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.
Locally owned Casa Perico cooks up traditional Mexican cuisine and pours on a liquid cornucopia of margaritas, domestic beers, and imported cervezas. The menu ranges from meaty staples such as burritos, build-your-own tacos, and a la carte items such as chicken or beef chimichangas ($6.99) to vegetarian specials such as the spinach quesadilla ($10.49). Grant well-behaved taste buds an edible gold star with especialidades el Perico, such as the flavorful chile relleno, a poblano pepper stuffed with your choice of chicken, beef, or cheese ($12.99). Famished early-birds can placate grumpy, grumbling bellies by ordering from the list of luncheon specials in a multitude of flavorful varieties. Drink to health, or construct an all-bottle band with of-age beverages including Tecate, Negra Modelo, or Corona Extra.
Charonda Jefferson prides herself on personalizing visits for a diverse clientele to BStyle Salon. During her more than 14 years in the beauty industry, she's worked with a variety of clients, including those who have experienced hair loss. As a result, her services include hair extensions, wig customization, and sew-in weaves. In addition, her specialties include cuts, color services, and texturizing services, such as perms and relaxers, for men and women with all types of hair. And to make appointments personal and convenient, she's available for a quick cut or style before work.
From more than 80 locations nationwide, the therapists of Elements Therapeutic Massage performed more than 400,000 massages in 2011. The deft team continues their pursuit of pampering by performing comprehensive consultations before every service. Once health concerns have been highlighted, therapists ameliorate stress by applying the client's desired level of pressure and avoiding any and all knock-knock-joke attempts. Though all of the therapists are well-versed in Swedish and deep-tissue techniques, some are also familiar with prenatal, sports, hot-stone, or trigger-point modalities.
The therapists at WellPath Therapeutic Bodywork have worked in spas and with rehabbing athletes. Their goal is to cultivate an atmosphere of natural healing, and they do so with massages that range from relaxing Swedish massages to sports massage and hot-stone therapy. They also offer prenatal massage for expecting mothers, and onsite massages for group gatherings.
Slinging Sonoran-style hot dogs all over town, the Mexi-Dog Food Truck brings the party with them wherever they roll up to. The signature Mexidog starts with a bacon-wrapped hot dog that's tucked into a bun and topped with beans, pico de gallo, shredded cheese, and a secret "Mexi" sauce. The truck is also available for special events, and can orchestrate catering packages for groups to include franks, buns, chips, and salsa.