5 Locally Owned Shops You Need to Visit

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From art galleries and creatives studios to unique gift shops and one-of-a-kind foodie finds, the Dubuque area is crawling with specialty shops perfect for browsing, gifting, and sampling the delights of where Iowa started. Here are five must stop shops for all of the best Iowa finds.

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The Midwest Girl

Specializing in truly unique apparel, The Midwest Girl produces charming graphic tees and gifts featuring sayings only a true Midwestern woman would appreciate. This shop is locally owned by two midwest born sisters with an abundance of creativity and pride for the heartland.

A Corner To Fill at Potter’s Mill

This new art gallery meets coffee shop is a must stop for a full day of artistic expression. Potter’s Mill, home of the award-winning Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ, opened A Corner To Fill on the third floor of the historic structure in 2018, making a space for artists in the tri-state area to sell their work and for patrons to dine of fresh beignets and chickory coffee to take you straight to New Orleans. Make a day of it with lunch at the restaurant, shopping, and treats upstairs, then live music in the evening. It truly is a one stop shop!

Namaste Athleisure

Nestled in the heart of Dubuque’s historic Millwork District, Namaste Athleisure is the shopping location for any active recreation junkie. Carrying fan favorite brands such as Patagonia, Love Your Melon, and Toad & Co., this local business aims to seamlessly integrate active adventure into your everyday living.

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River Lights Bookstore

Nothing is quite as charming as a locally owned bookstore. River Lights Bookstore is a warm and inviting store filled to the brim with every classic and new release imaginable. Not to mention they are a pet-friendly establishment!

Calico Bean Market

Stocked with peanut butter and chocolatey treats galore, Calico Bean Market is a must-see for any foodie fanatic. A wide selection of specialty olive oils, vinegars, candies, and local treats fill the walls of this quaint shop in Cable Car Square. Stop in for unique nut-butters ground right in front of your eyes.


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