Smile Drinks is the first Black Owned Beverage Company in New England. I currently reside in Boston but the business is located in Hanover, MA. We uniquely craft 100% all-natural fruit juices in a variety of flavors. We use no preservatives or additives in any of our drinks. Post launch, our mission is to partner with local Boston Childcare Centers in order to allocate 10% of all proceeds to help purchase supplies, sponsor field trips, and donating smile drinks.
I started this as the first black owned business because there were little to no affordable all-natural juices on the market. All-natural juices provide nutrients that are essential, and when they taste great it’s even better! We are currently in about 40 locally-owned shops, restaurants, and supermarkets in the Boston & South Boston area. We pride ourselves on the business relationship we have developed and maintain with each location that sells the Smile Drinks. We currently have a small but powerful team of 5. Each member of the Smile Team has an essential role and is highly respected. Due to a lack of proper funding, all of the members are interns, who have sacrificed their time to bring our Brand to fruition. The collective belief in the vision that is Smile Drinks is why we’ve made it this far.
The goal is to be in 200 stores within the next 6 months which would then make the business self-sufficient. Or, support other minority owned beverage companies near you.
My name is Richard I’m originally an immigrant from Jamaica. Food is ingrained into my culture, so coming to America it was natural that I gravitated towards the food industry. Growing up I worked a variety of different positions from a cashier, to cook, to a Sous chef, and finally landing my first management position as a Restaurant Manager at the Holiday Inn. Working at the Holiday Inn, I focused on refining my management skills, and people skills. After 4 years, I left the Holiday Inn to work as a General Manager for a Poke shop. I built my own team of employees who I treated like family. I am a hands-on manager so I asked my employees to do what I was more than willing to do for myself. Fast forward 10 years I’ve used my cultivated knowledge as a seasoned General Manager to create what is now Smile Drinks. Smile Drinks is not just a beverage company, we are much more. Smile is about promoting a positive energy throughout our community. Giving back is part of our foundation; Every month we collect donations & provide food and necessities to the less fortunate people in the Boston area. With the expansion of our business, we intend to create jobs and provide a second opportunity for these people. My hope is that with the growth of my business I can raise awareness about the growing homeless population, and their lack of available assistance. My intention is to encourage change within my community and beyond.