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.
Creativity is the main ingredient at Glazed and Confused, where artists-for-the-day adorn hundreds of blank ceramic pieces in personal designs, colors, and patterns. The updated studio is now more spacious and is enhanced with glossy hardwood floors and soft orange and blue walls to create a relaxing environment. Projects evolve under the guidance of the shop's staff members, who offer their own wisdom to elevate each piece to its full potential. Staffers spread the same artistic savvy when hosting birthday parties, field trips, and adult get-togethers, which can be bolstered with customer-provided beverages in accordance with the studio’s BYO policy.
With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for under $100), personalized jerseys glisten (most for under $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (most 24x36 pieces for under $60). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, like shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.
PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler ($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
The spirited souvenir-smiths at For Keeps Sake supply creative crafters with all they need to anthologize the best of days gone by. Starting Monday, September 12, introductory classes brighten up crafting tables each Monday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as the friendly staff teaches the basics of prettily piecing together memories. A start-up kit's bevy of basic materials and supplies fits neatly in a large canvas tote bag, which spills twice-monthly promotions and discounts for holders. Scope out the August-September schedule for upcoming events, such as special days for Tote Club members and classes on fashioning a meta-scrapbook out of the best past scrapbooks.