The Winans family has been making lives a little sweeter for more than a century. During the Great Depression, townspeople would flock to the family?s bakery in Piqua with their sugar rations. Owner Wayne Winans would take that sugar and turn it into freshly baked cookies?a small pick-me-up at a time when even small pick-me-ups were a luxury. Years later, Wayne?s sons, Max and Dick, carried the family torch into the 1960s, when the first Winans Fine Chocolates & Coffees was born.
Today, the Winans family continues to do what it does best at three Ohio locations. All of the business?s chocolates are handmade, with no preservatives or fillers, and never cryogenically frozen. The family?s emphasis on freshness carries over to their coffee, too, which has frequently been named the area's best by the readers of the Dayton Business Journal and the Dayton Daily News. The secret is in their roasting process?their small, 15-pound roaster requires them to roast the beans in small batches, which leads to a more consistent product. Once the beans are ready, coffee artisans carefully combine them with other roasts to create a vast assortment of flavors, which includes 11 house coffee blends, 12 flavored coffees, and even more seasonal selections.
Working within a lofty stone structure, Geisha Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar’s chefs sear Asian entrees on hibachi grills and tuck French-inspired tidbits into specialty sushi. Across the chic, plum-hued dining room, they’ll sizzle succulent hibachi meats, fresh vegetables, and incriminating tax documents atop slick grill tables. Otherwise, they can pull from a dinner menu filled with fusion entrees such as shrimp and lobster risotto, and Jekyll-and-Hyde pad thai.
Surrounded by soothing, low-lit earth tones, visitors to Elements Spa Salon at Great Wolf Lodge are encouraged to relax from the moment they cross the spa's threshold. Many of the services incorporate Eminence Organic Skin Care products, an all-natural line made from fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
When whipping up tasty teas and edible accompaniments, The Tea Parlor calls on the finest local ingredients available, ensuring the beverage's boasted health benefits don't get lost like a baby hedgehog in a ball pit. The full tea menu for the month of May starts with freshly steeped Garden Rose tea, impeccably paired with shortbread, seasonal fruit, and assorted finger sandwiches filled with cucumbers, carrots, cheese, turkey, and ham salad with orange marmalade. Savory asparagus is balanced with mixed-berry crumble cake, hazelnut truffle, and strawberry bread to satisfy sweet-seeking incisors. The featured menu items change monthly, so check back periodically to update your cravings accordingly.
Melodie's Coffee Café sates grumbling tummies with a menu brimming with traditional and specialty beverages, baked pastry treats, and daily lunch specials. Caffeinate sleepy souls with the italian cappuccino ($2.30 for a 6 oz.), coat throats with an iced chai tea ($3.30 for 12 oz.), or indulge in the sweet stylings of a Milky Way constructed from espresso, steamed milk, and a caramel galaxy swimming with 400 billion chocolate stars ($3.80 for 12 oz.). Inner food processors howling for heavier dishes can fuel up with one of Melodie's specialty dishes including hot paninis, soups, salads, and belgian waffles (only on Saturday and Sundays). For a sweeter treat, bite into a cinnamon roll ($2.75) or lick away a cake-cone-swaddling soft-serve ice cream ($1.60–$1.90).
Blue Chip Cookies’ delectables have sated the toothsome taste buds of dessert-deprived sugar mongers for more than 25 years. The handmade chewy rounds are concocted with real butter, premium Guittard and Ghiradelli chocolate, and pure cane sugar. Blue Chip's recipes contain no artificial preservatives or trans fats. Sink teeth into a variety of the shop’s signature cookies ($7.50 for a half-dozen; $13 for a dozen), including chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, and Blue Chip joy, a tasty trifecta of coconut, almonds, and chocolate chips—all mingling, networking, and schmoozing to be the cookie’s number-one ingredient. Pint-sized confections can be paired with a sip from Blue Chip Cookies’ drinkable menu, featuring steaming cups of gourmet coffee ($1.85 for a large) made from freshly roasted coffee beans ($14 for a one-pound bag) and fruit-packed smoothies ($2.75 for a medium), perfect for cooling off scorching mouth pipes or recently-branded tongues recovering from your knitting group's controversial initiation ritual.