Named one of the best local markets by Georgia Family Magazine, Lane Southern Orchards cossets juicy treats with loving attention and proper hydration. A sprawling sea of strawberry plants blankets numerous acres of Lane Southern Orchards' grounds, sprouting sanguine offspring ready to be plucked by roving customers, ferried home, and given playful nicknames. Pick-your-own outings allow customers of all ages to forage into the horticultural unknown, bucket in tow, in search of perfectly plump and ripe natural delicacies. Towering deciduous gatekeepers flank the fields, engendering a feeling of being whisked away to a private fruit-filled paradise far from the outside world's petty demands and snootily-worded subpoenas.
The original Village Cafe was started in 1990 by Patrick and Susie Butier as a place to showcase Patrick's knowledge of French-American cuisine. The Butiers sold the restaurant io 2003 to Tom Shaver. Tom was in the hospitality industry for 20+ years and helped to continue the great success Village Cafe had already achieved.
Holly’s cupcakes are made from scratch every day and decorated delightfully with superbly swirled dollops of homemade icing. These handheld treats come in a cavalcade of flavors. Classic combinations, such as chocolate and vanilla, are available every day, and creative cakes make guest appearances on different days of the week. On Tuesday, let your tongue ride atop a hummingbird (a traditional Southern cake with banana, pineapple, and pecans, topped with vanilla cream-cheese frosting) down the rocky road (a chocolate cake topped with ganache frosting, marshmallows, pecans, and drizzled chocolate). Or, drop by on Friday for a pink lemonade or Boston cream cup. Holly’s Cupcake Shop is closed Sundays and Mondays.
Lee County Optical's freshly minted practice specializes in Vision Fatigue Syndrome, keeping eyes focused and friendly with eyewear and accessories. The comprehensive eye exam quizzes eyes, checking for glaucoma, prophetic visions, and cataracts. Afterward, the doctor gifts customers their peeper prescription, and, for an extra fee, will fit contact lenses.
With a focus on small, fresh batches made frequently, Antique Sweets stocks its old-fashioned-style candy store with a bevy of confections, hand-dipped chocolates and barks, truffles, homemade ice cream, and more. The confectionary's signature Bulldog Bites ($2.25/square, $17.25/lb.) feature fresh pecans drizzled with homemade caramel and covered in a thin layer of chocolate. Peering out from the store's glass display cases are peanut or pecan brittle ($4.75/half-pound bag), flavored truffles ($0.95/piece), and chocolate-dipped dried cranberry cups ($0.85/piece). The kid's corner corrals nostalgic and modern candy alike, ranging from Necco wafers to gummy bears and Pixy Stix, and an impressive gift selection allows generous treat-hounds to gift tasty goodies for birthdays or reward themselves for remembering to send their wife a card for Millard Fillmore’s birthday.