Back-to-school time sparks a mix of emotions for both parents and children. It symbolizes the end of summer and the beginning of new adventures. Back-to-school shopping should not have to add extra stress to an already tumultuous time. Enjoy your back-to-school preparation with one-of-a-kind shops instead of fighting the typical crowds at large chain stores. Not only will you have a better experience, but your children will be prepared and sporting a style all their own.
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The Red Wagon is located on the first floor of this massive kid-topia, offering clothing for boys and girls up to the age of 7. On the second floor is the extension of the Red Wagon, named Pixie Stix, which features clothing suited for girls 7 and older. The Red Wagon offers European-style clothing sure to outfit your kids in eye-catching fashion. It keeps up on the latest styles for classic, funky, play or fancy clothing. The Red Wagon allows only one or two sizes of the same style to ensure your child is one of the only kids wearing the outfit. Pixie Stix is sensitive to the ever-changing needs of young ladies and carries a wide variety of sizes.
5 Medford St.
Arlington, MA 02474
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Recipient of the Best of Boston award, Wild Child holds a select variety of quality clothing for children up to and including size 10. Boys and girls will be styling in popular brands of pants, shorts, T-shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, dresses and leggings. Don’t forget the must-have footwear to go with the new outfits your kids will be wearing. Check out Wild Child’s Facebook page for promotions to save on your back-to-school shopping.
Art Supplies Wholesale
4 Enon St.
North Beverly, MA 01915
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Take advantage of buying your school supplies at Art Supplies Wholesale. This warehouse has everything you could possibly need to get your children ready for the classroom. Art Supplies Warehouse supplies area schools, museums, artists, and public and private organizations with a variety of art supplies every year. Inventory includes items such as paper, glue, clay, chalk, crayons, markers, paints and rulers. Becauseyou are buying wholesale, enjoy prices up to 50 percent cheaper than your average retail supply store.
Lulu’s Family Cuts at Salon 2323
2323 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140
Price: $15 children less than 1 year old/$25 1 to 17 years old
Whether your kids are excited or anxious about going back to school, ease the tension with a new hair-do at the upscale salon, Lulu’s Family Cuts, which caters to kids. Unlike your typical hair salon for kids, which tend to be noisy, chaotic and not very much fun for adults, Lulu’s Family Cuts is relaxed and trendy. Enjoy a tranquil atmosphere as your children play with toys or read a book. All children receive a sticker or ringpop after getting their high-quality haircut. Be sure to bring cash or checks as the hair salon does not accept credit cards.
5 Nagog Park
Acton, MA 01720
Make getting a haircut for school an exciting experience at Kid Klips. Your child can ride a horse or an airplane as she gets her hair cut. Enjoy a movie or play a video game while the hairdresser snips away creating a quality cut. Children won’t get antsy here as they play at the train table, read a book, flip through a magazine or play a video game while they wait for their turn. In addition to haircuts, Kid Klips offers updos, bang cuts and hair braiding.
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