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All About Yeast Infections

These steps can help limit the recurrence of yeast infections

You’re bustling through life and then BAM, you get hit with an annoying yeast infection. You’re not alone, 3 out of 4 women will deal with a yeast infection in their lifetime. Although yeast infections are common and usually not serious, they can cause great discomfort.

Prevention Steps

The likelihood of yeast infections reoccurring is high once you’ve had one. There are simple life changes you can make to prevent yeast infections from becoming a repeat offender.

  • Avoid scented feminine products
  • Avoid tight pants, tights and leggings
  • Try to choose breathable fibers like cotton or silk
  • Change out of wet clothes/swimsuits quickly
  • Limit hot tub use
  • Take probiotics by eating yogurt or taking supplements

Most women display at least one of the following symptoms:

  • Vaginal itching
  • Abnormal and unpleasant discharge and odor
  • Pain when urinating
  • Inflammation

If you feel any of the symptoms above coming on, don’t suffer longer than you must. All our Macey’s, Lin’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s and Dick’s Centerville pharmacies offer single-dose prescriptive treatment for yeast infections. 

What to expect during your visit

Our pharmacies accept walk-ins and have extended business hours to help you get in and out.

  1. There will be a short consultation where you will be asked to complete a questionnaire. 
  2. The pharmacist will review medical history and discuss your symptoms
  3. You will be provided with a personal treatment plan and care instructions
Fresh Strawberries

All About Strawberries

Strawberries are one of the most widely consumed berries, but are not actually berries. In fact, strawberries are in a classification of their own call “accessories fruits” because their seeds are on the outside. Learn all about strawberries nutrition, how to store them, and our favorite strawberry recipes below.

Nutrition
Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C and manganese which aid in the repair and healing of body tissue and collagen. They are also rich in antioxidants which help prevent heart disease. Overall, strawberries, whether they be consumed raw or in jam form, are low in fat and high in water and carbohydrates. Not to mention, they taste great! On average, a single strawberry contains 32 calories and is mostly made of water.

How to store
Enjoy your strawberries, and general berries, longer by keeping them cold. The cold will help keep the mold away. The best way to store strawberries is unwashed in a breathable container in the fridge. When you’re ready to eat or cook with your strawberries, be sure to wash them and remove the stem.

Our favorite strawberry recipes:
Strawberry Salsa
Strawberry Topping
Strawberry Basil Mozzarella Skewers
Strawberry Ice cream

Strawberry Lime Ice Cream

No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

If you’re screaming for ice cream, satisfy your cravings with this simple no churn strawberry ice cream recipe.

Ingredients:

1 gallon-size Simply Done® Plastic Bag

1 quart-size Simply Done® Plastic Bag

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tbs sugar

1 tbs lime juice

1/4 cup strawberries, mashed

1 gallon-sized bag full of ice

4 tbs rock salt

Instructions:

Add whipping cream, sugar, lime juice, and strawberries to quart size bag.

Add rock salt to gallon size bag.

Put quart-sized bag into gallon-sized bag and shake for 7-10 minutes until thick and creamy. Enjoy!

Strawberry Topping

Food Club® Strawberry Topping

Make this strawberry topping your jam. This recipe goes perfectly on everything from homemade ice cream to your favorite cheesecake.

Ingredients:

1 lb. strawberries

1/4 cup sugar

1 tbs lemon juice

Instructions:

Roughly chop and hull the strawberries and add them to a medium sauce pan. Add sugar and lemon juice.

Over medium high heat, bring the mixture to a simmer and let simmer for 30 minutes until thickened.

Serve immediately, or store in the fridge for up to 30 days.

Stokes Weekly Ad

Stokes FAQs

Stokes App

Do you have questions with all of the changes that have taken place? We have answers! See below for answers to our commonly asked questions, then check out the full story here.

Q: If I already had a rewards account will my points and wallet credits show up when I register my account?
A: Yes, when you register your account use the same phone number you have always provided and your points and wallet credits will still show up in your account.

Q: Will my old username and password work on your new website?
A: No, you will have to reregister using the same rewards phone number you have always used. Your email address is now your new username.

Q: My email address is no longer current, how do I update it?
A: Register using the old email address on your account. Once you are logged in update your email address. You will then login using the new email on your account going forward.

Q: What if I can’t remember my username?
A: If you have registered on our website your new user name is your email address. You can visit our customer service booth to ask them to pull up our account.

