Tina Karras, Tina's Planet Vodka
Owner & Founder
It's amazing how one dream can give birth to another. I moved to Los Angeles with literally one guitar and two suitcases to pursue my dream of being a singer-songwriter.
I paid rent by working in restaurants and eventually music venues.
Little did I know that these day jobs would lead to the creation of Tina's Vodka.
I grew up working in a family owned restaurant in Charlotte, NC and
my first job was washing dishes. Watching my 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 my outlook on life.
I've 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
on my free time. After countless liquor & wine tastings and classes,
I 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.
I started Tina's Vodka with my credit cards and an SBA loan and just finished
my album that was also self-funded. I spent two years recording my record
in-between jobs and went to mastering in March 2020.
We were preparing to launch both my vodka and my record during the
music festival season of 2020...then the pandemic lockdowns hit!
I was suddenly unemployed, going further into debt, and fighting off
a billion dollar corporation opposing my trademark.
It's been a crazy, winding road and thankfully, my trademark is registered,
I'm blessed to have Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits as my distributor,
and my record is now out on all digital platforms.
I'm excited to finally share my 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.
“Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity.” – Democritus