Sharelle Klaus, founder of DRY Soda
I believe that my faith has given me the courage to take risks and the freedom to make mistakes. Inventing a new way of doing soda and then bringing it to market has been a process full of missteps and scary moments, so I am thankful to have my faith.
It was just seven years ago that the idea for DRY Soda, a healthier, lighter, all-natural “adult” soda, was born. I spent hours educating myself on beverage creation and researching flavor profiles. I made batches and batches of soda in my kitchen, and my family helped me taste every one of them until we found the perfect flavors. In August 2005, with the help of a few of the Pacific Northwest’s leading chefs and award-winning designers, I launched the first DRY flavors: lavender, kumquat, lemongrass, and rhubarb.
More flavors have since joined the family – juniper berry, vanilla bean, cucumber, and wild lime. DRY Soda is now offered in fine restaurants, hotels, retail stores, and online.
Along the way, my faith has taught me the value and power of every individual. I am blessed every day to get to work with the most creative, hardworking, and intelligent people, the people behind DRY Soda. They make coming to work every morning a total joy and this teamwork has led to some significant growth for the company.
I’m so thrilled that what started as an idea in my kitchen has become soda re-imagined!
—Sharelle Klaus '92