Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffee
New business adds to Dublin's sweet spot
Dublin's sweet spot expanded recently when Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffee opened.
The new business at 52 S. High St. in Historic Dublin is a franchise operated by five-year Dublin residents Ryan and Amber Hulme.
"I grew up with this company," Ryan Hulme said.
The Dublin location is the second central Ohio franchise for the Piqua-based company. A German Village store opened about one year ago.
Hulme said he likes offering a product of which he knows the origins.
"Everything is made in Piqua," he said. "You can tour the factory and see who makes these. It's an amazing process to see the people involved."
In fact, one of Hulme's favorite chocolates was named after the Winans' factory worker that developed it.
"I truly love 'wurtles,' " he said. "They come in dark and milk chocolate and it has nuts and caramel.l
"There's one developed by a factory worker, Miss Clara. It's toffee dipped in chocolate."
Historic Dublin seemed like the best spot for the Hulmes to sell their chocolates and coffee.
"I love the feel of it," Hulme said.
"There's a lot of foot traffic, especially in the spring, summer and fall," he said.
The location is also not far from Hulme's day job at Riverside Elementary School, where he is a special education instructional paraprofessional.
Preparing to both open a business and start a new school year was challenging, he said.
"When we got started, we wanted to try to be open in the summer," Hulme said, adding that fixes to the space put the opening behind schedule.
"So many people stopped in (during construction) which was building excitement. I really wanted to get to this point."
Now that Winans is open, Hulme is dividing his time between the business, school, his wife and sons.
"It's tough because I do love being here, but I also love what I do," he said. "I love the kids."
Hulme's mother-in-law and brother-in-law are helping to manage the business, and being at Riverside allows him to stop in before school and during lunch.
A grand opening for Winans is planned for later this month or early October, but the soft opening has garnered a lot of praise, Hulme said.
"It's been very positive," he said.
"We're not here to steal every Starbucks customer," Hulme said. "We wanted to bring a local coffee shop to Dublin. It's a place to sit down and talk to a friend. Everyone has been so welcoming."
Free Wi-Fi is offered at Winans and Hulme said a few business meetings have already been held at the shop.
"The main goal is business people can come in between meetings and sit down, have a coffee and use their laptop," he said.
Winans offers chocolates such as buckeyes, truffles, bourbon cherries, chocolate-covered espresso beans and malted milk balls and other items, including jelly beans, nuts and sugar-free items.
Drinks include coffee, mocha, tea, lattes and smoothies.
Winans is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.