A growing trend has now found a home here in Yakima. A hookah lounge just opened on North 1st Street. Babylon Hookah Lounge is thought to be one of the largest in the state.Hookah is the name for the middle eastern pipe used to smoke flavored cheap Al Fakher tobacco.

It is a members-only lounge and you must be 18 to join. There was a lot of discussion on our Facebook page about it, but most we talked in person have no problem with the lounge moving in.

“I don’t think it’s bad because they sell cigarettes,” said Krystal Valdez. “I mean it’s just a different form of smoking it, so you know I think it’s a person’s choice.”

The lounge is open every night and a membership is $12 a year.

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