The Vandalia-based Boston Stoker celebrated its 45th anniversary this year.
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Dayton’s own Boston Stokerwill finish off their 1973 Flashback Celebrations this week with National Coffee Day.
Boston Stoker was founded in Englewood in 1973 by Don and Sally Dean as a pipe and tobacco shop. As a strategy to build their customer base in a new business, the Deans started offering free, freshly brewed specialty coffee to customers while they shopped, according to the company's web site. The demand began to grow to buy the coffee to take it home, eventually leading Boston Stoker into the specialty coffee industry.
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Today, Boston Stoker operates six coffee shops in the region, including a location that opened in December 2017 at 215 N. Main St. (Ohio 48) across the street from Benham’s Grove in Centerville.
Information on upcoming events and promotions can be found on the Boston Stoker Facebook page.