We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Diaz-Ricera and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michael, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Community is at the center of my business because community is the only reason that I’ve been able to get to this place in life. I plan to hire those that are committed to working hard and overcoming life’s obstacles. My vehicles are electric vehicles because minimizing my carbon footprint is a major goal in my business. I also plan to help expungement efforts, job fairs, and other efforts to support the reintroduction and gainful employment of hard working people.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Better Days Delivery is a Denver and Aurora licensed social equity cannabis delivery service, with a focus on being health-conscious, and environmentally friendly while servicing the community. Our team has overcome impacts from the war on drugs to help our neighbors in positive ways, and we believe that our discreet and professional delivery will brighten the customer’s day. Our totally electric Nissan leafs are equipped with the tools needed to deliver the product quickly and safely without adding further damage to the environment. My company is one of the first delivery companies in the state. Knowing that we aren’t medical practitioners we’ve partnered with Leaf 411 Colorado’s cannabis nurse hotline to provide education to the general public about the safe use of legal cannabis. Imagine a company that reminds the customer that Better Days are on the way, we do just that!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I like to eat and some of my favorite restaurants are Welton Street Cafe, Bourbon Grill, Buddahs bqq, Yazoo bbq, Uncle, Snooze, Snarf Burger, Work and Class, City O’ City, Steuben’s, Jenna Raes wings, the Jamaican grill, Carmines, Real de minas, 7 leguas, tacos y selene, etc. If I’m not sending my friends home with a couple extra pounds I’ve failed my mission. We’d have to see a live show wherever we could catch one whether red rocks, marquis theatre, ogden theatre, or the Fillmore theatre. The music is likely to be hip hop or r&b. I would try to take them to a comedy show at the improv. Despite everything I’ve mentioned being my best friend they’d probably want to hang out with my family (my partner and 2 kids) as well. My friends are the type to volunteer while on vacation as well and I wouldn’t be surprised to find us at a community centered event.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are several people that deserve a shoutout for my success. Especially these last couple years as I left the classroom and joined the cannabis industry. However I owe everything that I am to my mother Linda Diaz-Rivera. She gave up her promising future after she became pregnant with me and my siblings that followed. As a single mother she worked multiple jobs to keep food on the table, This is where I get my determination and work ethic from. Even though we were often short financially she refused to lower her expectations of us no matter how much of a rebellious knucklehead I would try to be. In my youth this was frustrating but it helped mold me into someone that knew to always give my best. She is someone that has often been a second mother to anyone that might need her and this is how I inherited my love of community. There’s a similarity in our management styles as well, everyone is capable of being a leader with encouraging warm caring relationships to support them. There are many people that I have failed to mention, for all of my people I hope you know that when I say “Better Days Are On The Way” I mean for you too!
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