Meet the Team

Karina Salinas, Owner

Hey, I'm Karina - your friendly neighborhood plant mom! Plants became a hobby for me back in 2013 and I have been fortunate enough to be able to turn that hobby into a career. I have a Bachelor's in International Business and have worked in a few different industries. From fashion to construction, the one consistent thing in my life was my love for plants. I'm a first generation American and very proud of my Mexican heritage. Thanks to my parents, I am fluent in Spanish and can get by with French. When I'm not at the shop, I'm either traveling with my bestie/fiance Kenny or lounging at home with Beefy, our dog and Beans, our cat. 

 

Anna Espinosa, Store Manager

Hi! My name is Anna and I was born and raised in Northern California. I moved to Texas in 2013 and studied Kinesiology and minored in Psychology. I currently live in North Texas with my husband, three dogs and a lot of plants! I started getting into plants in 2019 and my obsession really took off in 2020, where I dove head first into collecting plants and just recently got my dream plant, a Queen Anthurium. Joining the Habitat team has been such a joy for me in being able to continue to grow my knowledge of plants, meet new plant people everyday and just being constantly surround my beautiful plants! 

Michael Halliwell, Horticultural Director + Barista

My name is Michael Halliwell and I am your local plant daddy! A green witch if you will. I have been a plant lover for over 5 years now and after all of the trials and tribulations I endured learning about plants, I have made it my career choice. I have had many failures with plants, so if you believe you have a black thumb, don't worry. I do not believe in a black thumb. Just a lack of knowledge. Plus, we all started somewhere. I love helping people learn about plants and what we both don't know, we can learn together. When I am not at work, I am caring for my own indoor jungle and frolicking around with my Toy Poodle, Elijah, getting into some witchy shenanigans. On top of a lot of research and homework. I currently attend college at Texas A&M - Commerce and I am majoring in Agricultural Science with an emphasis in Horticulture with a minor in Agribusiness. My goal is to use my passion to bring more knowledge and beauty of plants into the world.

Sarah Jane McElyea, Assistant Store Manager + Barista

Hello fellow plant and coffee lovers, my name is Sarah Jane McElyea and I get the pleasure of working at the happiest place on earth a.k.a. Habitat Plants + Coffee. On a typical day you can find me hanging out with my best furry friend Mowgli and my best human friend Patrick. Some of my favorite things are Downtown McKinney, chai tea lattes, playing board games (specifically throw throw burrito,) being outside, making music, watching movies and eating good food. So excited to meet you and help you find your favorite plant pal!