Vote for your Favorite Furry Friend

We LOVE pets. In honor of our Buy A Bone and Perks For Pets promotions supporting local humane societies and animal shelters, we asked you to share your best pet photos with us…and you answered! Check out the adorable photo submissions below. Then, vote for your favorite photo in the comment section at the bottom of the page. The pet parent with the most votes will win a $25 The Store gift card! Voting will close Wednesday October 28th at 11:59 pm.

Without further ado, check out these photogenic pets!

Jacob

Jacob the Cat Vote for your Favorite Pet

Jacob is hanging out in foster care at the Humane Society of Marathon County. He’s relaxing with his coffee until he’s old enough for adoption!

Submitted by Jessie N.

Molly

Molly the Cat Vote for your Favorite Pet

Molly was adopted from the Delta Animal Shelter in 2012. This is her “Happy Gotcha Day” anniversary picture!

Submitted by Barb S.

Athena

Athena the Dog Vote for your Favorite Pet

Athena the husky was adopted from the Green Bay Humane Society. She is a mellow, easy going fluff ball and loves hanging out with her pals!

Submitted by Arlene S. 

Missy

Missy the Cat Vote for your favorite pet

Missy is a 9 year old tailless Manx cat. She loves belly rubs!

Submitted by Toni G. 

Angus

Angus the Dog Vote for your favorite pet

Angus is a caring canine who thinks every dog needs a loving home. He loves his duck toy, Mr. Quackers!

Submitted by Yvonne Q.

Callie

Callie the Dog Vote for your favorite pet

Callie loves to dig and chase critters. She would spend all day at the park if she could!

Submitted by Taylyn B.

Lassie

Lassie the Dog Vote for your favorite pet

Lassie is a beautiful collie. Collies shed A LOT of fur in fall and spring to prepare for the upcoming seasons of winter and summer. Lassie’s family brushes and vacuums her to help control the hair!

Submitted by Hunter B.

Sunday

Sunday the Dog Vote for your favorite pet

Sunday loves to steal her mom’s pillow and hog the blankets in the middle of the night!

Submitted by Emily G. 

Jasper

Jasper the cat Vote for your favorite pet

Jasper is a 10 year old boy who loves to snuggle. An interesting fact about Jasper is that he doesn’t “meow”…he squeaks instead!

Submitted by Jakki K.

Ellie the Cat

Ellie the Cat Vote for your favorite pet

Ellie is 11 and was adopted 4 years ago from Lincoln County Humane Society. Ellie is in diabetic remission! She used to need insulin injections, but no longer needs them and is much healthier now.

Submitted by Mara T.

Ellie the Dog

Ellie the Dog Vote for your favorite pet

Ellie loves autumn. Doesn’t she look great against this beautiful background of leaves?

Submitted by Cody L.

Spartacus

Spartacus the dog Vote for your favorite pet

Spartacus is a world-class napper!

Submitted by Tina S.

Oakley

Oakley the dog Vote for your favorite pet

Oakley loves looking for frogs in the pond!

Submitted by Jennifer M.

Nala

Nala the Dog Vote for your favorite pet

Nala’s favorite season is autumn because she loves to chase the blowing leaves!

Submitted by Sabra C.

Remmy

Remmy the Dog Vote for your favorite pet

Remmy is far from purebred but to his family, he is everything! ♥

Submitted by Candace M.

Midnight

Midnight the cat Vote for your favorite pet

Midnight was a stray. He was taken in by his family about 3 1/2 years ago. Every morning when his mom hits the snooze button, he jumps up in bed and headbutts her until she gets up!

Submitted by Faith M. 

Remington

Remington the Dog

Remington loves to chase anything that moves…especially squirrels!

Submitted by Dannelle H.

Diesel

Diesel the Dog Vote for your favorite pet

Diesel loves his ball, or any ball for that matter. He loves to run around and play outside!

Submitted by Christina G.

