Three Business in One Hope to Boost Milo Economy 

Catherine Pegram

A new restaurant in Milo is serving up lots of local flavor.The owners of Coburn Family Restaurant have also opened a flower and gift shop next door.They hope it all adds up to someplace customers can’t pass up.”And you said Milo’s very friendly and this is a wonderful place right? A very friendly restaurant with excellent food and I’ll be back. Good!”That’s the kind of customer feedback Wendy Coburn and her staff have worked hard to hear. The Coburn Family Restaurant opened on Park Street last month in the same spot as another restaurant that closed about a year ago.Coburn says it’s all the result of a dream.”I’ve been unemployed for about a year now. I guess it was a year ago November. I decided I wanted to try something different.”Besides the restaurant, Coburn added Flowers by Dee – the first floral shop in Milo since the one on Main Street burned down in 2008.There’s also a consignment gift store where local artists can sell their work. “I had a vision and a dream when I came in and I know this is going to work. Milo needs something new for the town. But I needed to be a little diversified, that’s why the three different businesses. Just to help bring people in.”Town manager Jeff Gahagan says that’s exactly what Milo needs more of.”In this time of economic despair throughout the community, we are really excited to see this business come to fruition.”The restaurant is celebrating its grand opening week – offering lots of specials to customers like Marion Brooks, who’s already a regular. “Gee… Would have to have to cook for myself. Can’t stand my cooking. So I come here!”Coburn hopes the businesses become a regular stop for customers – an idea that’s already catching on.Avis Speark says, “I sure will patronize them … and I’ll get others to patronize them, too.”Sherry Bucci says, “It’ll probably be like Cheers, where everybody knows your name, you know.”Wendy Coburn says she’s trying to reach out the community in a variety of ways, by offering 10-percent military discounts and accepting donations for the local animal shelter.