WEST WYOMING — Kristin Randazzo gave her dad a warning last week.
Her father, Lou, fell and injured himself at Tunkhannock Creek — right before the opening day of bass season and Father’s Day, June 18 and 19, respectively.
“I told him, ‘You have a week to get better,’” she said.
The Randazzo family owns West Side Bait on Eighth Street and, in between getting ready for the busy weekend, they’re also planning their own fishing excursions.
The store, in business for over 30 years, offers fishing rods and poles, reels, trout and bass tackle, lures, and, of course, bait, including grubs, wax worms, mealy worms and nightcrawlers.
“If we don’t have a specific item customers are looking for, we’ll get it for them if our supplier carries it,” said Kristin.
In addition to physical merchandise, the family-run store offers tips and advice for fishing enthusiasts looking for helpful hints on where to score the catch of the day.
“We get information from fishermen, and we have to remember it to pass on to our customers,” she said.
Some information is best kept a secret, though — especially family traditions.
“I won’t say where on Tunkhannock Creek me and my dad fish, but we catch 20- to 21-inch smallmouth bass and other people are catching 13- to 14-inch bass,” said Kristin. “We don’t go on the weekends, either.”
The Randazzos’ store offers gift certificates, too, in case anglers want to avoid the holiday crowds and fish on a different day of the week.
The store is open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days of the week and most holidays.
For more information, call 570-693-0248.
A little bit of everything
Liz Driscoll, co-owner of Driscoll’s Home Center in West Pittston, said it’s hard to pinpoint one particicular item in her store that would be a Father’s Day favorite.
“Men who come in here want to look at everything,” she said. “Everyone who comes in wants something different.”
And that’s why Driscoll said the store offers a “little bit of everything,” from lawn care items to grills and accessories to pool supplies.
“We even take requests and special orders to make sure our stock reflects what the community wants,” she said.
The store, open since fall 2015, has an array of summertime supplies, including lawn mowers, hoses, grills, picnic tables and Amish-made furniture, wire fencing, gardening tools and seeds, and other items.
Driscoll said soon the property across the street, the former home of Stackhouse Auto, will be the site of already-built sheds for customers to store their newly purchased wares.
“I know I want one,” she laughed.
The store, which is open seven days a week, is planning to offer sales and special deals for Father’s Day, and gift certificates are available.
For more information, call 570-655-6500.
Back on course
David Fosko, owner of Four Seasons Golf Club on Slocum Avenue in Exeter, has only been at the helm of the 18-hole course for about a year, but customers are already saying the difference in the condition of the green space is “night and day” from what it was like before he took ownership.
“Our greens are in good shape,” he said. “There are maybe two holes that still have some rough spots — last year it was every green.”
The Dallas native, who has a degree in recreation, park and tourism management with a specialization in golf management from Penn State, said he’s been working on the business for the past year getting it up to par for local golfers with higher standards.
“We brought in palets of grass,” he said. “Every time customers come out, they’ll see improvement. It’ll be that way for the next few years until we get it back in shape.”
The clubhouse is open every day at 7 a.m. except Sundays, when it opens at 9 a.m. Fosko said he started to book live entertainment on weekends, too.
The longtime golfer said, depending on the weather and business on the course, he would like nothing better than to play a round with his two daughters, 7-year-old Brynle and 11-year-old Chloe, on Father’s Day.
“It depends on how busy we are, but if I have time, I would love to play,” he said.
Gift certificates are available in the pro shop, which is open from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. seven days a week. Afternoon and “twilight” specials are available. There are also discounts for senior citizens, military personnel and junior golfers (ages 13-17).
For more information, call 570-655-8869.
Owner Angie Morgan said men shouldn’t be afraid to get pampered for Father’s Day.
Sapphire Salon & Destination Spa on South Main Street in Pittston has always provided services specifically for men, who make up about 40 percent of the spa’s clientelle.
The full-service salon and spa offers hair and skin care, waxing, massages, manicures and pedicures for men in its Onyx Wing. Morgan said there are also private locker rooms and showers for men at the spa.
“In this (area), everyone knows each other and men come here to relax, not to mingle,” said Morgan.
She said the spa was designed with men in mind from the very beginning and that “male twist” is part of the services, products and decor.
“It’s not a girls’ world, it’s not all about beauty,” said Morgan. “Even in our color scheme, it’s not feminine. We tried to keep it a neutral environment to be welcoming to men and women.”
She said once men see “the bells and whistles” involved in the spa’s services, it’s a gift they never forget.
“Once they come here, they love it,” said Morgan.
The spa offers gift certifcates. For more information, visit thesapphiresalon.com.
Reach Sarah Hite Hando at 570-704-3945.