Springtime, as it always has, rolled into Dubuque in March of 2013. But Hopper’s Greenhouse near the corner of Jackson Street and 28th was in a perpetual state of winter. Then something happened. A seed was planted. This is not out of the ordinary for springtime. But this was no ordinary seed. Born from a vision of community and giving, this seed was planted with passion and new life was breathed into the cold soil. What was once a greenhouse began to sprout again and Convivium was alive. Co-Founders Leslie Shalabi and her husband, Mike Muench, purchased the building and with the help of a regional architect, developed their vision into an experience. Convivium is a coffee shop, a restaurant, an educational symposium, a garden, a workshop, and neighborhood gathering place that opened in 2017. Convivium, in the science of taxonomy, is a term used to define populations of living organisms where differentiation of species are brought together for greater understanding. The term derives from Latin “living-with,” more commonly defined as “feast together.”
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