This is a continuing weekly series that highlights members of the Anadarko Chamber of Commerce. You can see last week’s member story by clicking here.
This interview was conducted with Robert Brake, owner, of Cloud Headz Vapor Lounge.
Robert Brake-owner of Cloud Headz
How long have you been in business?
We opened up May 5th of this year.
Why did you choose Anadarko?
Well, I have lived here my whole life and my parents grew up here. My wife and her family is from here and this is where our roots are. There isn’t another kind of vape shop in this area, and we understood how vaping helped us quit smoking. We saw an opportunity to open this business and it saves a lot of people from having to drive to Oklahoma City.
In your words describe your business:
In a nutshell, we offer an alternative to smoking or traditional tobacco.
Any recent updates at your business?
There have been a lot of new regulations that have been put on vape shops in recent weeks from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A lot of changes have happened since August 8th, but not to benefit us or our customers. For example we are no longer allowed to offer potential customers a free sample of our products.
Vape machines use flavored aromatic juices which can be re-filled
What is your biggest challenge as a business owner?
As a vape shop owner, the FDA is our biggest challenge and right now it appears like they are encouraging people to smoke cigarettes because of lobbying efforts from big tobacco.
What is the most rewarding part about your job?
Having someone come in and talk about how they can breathe better and how they smell better after they switched from cigarettes to vaping. We love being able to provide an alternative to cigarettes.
If you had a magic wand to fix anything in your business or the city what would you do?
I wish that we could encourage more businesses to start in Anadarko. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of financial stability in this town. As a small business owner it helps us whenever the people in the community have good jobs and are able to spend more money.
Cloud Headz entrance is on west side of Anadarko Surplus Sales
Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?
It is important to me because I’m joining the rest of the businesses in Anadarko and we want to get our name out there. The Chamber does things for us that we cannot do ourselves, like marketing. We appreciate their support in getting the word out about our business.
Anything you would like to share with our audience?
We’re just a small business that is here for anybody who is looking for an alternative to cigarette smoking. Follow us on Facebook! We are open Monday-Thursday 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. For more information you may call 405-933-1021. We are located on the west side of Anadarko Surplus Sales, 1502 Central Blvd in Anadarko.