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The Store 6 Spring Activities

There’s nothing like stepping outside to a warm spring day after months of snow and ice. With another midwestern winter behind us, sunshine and above-freezing temperatures are more than welcome! Read on for 6 great ways to spring into the season and make the most of March. 

P.S. – #6 is our favorite! 

1. Go for a Walk 🚶‍♀️ 

It might seem simple, but there’s a reason it’s #1 on our list. Going for a walk is easy, relaxing and enjoyable. Get a little exercise and soak up the sun by taking a stroll around the neighborhood or on your favorite trail. Plus, you can make the walk as long or as short as you like – it can fit into everyone’s schedule, and even 10 minutes will brighten your mood! 

P.S. – If you’re a dog owner, don’t forget to bring your canine companion. They’re sure to have a fetching time. Just watch out for those mud puddles! 

2. Fly a Kite 🪁 

If it’s a windy day, why not dust off that kite in the garage and head to the parkFlying kites is a fun activity for the whole family, and you know the kids will love it. Wisconsin has a TON of public parks, and they’re one of the few places you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the community while offering plenty of room to stay socially distant. That’s a win-win if you ask us! 

3. Read Outside 📖 

Reading is a great way to unwind year-round, but it is even better when you can do it in the sun! Grab a book, magazine or pull up a blog page (like this one). Then, find a comfortable place on a bench, your deckor a patch of grass, and you’re ready to go. Enjoy the calm sounds of nature and get some much-needed vitamin D. Don’t stay out too long, though – it doesn’t have to be summertime for you to get sunburnt! 

4. Ride a Bike 🚲 

Woohoo! The roads, paths and trails are finally free of snow. Well, mostly, anyway! Now’s the time to break out that 10-speed and go for a cruise. Enjoy the warm breeze, sunlight and exercise…it will be a breath of fresh air after a long winter cooped up inside. Literally! Find paved bike paths near you with this handy search feature on TravelWisconsin.com. 

5. Plant a Garden 🥕 

It’s time to let that green thumb of yours shine! Spring is the perfect time to begin planning and prepping a garden. Growing your own food is fun, rewarding, and a nutritious addition to your diet. Read this article for 6 veggies to plant in early spring. Or, if flowers are more your thing, check out this webpage for 25 spring-blooming flowers to spruce up your landscaping.   

6. Enjoy Highlander Grog Cappuccino at The Store! ☕ 

Last but certainly not least, sip on delicious Highlander Grog Cappuccino! This seasonal flavor is available at all 26 The Store locations right now, and you won’t want to miss it. The medium-bodied roast features notes of hazelnut, butterscotch and rum, giving it a smooth and rich flavor that pairs perfectly with brisk March mornings. Plus, Highlander Grog Cappuccino goes well with the activities listed above. This popular flavor is sure to put aextra spring in your step! 

Pumpkin Spice Coffee and Cappuccino at The Store

Fall is in the air! The weather is crisp, leaves are beginning to change, and you can finally wear your favorite sweater againThere are so many great things happening this time of year, but we think the most exciting part of autumn is warm, cozy, and comes in a Styrofoam cup…Pumpkin Spice Coffee and Cappuccino! 

That’s right, the wait is over. You can enjoy Pumpkin Spice Coffee and Cappuccino all season long at The Store! To make your sipping experience even better, we’ve gathered a list of fun autumn activities to get you in that spooky season mood. Read on! 

1. Enjoy the Morning Outside 

After grabbing your cup of Pumpkin Spice Coffee from The Store, start your morning outdoors. Grab a bench seat at the park or go for a leisurely stroll. Either way, you’ll enjoy the fresh, brisk autumn air (which complements coffee quite nicely, might we add). You can bring Fido along, too!  

2. Watch the Leaves Change 

There’s nothing quite like the Midwest this time of year. The trees are gorgeous! This season, be sure to take in the beauty around you. Stop and smell the roses – or, ehm, stop and watch the leaves! For the best locales, check out the Wisconsin Fall Color Report. This handy site will keep you updated on fall colors throughout the state so you can be sure you’re getting the most vibrant views. You can also find state parks, trails, forests and recreational areas in your area to make the most of stunning autumn scenery.  

