Sava: Online Marketplace
I met Sava CEO and founder Andrea Brooks in 2016 shortly after Sava launched in December of 2015. After suffering a disabling injury, Brooks’ doctors assumed that she would never work again. After being prescribed numerous medications which didn’t produce positive results, Brooks turned to cannabis “as a last resort … out of desperation,” she shares. “I decided to try something new, and started talking to a grower friend. Getting educated, procuring fresh flower and learning about CBD to THC ratios and tinctures was a game changer.” Brooks then joined Amanda Denz and Meaghan Zore, Sava’s co-founders; Denz also serves as Sava’s CMO. Upon the company’s founding, the three asked, “Why [don’t people] come to cannabis sooner or know what [their] options are?” That question led them to bridge the gap between people and cannabis — Sava’s grown to host an inclusive, fun boutique workplace with non-profit values.
Sava curates a premier marketplace headquartered in San Francisco, though my shopping experience takes place via the web. Orders arrive hand delivered, tucked into a discreet box. Accessibility for multiple demographics is critical to the founders; one can schedule their package to be delivered anywhere within delivery range, receive notice of arrival and have confidence it will be dropped off by a friendly driver. Sava builds a diverse, inclusive team regarding ethnicity, age, sexuality and gender identity. “Everything we do is intentional,” Brooks emphasizes, “cannabis at its best [requires] thinking about details all the way through.”
Sava has relationships with established companies thus building symbiotic support networks, and nurturing the marketplace. “Being in this industry and owning a business means being an activist,” Brooks expresses, “…where you take that activism is your choice.” Sava’s team strives to provide goods and services that align with their mission. “We support small artisan growers and makers, [while placing an] emphasis on women-owned brands,” said Brooks. “Of about 45 companies represented as many as 50 percent of them are women-owned.” Sava’s educational website introduces visitors to fresh, inclusive brands, and the customer service team offers extensive knowledge on the products in their repertoire. “We genuinely care about people having the best cannabis experience … and we seek out and partner with brands that share our passion for the plant,” notes Denz. Selection includes items for most methods of consumption — Brooks currently loves vaporizing Hot Nife, a smooth, natural and great tasting oil pen as well as products from Humboldt Apothecary which, she says, makes tried and true products that she consumes daily for wellness.
“Being in this industry and owning a business means being an activist,” Brooks expresses, “…where you take that activism is your choice.”