Local back to school shopping

Local back to school shopping

  • Posted August 16, 2017
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​The school year is right around the corner! Support local businesses while crossing off items on your “back to school” to-do list.

Back to school shopping is big business. Consider supporting our local businesses while preparing your kiddos for the new school year. Not sure where to start? Keep reading.

Get your local kicks.

Need new shoes for the new school year? Now through September 6, Yorker Shoes in Johnston is offering $5 off on kid’s shoes!

And of course - school supplies!

In need of fresh notebooks, pencils, folders, and other misc. items? No problem. One stop shopping for everything on your school supply list at our local giants Ocean State Job Lot and Benny’s.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

Given the ever changing seasons in Rhode Island, children outgrow their clothes in a flash with little wear or tear. Visit one of our local children consignment boutique’s for gently used clothing at prices that can’t
be beat. Try April Showers in West Warwick, Hope Returns in Providence and/or Luca in Warren.

And for the moms out there, if you are into the recycled clothing movement, stop by Lanes on Broad in Cranston and pick up something for yourself! You deserve it.

New do.

Need to tame your child’s summer mane? Children’s cuts at Nate the Great’s Kidz Kutz in Coventry and Hair It Is in Lincoln are less than $15. (Be sure to make an appointment first!)

Eat your vegetables.

Commit to including local food in your kiddo’s school lunch this year. Farmer’s markets and local farm stands don’t shut down after the summer. There are a number of winter markets and indoor farm stands where you can buy local veggies and fruits all year long! Visit Farm Fresh RI for information on seasonal and winter markets across Rhode Island.

But first, coffee.

The morning routine during the school year is not for the faint of heart. Parents, stock up on local coffee from New Harvest or Dave’s Coffee to fuel the engine and get everyone out the door in time! Not into the caffeine buzz? Try Fully Rooted a local raw cold-pressed juice company who aims to bring vitality to the consumer one glass of juice at a time.

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.