Q: How do I reset my password?
A: Click on the login option in the top right hand corner of the webiste. Choose reset password and follow the setup to changing your password.

Q: How do I use your online coupons?
A: Create an account on our website by clicking on the register option. Once you have created an account you can click on the online coupon option and add hundreds of digital coupons to your account. Then purchase the items and use your phone number at the register to redeem the offers. No need to print coupons anymore!

Q: What is the Rewards Program?
A: The Rewards program is a special way for us to give back and say thank you to our guests. There is no card to get the sales price and you never have to clip paper coupons again. You get exclusive discounts, thank you gifts, surprise discounts at the register and rewards points.

Q: How do Rewards Points program work?
A: You will accumulate Rewards Points for 13 weeks. You will earn points for every dollar spent and then those points are converted to an instore credit you can use towards your groceries. This excludes the purchase of prescriptions, fuel, money orders, gift cards etc. Wallet credits will be awarded based on points earned. See chart below. At the start of each redemption period, you will receive an email with your points earned for the quarter. Be sure to give us your current email address so you won’t miss out!

Points                   Wallet Credit
1500+                   $10.00
1000-1499           $7.00
600-999               $5.00

Q: Can I have more than one phone number on my Rewards account?
A: Yes, you have two options. Add a second phone number to your account either when you register or you can edit your account. The other option is to add a second person on your account that will be able to help you towards earning points and redeeming online coupons.

Q: I tried to reigster but it tells me my email address is already in use.
A: Try resetting the your password using the email already in use. Then when you are in the account you can view the phone number on your account. If that phone number needs to changed update your account.

Stokes App

Stokes Digital Enhancements

Stokes App

Planning for and saving on your grocery shopping has never been easier. The Stokes team has been hard at work looking for ways to help you better use our website, app,  digital ads and all the benefits and perks associated with them. Based on your feedback, we have made a variety of updates to each platform to help you have the best grocery shopping planning experience around.

At the heart of the improvements is the ability to use one username and password across each platform from the website, app, rewards and digital coupons and ad experience. This feature means no more trying to remember multiple usernames and passwords, saving you time and creating a better experience.

Not only have we made signing in easy, we’ve improved aspects of all of our digital experiences.

Websites
The first time you visit our updated website, you’ll need to re-register your account so it can be updated to the one username and one password program and our new website experience. Don’t worry! You won’t lose any of your points, wallet credits or saved coupons as long as you use the same phone number connected to your original account. Once you log in, you can move from page to page without being asked to sign in again regardless if you’re checking your points or looking for coupons.

This makes managing your rewards account much easier. Once you are signed into the site, you can instantly see your points, special offers and other benefits of being a Stokes Rewards member. Stokes partnered with Accelitec to bring Stokes Rewards to life several years ago. The tech company was instrumental in helping make the website integrations needed to create a smoother user experience.

“We are very pleased by the successful collaboration with AFS and the other partners on this cutting-edge project,” said Amy Iversen, Director of Customer Experience, at Accelitec. “We look forward to our continued partnership with AFS to deliver superior experiences to their customers.”

The new digital coupons experience on the Stokes website is easier than ever to use and is tied directly to your account. Coupons are now organized by category. When we have special events at the store, we’ll create a separate category for those coupons, making it simple to find the coupons that matter most to you. To use our digital coupons, simply visit the Digital Coupons section of our website, select the coupons you want, save them and then go shopping. Every coupon you add to your account is automatically applied when you check out so you don’t’ have to remember to clip them and bring them with you. We partnered with YouTech to provide digital coupons for the products shoppers love.

Store App
Available through the App and Play Stores, the Stokes app makes planning and shopping with us a breeze. Like our website, when you log into the app with your updated username and password, you’ll discover a variety of enhancements. We’ve made it super easy to browse our ad, digital coupons, recipes and add all of these items to one convenient shopping list right on your phone, making it so you never forget your list when you get to the store. The improved app was designed through a partnership with BRdata.

Our improved app provides an intuitive digital coupons experience. The organization from the website extends to the app, so you can quickly brows through dozens of national brand and store coupons to find the savings you’re looking for. You can browse coupons, save them and view your saved coupons all within the app. Over time, our coupons will learn your preferences and will bring the coupons you want most front and center.

Within the app, you can also browse our ads, look for items that matter most to your family and add them to your shopping list simply by tapping on them, ensuring you never miss out on a promotion or special deal.

