Doug and Allie Utley Open Bloomers Too- A Coffee Shop Offering a Warm Greeting to Residents and Visitors
The hum of the espresso machine and the sound of chatter will now greet visitors and residents alike as they walk through the main entrance of Friendship Haven. Behind the beautifully decorated glass window displays, you will find Bloomers Too and The Blue Lemon Boutique. Co-sharing the space, the gift and coffee shops bring added amenities to an already bustling campus.
Bloomers Too is very much a family affair. Most days, you will find Doug Utley and his daughter, Allie, behind the counter serving up gourmet coffee, espresso drinks and pastries. This newly opened café expands upon Bloomers on Central, a successful gourmet coffee shop located in downtown Fort Dodge, operated by Doug’s mother-in-law, JoAnne Peterson, and wife, Kristen.
When approached by Friendship Haven to open a second location on campus, Doug said the decision came fairly easy. He quoted, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained,” as the motto behind making the decision to expand.
“It has been a true joy to be out here,” said Doug. “It is such a positive atmosphere, and we really enjoy the family-feeling you get right as you walk into the door.” Doug said he is looking forward to getting to know the residents, their families and the employees as they stop into the café.
Offering an extensive menu, visitors are sure to find a treat that satisfies. “We offer a daily coffee flavor special and can make just about any warm drink with the espresso machine. Chocolate mint lattes seem to be very popular right now, along with our sugar-free options and steamers for those who don’t care for espresso.” The selection doesn’t end there though. Bloomers Too also sells cold drinks, baked goods and their famous cinnamon rolls. Bloomers on Central’s popular Lunch Box Special is also available at the new café. “The Lunch Box Special is your choice of a deli sandwich, chips, pickle and dessert,” explains Doug. “They are perfect for meetings, or a visit with family. We just ask that you call ahead, allowing us time to get them prepared for you.”
Doug and Allie hope that Bloomers Too becomes a regular stop for visitors, residents and employees, as well as the general public. “We welcome those passing through this side of town to stop in and grab your morning coffee from us,” said Doug. “Being right inside the doors and parking outside, it would be a quick stop for your gourmet coffee or espresso drink.”
Bloomers Too, along with The Blue Lemon Boutique, are currently open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am-3:30 pm, Saturdays from 10:00 am-2:00 pm, and Sundays from 1:00-3:00 pm. Both businesses are in the survey period for hours of operation and are determining the best times to be open.