TROY — He makes making chocolate and coffee look easy. It’s a job he loves and one that keeps him busy every single day. Joe Reiser, owner of Winans Chocolates and Coffees, shared the company’s history and future plans when he spoke to Troy Rotarians during their weekly meeting on Feb. 9.
Winans has been a family-owned business for 55 years. Reiser and his wife, Laurie, bought the business from Laurie’s father, Max Winans, in 1993 and began to expand both the product offerings and the number of stores in southwest and central Ohio. Winans Carriage House Candies was the original store in Piqua when the Reisers decided to bring chocolate to Troy in 1994. They opened the store at 10 West Main Street and began to sell specialty coffees along with the confections. Area residents can also find Winans inside Jay & Mary’s Book Center at 1201A Experiment Farm Road and Upper Valley Medical Center, 3130 N. County Road 25-A. The Reisers have set up a franchise model for investors to open new Winans in other areas of Ohio and in other states, including one in Coralville, Iowa. In total, 16 Winans stores are in operation today.
Since taking over the business, the Reisers have expanded the production side for both chocolate and coffee. Joe travels to Central America regularly to buy the cocoa, and recently became a distributor for the high quality cocoa in North America. The coffees are roasted and ground in-house so customers can select from a number of different blends. The new manufacturing facility in Piqua also has a tasting room where visitors can sample the different coffees. Tours of the facility are available on Thursdays at 1 PM by appointment. Friends and customers can keep up with Joe by reading his blog, “Joe on the Go!” To learn more about the company, visit www.winanschocolatesandcoffees.com.
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