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Nothing Comes Between Friends at Between Friends Coffee House

By Jake Levin

Jaimie Miller never truly felt at home anywhere. The daughter of an air force father, Miller spent her formative years here, there and everywhere.

No matter her location on the globe, Miller always dreamed of someday owning a small restaurant where people could gather and feel at home.

As the one constant from her travels, a neighborhood coffee shop seemed a logical fit. Miller had settled down in Warner Robins, Ga., but noticed that such a shop was missing. After teaming with her friend, Victoria, in February 2016, Miller's lifelong dream became a reality. Between Friends Coffee House opened its doors on Aug. 1, 2016.

"While our community was thriving and growing like crazy, it was missing a local neighborhood coffee shop," Miller said of Warner Robins. "In all my travels, every great city had at least one coffee shop where people unpacked their cares and burdens and sat down to relax."

Between Friends isn't just any other coffee house. Beneath the Mason jar light bulbs and along the espresso brown walls are a wide variety of books for patrons to enjoy.

Whether they realize it or not, these books, or more specifically, the authors that have written them, shape the menu.

"We are indeed an author-themed coffee shop," Miller said. "We have a bookshelf full of books by our favorite authors, as well as an entire coffee, tea, and milkshake menu themed after authors."

Miller listed CS Lewis, Lewis Carroll, Maya Angelou, Bram Stoker, Charles Dickens, Williams Shakespeare, Margaret Mitchell and Judy Blume as among the authors who stack the shelves, with quotes from their novels painted in chalk along the walls.

Miller and Victoria are different in many facets when it comes to running the shop, but their traits have meshed wonderfully as the shop approaches its first birthday.

Perhaps the starkest contrast between the two is their coffee intake; Miller, surprisingly, does not drink coffee, while Victoria can't seem to get enough.

Victoria comes from a family of entrepreneurs, giving her plenty of experience on the business side of things; Miller said she is a "master" graphic designer, responsible for the coffee house's website, Miller, for her part, crafts the recipes at Between Friends.

Miller said that it is both a challenge and a blessing to work with someone who is a polar opposite of hers in many ways, but added that they can use their differences to solve anything that comes their way at what Miller calls a quaint home away from home.

After all, nothing can come between friends.

"It is a balance and a beautiful adventure to own a business with your best friend," Miller said. "There is no one that I would rather be on this adventure with."

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