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Here at the Miami County Visitors Bureau, we have been blogging about our area for years. And, more importantly, we continue to ask our residents and visitors to blog about their experiences throughout our historic towns as well. For example… did you know that we are part of the longest paved trail system in the country?
  • Tanya Brown has been making handmade soaps, lotions and other beauty products for the past fifteen years. In 2011, the brick and mortar location of Living Simply Soap opened in historic downtown Tipp City. Tanya hopes that her business brings people to shop throughout Tipp City and Miami County. She loves the way the communities in Miami County preserve their history for future generations.

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  • Ethan Smith is a Troy native and fly fishing enthusiast. He started his company, SmithFly, in 2010 to create customizable vest packs and bags for fly fishing. Today, SmithFly offers fishing lessons, design services and a variety of fishing gear. The shop sits on 210 East Water Street, just a short walk from the Great Miami River. 

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  • Haren’s Market wants to bring the farm to market experience to Troy. The market is owned by Connor and Hannah Haren who are both Miami County natives. Connor purchased the Troy Meat Market in 2011, two years after he graduated from high school. The Troy Meat Market officially became Haren’s Market on May 7, 2016. Besides offering a wide variety of fresh cut meat, the market also sells local produce, eggs, and dairy. Connor and Hannah married in the fall of 2014 and are expecting their first child this December.

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  • Joe Reiser is the co-owner of Winans Chocolates + Coffees. He moved to Miami County when he and his wife, Laurie Winans Reiser, bought her father’s candy company in Piqua, Ohio. The company was started in 1961 by Max and Dick Winans and was called Winans Carriage House Candies. Today, Winans Chocolates + Coffees has 18 stores, 5 of which are in Miami County. The company still makes chocolates the traditional way Max Winans did over 50 years ago. Joe started roasting his own coffee in 2003 in Piqua. In 2015 Winans moved to the former Piqua Daily Call building

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  • Marla Fair is a true Jane of All Trades or modern Renaissance woman. She and her husband, David, own David Fair on the Square in downtown Troy. She works as a historical interpreter at the Johnston Farm & Indian Agency in Piqua. She is an artist, author and doll restoration artist. She teaches art classes at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. She has published many books, including two inspired by John and Rachel Johnston. Marla’s family has lived in Miami County for the past 170 years.

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