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Meet The Staff: Vince Escalante

The front of our store

Meet Vince…


Father of four, customer service veteran, lover of puzzles…

If you’ve been in the Shoppe at some point in the last couple of years, you may have been helped by Vince, one of our cashiers and customer service staff.

His care for our customers, attention to detail and problem-solving skills have contributed to our store being the place where you can find what you need in Clearwater since 1989.

How did we get so lucky? Read on to find out:

Q. How much customer service experience do you have?

A. I started in the field at 14 years old and have worked customer service on and off for the last 25 years. I’ve worked in various customer service related jobs ranging from retail, phone and internet to Pharmacy Technician, where I would help customers purchase the correct product for treatment of their ailments.

Q. What do you like best about working at the One Stoppe Shoppe?

A. One of the main things that I like about working at One Stoppe Shoppe are the customers. Our customers are happy, good people that are easy to chat with. It’s fun getting to know the regulars and developing a good relationship with them.

I feel the most important thing I do for the customers is show them that I really do appreciate that they chose our store to come shop. They can take their money anywhere, but they thought of us first. That makes me want to do all I can to accommodate them and to make their shopping experience with us awesome.

The other thing I like about working at OSS is that it’s not repetitious. There’s always something to do and ALWAYS something new to learn.

Q. What was your dream job as a kid?

A. Growing up I really wanted to be a pilot. I did a lot of flying as a little kid. It always fascinated me that something so heavy could not only go so fast but could also do it while in the air. To this day when I hear an airplane or helicopter flying by I will still stare up at it in a sort of awe.

Q. What do you do for fun when you’re not here helping customers?

A. For fun I like to read, hang out with my family (that includes taking the kiddos to parks, arcades, pools, bowling allies, etc.) and do puzzle- type things (I like challenges).

Many thanks to Vince for taking a moment to chat with us!

If you enjoyed this, make sure to check out our next “Meet the Staff”, coming next week to our blog!

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How to Keep Your Cool When the Weather Isn’t

The heat can do funny things to people…

…and some not-so-funny things, including giving you heat-exhaustion or heat stroke.

Those are extreme examples, though. Most of us are familiar with the less alarming effects of hot weather: tingling skin, headaches, feeling dizzy or faint – those kinds of things. While not generally fatal, they can be *really* annoying, especially if you’re having a *really* good time (like… at the beach, for example).

It is possible to help alleviate or prevent these symptoms by giving your body the things that it may be asking for by exhibiting those signs.

Here’s a handy mini-guide to some of the reasons your body may be losing it’s cool and some things you can do to help get it back:

You May Just Need to Chill

Sometimes, you just need to get out of the sun and sit under a tree or an umbrella. Jumping into a pool or the ocean is also a good way to cool down. If you’re starting to feel… “not so hot”, you can try just taking a break and getting out of the heat for a little while.

You Might be Dehydrated

This may be relatively obvious, but if you are feeling tired, weak or dizzy, or you develop a headache – you may be dehydrated. One of simplest things you can do to prevent many of these symptoms is: drink plenty of water.

You Might Need Electrolytes

Electrolytes help the nerves maintain communication with one another. That affects a whole bunch of body systems, since nerves are… well… everywhere. Electrolytes also help you stay hydrated. ¬†There is a long list of symptoms that could point to you needing electrolytes, but some common ones are nausea, headaches and dizziness.

There are a number of different electrolytes, such as Sodium, Chloride, and Potassium which you can get as tablets, capsules and sometimes liquid. They can also be found combined in powders that you can mix with water or other fluids or tablets that dissolve easily in your mouth.

How About a Snack?

You may also know Sodium + Chloride as… SALT… so when you can’t seem to stop eating potato chips when it’s hot out (guilty), this might be your body asking for electrolytes. Don’t want to eat half a bag of chips? Try some salted nuts or sunflower seeds or some salted veggie chips.

There are other foods and drinks that have multiple nutrients that can help fortify you against seriously overheating. Here are some more to try:

So, when you fill up your beach bag – don’t forget the water, electrolytes and some delicious hydrating snacks; and have an awesome summer!

What’s your favorite way to beat the heat? Let us know in the comments!

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Hydrating Drink Recipes

Summer is here!

Beach days, pool parties, hikes, picnics and other outdoor adventures are the order of the day.

All of these things are super fun, but also super dehydrating. Nobody likes dealing with the effects of even mild dehydration, so why not prevent it? It gives you way more time to play and greatly reduces your chances of being unseasonably cranky ūüôā

Prepare yourself for your next outing with some simple recipes for hydrating drinks. And maybe invest in a sturdy travel bottle if you don’t have one already.

Hydrating Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic

This one is pretty simple, and provides electrolytes and Vitamin C. You also get the added benefit of the inflammation reducing properties of turmeric.

