Smoke shops are ubiquitous in L.A. Historically, the big draw has been generic, “roll your own” cigarettes, but the e-cigarette revolution has opened up new doors for these businesses. Cig Zone in Westside Village has taken full advantage of the popularity of vaporizers, e-liquid (which contains nicotine) and accessories. It's something like an e-cigarette hobby shop. You could spend hours putting together a custom vape with different battery units, mouthpieces and reservoirs, not to mention the endless flavors of e-liquid you could choose. And that's where Cig Zone's service comes in: The store's friendly and knowledgeable employees will help you make the right choices, based on what you're in it for. If you whisper, they'll even help you find the right components for smoking marijuana bud, wax or hashish. It's a neighborhood hardware store for the sedentary set. —Dennis Romero
3130 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Unit B, Palms, 90034. (310) 694-5373, cigzoneculvercity.com. Also at 13752 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar, 91342.