Communitea Wellness, a collective for the health of it


Relax, breathe and fill your cup is more than a tagline for the Communitea Wellness facility…it’s a way of life. This neighborhood wellness center–Grand Opening Thursday, Oct. 7th–promises to be a prime location for recharging in order to “be our best selves”. 

📍 781 College Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (Free parking on Bradford Street)

Before deciding to open Communitea, Owner Elizabeth Sturrus couldn’t find joy working within a traditional business environment so she blazed her own path; and she is currently enjoying life as a happy and healthy business owner. 

Communitea’s resident therapist and owner–Elizabeth Sturrus aka “Libby”–is a licensed, board certified medical massage therapist. Sturrus focuses on the landscape of your body to discover pain points and strong points. She learns what works best for her patients to develop treatments that will bring optimal relief. Sturrus also suggests stretching exercises that can be done to further assist in boosting wellbeing outside of sessions. 

The business is currently working from the ground floor in their new building by ‘appointment only’ while Sturrus and her team update the rest of the property. Making it a family affair, Sturrus bought the building from her brother and mother and they worked together to bring this collective to life. Communitea is located at 781 College Ave NE in Grand Rapids the site of the old Crash’s Landing and–even further back–a grocery store in the 1800’s. 

Sturrus partnered with architect Dan Colella and JB Builders to restore the façade of the historical building and restore the brick and mortar back to its former glory. It was gutted and renovated down to the framework. The historic building will feature three massage rooms and COMING SOON a three-season porch deck–making spaces for healing of many kinds. 

The name Communitea is a mashup of community and tea. True to its name, the business will offers massages…and VERY SOON tea, or coffee! In addition to medical massage therapy, Communitea will also offer yoga, meditation, reiki, and healthy coffee with Rishi, Chaga, or other healthy ad-ins. 

Communitea and  Sturrus have a strong focus on community–if it’s not evident by the name. Their mission is to take care of fellow Grand Rapids residents and keep strong neighborhood ties by offering exclusive neighborhood discounts–helping to lessen the barrier to health within the area. Sturrus is conscientious of gentrification and of “not pricing out our neighbors”–there’s even convenient transportation options with a bus stop right outside. 

“We will always have the tea kettle on, the massage table warm, and a kind welcome for friends old and new.” via Sturrus 

As a collective, you can expect wonderful partnerships within the wellness community–all under one roof—such as: Sarah Ahrens, LMT (owner of  Restorative Healing Massage), Marisa Hohaia an Advanced Reiki Practitioner (owner of Marisia Hohaia), and Susan Athey, LMT (owner of Susan Athey). All of their booking pages can be accessed through the Communitea Wellness website

Communitea is looking for healing partnerships like for tea, natural body products, botanical offerings, and are looking for recommendations and connections in the community or other natural health businesses to add to their offerings. They are still in search of a healthy beverage company to rent the storefront and join Communitea’s collective of wellness providers. Communtiea is also hoping to eventually offer popups like a “Mid-Night Market” among other creative healing events. 

Learn more and book with Communitea Wellness through their website