FOLLANSBEE - A local pair has applied their separate talents and a family name to their new business - a pizza place at 1407 Main St. (state Route 2) in the Follansbee Plaza.
"Deanna's the cook. She has the Italian blood," Jacob Creamer said of his companion, Deanna Morris.
"He handles the business end of it," Morris said of Creamer.
PIZZA PLACE OPEN — Deanna Morris and Jacob Creamer, owners of Santina’s Pizza, celebrated the opening of their new pizza place in the Follansbee Plaza on state Route 2 with a ribbon cutting conducted by Tony Paesano, president of the Follansbee Chamber of Commerce, and fellow chamber members. To the left of Morris and Creamer, who are holding the scissors, is Santina Perito, Morris’ grandmother, for whom the business is named.— Warren Scott
Morris also supplied the business' name: Santina, for Morris' grandmother, Santina Perito, a Sicilian immigrant and long-time Follansbee resident.
"She is the rock of our family," Morris said.
The couple also plan to name their child for her.
Morris, who worked at another pizza parlor for three years, said the recipe for their pizza is her own, though influenced by years of working in the family kitchen.
Santina's Pizza offers pizza by the slice or tray, with a choice of several toppings, as well as white pizza, pepperoni rolls and meatball subs.
It's open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, to accommodate lunch and dinner, and there are plans to add Sundays when summer starts.
Santina's Pizza will handle pick-up orders only. They may be made by calling (304) 527-7025.
Creamer said they chose the location, behind the Sunoco station, for its close proximity to state Route 2 and the many drivers that travel it each day.
Creamer said he and Morris were friends for several years when they started dating.
A Steubenville native and 2003 graduate of Catholic Central High School, Creamer also owns and oversees the Rockdale Manor apartment complex with John Polverini.
"I really like Follansbee. It's a great little community," Creamer said.
Morris grew up in Follansbee but divided her time between the city and Jefferson County for a time, graduating from Indian Creek High School in 2006.
She said she's very happy to be living and working in her hometown.
The pair said they have been very pleased with the response they have received from the community.
"As soon as our sign went up on the roof, the phone started ringing, asking when we're going to open," Creamer said.
Several members of the couple's families joined members of the Follansbee Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting marking the business' opening.
The two said since they decided to open the business about a year ago, their family and friends have been very supportive and helpful.
"Everybody's pitched in and helped along the way," said Creamer.
Morris said the key to any successful business is providing quality product and customer service, and that will be their goal.