Evergreen Market enjoys success and growth by focusing on normalizing cannabis and making its stores approachable

to anyone, whether new or experienced with the newly legal products.

By Staci Davidson, Knighthouse Media

As cannabis laws change and expand to include recreational use throughout the United States, dispensaries have to adapt to not only the new laws, but also the changing tides of the retail market. Washington-based Evergreen Market approached these issues by focusing on inclusivity – being a place that was comfortable for those who have smoked cannabis for years, as well as approachable for those who are new to the products. As a result, the five-year-old company has reached the limit of stores Washington allows for an owner – five around Seattle – and is expanding into other states with its dedication to inclusivity.


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Twice Daily surpasses the competition with exceptional service

and high-quality food and beverage offerings through White Bison.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Knighthouse Media

Tri Star Energy’s Twice Daily convenience stores are designed to raise the level of offerings to its customers and build lasting relationships by serving the community better. “Twice Daily is a call to action,” CEO Steve Hostetter says. “We would like to see you twice a day. The idea is, if we do a good job with breakfast you’ll come back and get take-home items and use us throughout the week in multiple fashions. We serve more than basic needs and provide increased offerings.”

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Building on decades of success, Kirkland’s is revitalizing its stores

with new product categories.

By Alan Dorich, Knighthouse Media

When customers visit one of Kirkland’s stores, they’ll find it staffed with associates that are focused on making sure they have the best possible shopping experience. “We have high standards,” CEO Steve “Woody” Woodward asserts.

“Every day, we try to create an environment where the customer knows you care about the store, from product assortment to how it is displayed,” he continues. “Attention to detail is critical; it’s often challenging, but the positive reaction from our customers is worth it.”


Sunshine Gasoline Distributors’ founder shares how he came to United States

and claimed the American dream.  

By Kat Zeman, Knighthouse Media

Maximo Alvarez is proud to be an American. He wasn’t born in the United States, but he bleeds patriotism. A self-made man, Alvarez has relied on hard work and determination to build a thriving retail gasoline empire in south Florida – and he salutes the United States for allowing him to make that possible.

“I am Cuban born,” says Alvarez, owner and president of Sunshine Gasoline Distributors. “But I am an American. This is the greatest country in the world. If I gave away everything I have today, it would only be 10 percent of what I was given when I came to this country.”


Edwards Food Giant sets itself apart from the competition by offering its customers a one-of-a-kind in-store experience.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Knighthouse Media

In the competitive supermarket world, where consumers often look to online ordering and curbside pick-up, Edwards Food Giant continues to draw people into its stores with its exceptional customer service, product expertise and high-quality offerings. “We are known as the meat people,” Vice President Paul Rowton says. “We have built a strong following over the years of people shopping for high-quality meats that we cut in-house daily.”

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Christopher and Banks focuses on its unique core customer in a modern way.

By Mark Lawton, Knighthouse Media

A new management team at Christopher and Banks, a specialty-apparel chain servicing women of the baby boomer generation, is working to turn around the retailer.

Christopher and Banks descended from Braun Fashions that was founded in 1956. The company began opening stores under the Christopher and Banks name in 2000 and today operates 456 stores in 44 states with the largest concentration in the Great Lakes area. The company is publicly traded on the OTCQX.

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