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.
On a quest to spread their knowledge of tea’s health benefits, owners Larry and Tamara Rhoads have shared tea with more than 300,000 Teaoli customers. They choose loose-leaf teas from the world over—black Assam tea from Indian plantations, green blends from Japan and China, and exotic herbals from the White House’s lawn. The teas aren’t the only well-traveled items resting on Teaoli’s shelves. Making the trek from Modena and Tuscany, cold-pressed 100% extra-virgin olive oils and white and dark balsamic vinegars smuggle in flavors ranging from smooth and savory to fruity and sweet. All of the balsamics develop their flavors in barrels made of oak, chestnut, cherry, and ash, where they steep with ingredients such as dark chocolate, black cherry, and fig. All of these flavors can be sampled in-store as knowledgeable employees stand ready to answer questions and relay the health benefits and uses of tea, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.
Before slipping into a pair of Elite Feet’s shoes, you might first be asked to take a lap around the building. That’s because the resident shoe experts analyze each person’s gait with a 10-point range-of-motion test, gauging the foot’s flexibility and pressure points. Once they have identified each customer's unique stride and all 10 piggies, they proceed to match feet with proper-fitting shoes. Most of the store’s selection of shoes suits active lifestyles with running shoes by Adidas and hiking boots by Merrell and Ecco. Additionally, a medically licensed pedorthist customizes kicks by crafting orthotics and shoe modifications, thereby facilitating Olympic torch heists.
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.