Samantha Strong Murphey

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CSP Magazine

Investing Energy in Shots

That quick shot isn’t just for energy anymore. So make room—but do so carefully

CSP Magazine

For the Snacking Occasion, Anything Goes

Historically an indulgent in-between meal, snacking is the new 24-7, and every food is trying to get into the game.

Will potential deeming regulations wipe out vaping?

How to keep great foodservice ideas from going up in smoke

The tobacco category is undergoing upheaval as cigarette sales decline and other tobacco products move in to lap up the leftover market share. E-cigs, vapor, cigars, pipe tobacco, roll-your-own—they’re all demanding more attention, requiring a more purposeful, permanent place in the store landscape.

Stone Drug is an enigma in the modern retail landscape. It has thrived for more than 50 years by exploring cutting-edge technological innovations while keeping one foot firmly rooted in the past. Its pharmacy is as high-tech as they come, but its old-fashioned soda fountain and time-tested customer service are a welcome blast from the past.

If you’re passing through St. Regis, Mont., it’s hard to not stop. If the billboards advertising huckleberry milkshakes aren’t enough to make you pull in, the look of the place just might. The St. Regis Travel Center’s fun signage promoting its gift shop, restaurant, casino and aquarium are enough to make passersby hit their brakes and go inside.

Idaho c-store chain banks on consistent improvement

When Stan Alvey started Stan’s Shake Shak in 1984, it was a literal shack of milkshakes. Today it’s a destination restaurant and expansive c-store on a highway packed with summer traffic.

On the Western city limits of Charlottesville, Va., is the c-store deli of your dreams. As the flagship store of Tiger Fuel Co., Bellair Market has attracted widespread attention for its delicious sandwiches and local product offering.

How an independent Minnesota retailer balances consistency with innovation.

Retailer/chef Rodrigo Albarran follows his culinary dreams in an independent convenience store/taqueria in Maryland.

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