Lacy & Jack

Lacy and Jack the Dogs Vote for your favorite pet

Lacy & Jack talk to their family constantly and regularly say hello when they arrive home. They are two peas in a pod!

Submitted by Nicole B.

Kerby

Kerby the dog Vote for your favorite pet

Kerby has a great smile…but you already knew that. 😉

Submitted by Kimberly B.

Petunia

Petunia the dog Vote for your favorite pet

Petunia’s skills include napping and stealing your heart.

Submitted by Crystal R. 

Beef & Cheese

Beef and Cheese the kittens vote for your favorite pet

Beef (left) and his brother Cheese (right) were rescued from a farm after their mother disappeared. They now have a loving home where they enjoy snoozing, romping, begging for canned food an hour before dinner time, and unspooling the toilet paper roll.

Submitted by Brett H.

Remember, cast your vote below by adding a comment on this blog. May the best photo win!

Help Support Local Pets Here's How

We LOVE animals and we LOVE the communities we call home. This month, we’re excited to support both through our Perks For Pets and Buy A Bone promotions! October 1st – 24th, you can raise much-needed funding for the animal shelter or humane society in your area when you visit The Store...and there’s two great ways to help. No bones about it!

Buy A Bone and Perks For Pets Promotions at The Store

Perks For Pets 

Hey all you cool cats and kittens, need of some CATfinationWhen you enjoy a 24 oz. hot beverage at The Store, not only will you get to use the new (and adorable) Furry Friends cup, but you can also treat yourself to a David’s Muffin for only 59¢! Now, that’s a deal that will have you feline fine no matter how ruff the day. 

The best part? A portion of each hot beverage and muffin purchase will go to the animal shelter or humane society in your area! You can help local pets find their furever home by simply enjoying coffee and a muffin. Supporting animals in need has never been easier…or more delicious! 

Buy A Bone 

In addition to Perks For Pets, you can also support your local shelter through our annual (and very pup-ular) Buy A Bone promotion. At the register, you’ll have the option to buy paper bones for $1, $5, and $10. Buy one (or more!) and sign your bone to show your supportPsst – You can even get creative and write the name of a pet! The purchased bones will be displayed inside The Store to celebrate the generosity and kindness of our GuestsALL funds raised from paper bone sales go directly to the shelter in your area, and we’re not kitten! What could be more purrfect? 

Benefiting Animal Shelters 

The following shelters will receive the funds raised in their respective markets through the Perks For Pets and Buy A Bone promotions: 

The impact of COVID-19 has limited the ways shelters receive support, including decreased volunteer work and a limited ability to host fundraising events. But, we need to stay pawsitiveNow more than ever, we hope you’ll join us in assisting the wonderful shelters in our communities. Your support will go a long way toward maintaining the well-being of sheltered animals while they await a loving home. Thank you fur your help, our Guests sure are pawsome! 

P.S. — We Want to Feature Your Pet! 

Have adorable photos of your pet? We’d love to see themdoggonit! 😁 Connect with The Store on social media and share your best pet photos with us. Include your pet’s name and a fun fact about them. We’re basically the puparazziA  few lucky photos will be featured on The Store’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages during the Perks For Pets and Buy A Bone promotions. 

Pumpkin Spice Coffee and Cappuccino at The Store

Fall is in the air! The weather is crisp, leaves are beginning to change, and you can finally wear your favorite sweater againThere are so many great things happening this time of year, but we think the most exciting part of autumn is warm, cozy, and comes in a Styrofoam cup…Pumpkin Spice Coffee and Cappuccino! 

That’s right, the wait is over. You can enjoy Pumpkin Spice Coffee and Cappuccino all season long at The Store! To make your sipping experience even better, we’ve gathered a list of fun autumn activities to get you in that spooky season mood. Read on! 

