2018 Back to School (LOCAL) Shopping

  • Posted August 20, 2018
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August is coming to an end which means it is officially back to school shopping season. Start off the new school year with new swag and supplies from some of your favorite local businesses. Here are some suggestions to get you started.

Let’s start with the back to school basics. Notebooks, pencils, pens, binders, and folders….Ocean State Job Lot has it all at a budget friendly price. If you prefer to make a statement with your writing utensils, visit Frog& Toad on Hope Street for unique pencils, journals and Rhode Island swag.

What is better than a fresh pair of kicks? Johnson’s Yorker Shoes has been “fitting Rhode Island since 1949!” and offers complimentary professional shoe fitting for children. Berk’s is the perfect shoe store for the trendy tween or teenager in your life. They have been selling popular brands of shoes on Thayer Street for over 40 years. For parents in need of a new pair of running shoes to keep up with their little ones and hectic school schedules, check out Wakefield Running Company or Rhode Runner.

Local options to refresh the school wardrobe for all ages:

Mod mama in Garden City or for the babes and tots.

Teddy Bearskins in Wickford and East Greenwich for unique children’s clothing for boys and girls.

Queen of Hearts & Modern Love in Providence has a trendy selection of retro shoes and clothing for young women.

Groovy Gator in Newport is “where the cool kids shop…” offering fashion for all; newborns to tweens, boys and girls.

If you prefer gently loved items for your ever-growing children, Rhode Island has some great consignment shops for children and adults. Try Tiverton Tots, April Showers in West Warwick, Hope Returns in Providence, Luca in Warren or Lanes on Broad in Cranston.

When it comes to packing the lunchbox, consider choosing locally grown foods from your neighborhood farmer’s market. If you don’t have time for that, choose to support our locally owned grocery stores like Dave’s Marketplace with locations across Rhode Island or Belmont Market in South County. For fresh milk and homemade sweets, visit Wrights Dairy Farm and Bakery who process all their milk and cream on site from their own cows. Prefer the local food is dropped at your doorstep? Monroe Dairy delivers local groceries to all of Rhode Island.

And while school is just around the corner, there is still time for one last Del’s….or Mr. Lemon!

These are just a few ways you can support local businesses this back to school season. There are many local businesses not included here that may already be on your radar. Shoot us an email and tell us who we missed at info@buylocalri.org. And thank you for supporting Rhode Island businesses.