Local Small Businesses Full of Charm

Megan ViertelExplore, Shopping


If you have ever visited or lived in Dubuque you know that it is a town filled with a variety of great small businesses. With so many local shopping and dining options to choose from, there is something here for everyone. Here are just a few examples of Dubuque’s unique local businesses.

Charlotte’s Coffeehouse

Charlotte’s Coffeehouse is a charming café with a friendly atmosphere. Charlotte’s offers a variety of drinks and light food options like the kiwi acai bowl or the chicken bacon pesto panini. The cozy set up makes it the perfect place to read the paper or catch up with friends. A trip to Charlotte’s is different than a visit to a chain coffee shop. From the handwritten chalkboard menu to the outdoor patio seating, dining at Charlotte’s is sure to be a unique venture.

Adobo’s Mexican Grill

Adobos is a “build-your-own” Mexican restaurant that offers burritos, burrito bowls, nachos, taco salad, and tacos as well as a variety of sides and drinks. The quick and neighborly staff are always ready to help build your perfect entrée. If you are too busy to stop by the restaurant, you may be lucky enough to catch the Adobos food truck during one of its rides around town. Either way, it is places like Adobos that make Dubuque a unique foodie destination.

River Lights Bookstore

River Lights Bookstore is an indie bookstore featuring everything from locally written works to New York Times Bestsellers. The friendly and well-read employees will guide you through their impressive collection of books ranging in topics from mystery novels to self-help books. You will find it easy to spend hours browsing the store’s shelves. The relaxed, home-like atmosphere includes comfortable seating, hardwood floors, and bookshelves that tower up to the ceiling. River Lights exemplifies what everyone loves about small businesses; it offers a distinct experience.

Local businesses offer products and services that are unique to their customers. This makes shopping small a more personal and memorable experience. Small Business Saturday, on November 25th, is a day dedicated to supporting local business. It is the perfect time to grab a few friends and try something new while getting some holiday shopping done. It’s a win-win!


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