1. Enjoy the Morning Outside 

After grabbing your cup of Pumpkin Spice Coffee from The Store, start your morning outdoors. Grab a bench seat at the park or go for a leisurely stroll. Either way, you’ll enjoy the fresh, brisk autumn air (which complements coffee quite nicely, might we add). You can bring Fido along, too!  

2. Watch the Leaves Change 

There’s nothing quite like the Midwest this time of year. The trees are gorgeous! This season, be sure to take in the beauty around you. Stop and smell the roses – or, ehm, stop and watch the leaves! For the best locales, check out the Wisconsin Fall Color Report. This handy site will keep you updated on fall colors throughout the state so you can be sure you’re getting the most vibrant views. You can also find state parks, trails, forests and recreational areas in your area to make the most of stunning autumn scenery.  

3. Take a Scenic Drive 

If enjoying fall colors by car is more your thing, you’re in luck. Buckle up, place your Pumpkin Spice Coffee in the cupholder and hit the road! There are plenty of scenic drives throughout Wisconsin that showcase the state’s beautiful autumn hues. Find 11 of the best routes here, or forge your own path and share it with us on social media! We’d love to hear about your fall adventures.  

4. Bake Pumpkin Goodies 

To all the weekend bakers out there, this one’s for you. Pick up a Pumpkin Spice Coffee or Cappuccino and set up shop in the kitchen. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin bars…you get the idea. Yum! Plus, your family or roommates will be excited to taste-test your treats. 

Pro Tip – If you like dark chocolate chips, you’ll LOVE them in pumpkin muffins. But don’t take our word for it, try it for yourself and let us know what you think! 

5. Find Festive Movies 

Nothing says “fall” quite like curling up on a blustery day to watch a festive movie or two. Blanket? Check. Pumpkin Spice Coffee? Double check.  

A few of our fall favorites include Hocus PocusDead Poets SocietyOctober Sky, and, of course, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Gather the whole family and enjoy a film together. Plus, if you baked a few treats, they’d make a great addition to the festivities! 

6. Curl Up with a Good Book 

Is there anything more relaxing than a cup of joe and a great read? We don’t think so, especially when your coffee or cappuccino flavor is Pumpkin Spice! Whatever your text of choice – novel, short story, poetry, non-fiction – we think you’ll feel relaxed and rejuvenated after losing yourself in a good book for a while.  

7. Hygge? Heck Yeah. 

  Have you heard the term “hygge”? It’s a Danish word for a feeling of coziness and contentment, and represents a lifestyle practiced by many as the temperature begins to fall. Even if you’re a summer soul at heart, everyone can enjoy a crisp autumn morning spent in a warm hoodie with a steaming cup of Pumpkin Spice Coffee in hand. It’s all about enjoying the little things, like fuzzy socks, your favorite candle, and a pumpkin bar or two. Who’s counting? 

8. Have a Virtual Coffee Date 

By now everyone is well acquainted with virtual connection. FaceTime, Google Meet, Zoom, you name it. Have a friend you can’t see in person or who lives far away? Why not invite them to a virtual coffee date! It’s easy: grab a cup of your favorite coffee (Pumpkin Spice Coffee or Cappuccino from The Store, of course 😉) and hop on your device! You’ll be surprised how quickly a virtual video chat will feel like you’re sitting across from your friend in a fancy coffee shop. Good conversation will warm you up, even on the chilliest of fall days. 

There are so many ways to enjoy autumn in the Midwest. No matter how you spend the season, Pumpkin Spice Coffee and Cappuccino from The Store will keep you energized and toasty through it all. Happy fall, y’all!  

Super Saver Gas Discounts at The Store Impact Rewards+

We all love the convenience of driving. Paying for gas…not so much. But, it’s a necessary part of car ownership. If you want to get somewhere, you’ve got to have fuel! 

At The Store, we make buying gas better. How, you ask? By rewarding you with gas discounts for purchasing qualifying products.  

What’s that? Tell you more? We’d be happy to. 

