As a child, Laura Mammina got into all sorts of activities – golf, skydiving and horseback riding. But driving race cars and drinking sweet tea is what stuck.
Now, Laura, 21, and her father, Joseph Mammina, 52, have founded the Southern Sweet Tea Company.
Their tea can be found in more than 200 stores, mostly in Florida, but Lucky’s Market is the first major supermarket to carry their products.
“A year ago, we weren’t even selling our tea in bottles,” Laura Mammina said. “Now, we’re in Lucky’s.”
Mammina, who participates in races at DeSoto Speedway, will attend Friday’s grand opening of Lucky’s Market at 3501 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. She will be there from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., giving customers the chance to see her car and sample her tea.
“They’re our first big grocery store. They’re really nice and it’s a cool experience for our company,” Laura said. “It’s taking off quicker than we thought.”