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.
At Play It Again Sports, athletes equip themselves with high-end and lightly used gear, apparel, and accessories in such brands as Nike, Wilson, Ping, and Mizuno. Links lovers will rejoice at the collection of bulk, used golf balls ($1.99/doz. for practice balls; $4.99/doz. for game balls) and new men's and women's clubs sets ($129.99+). Dig into the dirt with brand-new Mizuno cleats ($29.99–$34.99/pair), or prepare for upcoming shopping sprees by pumping out reps with a set of free weights ($.49/lb.) or dumbbells. Play It Again Sports also has equipment and apparel for dozens of other sports including football, basketball, soccer, tennis, disc golf, swimming, racquetball, and grizzly-tickling.
Engaging customers with handy home-improvement solutions for 47 years, White’s Ace Building Center stocks supplies for any building project or home spruce-up, including lumber, plumbing supplies, grills, and garden accessories. Cool off from the sun’s fiery whims with a Living Accent 16-inch stand fan ($29.99), or harness its toasty power with mini stake solar-powered pathway lights ($2.99 each), which emit soft hues without relying on two-faced wind energy. Gardens become fauna country clubs overnight with the Perky Pet 4 station hummingbird feeder ($7.99), and an easy-to-lift poly garden cart ($24.99) with the capacity to haul hundreds of pounds. To boost interiors, a 6-gallon pro series dry/wet Shop-Vac ($39.99) can effortlessly slurp up stains from carpets, tiles, and permanent records. White’s Ace Building Center also supplies roofing, paint, and hardware, with trained staff on hand to attend to questions or material-wrangling.
Paintball Club of Choctaw’s eight playing fields accommodate all skill levels, including tikes as young as 8. Players select from various gaming styles such as capture the flag, fast-paced air ball, and themed objectives of protecting the team fort. Abiding by the club's field rules, players conquer obstacles such as picket-fence forts, wooden teepees, giant arrowheads, and cardboard trees.
Paintball Club of Choctaw has recently expended their simulated-warfare offerings, as they also host games of outdoor laser tag on two fields. During downtime, combatants can grab a bite to eat at the snack stand or simply take a breather at one of the nearby tables, where they can rethink strategy and consult dog-eared copies of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.
The crew at PureNutrition Choctaw blends up nutritious, delicious shakes daily to help customers curb appetites in a healthy way. They boast an extensive menu of flavors as well as a special shake of the day. Past iterations have included Butterfinger, strawberry banana, and Reese’s chocolate, in which loads of vitamins, minerals, and decadent taste are neatly folded into less than 300 calories. The staff also specializes in Herbalife supplements, which support clients’ health in a more convenient way than holding daily races against a greyhound.