Time to shop for summer

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ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) - The weather is finally warming up and that means preparing your home and garden for summer.

"Right now is the best time,” said Escanaba Meijer Store Director, Jessica Daniels-Warner. “The weather is finally starting to break for us in the U.P. and the sun is shining, so people are starting to get out and do their spring cleaning and getting ready for the summer season."

As many prepare for graduation parties, backyard barbecues, or even a camping trip, there are several new options for grilling as well as other outdoor needs.

"We have a wide variety of different grills we carry. We carry our charcoal grills. Weber is my household's personal favorite for charcoal. We carry gas grills as well, and those are a perfect permanent addition, and portables which are great for tailgating and for camping,” said Warner.

Now is also a great time to stock up on summer time essentials like sunglasses, bug spray, or even toilet paper.

"We've actually had a great, great movement on all of our camping chairs and people are starting to stock up on their RV supplies. A lot of stuff they are purchasing are toilet paper is the biggest one for compostable toilet paper for RVs and a lot of our batteries and our cables,” continued Warner.

If gardening is one of your favorite summertime activities, there are several types of flowers available now that the weather is finally cooperating.

"We've been waiting for the nice warm weather to come to get some of these plants and get them in our garden. And so far we found the best plants here at Meijer,” said Sharon and Ernie Szwdlowski.

Warner says that there are also a number of ways to protect your plants form the unpredictable U.P. weather.

“Anything under 42 degrees right now we really encourage you to use a frost cloth or a towel or a blanket to ensure you are covering them.”

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