Impact Rewards+ is a free, easy to use, mobile app loyalty program that rewards you for the purchases you already make every day. You can earn points or redeem rewards nearly every time you stop in at The Store. Sounds great, right? If you’re not already an Impact Rewards+ member, follow these easy steps to sign up in just a few minutes! 

There are many ways to save money and get free stuff through Impact Rewards+, like earning Club Rewards and using points to select Catalog Rewards. In this postthough, we’re going to focus on Super Saver Gas Discounts. 

When you purchase qualifying items at The Store, you’ll receive Super Saver Gas Discounts. These rewards give you cents off per gallon of gas, up to 20 gallons. Depending on the product you buy, Super Saver Gas Discounts reward you with specific savings. Some items qualify for 1¢ off per gallon, some 2¢, 3¢, 4¢, 5¢, and even 10¢ off per gallon! Now, that’s some serious savings. You can view the current Super Saver Gas Discounts in the Impact Rewards+ mobile app, the in-store kiosk, or online. 

Here are a few examples of Super Saver Gas Discounts you could be earning (and stacking) right now: 

…and that’s just a sneak peek. There are many more Super Saver offers to take advantage ofPlus, don’t forget to stack gas discounts for even bigger savings. 

If you love saving money – who doesn’t?! – join Impact Rewards+ today and get rewarded for your everyday purchases at The Store. And, if you have a question, the Impact Rewards+ Team is always happy to helpSubmit a message or shoot the team an email at contact@impactrewards.com for fast, helpful assistance 

Download the app today and join to start saving money on Gas, Food and More! 

 

Sweet Corn Field Wisconsin Midwest

It is officially sweet corn season in the Midwest. Farm fields have grown tall and the corn is ready to be enjoyed...on the cob, in a casserole, as a side dish, you name it! 

We LOVE sweet corn and wish it was in season all year long. But then again, the fact that the local corn harvest comes around once a year makes it that much more special. Plus, it got us thinking of all the wonderful snacks made from corn that can be enjoyed all year long at The Store. Lend an “ear” and we’ll tell you all about ‘em! 

1. Popcorn 

Of course popcorn made our list of delicious corn-based snacks. It’s light, airy, filling, and downright a-maize-ing. Find low calorie popcorn options like SkinnyPop and BOOMCHICKAPOP at The Store. These satisfying snacks come in fun flavors like Sea Salt, White Cheddar and Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn — most of which have less than 40 calories per cup! Now that’s smart snacking. 

2. Corn Nuts 

Corn Nuts are another no-brainer – after all, “corn” is right in the name! This crunchy corn kernel snack is as flavorful as it is satisfying. When you’re in the mood for a mid-day munchie or late night bite, The Store has you covered. You’ll find Original, BBQ, Ranch and Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Nuts in our locations. 

3. Tortilla Chips 

Grab some salsa, because tortilla chips are next on the list! The Store stocks a wide variety of Tostitos tortilla chipsincluding Scoops, Multigrain, Hint of Lime, Strips and more. They’re perfect for dipping in queso, salsa, taco salad, or anything else you can think of. Pro Tip: Spread tortilla chips on a microwave-safe plate and sprinkle the top with shredded cheese. Pop it in the microwave and ~voila~ instant nachos! 

P.S. – We can’t forget about our favorite flavored tortilla chips: Doritos! Whether you’re a Nacho Cheese die-hard or a Cool Ranch fanatic, The Store has what you’re craving. 

4. Bugles 

Bugles are another “corny” snack you’ll find at The Store. Besides being the best finger hats ever, Bugles posts awesome photos on Instagram. Seriously, they’re so funny! We highly suggest following @buglesmemes. Oh yeah, and Bugles are delicious…did we mention that already? At The Store, we’ve got ‘em in Original, Ranch, Nacho, Bold BBQ, Hot Buffalo, Churro, and Caramel. 

If you’re looking for an option with some serious personality, Bugles is the snack for you. 

