LIMA — Downtown Lima has always held a special place in Kelly Spallinger’s heart. Now, the local business owner has a chance to make her mark in the area of town she grew up loving.
On Thursday, Spallinger celebrated the grand opening of Kelly’s Boutique, downtown Lima’s newest shopping destination for women and children.
“I’m just thankful and extremely grateful of the support we’ve had,” Spallinger said. “To have my friends and family come out to support me, it’s overwhelming.”
Located at 220 N. Main St., Kelly’s Boutique sells clothing, jewelry, furniture, home decor and more. The shop also has a children’s section for newborns to 14 year olds, along with a cafe that sells coffee, tea, sodas and pastries.
Before moving to the downtown location, Spallinger ran her boutique out of a smaller shop on state Route 309. The move allowed the boutique to gain an extra 1,600 square feet, which made room for the children’s section, cafe and an expanded area for Ohio State apparel.
When a storefront became available in downtown Lima, Spallinger said her prayers were answered.
“I’ve always loved Lima and the downtown area ever since I was a child,” she said. “We could have gone out by the mall or somewhere, but I wanted to stay in between my customers on the west side and east side of town. It just seemed like the perfect match.”
Spallinger said she has fond memories of downtown. From taking train rides with her grandparents and eating at her favorite restaurant to shopping at the former Gregg’s department store, the downtown trips were always a special treat for the northwest Ohio native. In fact, the building she runs her store out of is the same place her father used to watch 9-cent movies when he was a child.
“It’s got a lot of history,” Spallinger said.
With the long-vacant First National Bank & Trust building being developed into commercial space and the expansion of Rhodes State College, Spallinger hopes downtown will start to flourish again like it did when she was younger.
“I want to see Lima thrive like it used to, and I’m excited I can help be a part of that,” she said.
To learn more about Kelly’s Boutique, call 419-225-3559 or visit facebook.com/KellysBoutiqueLimaOhio.
Reach John Bush at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @bush_lima