3. Take a Scenic Drive 

If enjoying fall colors by car is more your thing, you’re in luck. Buckle up, place your Pumpkin Spice Coffee in the cupholder and hit the road! There are plenty of scenic drives throughout Wisconsin that showcase the state’s beautiful autumn hues. Find 11 of the best routes here, or forge your own path and share it with us on social media! We’d love to hear about your fall adventures.  

4. Bake Pumpkin Goodies 

To all the weekend bakers out there, this one’s for you. Pick up a Pumpkin Spice Coffee or Cappuccino and set up shop in the kitchen. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin bars…you get the idea. Yum! Plus, your family or roommates will be excited to taste-test your treats. 

Pro Tip – If you like dark chocolate chips, you’ll LOVE them in pumpkin muffins. But don’t take our word for it, try it for yourself and let us know what you think! 

5. Find Festive Movies 

Nothing says “fall” quite like curling up on a blustery day to watch a festive movie or two. Blanket? Check. Pumpkin Spice Coffee? Double check.  

A few of our fall favorites include Hocus PocusDead Poets SocietyOctober Sky, and, of course, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Gather the whole family and enjoy a film together. Plus, if you baked a few treats, they’d make a great addition to the festivities! 

6. Curl Up with a Good Book 

Is there anything more relaxing than a cup of joe and a great read? We don’t think so, especially when your coffee or cappuccino flavor is Pumpkin Spice! Whatever your text of choice – novel, short story, poetry, non-fiction – we think you’ll feel relaxed and rejuvenated after losing yourself in a good book for a while.  

7. Hygge? Heck Yeah. 

  Have you heard the term “hygge”? It’s a Danish word for a feeling of coziness and contentment, and represents a lifestyle practiced by many as the temperature begins to fall. Even if you’re a summer soul at heart, everyone can enjoy a crisp autumn morning spent in a warm hoodie with a steaming cup of Pumpkin Spice Coffee in hand. It’s all about enjoying the little things, like fuzzy socks, your favorite candle, and a pumpkin bar or two. Who’s counting? 

8. Have a Virtual Coffee Date 

By now everyone is well acquainted with virtual connection. FaceTime, Google Meet, Zoom, you name it. Have a friend you can’t see in person or who lives far away? Why not invite them to a virtual coffee date! It’s easy: grab a cup of your favorite coffee (Pumpkin Spice Coffee or Cappuccino from The Store, of course 😉) and hop on your device! You’ll be surprised how quickly a virtual video chat will feel like you’re sitting across from your friend in a fancy coffee shop. Good conversation will warm you up, even on the chilliest of fall days. 

There are so many ways to enjoy autumn in the Midwest. No matter how you spend the season, Pumpkin Spice Coffee and Cappuccino from The Store will keep you energized and toasty through it all. Happy fall, y’all!  

The Store positive activities Local Gas Station

Now that the Safer at Home Order has been extended, there’s no better time to shake up your routine with a few fun, family-friendly activitiesThe weather is finally starting to look like spring, too. Let’s get outside and enjoy it! 

 

We are all feeling a little stir-crazy right now, and if you have kids, they’re probably bouncing off the walls. Since we’ll be practicing social distancing for some time, it is important that we all do our part to protect the health of our communities. Plus, there are ways to make the most of any situationincluding this one! 

 

Now is a great time to show compassion to others. We’re all in the same boat, and everyone could use an extra smile. Read on for three great ways to spread positivity and brighten someone’s day! 

 

1. Sidewalk Chalk Artwork 

You may have already seen bright, happy pictures drawn on the sidewalk in your neighborhood. Why not join in on the fun? Gather the family on a sunny day and create one-of-a-kind, colorful masterpieces for the whole block to enjoy. If you need inspirationpicture hope, love, and happiness, then draw what you see. You could even add an uplifting quote or two in the process! Whatever you create, your drawing is sure to bring some smiles into the world. 

 

2. Window Hearts 

Hearts are no longer just for Valentine’s Day! Placing paper hearts in the windows of your home is another great way to share positivity with all who pass by, and it’s easy to get the whole family involved.  A parent or guardian can cut out the hearts and children can decorate them. This activity can be done rain or shine…all you need is paper, scissors, and tape. Even though we can’t be near others right now, that shouldn’t stop us from sharing messages of hope and positivity with everyone in our communities! 

 

3. Decorate Stones 

Now that your sidewalk is covered in chalk and your windows are bursting with hearts, it’s time to find some stones. Take a walk around the neighborhood and collect a few stray rocksThen, find any markers, paint, or stickers you have lying around the house. 

