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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 positive activities Local Gas Station

Now that the Safer at Home Order has been extended, there’s no better time to shake up your routine with a few fun, family-friendly activitiesThe weather is finally starting to look like spring, too. Let’s get outside and enjoy it! 

 

We are all feeling a little stir-crazy right now, and if you have kids, they’re probably bouncing off the walls. Since we’ll be practicing social distancing for some time, it is important that we all do our part to protect the health of our communities. Plus, there are ways to make the most of any situationincluding this one! 

 

Now is a great time to show compassion to others. We’re all in the same boat, and everyone could use an extra smile. Read on for three great ways to spread positivity and brighten someone’s day! 

 

1. Sidewalk Chalk Artwork 

You may have already seen bright, happy pictures drawn on the sidewalk in your neighborhood. Why not join in on the fun? Gather the family on a sunny day and create one-of-a-kind, colorful masterpieces for the whole block to enjoy. If you need inspirationpicture hope, love, and happiness, then draw what you see. You could even add an uplifting quote or two in the process! Whatever you create, your drawing is sure to bring some smiles into the world. 

 

2. Window Hearts 

Hearts are no longer just for Valentine’s Day! Placing paper hearts in the windows of your home is another great way to share positivity with all who pass by, and it’s easy to get the whole family involved.  A parent or guardian can cut out the hearts and children can decorate them. This activity can be done rain or shine…all you need is paper, scissors, and tape. Even though we can’t be near others right now, that shouldn’t stop us from sharing messages of hope and positivity with everyone in our communities! 

 

3. Decorate Stones 

Now that your sidewalk is covered in chalk and your windows are bursting with hearts, it’s time to find some stones. Take a walk around the neighborhood and collect a few stray rocksThen, find any markers, paint, or stickers you have lying around the house. 

 

Your whole family can decorate the stones with pretty pictures, hearts, or words like “hope”. Once the stones have been decorated, take them outside and distribute them around the neighborhood. Place the stones where people will easily see them, such as next to the sidewalk or at the base of a tree. The goal is for others to find them and smile! 

 

There are so many ways to support our communities during this uncertain time. We’d love to see how you’re staying positive and help to spread your message on social media. Please share photos of your chalk drawings, hearts and stones with us on Facebook or email us at thestore@teamschierl.com. 

 

Stay safe and healthy! 

 

P.S. – Know of an individual or organization going above and beyond to support our communities? We want to celebrate and share their efforts! Tell us about them by filling out our form here: https://gasfoodandmore.com/service/ 

The Store Spring into Warm Weather Tips

The weather is warming, the birds are singing, and the sun is shiningwell, most of the time. Spring sure has a beautiful way of breathing life into nature. If you’re like us, you’re itching to get outdoors and enjoy the season! 

With social distancing the new norm for the timing being, it can seem difficult to enjoy time outside. But, don’t fear – with a little caution and common sense, you can safely spend time outdoors enjoying the long-awaited warmth of a Wisconsin spring! 

Here’s a list of activities to help you get outside and melt away your worries…we bet both will be a breath of fresh air! 😉 

 

1. Start Steppin 

Grab your sneakers from the closet and head out for a stroll! Even if your tennis shoes haven’t seen the light of day since last fall, you’ll feel great after taking a walk around the neighborhood. With a little mindfulness, you can practice social distancing on the sidewalk to keep yourself and others safe. Remember to make an effort to move out of the way for others instead of expecting them to do it for you…spread kindness! It’s a good idea to use face masks when you need to be near others, too. 

 

2. Get Your Jog On 

Once you find your stride, you might consider upping the ante with a jog or two. Whether you’re a natural athlete or haven’t had a proper workout since you chased your dog around the block in 2003 (a good reason to check with your doctor first), walking and jogging are both great ways to work on your fitness. You could make things interesting by challenging your friends to a virtual stepcounting competition. May the best walker win! 

