NACS Magazine – October Issue

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 Bismarck, North Dakota - Horizon Market has a lot to like. When you need bread or milk, it doesn't get more convenient than a drive-thru window. Horizon's Cup O'Snack makes snacking as easy as drinking a beverage. Casey Clement & his team have a real commitment to the community. They use the Horizon food truck to help local students to raise … [Read more...]

NACS MAGAZINE- August – Fruitville Texaco & Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse

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Sarasota, FL - The fried chicken at Fruitville Texaco has gotten a lot of attention from the Florida media.  It's crazy good and there is a secret. Owner, Steve Stottlemyer knew customers could not get enough of his food. So, he decided to expand his food program with the best barbecue around and serve it in a unique atmosphere, a traditional Seminole Chickee Hut.  I know it … [Read more...]

NACS MAGAZINE – June – Lawhon’s Grocery

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North Fort Myers, FL - Lawhon's Grocery & Meat Market is my kind of place.  It's big on food, big on service, big on creativity, but it's small, rural and family owned. My old buddy, Keith Perrin suggested I check this place out for a story. He was spot on. Richard Lawhon owned a grocery store in the Fort Myers, FL area since 1958. He wanted another location and decided on … [Read more...]

Jake’s Market & Deli: NACS Magazine, November 2014

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Lebanon, NH You can read about this store in the November issue of NACS Magazine. Before I even thought of gas station food, before gas stations thought about fresh food, Jake's Market & Deli were all about food. It was unique for a convenience store two decades ago.  Owner, Ed Kerrigan made sure that the best place to get a sandwich in Lebanon was his store. Today, he has … [Read more...]

Slovacek’s, Home of the Kissing Pigs: NACS Magazine, Dec 2014

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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. This is one of the few stores where you can find Czechoslovakian beer and wine. You … [Read more...]

BOISE STAGE STOP: NACS Magazine, Feb 2015

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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 I say "Old West setting"  I don't mean decorations. They've recreated an authentic western town complete with a saloon, a … [Read more...]

Bringing the Community Inside Your Store

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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 love this. The kids are happy. Each time they pass the Central … [Read more...]

BOISE STAGE STOP- NACS Magazine February 2015

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          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 I say "Old West setting"  I don't mean … [Read more...]

Wear it? Eat it? Potato Jewelry – Boise Stage Stop

Marketing executive Samantha McDonald says potato jewelry is popular with customers. 
It's not edible, it is however, stylish.

I-84 Near Boise, Idaho - I find really neat things on America's highways. In one gas station, I found a mummy. In another, a dog wash big enough for me to enjoy a luxurious bath. I love it when people do creative things with food. So, potato jewelry got my attention. My first thought was that I could wear this then eat it. But, you really cannot. My next NACS Story is about … [Read more...]