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.
LuSh Berries specializes in a smorgasbord of creamy frozen yogurt treats and fresh, delicious crêpes to delight dessert-friendly palates. A wide variety of constantly changing flavors can be Slip N' Slided across the taste buds, including chocolate, watermelon, pineapple, lemon raspberry, and lychee. The rich, tart flavors of LuSh Berries’ probiotic fro-yos ($0.39/oz.) can be self-served in 16 oz. or 24 oz. sizes, then garnished with a selection of more than 40 different toppings, ranging from nature's candy (strawberry, blueberry, and banana) to mad scientist's candy (caramel, Cap'n Crunch cereal, Butterfingers, and sprinkles). If cold and sweet things remind you of the beautiful snow woman who left you last spring, stick to warm and equally decadent dessert crêpes such as the LuSh Berry Heaven crêpe ($5.50) and the cheesecake crêpe ($5.75). Lunchtime office escapees can also order savory entree crêpes (served with chips) such as the club crêpe ($7.85), which comes with bacon, ham, smoked turkey, and American cheese, or transform it into the smokin’ strip crêpe ($6.75), which subtracts the ham and exchanges the American cheese for a slice of something that doesn’t conjure up images of Uncle Sam diving into a butter churn.
The Fashion Flip gives shoppers two ways to overhaul their wardrobes: grab a fashion-forward accessory to jazz up an existing outfit, or pick up gently used brand-name clothing via consignment sale. From flowing cheetah-print tops and sheer tunics to colorful wallets and scarves, the store mixes brand-new pieces and like-new additions. You’ll see names like Miss Me on women’s jeans, and Coach’s stamp of authenticity on purses and shoes. Shoppers can accent new ensembles with a trendy necklace, fashionable earrings, or piece of Brighton jewelry, or just ask one of the staff to paint their family crest across their shirt. The staff at The Fashion Flip specialize in wardrobe consultation to help customers use their new purchases to make complete chic outfits.
When curating their eclectic inventory, which ranges from tiny necklace charms to stately furniture pieces, the shopkeeps at Cedarburg Square prioritize quality and character in an effort to set themselves apart from big-box stores. Named after Cedarburg, Wisconsin—a small town with an old-fashioned main street lined with boutiques and shops—the store seeks to fuse big-city style with small-town service. Store buyers hunt for products in San Francisco, Dallas, and Atlanta, and these stylish finds are sold in-store with complimentary gift wrapping and friendly service. Shopping becomes a treasure hunt as browsers linger at tables heaping with dishes, jewelry, decorations, and at least one lamp with a genie in it. Popular gifts include soy-based Excursion candles, Beaucoup charm necklaces, and bouquets harvested from a garden of silk flowers. On Saturdays, chefs pass out samples of gourmet recipes, dispensing tips and recommending products. Great à la carte or in custom gift baskets, gourmet foods include sauces, candies, coffee, and tea from brands such as Robert Rothschild, Shooting Star, and Bella Cucina.
Darcy Rae calms the senses and lifts the spirit in her soothing spa space. From inside the private treatment room Darcy Rae enhances her guests' natural beauty with a menu bursting with spa treatments, available à la carte or in decadent packages. Sundry facials brighten visages, and relaxing massages can moisturize as they detangle muscle knots