Meet Missoula by Mike Gillette
This isn’t just your grandma’s ordinary tea bar, it’s grandpas too. Heather and Jake made sure that the concept of their tea bar was not gender specific. In 2012, they tested out their idea as a closet shop in the upstairs of the Mason building on 136 E Broadway and were soon able to expand to the current downstairs location. With a custom made bar, they hope to attract all types of customers in to try the tea experience and bring a globally recognized beverage to the community. Every visit to the bar is an educational experience.
Jake and Heather moved out of the shadows of Grant Creek and into the sunshine of Orchard Homes a few years ago. They enjoy the benefit of “country living” with access to Reserve Street and all of its amenities. Five minutes in the other direction past a few horse properties one finds himself at the confluence of our rivers. There you are. The thing they enjoy most about Mizoola is the mountains; however, Jake pipes up and says it is a mixture of the people and the place & how that affects everyone.
Their business has allowed them to travel to several continents in the pursuit of tea education and relationships. They have made visits to plantations in Indonesia, Taiwan, China, London and Kenya. They are the sole distributors of a hand rolled purple Kenyan that is the bomb and an Assam from Northern India.
The positive recognition they receive from the locals is proof that the idea is viable. In a town that is very aware of sustainable living and environmental concerns, people can take solace in the fact that they can be supporting such efforts as elephant habitat conservation; a connection they made with a wildlife biologist at the University and supported through the sale of the Bodo Black.
Stop by for a hot one on a cold day or a chilled one on a hot day and hear about their tea safaris and herbal adventures. Find out more at http://lakemissoulateacompany.com
-Edited by Hillary Logan