  • 2 tablespoons organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar.
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric, ground.
  • 1/4 lemon juice, fresh.
  • 2 cups filtered water.
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey, or maple syrup.
  • Pinch of cayenne.

Natural Sports Drink Recipe

(From Wellness Mama)

yield 4 cups

Save money and avoid artificial ingredients by making your own homemade natural sports drink recipe with electrolytes. Endless options to make a flavor you love!


  • 1 quart of liquid (options: green tea, herbal teas, coconut water, plain water, etc)
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp high quality salt (or more if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon calcium magnesium powder
  • 1/4 cup or more of juice (optional)- Can use grape, apple, lemon, lime, pineapple, etc
  • 1-2 TBSP sweetener (optional)- can use honey, stevia, etc. I suggest brewing stevia leaf into the base liquid for the most natural option.


  1. Brew tea if using or slightly warm base liquid
  2. Add sea salt and calcium magnesium to mix.
  3. Add juice and sweetener if using and mix or shake well.
  4. Cool and store in fridge until ready to use.
  5. Will last up to four days in fridge, but I prefer to make as needed.

Have you tried these? Do you have a recipe of your own to share? Let us know in the comments!

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The Mothers of Mother’s Day

Did you know that the celebration of Mother’s Day is actually a relatively recent tradition with a bittersweet beginning?

The idea for the holiday was born when a woman named Anna Jarvis lost her mother, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis. According to the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Ann Jarvis was a peace activist during the Civil War. She took care of soldiers on both sides of the conflict and enlisted the help of other women.

Ann formed Mothers’ Day Work Clubs, urging women to put aside their differences and aid both Union and Confederate soldiers. The clubs addressed matters of public health such as raising money for medicine, providing work to women by having them care for families where the mothers were sick, inspecting for contaminated food and offering other services of that nature.

Ann had twelve children, and during the time she was organizing, running and contributing to the programs she created to assist in bringing peace and health starting with her town in West Virginia, she lost four children to disease. Another four passed away before they became adults. Anna was one of four surviving siblings.

When her mother passed, Anna decided there should be a day to honor not just her mother, but all of the women who as she put it were “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world”. It became an official holiday in the US in 1914 when Woodrow Wilson declared the 2nd Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Today, Mother’s Day is celebrated in just under 50 countries around the world. It seems a whole lot of people agree with Anna Jarvis that although we may grow up and take care of ourselves, we wouldn’t have gotten there without some help from our mamas.

Do you have a favorite Mother’s Day tradition? Do you have a story to share about your awesome mom? Let us know in the comments!¬†



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A Little Spring Cleaning

Spring is coming soon!

Or rather, here in sunny Florida… early summer is coming!

No matter where you live, this is the time of year where you suddenly want to get outside and DO things! It’s also typically the time of year where you start taking your house apart, determined to clean *everything* with varying degrees of success. I’ve read some pretty interesting things about where that concept of “Spring Cleaning” comes from: trying to rid the house of all leavened bread (and crumbs) before Passover, purging the bad luck from your house at Chinese New Year, and preparing for Nowruz (Persian New Year). It seems the general consensus all over the world is that this is a time of throwing out the stuff that is cluttering up your life and being distracting, and making things fresh and new again.

I don’t know about you, but for me this also extends to the condition of my body. New Year’s Eve comes and goes and resolutions are made, but it isn’t until spring that I really get into doing things to improve the way I feel.

While having an exercise routine you love, that produces results for you is definitely one great thing to do for yourself, it’s only part of the picture when it comes to making a vast improvement in how you feel physically. So, here I humbly present some of my favorite Spring Cleansing tips. Quick disclaimer, though: I’m not a doctor or even studying to be one, so if you have any questions about these things you should definitely ask someone who is:

  • Eat things that make you feel better

    Seriously. If you feel amazing after eating pears, if you can’t eat enough kale salad… with some apple cider vinegar and lemon on top and a little feta cheese thrown in there (yummm!) or if you just love to juice… DO IT. Your body needs different things at different times of the year and under different circumstances. I think that’s pretty universally accepted, right?






  • Never underestimate the power of water

It does account for more than half of a body’s composition, after all. The majority of the systems in your body need plenty of water to function properly – from the integumentary (skin) to the digestive. A simple rule of thumb: drink half your body weight in ounces of water a day. Example: If you weigh 140 lbs, drink 70 ounces of water a day.







  • Heat things up

One of the things I’ve done for my annual Spring Cleansing is tried out the Far Infrared sauna at a local spa. I’d heard a lot about the detoxifying, relaxing, pain relieving (and more) benefits of Far Infrared saunas. I went a few times a month for a few months, and I was impressed. It was relaxing and it improved the tension and pain I carried around in my neck and shoulders. I even noticed that I had smoother skin. If you look into that, make sure you check on any contraindications there may be for any specific health issues you might have, but you may find it’s well worth the research.