 

3. Bust out the 10-Speed 

You know thbike that’s been hanging out in your garage all winter? What better time to take it for a spin! Biking is fun, easy on your joints, and a great form of cardio. Have we mentioned exercise naturally boosts your mood? We could all use a little of that right now...just another great reason to get moving. 

 

4. Play Fetch with Fido 

If you have a roomy yard or an open field near your house, bring your furry friend for an afternoon of fetch. It’s sure to make your dog happy. And let’s be honest, when they’re happy, we’re happy! 

Bonus: when they’re all tuckered out, your evening will be a lot more peaceful. 

 

5. Give your Sidewalk a Makeover 

Spend a sunny afternoon outside with the kids and a bucket of chalk. The possibilities are endless: draw pictures, play tic-tac-toe, hangman, hopscotch, you name it. You can ask your children to create inspirational designs for the neighborhood to see. There’s nothing quite like the artwork of a child to put a smile on the face of passersby! 

 

6. Green Thumbs Up! 

With extra time spent at home, you can pay more attention to the flowers or garden at your house! Tend to your landscaping, plant vegetables, or teach younger family members about gardening. You’re sure to get joy (and maybe a few fresh veggies) out of it! 

 

7. Did someone say BBQ? 

Next time you’re enjoying a particularly gorgeous evening, have an outdoor BBQ with your family! You can do this right in your own backyard. Plus, everyone knows food just tastes better when it’s cooked outside. Don’t forget the Bluetooth speaker and yard games! 

 

8. S’more Campfires, please! 

What’s the perfect ending to a bright Wisconsin day? A good old campfire, of course! While there is a state-wide burning permit ban right now, small recreational fires may still be allowed in your area. Please contact your local fire department or officials for up-to-date information. If you’re able, enjoy a fire with your loved ones. And whatever you do, don’t forget the s’mores! Seriously. The kids will never let you live it down. 

 

There’s no right or wrong way to enjoy time outside. As long as you keep social distancing a priority and are mindful of others, we can all spend time outdoors while we #flattenthecurveRemember, “quarantine” doesn’t have to mean “BORE-antine”! Sorry, that was cheesy, but we are in Wisconsin… 

We want to see how you’re staying active and having fun! Share your photos with us on social media 

We’re all in this together! 

The Store Community Resources Gas Station

There is not a doubt that local communities need extra support during this difficult time. Fortunately, there are many great organizations offering help to those who need it. One of the heroes providing support right now (and frankly always!) is The United Way and their 2-1-1 program. 

 

The United Way strives to connect people with the resources they need, resulting in stronger and healthier communities. And the 2-1-1 program does just that! You can call the Helpline Center by dialing 2-1-1 anytime. There are people to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

 

But, how exactly can the Helpline Center help you and your family?  

 

By calling the Helpline Center, you can receive information about support groups, counseling for you and your family’s mental well-being, financial assistance, services for an aging parent, and much more. It’s not just for those in need, though. If you are looking to lend a hand, there are many volunteer opportunities this helpline can connect you with so you can put your own talent and expertise to work helping others! 

 

When you call the Helpline Center, you can rest assured your call is free, confidential, and will be answered by an Information Specialist who truly cares. If you’d rather not call, you can email, text, chat online, or download publications to learn more. For additional details on contacting the Helpline Center, visit United Way’s 2-1-1 Page on their Website. 

 

If you or someone you know needs such resources or would like to volunteer, please contact the Helpline Center today by dialing 2-1-1 

 

We’re all in this together, and great organizations like United Way are here to help support and strengthen our communities. 

 

Be safe and stay healthy! 

The Store Convenience Store Community Support

Our communities are in need of extra support right now. Local businesses, restaurants, and non-profits – along with families who are caring for elders or children – are feeling an impact from the COVID-19 restrictions. We know there are good people out there helping those in need. We want to amplify their efforts and support them when we can. So, we want to know…how are you and the businesses/organizations in your life serving your community? 

