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Cali Clouds is opening a third smoke shop in University Park this February at 2313 S. Hoover St. The upcoming location will operate a bit differently than its predecessors in Pico Rivera and on Pico Blvd, however — according to owner Renan Vasquez, it will be “more of a convenience store with a very generous array of tobacco products.”
Only half of the shop’s 1,300 square feet will be reserved for vaping and smoking paraphernalia, said Vasquez, with the remaining space dedicated to corner store essentials, including paper goods, frozen meals, electronics, bike equipment, pet food, hardware, detergent and cleaning products.
“We see that there are a ton of pedestrians there and a lot of apartments nearby,” Vasquez told What Now Los Angeles. “In L.A., not everyone has a car… we aspire to be an all-around, go-to store for the neighborhood.”
Like the other Cali Clouds locations, the shop will stock an array of E-Juices, water pipes, CBD products, vape equipment, rolling trays and other paraphernalia. Vasquez said that he tweaked the focus of this new location to meet the needs of the neighborhood and because, simply, “essential items will never go out of style — toilet paper isn’t a trendy item.”
Vasquez said that another reason he leased the University Park location, with the professional help of Dylan Sutherland of Rosano Partners, was to return to his roots — he grew up just five minutes away, and recalled memories of sneaking onto the University of Southern California campus to play football in his youth.
“It feels great to come back to the community that I grew up in, to come back to a space that’s home,” he said.