SOUTH TAMPA — Land and Sea Market opened its fifth location this week, expanding gourmet meat and seafood options for South Tampa cooks.
"We make our own sausage, cut steaks to any size, freezer wrap at no charge. We're like the old family butcher market," said manager Rob Chandler, son-in-law of owner Dean Hampers, a longtime Tampa resident who owned the Tarot Pub in the 1970s. Chandler also operates the Carrollwood, New Tampa and Valrico stores.
The market occupies the former Shane's Rib Shack on Neptune Street off S Dale Mabry Highway, opposite Publix and a few blocks from Fresh Market.
"We do a lot of prepared items," Chandler said, naming 15 kinds of stuffed chicken breasts. "With cooking directions to make it as easy as possible." He calls a Greek seasoning blend of salt, pepper, oregano and garlic "our secret ingredient."
Weekly specials range from "fill your freezer" deals to two filet mignons and two rock lobster tails for $17.99. A popular tailgate package of kabobs, burgers, sausage, wings and more costs $35.
Live crawfish can be ordered from March to June, contingent on the weather in Louisiana.
Local delivery is free for orders of $100 or more; otherwise there is a $20 fee.
Land and Sea Market is open seven days a week at 3838 W Neptune St. The hours are 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; till 7 p.m. on Saturday and till 6 p.m. on Sunday. Call (813) 983-7395 or visit landandseamarket.com.
JC's Boutique offers beautiful on a budget
A corporate career paid the bills but didn't allow Cat Showalter to tap her artistic muse.
"Getting laid off from insurance mediation was a blessing in disguise,'' says the owner of JC's Boutique & Alterations near the intersection of Dale Mabry Highway and Neptune Street. In October, Showalter went into business with her mother, Josie Martinez, focusing on budget-minded women.
"Most items are $25 or $30," said Showalter. "Many are name brands but without the suggested mark-up.''
Mother and daughter use their special skills to further their commitment to fashion economics.
Professional seamstress Martinez alters clothing and "upcycles" jeans and jackets, "for example, taking off the sleeves and adding leather to get a whole new look," explains Showalter. Martinez studied in Italy before coming to the United States to work in the apparel industry.
Showalter works with leather, making custom belts and handbags, as well as dog collars and horse halters. "Your old belt can be your dog's new collar."
The pair enjoy discovering "up-and-coming designers, especially from the West Coast,'' said Showalter, naming several fashion newcomers she carries in the shop.
JC's Boutique, at 1308 S Dale Mabry, is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Visit jcsboutique.com or call (813) 205-1841.
Ice cream spot closes; 24 flavors merely move
Popular Davis Islands hangout Java and Cream closed Sunday.
"Now Farrell's sandwich shop will be selling 24 of our most popular ice cream flavors," said owner Traci Rinoldo, who sold her freezer equipment to the neighboring restaurant.
That's also where you'll now find Dennis Cavanaugh, who originally opened Java and Cream in 1998 and sold to Rinoldo in December 2006. He now works for Farrell's on the Island. Java and Cream, the ice cream, gourmet coffee and baked goods spot, was open seven days a week and had been for sale for more than a year, said Rinoldo, a financial systems consultant to nonprofit organizations.
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