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.
To complement Herbs & More's trove of more than 500 herbal and homeopathic supplements from Nature’s Sunshine, Nature’s Way, and Irwin Naturals, an on-site team performs holistic medicine treatments and doles out unlimited expertise. Owner and certified herbalist Cathy Burkemper wields her qualifications to supply shoppers with the finest herbs, all-natural gifts, and portals to ancient China, and she offers far-reaching health support through a monthly column called “Ask the Herb Lady” in The Healthy Planet. Chiropractic doctor Melissa Sheahan adjusts backs to their proper alignment, while her husband David “DJ” Eagan practices deep-tissue massage, reiki, and cupping to untangle knots in body and brain alike.
From beneath lights that hang above the wrap-around sushi bar, the deft chefs at Kabuki Sushi And Fusion handcraft sashimi, nigiri, and maki rolls served alongside a flavorful melding of Chinese, Japanese, and Thai cuisine. A full bar stocked with sake, wine, and beer keeps conversations well-greased, aided in its entertainment efforts by the friendly din of the flat-screen televisions broadcasting around the dining room. Kabuki's catering brings the tastes of Asia to homes, offices, or special events more easily than putting a stamp on some tempura and hoping for the best.
The St. Louis Cartridge World is one of the region's biggest ink and toner retailers. Roy G. Biv-ify your printer or copier with ink for most major brands, including HP, Dell, Canon, Lexmark, and Epson. Prices range from less than $10 to more than $100, but many cost less than $25. Inkjet cartridges can be refilled an average of four to five times, usually with no wait time, and the Cartridge World experts are happy to field all questions within the bounds of the cartridge universe.
Floor Trader's friendly flooring consultants assist DIY home-makeover mavens and hands-off designing denizens alike in sorting through a wide selection of brand-name terra toppings, including products from Tigressa, Resista Soft, Daltile, Armstrong, and more. Coat a kitchen in hardwood (starting at $1.98 per square foot), or cover living-room stains and evidence of the 1980's with a new carpet (starting at $0.48 per square foot). Wood can be impersonated impeccably with laminate (starting at $0.58 per square foot), while ceramic tile (starting at $0.78 per square foot) is perfect for paving entryways or for digging up and using as a frisbee.