At Buffalo Chevron, drivers fuel up engines at the pump while journeying inside to recharge with sweet and salty snacks. Their Extra Mile convenience store serves up piping hot cups of Seattle’s best coffee, complimented by a warm and hand-held breakfast sandwich. The station’s automated car wash blasts away stains from rain and road salt while an assortment of Red Bull and Rockstar energy drinks give you enough pep to translate your owner’s manual into Elvish.
In 1985, as ends meet became harder to make, the Carleton family sold its cows and closed its nearly 30-year-old dairy farm. Not to be deterred, Mary Carleton began selling pumpkins and sweet corn from a roadside stand three years later. Today, the Carletons continue Mary's efforts by cultivating 60 acres of produce, including english peas, zucchini, and green and purple beans. Along with their own veggies, the Carletons stock their farm market with organic raw milk, grass-fed beef, local honey, and handmade pies.
After a summer spent selling their produce, the Carletons unwind with guests for nearly two months of autumnal fun starting in September. A corn maze with stalks more than 9-feet high snakes through a 4-acre field in a different shape each year. Come dusk, a cornfield eerily transforms into the haunted swamp, which dares guests aged 12 and up to creep through its creature-filled labyrinth. The pumpkin patch teems with various-sized pumpkins ripe for plucking, while the pumpkin cannon launches gourds into the air in hopes that one will transform into Cinderella's private jet. The fenced kids' area further entices youngsters with a zip swing, tube slides, and a rope maze, and the play area inside the barn intrigues them with a rope swing and hay maze.
In 1997, the tea aficionados at Special Teas Inc. began stocking their shelves with loose-leaf teas imported from all over the world. Today, the staff flavours and blends its own teas on-site, whistling piercingly like a teakettle as they mix certified organic and bio-grown ingredients into their own blends of black, green, and chai teas. The custom mixes peer down from the shop's shelves toward a tearoom and gallery where shop personnel can explain the believed health benefits of certain blends, such as using rooibos tea to treat allergies or soaking in a bathtub of tea to help one swear off coffee. Each of the store's loose-leaf varieties can steep inside Special Teas Inc.'s lineup of glass teapots that boast neat pours and can hold up to 1.6 litres.
As one of Canada's largest nutrition retail outlets, Popeye's Supplements populates its store with nutrition, weight-loss, and fitness aids designed to address a variety of health matters. Expert vitamin prospectors help patrons find supplements best suited to their fitness goals. Shoppers can fill their baskets with Hydroxycut bars or stock up on Allmax Nutrition's muscle-magnifying creatine. Meanwhile, the green-tea extracts and soy vitamin E in the Ascenta NutraSea fish oil team up to strengthen hearts and soothe joints. Customers who aren't sure which supplement may work best for them can try out different ones at Popeye's Supplements' sampling station.
Aaronson's Pharmacy is the oldest independently owned pharmacy in Victoria,established in 1910. We are PCCA accredited and specialize in Pharmaceutical Compounding ( including Veterinary, Hormone Replacement and Sterile products). We also offer the largest selection of Homeopathic remedies in Victoria.
More than 2,000 hot sauces, 800 barbecue sauces, and 400 marinades line the sauce aisles at Double DD Meats. And that's not even the main attraction. The family-owned meat market and deli shop has specialized in serving fresh cuts of beef, pork, poultry, and exotic meats since 1955. A display case on the right-hand side of the shop contains deli meats and cheeses, as well as sausage links, which are blended and cased in-house. The one-stop chophouse and hot-sauce haven also showcases an array of mustards, injectable marinades, and more than 500 dry rubs. Friendly butchers treat their customers like family, answering questions and catering to their needs by slicing steaks to desired thicknesses, special ordering hot sauces, and even crafting summer sausage necklaces for that special someone.