1. Sarah’s Sweets, Lima
Locations: 435 S. Eastown Road, Lima
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday
Highlights: Sarah’s Sweets offers gourmet cupcakes in over 40 flavors, with Buckeye as the top seller. These delectable desserts are so indulgent — and piled high with frosting — that you’re offered a fork with your cupcake. In addition to its signature cupcakes, Sarah’s Sweets also offers cinnamon rolls and a variety of cookies, brownies and cakes for all occasions — including weddings, birthdays, baby showers, retirements, graduations, or just because. Stop in to treat yourself with a sweet snack or place your order today.
2. Shirley’s Popcorn, region
Locations: 435 S Eastown Road, Lima
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday
Highlights: After years of requests by local residents, Shirley’s Popcorn officially opened its doors in Lima in October 2016. This Bluffton-based gourmet popcorn shop boasts classic flavors like jellybean, Caramel To Die For, red hot cinnamon, cheddar, as well as premium flavors such as dark salted caramel, chocolate almond and buckeye. And of course, you can always go old school and munch on Shirley’s original popcorn. Grab it to go in sizes ranges from a small bag for you to a giant tin to share, and you can’t go wrong.
3. Speedway, region
Location: 1410 Elida Road, Lima; 631 N. Cable Road, Lima; 2995 St. Johns Road, Lima; 2615 N. West St., Lima; 7837 E. Lincoln Highway, Lima; 4630 Elida Road, Elida; 100 N. Dixie Highway, Cridersville; 202 S. Main St., Delphos; 238 W. Fifth St., Delphos
Phone: Elida Road: 419-229-6921, Cable Road: 419-222-3218, Harding Highway: 419-222-4501, St. Johns Road: 419-221-2262, West Street: 419-227-1080, Lincoln Highway: 419-643-4465, Elida: 419-331-4285, Cridersville: 419-645-5428, Main Street in Delphos: 419-695-6302, 5th Street in Delphos: 419-695-5285
Hours: Many are open 24 hours. Check with locations for details.
Highlights: If you’re on the road and need a snack, Speedway can cure your craving after you fill your car’s gas tank. Not only does this place sell candy bars, chips, pop and other snacks you’d typically find at most gas stations — it offers a full menu of meal-type food. Breakfast sandwiches in the a.m., cold and hot lunch sandwiches, pizza, hot dogs and cheeseburgers are just the tip of the iceberg. You can also grab a variety of cookies, an order of nachos, frozen drinks and coffee. Become a Speedy Rewards member and earn even more goodies.