5. Chex Mix 

Next up, Chex MixNow, we know there can be heated debate regarding which Chex Mix pieces are superior (*ahhem* rye chips) but we can all agree that Chex Mix is a great snack for any occasion. Entertaining? Lounging on the couch? Setting off on a Road Trip? Chex Mix is the answer. 

And guess what? The yellow Chex pieces are made from corn, so they’re the star of this show (sorry, rye chips). The Store offers Original, Cheddar, and Bold Party Blend flavors. Try them all and find your favorite! 

6. Cereal 

Aww “shucks”, we almost forgot that one of our favorite cereals is made from corn: Frosted Flakes! We already know they’re Grrrreat, but the fact that one of the main ingredients is corn makes this cereal even better. And hey, you never really outgrow breakfast cerealespecially when it’s this good. Pick up a box at The Store and start each day with a bowl, a spoon, and a mouthful of delicious corn flakes! 

7. Lakeview Vodka 

The last item on the list is for our Guests age 21 and older to enjoy. Lakeview Vodka comes from a locally-distilled spirits line, Northern Oasis Spirits. This liquid libation is made from 100% upper Midwest corn – the best kind of corn, of course. And, we’ll let you in on a few “kernels” of truth: Lakeview Vodka is all-natural, gluten free, and contains no artificial ingredients or additives. It’s versatile and tastes great in a martini, Bloody Mary, or your cocktail of choice. After all, every drink is better with a “view”! 

Enjoy the sweet corn season while it lasts, Midwesterners. Try every crazy corn on the cob recipe you can find (and share your favorites with us, please). But, when the season comes to an end, you can count on The Store to have your favorite “corny” snacks all year round. We’ll see you next time! 

Impact Rewards+ Cards at The Store

You probably have tons of mobile apps on your phone. But, do you have any that help you save money on gas and earn free stuff 

Look no further than Impact Rewards+a loyalty program that’s free to join, easy to use, and rewards you for the purchases you’re already making every day. Did we mention it’s used at all 25 The Store locations? If you’re already a member, great! If not, you should definitely sign up. Learn how to register here. 

While a user-friendly app that helps you keep money in your pocket may sound too good to be true, we can assure you the savings are 100% real. There are a number of great ways to save using Impact Rewards+, including Catalog Rewards and Super Saver Gas DiscountsIn this blogthough, we’ll focus on Club Rewards. 

Club Rewards act as digital punch cards. When you buy club items multiple times, you’ll get one free! For example, after you buy 4 bottles Ice Mountain water, your next one will be on the houseImpact Rewards+ will track your club purchases for you, too, and your free items will automatically be applied to your purchase after you earn them. Easy, quick, convenient and rewarding…you can’t go wrong! 

Sounds pretty cool, right? It gets better! Here are just a few examples of the Club Rewards offered in the Impact Rewards+ loyalty program: 

Hot Beverage Club 

Buy 8 cups of fresh Aromas Coffee, get your next cup free! 

Coca-Cola Club 

Earn a free 20 oz. Bottle of Coca-Cola after purchasing 8 

Milk Club 

For every 12 gallons of white milk purchased, get 1 free of charge 

Mars Candy Club 

Love Snickers, Twix, M&Ms and more? Enjoy free Mars Candy item when you buy 8 

Lotzza Motzza Pizza Club 

Grab a free Lotzza Mottza frozen pizza after you’ve bought 8 

Monster Club 

Purchase 12 16 oz. Monster or Monster Tea beverages, get one free 

See something you like? We thought you might. Plus, we’re just scratching the surface – there are plenty of Club Rewards to take advantage of! You can view them all on the Impact Rewards+ mobile app (available on Google Play and the App Storeor by logging into the Rewards Center Kiosk located within each The Store location.  

Have questions or feedback about Impact Rewards+? We’re here to help! Send our team a message at impactrewardsplus.com or contact us by email at contact@impactrewards.com 

Happy saving! 

