In Town, the Love Shack is Going Up in Smoke... and Vape
SAN ANGELO, TX—Once a location known for its bright pink color and collection of adult products, smoking accessories, and incense, the owners of Love Shack Express located at 1807 S. Lincoln St. have decided to close its doors forever. It's been in business for 9 years. The former owner said he sold the place for health reasons.
However, when one door closes, another opens and the location will not be wasted. This location is specifically known for a demographic comprised mostly of college students, and the new owner, Shaylen Ascol, said he is changing the business model to suit that demographic.
Soon to be operating under the business name of "Lifted Smoke and Vape," Ascol will host his new store's grand opening on Nov. 4. Lifted Smoke and Vape is inviting the community to come and see their modernized look and products they will offer. There will be some freebies as well as a raffle for a $400 hand-blown glass piece for everyone in attendance. Each person will receive a free raffle ticket upon their arrival. Sharky's Tacos, a food truck, will be outside selling tacos.
The new smoke and vape store will have an array of vape products and accessories, while still carrying products used to consume tobacco. For example, the new store will feature a diverse selection of hand-blown, custom glass tobacco pieces. Many vape stores here in San Angelo focus solely on vape products. But Ascol said he wanted to cater to both the tobacco and vape communities.
"We want to be known as the one stop shop for all of your tobacco and vaping needs," Ascol said. "If you want to vape, we'll have a huge selection of quality vaping products and equipment. If you enjoy tobacco, we'll have a huge selection of tobacco products and accessories."
"We want to cater to both communities and essentially we will be the first vape store here that offers the best of both worlds. We will still carry all of the cigar products as well as the artistic, hand-blown water pipe pieces," he said.
Within the next four days, the former Love Shack will undergoes substantial renovations, including changing the pink exterior of the building and putting up new signage. The inside remodel includes new floors, new paint for a fresh and modern look, as well as the several new display cases added to accommodate the intricate glass pieces.