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Holiday Preview at Winans Downtown

Winans is your new holiday headquarters!

{by alexis} A few weekends ago, we were invited by Winans to check out their new space in downtown Columbus. Now, we’re fans of Winans going way back — you can’t combine excellent coffee and outrageous chocolates without attracting our attention — but we hadn’t yet made our way to the downtown location. It fits smartly on a wide city corner, letting in enough light to please any picky Instagrammer. But there’s more! Not only do they offer the classics, but they’ve built in a wine bar! You read that right — coffee, chocolate AND wine! We were right at home from the start!

We gathered a collection of bloggers together to sip coffee and check out the new offerings. But first, we had to do a little catching up with some of our friends!

Photo by Winans

Photo by Winans

After settling in a bit, we got to hear from Monica and Courtney, who gave us a bit of Winans storied history, and talked about the wine selection process. Long story short: you’re going to like it. They were in the midst of a feature on rosé which is a personal favorite of ours all year round.

Next, we got to preview this year’s holiday gift offerings! There is quite literally something for everyone — from your buckeye fanatic in-laws, to your chocolate-covered wine bottle-loving mom. NO, REALLY.

Photo by Winan’s

photo by Winans

You thought I was kidding, didn’t you? These wine bottles come artfully dipped in Winans chocolate, which is removed (and consequently consumed!) using a hidden ribbon that will pop off whole pieces. You can select the wine of your choice, and they’ll make the magic happen. And look at that charming wrapping! It was sunny and warm-ish during our visit, but I immediately started yearning for thicker sweaters, wool coats, and woven mittens when I saw those evergreen leaves and deep crimson ribbons. Just imagine yourself showing up rosy-cheeked at holiday party with this bottle in hand — you’re sure to be a hit!

photo by Winans

Plus, if you’re not headed to a local party, and wish to send some homegrown Ohio love, Winans will pack these darling gift boxes for you. They can be totally customized, depending on price and preferences of the gift recipient. Look, I solved holiday gifting for you!

As we got back to gabbing and snacking, I made my way around the store to revel in the coffee fanaticism and their year-round gift giving shelf. There’s just something about white paper packages tied up with red ribbons, isn’t there?

winan's gift packages

After eating a few too many caramels, we gathered the remaining girls for a picture. Be sure to check out their blogs and Instagrams, too!

Me!

Liz from Mrs. Ladylike

Autumn Theodore Photography

Nicole from Where Your Heart is Now

Maria Siriano Photography

Alicia

Photo by Nicole Leffew

Thanks to Winans for having us! We’ll be back soon for the sweetest, most caffeinated happy hour on the block!

Winans Downtown Columbus is located at 216 S. High Street and open M-Th 7a-10p; F-Sat 7a-11p; Sun 8a-8p. Some gifts (like the chocolate covered wine bottle) should be ordered 48 hours ahead of time.

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