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Siskow Deli and more in Ostrander

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Progress Edition

Ryan Hoefs greets customers with a smile at Siskow Deli in Ostrander, Minn. Photo by Barb Jeffers

The city of Ostrander, Minn. is fortunate to have a new business in town. The business, owned by Amanda Siskow, opened on December 2, 2013 and has been the newest “hot spot” in town.

The new combination business is called Siskow Deli and Blown Away Salon. A deli and salon in the same building may not be an ordinary combination but for Siskow it is extraordinary. She is happy to be working two careers that she loves and being able to do them in the same place.

As if the deli and salon are not enough to stay busy, Siskow also has convenience items and an area for consignments in the building.

The deli offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast items include waffles, breakfast sandwiches, cinnamon rolls, cereal, muffins, and other favorite breakfast foods.

Daily lunch specials have been “very popular,” said Siskow, with area residents enjoying the variety of noon meals that have been offered. Siskow stated that the lunch specials are mostly comfort food such as hot beef sandwiches, turkey with potatoes and gravy, goulash, and creamed chicken over biscuits to name a few of the lunches the deli has offered.

Siskow said she serves approximately 20 lunches per day right now and stated that is “pretty good,” especially for just having recently opened. Customers really enjoy the biscuits and gravy special on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is reasonably priced at $4.99 for a full lunch and $2.99 for a half lunch.

Other customer favorites are the wraps and club sandwiches. Recently Siskow had a peppered turkey wrap as a lunch special which people really enjoyed. The coffee at the Siskow Deli seems to be another favorite especially on cold winter mornings. The deli offers other great choices including soups and sandwiches such as BLT’s.

Siskow’s restaurant skills come from years of working in the restaurant her mother owned in Alaska while she was growing up. She enjoys serving good food to people and loves to be around people which explains why Amanda also has a passion for running a salon.

With 10 years experience working in salons, both her own and others, she is excited to have her own again. Blown Away Salon is a “full service” salon for men, women, and children, stated Siskow, offering cuts, color, highlights, and perms.

Siskow also has convenience items on hand including staples such as bread, milk, eggs, flour, and sugar. Siskow said she likes to have these necessities handy for people so if they happen to run out they will not have to drive to another town to get them. Also on the shelves are things like coffee, aspirin, cough drops, and many other useful items.

Consignment items include handmade crafts from residents around the area as well as hats from the state of Washington made by Siskow’s mother.

Amanda Siskow hopes to expand her business in the future by adding more menu items in the deli including box lunches for people who are on the go and she would also like to add some outdoor seating. This spring Siskow will be planting a garden to grow fresh vegetables for use in the deli, which will give customers additional fresh options to choose from.

In the salon Siskow would like to eventually have a second stylist and be able to offer additional services including spray tanning, manicures and pedicures. The consignment area will continue to take in more items giving visitors more choices of unique handmade crafts to choose from.

The Siskow Deli and Blown Away Salon are located at 306 Main Street in Ostrander. Deli hours are Monday through Friday - 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The phone number at the deli is (507) 657- 2502. The salon is open by appointment only and appointments can be scheduled by calling (507) 251- 4640.

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