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Meet the staff at Lake Missoula Tea Company

Heather Kreilick
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Heather is a native Montanan who grew up in the Bitterroot Valley before leaving to attend college in Arizona. She was a hotshot forest firefighter before teaching on the Navajo Reservation. She returned to Montana, completed a Geography masters, and worked in the GIS field before opening Lake Missoula Tea Company. Heather is an avid hiker, occasional climber, and full time adventurer and likes to spend time with family and close friends. Heather manages the LMTC website, selects and blends tea, and makes the hard decisions. Her favorite teas include Sangamon Sunset Red (black tea) and Gu Hua Puerh, both from the ancient tea trees.

Listen to how Heather and Jake started Lake Missoula Tea Company in an interview with Mandela and the Trail Less Traveled.

Jake Kreilick
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Jake moved to Missoula in 1985 to attend graduate school. He has a long history of involvement in forest protection and restoration with Earth First!, Native Forest Network, National Forest Protection Alliance and currently with the WildWest Institute where he works part-time as the Restoration Coordinator. Jake is a hard core frisbee golf (folf) addict, a long-time player and coach for the Missoula All-Maggots Rugby Club, and is also involved in administering and coaching Missoula Youth Rugby. Jake manages the Missoula wholesale accounts, is responsible for new wholesale accounts, and serves tea behind the bar. High Mountain Oolong from Taiwan is his favorite tea.

Melissa Reiter
Melissa Reiter
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Melissa joined our staff in December 2021as the wholesale and warehouse manager. She is originally from Alabama, but has spent more than half of her life in Bozeman and Missoula, Montana. Her family, including her husband, a teenage son, and two small dogs, keep her busy. Her favorite activities include cross country skiing, long bike rides, road trips, and spending time with her family. You can find her behind the scenes at the warehouse, running deliveries around town, and slinging tea once a week behind the tea bar. Her favorite teas are the Spicy Ginger Snap and Cup of Good Hope.

Uriah Kreilick
Uriah Kreilick
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Uriah grew up in Missoula and attends the University of Montana pursuing a geography degree while juggling tea cups on the side. He worked at Lake Missoula Tea Company since they opened their doors in 2012 and does a little bit of everything around the shop.  Mostly you’ll see him behind the bar or delivering tea around town. He enjoys traveling around the world and wishes to keep exploring. Uriah likes straight black and oolong teas the most but can always go for a Japanese green Genmai Cha.

Nathan Bendickson
Nathan Bendickson
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Nathan grew up in Missoula, and after studying English on the west coast, he was eager to get back into the mountains. He’s worked in downtown Missoula for the last 15 years, taking turns at rolling burritos, frying eggs, and most recently selling shoes at Hide & Sole. When he’s not putting tea in the mail, he’s likely working in the garden, or in the kitchen. If not, he might be hiking, riding his bike, reading a good book, writing a letter, doing a crossword puzzle, and/or drinking a cup of tea. His favorites include Stress LessDarjeeling Green, and Keemun Black Snail.

Zac Johnson
Zac Johnson
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Born and raised in Bozeman, MT, Zac grew up practicing his love of art, music, skiing, and climbing.  He moved to Missoula in the spring of 2013 where he attended the University of Montana to study art with a focus towards drawing and ceramics.  He attended Colorado Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute in Basalt, Colorado, and he received his certification in permaculture design. He consults with individuals on community and agricultural resilience.  Zac is an avid believer in health, and spiritual wellness which often includes crafting homemade kombucha, botanical infusions, and a frequent cup of a soothing tea.  His favorite tea is Holy Butterfly. Zac is one of Lake Missoula Tea Company’s blenders and coordinates our tea supply between our tea shop and warehouse. You might also spy Zac behind the bar tending tea!

Gunilla Printz Gillette
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Gunilla is from Permelille, a small town on the Danish island of Samsø, in the Kattegat Strait between the Baltic and the North Seas. She moved to Missoula in 2009 and quickly fell in love with the mountains and nature. She shares three children with her husband Mike. They also have a pit bull named Blue and three kittens! She loves the eclectic vibe in Missoula and is drawn to its bohemian lifestyle and its community that harbors the ability for small, local shops to thrive. Gunilla enjoys helping people find the right tea when they come in and creating new concoctions. Her favorite piece of teaware right now is the Grosche marbled thermos, that she fills up with one of her own blends, the Strawberries ‘n’ Cream Milkshake Oolong. In her free time, Gunilla is an avid reader and a fantastic crocheter. She’s also always on the lookout for good music and concerts!

Sam Lepore
Sam Lepore
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Sam’s relationship with tea started when she was a girl. She’d curl up with a Nancy Drew book and a cup of green tea and read the hours away. That led to two questionable life choices—she’s pursuing a career as a creative writer, and she drinks way too much tea. When she’s not managing the best tea shop ever, she’s sitting down to write with a pot of tea next to her. She really likes the Sun-Kissed Huckleberry and Jasmine Pearls. Sam is training a horse named Ziva, who is affectionately nicknamed “The Brat” and reminds Sam way too much of herself at times.

