The crisp look of the recently remodeled Russell Street location doesn’t evoke a “country store” feel, but the clerks kept it homey with a friendly greeting as we shopped on a recent morning. Ole’s has all the essentials, including two-and-a-half coolers full of local beer, but what stands out most is just how clean the place is. Seriously, should we leave our shoes at the door?
923 N Orange St •
721-2170; 1600 S Russell St • 728-7618
Finalists, Best Convenience Store
2. Grizzly Grocery
447 Hill St •
3. Holiday Stations Store
605 S Higgins Ave •