A baseball takes flight. A batter readies his arms. Steady hands and eyes send balls sailing into the netting, whereas uncertain swings produce only a focused breeze. In All About Sports's 15 batting areas, batters calibrate their swings as they smack baseballs across a 50- to 65-foot space. Friends can roll balls into manually fed pitching machines and watch as they hop over makeshift home plates, meet the bat with a resounding crack, then slide dolefully back to their home at the base of a ball pit. Athletes may also work on fundamentals with available equipment including batting tees and pitching rubbers. All About Sports requires all batters to wear helmets to guard brainpans against loose baseballs.
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.
The Fashion Flip gives shoppers two ways to overhaul their wardrobes: grab a fashion-forward accessory to jazz up an existing outfit, or pick up gently used brand-name clothing via consignment sale. From flowing cheetah-print tops and sheer tunics to colorful wallets and scarves, the store mixes brand-new pieces and like-new additions. You’ll see names like Miss Me on women’s jeans, and Coach’s stamp of authenticity on purses and shoes. Shoppers can accent new ensembles with a trendy necklace, fashionable earrings, or piece of Brighton jewelry, or just ask one of the staff to paint their family crest across their shirt. The staff at The Fashion Flip specialize in wardrobe consultation to help customers use their new purchases to make complete chic outfits.
The Arrangement?s 6,000-square-foot space is filled with stylish décor items?accent furniture, silk-flower arrangements, and candles?that can make any house feel more like a home. A warm and inviting staff curates this collection of home accents, and constantly adds new and creative gifts to their ever-changing inventory. They also offer services, bundling bouquets of fresh flowers or crafting permanent botanicals from silk and nourishing them with waterless watering cans. The fragrance of the flowers wafts through the store and weaves with the perfumes of Trapp Candles, which can fill rooms with their fragrance within 15 minutes of being lit.