PIQUA — One hundred and seventy-five people braved the chilly autumn evening to take part in Mainstreet Piqua’s Chocolate Walk on Friday. People were in pairs and groups as they explored the downtown businesses, picking up chocolate treats and goodies along the way.
“This is our sixth year,” Lorna Swisher, executive director of Mainstreet Piqua, said. “We had all the tickets spoken for in four days, which I think is a record.”
When asked about where the popularity of the event comes from, Swisher struck the nail on its head. “The reality is that people love chocolate,” she said. “It is just an opportunity to explore the downtown and pick up chocolate treats along the way.”
“It’s like adult trick-or-treat,” Haley Donley, assistant manager of Winans Chocolates and Coffees, said.
Winans was the first stop on the list before the ticket holders headed off to one of the other 22 businesses participating in the Chocolate Walk.
“It’s very good for downtown Piqua,” Dorie Perry of Piqua said. Perry explained that it draws people into the retail stores downtown that they might not otherwise go to “by enticing them with chocolate.” Perry has attended all of the past Chocolate Walks as well.
The Chocolate Walk also drew in some out-of-state attendees. One group of seven, including some people from Indiana, was able to use the Chocolate Walk as a way to spend time together.
“I’ve been to all of the chocolate walks,” Jena Blacke of Piqua said. With Blacke was her daughter Katie Tramel, Tramel’s mother-in-law LeRue Tramel, and LeRue Tramel’s daughter Candace Robertson, all of New Castle, Ind. Also with the group was Jodi Fine, Tonya Hawes, and Hawes’ daughter Kaitlyn Hawes, of Piqua.
When asked what their favorite part of the Chocolate Walk was, Katie Tramel said, “The friendship … get to spend time together.” Tonya Hawes added that they get to see the downtown stores.
All proceeds from the event went to Mainstreet Piqua. The event was sponsored by Winans Chocolates and Coffees and Readmore’s Hallmark.
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