FISHHAWK RANCH — As of Wednesday, the Facebook page for Scigliano's Market had well over 400 "likes" and a slew of rave reviews for its fresh breads, quality meats and low prices.
The market had opened only four days earlier.
Owner Chris Scigliano said business was strong right from the start. Even after just a few days, he and his staff started to recognize the regulars.
So the business will have a running start when it hosts its official grand opening Saturday, with live music, a DJ and festivities that include a Samuel Adams beer stein-holding contest. (To compete, contestants hold a stein full of liquid at arm's length. Whoever lasts the longest wins.)
Owner Chris Scigliano — the "c" and "g" are silent, but he's accustomed by now to people getting it wrong — said he's trying to bring a little New York flavor and ambience to FishHawk Ranch.
"It's kind of like a New York deli," he said. "We have a New York skyline on the wall. There's definitely a New York feel."
It's not just the atmosphere that recalls New York, though, Scigliano said. Quality meats, including Boar's Head products at prices guaranteed to be as low as other stores in the area, fresh bread and rolls delivered daily, homemade cannoli and pastries are more typical of a New York City establishment than a Hillsborough County one.
"Everything is made fresh when you order it," Scigliano said.
One reason the market got off to such a fast start, Scigliano said, was that he already had a following in FishHawk Ranch. He owns the neighborhood's popular Aquatic Café.
"I already know the people here, and they know me, and I know what they're looking for," he said.
One popular item with the first wave of Scigliano's patrons is an egg sandwich. It's made to order in five minutes and costs $4.
There's seating for about 30 customers inside and about 60 outside. Beer and wine is available in the market. It also can be delivered to homes in the neighborhood.
Plans for the near future call for football on a wide-screen TV on the patio and prix fixe dinner specials.
Scigliano's Market is at 15260 FishHawk Blvd. It's open from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 a.m. until midnight Friday, 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday. The grand opening festivities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. For more information, call (813) 689-7244 or visit the Scigliano's Market page on Facebook.
Massage therapist is on the go, offers special on hourlong rub
RIVERVIEW — Perhaps the only thing more relaxing than a professional massage is a professional massage in your own home.
Licensed massage therapist Terri Saylor recently launched Complete Serenity Massage. She hopes to open a storefront before long, but in the meantime she's offering a mobile service. She'll come to customers' homes or offices and provide anything from a full hourlong massage to a five-minute chair massage.
The chair massages are especially popular with office workers. Saylor will come to a company and give short massages to several employees right at their desks.
She can also bring her own table and provide full massages. At least through September, she'll offer a reduced rate of $39 for an hourlong Swedish massage and a sugar scrub. There's also a $10 travel fee, whether she's providing a single massage or several at the same location.
For more details, call (813) 313-6536.
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