We had the good fortune of connecting with Marcel Nash and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marcel, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My thought process behind starting The Good Water Co. began around 2016/2017. I was tired of buying cases of bottled water all the time. Each having its on taste (which always was peculiar to me) and seeing that I’m an avid recycler yet always on the move the bottles would end up stacked in my backseat. So, I began looking for a better tasting and more cost efficient means of getting water and that led me to purchasing my first BPA Free 5 gallon bottle and finding a water store that knew their stuff and had a product that I liked and trusted. Eventually, I had become really interested in how the stores operated and turned profit. Also, why there weren’t many black people invested in something so essential like a water store. I did on and off research into how water stores are operated, while also saving for 4 years. Once the pandemic hit, I was laid off from my sales job and took that as a sign to take a chance at being my own boss. I took a leap of faith using the money that I actually was saving to purchase a home and jumped head first into finding a location for my own water store.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The Good Water & Market was originally founded as an idea for me to escape my regular work life. That idea then manifested into me wanting to expand into being of service to a community I spent so much time in and has since spiraled into a place me and my father can hold our heads high and be proud of.

Getting started was a hard. It’s always easy to come up with an intricate plan to start a business. It sounded so easy to do when I didn’t have the money nor time but, when I finally saved the money and had the time, I became afraid. I finally saved enough money to bet on myself and all I could think was “what if this doesn’t go right”.

With a lot of prayer, a ton of self pep talk‘s, the help and support from my father and my mothers recognition I took the leap.

After I found the location in September 2021 my father and I ran into several obstacles when it came to restoring the unit and getting it to a conducive standard so that we could get the doors open for business . From the property being a mess to my funds dwindling faster than I would’ve ever thought. Making several mistakes along the way that cost a lot but paid a good lesson.

Now, I couldn’t be more proud of this idea that has turned into a community staple in just 6 months. My father and I have a place to hang out with each other and expand our experience and knowledge when it comes to business ownership. We are a proud black owned business serving Alkaline and Purified Water. Our packaging includes an array of BPA free, glass and eco friendly options. Our goal is to further perpetuate minority business ownership. Through strides to remain community oriented. We also, feature locally sourced marketplace items throughout our location. All items are housed on a rotational basis and are a prime reflection of minority entrepreneurship. The intent is to create a platform for small minority owned businesses to display their products and make a base for their customers to purchase their product(s). We aim to cross promote and to keep our business and money flowing throughout our underserved communities.

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’m a simple guy. I love cycling, riding my Harley and eating. I’d start the trip off at The Good Water & Market of course, to grab some alkaline water before we head out. Gotta go for a hike in Palos Verdes which, is a perfect way to get the day started and has almost become a daily routine for me. We’d head back and hop on the Harley’s and might stop in Manhattan Beach at a bar and grab a drink or head to a brewery for a beer and to chill for a bit. I can take a ride on my Harley up the coast and it’s always more fun when you have a buddy to roll with you. I don’t get out much any more but, a place with ice cream like salt and straw, an arcade or a pool table, a good playlist with oldies or R&B for some background music and a good crowd. I’m sold! I can always be counted on to find a vibe.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would definitely give credit to my father and uncle. My uncle R. Lee passed away due to cancer back in 2017. They were to the reason I got into water. They’d research everything that they did and when my uncle had gotten sick they got into alkaline diets & water. That inspired me into being more conscious about what I put in my body. So, definitely would give due credit to those two for giving me that initial light bulb idea!

Instagram: @Thegoodwaterco.la

Twitter: @Thegoodwaterco

Facebook: Facebook.com/thegoodwaterco

Yelp: https://yelp.to/FPEE5NhJDsb

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutLA is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.