New Bern now has its second tea bar.
Kemba Dillahunt-Hopkins will open Kem’s Herb and Tea Bar located at 801 S. Glenburnie Road on April 23 with a grand opening celebration to be held from noon to 4 p.m.
Dillahunt-Hopkins worked in the affordable housing industry for over 20 years before making the decision to open her own business.
“I wanted to use the skills I learned over the past two decades to help the community in a different way,” she said.
Studies have shown that certain teas can help fight cancer, heart disease and diabetes, promote weight loss, lower cholesterol and induce mental alertness, according to a report from webmd.com. Tea also appears to have antimicrobial qualities.
As someone with high blood pressure and uncontrolled diabetes, Dillahunt-Hopkins said her life changed when she discovered the health benefits of herbs and teas.
“My herb and tea bar will educate the community and introduce them to a healthier lifestyle,” she said.
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A variety of herbs and loose leaf teas are available and the tea bar will offer hot and cold tea by the pot, cup and half-gallon. They will also sell hot chocolate, apple cider, smoothies, bagels, croissants, pastries, muffins, cakes and pies, scones and quiches.
The building has five individual tea rooms, each decorated differently and available for private and group seating or if you want a quiet space to work. The company will also offer free Wi-Fi.
There is also a larger room that will be available for events such as baby showers, workshops, private events and more. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at your event, but will not be sold during normal business hours. Rental rates vary depending on the event and the number of guests.
Unlimited teas are included in the rental price of a private room.
Hours will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Monday. They are closed on Tuesdays.
For more information, call 252-633-3248 or visit them on Facebook or Instagram.