
The Vapor Stop
USA is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10
a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.