Proffering relief for the summer heat, Legends Ice Cream in Valrico sells ice cream, sundaes, shakes, malts, hot dogs and other treats in a 1950s-style setting.
The ice cream parlor opened May 1 as a new venture for co-owners Lucy McCleave and Jon Santangelo. In keeping with its 1950s theme, the owners want the store to have a community feel. The staff aims to know customers' names and remember their favorites.
"Customers get personalized service here," said Santangelo, who was laid off from a job in the restaurant business in January. "We want to know our customers."
The store sells ice cream in flavors with names such as Mississippi Mud and Spongebob. The sundaes at Legends bear the names of 1950s icons such as Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and James Dean.
The King, a $20 sundae, contains every scoop of ice cream in the store topped with whipped cream, nuts and cherries.
"Many have tried the King, but no one has finished the King," Santangelo said.
Legends Ice Cream is located at 4344 Bell Shoals Road. For more information, call (813) 938-7271.
New business helps customers save time
For frustrated multitaskers with too much to do and too little time, a new Valrico business, aptly named Errands, aims to make life easier.
Errands, which opened in early May, is a personal shopping business that serves clients throughout the Tampa Bay area.
"Many people are extremely busy these days," said Erin Hannington, who owns the business and has worked as a personal shopper and nanny for five years. "The last thing they want to do is run errands. That's where I come in."
For $15 to $30 per hour, Hannington will buy groceries, pick up dry cleaning, house sit, walk dogs and wait on packages and technicians.
Hannington said Errands bests larger companies by providing individualized service.
"I live and work in this area," said Hannington, who runs the business from her home. "I offer a service where the customer's questions and needs are met by the owner."
Errands hours vary depending on the service requested. For more information, call (813) 601-2140.