Digital Ad
Our digital ad provides a new experience that is guaranteed to make shopping more enjoyable. We partnered with our digital ad provider eComSystems to add nutritional attributes to our ads to help you make smarter buying decisions. Even more exciting, we’ve included the ability to easily view and add digital coupons right from the ad. Saving has never been easier.

Our digital experience does not end here. We have many enhanced and new features planned for guests that we will be rolling out soon!

Our digital ad is better than ever. We’ve added nutritional attributes to our ads to help you make better buying decisions. Even more exciting, we’ve given shoppers the ability to easily view and add digital coupons right from the ad. Savings has never been easier.

Partners
We would like to thank all of the technology partners we have worked with to build this experience for our shoppers. They are awesome partners and we look forward to continuing to improve our digital planning and shopping experiences.

We want to recognize the following partners for the commitment they have shown to building a fully-integrated, amazing experience for our shoppers:

  • Accelitec – rewards
  • BRdata – store app
  • eCom Systems – digital ad
  • You Technologies – digital coupons

More to Come
Our journey does not end here. This is a major step for our company; however, we have many enhanced or new features planned for our digital experiences. Also, we will be working closely with our shoppers to help solve their grocery shopping needs.

Cold Sores

Cold Sore Prevention

Follow these tips to help prevent cold sores

If you frequently suffer from cold sores, you know that they should be treated early as they are painful and contagious. If you feel tingling, burning or itching around your lips, seek treatment quickly. Treatment can prevent the cold sore from developing, as well as reducing the size and healing time.

There is currently no cure for the cold sore virus. If you happen to get one, chances are they will reoccur. There will be inactive and active outbreak periods and in general, they heal between 10-14 days.

If you do feel a cold sore coming on, visit any of our Macey’s, Lin’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s or Dick’s pharmacies for a consultation and prescription treatment. Our professional team is available to get you treated and back to life, with extended hours and no appointment needed.

Cold sore season

Cold sores occur year-round but tend to peak during summer and winter months. The summer months are a key season as sun exposure is a common trigger. It is recommended you use lip protection that contains sunscreen to reduce recurrence. The winter months not only bring an increase of cold winds and air, but also colds and flu, along with weakened immune systems. Staying hydrated, increasing vitamin intake and ensuring you get enough sleep are ways to decrease the appearance of cold sores.

Follow these tips for prevention

Because cold sores are highly contagious, follow the steps below to help the virus from spreading.

  1. Touching the cold sore in any way transfers the virus to your hands, increasing the chance of it spreading to your fingers, eyes or others. Avoid touching, scratching or picking at cold sores.
  • Wash your hands frequently to keep the virus off your hands.
  • Avoid anything that might touch your mouth, especially when a sore is present. Don’t share drinks, utensils, lip products, toothpaste or towels to avoid spreading the disease.
  • Avoid skin-to-skin contact with others when cold sores are present. This includes kissing, sexual contact, and contact sports.
Flavored Bacon

How do you like your bacon?

Bacon is arguably the best addition to any meal. Dating back to 1500 BC, bacon is one of the world’s most enjoyed meats. With it’s salty and savory bite, it can be added to a variety of foods to enhance the flavor without having to add salt or drippings. Try adding bacon bits to your ground beef mix for the perfect burger, wrapping it around asparagus to mask the natural asparagus flavor, or add it into your carbonara for that perfect flavorful addition.

Try flavoring your bacon with:

Sesame seeds

Jalapenos

Maple Syrup

Red chili sauce

New Clinical Services

NEW Clinical Services

New clinical services

Now offering a convenient way to receive prescription treatment for UTIs, yeast infections and cold sores.

Our professionally trained pharmacy staff now offer prescription treatment for urinary tract infections, yeast infections and cold sores, no appointment needed. For a low-cost consultation fee, our pharmacists will collect patient information, discuss your symptoms and provide you with prescription treatment if necessary – ALL IN ONE STOP. Our goal is to get you treated and feeling better, so skip a trip to the clinic and visit any of our conveniently located pharmacies with extended hours to serve you. To find a pharmacy, click here.

Dad's BBQ sauce

Dad’s Famous BBQ Sauce

If your dad is awesomesauce, he will love this homemade BBQ sauce.

Ingredients:

4 cups Food Club® ketchup

1 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tbs. Worcestershire sauce

1 tbs. salt

1 tbs. pepper

1 tbs. garlic powder

Instructions:

Add all ingredients to a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat.

Bring mixture to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes until thick. Store mixture in jar in fridge.