Now in its 40th year, Medicap Pharmacy stocks its shelves with an array of healthcare products, specializing in a neighborhood-friendly atmosphere staffed by personable pharmacists. Guests are invited to peruse Medicap Pharmacy's thoroughfares lined with medicinal home goods, or stop by the pharmacy counter to fill a prescription or ask about seasonal flu shots. Customers can tenderly tend to wounded ankles with an ankle brace ($29.90), reward immune systems with reinforcing cold medicine ($1.59–$11.49), or keep the body stocked with the vital nutrients by picking up women’s vitamins ($8.90). Medicap Pharmacy also keeps customers in tip-top shape by offering preventative health screenings as well as at-home delivery.
The Prairie Soup Company serves lunchtime punters a trifecta of soups, sandwiches, and salads, as well as breakfast bites and coffee, in its downtown location. Ladling up six made-from scratch-soups Monday–Friday, the soupsmiths create heart cockle-warming flavors, such as Grandma Lil's chicken noodle, red beans and rice, and New England clam chowder (8 oz., $3.50; 12 oz., $4.50; 16 oz., $5.50), and pair each bowl with a piece of fresh-baked sourdough bread.
Nelson's Deli prepares a full menu of cold and hot sandwiches with stackable contents pulled from the counter’s adjoining market. Salivating window-shoppers can indulge their consumptive inclinations with a hearty sammy starring protein-packed roast beef ($5), smoked turkey ($5.25), ham salad ($4.50), or chicken salad ($5). The egg-salad sandwich ($4.50) deliciously greets lunch buds with a taste tempest, and eight different hot sandwiches, such as the pork tenderloin ($4.50) and BLT ($4.75), thaw the ice on frozen palates without the use of bottle rockets. Any sandwich can be paired with a fountain soft drink ($1.35) or other mealtime merriment, including freshly prepped salads and soups.
The Depot Express delights hungering tongue buds with a smorgasbord of specialty pies, as well as a slew of toppings for persnickety pizza patrons to create their own. The menu boasts belly-please combinations, such as the omelette breakfast pizza, adorned with egg, green pepper, onion, mushroom, canadian bacon, and the lactic duo of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses (12" for $12.99), and the supreme pizza, blanketed with beef, sausage, pepperoni, onion, mushroom, black olive, and green pepper (14" for $14.99). The barbecue-sauce-slathered cowboy ranch variety loads on the meat ($16" for $16.99), while the taco pie dons a disguise of refried beans, ground beef, and piñata-shaped tortilla chips to hide from pizza-centric crime syndicates (12" for $12.99). Dough-based artists can create a meal masterpiece with traditional toppers, as well as more exotic trappings, such as fajita chicken, pickles, and sauerkraut ($10.99+). Individual pizza slices are perfect for light snacking before deep-space diving expeditions ($1.98).
Sweets and Treats floats an armada of sugar vessels with its sizable menu of classic candies and handmade desserts. Handcrafted treats ($0.50+), such as cherry-pistachio bark, fudge turtles, and dipped Twizzlers and cookies, provide hassle-free alternatives to jousting vending machines for their bounty. Jellybeans in more than 40 flavors ($0.50–$16) jubilantly bounce into mouths from single-serving sizes, gift boxes, or freestanding jelly trees. Handmade truffles from Marion, Iowa, include flavors such as raspberry, amaretto, mint, and irish cream ($3). Behind the counter, Sweets and Treats’ friendly staff members stand at the ready, offering able assistance with life-changing dessert decisions.
Ames British Foods was originally started to sate the comfort-food cravings of Iowa State’s expats, but it didn't take much time for owner Marcus to discover he had a native fan base as well. His new restaurant—The Chip Shop—serves up traditional fare from across the pond in a friendly setting that encourages relaxing over a plate of fish ’n’ chips or starting a game of cribbage. Customers can also shop Ames British Foods in downtown Ames for imported British biscuits, chocolate, and other UK-leaning groceries, and enjoy a free cup of tea offered by a friendly staff member or that overly friendly regular customer.