ho Ho HO Merry Christmas and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
This has been a big year of change for us here at Winans. We have successfully moved 5 separate Piqua buildings, that sprung up over the years to support our growth, into one facility that used to house The Piqua Daily Call at 310 Spring Street. The repurposing of this building turned out to be perfect for us. During tours Joe tells people that the building was built for us and we just let The Call use it for 50 years!! The name “Winans Hub” seems to be sticking to the new facility because it is the “Hub” of our: chocolate production, coffee roasting, gift basket designing, administrative offices, Home-Town Retail Store AND our new chocolate factory TOUR operations! Due to Joe’s vision, we are all under one roof (except the 14 other retail locations) and operating at peak efficiency. We laughed when we realized that we are back to Max’s way (Dad’s way) of operating when 55 years ago he had all operations under one roof at the Carriage House.
The most fun part of our new facility for me is meeting tour-attendees who have been Winans customers for our entire existence in Piqua. One lady shared with me that my Uncle Dick had made her wedding cake 55 years ago. Many people on tours are reminiscing about tours they took with my Dad, decades ago, at the Carriage House, when they were on a school or scout tour. Many remember the MYF Taffy Pulls!
Our employees have demonstrated the up most of good humor and flexibility during the changes and moves this year. Their friendly and customer-focused personalities are what makes our brand what it is and we are grateful to each and everyone of them!!!! A BIG special THANK YOU to the factory crew who have had to get used to being on constant display now as they work creating the chocolates – thanks to two over-sized viewing windows in the retail store that allow customers to see chocolates rolling off the enrober belt! The lucky customers may even see a few “Lucy and Ethel” moments when things are not going exactly as planned!
A few Winans employees recreating the famous “I Love Lucy” moment when Ethel and Lucy went to work in a chocolate factory.
Our customers are the best and provide the best advertising ever which is word-of-mouth! Thank you!!!!
AND I want to sincerely thank my husband Joe who has beautifully carried on the Winans tradition as he grows our business. Quality and process are never compromised and each and every traditional Winans product tastes exactly the way it always has because the copper kettles, quality ingredients and passionate owners and employees have remained the same (literally the same, as Miss Clara celebrates 44 years with Winans!). I know Dad would be thrilled and proud of what we have become but more importantly he would be proud of who we still are.
I hope all our employees have a wonderful Christmas filled with friends, family and a stool to put your feet up on because YOU DESERVE IT!!
Merry Christmas and Cheers to 2016!
Laurie Winans Reiser
The Winans elves have been busy getting our stores ready for the holidays — they asked us to announce that all of our stores are now decorated for Christmas! Even better, we’re going to start celebrating the season with our annual Fall Coffee Sale. What better way to get into the spirit of Christmas than by enjoying your favorite blend of Winans coffee?
In addition to a delectable array of seasonal chocolates, we also offer gift boxes and baskets, as well as chocolate gift trays. We can even customize your gift basket or box — and our gift packages and trays are all beautifully wrapped with Christmas trim. To browse some of our customers favorite seasonal sweets, check out our website. At Winans, we also carry a large selection of holiday coffees in flavors like Peppermint Bark, Cranberry Creme, Iced Carrot Cake, Ginger Snap, Sleigh Ride, and Spicy Egg Nog. Brew these blends to get your house smelling like Christmas, and then pour yourself the perfect cup of coffee to enjoy with one (or two or three) of our holiday chocolates.
Make sure to come by any of our locations to see our holiday decorations in-person and pick up your favorite Christmas treats and stocking stuffers. And for a closer look at the Winans process, remember that you can visit the Winans Factory and even take a behind-the-scenes tour on Thursdays at 1:00pm. If you’re lucky, you may actually spot some of the Winans elves making our holiday sweets and treats!
Dear Winans Chocolates and Coffees Customers,
As I write this, it is 10 days before Christmas and I just want to say THANK YOU for supporting our business this holiday season. As I walk through the shipping area looking at the packages awaiting UPS pickup, I see SO MANY of the same family names on packages that I helped package as a child! Some of you, as you well know, are into the 2nd or 3rd generation of your family’s Winans Holiday traditions and it both makes me smile and makes me sentimental. I remember 20 years ago during our first couple years after purchasing the business from my dad, we were working out of our home next to the Carriage House with our college employees that were home for the holidays and having a great time prepping packages for next day shipping until 3am sometimes. That group of college students now have families of their own, many still in the community, and bring their families by during the holidays to relive those fun times. One of those college students has worked for us ever since and now practically runs the place!!!
Speaking of employees, we have the best. The special “above and beyond” actions they take everyday, to not only help Joe and I, but to delight our customers is our biggest source of pride because without their special attention to detail and their REAL caring about you and us and our business we would not be winning quality coffee awards nor have the best chocolates on the planet!!
We have made a big commitment to the Miami Valley, Miami County and especially Piqua this year in our purchase of the old Piqua Daily Call Building. We could not be more excited to have a larger, more functional AND visitor friendly facility to share with you and for you to share with friends and family when they visit. We will all celebrate it’s opening late next summer AND we so appreciate all your words of encouragement for this large undertaking. It is definitely a stretch for us but we know it will be a worthwhile stretch to make sure 5 more generations can enjoy the local traditions of Winans Chocolates and Coffees in the future.
Joe…….what can’t be said about Joe……. He is the enthusiastic engine behind our company and sprinkles that enthusiasm everywhere he goes whether he is walking through coffee fields in Guatemala, helping a new Honduran chocolate producer process his first batch ever of cacao beans into chocolate, encouraging runners in the first Winans to Winans 1/2 marathon, or teasing the crew at our chocolate factory. He literally does it all and this time of year does it from everyday from 5am to 8pm. He has taken risks in the business that caused my Dad sleepless nights (and honestly me too), but he has the golden touch and his vision for our future WILL happen and we will all say with excitement …..”Oh, so this is what he was talking about”.
We could not be more grateful for the local traditions my Grandfather started at his corner bakery on High Street and our ability to continue growing and expanding on those traditions. Our business is about quality, good feelings and memorable traditions and if we helped pass that along to your family this year then we served our higher Holiday purpose. Your positive word of mouth marketing has been the key to our growth so please let us know if there is ever anything we can do to help you fulfill your special Winans traditions for your family.
Cheers to 2015
Laurie Winans Reiser