Siskow's Deli and Blown Away Salon are located in the same building in Ostrander, making a convenient stop for local residents.   GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Siskow's Deli and Blown Away Salon are located in the same building in Ostrander, making a convenient stop for local residents. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Amanda Siskow wants Ostrander to be blown away by her deli.

"For the most part, our food is homemade - we slice our own meats, and we make our soups," said Siskow, proprietor of Siskow's Deli and Blown Away Salon in Ostrander, located in the former Wolfe Drilling building and offering a full menu of services ranging from lunch to a haircut and color, all under one roof.

Siskow, who had been a hair stylist in Spring Valley in recent years, felt that a shared space for a salon, deli and convenience store combines all her passions.

"I love food, I love to cook, I love people. This is the best...I love doing hair, too, and the best part is making people feel good," she said. "My mom had a bar, restaurant and motel in Alaska when I was growing up, and I loved the restaurant business. This is great - I don't have to choose between the two."

Now that she doesn't have to choose, Siskow starts each day by coming in early, preparing the day's specials, working in the salon, changing clothes to be ready for the lunch hour, then returning to finish the day in the salon.

The convenience items available at Siskow's includes things such as milk, bread, eggs, flour, butter, soap, toilet tissue, bandages, candy, ice melt, pop and ice cream.

She welcomes Ostrander area residents who stop in to buy things they need, items that one would want but not want to drive to Spring Valley or LeRoy to purchase from the grocery or discount stores.

"I thought it was important to have the convenience store and deli in town because there's nothing else open in the community during the day, except Susie's on Fridays," she noted.

The deli's menu features breakfast offerings of breakfast sandwiches, bagels, muffins, cinnamon rolls, and on Sunday, biscuits and gravy from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., lunch specials including hot beef or pulled pork sandwiches and hot dishes, and a general lunch and dinner menu with burgers, soups, sandwiches and pizza.

"All the sandwiches come with a side, but we don't have fried foods," stated Siskow, who added that the deli's dining room and counter has space for up to 40 people to enjoy a meal.

The salon is a "full service salon," and Siskow is the stylist with the hairdryer, scissors and spa experience in hand. She previously owned a salon in LeRoy, then spent the past four years at Chateau de Chic in Spring Valley, and having 10 years' experience in hair design, wanted to return to operating her own salon.

"I like to make people feel good, look good," she said. "This is a relaxing environment, a casual salon where you can be yourself and get pampered."

She plans to add more services in the near future, such as spray tanning, facials and massage therapy. She also has salon products available, too, so people don't have to drive to get what they want.

"I want this place to be a friendly, relaxing place with good service - in the deli and the salon - and I want people to want to come back, support it so that it can stay in town," she explained.

Siskow noted her brothers - Sam, Doug and Tim - her father, Wayne, her boyfriend, Ryan Hoefs, along with Marlene and Mert Root, Dawn and Dan Leibold and Karl Hoefs assisted in renovating the building - scrubbing and waxing floors, painting, constructing salon fixtures and helping her set up for business.

Siskow's Deli is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The new business can be reached by telephone at (507) 657-2501. Salon appointments can be made by calling (507) 251-4640.