Meet Carlee!

Hard-working, diligent, genuinely kind, always ready to lend a hand or share her knowledge and unexpectedly hilarious; Carlee is such a wonderful part of the Live Oak family. We have truly come to love her!

You can find her behind the bar sharing her passion for coffee as she makes you a pour-over, in our Roastery packaging our coffee or creating quirky & random songs for Spotify.


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Where are you from?

Three Oaks, Michigan (I currently live in Mt Pleasant)

What is your favorite Coffee Drink?


I’m a sucker for a good Americano

LO- can’t go wrong with a classic

What do you LOVE about Midland or Bay City?

I love the people. I work among incredible humans who support each other and the community so well. I love getting to know our customers and hearing their individual stories.

LO-we do get to spend time with some pretty amazing people

How do you hope to make Midland a better community?

I do my best to spend with intention. Coming from a small town, I understand the importance of supporting local businesses. No matter where I live, I always try to support local first. Even though I don’t actually live in Midland, I do my best to explore a new business each week.

LO- love that you do this. It sure does go a long way.

What is an embarrassing moment you can laugh at?

It may sound silly, but I love to “parkour.” There have been multiple times where I have “parkoured” and completely wiped out. Most recently, My two friends and I were at Yellowstone National Park and I started hopping down the trail. I slipped, face-planted and OF COURSE they got it on video. The bruises and scrapes have healed, and now all that remains is a very funny video of me falling down a very steep trail.

LO- oh wow, be careful!! Ha!

What is your favorite thing about Live Oak?

I love the atmosphere. As soon as I walk into the building I feel at home.

LO- this is our goal… <3 we hope it always feels like a haven and a place you can always come back to for rest & nourishment.


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“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed are those who take refuge in Him.”
— Psalm 34:8

What is your favorite quote, saying or scripture?

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed are those who take refuge in Him.” Psalm 34:8

LO- one of our favorites too….

What do you do for fun?

I like to paddle board, long board, hang with friends, go thrift shopping, and cuddle up with my dog to watch a good tv show

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


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I would love to be able to invest in a 1968 Vanagon and travel around the country in it. Ideally, I would spend this time stopping in towns and markets selling my own roasted coffee and getting to know the locals. I also love planning events. My degree was in Sports Management with a minor in Event Management, and I would be thrilled if I could use it to plan events for non-profits that have a unique but equally as important cause.

LO- that sounds magical!

What is your favorite Charity and why?


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Special Olympics Michigan! I was an intern at SOMI my senior year of college and it truly changed my life. Special Olympics gives children and adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to play sports. Throughout my internship I met many athletes, coaches, parents and supporters at different SOMI related events. Hearing their personal stories, specifically on what they’ve gone through and how Special Olympics impacted their lives, changed my perspective on my own life. I would strongly encourage everyone to volunteer with Special Olympics Michigan if they had the chance to.

LO- what a great organization and one that is also close to our hearts.

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We always say around The Plaza… whether your time here is 6 months or 6 years, we hope that you will gain so many good treasures of love, relationships, support, insight & skills while you are here. We also hope you will always find a second home here when you are back in the area.
— Renee’ Deckrow


We always say around here… whether your time here is 6 months or 6 years, we hope that you will gain so many good treasures of love, support, knowledge &amp; skills while you are here.  We also hope you will always find a second home here when you a…

We always say around here… whether your time here is 6 months or 6 years, we hope that you will gain so many good treasures of love, support, knowledge & skills while you are here. We also hope you will always find a second home here when you are back in the area. Carlee will fly away soon….. big adventures await her…. and while we want to hold on tight…. we are excited to cheer her on as she pursues her calling. We love you Carlee, we cannot wait to watch you soar. -LO


We love your heart, passion &amp; zest for life Carlee!

We love your heart, passion & zest for life Carlee!