Blooming Grounds Coffee House receives Visit Winona’s 2020 Partnership Excellence Award

Visit Winona presented its 2020 Partnership Excellence Award to Blooming Grounds Coffee House to recognize the establishment for its outstanding contributions to the community this year that impact both visitors and residents alike through a virtual presentation and live video feed on the Visit Winona Facebook page October 29.

            Visit Winona, the community’s tourism marketing organization, recognized the downtown coffeehouse and restaurant for, among its many other food, beverage, and entertainment offerings for the community, being the first to step up to the needs of the community early in the pandemic by offering free lunches to school-aged Winona children. Throughout 2020, Blooming Grounds has pivoted in response to the challenging environment the pandemic created for the community, such as offering street entertainment and new services including cupcake and tulip deliveries and specialized pastry items in partnership with other area businesses and bakers. Blooming Grounds first opened downtown in 2003 and has partnered with Visit Winona for more than 15 years.

            “We are tremendously fortunate to have owner Amy Jo Marks and the Blooming Grounds Coffee House team in our community,” said Visit Winona executive director Pat Mutter. “Amy Jo is generous, creative, passionate and engaged. Thank you to Amy Jo Marks and her entire staff for exemplifying true excellence in collaboration and by making Winona a better place to live and visit.”

            For more information, contact Visit Winona at (507) 452-0735, by email, or visit

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