This year, Love’s Country Store turns 50 years old. With over 300 locations in 39 states, it’s hard to deny that Love’s is a presence in small-towns and big cities. I grew up going to Love’s and everything I need to know about life I learned at a Love’s Travel Stop. That’s right, a travel stop full of little life lessons at each and every mile marker they call home.
When you name something Love, it automatically succeeds.
When I was little I used to scream in the back of the car “I LOVE LOVE’S” so my family would stop and buy me a bag of Sour Patch Kids. In the Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the OKC Thunder, there’s a section called Love’s Loud City. There is where the most loyal and dedicated Thunder fans reside. (And some homeless people, too). We love Love’s Loud City!
You should support your community.
Since the National Headquarters of Love’s is located in OKC, they support tons of causes around the community. That includes giving away cups at Thunder games with free refills once a day at any Love’s location. You better believe I took three. But seriously, they also support tons of things, locally and nationally.
No matter where you go, you should have a taste of home.
The great thing about national chains is they all look the same! So I could be in Florida, and I wouldn’t even know the difference if I was inside a Love’s. Everywhere you go, the same logo and colors are there to greet you at every travel stop. You could take a road trip to just about anywhere and never get homesick. Home is where your Love’s is and Love’s is everywhere.
Peanut Butter M&M’s are the best.
This really doesn’t need an explanation except for the fact when I would go on road trips with my family, we would always get Peanut Butter M&M’s from Love’s. They are the best.
They shine in the face of tragedy.
In 2010, a tornado hit a Love’s Travel Stop in Choctaw, Oklahoma. About 80 customers and employees took shelter in the walk-in freezer while the tornado leveled the store. All employees and customers got out safe. This was my childhood Love’s! There are plans to rebuild, but check out the 360-degree-view of the damage.
Basically any life lesson that you need to learn can be attributed to Love’s Travel Stops. We love them! Literally.