Monday, December 11, 2017
Business

Annie Fannie's, Couture Shoez, Hand and Stone Massage and Facial, and SeaBreeze devil crabs

PALMA CEIA — Ask Ann-Marie Saitta how she came to make the custom hair accessories she sells in her new boutique, Annie Fannie's, and she admits it was by accident.

"My girlfriend wanted us to dress up glamorous for my birthday one year," said Saitta, 32. "I bought a hair accessory but it was shabby and boring." She found feathers and paint and "turned it into a completely different work of art."

The artist and model used those talents to open Annie Fannie's on Oct. 3, selling new, used, vintage and designer clothing for women. "With a bit for men, plus accessories and shoes," she adds. The store is in the Southtown Plaza on S Dale Mabry Highway at W Azeele Avenue.

She'll host a grand opening at 7 p.m. Dec. 8.

"Please wear vintage," she said. "Anything goes from '20s to '70s."

Annie Fannie's, 310 S Dale Mabry Highway, is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Visit anniefannies.com or call (813) 454-2024.

Shoe shop celebrates opening

Budget-conscious Cinderellas will find new and gently-worn designer shoes at Couture Shoez, a tiny Henderson Boulevard boutique — just 600-square-feet — near Neptune Avenue. Dolce & Gabbana, Evan Picone, Jessica Simpson, Prada, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik are some names dropped by owner Sunny Paige.

Celebrate the store's opening with refreshments from Eats! American Grill from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. A $10 donation is requested for the Voices for Children support group of guardian ad litems. Reservations are requested.

Couture Shoez, 4025 Henderson Blvd., is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Find it on Facebook or call (813) 398-8080.

Hot stone massage

Cousins Chris Ciavarella and spa manager Stacey DeMarco operate Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Town Square at West Shore and Kennedy boulevards. Bella Cugini, beautiful cousins in Italian, is the corporate name, said DeMarco, who ran a spa in Charleston, S.C. prior to the Aug. 27 opening here.

"The hot stone massage is our signature," she said.

"Heated river stones are used as tools, almost an extension of the hands, to melt the stress away and get deeper into the muscles." There are 12 massage therapists and three estheticians on staff.

For first-timers, a one-hour Swedish or relaxation massage is $39.95, a facial is $49.95, and a hot stone massage costs $59.95.

But, says DeMarco, "the way to go is to join the wellness program for $49.95 a month and save 40 percent."

The fee entitles clients to one massage or facial a month. Add $20 for a hot stone treatment.

No long-term contract is required. Miss a month and the service rolls over to the next.

A couples' room with two massage tables is popular, she said.

"Two guests can enjoy the services together. Couples, friends, mother and daughter."

The franchise has locations in 17 states and Canada. Three others in the bay area operate in Carrollwood, St. Petersburg and Palm Harbor.

Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa, 124 S West Shore Blvd.; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday; till 8 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Visit handandstone.com or (813) 287-5000.

Devil crab delights

Seeing the "SeaBreeze devil crab" sign could cause drivers to slam on the brakes when they pass the carry-out shack at 2111 N Boulevard.

Danny Richards and his wife, Donna, sell his family's famed devil crabs, fresh or frozen, for $3 each. Richards' kin perfected the recipe when they operated SeaBreeze by the Bay restaurant at the Port of Tampa. "Just take them home and drop in the deep fryer," Donna said.

Coming soon: a food truck, converted from a former Weeki Wachee trolley car, will be parked on the site. The couple expect to serve shrimp, grouper, clams and scallop baskets, fried, grilled or blackened.

For now, devil crabs are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call (813) 228-0033.

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