As time winds down for kids to head back to school, the thought of back to school shopping can become tedious and a bit overwhelming, especially if you haven’t started. Sometimes, you have to look for ways to avoid the hustle and the hassle of long lines, expensive items and the question of whether or not the store will have what you’re looking in stock. In these situations, boutiques shopping is the best way to get it done without the hassle. Boutique shops are smaller so you can avoid a large crowd, and there’s always great prices to look forward to. Here’s a list of the top boutiques for back to school shopping.
Kats Kidz Boutique
59 Whalley Ave.
New Haven CT 06511
(203) 691-8550
katskidzclothing.com

Located in the heart of New Haven on Whalley Avenue is Kats Kidz Boutique, which offers exclusive trendy styles for fashion-savvy kids. From animal print sneakers to joggers and expressive designer T-shirts, Kats Kidz has a large in-store selection and online presence for boys, girls and babies. Kats Kidz carries infant sizes all the way to youth large.

Over The Moon
38 West Main St.
Avon, CT 06001
(860) 676-9599
www.overthemoonkids.com

Located in Avon, this boutique offers clothing for toddler boys, girls and newborns. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and also open on Sundays. At Over The Moon you can expect to find great deals on clearance clothing, accessories and even fashionable school supplies like book bags and more.

Duck Duck Goose Children’s Boutiqe
43 River St.
Milford, CT 06460
(203) 874-6206
www.duckduckgoosect.com

If you’re in the market for clothing that’s exclusively “Made in the U.S.” then Duck Duck Goose is the boutique to visit. This eco-friendly organic boutique located in Milford offers clothing for the newborn to children age six.  All clothing is natural, chemical-free and suited for any child. Contact the boutique for hours of operation.

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Groove LLC
420 Post Road W.
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 557-8111
www.grooveforkids.com

Groove offers clothing items for young boys, girls, teenagers and babies.  With new trendy clothing and accessories arriving daily, this is a top choice for exclusive back to school shopping for the young fashionable toddler, youth and teen. If you need help styling and matching tops with bottoms, Groove also offers in-store style appointments.  Contact the store for appointment schedules and any back to school deals.

Nana’s Infant & Children’s Boutique
43 Welles St.
Shoppes at Fox Run Mall
Glastonbury, CT, 06033
(860) 659-8433
www.nanasstore.com

Nana’s is a quaint boutique located in Glastonbury that caters to the child in your life, offering a wide selection of designer and dressy upscale apparel for boys, girls and infants. Carrying infant to size 10 youth, Nana’s is the premier location for handmade and locally-made items. You can find clothing, accessories and some great gift ideas at this location. They offer brands like Kissy Kissy, Pure Baby Organic and Designs by Pierson. Contact the store for store hours and back to school specials.

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