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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.  

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.