We love Avery! She is kind, gentle, and big hearted. She is a lead barista in our Uptown location and does an amazing job making sure the shop is welcoming and that our guests feel cared for. She is also intentional and genuine in all she does, we love that she is part of our team.

What is your name?

Avery McGraw

Where are you from?

Grand Rapids, MI

What is your favorite Coffee Drink?

Oat milk caramel cappuccino


What do you LOVE about Midland or Bay City?

I love watching the community gather and do activities in Uptown together. It’s an intimate setting in the shop which has led to lots of sweet and personal conversations inside. I love being a part of this connection by providing the drinks they meet over.

LO-We love watching Uptown grow & connect and love that you are part of building community there.

How do you hope to make Midland a better community?

*Bay City 🙂 —by fostering more relationships, encouraging connection and a sense of community and humanity

What is an embarrassing moment you can laugh at?


Spilling a Cafe Miel all over the floor during a rush! It was a sticky, slippery mess, but people were so gracious and patient and able to laugh with me about it.

LO- oh dear! Not taking ourselves too seriously is certainly important in times like that!

What is your favorite thing about Live Oak?

Live Oak is all about loving people! This is obvious in the ways we love our guests as well as each other as staff. We are a family.

LO- indeed <3

What is your favorite quote, saying or scripture?

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

Psalm 139:14

What do you do for fun?

Bake, read, iPad doodles, chat with friends, watch Gilmore Girls, play games with Stephen, and lots of walks

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
— Psalm 139:14

What are you passionate about & what are some of your dreams?

I am passionate about baking! I would love to sell my homemade bread and treats at a farmers market or even have a cottage bakery like Bonnie Ohara of Alchemy Bread. I admire how she brings people together with her bread and how the community relies on each other for support through friendship bakes where people can trade their goods and spark friendships and conversations.

LO- We love hearing about your dreams and know you will make a lot of people happy as you chase those dreams.

What is your favorite Charity and why?

BLM— supports justice by working to end white supremacy and violence towards Black people.

Leukemia & Lymphoma society— they fund research and other resources for people with cancer and their family members

LO- Both doing such important work, we love your passion to advocate for others.

Avery you have such a heart of generosity, service and care. Your gentleness & quiet strength create such a warmth in our Uptown location. We are so grateful for your attention to detail, desire to serve our community and love of others. Thank you for being such an important part of the Live Oak Family.