Fighting for Small Business Owners: Miriam Morales
Updated: May 21
My name is Miriam Morales, co-owner of Recreo Coffee & Roasterie, a coffee shop in West Roxbury and inside City Hall. I am a Latina, an immigrant, and a supporter of my dear friend John Barros’ bid for Boston mayor.
Like many other immigrants before me, I came to Boston in search of the American Dream. I graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Industrial Engineering and served as a Minister for 20 years.
I felt compelled to take over my family’s coffee business after my father suffered an accident. Since then I have been serving coffee to Bostonians with coffee sourced directly from my family farm in Nicaragua.
Despite the clientele and friendships we have built at Recreo over the years, it hasn’t always felt like I -- a woman, an immigrant, a person of color -- have a seat at the table. And as a small business owner, I have sometimes struggled to access capital and professional opportunities.
When a new retail location opened up on the ground floor of City Hall, John, who was Chief of Economic Development, made sure business owners who are women and people of color (like myself) knew about this opportunity. I was lucky enough to win this retail location and have operated the second location of Recreo out of City Hall ever since.
John and his Small Business team were there for us every step of the way, providing us with technical assistance, and continued to support us and other small and local businesses throughout the pandemic, too.