|Updated: 10/09 6:38 pm
||Published: 10/09 4:35 pm
A popular electronic cigarette store is bringing new clientele to a burger joint next door.
Just a few steps away from the Fat Guys at 81st and Memorial is Vapor Eyes, the e-cigarette store.
That close proximity is leading to a blend of customers.
In response, the owners of Fat Guys in south Tulsa have now altered the traditional no smoking signs to include e-cigarettes.
"There have been incidents where somebody will look around and be like 'oh wait I'm probably not allowed to smoke in here,' " said R.C. Cline, the general manager at Fat Guys.
Cline posted the new signs about two weeks ago.
"We'd rather err on the side of caution than have cigarette smoke years down the road and say' oh yea they were exhaling obnoxious chemicals the whole time,' " said Cline.
FOX23 spoke with neighboring business owner Jeremy Dickerson, who said otherwise.
"I've done enough research to know there's nothing harmful in the electronic cigarettes," he said.
He said he enjoys being so close to Fat Guys, because it helps business trickle in to his shop.
"They always fill up the parking lot, get a bunch of business in here throughout the day, get a lot of business into the shopping center so they're a really good neighbor to have," he said.
"We work with them all the time, we share a parking lot for sure," said Cline.
Fat Guys does allow cigarette and electronic cigarette smoking on its outdoor patio. But when you come back inside they want this to be clear.
To smoke indoors, you'll have to go next door.
"Nobody knows what's in that vapor when it's exhaled and it's our concern image wise because you don't know if someone's smoking or it's an e-cigarette," said Cline.
Vapor Eyes has been open for under a month. But the owner says business is going well and for the time, the people at Fat Guys are allowing them to have their business cards inside.