The Store Are You Road Trip Ready Blog

Summer in the Midwest is full of sunshine, blue skies, and gorgeous days. Well, for the most part, anyway – we do get some crazy thunderstorms every now and again! But, most will agree that summer is a great time to be outside. Some prefer the comfort of their porch or backyard, others love to be on the water. And then there are those adventurous souls who are always looking to explore new places. For everyone – especially the latter – road trips are a great way to see the beautiful sights Wisconsin and Upper Michigan have to offer. 

Pack your bags…let’s make some memories! 

1. Compile your Crew 

No road trip is complete without a few fellow explorers to share in the experience. Keeping safety and social distancing in mind, it’s a great idea to travel with those you live with, such as family or roommates. Once you’ve solidified your road trip team, you’re ready to assign roles. 

The title of The Driver should be bestowed upon a responsible, even keeled, and focused person. Next, an attentive and engaged member of your team can claim the role of The Navigator. This person sits in the passenger seat and helps direct the course of the vehicle. Pro Tip: they should also have great taste in music, because everyone knows The Navigator holds the dual role of The DJ. 

Lastly, the remaining members of your team will get to hang out in the back seatOne of these lucky ducks will take on the role of Snack Distributor in Chief. They’re in charge of handing out snacks evenly among team members…in between naps, that is! 

2. Determine your Destination 

Next, decide where you’re going! Will it be a city of interest, a state park, a beach on the Great LakesThere are no wrong answers. Plus, there are plenty of scenic points and memorable pitstops to enjoy along the way. Visit sites like www.travelwisconsin.com and midwestliving.com for endless ideas. 

3. Find your Fuel 

Once you’ve got your crew assembled and your route planned, it’s time to fill up the tank — both literally and figurativelyMake a stop at The Store for 100% North American fuel products that will get you where you need to go. With 25 convenient locations throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, you’ll rarely find yourself far from The Store. Pro Tip: join the Impact Rewards+ loyalty program to earn free products and save on the purchases you make every dayClick here to learn how! 

4. Stock Up on Snacks 

While you’re at The Store, don’t forget to pick up snacks for the road. After all, what’s a road trip without snacks? Trail mix, beef jerky, nuts, chips, candy bars, soda, tea, juice, coffee…you name it, The Store’s got it! There are plenty of healthy options, too – learn more by reading our previous blog Healthy Snacks Galore at The Store. 

5. Got Games? 

Ahh – you’re finally on the road. After staring out the window for a while, eating a snack or two, and listening to your favorite song 4 times, you might start to get a bit bored. Never fear – bring excitement to the car ride with these Great Road Trip Games. There are ideas for passengers of every age and interest. Plus, nothing brings people together like some friendly competition! 

6. Play some Podcasts 

If road trip games aren’t your style, we suggest listening to podcastsThere are TONS of podcasts out there covering almost every topic imaginable. News, education, pop culture, sports…the list goes on. There’s something for everyone! A few of our favorites are Travel WisconsinAll About The Car (a podcast by our friends at Schierl Tire & Service) and The Daily 

No matter where you go or what you do, we know the true fun of a road trip comes from spending time with those you love. There’s no doubt you’ll have a blast in the beautiful region of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan…we’re just here to make the trip even better. Stop in at The Store for your road trip fuel and snack essentials. We bet you’ll leave with a smile! 

American Flag 4th of July Celebration Necessities

Are you ready for hot dogs, sunshine, fireworks and fun? The 4th of July is almost here! But, did you know? When you stop at The Store to fill up your tank with North American fuel products, you can also stock up on necessities for the holiday. Talk about convenience! Let The Store be your one-stop-shop for 4th of July essentials.  

First things first – What’s July 4th without tasty, grill-able food? Be sure to grab your cookout staples at The Store, like Gonella Hot Dog Buns. We’ve got all the fixings your family loves, too, including Heinz Ketchup and French’s MustardDon’t forget the ice for the cooler! And, if your cookout turns out to be an even bigger success than you planned for, you can count on your neighborhood The Store location to carry backup cookout supplies all holiday weekend long. 

