LINDEN, MI — Customers might come to the Little Rose Café and Tea Room for the food and drinks, but they stay for the bubble tea.

Owner Traci Worden started running her business about a year and a half ago after having some experience working at the business that was previously located in the space where her business is housed in Linden.

The menu features sandwiches, soup, flatbread pizzas, chicken salad sandwiches, potato soup and tea to-go. Baked goods like cupcakes, pies, cookies, brownies, scones, lemon bars and macarons are available as well.

Customers can also make an order for special pies, cakes, pot pies and spaghetti dinners.

Worden does most of the baking, but she also has some help from one of her employees.

One of the items customers rave about is the chicken salad sandwich, but the bubble tea has been in the spotlight since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

“There isn’t a lot around here,” Worden said of the tea-based drink that originated in Taiwan. “It’s pretty popular. Probably about 90 percent of the people that have come since COVID happened – bubble tea has kept me alive.”

The business offers 30 different syrups to flavor the tea and 18 different flavors of the popping bubbles, or boba, that sit at the bottom of the drink. The traditional boba is filled with tapioca, but the tea cafe serves theirs with colorful balls of seaweed filled with fruit juice.

While customers check out, they can peruse the store for vendor items that Worden has displayed such as jewelry, baby blankets, pillows, homemade pickles and jams.

Here are some fast facts about the business:

Address: 116 W. Broad St. in Linden

Prices: Menu items range from $8.50 – $12

Hours of operation: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday


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