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City Park, 11AM
Kick off to a 4-day stop on the PGA Championship tour
1112 Mandeville St., 2PM
Talk dreams and crystals
Andrew Jackson Hotel, 4PM
Sleepover ghost tour at the infamous hotel
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 5:30PM
Artists Tara Conley, Rachel David, and Ashley Pridmore will discuss their work
The Orpheum Theater, 6PM
29th annual event
Shrine On Airline, 7PM
Baby Cakes go up against the Omaha Storm Chasers
Cafe Istanbul, 7PM
French film about the 2012 presidential election, following Macron and Le Pen's victories during this weekend's round one
Nola Yoga Loft, 7:30PM
Set intentions for the Full Moon and share a cacao elixir
Carver Club, 8PM
Hosted by the bar's owner Miss Judy Hill
City Park, 4PM
Kiddie crafts, cooking demos, native plant sale, yoga, and more
The Country Club, 5:30PM
Sip and socialize, with complimentary wine and live music
Ashé Cac, 6PM
Story of the creation of the world
Eiffel Society, 6PM
A benefit to aid horses in need
Nola Yoga Loft, 6:30PM
All-levels yoga following by wine and dinner
City Park, 7PM
Annual free outdoor concert feat. Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Yes, Yoga., 7:30PM
Celebrate the cycle with visualizations, meditations, journaling, ritual, and group energy healing
Gasa Gasa, 9PM
Local faves, feat. Danny Abel Band, Shhh
Sidney's Saloon, 10PM
Celebrate NOLA's nightlife with Garlic Junior, Jassy, and DJ Visqueen
Lafayette Square, 5PM
Feat. Flow Tribe and Robin Barnes
Norman Mayer Branch Library, 5PM
Teen poetry event in blackout poetry of public library books
City Park, 5PM
Feat. Raphael Bas
Black Penny, 6PM
The famous boil across from Armstrong Park returns
Paradigm Gardens, 7PM
Urban farm hosts outdoor dinner, with Ancora Pizzeria
Saenger Theatre, 8PM
Alton Brown live
Catahoula Hotel, 8PM
Rooftop screening of the Woody Allen classic
Three Keys, 9PM
This month's event features Ashlin Parker Trio
NOLA Distilling Company, 3PM
Live music from Colin Lake, food from Frencheeze & La Cocinita food trucks
The Old U.S. Mint, 6PM
Films from the inaugural 1970 Jazz Fest
City Park Botanical Gardens, 6PM
Feat. Marcia Ball, Brass-a-Holics, and Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show
House of Blues, 6:30PM
The 'We Will Detonate!' tour
New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, 7PM
Celebration of jazz music and its influence
Hyatt Regency, 7PM
19th annual benefit feat. a Neville Family Funktion and more
Orpheum Theater, 9PM
Birmingham band promotes second album "Sea of Noise"
NOLA Vape Brings Crescent City Flavor to E-Juice (Literally)
For centuries, the South was a cradle of tobacco production. Now, the region is evolving. NOLA Vape is a local e-liquid manufacturer and vendor that has grown quickly since opening in 2012. It produces more than 100 flavors of e-juice from its headquarters in New Orleans, and distributes to retail outlets around the city, including Up in Smoke, Mushroom Records, and Crescent City Vape.
NOLA Vape was founded in 2012 by New Orleans native Courtney Ambrosia with the help of her brother and a few friends -- all cigarette smokers who had turned to vaping as an alternative to tobacco. The team saw a unique opportunity for business growth at a time when, as Courtney said, "the vast majority of smokers didn't even know this newfangled electronic cigarette contraption existed."
Even as the e-cigarette industry was growing nationally, few e-cig businesses existed in New Orleans, and none were embracing NOLA-centric flavor profiles for e-liquids.
NOLA Vape has been influenced by the local vibe that Courtney and her team have always loved: the food, the drink, the attitude, and the rich spice of life that makes the city one of the world's most treasured. Over a dozen of NOLA Vape's more than 100 flavors are locally inspired, including Café au Lait, Beignet, Bananas Foster, King Cake, Ponchatoula Strawberry, and even Sazerac.
The process of creating recipes for such an extensive line involved many years of experimentation and feedback from friends and customers.
Personal health was a strong inspiration for Courtney and the NOLA Vape team. "In this city, a cocktail and a cigarette go hand-in-hand…Vaping was our way of collectively agreeing to quit the cancer sticks in favor of something more evolved." What's more, said Courtney, they could help bring a superior alternative to cigarettes into their lifelong community.
Over the past few years, the e-cigarette industry has emerged from its Wild West phase, and many vaping customers are quite particular about their e-liquid. They want to know what's in their e-juice, the quality of the ingredients, and how it's made. NOLA Vape shares these concerns and puts particular care into the manufacturing process. NOLA Vape extracts its own organic nicotine, and uses only FDA-approved, U.S. Pharmacopeia-grade ingredients in a meticulously clean workplace.
In an industry where much of the hardware and nicotine extract being sold are imported -- largely from China -- the NOLA Vape crew is proud of offering exclusively U.S.-made e-juice.
The e-cigarette business is booming, and NOLA Vape has exceeded the team's expectations for success. But in this new and currently unregulated industry, the journey hasn't been without roadblocks. One of the first challenges the business had to overcome was signing up with a payment processor for its online store. "Most payment processors, like PayPal, won't touch this industry with a 10-foot pole because it has such a high-risk stigma," said Courtney. As a young industry with new products and new companies emerging all the time, credit card chargebacks are more common in vaping than in many other industries.
The company also has had to deal with some local legal issues. "As in any business, there are people who try to bully others under the guise of protecting their intellectual property. We've gotten flack from people who assert their legal ownership of the combination of a color and a fruit as a name." Courtney said they were flabbergasted by this, but found creative ways to keep the juice in their lineup and to sustain their local vision.
Then, of course, there are the proposed FDA regulations, which threaten to harm or shut down a huge number of e-cigarette businesses. Members of the NOLA Vape team hope for the best, but are planning for the worst.
Ultimately they remain optimistic and embrace the fresh, exciting side of vaping, an industry where everyone has to innovate and try new things to make a name. And while local competition has intensified over the past year, Courtney believes New Orleans e-cig companies "are all a team in the sense that we all share this common interest."
The e-cigarette industry has allowed the creators of NOLA Vape to earn a living from what began as a hobby and has now become something they believe is making a positive impact on their community. "We get to share our love of New Orleans' unique culture with the world. We are full of gratitude for this chapter in our lives."
Brendan Frost is an MFA student in fiction at the University of New Orleans, and a freelance journalist and copywriter. Brendan has been vaping for more than six months, using e-cigarettes to successfully quit tobacco. He’s also a blogger for Crescent City Vape, covering electronic cigarette news, trends, and research for the shop's blog.
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