Tammy Rynkiewicz is a self-starter.
While the Nanticoke resident has been an independent saleswoman for multiple companies, she admitted her true passion has always been in the kitchen.
So Rynkiewicz combined her experience in sales and love of food and created her own business: TNT Subs & More.
“I left my job in 2015 to pursue my homemade dip mix business,” she said, noting the thought of opening a deli was never far from her mind. “I started looking and talking to a friend and we decided to start TNT and the opportunity came about.”
Rynkiewicz was one of the contestants at The Woodlands Inn last Friday evening, battling it out in the area’s first-ever NEPA Sharks event for a chance to win $5,000 for their businesses.
The event was put on by Golden Mile Funding LLC as well as the Times Leader Media Group.
TNT Subs & More, of Nanticoke, creates various homemade foods, specializing in pierogi and various other ethnic dishes.
Recently, the business has become mobile.
“We teamed up with another food truck who sells ethnic foods and we go to events together, offering the public full Polish cuisine,” said Rynkiewicz.
She found out about the competition through the Times Leader, and was planning on using the prize money to further advertising initiatives and purchase more equipment.
The Baut Studios was announced the winner of the competition Friday, earning the $5,000 grand prize.
Despite not winning, Rynkiewicz said she will continue to do what she loves — regardless of the challenges that come with being a business owner.
“It’s a lot of hard work. A lot of unpaid, hard work,” she said. “The best part is giving back. I found that giving back to the community is very rewarding.”
Find out more about TNT Subs at its Facebook page.