Winans Coffee & Chocolate
Joins Van Wert Forward Project

Winans Partners With Van Wert Forward: A Sweet Addition to Downtown’s Revitalization

The downtown revitalization of Van Wert gains momentum as we eagerly introduce the newest addition to this transformative project — Winans Coffee & Chocolate. We are excited to share that Winans, a beloved regional gem, will open its 20th location at 107 E Main St. this fall.

Since its establishment in 1961 by Max and Dick Winans in Piqua, Ohio, the coffee shop with a chocolate heart has earned adoration as a cherished institution renowned for its exceptional treats. In 2022, CEO Wilson Reiser, Max’s grandson, acquired the company. Under his leadership, Winans has evolved in various dimensions, from operations to branding, and most notably, the art of crafting exquisite coffee and chocolate.

As a company deeply rooted in small-town values, Winans understands the essence of vibrant downtowns in fostering a strong sense of community. Their presence has played a pivotal role in revitalizing downtown areas in towns like Piqua, Troy, Springfield, Dayton, and Wapakoneta. “Van Wert, with its robust and forward-thinking community, aligns perfectly with Winans’ vision. The prospect of becoming a part of Van Wert’s journey fills Winans with immense excitement and honor,” said Reiser.

This partnership marks a significant milestone in our downtown revitalization endeavor. “Winans is a perfect fit for our mission to breathe new life into downtown Van Wert. Their commitment to quality and community echoes our own values,” says Seth Baker, CEO of the Van Wert County Foundation.

Van Wert Forward envisions a future where downtown Van Wert becomes a hub of activity, both commercially and residentially. Winans Coffee & Chocolate’s arrival is a testament to this vision, promising a dash of sweetness to the vibrant tapestry of the town’s heart.

Stay tuned for updates and get ready to experience the magic of Winans Coffee & Chocolate as it adds a touch of delectable charm to our downtown revival. For a glimpse of what’s to come, visit and be a part of this exciting journey.

About Van Wert Forward: Van Wert Forward is a dynamic initiative focused on revitalizing downtown Van Wert, Ohio, and enhancing the overall quality of life in the community through sustainable development. The project is vision-driven by the Van Wert County Foundation.

About Winans Coffee & Chocolate: Established in 1961, Winans Coffee & Chocolate has been a beacon of small-town charm and exceptional flavors. Led by CEO Wilson Reiser, the company’s legacy continues to thrive, delivering delightful experiences through its meticulously crafted coffee and chocolate creations. Explore their offerings at

For Press Inquiries: For more information on the Van Wert Forward initiative, please call Joe Dunay at 419.238.1743 or email him at joe@vanwertforward.orgFor more information on Winans Coffee & Chocolate, please email Allison Bowers at

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