So established is Circle K that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including Ball Park hot dogs. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with Premium Coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.
Peek across the counter at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory's resident chocolatiers, who massage creamy loafs of chocolate on sturdy marble slabs daily. For additional culinary theatrics, feel free to cheer on the expert orchard orderlies as they dip Granny Smiths into thick, bubbling caramel from a traditional copper kettle. Caramel apples range from classically simple ($3.99) to loaded with toppings ($6.99), accommodating different degrees of decadence more tastefully than a pair of convertible mink pants. If you're in the mood for poppable sweets, snag a pound of chocolate-dipped strawberries ($17.99), or strip away the core and go straight for the score with freshly fangled fudges ($6.60 for a half-pound).
The protein enthusiasts at Good Eatin' Premium Meats vacuum seal natural, antibiotic- and hormone-free meats and seafood to preserve freshness and maximize quality. Good Eatin' procures its meaty masterpieces from local ranchers and suppliers when possible, ensuring that cuts such as the 12-ounce Black Angus new york strip steak ($19.99) woos taste buds with tenderness, rather than jet lag. Two racks of blue-ribbon pork spareribs ($35) await the opportunity to fire-walk across the grill, as breast-meat chicken nuggets ($38 for 10 lbs.) unsuccessfully challenge perch fillets ($44.95) to a game of Go Fish. The protein emporium also specializes in portion-controlled meats for clients with specialized diets, and 10% of the shop's revenue swims like a finned roll of quarters into the piggy banks of community organizations.
The cooks at Napoli Tom's Pasta may seem like magicians, but they only need durum wheat, semolina flour, water, and a touch of sea salt to create their bewitchingly delicious pasta. It serves as the starting ingredient for most of the carryout eatery's from-scratch Italian specialties, including ravioli, spaghetti, and manicotti?all made from family recipes. The lasagna features five layers of handmade pasta carefully placed between layers of five cheeses, a choice of Italian sausage, ground beef, or spinach, and handmade marinara sauce. Like the marinara, Napoli Tom Pasta's Bolognese sauce is cooked for three hours, though each Bolognese gallon receives an extra kick from two pounds of Italian sausage.
Although it may feature all the amenities of a convenient neighborhood store, Stellato's Grocery & Deli embraces its role as an Italian-style grill. The deli area features dark wooden tables scattered across the floor, creating the ambiance of a bistro as opposed to a standard convenience store. While the deli offers take-home orders of homemade pastas, Boar's Head deli meats, produce, coffees, and other home necessities, the menu demonstrates the establishment's true roots. The staff prepares hot and cold deli sandwiches stacked with everything from egg salad and onion to sausage and peppers, as well as hot soups and classic Italian entrees?including baked ziti and chicken parmesan?to be taken home and reheated in the oven or roasted above the kitchen's open flames.
Much like a photographer or a supermodel, Dr. Jonathan Rones built his career on smiles. He draws on more than 16 years of experience to treat dental problems and correct cosmetic issues, in addition to teaching his patients the importance of preventive care.
To fortify weakened, cracked, or stained teeth, he installs crowns or white composite resins. Custom dental trays whiten teeth with a safe and gentle bleaching solution, and implants replace teeth that have been lost, extracted, or donated to the client’s favorite hockey team. In addition to using x-ray technology to locate hidden cavities, Dr. Rones uses intraoral cameras to view teeth from different angles and spot small problems before they grow into major concerns.