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!

JPL Store: The Science of Style

One of our favorite discoveries is the moment where science meets style. Dabbawalla bags (both lunch and book) exist right at that intersection. They fit tons of reusable containers. They’re pretty easy to clean. And they’re crazy cute. Our favorite place to pick them up is the Jet Propulsion Lab store, mainly because it’s a pretty awesome outing in and of itself.

JPL Store, CalTech, Pasadena
Online: bookstore.caltech.edu/JPLLAB/DEFAULT.ASP

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