After you’ve eaten one too many brats, beat the heat with delicious ice cream. Pick up Cedar Crest Ice Cream for the family next time you stop in. The Store carries tons of flavors, so you know there’s something for everyone at your celebration. And the best part? Cedar Crest Ice Cream is much more than a just premium, small batch treat…it is familyowned and made right here in WisconsinThere’s nothing better than fresh ice cream from the heart of America’s Dairyland! 

We don’t need to tell you that the weather during the 4th of July is, almost without fail, HOT. So, before firing up the grill and scooping ice cream cones, make sure to shield yourself from the sun’s rays. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did. Luckily, The Store carries quality sunscreen and sunglasses to protect your skin and eyes from harmful UV rays. Pick up a bottle of SPF 30 or SPF 50 Banana Boat sunscreen or SPF 70 Neutrogena lotion for the fairer family members. Then, try out a pair of fashionable, functional I-gogs with polarized lenses. You won’t just be grilling in comfort…you’ll be grilling in style! 

Whew…by the time the evening rolls aroundall that food and sunlight can start to catch up to you. But, the festivities are not over…you need to stay awake for your family’s exclusive firework extravaganza! Before you give in and take a long nap, beat the drowsiness with 5 Hour Energy. Just one of these simple, effective energy shots is all you need for a quick pick-me-up…with only 4 calories! Plus, with a tantalizing array of fruity flavors, you really can’t go wrong. 

Stocking up for July 4th has never been easier – all it takes is a quick visit to The Store. Whether you’re planning on grilling, enjoying Wisconsin-made ice cream, celebrating in the sun or enjoying fireworks (or all of the above), we’ve got what you need for a fun, safe, and memorable 4th of July.  

The Store Convenience Store Join Our Team

If you’re like us, you’ve been shopping at The Store for a long time – we’re a family owned and operated business that’s been around for over 40 years after all! But, have you ever wondered what it’s like to work at The Store? 

Whether you’re in the market for a part-time position to earn extra cash or looking to start a long termrewarding career (and everything in between), The Store has a place for you.  

There are a few things you should consider before applying to join our awesome team. Read on for 5 great reasons to work with The Store! 

1. You’re a People Person  

At The Store, you interact with many people every day. You’ll exchange smiles and conversations with each Guest. If you love meeting new people, helping others and forming relationships, this is the place for you. 

No matter which location you’re at, you’ll come to know your regular Guests quickly. After a few weeks, we bet you’ll know many of them by name! Quality bonds and friendships will begin to take shape. Even though you see each Guest for a short period of time each day, you’ll form connections within your community that can last a lifetime. 

2. You’ll Love Being Part of a Fun, Friendly Team 

At The Store, teamwork and communication are key. You’ll need to work closely with your Team each day to ensure your location is up-to-date on promotions, deals, products, and more. But, we can bet collaboration will be easy…because our Teams are awesome! 

Associates at The Store often remark on how close they have become with their Team. They’re supportive, friendly, helpful, and understanding. And hey, work is enjoyable when you respect, appreciate, and have fun with your co-workers…and that’s exactly what you’ll find at The Store.  

3. You Thrive in a Supportive Culture 

You’ll find an impressive work culture at The Store. We place a strong value on the growth and well-being of each Associate and offer many opportunities for professional, emotional, financial, and physical betterment. Interested in expanding your education or meeting a health goal? We can help! 

Your Crew Leader and company leadership echo this support. We’re always open to hear your opinions, ideas, and suggestions. Your input is very valuable to us, and we’ll do all we can to make sure you’re happy and heard 

4. You Like Benefits 

Working at The Store comes with lots of great benefits. While these perks can differ depending on your employment status, we think you’ll love the benefit package! You can join the company phone plan, enjoy PTO, opt-in for health, dental, vision, and life insurance offerings, and more. Not to mention great Associate discounts, a 401(k)-retirement plan, regular wage increases, advancement opportunities, and more! 

