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Community Highlights: Meet Brianna Vodvarka of Black Kettle Tea

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brianna Vodvarka.

Hi Brianna, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I have struggled with mental health since I was a little kid. I had doctors appointments upon doctors appointments and they kept switching my medication and nothing was really working for me. I started gardening as a form of therapy and to find a natural remedy. From there I began to make tea blends for friends and family and they asked why I am not selling them. My business bloomed from there and turned into what it is today.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Definitely not. I had no idea what I was doing so figuring out what licenses I needed or how to even start was a headache. I worked full time for a big corporation and was a single mother when I started. I was exhausted much of the time and wanted to throw in the towel more times than I can count.

We’ve been impressed with Black Kettle Tea, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Black Kettle Tea is a loose leaf tea brand. I specialize in all things tea. I grow what I can myself and source the other ingredients from small farmers. We don’t add any extra flavoring to our blends and let the herbs do the talking for themselves. I also do custom blends for people struggling with allergies or any other health ailment.

What would you say has been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
I learned to trust myself. My whole life I have been told to stay on the corporate path. I am so glad I trusted my gut and took a leap of faith.

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