Fayetteville, North Carolina (WNCN) — Fayetteville’s new bar has generated quite a bit of buzz, both figuratively and literally.
U.S. Army veteran Casey Fox and his wife, Chloe Benheim, recently opened Wanna Nub Hippo Bar near Fort Bragg. First bar in Fayetteville.
Kava is a non-alcoholic beverage that is believed by some to have a calming effect on people dealing with anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The kava plant is grown in the South Pacific and makes a hot tea when drunk.
“It tastes earthy, but it’s really good. It helps you relax,” says Chloe Benhaim, co-owner of Wana Navu Kava Bar.
Kava is neither alcohol nor medicine. All natural. Studies show that kava can potentially help those with anxiety. Some doctors say it should not be used as a first-line treatment.
After serving 24 years in the Special Forces, Fox says it has helped him deal with both anxiety and PTSD.
“My mind is at peace. My mind is no wonder. I’m not that cautious. I’m just in a relaxed state of mind,” Fox said.
“We have the police, the military, doctors, lawyers, firefighters.
Not everyone who visits Wana Nubu rides the Kaba Train. Some people come for Kratom tea, Delta 8 and Delta 9 beverages. Some people come for atmosphere.
“Everyone tells me that this is a really relaxing environment. Just coming here makes me feel calm. They like the dim lighting, they just come in and hang out.” Fox said.
Fox and Banheim welcome parents to bring their children. There are puzzles, games, and even TV for them while you have your hippo shot.
Want Navu Kava Bar is already working on a second location in Sanford.
All products sold on Wana Navu are from minority owned companies. You must be 18+ if you want to try the cava at this location. If you are trying to treat a condition you are coping with, we recommend that you consult your doctor first.
The Wana Navu Kava Bar is located at 500 North Reilly Road in Fayetteville and is open seven days a week. For more information, click here or call 910-339-1822.