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Vape Northeast was billed as the largest vape event in the Northeast - which is the sprawling urban megalopolis that spans between New York and Boston - an area with a population of approx 30 million people! Held at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in southern Connecticut - the event was about 2 hours from Boston to the North and 3 hours to New York City to the South only an hour from Providence Rhode Island - making this a pretty easy drive for the thousands of vape shops and vape fans in the area - and the turn out didn't disappoint.
Vape Northeast was the expo we had been looking forward to for months to be able to share Cafe Racer's award winning e-liquid creations with the fine folks of New England and the mid-Atlantic states.
Once again we parachuted in a few days before the show to do a vape shop tour of the area. Visiting local shops is a great way to learn about the regional differences in e-liquid preferences, innovative shop design and what's hot in hard ware. We also really enjoy meeting the shop owners and retail staff in their stores vs just meeting them our booth. We hit about 20 shops in Rhode Island and Connecticut between Tuesday and Thursday - including a fun Vape Northeast Pre-Party at one of Cafe Racer's accounts in Bridgeport CT called Stoked.
It was great to meet up with the Stoked team and their awesome customers while enjoying some craft beer - usually paired with Lucky 13 and Lucky Bastard.
After a fun evening with the Stoked crew we headed north to Foxwoods and set up the booth and prepared for a rawkus 3 days of Vape Northeast.
We once again were able to score a great bike from a local builder. This bad boy is a 2004 Triumph that Peter from Cafe Cycles RI had been working on for a customer for 6 months. Peter specializes in hand formed metal parts for vintage motorcycles, restoration and bad ass custom builds.
The Cafe Racer Tasting Bar was pretty much slammed from the opening bell on Friday afternoon until the closing of the event on Sunday evening. We made a ton of new friends and fans and are stoked to have signed up a grip of new shops to carry our products in NH, RI, CT, NY, NJ and even a couple from outside the area including FL and KY.
We'd like to say a special thanks to Michael Wittenberg and his amazing Vape Northeast Team for hosting a great regional event. We look forward to their next event being held in Colorado later this summer.
Great to see many old friends and new - including the team from The Real Destination Vape from East Providence RI (top left), Mad Vapes Nashua NH (top right), Stoked CT (bottom left) and the one and only 2 Mod God Joey Jux (bottom right)
We once again featured Craft Beer pairing at the booth with Lucky 13 and Lucky Bastard - great beer and finely crafted e-juice - what's not to like!
The Racer Tasting Bar line-up
The team from Vapor 9 in CT - who picked up all 4 Cafe Racer flavors for their 3 awesome shops
Both tasting bars were slammed for the duration of the show
Giant Vapes sponsored the show and broke out it's awesome mega booth
Cloudy with a chance of Vape at the show stage!
Being close to the town where I grew up in Rhode Island has it's benefits - including inviting my Mom out to the show to see experience the vape world first hand.
Behind every good show there's a production manager - and Sue had a box of supplies that was stocked to the hilt to help exhibitors out with whatever we needed in a pinch. Thanks Sue and the entire Vape Northeast Team!