Philadelphia in Pennsylvania has been known as the City of Brotherly Love for decades. It is also the city that houses the Liberty Bell and the Declaration of Independence, both dearly loved and visited by Americans everywhere. But did you know there’s more than just love and patriotism in this city? There’s also quite a few cloud chasers that reside in this beautiful city; an estimated 56,911 residents of the city’s 1.5 million population claim to be a cloud chaser. That’s a lot of cloud vapor! And of course, where there’s vapor, there are vape shops! This latest blog post in our trek through the great United States brings us to sunny Pennsylvania, where vape shops are plentiful and the sky is waiting to be filled with clean puffy clouds! I’ve discovered seven vape shops that reside within the City of Brotherly Love, and I intend to see whether or not they live up to their stereotype!
First on our trek through the City of Brotherly Love is VaporFi. I’ve discovered that this is a chain/franchise vape shop, like Walgreens or Chipotle. While the product offerings are the same, the customer service and interior decor can vary delightfully. Their tag line is “Think It. Mix It. Vape It.” and it really explains what they are: not a regular pre-made brand ejuice shop, but rather, a unique flavor experience that ranges vastly with every vaper that walks through their door! Google rates them a 4.6 out of over 200 reviews, which is a good indicator that this vape shop is well worth visiting. From the outside, the green, gray, and white colors are calming and inviting. I was especially excited to take them up on their “free tasting” ad in the window, as I’m a little hesitant to try mango and strawberry milkshake e-liquids. The interior was spacious, brightly lit, and immaculately clean. I felt like I had walked into an Apple Store that had been turned into a bar, with the large TV screens on the wall, the white desk cases housing their hardware, and their e-liquid flavorings lined neatly behind the counter. The master mixologist was very friendly behind the bar, and after checking my ID, she was attentive and courteous when I asked him what flavors she preferred. I ended up trying their signature “Perfectly Pear’d” and “PB&J” e-liquids and was blown away by the pure and clean flavor. I was happy to see that they also had replacement coils by SMOK and a few pre-made e-liquids by Grand Reserve if you’re not keen on purchasing house-made e-juice. VaporFi definitely is an excellent vape franchise, and if you’re in Philly, I urge you to stop by this VaporFi. I guarantee you’ll be glad you did!
2. Ruckus Gallery
Second on our quest for vape shops in Philly is Ruckus Gallery. This is a super cool, very unique place because while yes it is a vape shop, it’s also a gallery for all things vape related, with a bunch of pop culture references thrown in as artwork. The place drew me in immediately due to the high ceilings and the quite gray tile on the floor blended with wood and glass tones. There was a great vibe in the shop like it was telling you to take your time to wander around and drink in the atmosphere. I wasn’t really interested buying anything (I just came for the sightseeing tour), but I ended up buying a few CBD gummies just to see how they compared to other places (they were super flavorful and wonderfully relaxing). Google gives this place a 4.9 out of nearly 50 reviews and I heartily agree. While there was definitely an artwork emphasis, they had an overwhelming amount of glassware for hookah, bongs, and pipes that came in nearly every shape and design imaginable. They also had a lot of smoking products (tobacco, cigars, lighters, etc.) and on the far wall, they had a good bit of vape juice in stock as well as Juul pods. Overall, I was pretty impressed with the place, but only for the gallery part of the shop. I thought it was an excellent way to make use of so much space, as there are some vape shops I’ve been in that clearly didn’t know what to do with such a vast amount of empty walls and floor space. This was a great marketing technique to get customers in the door, and honestly, it’s worth your time if you’ve got some free time and would like to check out some vape shops in the Philly area. Yes, it’s more of a smoke shop, but it’s also a great way to explore and meet new vapers at the same time! If you’re able to swing by, check it out and let me know what you thought! I always love to hear from my fellow vapers!
Third on our local guide of vape shops in Philadelphia is VapeO2. I liked the name, since it made me think of chemistry, and what would the vape world be if not for the conglomeration of scientific elements? Anyway, science moment over, back to the shop! The shop was a lot smaller than I was expecting, but that didn’t take away from the fact that they had an entire wall dedicated to their signature e-liquids like Vapetasia, Naked 100, and Candy King (brands that are usually easy to find in most vape shops). Their hardware seemed a little sparse, but if you’re looking for a new mod, there were several excellent Smok options to choose from such as the Mag and the Alien. There were a few SMOK coils lined up below the e-liquid shelf, and there was an adorable chalk drawing of the enigmatic caterpillar from Alice In Wonderland. Overall, the shop wasn’t a place where I could see myself spending a lot of time, but it would be a great option for vapers looking for a quick place to replenish their e-liquid supply or get a fresh pack of coils. The staff were helpful, answering my questions and directing me toward their selection of menthol e-liquids and making sure that they had my coil size in stock (I use the TFV12 T12 coils; not a lot of shops carry that anymore!) Google gives this place a 4.6 out of only 60 reviews, so while it’s not a terrible rating, I see why some people would be a little unimpressed with the shop. The interior is sparse, and there aren’t a lot of good seating options to just sit and hang out. The walls need a fresh coat of paint, and the floors could stand a good refinishing. I know some vapers don’t care about the interior decor, so that isn’t necessarily a breaking point for everyone. But for me personally, I would like a little more interior charm. If you get a chance to stop by this place, perhaps let me know if the place is as I’ve described it, or if they’ve had a makeover! I would love to see the place again if it looks different from my pictures below!
