We’re still vacuuming sand out of the car from the last beach trip.  Kids are tow-headed from all the sunshine and punchy from ice cream and late night bedtimes (who can resist with all these fabulous outdoor movies and concerts?).  We’re not ready for it to end.  But there is one thing that gets us all feeling Fall – back to school shopping.  At any and every age there’s something reassuring about the yearly routine of discovering that new thing that makes toting goodies (be it diapers or homework) and snacks (be it goldfish or sushi rolls) easy and fun.  So we sought out the hippest houses of back to school paraphernalia for a stock up shopping day.  Have fun!

Monkeypants: Beyond Pants for Your Monkey

Take a trip to trendy Little Tokyo, where you can score super sushi and munch mochi while you shop for outstanding back to school backpacks (mini packs, like this bee one, are perfect for preschoolers, while hipper styles are bountiful for bigger kids) and nifty school supplies (pencil cases, note pads, stamps, stickers, and more – there are even Back-to-School grab bags that you can save for a school surprise). The owners are wonderful and will steer you in the perfect direction. The unique toys (like Kewpie dolls and Monchhichis) scattered throughout the store means your kids will adore browsing here with you.

Monkeypants, Little Tokyo
Online: japanesemonkeypants.com

Still standing?  Still shopping?  We’ve also combed the internet for the greatest goods for our ultimate Back to School Guide.

Where do you go for unique local shopping?  Let us know!

Photo credit: Meghan Rose, Monkey Pants, pickettfences.com, dabbawallabags.com, JapanLA via facebook, thewishingwellshop.blogspot.com, and poppystores.com