  • Walk, Walk, Walk

There are actually studies showing that walking can slow down the aging process and increase your lifespan. I was thinking it’s just refreshing and helps get your attention out into the world (which is helpful when you’re trying to organize and de-clutter your life). At least 20 minutes spent walking per day is reported to help maintain healthy body weight, reduce the risk of various health conditions and diseases, improve cognitive function and it’s a great way to get some sun exposure.



I hope you enjoyed this list. Please feel free to add to it or let us know if any of these things have worked for you by commenting below! Now, I’m going to go take a walk…

P.S.¬†If you’ve been there and done that, or you just want to try a more rigorous cleanse, check out one of these!

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Five Tips to Help Boost Your Immune System

Five Tips to Help Boost Your Immune System

Your family and friends are coming for dinner…

And you’ve sneezed at least 10 times in the last five minutes. ¬†You want to share a meal, not your cold. This is an all too common predicament when the weather starts to cool off. But there is something you can do about it.

Building up your immune system at the start of the season can help your body take care of germs and such before you get to the point of using up half a box of tissues. Then you can focus more on catching up with loved ones and less on your loved ones catching something from you.

Here are 5 simple tips to help keep your immune system in fighting shape as winter approaches:

1. Have Some Chicken Soup –

In addition to the fact that it is warm, soothing and delicious; the combination of chicken, vegetables and herbs that make up this age-old cold weather staple also turn it into an excellent immune-boosting food. You may already have a family recipe, but just in case you don’t, you can find one here. You can increase the health benefits by adding bone broth.

2. ¬†Eat Garlic –

If you love Italian food, you are in luck – because garlic is a superstar when it comes to immune system support. If you are bold, you can simply break off a clove of garlic, peel it and take a bite. If you’re a little more cautious, you can roast your garlic and spread it on some nice crusty Italian bread or spoon it over some sauteed onions, tomatoes, spinach and broccoli for a double-dose of immune support. If none of those things sound appealing,garlic is also available as a supplement.

3. Get Some Rest-

It sounds almost too simple, but getting adequate sleep goes a long way in giving your body the time it needs to sort itself out and target and handle any invading germs and pathogens. Certain cells called
cytokines are active while you sleep, helping your body to fight off infection as well as supporting your cardiovascular health.

4. Make an Immune-Boosting Tonic –

If you’re not sure where to start with this one, a basic recipe can be found here which includes lemon, honey, turmeric and ginger. Lemon is a citrus fruit which contains Vitamin C, has antibacterial properties, is an acidic fruit that can assist in balancing Ph, and a whole lot more. Honey is known as a food rich in all-around infection protection. It gives the added benefit of coating the throat if yours is getting a bit scratchy. More and more research is showing the benefits of turmeric for circulatory and immune health. Ginger is an antioxidant food which has also been found to have antiviral properties and as a bonus, promotes ease of digestion. If you aren’t really one for mixing up concoctions in the kitchen, don’t worry. There are ready-made versions such as¬†Dr. Schulze’s Supertonic and Cold and Flu Shot.

5. Supplement With Vitamin C¬†–

Well known as an aid to the cells in the body which fight infection, Vitamin C is not made by the body. It can be found in many foods such as citrus fruits, peppers, guava, peas, kale and other dark leafy greens, kiwi, broccoli and berries.
There are also Vitamin C supplements available from brands such¬†as¬†Vitalbulk and¬†Standard Vitamins as well as whole food varieties like¬†Dr. Schulze’s Super C Plus¬†and¬†¬†Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Vitamin C.¬†

Have you tried any of these remedies for yourself? Want to share your go-to immune-booster with us? Let us know in the comments below!

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One Stoppe Shoppe Holiday Gift Guide 2016

The Holidays are

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¬†‘Tis the season to be surrounded by the people you love, and give gifts that make them smile. If you find yourself short on ideas this year, we’ve come up with a sampling from our widely varied inventory to help inspire you…

Whether you’re trying to find a book your spouse hasn’t read, something cute and cuddly to send to your niece who lives out-of-state, ¬†a thoughtful holiday card, supplements for your health-conscious father-in-law or any number of other things that a certain person in your life would love; we can help.

The One Stoppe Shoppe has been cultivating a reputation for literally having a little bit of everything for over 20 years. Many customers comment on the diversity of our wares, and now we’d like to share a taste of that diversity with you. We hope you find something that speaks to you, and ignites the spark of holiday creativity!

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Papaya creates beautifully artistic bags, books, pouches and more…

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Discover the art of Romero Britto in our Gift section:


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Find the books they’ve been asking for:


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Browse our extensive selection of vitamins, minerals, supplements and herbal remedies:

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We are constantly adding to our online inventory and we have even more¬†books, accessories and supplements as well as office supplies, electronic items, health and beauty products, fine foods, children’s toys and more in our shop. We also believe it’s very important to carry the things our customers need and want. If you have any suggestions of things you’d like to see on our shelves or on our website, don’t hesitate to call or email us and let us know!