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ABOUT Grounds

Welcome to Grounds for Thought! 

Since 1989 we have offered the best hand-roasted coffee, delicious pastries, used books, records and comics, and an engaging atmosphere to residents of Northwest Ohio and beyond.

Located in the heart of Downtown Bowling Green, Grounds For Thought provides a friendly meeting place for the community, an intimate corner to enjoy your favorite book and a drink or a relaxing table to browse the internet on our free wireless.


Take a minute to browse our website for information about the Coffee Shop and used Bookstore, our Specialty Roaster, as well as our very popular free monthly concerts and community events hosted on a regular basis. We hope to see you soon!

Our short list of World-renowned past performers includes:

+Pierre Bensusan

+Melvin Taylor and the Slack Bank

+ The Frank Vignola Trio

+ Margot Leverett & the Klezmer Mountain Boys

+ Calvin and Grace Cooke

+ Bill Kirchin

+ Hamell On Trial

+ The John Jorgenson Quintet

+ Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles


From campaign stumping by local, regional and state candidates to intimate concerts with world-famous jazz guitarists, Grounds For Thought offers an eclectic mix of regular music and community events. Grounds For Thought has gained a reputation as a premier venue.

We present a series of once a month FREE Sunday night concerts featuring the finest funk, blues, jazz, bluegrass, rock and roll and Americana bands. With a ground-level stage, resonant acoustics and warm setting, music lovers of all genres will enjoy an up-close experience that can only be found in such an intimate space.

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