Acting upon the buzz in the market and obvious demand, e-Liquid enters the vape revolution with guns blazing…or perhaps better said . With the Colonial Heights location functioning as home base,Vape Juice is steadily carving out it’s place in this growing segment by opening multiple outlets in the first six month.

At least for me, it seemed like the whole vape movement started rather slowly over the past few years and just recently, during the two past years, has exploded. With the ability to offer users a nicotine dose without the the tar and other harmful effects, this is being used by many smokers as a way to either satisfy their nicotine addiction and / or to step-down their use. With the juices or e-liquid being offered with varying nicotine dosages, vaping is certainly an effective way for one to gradually ween themselves, but operators have to be careful to not market the product as a cessation method as expected FDA regulations are sorted out.

I was quite surprised to learn that a large percentage of users are non-smokers. I’ve heard some numbers ranging between 25% and 35% of users ion some areas by the juices without any nicotine. To me, that’s huge. The idea that vaping is being enjoyed by those who do not use nicotine is a sign of the potential of this emerging market.

With so many new vape stores opening up across America, operators are being face some obvious challenges. Already vape enthusiasts are looking for unique offerings and specialty items. Liquid Smoke has quickly found its niche, as their vape juices are being touted as the best available. Having spent a couple of hours on two occasions sitting in the High Class Vape outlet, this writer can attest to the lines of new and satisfied returning customers to this establishment. The store employees were so busy they couldn’t take breaks for lunch.

As e-Liquid Senters the vape revolution, there are still mixed feelings coming from many of those on the sidelines as some of the fears of a previously unknown product surface to be discussed. Anything that provides and alternative to the harmful effects of smoking deserves all the consideration. It seems obvious to me vaping is here to stay and is quickly becoming a new lifestyle statement. I’m a non-smoker and tried a variety of the flavors at e-liquid . I have to admit, I liked flavors and enjoyed the sensation.

December 1st, 2007 We are thrilled to honor Seattle-based retailer Nordstrom as JDRF Northwest’s first local hero in the fight against type 1 diabetes. As JDRF Northwest marks the 25th anniversary of the Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes event on May 20, 2007, we owe a great debt of gratitude to the Nordstrom organization, family, and employees.

In the early 1980’s, three local families founded the JDRF Northwest Chapter to provide hope for their children with type 1 diabetes. Ray Johnson, one co-founder and then an executive at Nordstrom, often ran with colleagues from work. Together the Nordstrom employees hatched the idea for a new road race, Nordstrom Beat the Bridge, which would raise funds and awareness for diabetes research. Just over 1,000 runners gathered at Husky Stadium in Seattle in 1983 for the first race against the raising of the University Bridge.

“It was a work of love, and we made a lot of mistakes,” says Johnson of first race, “but it has gathered steam every year.” Johnson recalls that then-president John Nordstrom created the t-shirt designs in those early years. The t-shirts have changed, but Nordstrom’s commitment to diabetes research has continued every year.

Indeed Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes has raised over $9 million since 1983 and has grown to one of the largest 8k races in the country. JDRF Northwest hopes to reach the $10 million mark to fund diabetes research at the 25th anniversary event in 2007. And the Nordstrom organization and employees have donated their time, talents, and financial support every step of the way.

“We are proud of how committed our employees have been over the past 25 years to Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes,” said Brent Harris, Nordstrom executive vice president and regional manager for Washington/Alaska. “Along with the dedication of JDRF Northwest, local businesses, and the community, everyone involved plays a vital role in raising the funds needed to bring us closer to finding a cure for diabetes.”

About Nordstrom: Headquartered in Seattle, Nordstrom, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading fashion specialty retailers, with 155 U.S. stores located in 27 states. Learn more at