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!

Wishing Well: Well Done, Mom

This little shop is on the Pasadena Waldorf School campus. It is a peaceful stop on your shopping journey, one with everything you need to outfit your eco-friendly tot for lunchtime. From lovely lunch boxes to metal bento boxes that store sammies sanitarily, you’re all set. And if you want to add in some placemats and napkins, so your greenster can dine in style (like Frances in Bread and Jam for Francis!), they’ve got those, too.

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