 

Organizations, restaurants and individuals have already begun to adapt to our new shared lifestyle of social distancing and location shut-downs. By organizing senior-only shopping hours, offering free food to children who cannot receive school lunch, and creating new delivery methods to help distribute needed items, our communities have truly banded together in this time of need and uncertainty. On behalf of The Store’s Associates, we would like to hear more about the good that people and organizations are doing locally so we can help support those who are so selflessly caring for the community. 

 

Do you know of an organization, business or individual going above and beyond to make our communities stronger? Please share their (and your!) stories with us! 

 

We want to recognize and celebrate the outstanding people in our communities and pitch in to help however possible. We, like so many others, are working to maintain a safe, healthy and happy place for you and your loved ones. We’re all in this together!  

 

Social Media Highlights:

Check out our post about Zoey, a 13-year-old from Central Wisconsin with a heart of gold. Zoey has spent many, many hours creating homemade face masks. She then donates the masks to healthcare workers, like those at Marshfield Clinic. By filling out our form, Zoey was featured on our social media channels where we were able to spread the word about her good deeds and need for supplies. Local community members donated, allowing Zoey to continue her production of homemade face masks. Way to go, Zoey!

 

Thank you for letting us continue to be a part of your community. As always, we’re here to serve. 

The Store Have Fun at Home

The Store is here for you, both when times are good and when times are a little less good. Looking for lunch or dinner for the family? We have you covered. Long drive and need a quick pick-me-up? We have you covered. Practicing social distancing due to COVID-19? We have you covered! 

 

The Store is a local Wisconsin-based business — our Associates are considered family and our Guests are our friends. Our communities mean everything to us. We understand firsthand the feeling of uncertainty right nowand we’re here to assure you that we’re all in this together! 

 

By taking the proper precautions, we can all work together to prevent the spread of this illness. For tips on sanitary behavior and to see how The Store and our Associates are addressing this situation, please read our recent Notice to Our Guests 

 

Along with staying safe, we have to find joy — and there really is joy to be had! So together, let’s take some time to focus on the great things in our lives. Here’s a helpful list of ideas to get you through all that social distancingsneezing or coughing into a tissue, and hand-washing…while maybe having a little fun! 

 

1. Have a Movie Night 

Pop some popcorn and dim the lights, because it’s time for a movie! Bring the theater to your living room by settling in for a cozy movie night with blankets and your softest pair of socks. Whether you opt for your all-time favorite film from your DVD collection (maybe rewatch them all!), or streaming the newest Netflix original, you’re sure to have a great time with your family. 

 

2. Connect with a Friend 

While everyone is laying low, now is the perfect time to reach out to a friend, whether they live near or far. Even if you can’t see each other face-to-face, a phone call or FaceTime can make it feel like they’re right there with you. Take this opportunity to catch up and share a few laughsYou could even plan to watch a TV show at the same time, and share commentary over text or FaceTime. We bet you’ll be feeling happier afterward! 

 

3. Catch Up on Some Reading! 

Life is busy and it sure can be hard to find the time to sit down and read, no matter how much you love it. With some extra time spent in the comfort of your home, it is easto enjoy the company of a good book. Go ahead and start that novel your cousin recommended and get readin’! Nothing helps to escape stress of daily life like a great story. Plus, you can give your cousin a ring and discuss the book when you’re done (see item #2). 

 

4. Tackle that Project you’ve been Putting Off 

Okay, let’s be honest…we all have that project that we just “haven’t gotten around to”. Well, what better time to bite the bullet and tackle the task? Whether it’s organizing drawers and cupboards, deep cleaning the fridge, sanitizing the entire bathroom, or touching up the trim on your house, roll up your sleeves and get ‘er done.  

 

5. Pets! 

You know who will be super excited that you’re spending more time at home? Your pets, of course! Take this opportunity to maximize your time spent cuddling, petting and playing with your furry friends. Unless you have a goldfish…you probably shouldn’t pet Mr. Bubbles. You can get some exercise by going for longer than usual walks, tooMight as well throw in an extra treat…who’s counting? 

