YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- Rock Liu hopes his new smoke shop will fill a void in Northern Westchester.
Liu just opened Rock's Smoke Shop at 1925 Commerce Street in Yorktown Heights. The store sells cigars, pipes, cigarettes, bongs, rolling papers, tobacco, and e-cigarettes, among other accessories.
Liu, who lives in New York City and also has a smoke shop in Newburgh, said the area didn't have any smoke shop.
So far, customers have inquired about dipping tobacco and been purchasing Rocky Patel The Edge cigars, Liu said. The ending of the embargo with Cuba also means Liu is able to sell Cuban cigars, though he has yet to smoke them, he said. E-cigarettes have also been popular, Liu said.
Liu said he is very diligent to make sure he doesn't sell to anyone under the age of 18.
"We always make sure to check IDs if they look young," Liu said.
Liu, who is a member of the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, said people have been supportive about his new shop. He said the secret to running a successful smoke shop is to be nice to his customers.
"If someone is looking for a product we don't have, I can always order it for them," Liu said.
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