Here’s the tea on Midland’s newest hot spot

Grove Tea employee Timothy Cooper stands behind the bar as he mixes a fresh cinnamon plum latte. (Delta Collegiate/Michael Pieper)

By Maddison Godi, reporter.

If you are looking for a new, modern hangout, the Grove Tea Lounge located in Midland is now open for business.

On February 7, 2019, Grove Tea opened its doors to the public, blessing the Midland community with their own twist. This quick stop eatery could be described as a mix between Live Oak Coffeehouse and Panera Bread, but with the main focus being on loose leaf teas.

This establishment is owned by two power couples: Shannon and Patrick McElgunn and Joe and Erin Rivard, who all happen to be best friends.

“We are a tea lounge,” says Patrick McElgunn. “We do serve coffee, making us the inverse of a coffee shop, but the main focus is tea.”

Grove Tea offers an array of 32 different loose-leaf teas. The teas are distributed from Rishi Tea in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Their main goal is to stay local, both with who they partner and the community.

“We wanted to be different, highlighting teas while making a comfortable location for locals to come in and relax while being productive,” says McElgunn.

In addition to providing a comfortable atmosphere, there is an effort to make the menu personal to the area.

“The first week of opening has shown us what foods and beverages are favored over others, so we are currently in the process of revamping our menu,” says McElgunn.

Approximately 95 percent of the food at Grove Tea Lounge is made on location. All of their salads and sandwiches are made with fresh ingredients by hand. In addition, they are looking to introduce some gluten free and vegan options to guests. All food is moderately priced with nothing exceeding $11. Unique menu items include the Dip Trio, which features a plate of basil pea dip, beet goat cheese dip and sweet potato hummus served with pita chips, and their Cookie Dough Bites at a dollar each.

“Every little bit we can, we want to give back locally, regionally and globally,” says McElgunn.

Along with staying local, Grove Tea wants to reduce their carbon footprint long term by finding ways to stay sustainable. They have made sure to use paper and plastic products that can be recycled.

This summer, they are planning to reach out to Square Roots, a local compost company to put a compost area behind their store. They also plan to donate compost to local gardens and plan to their own garden.

So if you fancy a nice cup of tea, and perhaps a fine meal to go with it, Grove Tea Lounge is located at 2405 Abbott Rd in Midland. They are open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and are closed on Sundays. Although their website,, is currently under construction, they can be followed on Facebook.

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