Gretchen Whitefield, center, deftly cuts the iconic red ribbon to mark the opening of her new business downtown, Oscoda, the Tea Corner Emporium.


“The Tea Corner Emporium” serves More than Tea:  Conversation, Buy Gifts, Make Memories

Are you are looking for a place that oozes femininity? Where you can gather with the girls (or guys), and at white cloth-covered tables, enjoy a civilized cup of hot tea from a flowery soft-colored matching cup and saucer – and then bite into a freshly-baked lemon scone? Or honey scone? Or choose from an array of pastries and scones made fresh daily?  Then “The Tea Corner Emporium” in Oscoda is for you!

Once done with tea – or perhaps prior to the sit down – spend some leisurely time wandering the many displays of purses, scarves, sweaters, hats, jewelry, gift items and more – including an array of flowery, pastel-colored teapots. In addition, you can choose from a big selection of essential oils at the store within the store – “Oily Apothecary.”  There Sally Vansickle sells over 240 different plant extracts with the healing properties of the plants themselves – like lavender – which helps the skin, the colon and with sleep. Or peppermint – which helps with digestion and cooling off the insides. Thieves blend offers five different essential oils that boost the immune system. A drop can be put under the tongue – or dropped right into a favorite tea, she said.  A visit to – gives a full explanation of each oil and with what healing it is associated.

“The Tea Corner Emporium,” is the brainchild of Gretchen Whitefield, who opened in early August. To buy gifts for a new baby, or bridal gift, folks had to travel to Alpena or Tawas, and she wanted to change that.  “My Mom and I love tea – so we decided to combine the two,” Whitefield said. “The Community has been amazing. The local businesses have been amazing. All the support you get here (has been amazing).”

Starting Dec. 1 the shop will offer gift-wrapping, as Whitefield’s plan expands The Tea Corner Emporium will offer a private room dedicated to hosting events like baby showers, bridal lunches, and other groups gatherings she said, citing the recently-hosted Red Hat Society who gathered in the open tea room. On this day, friends Donna Edwards and Ruth Grant enjoy some conversation while waiting for their tea to arrive.

“I like it. I love tea and I can come here, have some tea, a scone – and Gretchen is so nice!” Edwards said.  Grant agrees, “I think it’s impressive. This is really something our community needs.  It’s something that is really uplifting.”

The Tea Corner Emporium, located at 201 S. State Street, Oscoda, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Sunday and Monday. For more  information, call (989) 569-3700 or check out the facebook page at The Tea Corner Emporium.