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‘Tis the season…hunting season, that is! Before you head off to Deer Camp, make sure to stop at The Store for these hunting season essentials.


1. A Steaming Cup of Joe

First things first…coffee! Soon you’ll be up before the sun to trek out to your secret hunting spot. We get it – it’s not always easy to wake up before 6 am knowing you’ll be sitting in the cold waiting for a deer or two to walk by. But hey, don’t worry! We’ve got just the thing to motivate those early mornings: a fresh cup of coffee from The Store! You’ll always find our gourmet Aromas Coffee hot, delicious and ready to go. No matter what gets you going in the morning – fresh ground, black, flavored or blended – we’ve got it all.

2. Warm Hands = Steady Aim

Onto the next order of business…how will you keep your hands warm after the coffee is gone? The last thing you want is shivering, unsteady hands while you’re aiming at the biggest buck of your life. Trust us, the nerves won’t help with that either!

Not to fear, you can pick up hand warmers at The Store! Remember to grab a few sets with your morning coffee to ensure you’ll be toasty and prepared all hunt long.

3. Beat the Mid-Morning Munchies

By now, you’ve been sitting in your stand for a few hours. Your stomach is grumbling and your patience is wearing thin. What do you do? You can’t head back to Deer Camp yet!

Well, we can help you out here, too. The Store has an amazing selection of snacks to keep your hunger at bay and your focus on the hunt.

Candy bars, cheese curds, meat sticks, cookies, and beef jerky are just a few of the many options available at The Store. We suggest steering clear of crunchy foods while you’re out hunting, though – we’d hate for your bag of chips to scare away the critters!

4. Beer!

Well, you’re back in from the woods. Whether you managed to snag that big buck or not, your dedication to the hunt deserves to be celebrated!

Start a roaring fire, cook up a hearty dinner, and knock back a few brews. You can count on The Store for a great variety of local, domestic, seasonal and unique beer options. Whatever you’re in the mood for, make sure to pick up enough to get you and your crew through the whole weekend. After all, this is one of the best parts of hunting season!

5. Did Anyone Bring Advil?

It’s Sunday morning of opening weekend and you’re feeling worse for wear. You get up early to squeeze in some time in the woods, but after a late night and one too many beers, a headache is inevitable.

Lucky for you, you remembered to grab Advil from The Store! Wash two of those life-saving tablets down with a big glass of water, and viola, your morning hunt is saved! Good thing you got your hunting essentials at The Store, huh?


We wish all hunters a safe, fun, and prosperous season. No matter what you need for opening weekend, we’ve got you covered. Head over to The Store and stock up on the necessities to keep you fueled and warm all season long. Happy hunting!

Salvation Army volunteer smiling

Maybe you’ve noticed them – the brightly colored paper kettles that line the walls of The Store during the holiday season. They’re cheery, vibrant, and festive, depicting the iconic Salvation Army Red Kettle that we’ve all grown accustomed to seeing outside of the grocery store or in the mall this time of year.

But what is the significance of these pieces of paper proudly posted by The Store Associates for all to see? You can probably guess that this is The Store’s unique version of the Red Kettle fundraising effort that supports the Salvation Army for the past 7 holiday seasons. That’s great, but how big of a deal is it? After all, what difference could some colorful pieces of paper make?

Well, the important thing isn’t the slips of paper themselves, but instead what they represent. Look closely and you’ll see that each Paper Kettle is printed with either $1, $5, or $10 increments and displays the signature of the donator. Every Paper Kettle symbolizes and celebrates a donation as well as the individual who generously gave to support the cause.

What does the money support, you might ask? The Salvation Army exists to meet human needs in many forms. Providing shelter, supplying food, and supporting veterans are a few of the well-known deeds performed by the Salvation Army. They do much more, however, including educating children, helping disaster survivors, battling human trafficking, and fighting to prevent domestic abuse.

The Store has been supporting and promoting the Paper Kettle Campaign since 2013 and shows no sign of slowing down. To date, $98,871.31 has collectively been raised with the support of The Store Guests through this effort, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Salvation Army. The coolest part, though? The money raised at each The Store location stays local. This means funds are given to the Salvation Army Center nearest each convenience store. By doing this, The Store and generous Guests are helping relieve needs in their local areas.

The 2019 Paper Kettle Campaign is underway and continues until December 31st. Next time you stop in, please consider donating in support of the Salvation Army. After all, it is the season of giving!