While living in Florence, Alabama, Jason and Damaris Durham traveled earlier this year to visit friends in Georgetown who owned a shop selling nutritious shakes and teas. The Durhams were excited about selling the healthy products, but weren’t sure where to sell them.
“I spoke to a friend and we prayed about it,” Jason said. “Later he texted me that said, ‘The king has one more move.’ Then we found Kingstree and I thought, ‘Maybe that’s the way it’s supposed to be.’”
In fact, the Durhams Kingstree Nutrition opened at 110 E. Main St., almost on the corner of Academy Street. They cut a ribbon on Friday to celebrate joining the Williamsburg Hometown Chamber and they officially opened Monday.
In Alabama he was a subcontractor who laid floors. They had a little boy six months ago. Before she got pregnant, Damaris was introduced to healthy shakes and teas and lost 20 pounds.
“She worked at a trailer factory,” Jason said. “A girl she worked with there went into this business and took her under her wing and taught her how to make them and taught her the business. … She just fell in love with it.
“It took her a while to sell it to me. I was skeptical, like, ‘I don’t know anything about these shakes and teas.’ Then I started drinking them and I was like, ‘I’m not hungry. i have energy I’m not really gaining a lot of pounds.’ The product spoke for itself.”
So it was time for a big life decision.
It was time to shake it up.
“My wife offered me this opportunity and I was sure why not?” said Jason. “It gets me out of this daily routine of sweat and drudgery and just come here and maybe help someone.”
Kingstree Nutrition’s menu includes tea bombs and specialty teas like Malibu Barbie (watermelon, peach, and collagen) and Jimmy Buffet (pineapple, coconut, and collagen). It includes protein shakes like Orange Cream (Orange Creamsicle, Kingstree Sunset, Tropical Breeze, Blueberry Muffin, and Lemon Pound Cake) and Cookies & Creams (Apple Jacks, Birthday Cake, Chips Ahoy, Peanut Butter Cookie, and Oreo Cookie).
Demaris’ favorite shake is the Malibu Barbie.
What does she like better: the shakes or the tea bombs?
“I like both,” she said. “When I drink a shake in the morning. Sometimes I drink my tea in the morning and sometimes with my lunch. I have a lot of energy throughout the day. Carry on with the baby.”
How can drinks with these ingredients be healthy?
The protein shakes only have 200 calories. The tea bombs are sugar-free.