 

6. Try a New Recipe 

Remember all those fun recipe videos you’ve seen on Facebook and Pinterest but never got around to trying? Now’s the time! Whip out your whisk and oven mitt and voilà…your cooking space is now a professional kitchen or bakery. Put your culinary skills to the test, learn a few things along the way, and make a delicious meal or tasty treat for you and your family. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to post about it on Instagram! 

 

7. Fun & Games 

Entertain the whole family by breaking out your favorite board game. Chutes & Ladders, Candy Land, Monopoly, Trouble…there’s no wrong answer! If trying new games is more your thing, there are many free print & play game options online.  

 

8. Find the Family Photo Album 

It’s always a good time when someone brings out the family photo album. Spend an hour or two reminiscing with your family (and pointing out the awful outfits and hairdos of the past). Just make sure you play fair and make a truce…no posting the photos on social media! After all, it’s the only way to protect everyone’s reputation.  

 

Have any other ideas for having fun at home? We’d love to hear them! Share them with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.  

 

Stay healthy and safe. We’re all in this together! 

Girl Scouts The Store Walk Around Wednesday Local WIBlog

March 12th is National Girl Scout Day! We can all agree this is a day worth celebrating. But, before you put down your phone to grab that box of Thin Mints you just remembered you have stashed in the freezer from last year, you should know that there’s much more to Girl Scouts than matching uniforms and sweet treats.  

 

The Girl Scout program encourages and empowers girls to learn, grow, and do good in their communities (while selling delicious cookies along the way). We’ll support that any day! But the coolest part? Girl Scouts is celebrating its 108th year of shaping girls into the leaders and innovators of tomorrow. Now, that’s truly something to celebrate. 

 

In our latest Walk Around Wednesday Facebook Live video, Co-CEO Bill Schierl met with local Girl Scout Troop #6102 to learn more about the activitiesplans and community impact of these young ladiesAnd, of course, we couldn’t leave out a question about those famous and delicious cookies! 

 

This troop is part of the Riverbend Service Area, covering the Stevens Point, Rosholt, Amherst, and Plainfield regions. They are also part of the Northwestern Great Lakes Girl Scout Council, which includes over 20,000 Girl Scouts and 1,400 troops and volunteers in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan…talk about amazing impact! 

 

Troop #6012 is made up of six girls from the Stevens Point area. While they’re a small group, they have a huge influenceThey gather 2 times per month to discuss upcoming events, plan activities, and lend a helping hand within the community. We were welcomed into one of their meetings to get the inside scoop! 

 

Girl Scout Troops Hope, Hadley, Elizabeth, Anneliese, Abby, and Izzie are guided by Troop Leaders Jessie and KareyTogether, these girls performed 150 hours of community service over the past year. A few ways Troop #6102 gave back included building a Buddy Bench for St. Stephen’s Elementary and creating 80 cat scratchers from cookie boxes, which were then donated to the Humane Society of Portage County. The Troop has also organized many service area-wide efforts, such as collecting warm clothing for Operation Bootstrap. In addition, each Scout earned their Presidential Volunteer Service Award. They never hesitate to lend a helping hand and love to make their communities stronger! 

 

Ever wonder exactly WHY Girl Scouts sell cookies? Well, the money raised from cookie sales is used in many ways that promote selflessness as well as the importance of saving. Troop #6102 saves 1/3, donates 1/3, and puts 1/3 of the funds to different uses each yearSo cool! So, what will their 1/3 be used for this year? 

 

A trip to Savannah, Georgia 

That’s right, in late March Troop #6102 is hitting the road to travel to the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts organization. These girls worked hard to fund raise for this expedition. While there, they plan to learn more about Girl Scouts, dolphin watch, go on a kayak trip and visit Tybee Island. We wish them a safe, fun, and educational tripWhen they return, they’ll begin working toward earning the Bronze Award through community service. Great job, girls! 

 

Before saying goodbye, we just had to ask the Troops expert opinions on their favorite Girl Scout Cookie. The consensus: Peanut Butter Patties, S’mores, and Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies! YUM. 

 

Thanks for allowing us to visit and learn more about Girl Scouts, Troop #6102! 

 

“We’ll see you next time!”