 

Your whole family can decorate the stones with pretty pictures, hearts, or words like “hope”. Once the stones have been decorated, take them outside and distribute them around the neighborhood. Place the stones where people will easily see them, such as next to the sidewalk or at the base of a tree. The goal is for others to find them and smile! 

 

There are so many ways to support our communities during this uncertain time. We’d love to see how you’re staying positive and help to spread your message on social media. Please share photos of your chalk drawings, hearts and stones with us on Facebook or email us at thestore@teamschierl.com. 

 

Stay safe and healthy! 

 

P.S. – Know of an individual or organization going above and beyond to support our communities? We want to celebrate and share their efforts! Tell us about them by filling out our form here: https://gasfoodandmore.com/service/ 

The Store Spring into Warm Weather Tips

The weather is warming, the birds are singing, and the sun is shiningwell, most of the time. Spring sure has a beautiful way of breathing life into nature. If you’re like us, you’re itching to get outdoors and enjoy the season! 

With social distancing the new norm for the timing being, it can seem difficult to enjoy time outside. But, don’t fear – with a little caution and common sense, you can safely spend time outdoors enjoying the long-awaited warmth of a Wisconsin spring! 

Here’s a list of activities to help you get outside and melt away your worries…we bet both will be a breath of fresh air! 😉 

 

1. Start Steppin 

Grab your sneakers from the closet and head out for a stroll! Even if your tennis shoes haven’t seen the light of day since last fall, you’ll feel great after taking a walk around the neighborhood. With a little mindfulness, you can practice social distancing on the sidewalk to keep yourself and others safe. Remember to make an effort to move out of the way for others instead of expecting them to do it for you…spread kindness! It’s a good idea to use face masks when you need to be near others, too. 

 

2. Get Your Jog On 

Once you find your stride, you might consider upping the ante with a jog or two. Whether you’re a natural athlete or haven’t had a proper workout since you chased your dog around the block in 2003 (a good reason to check with your doctor first), walking and jogging are both great ways to work on your fitness. You could make things interesting by challenging your friends to a virtual stepcounting competition. May the best walker win! 

 

3. Bust out the 10-Speed 

You know thbike that’s been hanging out in your garage all winter? What better time to take it for a spin! Biking is fun, easy on your joints, and a great form of cardio. Have we mentioned exercise naturally boosts your mood? We could all use a little of that right now...just another great reason to get moving. 

 

4. Play Fetch with Fido 

If you have a roomy yard or an open field near your house, bring your furry friend for an afternoon of fetch. It’s sure to make your dog happy. And let’s be honest, when they’re happy, we’re happy! 

Bonus: when they’re all tuckered out, your evening will be a lot more peaceful. 

 

5. Give your Sidewalk a Makeover 

Spend a sunny afternoon outside with the kids and a bucket of chalk. The possibilities are endless: draw pictures, play tic-tac-toe, hangman, hopscotch, you name it. You can ask your children to create inspirational designs for the neighborhood to see. There’s nothing quite like the artwork of a child to put a smile on the face of passersby! 

 

6. Green Thumbs Up! 

With extra time spent at home, you can pay more attention to the flowers or garden at your house! Tend to your landscaping, plant vegetables, or teach younger family members about gardening. You’re sure to get joy (and maybe a few fresh veggies) out of it! 

 

7. Did someone say BBQ? 

Next time you’re enjoying a particularly gorgeous evening, have an outdoor BBQ with your family! You can do this right in your own backyard. Plus, everyone knows food just tastes better when it’s cooked outside. Don’t forget the Bluetooth speaker and yard games! 

 

8. S’more Campfires, please! 

What’s the perfect ending to a bright Wisconsin day? A good old campfire, of course! While there is a state-wide burning permit ban right now, small recreational fires may still be allowed in your area. Please contact your local fire department or officials for up-to-date information. If you’re able, enjoy a fire with your loved ones. And whatever you do, don’t forget the s’mores! Seriously. The kids will never let you live it down. 

 

There’s no right or wrong way to enjoy time outside. As long as you keep social distancing a priority and are mindful of others, we can all spend time outdoors while we #flattenthecurveRemember, “quarantine” doesn’t have to mean “BORE-antine”! Sorry, that was cheesy, but we are in Wisconsin… 

We want to see how you’re staying active and having fun! Share your photos with us on social media 

We’re all in this together!