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.
A single step inside Teaoli transports tea timers and culinary explorers into an international showcase of extra-virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and loose-leaf brews. Commence visits to Teaoli’s Spring Creek Village market by sidling up to the tasting bar, where knowledgeable staffers combine the emollient know-how of seasoned grovemasters with a bartender's flair for service and obsession with tiny paper umbrellas. Guide taste buds through the winding flavor trails of Teaoli's olive oils, testing samples ranging from mild arbequina or manzanillo to robust fantoia or Mission Gold Medal. Teaoli's gourmets import all of their oils and vinegars directly from the source, filling their own 375-milliliter bottles ($14.95) to ensure freshness and the presence of inspirational haikus under every cap.
Elite Feet's professional staff of runners, personal trainers, and a licensed pedorathist fit feet with customized orthotics and shoes from Adidas, K-Swiss, Asics, and more. Whether looking to run away from relay opponents or castle guard-dogs, clients can choose from a plethora of pavement pounders and street stompers lining Elite Feet's shelves. Staffers match people with their optimal foot home during a free 10-point range of motion test, analyzing gait during a monitored outdoor run and flexibility based on whether each foot can scratch its own ankle. After completing their foot analysis, injury-prone runners can sprint safely with the stabilizing Saucony ProGrid Ride 3 shoes ($94.99), while earth-conscious athletes appreciate the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11 with BioMoGo, the world's first ever biodegradable midsole ($99.99).
Fashion meets function at Hip & Swanky, a boutique clothier that carries designer threads, jewelry, and accessories. KUT jeans, for example, pair with handcrafted Old Gringo Western boots that can be dressed up or down with a variety of tops and blouses. Dresses pay homage to the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University, and various fun wallets and jewelry accessorize outfits, much like the high heels in a football player's uniform.
Artwear specializes in one of a kind jewelry that is made from precious and non-precious materials that is beautifully executed and affordable. From silver and turquoise to gold, diamonds, and sapphires all with an eye on design, function, and wearability. Price points starting at $19...We just look much more expensive!
LifeStyles’ showrooms brim with upscale light fixtures and accessories that send style and faux sunlight streaming throughout abodes. Single pendants ($44.95 for a 9-in. pendant, $139 for a 20-in. pendant) with nine interchangeable lampshades add festive colors and patterns to rooms, and tortoiseshell sconces ($89.95 each) illuminate dark spaces or permanent couch forts. Patrons can brighten a dim dining room with a five-bulb walnut chandelier ($119) or julienne a piñata with the blades of a lighted ceiling fan ($64.95+). An array of outdoor fixtures ($4.29+) resist weather damage, and an assortment of knobs and drawer pulls ($1.69+) in pewter, bronze, or nickel finishes give furnishings refined style.