PIQUA — The choloclate rive now also flows in downtown Piqua.
The former Piqua Daily Call building, located at 310 Spring St., now occupied by Winan’s Chocolates and Coffees, not only has a store for customers to enjoy but holds a chocolate factory with a coffee roastery, gift basket operations, and administrative offices.
There are even open windows for customers to peer in to see their favorite sweets being born.
Owners Joe and Laurie Reiser are happy to bring the multi-purpose building to downtown.
Keith and Liz Keyser, of Troy, were the first customers of the day at a Winan’s grand opening event in August.
“I’d say we very much appreciate their attention to the quality, passion, and love that they put into their products,” Liz said. “(Winan’s) supports Piqua and want to keep (business) here. It’s wonderful.”
It was always Doug Eakin’s morning routine to go to Winan’s and purchase a regular coffee before working at Unity National Bank, when the store was catty-corner from the bank. Eakin, of Piqua, has been a dedicated customer of five years.
“It’s definitely different,” Eakin said of the new store. “It’s very nice. I tried to stick my head in the windows and couldn’t see much (before opening day). It’s pretty neat what they’ve done here.”
In the factory, employees — most of whom have been with the company for decades — worked diligently on crafting the delicious candies. Clara Hutton, of Dayton, has called Winans home for over 40 years.
There have been some concerns about employees not wearing gloves being shown in photos on social media that Reiser wanted to address.
“When working in a factory, we work with a lot of moving parts and it’s dangerous to wear gloves,” Reiser said. “(Gloves) can get caught and pulled into the machine; it’s not safe for them to wear gloves around.”
Reiser said it is common in this industry to go without gloves and mentioned gloves carrying more germs than hands.
“(Customers) won’t see us wearing gloves while working machinery and sharp objects,” he said. “You will see us wash our hands quite frequently.”
The newest addition to the Winan’s stores is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Reach Amy Barger at (937) 451-3340.