'Ohm Depot' moves into former gas station

Monday, August 15, 2016
Consultant Brent Doughty (left) and soon-to-be manager Cody Lucas make ready the upcoming Ohm Depot vapor shop Sunday, located at 404 E Washington St. near downtown Greencastle. Banner Graphic/NICK WILSON

Vapers will soon be converging on the former Clark gas station near downtown Greencastle.

Ohm Depot, a "vape shop" owned and operated by Morgan county-native Justin Drake, is taking up residence at the former filling station (located at 404 E. Washington St.) while donning the black and gold colors of nearby DePauw University partly in efforts to create a larger area that can be loosely associated with the school.

With the help of consultant Brent Doughty of Key Reflection Studios, Sign+Print and KRS Graphics, a crew of three (with soon-to-be manager Cody Lucas) could be seen over the weekend preparing the shop ahead of a soft opening to take place today, Aug. 17.

However, soft opening or not, a grand opening is now scheduled for the entire weekend of Aug. 19-21 with sales and specials highlighting the event.

"I think the place is going to look really hip and cool," Drake said Sunday. "We're also hoping to have a patio/hangout spot in front of the shop where people can relax and enjoy our products.

"We're going to have very upscale products with a wide variety," he continued. "Our hope is that not only DePauw students but the local community will feel more comfortable coming to a shop that is very nice looking and set up right."

The shop will be filled with "everything that pertains to vaping," such as starter kits for beginners and advanced accessories for long time users.

In addition to the aforementioned products -- electronics cigarettes, electronic pens, batteries, a myriad of accessories, chargers, coils, tanks, RDAs (rebuildable dripping atomizers) and a large selection of modifications are available at the shop.

For an explanation on the use of the word "ohm," typically a term used to describe electrical resistance, Drake said vaporizers use coils that depend entirely on the ohm values of the material housed within the electronic devices.

"It's sort of a play on Home Depot," Drake said. "And since there's no Home Depot in Greencastle, it could work really well."

With the grand opening in mind, Drake said he will be looking for local DJs to provide music for the event. Those interested in filling the slot, and for more information about the shop itself, call Drake at 765-346-6776 or visit the shop's Facebook page @ohmdepotvape.

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  • So what exactly is the businesss?

    -- Posted by momma-j on Mon, Aug 15, 2016, at 9:23 PM
  • Good for them for trying to capitalize on depauw students. And how ironic that it is a vapor shop on the grounds of an old gas station. Has to make you chuckle. Plus what a view from city hall.

    -- Posted by canttakeitanymore on Tue, Aug 16, 2016, at 10:57 AM
  • "Smokeless cigarettes" .. VAPE. They don't smell like smoke or emit poisons like tobacco .. but they aren't without internal risk to the user.

    Popcorn lung is becoming prevalent in vape smokers .. but it's "too cool" for them to care.

    Better than cigarettes .. yes, but not completely safe.

    -- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Aug 16, 2016, at 11:29 AM
  • Good job taking an eyesore to a nice looking establishment. A productI will never use but good luck on your venture.

    -- Posted by interested party on Wed, Aug 17, 2016, at 8:10 AM
  • @Emmes -

    Please fact check things you don't know or understand. The "popcorn lung" nonsense was because some flavors used the chemical diacetyl for a buttery taste. It's no longer used in the liquids sold. Seriously, 2 minutes searching "diacetyl vaping" would have cleared the entire mess up and I wouldn't be here explaining this to you.

    No, vaping isn't completely harmless. It's not about being harmless, it's about harm reduction. Thousands of chemicals in cigarettes: carbon monoxide, formaldehyde (no, there isn't formaldehyde in electronic cigarettes, that's an entirely different story, seriously, google it, you can learn so much from that), ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and DDT to name just a few.

    When it comes to electronic cigarettes or, "vaping" you get nicotine, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, water and nicotine. Nicotine is as harmful as caffeine when it's not in a cigarette.

    People (like myself) have switched to this because of harm REDUCTION, not zero harm. Personally, I don't want to die of lung cancer early in life like some of my relatives have. I want to be old and grey when I go, not young and in a hospital suffocating to death because I decided to not understand what vaping really was and kept smoking.

    I don't do it because it's cool, or because it's the thing now, I've put down smoking for over 4 years because I enjoy breathing and living. When an uneducated comment like yours comes up I take it personally because the entire reason I'm doing it is so I don't have to make family members suffer watching me suffocate slowly from smoking.

    When some new scare tactic comes out in the news, I research it, dig deep, find out what the hell it actually is and how truthful it is then take it from there. I don't just spout uneducated nonsense online because the talking box in the living room told me it was true.

    -- Posted by Mercidos on Thu, Aug 18, 2016, at 9:52 AM
  • As a person who literally cannot breathe around cigarette smoke, I do just fine around those who vape. So hashtag me...provape!

    -- Posted by kbmom on Fri, Aug 19, 2016, at 12:03 PM
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