Greta de la Montagne
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Greta de la Montagne, RH(AHG) is a third-generation Montanan and a professional member and mentor with the American Herbalists Guild. With 30 years experience, she specializes in herbal first aid for environmental and social justice movements. She treats a wide range of injuries and ailments in children, livestock, and large groups of people. She operates a private clinical practice; Gentle Strength Botanicals and Massage Therapy in Bozeman, MT and near Arcata, California, where she blends Ayurveda and Bodywork with Clinical Herbalism. Greta cultivates or wildcrafts nearly all the medicines for her apothecary. She founded the MASHH Clinic Collective in 1997, Cascadia Health Educators in 2002, was a member of Black Cross Health Collective in Portland, Oregon, and is a Wilderness First Responder and EMT trained. She testified in federal court in defense of the herbalists’ generic term “fire cider” in 2019. Greta is LMTC’s herbalist consultant and blogger.

Adam Lunday
Adam Lunday
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Adam has lived in Missoula on and off for a decade, returning from New Hampshire and Arizona. During that time of indecision, he entertained several areas of study, including, Physics and Audio Engineering. Currently, Adam is set to become a Data Analyst. Adam is a certified personal trainer and heads the majority of LMTC’s blending. Although, you won’t see him behind the counter at the tea shop, you can certainly think of him as you enjoy the tea he helped make. His favorite teas are Coconut Vanilla Black and Gin & Cream Rooibos.

Evan Bishop
Evan Bishop
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Evan was born and raised in Missoula. He has been at LMTC for slightly over a year, and it opened his eyes to the world of tea. When he’s not at school or work he enjoys skiing Snowbowl, hiking on nature trails with the dog, floating and fishing, and of course social events with his friends or family. He loves going out to eat with his dad and finding new places in Missoula to try out. Enjoy the free samples you get with a tea purchase? Evan was more than likely the guy behind that sample. You’ll find Evan bagging tea at our downtown location as well as at our warehouse. His favorite tea to drink is High Mountain Oolong and Golden Milk.

Emma Mather
Emma Mather
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Emma manages our blending  production, contributes to social media and tea tends. More to come, stay tuned!

Bianca Jensen
Bianca Jensen
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Bianca joined our staff in late Summer of 2022 as the wholesale fulfillment assistant in our warehouse. Now, you can also spot her tea-tending on the weekends and making deliveries around town. Bianca is an alumna of the University of Montana’s Environmental Studies program, and a current graduate student in the field of Environmental Writing. Her other roles around Missoula include working with Garden City Harvest, the Missoula and Clark Fork Farmers Markets, and representing her student group 1000 New Gardens. Bianca comes from a big family of tea-drinkers, and her personal favorites are Honey Bush, Rugger’s Rooibos, and Chamomile Calm.

Ian Lindsay
Ian Lindsay
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Ian was born and raised outside of Helena, Montana. He joined our staff in the summer of 2022. He is in his final year completing a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, at the University of Montana. He is currently on our marketing team, and he also helps with bagging at our warehouse. When Ian is not at work, he is either traveling, hiking, or rock climbing. Ian’s favorite tea is Russian Caravan.

Violet Kreilick
Violet Kreilick
Lake Missoula Tea Company

Violet is our sample bagger, window display person and our all around tea bar support. More about Violet coming soon.

136 E Broadway St, Missoula
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Brooke Blackler
I've been going to Lake Missoula Tea Company for years, and recently have had the privilege of putting some of their tea in my store. The quality of the tea is fantastic, and the blends are delightful. I have also attended one of their tasting / learning events and it was great. I highly recommend their downtown store for meeting with friends, family or even just for a nice place to go and have a cup of perfectly brewed tea.
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Steve Giralt
What a wonderful shop! I've been in with my whole family a few times and it's just such a treat smelling teas, and learning new things. The lady behind the counter was extremely helpful for us newbies and she is so knowledgeable. During our last visit we tried the tea service and spent some time just enjoying cups of tea. The whole experience was a pleasure. 100% this is the best place to get tea in Missoula, and if you don't know anything about tea it's even better!
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Tim Specht
Amazing variety great prices and they'll brew top shelf teas you may be reluctant to buy before trying for a dollar more. Great selection for Missoula. Friendly knowledgeable staff and beautiful tea sets and accessories
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Chiara Giovanni
We are major tea snobs and I was absolutely delighted by this store. There are the usual suspects as well as shelves of unique, hand-picked teas. Highly recommend the Golden Snail :) It was really special being able to try whatever tea I wanted before buying. I'm looking forward to subscribing to their tea club. I would love to come back: everything was delicious.
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Andrea Lake Lash Supplies
Amazing tea! Beyond my expectations and well worth the stop! Delightful service and amazing blends! If you are in the area I would highly recognize them. I will be ordering blends online-they are so good!