Meet Rocky of Rocky’s 5280 OTG Smoothies
Hi Rachmaan! Can you introduce yourself to our readers? Tell us a bit about your background and how you started Rocky’s 5280 OTG?
Here’s a little bit about me for those who don’t know me, I was born and raised in Colorado, mostly Denver. Born 1985 November 22nd, son of Katherine Rose & Josiah McKinney, I am the 2nd youngest of 3 sisters and 2 brothers, my mother’s favorite (lol), they might think differently. I now live in Aurora with my wife of 15 years and our 4 dogs and 1 cat, no kids but 4 doges equal to at least 1 kid lol. Not much to mention of schooling for I always knew I had a different path; it just took a while to locate it. As a kid I had a passion for basketball, real hoop dreams, but no ambition or drive to take school seriously. So, it was time for the workforce, I have had plenty of jobs from hardwood flooring, store clerk, relocation specialist (mover), and the list goes on. I started to settle my mind on this is what life is, and this is what it is going to be.
Then COVID hit and I got laid off from American Furniture, got a new job with Pepsi and I do not drink soda, so the light bulb came on; it is time to take a chance on myself and do something I believe in, for me! I had no clue what this “chance” was going to be but then one day I was making my lunch; vegetable bag, orange, bananas, yogurt, P3 pack, and of course one of my homemade smoothies. Every Monday I would prep my smoothies, enough to last my entire work week, which is when it hit me. Working for Pepsi, there are a lot of sales tactics used that would make me uncomfortable, such as buying four 12 packs for $10, buying one two-liter get a second free, and many more. This made me think, “I can provide a beverage that people will love to consume, but it will not be so unhealthy!” Ding, Ding, Ding, gameshow bells, “it’s your smoothies silly!” I can sell smoothies and juices!
What are your favorite / most popular juice flavors you sell? What is the process like creating the juices?
My most popular smoothie flavors are the Earth Dragon, Berry Right, and All The Greens. My most popular juice flavor is going to be the Jump Juice Recovery, unique, refreshing, and tasty. My absolute favorite is the Sweet Potato Pie, which is my baby! I love the before and after looks from customers; skeptical faces when presented with the flavor, and a WOW face after they try it. That will never get old!
How can our Readers order your juices? What’s your delivery radius?
You can find my juices on my Facebook or Instagram pages. You can order through direct message on either Facebook or Instagram. I will deliver anywhere!
What accomplishments are you most proud of this past year? Did the pandemic effect your business?
I am proud of starting something that I believe can help the community and people by providing them with a local, natural, healthy, tasty, affordable, and something that they can feel comfortable drinking anytime and know that they are doing something good for their body. It is too early to tell, but what I do know is that the pandemic made me realize to take fucking chances because you do not know what the future holds unless you get out there. If you do nothing, you will get nothing and that is something I can’t stand for. My upcoming goals are easy, keep providing amazing smoothies to the incredible people that I meet day in and day out. To continue to grow my business #OneSmootheAtATime!
How would you describe the personality or “Vibe” of Denver? What are your favorite local Denver spots or places?
The vibe in Denver is 5280, Mile HIGH, some people literally LOL. Denver has its issues, just like every other city but I can stand by and say that most people you meet are chill and a conversation away from being a friend. There is great weather 75% of the time, good food, and things to always do, I would say we are Vibacious! I love going to City Park and walking around the water.
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