A new smoke shop opened Friday, Sept. 6, in the former Goodwill building at 2401 Tower Ave., Superior.
Super Smoke Shop, owned by Mike and Sam Wazwaz, offers e-cigarettes, e-liquid, chew, cigarettes, accessories, roll-your-own tobacco and flavored wraps as well as CBD products. A walk-in humidor is expected to be stocked with over 300 different brands of cigars by Friday, Sept. 13.
The store is in the soft-opening stage with shorter hours, Sam Wazwaz said. Hours will be extended after the final shelving is assembled and filled with a selection of glass products in early October.
The Wazwaz family owns two other Smoke Shop stores in Duluth. The Miller Hill Mall area store opened in 1997; a West Duluth Smoke Shop opened in 2009. They named the Superior store "Super Smoke Shop" because the 5,000-square-foot building offers twice the retail space of the others, Sam Wazwaz said.
With two stores in Duluth, he said, the family was looking to expand to Superior. Sam Wazwaz said they plan to open another Smoke Shop in Virginia, Minnesota, next year. The stores all carry a similar selection of items, he said, but the Superior store will offer a larger selection due to its size.
The business has grown and changed with the industry over the years, adding e-cigarettes when they came out and now offering CBD products.
“CBD hit the market last year, but people are starting to find out about it,” Sam Wazwaz said. “People want to try it, so that’s a huge part of the business.”
The owners also plan to add two more cases for its e-juice selection to meet customer requests.
Super Smoke Shop employs three. Customers must be 18 or older to enter. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday during the soft opening.