We had the good fortune of connecting with Suhail Rivera and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Suhail, what are you most proud of in terms of your business?
What I am most proud of about my business, Alkaline Herb Shop, is the quality and potency of our herbal blends. We have worked very hard to source the highest quality ingredients and use only wildcrafted and organic herbs for all our blends. We have never skimmed on quality, and this is what makes our products so strong and effective. Some of our customers even call them life-changing or transformative. This, along with great customer service and great prices, is what really has made our brand a success.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
It all started with sharing tons of content on an Instagram page, long before the business ever came about. It was a great way to help others and connect with like-minded individuals who were on health journeys very similar to my own. The things I shared really resonated with people, so gradually the page grew organically. This allowed me to create a great network of people and eventually turn that network into a business. I did not start out with the mindset of generating profit nor thinking about what my followers could do for me. I just knew I found something incredible in healing with herbs and eating alkaline, and I felt it was my duty to share it with others. It was challenging to convert the social media following into a business, since running a business is hard work and there is a lot that goes into it. But we decided to run the business with the same integrity and honesty we use for our social media, and that really helped people build trust in our brand and helped me carry over our success into the business. Ultimately, we got to be where we are today by doing the right thing—providing superior products at an affordable price with excellent customer service. And I think the products speak for themselves. They are so powerful yet so clean and pure, and they just make people feel incredible. We’re truly so honored to share them with our customers.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I think a great day in Miami would start at a spa in any one of the great South Beach hotels. That way after a nice massage you can lounge on the beach, take a walk along the boardwalk or through the Wynwood district, or even head out for a boat ride. One of my favorite lunch spots in Miami is the Love Life Cafe. They’ve got some of the best tasting vegan food in town with plenty of options, all very affordable. Dinner would be at another one of my favorite vegan restaurants, PLANTA South Beach. Everything about that restaurant creates for a great experience—friendly staff, fun music. They make an incredible vegan sushi.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Several years ago I stumbled across the work of two holistic wellness practitioners, Dr. Sebi and Dr. Robert Morse. Both of these men have been extremely influential not just to me but a global community of people interested in natural health and healing. For me personally, following a combination of their nutrition and herbal supplement protocols literally transformed my life. I almost don’t want to put it like that because it sounds a bit clichéd. But I went from years of dealing with depression and anxiety to feeling so much healthier, mentally and physically, than I ever have before. Their work definitely helped me develop my own wellness philosophy and provided a lot of inspiration for my company.