Buy A Bone at The Store to Support Furry Friends

The Store Pet Photo Contest Vote here

In honor of our Buy A Bone campaign to support local animal shelters and humane societies, we want to celebrate pets in our communities…and one of our favorite ways to do it is with a Pet Photo Contest!

Our 5 furry finalists are pictured below. Check out their photos and vote for your favorite submission at the bottom of this page. It’s quick and easy! Don’t forget to ask your friends and family to vote, too. Share our Facebook post or pass along this blog URL so others can cast their vote!

Voting closes at 8 am on Monday, April 19th, and the winners will be announced via social media later that day. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be awarded a $30, $20 or $10 The Store gift card. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates and send us a message on Facebook if you have any questions. Good luck!

Toby

Toby’s favorite treats are ice cream and chips!

Pet Parent: Kyle G.

Toby the Cat - Vote in our Pet Photo Contest The Store

Sunday

Sunday thinks she is a cat. She doesn’t understand why only the cats are allowed to lay on the back of the recliner!

Pet Parent: Emily G.

Sunday the Dog Vote in our Pet Photo Contest The Store

Ford

Ford is lovingly called Ford Tough. He was one of the adult male dogs from the local puppy mill. When he gets super excited he does “spinnies” and chases his tale until he gets tired…

Pet Parent: Ashley K.

Ford The Dog Vote in Our Pet Photo Contest The Store

Paco & Cash

Cash loves chasing tennis balls and beer. Paco loves snuggles and visiting Grandma Mary!

Pet Parent: Carrie N.

Paco and Cash the Dogs Vote in our Pet Photo Contest The Store

Leonard Benjamin

My friends call me Lenny. I was adopted from a rescue that saves dogs in Puerto Rico. I love tennis balls and the Brewers!

Pet Parent: Melanie M.

Leonard Benjamin the Dog Vote in Our Pet Photo Contest The Store

Thank you for voting!

The voting period has closed. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for contest results!

The Store 6 Spring Activities

There’s nothing like stepping outside to a warm spring day after months of snow and ice. With another midwestern winter behind us, sunshine and above-freezing temperatures are more than welcome! Read on for 6 great ways to spring into the season and make the most of March. 

P.S. – #6 is our favorite! 

1. Go for a Walk 🚶‍♀️ 

It might seem simple, but there’s a reason it’s #1 on our list. Going for a walk is easy, relaxing and enjoyable. Get a little exercise and soak up the sun by taking a stroll around the neighborhood or on your favorite trail. Plus, you can make the walk as long or as short as you like – it can fit into everyone’s schedule, and even 10 minutes will brighten your mood! 

P.S. – If you’re a dog owner, don’t forget to bring your canine companion. They’re sure to have a fetching time. Just watch out for those mud puddles! 

2. Fly a Kite 🪁 

If it’s a windy day, why not dust off that kite in the garage and head to the parkFlying kites is a fun activity for the whole family, and you know the kids will love it. Wisconsin has a TON of public parks, and they’re one of the few places you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the community while offering plenty of room to stay socially distant. That’s a win-win if you ask us! 

3. Read Outside 📖 

Reading is a great way to unwind year-round, but it is even better when you can do it in the sun! Grab a book, magazine or pull up a blog page (like this one). Then, find a comfortable place on a bench, your deckor a patch of grass, and you’re ready to go. Enjoy the calm sounds of nature and get some much-needed vitamin D. Don’t stay out too long, though – it doesn’t have to be summertime for you to get sunburnt! 

4. Ride a Bike 🚲 

Woohoo! The roads, paths and trails are finally free of snow. Well, mostly, anyway! Now’s the time to break out that 10-speed and go for a cruise. Enjoy the warm breeze, sunlight and exercise…it will be a breath of fresh air after a long winter cooped up inside. Literally! Find paved bike paths near you with this handy search feature on TravelWisconsin.com. 

5. Plant a Garden 🥕 

It’s time to let that green thumb of yours shine! Spring is the perfect time to begin planning and prepping a garden. Growing your own food is fun, rewarding, and a nutritious addition to your diet. Read this article for 6 veggies to plant in early spring. Or, if flowers are more your thing, check out this webpage for 25 spring-blooming flowers to spruce up your landscaping.   

6. Enjoy Highlander Grog Cappuccino at The Store! ☕ 

Last but certainly not least, sip on delicious Highlander Grog Cappuccino! This seasonal flavor is available at all 26 The Store locations right now, and you won’t want to miss it. The medium-bodied roast features notes of hazelnut, butterscotch and rum, giving it a smooth and rich flavor that pairs perfectly with brisk March mornings. Plus, Highlander Grog Cappuccino goes well with the activities listed above. This popular flavor is sure to put aextra spring in your step! 

New year, new you. You probably hear this saying (or see it in your Instagram feeda lot every time January 1st rolls around.  

For many, the start of a new year brings new goals and resolutions. According to Performance Health, about half of New Year’s Resolutions include losing weight, exercising more, or eating better. Clearly, people care about their health! 

But let’s face it: healthy choices are rarely easy, convenient, or the most delicious option. In today’s fast paced world, it can be difficult to find time to hit the gym. And, while we say we’re going to make a fresh, homecooked meal…well, drive-thru just sound a whole lot easier. 

But here’s the thing: creating healthy habits doesn’t have to be a dramatic lifestyle upheaval full of 4:00 AM cardio sessions and kale smoothies. Small changes can make a big difference. Consider snacking on fruit or a granola bar in place of potato chips. Or, go for a walk instead of binging another episode on Netflix. It all adds up! 

