< Upheaval: My Very Own Quick Mart

Monday, August 22, 2005

My Very Own Quick Mart

Six months ago, I would have told you that convenience stores are anything but convenient. The prices are really high, they have old inventory, and they carry questionable brands and items.

But my opinion has changed.

There is a store right around the corner from our house. They sell Exxon gas and Icees just like the rest of 'em, but THESE PEOPLE LOVE DANIEL AND ME (yes, that is gramatically correct). They run a tab for us from month to month so we don't have to buy gas every week. We just make a big payment at the end of the month. They keep me full of Icees. When my neighbor and I go for walks, the clerk chases us down with free bottles of water.

A few months ago, I was pretty whiney because I couldn't find Now n' Later candy ANYWHERE. I was really wanting some. I checked Walmart, Eckerds, Kroger... no luck. I mentioned my troubles to the convenience store owner, and he ordered some for me. It was on the shelves the very next day.

Better than all of that, here is what happened tonight:

I stopped in to buy milk. I KNOW! GROSS! Milk from a convenience store? But, no. This milk is excellent (Borden), and always has a good amount of time before it expires. They sell whole milk and 2%, but don't carry skim. But WAIT! I asked the clerk and he said he would be happy to order some and keep it in stock for us! Yes, it is a few cents more than it would be if I went to the supermarket, but think of the gas I am saving! I think it all works out.

This is what being in a small town is all about. These guys invite us to barbeques and give us great customer service. In return, I don't buy gas anywhere else in town and they even have me checking out their supply of "Dye-pers."

Don't you wish you lived here, too?


Blogger Sharkey said...

My first thought was, "You need a Wawa." (Hmmm . . . somehow that sounds kind of dirty, but it's not. I swear!)

But then I kept reading, and by the end I was thinking, "Hey, I need one of those!"

11:22 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Just another reason to be thankful that you don't live in the way-way-out boonies like I do! :)

7:42 AM  
Blogger jes said...

wow. i have never heard of such customer service. i totally wish i lived there.

oh, wait. i already have lived there.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Jennboree said...

That's way cool, Amanda!

Do you ever have to think out loud how to grammatically write the "I" or "Me" in sentences? I do. It's fun. I can't wait to teach Isabella the trick to knowing which is the correct grammar use.

Also, "Who" and "Whom" is fun.

Did you know that organic milk will last almost a MONTH? Freaky. But worth the extra $ to not have to smell it for spoilage every day after purchase.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Trinity13 said...

Nice! I wish I lived close to a dependable convenient store.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Amstaff Mom said...

Spam is outta control!

My thought is that the owners of this store read your blog and know that if they provide you with service on par with Hobby Lobby, you will bash them publicly. However, since they have given you exceptional service, they too have been blogged about. Unfortunately, your readership is too far away to frequent their store.

They sound like really nice people.

And Jenn, I didn't know that, but I only buy Organic milk anyway!

12:31 PM  
Blogger Amanda Sue said...

does anyone notice that the spam comes in clusters? like three or four within a couple of minutes.

i am hating the blogspammers. really.

1:17 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

You are very lucky to have such good service. We had a store like that near our farm when I was a kid and we could charge candy to my dad's account. Thinking about that makes me want to go back in time. Oh, and ya'll should try soy milk. It tastes great and lasts a really long time.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Amanda Sue said...

really? soy milk? tastes good? REALLY?

1:51 PM  
Blogger Jennboree said...

Amanda, you sound MORE than hesitant to believe in soy milk and its possible tastiness.

Me too.

7:07 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

Small towns rock - can't wait to move to one tomorrow!!

7:44 PM  

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