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Business 9-11-08 S&S Taco, South Bay Hospital, Little Harbor
By Betty Morrow
Sep 11, 2008 - 10:05:22 AM

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S&S Tacos and Stuff Is Everybody’s Place

By Julie Ball
When one walks into S&S Tacos and Stuff, the jingle of the bell on the door rings and friendly laughter is heard. The place is small (it’s 300 square foot) and it’s the kind of place where the staff knows ­every customer by name.
Owner Mike Self works with employees KarenSue Anderson and Katie Vernon. Julie Ball Photos

They serve authentic, yet healthy Mexican food with fresh ingredients including their specialty “wet burrito,” which is a burrito with beans melted on top. They also serve the usual Mexican favorites like tacos, enchiladas, and nachos.
The owners, Mike and Judith Self, opened S&S Tacos 21 years ago in a little hole in the wall off U.S. Hwy. 41 and College Avenue. He is originally from Toledo, OH and she is originally from North Carolina. Before they moved to Ruskin, Mike was a Marine and also worked for a nuclear power plant.
When they decided to settle down, something drew them to Ruskin. Mike called it “the Florida lifestyle.” Their children attended Ruskin Elementary and Eisenhower Middle School. They were also East Bay graduates. When Mike was a child his grandmother owned her own flower shop and since then he knew he wanted to be in business for himself; Mike attributes the success of S&S to simplicity, a loyal and friendly staff and, of course, word of mouth. He said that his store ­really gave the impression of an old general store. The employees not only know your name, but they often know your usual order as well.
The Self brothers, Josh and Mike, run the new Riverview S & S Taco & Stuff on U.S. Hwy. 301.
  When his sons, Mike and Josh, grew up they wanted to open a place of their own but the size of the shop in Ruskin was too small. So in April of 2007 the family ­decided to expand to a location on U.S. 301 in Riverview. However the only way to get the location was to buy the pizza place. Now the Riverview location is run by the two brothers, where they still operate the pizza part of the restau­rant, along with S&S Tacos.
Mike still runs S&S in Ruskin, but has slowed down since his sons have grown up and opened their own restaurant. He and his wife are big sports fans and ­enjoy watching the Lightning, Rays and Buccaneers. They also enjoy watching their grandchildren grow up.
Looking back on his success, Mike says, “This is everybody’s place. It was our place at first, but has now become the community’s place as well.”
S&S Tacos and Stuff is located at 701 U.S. Hwy. 41 S. #A in Ruskin and they can be reached at (813) 645-8226. They are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m Monday-Saturday.

South Bay Hospital Invests in Digital Mammography
South Bay Hospital is pleased to announce the installation of a new Digital Mammography unit at the South Bay Hospital Outpatient ­Diagnostic and Rehab Center. Digital Mammography produces a higher ­quality image than traditional mammography, during a shorter exam time for the patient.
The image produced by the Digital Mammography unit is a high resolution image that can be enhanced and manipulated. This means that the physician can zoom in on questionable areas and make adjustments to the image. This technology expands their ability to detect abnormalities and breast cancer in more women.
Digital Mammography also allows for less time in the exam room and less time waiting on results. Since the image is instantly transferred to a computer, there is no longer the need to wait on film development. This means patients are able to get their results sooner.
 “Waiting for mammography results can be very stressful,” says ­hospital CNO and breast cancer survivor Terrie Jefferson, RN. “­Reducing that wait time for our patients while producing a higher quality image for diagnosis can help ease some of that anxiety.”
For more information about Digital Mammography, call Melissa ­Morgan at (813) 634-0496, or to schedule your Digital Mammography, call (813) 642-8468.
South Bay Hospital and HCA West Florida have partnered with the American Cancer Society in the fight against colon cancer. For more ­information about the Get Tested campaign, call Melissa Morgan at (813) 634-0496.

Reel Animals Fishing Show Filmed at Little Harbor

The popular sport fishing tele­vision and radio show, Reel ­Animals Fishing, which is aired weekly on NBC and Florida Sun Sports, will be filming an episode at The Resort & Club at Little ­Harbor in Ruskin.
Captains Billy Nobles and Mike Anderson will venture out into Tampa Bay from one of the Little Harbor marinas and spend the morning fishing for redfish, snook and trout.
While the Captains are fishing, the film crew will be busy touring (and filming) the 124 acre property located on the SouthShore of Tampa Bay. The Resort & Club at Little Harbor is a Caribbean-style waterfront island resort -- a unique resort and residential seaside village, complete with lush tropical landscaping, island style hospitality and the natural wonders of a waterfront resort. Little ­Harbor is a full-service AAA­ ­Travel Three-Diamond resort which ­offers its guests a secluded beach, two restau­rants, lounge, Tiki Bar, ­tennis, marinas, and a bounty of ­amenities. 
Guests at Little Harbor may choose from a wide range of accom­modations. The Inn at Little Harbor features recently renovated standard rooms to one-bedroom suites. Guests may also select accom­modations at the newly opened Harborside Resort Condominium as well as two and three bedroom townhomes.
One of the segments of the show will feature Executive Chef Scott Woelfer as he prepares the “catch of the day.” Chef Scott will be “standing by” to prepare the fish that Captains Billy and Mike bring to the kitchen of The Sunset Grill at Little Harbor. 
The management and staff at The Resort & Club at Little Harbor are excited about the opportunity to host such renowned and respected anglers and look forward to showcasing their “little slice of paradise” on the Reel Animals Fishing Show. The show airs each week in the Tampa Bay area on NBC on Saturday at 6:30 a.m. and again on Sunday at 11 a.m., and on the Florida Sun Sports Network on Friday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 5:30 p.m.  The very popular fishing duo is also viewed regionally in 23 markets and will soon be expanding into the Canadian market! You can also listen in to Captains Billy and Mike on ESPN radio WHBO 1470 am on Sunday mornings. Or log onto their website – www.reel­
For information and reservations at The Resort & Club at Little ­Harbor call 800.327.2773 or visit us at 

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