Kallie Schloemann,

Barista, Roaster Boss, Plant Parent & Arborist extraordinaire, you have been such an incredible gift to us! With your warmth, attention to detail, careful nurturing of all of our plant babies and your kindness, you have worked your way into our hearts and we never want to let you go…. but fly, you must…. adventures await, the next chapter of your remarkable story must be written and we cannot wait to cheer you on from here. Thank you, thank you for all the impact you have made in such a short time. You are amazing, we love you and you will be greatly missed but we are so incredibly happy for you to be pursuing your dreams in California! I mean, how do we compete with that?!

Before you go, will you take a moment to answer our Barista Story questions, so our readers can get to know you a little better…

Where are you from?


What is your favorite Coffee Drink?

Iced white chocolate and lavender latte with oat milk!

LO- Yummm…

What do you LOVE about Midland or Bay City?

I love that Midland is full of welcoming people. I moved back to Midland recently from out of state and have had no problems making friends! The sense of community is strong here <3

LO- so very true…. that is one of our favorite things about Midland too!

How do you hope to make Midland a better community?


Working at two local small businesses helps me build community all the time! I love talking to new people and letting them know about different small businesses they can support instead of going to big box stores! It makes me happy because a lot of times people will share their favorite small business with me too!

LO- We appreciate that too!

What is an embarrassing moment you can laugh at?

Where to start… we have one customer at Live Oak that I consistently called the wrong name for months. I finally got it down now but man, it was getting embarrassing there for a minute! Sorry Greg!

LO- oh dear! it happens…. so grateful for gracious guests!

What is your favorite thing about Live Oak?

I love that the support starts all the way from the top! I know that if I have any issue I know someone is there to listen to my concerns and help solve the issue. It makes for a very healthy workplace environment! You can definitely feel the love within the staff <3

LO- awe… yes! We love you all very much… thank you for all the ways you have made it better here. We love your organization and the excellence with which you do everything!

“There is nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend” – Bob Ross

What do you do for fun?

I hangout with my cats, and my friends! I love going plant shopping and taking care of all my plant children! I also love doing crafts and watching Law and Order SVU!

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

I’m passionate about plants. All types and sorts and shapes and sizes. My dream is to open my own plant/coffee shop 🙂

LO- This summer we were able to host our first Plant Parent Event along with our neighbors at Botanica. It was such a fun and informational event. We loved the resources & insights Kallie provided and how well attended it was! It will go down as one of our favorite summer memories.

One day, we will visit your Coffee/Plant Shop and give you a big hug and thank you for the ways you helped us grow!

There is nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend
— Bob Ross

“Trees exhale for us so that we can inhale them to stay alive. Can we ever forget that? Let us love trees with every breath we take until we perish.” ― Munia Khan


What is your favorite Charity and why?

Fair Fight! “Voter suppression is widespread and endemic in this country and an election year is yet another reminder that our government cannot make progress until people of color are not disenfranchised at an alarming rate. This organization, founded by Stacy Abrams, is working to ensure free and fair elections.”


Kallie, we love you and are “Rooting” for you! We will take very good care of all your plant babies! Safe travels and be sure to visit often! Fly baby, fly!

“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson