OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – A brand new bar idea is hoping to realize some steam within the Omaha-metro space, a sober bar.
“It’s new, it’s a brand new idea so persons are like inform me extra, a bar with no booze?” says Alexis Lawson, the thoughts behind the thought.
Lawson is at the moment in restoration from earlier alcohol and drug addictions.
“I had 4 years sober on June 12, I used to be hooked on meth, crack, cocaine, weed, alcohol, you identify it, it was good I did it,” Lawson says.
Lawson says that whereas in restoration, fellowship is significant to your success.
“Quite a lot of occasions we depart a gathering and go to love a Perkins or a Village Inn simply to have fellowship and that obtained previous after some time, so it’s like we want our personal place.”
In January of 2020, Lawson had the thought to do exactly that, get area the place others in restoration can hang around, chill out, have enjoyable, and never be surrounded by alcohol or medication.
“We are able to come shoot pool, play darts, dance, have comedy, have expertise contests, and something you possibly can consider that an actual bar might have, we will do the identical simply minus the booze,” Lawson says.
Final yr, Lawson and the Detox Sober Lounge started internet hosting pop-up occasions at different venues to gauge curiosity and lift consciousness of the sober-living group.
On account of COVID, goals of getting a everlasting location slowed down till earlier this summer season. Lawson tells 6 Information their lease for a vacant area at 72nd and Blondo started on Sunday, August 1, however they’re nonetheless simply getting began.
“The purpose is to get to the place we will simply have the doorways open, have mocktails, tacos, are available play some music on the jukebox, shoot some pool, play some darts, socialize, play some board video games, no matter, simply hang around like an actual bar could be.”
They gained’t be open full-time simply but however will start to host their comedy, expertise, and different pop-up occasions in their very own area.
They at the moment need assistance elevating funds for furnishings contained in the lounge in addition to business kitchen gear.
“My goal market after all is for folks in restoration however I’ve discovered by the yr and a half that we’ve been doing this, that individuals who aren’t in restoration get pleasure from this concept too, to have the ability to come and have an area protected the place alcohol isn’t concerned.”
Lawson says this concept is slowly turning right into a actuality and is a enterprise that the Omaha group can positively profit from.
“It’s essential, we want one thing like this in our metropolis, there’s a whole lot of drug dependancy and alcoholism. I truly work in a remedy heart so I see it first hand. We want an area like this to simply name residence and be protected,” Lawson says.
The Detox Sober Lounge may have a tender opening at their everlasting location at 7215 Blondo Avenue on August twenty first starting at 5 p.m.
If you happen to’d prefer to assist the Detox Sober Lounge of their efforts to open full time, you possibly can go to their GoFundMe page here.
Details about future occasions could be discovered on their Facebook page.
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