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Calvita J. Frederick-Sowell: From Law to Tea Maven

Since 1978, Calvita J. Frederick-Sowell has been making her "secret recipe" iced tea for family and friends. On many occasions she was told "you should market this tea". This advice typically went in one ear and out the other, and Frederick-Sowell ended up practicing law for some 20 years.

In 1997, spurred by disenchantment with the practice of law and a desire to spend more time with her daughter, Frederick-Sowell took the plunge and launched Magnolia Spice Tea, Inc.. Fortuitous meetings with manufacturers willing to mentor her and meet her production specifications helped Frederick-Sowell formulate the tea bags used to brew her special blend. Magnolia has since achieved distribution in over 1,200 retail outlets, including chains such as Safeway, Kroger's, Albertson's and Walmar (see press release here).

Frederick-Sowell's advice to others seeking career fulfilment? "People should search their souls to discover their true calling, even if it is somehing they consider a hobby that they never looked to as a source of income. It might prove a challenge, but it is far more satisfying to follow your heart." Perfectly said.

Read Frederick-Sowell's full story.

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