But wait, it gets better. What if we told you healthy options can be tasty and convenient? You’ll find plenty of good-for-you, guilt-free snacks and beverages in our 26 locations throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Here’s a few items you can pick up at The Store that have been handpicked by a local nutritionist to help get you started: 

Check out this short video for additional details! 

We care about the health of our communities, and we want to support you as you work to achieve your goals. Offering healthy, convenient and tasty options for you and your family is just one way we’re making it easier to stick to those resolutions! 

The Store is a proud sponsor of the Community Weight Race, an annual event promoting weight loss and healthy lifestyle changes in the Stevens Point and Shawano communities Follow along on Facebook as we promote healthy options all winter long!   

The Store proud sponsor of Community Weight Race

Paper Kettle Campaign Salvation Army The Store Fundraiser

The holiday season is here once again, and so is our Paper Kettle Campaign! Now through December 25th, you can donate to your local Salvation Army organization anytime you stop in at one of The Store’s 26 convenient locations. There are two ways you can give: 

  1. Purchase a paper kettle for $1, $5 or $10 and sign your name – all paper kettles will be proudly displayed inside The Store!
  2. Place change or dollar bills in the small red kettles located on the check-out counter. Every coin counts! 

Our Paper Kettle Campaign began in 2013. To date, Associates and Guests of The Store have donated over $121,000 to local Salvation Army chapters! Now, in the campaign’s 8th year, the need is greater than ever. There’s no doubt the past months have been difficult for all. The year has presented many new challenges, especially for our neighbors in need. Watch our interview video with the Salvation Army – Stevens Point to learn more! 

What initiatives will your donation support? The Salvation Army works to meet needs in many ways, including: 

  • Providing shelter 
  • Supplying meals and food 
  • Supporting veterans 
  • Offering financial assistance 
  • Supplementing education 
  • Connecting those out of work with job opportunities 

…and much more! 

100% of funds raised directly contribute to the Salvation Army’s efforts in your community. We hope you’ll support our Paper Kettle Campaign and help us relieve needs at the local level. And remember, you can donate your time, too! Sign up to be a bell ringer in your community at RegisterToRing.com.  

This holiday season, we hope you’ll join us in Doing The Most Good, Together. 

Paper Kettle Campaign The Store Salvation Army Interview

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. 

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 while 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. 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, 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: the Navigator should also have great taste in music, because everyone knows The Navigator is also The DJ!

The remaining members of your team will get to hang out in the back seatOne of these lucky ducks will assume the role of Snack Distributor in ChiefThey’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 26 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.  

Before applying to join our awesome team, there are a few important things to keep in mind. 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 only see each Guest for a short period of time, you’ll form connections within your community that can last a lifetime. 

2. You 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 our comprehensive 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. You’re Community Focused 

Local communities mean everything to us. While there are 26 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, and we give back in 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 online at TheStoreJobs.com. 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. 

The Store Celebrating Mothers Day Tips

Mothers are superheroes. They take on many roles and responsibilities, each dynamic and unique. Here’s to the birth mothers, adopted mothers, foster moms, parental guardians and role models in our communities. Don’t forget pet moms, either! Caring for fur babies is no small task. We can’t even begin to sum up motherhood in words, yet somehow mothers manage to juggle everything that comes their way. There’s no doubt about it…moms are incredible! 

 

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. There’s no better time to treat your mom to a special day and make sure she knows you appreciate all that she does for you. Keeping safety in mind, here are a few fun ideas to help you show your mom all the love and appreciation she deserves! 

 

1. Stop by for a Window Visit 

It might not be possible to see your mom in person right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still pay her a visit! Drive over to her place and stand outside the biggest window you can find. Then, call your mom and tell her you’ve come to the window to say hi. You can even surprise her with a sign saying “Happy Mother’s Day”! 

During a window visit, you can have a warm conversation by phone while (almost) being face to face. She’ll appreciate seeing you and we’re pretty sure she’ll remember this sweet gesture for years to come. 

2. Connect through Technology 

If you live far away from your mom or cannot surprise her with a window visit, get in touch with her online! Many video chat platforms exist to easily connect people and can do a great job standing in for face-to-face visitsFaceTimeZoomSkype and WebEx are some popular optionsThis is an easy and safe way to include the whole family. All you need to do is send mom a virtual invitation and you’ll be chatting away in no time! And hey, why not make this a habit and talk with your mom virtually each week? 

3. Send Her a Gift Online 

What is your mother’s favorite restaurant, coffee shop, or store? Chances are good that they offer online gift cards that can be sent via email. This is a great gift option that will put a smile on your mom’s face while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Not to mention, purchasing gift cards is a great way to support local businesses during this time!  

4. A Special Doorstep Delivery 

If you’d rather give physical gifts, treat your mom to a surprise at her front door. After you’ve picked out the perfect gift, have it delivered or wrap it in a pretty box or bag and set it on her doorstep. Then, tell her to check the porch for a surprise! This can be done during a window visit, too. 

P.S. – If your mom doesn’t have a computer with a camera for video chatting, that would make a great gift! 😉 

5. Pick Up Her Favorites at The Store 

With many local businesses closedincluding most florists and gift shops, it can be hard to find presents for Mother’s Day. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Stop by The Store for all of Mom’s favorite treats: chocolate, wine, coffee drinks, candy, tea and more. You can also buy a gift card at The Store…the perfect present for every mom! 

 

However you choose to make this day count, we wish you a safe, happy and healthy Mother’s Day. Remember to make you mom feel extra special, because she is!