PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Cherry Vape announces a celebration of its fifth anniversary on Saturday at its vape shop and lounge, Vape Den, at 108 Adee Street in Port Chester.
Adults older than 18 are invited throughout the day beginning at noon, and the evening party is slated to begin at 7, when adults over 21 are invited. Refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and other food from neighborhood restaurants will be served, plus there will be door prizes and giveaways and rare products will be raffled.
Area natives Christopher Mikovits and Cheryl Richter started the business in 2009, when the use of electronic cigarettes was rare. After the success they found switching to vaping from decades of smoking cigarettes, they began the company as a service to their family and friends to help them get off combustible tobacco.
Today, the company is well-known in the vaping industry for designing accessories called “drip tips,” which are manufactured in Westchester and distributed globally. The company also has its own line of premium e-liquids, Nicter.
Cherry Vape opened its first vape shop, Vape Den last February in Port Chester, where it already had a large customer base, after having served Westchester County, N.Y. and Fairfield County, Conn., customers for years.
Now, Mikovits and Richter educate lawmakers and the public health community on the benefits of e-cigarettes. This past year they traveled to Washington three times to meet with congressmen and senators, including a Senate Educational Forum in which Richter was a panelist. They’ve also fought bans and taxes by testifying at numerous hearings from New Jersey to Massachusetts.
“Technology has made vaping products more viable and very effective in helping smokers switch from inhaling combustible tobacco. Today, scientists and doctors worldwide have publicly agreed they are in orders of magnitude 90 to 99 percent less harmful than smoking and the industry should not be squashed in its infancy. Unfortunately, certain large industries consider this threat to their livelihood,” said Mikovits, who includes Big Tobacco, Big Pharma and numerous multimillion-dollar public health organizations as entities that are threatened by the e-cig boom.