Take a peek into Chef's Stop's culinary cache to find an abundance of gourmet gadgets, gizmos, and goodies that better equip your kitchen for impromptu feasts in the king's honor. Chef-quality cookware and bakeware line the aisles in heavy-duty sparkle, casting illumination on top countertop performers from Cuisinart and Waring. Perk up your at-home percolation style with a new Capresso four-cup espresso machine ($59), or sharpen your sense of savvy by using this Groupon toward a classic eight-piece set of high-end knives from Wusthof ($349.99). Using super-sharp cutting tools not only makes food prep easier and safer, it may also cause even your most frigid iceberg lettuce to warm up and stop withholding its gestures of affection.
So established is Circle K Midwest 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 Fresh Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including sandwiches, fruit cups, and fresh-cut vegetables. 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.
Since swinging open its doors in 1965, Rock Roll-O-Rena has provided a safe hub for lacing up and rolling around or simply kicking back with friends and family. Second-generation owners Glen and Jo Donna Neifert keep the facility in top shape, sending skaters gliding across the hard maple floor as speakers shell out top 40 tunes.
Off the rink, bleacher seating, a fully stocked concession stand, and arcade games divert attention from unhip physicists lecturing skaters on centripetal force, and air conditioning maintains a cooler atmosphere during the summer months. Dedicated to keeping the community strong, Rock Roll-O-Rena also offers a strong incentive for youngsters to keep up their grades, trading a discount pass for each A on a report card not earned by staining it with alphabet soup.
The archery range residing in the basement of N&M Sporting Goods provides budding bowmen with a safe and fun environment in which to nock their arrows. The range stretches to 20 yards and features drawings of deer, hogs, and piles of unwashed dishes lurking amongst branches and foliage, lending the space an outdoorsy feel. The targets can be moved as requested, and novice archers can move in a step to the 19-, 18-, or 10-yard lines.
Kohler City Hardware helps homeowners to repair, sharpen, renew, and stock their home with a plethora of essential supplies. In the spirit of winter, guests can swing through the shop to pick up bags of de-icing salt ($6.99) or toboggan sleds ($12.99). Skilled service people stand at the ready, performing all manner of tasks, from replicating keys ($1.79) to refilling propane tanks ($12.99/20 lb. tank) to estimating how many rocket scientists customers should hire to screw in a single light bulb.