Sunday, December 7, 2014

Feed Your Dreams

Assorted French Vinaigre
Assorted French Vinaigre
Assorted Imported Pasta
Assorted Imported Pasta
Imagine you are invited to shop at a gourmet food store that was profiled in Specialty Foods Magazine. Where would you expect to find it?  Portland? Seattle? San Francisco?  How about Red Lodge, Montana? Already on a short list of heavenly retreats, Red Lodge is also becoming a mecca of artisan food production with specialty retailer, Babcock and Miles, at the epicenter of excitement.

Signature Babcock and Miles Spices
Babcock and Miles Spices
Satisfying a Hunger Owners Andrew and Karen Porth, an architect and neurologist respectively, fell in love with Red Lodge in 2005. An original Montana mining settlement near the historic gateway to Yellowstone Park, it is now a year-round resort area of  renowned beauty and recreation Red Lodge, though, is a far distance from the usual culinary charms of a major metropolitan area. So to satify their own hunger for fine cuisine, the Porth's opened Babcock and Miles in 2008.

Steve Haman - Babcock and Miles Wine Specialist
Steve Haman ~ Babcock and Miles Wine Specialist
A Tasteful Revival Determined to save a building that “needed love”, the Porth’s purchased one of Red Lodge’s oldest and most notorious landmarks. A former brothel turned girls school turned bike shop and bakery, the structure was literally rotting from the ground up when they started renovation. Extensive repairs, which included lifting the entire building in order to construct a new foundation, took place before the exquisite exterior restoration could begin.

Extensive Cheese Selection
Extensive Cheese Selection
Only the Best Next Andrew and Karen filled their shop with curated selections of the best cheeses, wines and specialty foods available from both local suppliers and throughout the world. The crowning touch was hiring a dedicated professional staff that customers have come to know as a consulting resource even when they are outside of Red Lodge.The shop sends products to all parts of the country on an almost daily basis.  Steve Haman, the resident Wine Buyer, regularly advises customers from outside Montana calling for his recommendations, even on wines that he can't ship to them because of state laws. It is this level of personal trust and rapport that allows such a high end shop to flourish in a small Montana resort town of under 2,500 residents.



The Finest Tools and Supplies
The Finest Tools and Supplies
Locating the Secret Being a bona fide treasure, Babcock and Miles is slightly hidden from the beaten path. In Red Lodge, though, that only means turning a corner off the main street. Feed your dreams at Babcock and Miles! Babcock & Miles, Ltd. 105 12th St, Red Lodge, Mt 110 ft E (406) 446-1796