There have been plenty of changes in downtown Winona business recently. Here’s a look at some of the arrivals.
Shelves of movies and music in nearly every genre line the walls at 79 W. Third St.
Some of the titles are recent enough to be considered new releases. Others date back several decades.
Mister Groovys, which recently opened in Winona, buys, sells and trades used CDs, DVDs, vinyl records and video games.
Most DVDs for sale are priced at $4 and CDs less than $6.
It is the second of two stores under the same name opened by owner John Shriver. The other is in Decorah, Iowa.
“The idea is to recycle your stuff,” said Winona manager Adam Wiltgen.
Wiltgen, a 2008 graduate from Saint Mary’s University, met Shriver after moving to Iowa to work at a radio station. The two hit it off, and Wiltgen decided to manage Shriver’s new store.
Mister Groovys’ selection, along with its prices, sets the store apart from other retailers, Wiltgen said.
Anyone looking to downsize their collection can bring items into the store, where an employee will asses them and make an offer for cash or store credit. More usually is offered for items in good condition or high demand.
“We try not to cherry-pick,” Wiltgen said. “We try to take everything. ... Good stuff keeps coming in. You never know what you might find.”
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday
Location: 79 W. Third St.
Contact: 507-429-5401, mistergroovys.com.
Broken World Records
Winona’s newest watering hole can be found in a renovated building recently closed for three years.
Broken World Records has opened at 265 E. Third St., formerly home to Tiger’s Bar and Grill for a year in 2009 and before that the American Legion.
“It’s been a slow start, but it’s steadily increasing,” bartender Heath Eckert said.
The bar hosts live bands nearly every weekend. Some of them are local and others regional, Eckert said.
In addition to regular live music, Broken World Records also has a free pool table and in the future will open a new and used vinyl record store in the bar (When live bands aren’t playing, all of the music patrons hear is on vinyl).
“Winona needs more music venues,” Eckert said.
Hours: 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday
Location: 265 E. Third St.
Shirley Elaine Weddings and Events
The fancy storefront at 69 W. Third St. is new, but the business it now houses has been around for nearly a decade.
Tanya Dais launched Shirley Elaine Weddings and Events shortly after her own nuptials 11 years ago.
While planning her big day, the lack of decorations for rent at area wedding-planning vendors frustrated Dais. She had wanted about 15 candelabras for decoration, but could only find one to rent and ended up buying them instead.
Dais figured she couldn’t be the only bride running into similar obstacles and not long after decided to embark on a new business venture.
Enter Shirley Elaine Weddings and Events (named after a grandma).
“It went from something that was kind of this passion and ended up turning into a business,” Dais said.
Until recently, Dais worked with several others in a small upstairs space in Winona. As Shirley Elaine Weddings evolved from making custom invitations to a full-service design business, the room started to feel claustrophobic.
Dais decided to buy and renovate her new downtown space. The larger location has given her the room she needs to expand her business and creativity.
“I absolutely love working with the brides and coming up with something totally unique from anything they’ve ever seen,” Dais said.
She recommends couples contact her between a year and six months before the big day, but understands that’s not always possible. She has worked with as small a timeframe as a month, she said.
Hours: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and by appointment
Location: 69 W. Third St.
Contact: 507-453-7977, www.shirleyelaineweddings.com.
A few other recent moves:
- Sole Sport, a high-quality mostly outdoor sporting goods store, has moved from 129 E. Third St. to 56 E. Third St. near Blooming Grounds Coffee House.
- Pipe Dream Toys, a collectible toy and disc golf store, has moved from 810 E. King St. to 62 E. Third St.
- Verizon left downtown for a new storefront at 930 Frontenac Drive, near Mugby Junction and Walgreens on Mankato Avenue.
- Nostallja Studio, a hair and beauty salon, moved from West Fifth Street to 229 E. Third St.