Milton & Miles has become known in the community for offering a full espresso coffee bar, freshly made Counter Culture Coffee brand brew and fresh homemade breakfast and lunch items.
Cafe owner Bryan Rankin worked for several small independent businesses and was a freelance graphic designer before coming from Charlotte to open Milton & Miles. He said the small cafe and gourmet coffee shop is still trying to find its niche in the community since opening next to the Imperial Centre for the Arts Sciences in November 2012.
“The biggest thing for any young business in the first two years is establishing an identity,” Rankin said. “For some, we are a coffee shop, for others we are a sandwich shop, for another group, we are a place to get craft beer without having to go to Raleigh and for a few we are the caterer for their board meetings.”
Milton & Miles’ primary goal for the rest of the year is to grow its catering service, Rankin said.
“We are relaunching our catering options in the next few weeks,” he said. “We are developing options such as boxed lunches, sandwich platters and even group salads for businesses and board meetings. We have some hard working, busy customers and they deserve a great lunch at the office too.”
Rankin said Milton & Miles’ customers usually prefer getting a bite of the turkey and avocado sandwich, BLT or turkey with house cranberry sauce. But the cafe selections of cookies have become a hot item lately.
“We pride ourselves on being able to make as much in house as possible,” Rankin said. “When we can’t, we source it from someone with as much pride in their work as we have. We make the dough in house, and it is neither premade mix or premade dough.”
Rocky Mount Downtown Development Manager John Jesso, said Milton & Miles has brought a unique flair to downtown.
“Bryan and the staff have created a great culture and environment, which they served locally sourced goods with great customer service,” Jesso said.
“As a result, he has been rewarded with a very loyal following both locally and those that are coming to our great city. I’d be remiss not to mention Milton & Miles’ wine and craft beer tastings with food pairings is unmatched in Rocky Mount. Milton & Miles has been a part of fostering a positive image for our downtown and the Rocky Mount community as a whole.”