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Kerrytown Business Spotlight: TeaHaus

Leila Durrie

Lisa McDonald opened Tea Haus five days after giving birth — to her second son. 16 years later, McDonald admits that she’s always done everything “a little bit weird” and her path to running her own Tea-centric business is exhibit A.

“I never planned on living in Europe for 15 years – that was supposed to be a three month backpacking trip,” McDonald said. “Timing wise, you just kind of got to do stuff. You’ve got to for it.”

In her 15 years abroad, McDonald lived in both Germany and Sweden, both teaching at the University of Tübingen in addition to working as a consultant.

Now, McDonald still owns and operates Tea Haus (along with the help of one son) and has recently moved into a new space, still in the Kerrytown neighborhood. In time, she hopes to hire more employees who can take on daytime hours in order to take a bit more time to herself.

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Leila Durrie, Video Producer
Leila Durrie is a Junior and entering her second year in Journalism. When not focusing on school, Leila enjoys doing theatre, being outside in nature (preferably at the beach), thrifting for funky clothes, drinking iced matcha lattes, and spending time with her friends. Leila loves all things music, and can often be found making Spotify playlists with her airpods in. She is so excited about journalism this year and looking forward to focusing on multimedia!
Paige Plavnick, Journalist
Paige Plavnick is a sophomore at Community High School. She is starting her first year on staff. When she is not busy with homework, she spends her time student tech directing for the theater program. She also loves spending time with friends and going downtown. She is excited about a fun year with school and friends!
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This is Lucia's fourth semester on staff and her first as a Social Media Editor-in-Chief. When she's not playing soccer for the Michigan Jaguars or competing for Lily Weightlifting, you can find her in the garden, watching tennis with her family, or jumping on her mini trampoline. Lucia loves surfing, doing the Wordle, climbing trees, and munching on cherry tomatoes. She is beyond excited to see what this year brings both inside and outside room 300.
Meghan Pillote, Journalist
Meghan is a junior at Community High School, and this is her first year on staff. She enjoys going for walks, listening to music, hanging out with friends, drinking coffee, and baking in her free time. Her favorite spot to get a fun drink is Bearclaw coffee, she claims they have the best mocha in all of Ann Arbor!

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