WRITTEN BY CHRIS FARAONEPOSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2023
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We recently sat down with Zyp Run Co-founders Elis Omoroghomwan and Gabe Vieira to chat about their Dorchester-based cannabis delivery company. But before we dove into the details about products and dropoff logistics, we had to ask about the legendary Neponset Circle building where their business is located.
“It’s great to see two young Black men be in a position to build this company in a building that is historic in the City of Boston in order to change the narrative,” Omoroghomwan said about the two-story structure at the foot of the bridge into Quincy. The former Sozio Appliances store that was open there for generations was the backdrop of innumerable local legends, making it a special location for more than just the excellent brand visibility.
“Opportunities like this don’t present themselves too often in Boston,” he added.
It’s been a long haul for the Dot natives, both of whom studied business at UMass Amherst and worked in finance before sliding over to the legal weed biz. They incorporated Zyp Run in May 2019, applied for their delivery license in 2021, and three years later, as of this January, they’re finally open, delivering to not just Boston but also to Quincy, Chelsea, Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, and Newton.
There were waits in their journey, but not much downtime. Before they got to stock the shelves, Vieira and Omoroghomwan had to recruit a team.
“We’ve had thousands of applications,” the former said. “I feel like we built a culture where our team is genuinely happy to be here.”
Brittany Kimble, a delivery driver, said that some clients they serve can’t leave their home or are at least restricted in their mobility.