by Jordan Green

What would Bogart think?

The electronic cigarette, a product that has been on the market for about five years, has now reached a mall near you. All About the Vapor opened a kiosk at Four Seasons Town Centre in Greensboro on June 1. The device allows users to inhale vaporized nicotine rather burn tobacco.

“Basically, an electronic cigarette is designed to be a harm-reduction device for people that smoke and aren’t ever going to quit,” said Justin Douglas, a regional manager for the company in Virginia. “It eliminates the tar and carbon monoxide that you get from burning tobacco in cigarettes. It eliminates the 4,000 additives in tobacco. The tar and carbon monoxide have been linked to lung cancer. Nicotine has never been proven to cause lung ailments. However, it is extremely addictive, and it can affect the heart. When you use it vaporized like this, it’s comparable to a cup of coffee. It produces no smell and no smoke, either second hand or direct.”

Handmade and vintage markets

The K-ville Indie Flea joins the rising cohort of DIY markets around the region. The event transpires weekly on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Kernersville. Founder Chris Federico said that the number of vendors and customers has steadily risen since market was launched last year.

Federico said she was inspired to start the market after visiting the Brooklyn Flea, and witnessing the flourishing trade in handmade and vintage products. She works in advertising, and put her talents to work to get the word out. Also, she lives in Kernersville, and wanted to do her part to enliven the downtown area of the town, which is located in the heart of the Triad.

Similarly, the First Friday Indie Market, which occurs monthly, showcases vendors of handmade and vintage items in the parking lot at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and South Elm Street this Friday from 4 to 9 p.m.