Nutrition Hub opens

On March 22, The Nutrition Hub celebrated their opening with a ribbon cutting alongside community members, family, friends, local officials, Chamber members, and more. From left to right: Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce CEO Kim Tesoro, Chamber Board of Directors Member Eric Olsen of Summit Design and Engineering, Chamber Ambassador Billy Moffit of Redeye Worldwide Record Distribution, Willie Bishop,of W.L. Bishop Construction Co. who was the builder for the Nutrition Hub, Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens, Nutrition Hub Owners Paul and Tammye Lee, and their son Jordan Lee.

“We’re going to the Hub” might be a new phrase you hear around town, as The Nutrition Hub opened its doors just a month ago in the Hampton Pointe Boulevard business center.

The Hub opened on March 1, celebrated with a ribbon cutting on March 22, and that weekend, hosted a Grand Opening with a raffle, with all $881 of the proceeds donated to the Orange Rural Fire Department.

At the ribbon cutting, the shop was full of community members, Chamber of Commerce members, local officials, and Nutrition Hub family and friends, all of which raved about the banana cream pie, chocolate, and blueberry muffin shake flavors.

“We’re nothing but nutrition,” Owner Paul Lee said at the ribbon cutting ceremony. “Aloes, teas, shakes. So please, come join us at the bar.”

Their goal is to offer people a step into an improved and nutritional lifestyle through vitamin and protein packed shakes.

All base powders in the shakes are from Herbalife, a company committed to providing solutions to problems of poor nutrition, obesity, and the extreme costs of healthcare, through their products and programs – proven to do so for over 30 years.

These shakes are a simple mix of the powder, flavorings, ice and water. Each powder has 24 grams of protein and 22 different vitamins and minerals that range from 200 to 220 calories – an actual meal replacement shake.

Nutrition Hub also offers various types of thermogenic tea, which raises the core body temperature and usually burns about 120 calories.

Though coffee is not on the menu, the energy factor is supplemented with an energy booster that can be added to any recipe, called “liftoff.” This booster is equivalent to a single cup of coffee and “works to energize the brain and get [one] motivated,” Owner Tammye Lee explained.

Within the four weeks of opening, the Hub already has several customers who can attest to the powers of these shakes and have seen a difference in energy and have seen the effects within weight loss and muscle gain.

Nutrition Hub is the first business venture for owners Paul and his wife Tammye, though Nutrition Hub itself is not a new business, as it was first opened in several additional locations by Tammye’s nephew and Herbalife representative, Tim Files.

Files originally began this adventure through one of his old college friends who told him about Herbalife.

At first, Files was indifferent to the idea, though finding himself in the middle of a difficult financial period and seeking something to reorient his life, he decided to take a closer look.

He tried one of the shakes and that was the beginning of this adventure – and “he was pounding the pavement,” Tammye said. Files has a background in personal training and bodybuilding and Herbalife was the perfect fit for his lifestyle.

Since this moment 11 years ago, Files has opened several locations and has been featured on the front of one of Herbalife’s magazines, telling his success story. Through a conversation 3 years ago between Tammye and Files, this Hillsborough location was brought to life.

This Nutrition Hub follows in the success of its predecessors and uses the same business model, from the business name to the recipes – though the interior decoration is unique to Hillsborough.

The bar top is interlaid with rocks from the Eno River underneath a clear top. This special touch to the bar was Paul’s idea, as he wanted to create an experience that reflected this specific Nutrition Hub location and made it “feel like a little piece of home.”

The Lees, originally from Oklahoma, moved from California to North Carolina in 2000. Currently in Mooresville, the duo settled on Hillsborough for the prime location for this business as they “fell in love with the town and it just felt right,” Tammy said.

Their son Jordan Lee, who can also be found working at the Hub, found the property in the Hampton Pointe Boulevard shopping area and they knew it was the right spot to begin this new step.

“We’ve been really blessed to be accepted by Hillsborough,” Tammye said. “We decided to open basically for just living the bucket list, doing something for yourself and being an entrepreneur and working for ourselves versus working for a big corporation. I just enjoy seeing people come through the door and seeing people transform and be healthy.”

The Nutrition Hub is located at 615 Hampton Pointe, Hillsborough, and can be found online at thehub.goherbalife.com/en-us.