About Us

It began with a building in need of love and a town in need of cheese. In the winter of 2008 Karen Porth, a physician in need of a sabbatical, and her architect husband Andrew, who has a professed weakness for run down buildings, purchased the structure at 105 W 12th St. and began demolition work. 

Nine months later, Babcock & Miles, Ltd., Merchants of the Delectable, opened its doors to the delight of local and visiting turophiles (cheese lovers) and enophiles alike.

In April 2016 Steve and Kim Haman purchased Babcock & Miles from its founders, Andrew and Karen Porth. Steve was hired in April 2009 as Sales and Marketing Manager and brought with him a passion for fine food and wine that has only grown over the past 7 years.

Steve and Kim, along with their devoted staff are committed to honoring the founders vision of being the Merchants of the Delectable!

The Owners

Steve Haman, along with his wife Kim and their two boys, moved to Red Lodge in 2005. The move to Montana was to take advantage of the great outdoors, be close to family, and enjoy the simpler life. He developed his passion for wine and food in the early 80s when a close friend took him under his wing and exposed him to great wines and food and was an occasional visitor at the Phoenix Food & Wine Society meetings. Small group wine tastings also provided an opportunity to learn more about wine.

Shortly after the launch of Babcock & Miles, Steve joined the staff and was able to share his enthusiasm for wine and fine foods. In addition managing the store Steve was the wine buyer for Babcock & Miles. He has been involved in hand selecting the near 800 various wines in their current and ever changing inventory. Steve hones his craft through continuing education. Ongoing certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers, recognized as the world’s premier wine education program, is a pursuit of his. He holds the level one certification and aspires to continue with future levels. He continues to participate in small wine study groups to explore vintages, varietals, growing regions and wine making techniques.

In April 2016, Steve and Kim purchased Babcock & Miles from its founders, Andrew and Karen Porth. The Haman’s are committed to running the business with the same customer/guest focused sales experience along with the distinctive/artisan approach to curating our food and wine selections.

You will find Steve most days on the sales floor with an enthusiastic smile and story of a new wine to try or a recent recipe he prepared. Please stop by Babcock & Miles at 105 W 12th Street, 1/2 block off Broadway, in downtown Red Lodge. He or one of the devoted staff members are happy to help you with your food and wine selections!

The Building

The historic building housing Babcock & Miles has been home to a number of different businesses over the years, including the town doctor’s office; a combination bike shop and wood oven bakery (The Bikery); a hair salon; a restaurant; and even, in its earliest days, a brothel. Our signature coffee blend is named for Blanche Weber, the one-time madam.

Andrew, an architect, was committed to preserving the building’s historical charm during a much needed renovation and expansion. As a LEED Accredited Professional, Andrew also remodeled the building with sustainability and energy efficiency in mind, incorporating features such as geothermal heating and cooling and a green roof.

The quaint yellow cottage is located on 12th Street, just a half block west of Broadway, the main drag in Red Lodge. It is a few steps off of the beaten path but well worth the short detour.

The Name

The name Babcock & Miles pays homage to the town’s Old West roots. Babcock & Miles was an early hardware business in Red Lodge, dating to the 1880s. It provided the inhabitants of the pioneer community with merchandise otherwise unavailable locally. In the same fashion, the current Babcock & Miles strives to provide unique, unusual, and high quality products to locals and visitors alike.