So maybe you’re going out on a date with someone you really want to impress. S/he is both hip and classy, so you know you’ve really got to bring your A game. What could be a better date venue than a Bel Air e-cigarette and coffee shop run by an ex-morning radio shock comedy show host? You could sit together, sucking on little tubes that resemble cigarettes, getting your nicotine fix without having to deal with the gross smoke/nasty looks from bystanders/having to go outside. You can even get a banana nut bread-flavored e-cig, if that’s the kind of thing you’re into. It’s class personified!
If you’ve missed Mickey Cucchiella, former host of 98 Rock’s morning show, you’ll probably be able to catch a glimpse of him at his new business venture, The Vape Lounge. The Bel Air shop will center on “vaping,” which Cucchiella’s press release describes as “a safer, carcinogen-free form of traditional smoking” that takes advantage of various liquid flavors ranging from menthol to tobacco to banana nut bread. Cucchiella hopes that this Vape Lounge (138 N. Bond St.) will be the first of many he’ll open all around Baltimore.
I’ll admit: I personally find this idea kind of silly, like a hookah lounge without the cool apparatuses. But Cucchiella told the Baltimore Sun in June that he’d left his radio show because of his battle with depression. Furthermore, he credits e-cigarettes with helping him quit (traditional) smoking: “I feel great and my children could not be happier,” he says. “I am more excited about this than I am comedy.” So with all sincerity, I wish Cucchiella the best of luck with his Vape Lounge.