As you know, a headshop is also known as ‘smoke shop’ or ‘vapor shop’ is a store that sells paraphernalia related to smoking and tobacco. Opening a smoke shop is a challenging task as it will not only need inventory but also comply with state and federal laws.
Here is the step by step procedure to start a smoke shop.
Step 1 –Get licensed
The first step to open a smoke accessories store is to get a license, as most states require a license to sell tobacco products. This is just like setting up a hardship business plan that describes everything from - explaining what you intend to sell, how you are going to sell (online/offline) and where you are going to sell. In many states of United States, there is a legal restriction that you cannot sell tobacco products to people younger than 18. Be aware of the taxation rules, as tobacco products are heavily taxed.
Step 2 – Select an appropriate location
The next step is to choose the best place, such as high traffic areas, malls, plazas, main streets, etc. However, these areas tend to cost more. You have to choose a place where you can attract many. Make sure to select a location that is far away from schools and colleges. You can consider an area near a bar, electronic or video store. Don’t think of expanding your shop unless you survive well independently for few years. You can even start a headshop online if you have good connections.
Step 3 – Design the store
The headshop store should be designed well with walk-in humidor, as it will attract cigar connoisseurs. A humidor is nothing but a sealed room with high humidity. Usually, cigars and tobacco products are kept in humidors to preserve their flavor. Outfit the glass displays with soft shelves and small lights so that customers can easily see what they want and pick clearly.
Step 4 –Select the inventory
You need to be very selective when it comes to tobacco products. You can choose from a variety of cigars, pipe tobacco, and non-mainstream cigarettes.You should update the inventory once in 3-4 months to tailor your customers over time. Strike a deal with vaporizer manufacturers, bong making companies, and tobacco-related Paraphernalia. Before you spend on inventory, make sure to check the prices of products at reputed headshops in the town.
Step 5 – Advertise
Advertise your headshop in a local newspaper, radio, corporate newsletter or at an event, where smokers will be reading or listening in attendance. Get the word out about your head shop and why it is better than any other shop in the town.
By following the above steps, you can open a hardship in your town and run it for years successfully.