Gaston’s Small Business Center helps couple open Kava Bar

Bambe and Sam Johnson are newlyweds on a mission to cultivate a welcoming alcohol-free community in downtown Lowell at North Main Kava Bar. 

When they first began thinking of starting this business on their own, they reached out to the Small Business Center at Gaston College. They received counseling that helped them determine if their idea was viable and feedback about the challenges they could face. They also received assistance in building their business plan.

“I don’t think we would be open if it wasn’t for the Small Business Center,” said Bambe. The Small Business Center continued to help them even after opening their business on Dec. 10, 2022. 

One of the main benefits of kava bars is that they offer a natural alternative to alcohol. However, for those who aren’t interested in Kava or Kratom, but would still like to get in on the sober bar activities, the couple also sells coffee, hot cocoa and sodas.

If you have an idea for a small business and would like assistance, you can reach the Gaston College Small Business Center at 704.922.6447 or 

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