Seattle Back-To-School Guide

August 3, 2012 6:00 AM

While kids may have specific trends they want to head back to school in, parents are looking for items that will last. Seattle offers a both with stores that carry all of the new styles in trusted brands at prices any parent can get behind. Toss those kids in the car and head out to the best spots for back-to-school shopping.
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Cotton Caboodle Outlet Store
203 W. Thomas St.
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 352-3763

Cotton Caboodle Outlet Store is the best place to pick up multi-hued cotton basic clothes. Just like adults, kids have their favorite T-shirts, pants or leggings, and this is the store to purchase them in a rainbow of colors perfect for mixing and matching. These made-in-the-U.S. duds wills keep their color and shape wash after wash. Because it is an outlet store, stock can vary so it may be wise to check delivery dates once you’ve located the leggings your daughter falls in love with.

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Hanna Andersson
Bellevue Square
149 Bellevue Square
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 635-4260

The namesake of the line, Hanna, hailed from Sweden. All of its clothes are wonderfully soft, super cute and hold up well enough to hand down to younger siblings. The styles are age appropriate and come in a variety of fun colors. Add in the fact that the clothing is made from 100-percent organically grown cotton and certified to have been tested for more than 100 harmful substances, and it’s hard not to be excited over the line. Adorable earth-friendly clothes that let kids be kids are a win-win choice here.

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Li’l Klippers
1815 N. 45th St
Suite 205
Seattle, WA. 98103
(206) 633-2158

Price: $20 to $31 haircuts up to age 11/$7 girls/$10 boys, bang trims

Li’l Klippers has been around since 1988, with haircuts for the little ones down to an art. Kids sit in cute little rocket ships, dinosaurs, trains, airplanes, etc. and can choose a toy box to rummage through throughout the process. Stickers and a hand stamp for the kiddos as they leave make it super fun for everyone. Baby’s first haircut includes certificate and a keepsake lock of hair here as well.

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The Salon at Kids Club
2630 NE Village Lane
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 524-2553

Price: $25 kids’ cuts/$8 bang trims

Not only is The Salon a fun place for a kid’s haircut, it comes with a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee. Featuring an awesome jungle mural and bright primary colored cars, taxicabs, fire trucks etc., kids to sit in the midst of all of the fun during their haircuts. Each child may pick a toy box to enjoy during the session, which can include fun additions such as French braids, sparkles and gelled spikes for a memorable class photo. Baby’s first haircut includes a keepsake card with a photo and a locket of hair.

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The Sneakery
612 NW 65th Ave
Seattle, WA 98127
(206) 297-1786

West Seattle:
4736 California Ave SW
Seattle, Washington 98116
(206) 397-4528

The absolute best place in Seattle to pick up shoes and adorable socks for sneaker loving kiddos has to be The Sneakery. The must-have Converses, original Adidas, Fred Perrys and Pumas may all be found here. To extend the fun, kids may pick up a couple of trendy shoelaces (pirates, bacon etc.) to add new life to an old pair of shoes. The Sneakery also carries an amazing assortment of socks along with Kidorable boots for Seattle’s rainy day puddle jumping.

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Sole Food
University Village
2619 NE Village Lane
Seattle, Washington 98105
(206) 526-7184

Sole Food carries all of the shoes that will please both the kids’ sense of style and the adult’s durability desires. With just one stop, students of all ages may come out ready to stroll in Umi, Keen, See Kai Run and other local faves. Don’t miss the adorable Chooka rain boots for hip little ones (and their moms) spouting roses, polka dots, animal prints, and tattoo and retro designs. As an added bonus, the University Village play place is very close to the store.

Related: Seattle’s Best Indoor Playgrounds

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Westlake Center
400 Pine St, Ste 1005
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 625-0076

Daiso may not be the first store that pops into parents’ heads when it comes to school supplies, but it should be checked out this year. The bargain Japanese store has a great selection of super-cute notebooks, stickers for personalizing folders, fun writing utensils and erasers in in every shape imaginable. It is also a great place to pick up inexpensive hair embellishments, clips for backpacks, reusable lunch bags and bento accessories.

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Lakeshore Learning Store
11027 N.E. 4th St.
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 462-8076

With so many businesses closing, it is nice to shop at a family run business that has been around since 1954. Lakeshore Learning Store carries school supplies for both teachers and their kindergarten through sixth-grade students. It also carries a nice selection of learning puzzles and games for fun after school and weekend reinforcement.

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Kristy Stevens-Young is a freelance writer in Seattle. Her work can be found at

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