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Café provides space to relax

Live Oak Coffeehouse offers patrons a calming space. Vanguard Photo | Abby Lawson

If you’re anything like me, you love a good cup of coffee, connecting to your community and going on an adventure.

Recently, I stumbled upon a local gem: Live Oak Coffeehouse, located in both Bay City and Midland.

I had heard about Live Oak from a close friend and was ecstatic to try it.

Upon entering, you’re greeted with a cozy atmosphere, tons of plants and an extensive digital menu.

I instantly fell in love with the smiling baristas and bohemian vibes of Live Oak.

Since then, I have done tons of investigating, and this in turn has led to a minor addiction to their coffee.

A personal favorite is their iced peppermint mocha latte. This drink was sweet, festive and just enough coffee to make you feel cosmopolitan, but sugary enough that it wasn’t bitter.

Live Oak only uses crushed ice, which is a major bonus for smooth consumption purposes, and gives you the option to use reusable cups and lids.

I love this option because it also helps save the Earth.

Additionally, Live Oak has several non-coffee options, such as kombucha, matcha tea and chai tea.

Their on-tap kombucha is a 10/10 must-try and is well-known for its health benefits.

I also truly enjoyed Live Oak’s pastries. I tried them all, and I recommend grabbing one of their quick, healthy prepackaged lunches or snack items.

Most of their food items are locally sourced and made by community partners, which further unites our community.

Midland’s location houses an attached art studio, called the “maker’s room,” where guests can paint canvases, play board games, assemble puzzles or just chill. If you’re looking to brush up on reading or study in a quiet space, Live Oak offers the opportunity to do both. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the art of matcha tea making from one of their books.

Live Oak is also super intertwined within its communities.

Both locations are in uptown areas, surrounded by other local businesses that complement an exciting day out and offer other places to eat and explore.

Each location advertises for community events and festivals, such as the recent downtown Midland fall festival.

These connections were huge for me to feel more at home and enhanced my ability to form relationships with the surrounding area.

I truly love Live Oak because they embrace differences and cater to every individual’s needs.

Relationships, community and good coffee are their priorities, so if you like any of those things, Live Oak is definitely the place for you.

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