Smokey G’s BBQ – Van Alstyne, Texas

If  you’re heading down U.S. Hwy 75 take the Hwy 121 exit at Van Alstyn. You’ll see a Shell Station, now, look on the opposite side of the parking lot for Galen Gibson’s Smokey G’s BBQ.  It’s neat looking little food trailer and that caught my eye. That’s not what got my attention. This heavy, […]


Linda Scott Memorial

Oasis Travel Plaza (Robertsdale, AL) –  I am saddened by the passing of Linda Scott, general manager of the Oasis Travel Plaza in Robertsdale, AL. I had a chance to interview Linda. When I visited her and her team in Alabama they extended such warm hospitality. Customers love this unique travel plaza. She was a […]


Bringing the Community Inside Your Store

CENTRAL EXPRESS CASHTON (Cashton, WI)  – This is great for the kids. It’s great for the store. If you’ve heard me speak or read my stories, one of the most important things independently owned  c-stores can do is to be part of their community. A good start is to bring the community into your store. I […]


BOISE STAGE STOP- NACS Magazine February 2015

THIS MONTH IN NACS MAGAZINE BOISE, IDAHO – The Regina Store opened right here on the Oregon Trail in 1891. Today, the Oregon Trail is now I-84. The Regina Store is now the Boise Stage Stop. If  you great food, friendly people in an Old West setting, then this is the place to stop. When […]

Kissing Pigs


WEST, TEXAS  – I’ve seen some fascinating things on the road. Kissing pigs really got my attention. You can read about Slovacek’s in the December issue of NACS Magazine. Slovacek’s has been making great sausage since 1957.  I can say great because they will sell 6 millions pounds by year’s end. BEER CAVE This is one […]