At any given moment a Milford resident could have a latte named in their honor.
As the owners of A Latte Soul, Heather Landis and Ashley Schrock take pride in being open to new ideas, and their menu proves it. If a customer looks below the main list they’ll find “customer favorites.”
The flavors are inspired by visitors who wanted to try something else.
“A lot of times it’s actually our customers that come up with the new stuff,” Schrock said. “For example, our Saving Grace latte is our weekly special this week. We have a customer who comes in every morning and her name is Grace. She used to get a chi every day before she wanted something different.”
After trying different combinations, Grace was satisfied and a new drink was born.
“We want our customers to try things that aren’t on our menu,” Landis said.
Their efforts were recognized by the Milford Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Bryan Shupe at a Feb. 2 ribbon cutting celebrating marking their first anniversary.
Prior to opening a brick and mortar shop at 1053 N. Walnut St., the two had been going around town in a food truck, selling lattes.
“[Buying a location] just seemed out of reach without taking out a large business loan, and food trucks were becoming a popular thing,” Landis said.
After some networking with other members of the food industry the location on Walnut Street was brought to their attention. It was small, quaint and was perfect for filling their desires to open a shop where people could relax, enjoy some lattes, hang out with friends and get into in the occasional special activity.
After settling in they decided to open the shop to outside groups. According to Landis, their spot is open for live music and classes in art and yoga.
“It’s a cool way to be in the community,” she said. “They might not know we’re here yet, so it gives people a chance to see what kind of services we offer.”
Their partnership started three years ago. The two enjoyed visiting a coffee shop in Dover that inspired them to do their own thing.
Each brought a different element to the plan. Schrock had the experience working at places like Panera Bread and Starbucks, and Landis brought the passion to move the idea forward.
The pair hopes to expand someday, but the size of the shop compared to larger competitors is what motivates them.
“Our kitchen is literally three sinks and an oven,” Schrock said. “We don’t have the things a large restaurant has so we have to be creative.”