LOGAN SQUARE — A smoke shop selling an array of pipes and vaporizers is opening in the former Meyvn clothing store across from the Logan Square Blue Line station.
The owner of Lakeview’s House of Hookah, Ryan Khalil, is teaming up with former employee Dominik Kapias on Smoke Station, 2627 N. Kedzie Ave., opening sometime within the next week or two.
Kapias, who will be running day-to-day operations at the shop, said he and his business partner are excited to contribute to Logan Square’s “strong” vape community.
Smoke Station is the latest smoke shop to join the area around the Logan Square Blue Line, which is already home to Roots Smoke & Vapor, 2626 N. Milwaukee Ave., and Up In Smoke, 2442 N. Milwaukee Ave.
“I really love the neighborhood,” said Kapias, who grew up in various neighborhoods throughout the city but spent the bulk of his teenage years in Humboldt Park.
“I’ve seen a little bit of what it was 15 years ago, so seeing how far it’s come. … I’m really excited to be a part of it. It’s wonderful.”
All sorts of pipes plus an array of vaporizers will be for sale at Smoke Station. Kapias said the selection will be affordable compared to similar shops, which is by design.
“So many people — and I’m one of those people — look into the display case and say, ‘I wish,'” he said. “I want to take that ‘I wish’ and say, ‘You can buy this.'”
In back of the shop there will be a lounge outfitted with leather chairs so customers can relax and try their pipes or sit around and talk.
Meyvn, a high-end clothing store selling everything from $200 Monsoir Lacenaire shirts to $450 Common Projects sneakers, called Smoke Station’s new storefront home until last July, when it closed after a little more than three years.