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GooD4U market offers sturdy products, healthy eating

SPRING HILL — To a foodie, a chef or anyone whose favorite enclave is the kitchen, GooD4U is Santa's workshop, the Garden of Eden and the Iron Chef film stage wrapped into one store.

The salivating starts before opening the door at what the owner dubs a "Healthy Lifestyle Marketplace" in the Coastal Way Plaza.

Currently, the gourmet cooking store's show window features all of the accoutrements for frozen treat production: a couple of variably shaped quick-pops forms, a popsicle freezer, trendy-colored silicon ice cream scoops and a chocolate station mini-appliance that enables the dipping, drizzling and sprinkling of an ice cream novelty.

Inside is a collection of funky utensils, high-end cookware and countertop appliances, assorted natural vitamins and health supplements, an aromatic choice of more than 20 leaf teas and an eclectic variety of 200 spices and dried herbs sold by the pinch to a pound.

"It's kind of like Williams-Sonoma and a health food store," explained owner Victoria Galanti, who opened the market in January after 20 years as a Hudson-based wholesale distributor of the same goods.

"The store was more because I like a kitchen store to hang out in. Then I can buy the stuff, and my husband doesn't yell at me," the 44-year-old said with a laugh.

On a more serious note, Galanti said she and her daughter, Jacqueline, 23, have food allergies that restrict their dietary choices.

"I think a lot of people are the same," Galanti said.

So, GooD4U makes available ingredients and food prep machines that are "yeah, good for you," she said.

Hence, the store's name.

Food supplements, vitamins, essential oils, herbs and spices are organic or free trade — "no fillers and no synthetics, no MSG, never, ever, ever," Galanti stressed.

As for machines, they include a power blender and a food dehydrator of Galanti's own design and label.

"There are a lot of raw foodists who wanted a high-power blender," she said.

Hers is of variable speed, from 1,500 to 20,000 rpm and a maximum pulse burst of 30,000 rpm.

Dehydrators on the market, at $260 to $300, are too expensive for many foodists, Galanti said. Hers sells for $129 "because I don't spend a lot on marketing."

Utensils shun plastic and rubber, nearly all made of never-wear-out and non-allergenic silicon. Of the store's single-biggest seller, Galanti said: "You won't believe — silicon mitts for taking out of the oven, lined with cotton. Normally, they sell for $16. We have them for $12.99."

Also made of silicon: scoops, spatulas, jar spoons and pastry brushes with a handle design that keeps the utensil off the work surface; collapsible for flat storage strainers, box graters, whisks and chopping mats; and easy-release baking trays and food steamers.

Among the novel items: a wave waffle cutter, a scoop colander, a sprout bag, Swiss Army kitchen knives, a capsule machine for filling digestible capsules with powdered herbs and spices.

The selection of herbs and spices rivals that of the most diverse specialty market. Consider milk thistle seed, kibbled mushrooms, slippery elm, European elder, menthol crystals, chia seed, beet powder and edible powdered clays with medicinal qualities.

Galanti acknowledges some merchandise seems pricey.

"It's all high-end stuff, top-of- the-line products," she declares. "It's something that's going to last. The juicer they'll give to their grandchildren. The blender is $300. I've gone through six blenders at $70, so it works out.

"We have 100 items under $10. We'll match any Internet price."

Beth Gray can be contacted at

>>if you go

GooD4U Healthy Lifestyle Marketplace

Where: Coastal Way Plaza, 13035 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill

When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday

Contacts: (352) 600-7917 by phone; by email.

On the Web: GooD4U store goods, and others, are offered online at

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