You can even earn incentives for participating in health enhancement benefits, volunteering, or completing events like 5K charity runs. Additionally, we love supporting the charitable efforts of our Associates and Guests. If you have an event coming up to benefit a non-profit or cause, fill out a Donation/Sponsorship form and we’ll do all we can to support you in your efforts! 

5. Community Focused 

Local communities mean everything to us. While there are 25 The Store locations throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, we never forget our roots. Supporting our communities is at the heart of The Store’s vision. We give back many ways each year through our Charitable Giving Fund — in fact, over $3.4 million has been donated to charities and causes at the local level! Learn more about The Store’s community support efforts here. 

If a fun, flexible position at The Store interests you, please view openings and apply here. We’d love to have you on our team! 

Banana Boat 50 SPF Sunscreen Summer Skin Safety

Spring may have been unseasonably chilly, but it sure seems like summer has come early! 

As the weather warms up, more people will be spending time outdoorsThis is great, but it is important to remember to safeguard your skin while enjoying beautiful Midwestern summer days. Luckily, The Store has everything you need to beat the heat and protect your skin this season! 

1. Slather on Sunscreen 

Sunscreen is a summer necessity. No matter what outdoor activities you love (golfing, fishing, hiking, swimming, enjoying a backyard BBQ, etc.) sunscreen will protect you from harmful UV rays. At The Store, you’ll find great options from Banana Boat in SPF 30 and SPF 50. For even more protection, grab the SPF 70 lotion from Neutrogena. 

SPF stands for “sun protection factor.” If your skin burns easily, you’ll need sunscreen with a higher SPF than someone who does not burn as easily. To find out which SPF level you should use, check out this great website from the American Academy of Dermatology. 

To avoid sunburn and skin damage, be sure to apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before heading outside so it can properly absorb into your skin. After that, reapply at least every two hours, especially if you are sweating or swimming. 

2. Hats off to…Hats! 

Hats are a great way to block UV rays from your head and face. If you’ve ever sunburned your scalp, you know how painful it can be. Hats will help protect you from this pesky burn. 

While not a substitute for sunscreen, hats are a simple way to shield your face from the sun’s rays. Baseball caps are great for keeping the sun out of your eyes…but don’t forget about your earsWide-brimmed options offer a bit more shade around your ears, neck and shoulders. Umbrellas are an easy way to provide shade as well; you can find these items at select The Store locations. 

3. Shield Your Eyes with Sunglasses 

Need new pair of shades for the season? The Store has you—and your eyes—covered! 

Harmful UV rays from the sun can damage not only your skin, but your eyes, too. Eyes, especially those lighter in color, are susceptible to sun damage at any age. This may lead to macular degeneration or cataracts later in life. A good pair of sunglasses that block out UV rays are a necessity, not a want. Plus, they just look cool. 

Be mindful of situations that can cause the most damage to your eyes, such as when the sun is highest in the sky or when you are in wide-open area. Certain medications can increase your body’s sensitivity to sunlight as well. Try out a pair of glasses with polarized lenses from i-gogs. These stylish and functional lenses will stop the glare and UV rays from reaching your eyes. Never leave home without your trusty pair of sunglasses from The Store! 

4. Snacks for Healthy Skin 

Did you know that certain foods actually promote healthy skin?  

Next time you’re at The Store, pick up fresh fruit, veggies and nuts. These snacks contain vitamins, antioxidants and healthy fats that keep your skin strong and vibrant. Whether you’re in the mood for an apple, orange, banana, almonds or peanuts, show your skin some love by enjoying these tasty foods. 

Your skin is always there to protect you, so make sure you protect it in return. By following these simple guidelines, you’re sure to have healthy, happy skin all summer long.