Say hello to the awesome Tina Karras! It's amazing how one dream can give birth to another. Tina moved to Los Angeles with literally one guitar and two suitcases to pursue her dream of being a singer-songwriter. She paid rent by working in restaurants and eventually music venues. Little did she know that these day jobs would lead to the creation of Tina's Vodka.
Tina grew up working in a family-owned restaurant in Charlotte, NC and her first job was washing dishes. Watching her parents juggle the bills, a family, and the highs and lows of owning a small business was challenging. It was also a great education that influenced her outlook on life.
Tina has worked as a waitress, bartender, cook, hostess, manager, and buyer while growing up, attending UNC-Chapel Hill, and living in Los Angeles while writing music in her free time. After countless liquor & wine tastings and classes, she realized there wasn’t a vodka that had all of these traits: made from organic corn, non-GMO, American made, fantastically smooth, delicious, and at a good price.
Tina started Tina's Vodka with her credit cards and an SBA loan and just finished her album that was also self-funded. She spent two years recording her record in-between jobs and went to mastering in March 2020.
Tina was preparing to launch both her vodka and her record during the music festival season of 2020...then the pandemic lockdowns hit! She was suddenly unemployed, going further into debt, and fighting off a billion-dollar corporation opposing her trademark.
It's been a crazy, winding road and thankfully, her trademark is registered, she's blessed to have Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits as her distributor, and her record is now out on all digital platforms.
We are excited to share her vodka and music with you!
It's never too late to realize your dreams, they can be bigger than you ever thought. The person you become along the way is the true creation.
Learn more about Tina: tinasvodka.com