By Glenn Battishill
Boasting popcorn, chocolate, coffee, tea and much more, Choffey’s Coffee and Confections is a one-stop-shop for sweet holiday treats.
Choffey’s has resided at 17 W. Winter St. in downtown Delaware for seven years and is owned by Delaware County resident Shelly Myers.
Choffey’s keeps 32 coffees in stock at all times and the candy case is loaded with close to 30 different types of chocolate. Shelves of teas, popcorn and other candies adorn the walls of the cozy shop.
Myers said that from the beginning of fall all the way to Valentine’s Day, Choffey’s will have specialty drinks for each upcoming holiday, including a new mulled cider for this holiday season.
“We’ll do some fun espresso drinks and then caramel apple smoothies,” Myers said. “Then we’ll get to the eggnog season, which will be fun.”
Choffey’s is also one of only five retail locations for Marie’s Candies, the Ohio company specializing in boxed chocolates. Marie’s is based in West Liberty, a village in southern Logan County.
“When we were putting Choffey’s together, we tried to stay with Ohio businesses and source more local, if possible,” Myers said. “We were introduced to Marie’s, which is a small family business with a great history of fine candy.”
Myers said Choffey’s also carries natural milk from Snowville Creamery, located in Pomeroy, Ohio, a village nestled along the banks of the Ohio River in Meigs County. Myers said she was very excited to work with another small Ohio business.
Myers said one of her favorite things about the holiday season is people shopping at Choffey’s for gifts.
“For me, it’s the people that come in and helping them find what’s going to put a smile on the person who is going to be receiving that gift,” Myers said. “Candy puts smiles on everybody’s face.”
Myers said people come to Choffey’s for the warm atmosphere and for the greeting they receive after walking through the door.
“Plus, a sample of chocolate never hurts anyone,” Myers laughed. “We’re here to serve our community, that’s the most important thing. We are here to serve whatever people are looking for.”
Tobe Riedel, a friend of Myers and frequent visitor, said he used to live in Delaware, but has since moved to Westerville. That hasn’t stopped him from making regular trips to Choffey’s.
“I still come back two or three times a week,” Riedel said. “It’s a family owned business, a variety store you might say. Just good people.”
Riedel said Choffey’s is a gathering place for many different groups of people.
“It’s a store where friends come for fellowship,” Riedel said. “Kids from Ohio Wesleyan University come here for Bible studies. Three-thirty or 4 o’clock in the afternoon and this table will be full of friends.”
CHOFFEY’S COFFEE AND CONFECTIONS
17 W. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015
Open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday