An impromptu visit to Best Buy in Durham to browse the Apple product section netted much more than the latest new iPad technical information. I met the principal collective owners of Restoring Balance and Little Barn store in the Straw Valley complex on 15-501 above New Hope Commons.

Restoring Balance is a group of passionate professionals with 30+ years of experience and wisdom committed to supporting and empowering women and their families before, during, after delivery and beyond!

Our collective understanding and fresh perspective have shown us that women in the childbearing year need caring support and a nurturing community to enhance their sacred experience and overall well-being.

We provide services to you and your family to make the years surrounding pregnancy, birth, parenthood, and womanhood the most balanced, empowered and harmonious time of your life.

Have you ever toured this little oasis, perfectly poised between Durham and Chapel Hill, called Straw Valley? Perhaps you ventured in when the restaurant, Boheme opened for its all too ephemeral life? Images above are just a fractional glimpse of the beautifully serene large Japanese Zendo themed complex. The new main tenants have already occupied several offices with massage therapists, a lactating specialist, acupuncturists, and a florist shop. The business name has evolved from Restoring Balance to Straw Valley Integrative Health.  SVIH has added men to the patient base, new primary care providers: (MD, PA, FNP, a clinical psychologist, and an integrative health coach).

Straw Valley, in this new incarnation, has added the Korean food truck owners of Bulkogi and Bos Kitchen food who are joining culinary forces to open a new restaurant in the food and drink space of this enormous complex. (Read the full article below from TBJ author Amanda Hoyle).

Amanda Hoyle
Staff Writer
Triangle Business Journal

The owners behind both the Asian-style Bulkogi and Bo’s Kitchen food trucks are combined their menus and opened Namu Restaurant at Straw Valley.

Now enjoy Namu Restaurant & Coffee Bar. In Korean, Namu means tree.


Namu Restaurant Logo


Since the original article posted Namu has opened. Here is my Google Guide review from my first visit. I have subsequently returned to this establishment 2 more times.

” I waited a while to try this joint food truck restaurant venture in the Asian inspired Straw Valley complex above New Hope Commons. The food is ordered at the counter and delivered to your table in biodegradable bowls, retaining the food truck vibe. The setting is Zen Do like as is the entire Straw Valley complex. My friend and I enjoyed vegetarian options and were equally impressed. I enjoyed the Bimpi Bowl while my friend tried the vegetarian tacos. The 4 stars are for the friendly and informative counter service and food. The restaurant was very cold as it shares and outdoor space with other tenants. I will return in a warmer month. My second visit to Namu was a 5-star visit due to recent design changes and a much warmer indoor dining section.”


Restoring Balance ​Integrative Health
at Straw Valley 

5420 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.
Durham, NC  27707

Tuesday   11-4
Wednesday 11-4
Thursday 10-6
Friday 10-6
Saturday 12-4
Available for appointments, but reception closed Sunday and Monday.