Memorial Day weekend has long been marked as the unofficial start of summer. Pools open, cookout season begins, and sunscreen flies off the shelves. While some stores around the city are busy getting ready for the weekend’s sales, almost every store has to shift into summer gear as the temperatures rise.
Laura O’Hara, a co-manager at Baltimore Coffee & Tea at 5209 Presidents Court in Frederick, said summer tends to bring less business because of summer vacations. There is still a large demand for iced and frozen drinks.
“We used to sell gelato,” O’Hara said. “But it didn’t sell well enough. We sold it for three years, and we’ve been without it for five.”
If an acceptable substitute is a frozen piña colada or strawberry smoothie, you’re in luck. O’Hara said those are some of the most requested drinks during the summer.
O’Hara said one of the other big items this summer will be cold-brewed iced coffee. Cold brew has made a splash with coffee connoisseurs in the past couple years.
“It’s less acidic,” she said. “It’s so good.”
Spring and summer are plant lovers’ seasons. Dutch Plant Farm, at 151 Baughman’s Lane, receives frequent shipments during the summer.
As the hot months roll around, spring plants and bulbs are put on sale, employee Amy Wallace said.
“We also get more tropical plants,” Wallace said.
Nancy Carlisle, a bookkeeper for Southern States, said that although spring tends to be the busy season, sales of certain products go up for the summer.
“We sell more insect killers this time of year,” Carlisle said. “When it gets hot, the bugs appear.”
Many Frederick residents tend to gardens in the summer, both for food and flowers. Almost everybody who has ever tended to a garden knows the struggle of plants being ravaged by insects.
Carlisle said fly-control products tend to sell quickly in the summer. Those with livestock and outbuildings often go to Southern States to buy fly tape and other related items.
Lastly, Carlisle said the store is receiving one more batch of baby chicks on June 8. If you’re in the market for a different type of feathered friend, Southern States expects a shipment of baby guinea fowl and turkeys in July.