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A visit to Shelby County is not complete without a stop at The Spot Restaurant on the square in downtown Sidney. A Shelby County institution famous for its burgers and homemade pies, The Spot was founded in 1907 by Spot Miller and still operates at
its original location on the corner of Court Street and Ohio Avenue. The neon sign over the door and art deco décor have been its trademark since 1941. The Spot also has a well-known catering service and is the exclusive caterer for The Oaks Club at Shelby Oaks Golf Club.
Locally owned restaurants featuring specialties unique to Shelby County include the fried chicken dinners at Hussey’s in Port Jefferson, farmers’ breakfasts at The Alcove in downtown Sidney, and hamburgers and home- cooked meals at Clancy’s. Specializing in Direct Trade coffee from beans found in the highlands of Kenya, Indonesia, Peru, and Nicaragua,
High Grounds Café in Sidney is an attractive meeting place for a light lunch or mid-morning brew.
Other restaurants are scattered throughout the county. Patrons can find the standard selection of pizza, tacos, subs, and hamburgers as well as home cooking and ethnic specialties. Families can drive-thru or park curbside at a favorite restaurant for grab-it-and-go meals or take time to sit down for dinner and conversation with friends.
Many national and regional chains are represented, including Applebee’s, Bob Evans, Culver’s, Firehouse Subs, Hot Head Burritos, KFC, Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken, McDonald’s, Smok’n Jo’s BBQ, Subway, Tim Horton’s, Frisch’s, Starbucks, and Wendy’s, but many diners patronize local establishments that specialize in home cooking, homemade pies, and fresh vegetables from the backyard garden.
Diners interested in international flavors can enjoy Mexican dishes at Cazadores, Las Tapatias, and Chipotle. The Orient is represented by Lee’s Chinese, Fuji Sushi and Steakhouse, China Garden Buffet, and the Hong Kong Buffet, and a taste of Africa can
be found at Sene Grill, all located in Sidney.
Buffalo Wild Wings and Fricker’s in Sidney are a couple of local establishments that have become popular places both at lunchtime and for dinner and after-hours relaxing. The Bunker Restaurant
at the Arrowhead Golf Club near Minster attracts many casual diners, both golfers and non-golfers alike. Morrie’s Landing on the shores of
Lake Loramie offers diners a casual atmosphere, an outdoor dining option, and plenty of great food selections.
Many national pizza chains are found in Shelby County, including Pizza Hut, Little Caesar’s, Papa John’s and Marco’s, but local pizza parlors seem to flourish as well, like Al’s Pizza, Farmstand Pizza, and Cassano’s in Sidney, and the Keyhole in Fort Loramie.
So take the family out to eat or leave them at home with a sitter while enjoying a night out at a local watering hole. A variety of private clubs in the area also have entertainment, drinks, and dining for members and their guests.
Although there are several brand name stores in the area, there are also many local shops that cater to the unique needs of Shelby County residents by providing a personal touch. In general, people like supporting the businesses that are owned and operated by their friends and neighbors.
The Sidney Visitors Bureau and Sidney Alive, puts the spotlight on local gift shops with the Shop Hop weekend, held in November in conjunction with the Angels in the Attic Craft Show at the Ross Historical Center. To be eligible for a grand prize drawing, shoppers needed to visit at least 12 of the 20 participating shops.
Gift shops included in the 2018 Shop Hop were Believe Art from the Heart, Bliss and Bloom, Charity League Craft Show, CR Designs, From the Barn Gifts & More, Gallery 2:TEN, Interiors by Alice, Moonflower Aromatherapy, The Ivy
Garland, Re:Vive Home Décor & More, Sidney Flower Shop, Threads, Vin & Joy, and Vintage Kitschy. Also included were specialty retailers Allison’s Custom Jewelry, Wiford’s Jewelers, Ernst Sporting Goods, and Ron and Nita’s (work clothes and shoes).
Gallery 2:TEN, Re:Vive Home Décor & More, and Resurrected in Botkins are three shops that specialize in the new trend of up-cycled art. Other locally-owned specialty stores include Carty’s Bike Shop, Flint’s TV and Appliances, Bunny’s Pharmacy, Finishing Touches Flowers & More, and Regal Trophy and Awards.
Furniture and home goods can
be found in Sidney at Goffena’s Furniture, Francis Furniture, and Furniture Express Factory Outlet,
and at Ask Amy Staging in Botkins. The Floor Store and Fultz Warehouse Carpet and Flooring, both in Sidney, carry carpeting and flooring of all kinds. There are also merchants who specialize in such items as appliances, electronics and computer equipment, flowers, lawn and garden, jewelry, sports apparel, printing services, office supplies, and books.
Great customer service and an abundance of supplies make Shelby County a haven for both the serious carpenter and the casual handyman. Home improvement centers including Lowe’s and Menards are complimented by small hardware stores throughout the county like Lochard’s Hardware Do-It Center and Sidney Ace Hardware.
Popular stores found in the shopping centers clustered on Route 47 include Wal-Mart; Shoe Sensation; Cato; Peebles, which specializes in clothing for the whole family; and Ollie’s, an outlet store with a little bit of everything.
For those more adventurous shoppers, larger malls and shopping centers are just a short drive away via Interstate 75. The Miami Valley Centre Mall is just ten miles to the south in Piqua.
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