It doesn't happen often that a family-run business can develop to the extent that Harvest of OH has! Partnering with her sister and CEO, Ariane Kirkpatrick, Amonica has worked tirelessly to support Ariane’s vision by creating a business system to ensure the company’s success and direct it down a sustainable path. We celebrate Women’s History Month with a woman who has undoubtedly made an impact on the industry and all of our lives here at Harvest of OH.
Q: As the only woman, minority-owned vertically integrated cannabis company in Ohio, what have you done to ensure that others receive the same opportunity as well?
We have been very transparent and shared the story of our successes and challenges since being awarded dispensary, cultivation, and processing licenses in Ohio. We have shared that the hard work comes long before. Entrepreneurs must continue to sharpen their business skills and stay prepared so that when such opportunities present themselves, they don’t have to get ready because they already are. They understand their profit and loss statements, they’ve established a network of business professionals, including a lawyer, a banker, and an accountant, and they’ve served the community of which they live.
Q: How does it feel to be a part of Black History?
I share with our team all of the time that we will forever be in the history books and that is part of our collective legacy. In the midst of it all, we came, we see, and we are conquering barriers. Blessed be those that we bring along and those that follow in our footsteps and continue down this road less traveled.
Q: How has your previous experience prepared you for entrepreneurship?
My husband, John Davis, Jr. and I have owned a ServiceMaster franchise for over 15 years, serving commercial cleaning customers in Cleveland and the surrounding communities.
Q: Was there a moment where you questioned whether or not you would end up where you are right now?
Q: What habits have you cemented in your daily routine to prepare for success?
Daily, I am reading business or cannabis-related articles to expand my knowledge and broaden my expertise in this forever-changing cannabis industry of which we all find ourselves.
Q:A healthy work-life balance is so important, how do you maintain it and handle stress?
Every place I have ever worked, I have been fortunate to find a group of people that I really vibe with and enjoy their company and the talent that they bring to the workplace. So even when we have to put in those 10–12-hour days, it doesn’t seem off balance, but more like a community of like-minded people sharing their hearts and stretching their minds to create something bigger than themselves.
Q: What is your favorite book?
My favorite book is always the one I’m reading at that particular time. So now, it is “One Day My Soul Just Opened Up,” by Iyanla Vanzant, given to me recently by a dear friend. In it she discusses how our own insecurities and fears can block our emotional and spiritual health, and shares inspiring stories, experiences, and exercises that tap into your very essence, your soul.
Q: 8) If you could name a Harvest strain after you, what would you name it?
Boomshakalaka😊…look it up!
Q:If you were stuck on a deserted island, what item would you take?
A staff, a long rod painted red, black and green.
Q: What was your favorite toy as a child?
All of my many stuffed animals that I loved to play with, talk to and “take care of.”
Q: What’s the most exciting vacation you’ve ever been on?
Last year to Jamaica! It was an extended family vacation that began with the wedding of my dear first-born, Naja, to her amazing partner, McWayne Flowers who is from Linstead, a small town in the parish of St. Catherine, outside of Montego Bay.
Q: You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Boomshakalaka😊…you know its meaning now!