A new store offering artisan chocolates and premium coffees is expected to open in German Village the first week of July.

A new store offering artisan chocolates and premium coffees is expected to open in German Village the first week of July.

Winans Fine Chocolates & Coffees is set to take over a 1,000-square-foot space at 897 S. Third St., at the corner of Whittier Street.

Jason and Brittany Bainum of Gahanna are opening the store with Joe Reiser and Laurie Winans Reiser, who own the Piqua-based business.

The Bainums said they were impressed by the goods made by Winans, which has five stores in the greater Dayton market.

"That's the main thing: You have to believe in the product," Jason Bainum said.

Added Brittany Bainum: "It's delicious. And it's nice to know it comes from Ohio."

The Winans shop will carry a full line of coffee drinks - espressos, lattes, cappuccinos and similar beverages - as well as handcrafted chocolates and some baked goods, such as scones, cupcakes and cookies.

Seating will be available for about a dozen inside and on the patio.

Coffee beans, which come from a variety of sources across the globe, are roasted at the Piqua site. All chocolates, as well as baked items, are prepared at the same facility.

Reiser said the company was founded 50 years ago by his father-in-law, Max Winans, a third-generation baker who later created chocolates. The Columbus menu will feature a traditional line of chocolates, as well as truffles, caramels and specialty confections.

"You name it - with chocolate, we do it," he said.

Winans is a craft-coffee roaster, producing small batches at a time, Reiser said.

On a related note, the company recently purchased a cacao farm in Honduras, where coffee and cacao, the bean used to make chocolate, will be grown. Reiser said he expects the first harvest in two-and-a-half years.

When he purchased the company 18 years ago from his father-in-law, Reiser said he intended to move the operations to Columbus, but decided to stay in Piqua.

"Columbus has always been on our radar," he said.

The newest store is a result of the friendship he formed with Jason Bainum while the two were working at the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce.

Bainum said he was impressed by Winans' strong following, as well as its business model.

"(Reiser) knows what he's doing," Bainum said.

The concept seemed like an ideal fit for German Village, with its pedestrian-oriented denizens, boutique shops and strong sense of community, Bainum said.

"It's a neat area," he said. "It's just a very vibrant neighborhood and one that has a lot of tradition."

The neighborhood has no shortage of coffee shops - German Village Coffee Shop, Cup O' Joe/MoJoe Lounge and Starbucks - but it's been without a dedicated chocolatier since Yosick's Artisan Chocolates closed its doors in December.