Fall is officially right around the corner, and with that comes back-to-school time. Before first-day jitters and early mornings arrive, take this time to get a head start on back-to-school shopping. This year, instead of battling the overly crowded department stores, shop local at these Delaware stores selling everything from arts and crafts and organizational supplies to the best in-style clothes for this season.
4770 Limestone Road, Wilmington; 999-8980
230 Peoples Plaza, Newark; 392-8980
With high-end brands like Vera Bradley, Lilly Pulitzer, Ugg and Kate Spade, this local store offers everything a back-to-school student may need. Start off on the right foot by staying organized with a stylish Rifle Paper planner, agenda or even decorative stickers. Not only does Heart and Home have the latest in paper products, but teenagers and young college students can purchase Vera Bradley backpacks, totes and lunch bags as well.
500 Creek View Road, Unit 302, Newark; 607-2580
With COVID-19 making changes to how students learn, planners and agendas need to adapt as well. That’s why Bloom Daily Planners created a line of digital products like digital stickers, sticky notes and monthly calendars. In addition, the Newark store sells printed planners, pads, gel pens and notebooks to help students keep organized.
149 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 227-4464
Be a cool kid on the block this school year with The Lilypad Children’s Boutique’s latest styles in both boys’ and girls’ clothing. On top of that, students can get fluffy stuffed animals, cute bags and glittery clips and ponytails holders.
132 2nd Street, Lewes; 645-8448
Located in historic downtown Lewes, Kids’ Ketch has offered the best in unique toys, books, games and children’s clothing since 1990. Parents can shop in store or at its new online shop, which stocks everything children, from newborn to ages 14 and up, could need.
25 W. Main St., Middletown; 378-8524
F&L Boutique has the cutest apparel for little ones with maxi skirts, lace leotards and rompers. Of course, this store is not just for youngsters. High school and college students can enjoy its funky jewelry pieces, hair accessories and apparel with layered tops, sweaters and high-waisted pants.
3801 Kennett Pike, Suite 120, Greenville
149 Rehoboth Ave., Unit 10, Rehoboth Beach; 575-9864
Looking for unique fashion trends? The Pink Turtle is the perfect boutique for all young adults and high school students. With its outerwear, dresses, rompers, sweaters and tops, the shop ensures your kids will be the best dressed at school this fall.
28 W. Loockerman St., Dover; 741-2340
Shop all the local looks at Bel Boutique, which stocks footwear, clothing pieces and accessories. Find all the new styles, such as Pink Floyd t-shirts, maxi dresses and floral tops. In addition, Bel Boutique also carries the cutest journals and notebooks.
405 South Ridge Ave., Middletown; 643-3265
With new arrivals daily, Apricot Lane Boutique gives the best seasonal vibes. Shop its trendy maxi skirts, beaded jackets and cute rompers that will give any student instant fashionista status. Plus, its statement jewelry items, gift ideas and accessories complement any first day of school look.
35308 Atlantic Ave., Millville; 604-9022
Stand out this school year with the latest fashion trends like Prickly Gal Boutique & Surf Shop’s cow print booties, flared jeans and high-low maxi dresses. Also, its wallets, air fresheners and skincare items are perfect for any student.