The Republican, Springfield, Mass.
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Gyasi Sellers and Taylor Shubrick are the co-founders of “Tree ‘N Brick.” The longtime friends and business partners want to be Springfield’s first cannabis courier business. If approved by the city, “Tree ‘N Brick” will be able to purchase cannabis products directly from wholesalers and then deliver those cannabis products directly to customers.
Friends for years, two Springfield residents said Tuesday they look forward to negotiations with the city in pursuing plans to become the first cannabis delivery business in the city.
The company, Tree ‘N Brick, which is a woman led social equity applicant, was recently selected by a city review committee and Mayor Domenic J. Sarno to enter into negotiations to open recreational cannabis facilities.
Gyasi Sellers and Taylor Shubrick, the co-founders and friends are proposing to open the delivery business at The Republican property, 1860 Main St. The first floor site already has an approved retail cannabis business under construction that will be operated by 6 Bricks LLC, owned by Shubrick and her family.
Sellers is founder of Treevit, a provisionally licensed retail delivery company in Athol. Shubrick is CEO and co-founder of Tree ‘N Brick.
Gyasi and I have been working together for years, as friends, planning and moving forward with our respective companies and always looking forward to a day when we could formally pursue the delivery business together, Shubrick said in a prepared release. “WE are so excited to have worked hard and earned an opportunity to forge a Host Community Agreement with our beloved hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts. We’ve done a lot of research to get to this day.”
Sarno announced this month that Tree ‘N Brick was among nine companies selected to negotiate home community agreements in the second round of recreational marijuana business applications.
Tree ‘N Brick is the only company seeking a “courier” business for delivery.
Under that category it will be able to purchase products directly from wholesalers. sort them based on the specific needs of the customers, and then then deliver the products as ordered, Sellers said.
“We are so excited to be able to do this from our location at 1860 Main Street,” Sellers said. “It is the crossroads of the region with on and off ramps for Interstate 91 and Interstate 291 right at the location as well as immediate access to Interstate 391 and the Massachusetts Turnpike just minutes from our door.”
6 Bricks LLC plans to announce the open date for its retail business in coming months, Shubrick said.
Sellers praised Sarno and other city officials for including and ensuring that “qualified business people of color, have opportunity here in our city.”
“The cannabis industry elsewhere continues to be dominated by multi-state corporations, out-of-state owners and very wealthy, non-minority entrepreneurs,” Sellers said. “Springfield is setting a standard as intended by the State Legislature and Massachusetts Cannabis Commission to be inclusive.”
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