For decades, Winona has been a recognized shopping hub, serving all of the surrounding towns. Today, Winona offers a multitude of retail shops, boutiques, art studios and other unique shopping sources. Walk our historic downtown streets and you will find a flourishing shopping district with a lovely combination of 100-year-old storefronts, new trendy boutiques and everything in between. Venture out of the downtown area and Winona offers shopping opportunities at numerous nationally recognized retail stores, many located along Highway 61.
Winona Area Shopping
Winona is home to many large retail shops that are mostly found along Highway 61, such as Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Kmart, ShopKo, JCPenney, Mills Fleet Farm and more. A very special treat awaits just past these stores on the corner of Highways 61 and 43. At the base of the bluffs lies Sugar Loaf Antiques and Crafts, a family owned and operated craft mall with over 35,000 square feet of furniture, crafts, collectables and more. Located in the historic Bub’s Brewing building (circa 1862), it is truly a one-of-a-kind shopping experience that should not be missed.
Travel further along Highway 61 and shoppers will find Winona Mall and several other strip malls that are sure to meet your every shopping need.
Historic Downtown Winona
Downtown Winona’s Historic Shopping District offers a unique blend of arts, gifts, crafts, clothing, antiques, furniture, dining, flowers and specialty shops with the warmth and personalized service of days long past. Our downtown experience also includes many locally owned corner coffee shops and cafes where you can enjoy menus full of gourmet coffees, smoothies, sandwiches, soups and baked goods. Sandwich shops, full-service restaurants, pubs and grills round out the full array of dining options throughout downtown.
Also nestled in our shopping district is the Watkins Museum and Store, known for its extensive range of natural products and famous vanilla and spices. In the fall and summer months, venture to the foot of Main Street and experience the Winona Farmers Market, where shoppers can choose from a wide range of locally grown produce, flowers, baked goods and more. Downtown is also home to a wholesale natural food market, Bluff Country Food Cooperative, on Second Street and Midtown Foods, a full-service, locally owned grocer located on East Fifth Street. Together, these unique stores give shoppers a wide range of local products.
Winona’s beautiful historic storefronts invite shoppers to come and experience generations of stories to tell; stories of families who started businesses that have provided more than 100 years of service to the residents of Winona.
One of these stories lies in one of the only remaining independent full-service music stores still in existence today. Hardt’s Music is the source for performance and musical needs here in downtown Winona. Operating in their original location since 1913, Hardt’s has offered a complete inventory of pianos, keyboards, drums, guitars, band and orchestra instruments and sound and lighting equipment. They still provide the same focus on individual customer service as they have for generations, including instrument repair, rental and private music lessons. Hardt’s Music was recently recognized by the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce with the Downtown Investment Award for significant reinvestment in the historic restoration of their storefront.
Another of Winona’s stories can be told at the Coca-Cola Bottling Co., which was introduced to Winona in 1905 and has been continuously bottling at the same facility on Franklin Street since 1932, when it was purchased by the Kuhlmann family who still runs it today. The decades have brought about many changes to the soft drink beverage industry. The “corner grocer” across America has all but disappeared, replaced by national retail chains, but in Winona the past remains current and is still thriving today. From the “Coca-Cola Revives and Sustains” to “Ice Cold Sunshine” to “Life Begins Here,” Winona Coca-Cola is the last remaining bottler in the U.S. that still produces Coke in three sizes of returnable glass bottles and proudly serves both local customers and those who travel from afar to Winona to satisfy their thirst for the “real thing.”
The rich history of Winona extends back even farther when we look at stores such as Goltz Pharmacy on Third Street. Opened in 1888 by Max Goltz, this full-service family pharmacy is still providing Winona with personal medication counseling, diabetic supplies, blood pressure monitors and durable medical equipment as well as over-the-counter medications. Goltz is one of the oldest continuously active pharmacies in Minnesota and one of the oldest single-owner pharmacies in the state. When shoppers come in they are now welcomed by the fourth generation of the Goltz family and can still expect to receive the same personal service as 123 years ago when the doors opened for the first time.
Tales such as these are plentiful here in Winona. Evidence of our history can be found just inside our historic storefronts and captivating stories are literally just waiting for you around every corner of our beautiful island city.