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 cooks at Napoli Tom's Pasta may seem like magicians, but they only need durum wheat, semolina flour, water, and a touch of sea salt to create their bewitchingly delicious pasta. It serves as the starting ingredient for most of the carryout eatery's from-scratch Italian specialties, including ravioli, spaghetti, and manicotti?all made from family recipes. The lasagna features five layers of handmade pasta carefully placed between layers of five cheeses, a choice of Italian sausage, ground beef, or spinach, and handmade marinara sauce. Like the marinara, Napoli Tom Pasta's Bolognese sauce is cooked for three hours, though each Bolognese gallon receives an extra kick from two pounds of Italian sausage.
Much like a photographer or a supermodel, Dr. Jonathan Rones built his career on smiles. He draws on more than 16 years of experience to treat dental problems and correct cosmetic issues, in addition to teaching his patients the importance of preventive care.
To fortify weakened, cracked, or stained teeth, he installs crowns or white composite resins. Custom dental trays whiten teeth with a safe and gentle bleaching solution, and implants replace teeth that have been lost, extracted, or donated to the client’s favorite hockey team. In addition to using x-ray technology to locate hidden cavities, Dr. Rones uses intraoral cameras to view teeth from different angles and spot small problems before they grow into major concerns.
Westerkamps Steakhouse and Meat Market was established two decades ago, and over that time, a single thread has weaved one year into the next: quality. Instead of outsourcing slicing duties to contract garden shears, Westerkamps retains a butcher to carve fresh-cut meats daily. The family-owned business still operates out of its original building, which at one time featured a grocery store that the family has since been converted into a restaurant. Their breakfast and lunch menus feature homemade dishes such as the green chili that the Denver Westword named one of the top ten in the city.
Today's wellness-wonder Groupon gets you 60 minutes of wonderful wellness at Botanica Wellness Sanctuary, a natural therapy clinic that blends modern science with western and alternative healing techniques. Choose one of the following services: acupuncture ($120), herbal therapy ($70), chiropractic ($125), Reiki ($70), reflexology ($70), naturopathy ($150), cranial sacral therapy ($75), nutritional counseling ($70), or general counseling ($75–$90). The Art Museum: To make up for your rejected art school application, vow revenge on the entire town. The Hypnotist’s Office: To make up for your rejected art school application, steal the hypnotist’s hypno-coin and command an army of birds to enact vengeance on your enemies. The Police Station: To make up for being unjustly accused of ghastly crimes that were clearly committed by birds, allow your bird-servants to lay siege to the building and free you. Leave only one survivor who couldn’t possibly track you to the unfinished high rise. The Unfinished High Rise: To make up for losing your sanity in an bacchanalian spree of bird crime, surrender and hand the hypno-coin to the surviving police officer. Though he seems incorruptible, he shockingly uses the hypno-coin to allow the birds their revenge on you.