Five generations of Winans tradition Picture circa 1910’s First Generation: Charles Walton worked in bakeries in Michigan. He and his wife, Katie, owned Walton’s Pastry Shop in Bryan, Ohio. Katie wrote in her diary entry on Sunday, February 10th 1929 that they made candy that day. Three of their four children ended up in bakery businesses of their own. Their daughter, Edla, married one of Charles’ bakers, Wayne Winans.
Five generations of Winans tradition Picture circa 1929 Second Generation: Wayne Winans opened his first bakery in Port Clinton, Ohio when he was 20 years of age. He then worked for Charles Walton in Bryan, Ohio and married the boss’s daughter, Edla Walton. Wayne and Edla owned the Winans Bake Shop in downtown Piqua from 1933 to 1946. They helped their son’s Max and Dick open their bakery in Bellefontaine, Ohio and the Carriage House in Piqua.
Five generations of Winans tradition Picture circa 1961 Third Generation: Max and Dick Winans opened Winans Carriage House Candies and ran it along with their Bellefontaine Bakery. Their first candies were hand-dipped chocolates and hard tack, as pictured here. In the beginning, retail and manufacturing all took place at the Carriage House. They split the business in the early 70’s; Max taking the chocolate operation in Piqua and Dick taking the bakery in Bellefontaine. Max raised a family with his wife Jean, their four children are Greg, Laurie, Andy and Tim. Max owned and operated the business until his daughter and son-in-law bought the business in 1993.
Five generations of Winans tradition Picture circa 2011 Fourth Generation: Joe and Laurie Winans Reiser bought the business from Max in 1993. Joe had apprenticed making candy with Max during busy holiday seasons and Max said: “Joe is a natural!” Joe added coffee to the product line in 1994, Max said: “it will never work.” That statement was the source of jokes for years! The name was updated to “Winans Chocolates and Coffees” in 1994. Joe began roasting his own coffee in 2003.
Five generations of Winans tradition Picture circa 1994 Fifth Generation: Jean “Madison” Reiser is a Miami University 2014 graduate currently working in the corporate world in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her Spanish language skills have come in helpful interpreting as her Dad is navigating the coffee and cacao farms of Central and South America. She has been spotted in the chocolate factory rolling buckeyes just like her great-grandmother did many years ago. Paul “Wilson” Reiser told his mother when he was 3 years old that he wanted to be a “cooker”. Maybe a cooker of chocolates? Only time will tell! In June of 2010 at the age of 17 Wilson stirred his first batches of caramel and toffee under Rita’s watchful eye. He has attended coffee roasting and cupping courses in Seattle with his Dad then became the part-time roaster for the business until he headed off for the University of Montana in Missoula. He graduated December of 2014 and will be attending law school at The Ohio State University in the fall of 2015.
WINANS CHOCOLATES + COFFEES 310 Spring Street ⋅ Piqua, Ohio 45356 ⋅ Phone (937) 773-1981