Two HBCU Grads Open First Black-Owned Alcohol Delivery Service


( ENSPIRE Man Code 101 ) College Friends Turned Business Partners, Navarr Grevious and Mikael Pyles, Create Service Promoting Fun and Safe Drinking

ENSPIRE Contributor: Kaleigh Gabriel

The recent pandemic shutdown has created a need for to-your-door delivery services. Whether you are looking for food or groceries, they can be delivered to your doorstep with just the click of a button. Now the same can be said for alcohol. For users of legal drinking age, the new online marketplace, QuikLiq, provides customers with access to the best selection of wine, beer, and spirits, right from the comfort of their homes.

Two Clark Atlanta University grads and fraternity brothers, Navarr Grevious and Mikael Pyles, founded QuikLiq in 2018. These college friends turned business partners have built a game-changer for the alcohol industry. The company is a digital platform for wine, beer, and spirit delivery that operates out of Miami, Fla. QuikLiq is the first Black-owned online alcohol marketplace and seeks to make ordering alcohol easy and convenient while being committed to growing a culture of drinking responsibly.

Grevious, the CEO and co-founder of QuikLik, spent several years working as an external auditor for one of the largest “Big 4” accounting firms in the world (Deloitte), as well as excelling as a top finance and accounting recruiter for a collection of fortune 100 companies. In addition to his corporate accolades, Navarr has a master’s degree in Accounting from Clark Atlanta University where he spent time studying abroad in China—receiving a 4.0 G.P.A. during his matriculation at the University of International Business and Economics (Beijing).

Pyles, originally from sunny Southern California, is known for his bright smile, keen business sense, and warmly engaging personality. An honors program student and dean’s scholar at Clark Atlanta University, Pyles received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Supply Chain Management. Before relocating to New York City and becoming a luxury real estate broker for a boutique Manhattan firm, Pyles lived in Minneapolis, Minn., where he managed a $400 million portfolio and earned many awards as an assistant buyer at Target Corporation’s corporate headquarters. Currently, Pyles is the President and Chief Strategy Officer for QuikLiq. Pyles is passionate about giving back to his community. He even started a financial services business called WealthBuilders, where he helps low-to-middle income families get out of debt and create fiscally responsible long-term savings plans.

Along with a diverse range of alcoholic beverages and mixers, QuikLiq’s website also offers recipes for customers to try that include both seasonal recipes and a collection of favorites. Customers can also find an assortment of equipment to accompany their drinks such as special glassware and bartending equipment. Gevious and Pyles created the first, black-owned alcohol delivery service in Miami, but their success allowed the brand to begin planning expansions, starting with Atlanta, Ga. Check out their website to look through QuikLiq’s impressive collection of wine, liquor, spirits, and even popular mixers follow them on Instagram (@QuikLiq_) or Facebook (@GetQuikLiq).