Saying good-bye to the laissez-faire days of summer is never easy, but there are plenty of awesome things that come along with the start of a new school year. Your kids get to meet new friends, embark on a fresh start and indulge in the oh-so-awesome ritual of back-to-school shopping. This year, instead of fighting the crowds at major chain stores, earn extra marks by shopping local. We’ve rounded up six of our favorite San Diego shops to score everything your little one needs to head back-to-school in style.

Ollie + Me

The mother and daughter team behind Olive + me opened more than just a brick and mortar shop in 2010. They created a meeting place and community for local parents and their kiddos. The hip boutique has a great selection of unique brands that little tykes love like Appaman and Prefash. They also have an awesome collection of backpacks for both kids and adults from Herschel Supply Company. One stop in to this boutique before school’s in session and your kiddo will be outfitted for success. The selection is best suited for the preschool and kindergarten age set.

2965 State Street
Carlsbad, Ca 92008

Photo: Ollie + Me's Facebook Page

Where do you love to get your back to school clothes and supplies? Are there any favorite store we missed? Leave us a comment below!

— Aimee Della Bitta