2016-12-22 / Life in Leelanau

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Mara Miller


MARA MILLER of Glen Arbor lives, sleeps and drinks coffee. MARA MILLER of Glen Arbor lives, sleeps and drinks coffee. Name: Mara Miller

Town or township of residence: Glen Arbor

Resident since: I’m in my fourth year, year-round.

Age and birthplace: 28, Lansing

Occupation: Barista at Leelanau Coffee Roasting Company

Marital Status: Single

You live in Leelanau County because: My family owned a cottage on Lime Lake, so I have been coming since I was a baby. I love the area. I’m an outdoor-type person and there are so many great places to explore. The people here are also very nice.

Last good movie you saw: I’m kind of a sucker for the Hallmark Channel. This time of year they have a bunch of Christmas stuff on. The last one I watched had two teachers in a school and a cookie competition fall in love.

Last good book you read: I’m currently reading The Red Badge of Courage.

If you could trade places with one person for one day, it would be: Madame Curie. I love science and she was a pioneer in her field.

Things important to you that you’ve accomplished so far: I earned a college degree and I wasn’t necessarily a smart cookie in high school. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and health from Michigan State.

What you hope to be doing in 10 years: Ideally, I’d like to have a family or do some traveling.

Things you lose sleep over: If I need to get up early, I’ll set my alarm and I wake up every hour or because I question whether my alarm will go off. Other than that, I sleep pretty well.

If you could change one thing in Leelanau County it would be: I would make it more affordable for young people with families to live here. There’s no affordable housing.

Favorite dessert: Anything with chocolate. A nice, crisp chocolate chip cookie sounds good to me right now.

Are you a coffee drinker? Yes, I drink three times what an average person does. I live, sleep and drink coffee. I drink it just black or sometimes I’ll have a latte.

Favorite place in Leelanau County: Sleeping Bear Bay Trail.

If you had more time you would: Learn more about cooking. Maybe take a class to learn different techniques.

The words that best describe you are: outgoing, talkative, analytical.

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