Vaping business notes: May 19

Norge-based vape shop Colonial Vapes will be hosting a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 24.

The store’s owner, Tracy Musgrove, also owns Revolutionary Vapes in the James-York Plaza on Merrimac Trail. The store, which has already had a soft opening, will specialize in selling vape juice, vaping equipment and essential oils to older customers who are interested in quitting tobacco use.

Musgrove says her husband, who used to be a heavy smoker, was able to quit smoking cigarettes after buying a vape from a convenience store. From there, they both saw the positive impact that more stores could have on the Williamsburg community, and decided to open a shop of their own in December 2015.

“I was never a smoker, but my husband was, and he quit smoking by vaping,” said Musgrove. “He worked in commercial construction and he was smoking between two and three packs a day, and so he quit many times and went right back, but he was successfully able to quit smoking by vaping.”

She says they saw a need for a vape shop that catered to the city’s older, professional demographic. She says the new store will target mainly working professionals who are over 30.

“we just wanted a place where somebody who was 35 or 40 years old with a couple of kids could feel comfortable coming in after work in their suit and not feel uncomfortable,” said Musgrove. “Our customer base is definitely 30+ year old working professionals, and we even have a few older folks that come in as well, and we like to make them feel comfortable too.”

“It’s a new industry, and I think there’s a lot of opportunity for growth in the whole tobacco harm reduction field, I support it on a personal level and I think it’s going to do nothing but grow,” said Musgrove.

The grand opening will feature music from a local DJ, door prizes and a store-wide discount. Musgrove says staff will also be on hand to answer any questions that attendees may have around vaping and quitting tobacco use.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 1 p.m., and the store will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 757-903-2165 or visit colonialvapes.com.

Stanley P. Leicester, II was appointed as the interim CEO of Newport News-based BayPort Credit Union by the bank’s board of directors on May 15.

The company has 23 branch locations across the Greater Hampton Roads area, including a Williamsburg location on Ironbound Road. The change in leadership comes after George R. Dudley, Jr., the credit union’s president and CEO, temporarily departed from the company in a leave of absence.

Leicester has previously served as BayPort’s senior vice president and chief financial officer, and has been with the company since 1983.

“The Board fully supports this temporary appointment and is confident Mr. Leicester’s experience and leadership will continue to advance the Credit Union and its members while Mr. Dudley is away,” wrote BayPort Vice President of Marketing Monte Crowl in a news release.

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