4. Vape Scorpion
Fourth on our list of vape shops in Philadelphia is Vape Scorpion. Google gives this place a 4.5 out of over 50 reviews, so I was curious to see why a place with such a cool name ranked a bit lower on the scale than some other places with as many reviews. When I walked through the door, I was struck by the awesome interior decorations of dragons, skulls, and figurines lined up but was a little confused on why there were chairs lined at on the counter, but these figurines were taking up all of the counter space. Seemed a little odd, but then again, as a vaper, you really don’t need a lot of table space. As I went up to the counter, I looked for all of their ejuice selections but was shocked to see only a few bottles of e-liquid lined up in a small shelf littered with stickers, decals, and fidget spinners. They had a few brands I’d heard of, like Beard Vape Co. and ONO, and of course, the Naked 100 line, but it seemed very sparse and there weren’t a lot of 3MG options, which is what I usually vape. The interior decoration was absolutely awesome, but they were severely lacking in supplies. When I asked the guy behind the counter if that’s all they had, he shrugged and sheepishly said he wasn’t sure when management would be getting a new shipment in. I can’t blame the guy but it definitely seemed very strange for what seemed like a beautiful artistic theme to be so poorly stocked. It’s difficult to really recommend this shop since I wasn’t able to purchase anything, but perhaps they’ve improved since my visit and your visit will be a bit more productive than mine was. If you’re simply looking to check out the scenery and artwork indoors, then, by all means, please don’t let the lack of products available deter you!
5. Vapor Hut
Number five on our list of local vape shops in Philadelphia is Vapor Hut. Google rates them a 4.4 out of 157 reviews, which is a bit lower on the rating than I usually go to, but seeing as how it had a high number of reviews, I decided to check it out. When I walked through the doors, I was delighted to see that this is the vape store that I’m accustomed to visiting. A huge cupboard of e-liquids with shelves of e-liquid in stock ran the length of the entire wall. Classics like Loaded and BLVK Unicorn lined the shelves, along with some new brands like Alternative and Crisp that I couldn’t wait to try were lined up several bottles deep, ensuring that there would be nicotine levels for all vapers. Their hardware selection sported the usual assortment of colorful Smok products, along with the some Vaporesso, Sigelei, and Eleaf products. Their hardware also included batteries, drip tips, and RDAs, something you don’t always see in vape shops. I was in my own little heaven, and since my past few vape shop visits turned out to be little more than eye candy and in-house e-liquids, it was refreshing to finally browse amongst e-liquids I recognized. The staff were friendly and helpful and seemed knowledgeable about every e-liquid they had in stock as well as all of the hardware that was displayed. I’m not entirely sure why the Google rating was so low, but I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and would go back in a heartbeat. I highly recommend this shop if you’re ever in the Philly area and are looking for a new shop to either hang out in or simply refill your tank!
6. Goodfella’s Vaporium
And, last but definitely not least, number six in our list of local Philly vape shops is Goodfella’s Vaporium. Google rates them a 4.8 out of nearly 200 reviews, so I knew they had to be doing something right! I headed down to see what the fuss was all about. As I walked through the doors, I was greeted by the man behind the counter, smiling and asking if I needed anything specific. He informed me that while they sold a few name brands like Humble eLiquid, they mostly concentrated on selling e-juices that are local and virtually unheard of, meaning you’ll have to continue to go to this shop if you happen to like an e-liquid that you purchased from. But with the exceptional customer service and high google rating, it seems that their customers are only too happy to make this their #1 vape shop. Their hardware was a little sparse as well, but they did carry some hookah setups and products from JomoTech, eLeaf, and Wismec. Overall, this seemed like one of those niche vape shops, where off-brands become the neighborhood favorites and you can sample new flavors you’d never even thought of, like Pistachio Cream and Pumpkin. If you’re looking to find e-liquids that aren’t carried in customary vape shops as well as online vape sites, this might just be the place to discover something new and exciting. Just be careful not to like it too much, because you’ll have to come all the way to Philly to get it again!
And there you have it! Six vape shops that I had the privilege to visit and enjoy. I usually include seven or so shops in my articles, but I try to stay within the 4.5 and higher ratings from Google. Strangely, there were several shops that did not make that cut, even getting a 3.8 rating! I was surprised to find that many vape shops had closed, as there were several like Sababa Vapes and Smoking Cannons that I tried to go to but Google listed them as permanently closed. Places like Vapor Funky Monkey looked like they had great interiors, but the ratings listed it as selling overpriced e-liquids and defective hardware. Another shop called Holy Smokes is listed as a vape and smoke shop, but I didn’t see any traditional vape e-juice amongst all of the smoking papers, glassware, and tobacco products. As a vape blogger, it’s important to me that I list relevant vape shops and not just a simple list off of Yelp or Google so that I can deliver a better experience for my readers looking for a good place to stock up on vape supplies while enjoying the environment. Nonetheless, I was blessed with the rich culture and history that Philadelphia is famous for. The rich heritage and the friendliness of this city made me appreciate the principals on which the country was founded on, and I doff my cap in humble salutation to the wonderful people in this great city. I’m sure I wasn’t able to list every awesome vape shop in the city of Philadelphia, so if you see that there’s one that I missed or you have had a chance to visit yourself, please let me know! I love hearing about the beautiful vape shops that keep our country colorful and intriguing. As always, vape happy my friends, until we meet again in the next article and may your clouds always be full of flavor!