August starts the beginning of the back-to-school season here in Connecticut, which means it’s time to start throwing down cash on supplies, clothes and haircuts. Everyone wants to start the year off looking their best, which means it’s time to get a little creative. With shopping lists in hand, check out these Connecticut shops where parents and children will find the most unique options and best deals in the state.
7 Park Ave.
Colchester, CT 06415
Little Klippers friendly atmosphere makes it the perfect place for children’s haircuts. Owner Eileen Chaffin created a salon that provides a unique experience for children, with fun cutting stations in which children may sit in pretend cars or airplanes. While they wait, kids play video games, watch television or just relax. Chaffin recommends parents stop by for Fairy Tales Rosemary repel shampoo, conditioner and lice prevention spray before school starts.
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63 Hebron Ave.
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Price: from $18
The goal at Scissor Kids is for children to be in a comfortable and fun environment during their haircuts. The hairdressers promise plenty of experience cutting children’s hair, even when the kids are wiggly in their seats. For exceptionally squirmy little ones, some of the salon chairs look like cars and have a steering wheel for the children to play with.
Max & Lily’s Closet
262 Park Road
West Hartford, CT 06119
For back to school clothes shopping at a really good price, head to Max & Lily’s Closet in West Hartford. Max & Lily’s consignment shop offers clothing in sizes ranging from infants to children’s size 14. If you’re still a young family, enjoy maternity wear, strollers and sleep gear as well. Don’t miss out on Max & Lily’s awesome collection of kids’ books for a great start to the school year.
Kuboo’s – A Children’s Boutique
970 Farmington Ave.
West Hartford, Conn. 06107
If you are looking for high-quality, designer fashions for back to school, then Kuboo’s in West Hartford is worth a look. It offers children’s clothing sizes for those 6 months to 14 years old. With good prices and great service, Kudoo’s is a fun stop for your back-to-school clothes shopping. A fashion-forward option, this place offers the whole outfit, from shoes to some of the cutest back-to-school clothes in the area.
The Plaza at Buckland Hills
1470 Pleasant Valley Road
Manchester, CT 06040
If time is limited, check out The Plaza at Buckland Hills in Manchester to get all of your back-to-school shopping done at one location. Anchored by Jo-Ann Fabrics and Michael’s Arts & Crafts, this plaza provides parents with many options to purchase school supplies at reasonable prices. However, it is smaller than a traditional shopping mall, so it is less overwhelming and everything is close together. Offering everything from the Dollar Tree to Toys R Us, and from Michael’s to Five below, you’ll have no trouble rounding up supplies, snacks, backpacks and clothes all in one location this year.
Laura Eldredge is an early childhood teacher and business women in the field of childhood education. As a freelance writer, Laura covers all things family and children in Connecticut. Examiner.com.