My grandmother told me about the company after she saw the brand and recognized the name. She went down to the factory and met with Sean and then told me to get in contact with him.
I started out packing pints of ice cream and working on our truck during events. I decided to go to college for my associate’s degree. Sean is a CPA and that inspired me to pursue accounting. He would help me out with school and when I’d come to work, I applied what I’d learned.
At the end of 2020, we became a worker-owned cooperative. There are six owners and I’m one of them. This has been in the works for a while because there are a lot of things that go into creating this type of business. It’s really a teamwork thing, and we set ourselves up before we actually signed the papers. We worked with lawyers, created bylaws, and determined how to structure the boards.
As we got closer to becoming a worker-owned cooperative, I was battling with believing if it was real. Where I come from, you don’t see this happening; even if it’s happening to you, you’re just so surprised. Being from Baltimore you see a lot of bad things all the time, so it’s hard to believe something this great could happen. We’re four months into being an official worker-owned cooperative and now I feel like I’ve got to do better every day. After I signed on the dotted line, I accepted that it’s real and I had to step up to the plate and try to hit some home runs.
We lost a lot of business during the pandemic because we sell most of our ice cream to restaurants and institutions. The public stepped in and filled that void for us. They were going to grocery stores and buying whole shelves of ice cream, ordering home deliveries, and tagging us on Instagram.
I really appreciate that. If it wasn’t for them, we probably wouldn’t be in business right now.
If my father were alive, I know he would be happy with Taharka Brothers. He put a lot of good out into the world, and I believe that’s why I’m benefiting from this.