Ricky DaCosta, a longtime health & nutrition enthusiast, has been consuming sea moss as an ingredient in foods and drinks since childhood. His Jamaican roots exposed him to many naturally grown products in his everyday fare.
Ricky introduced his wife, Brie, and their three daughters to Irish moss (sea moss) as an additive to smoothies and other foods. As he began to explore a more “vegan” lifestyle, he started making his own sea moss gel. He felt the benefits of sea moss gel consumption in his energy level and exercise recovery periods. He also saw benefits in his resistance to illnesses.
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of their friends and neighbors were impacted both directly, and indirectly. To help boost the immunities of their family members, friends, and neighbors, they started delivering sea moss gel—with face masks, and kids in town—on Saturdays and Sundays, in March 2020. Initially, the plan was for a small, part-time venture, but they realized there was a larger opportunity to provide this product, and to serve a wider community.
Brie’s business acuity and Ricky’s health-focused lifestyle then exploded into a business start-up; and with the help of their long-time friend Maurice Bailey, Healthy Vibez, LLC was born.
Ricky and Brie often discussed opening a business, in their neighborhood, making healthier food options—available on the outskirts of their community—more accessible in communities of color, like their own. They believe their Sea Moss Gel offers a holistic option toward a healthier lifestyle. Please be on the look out for more Healthy Vibez!