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.

Paper Tales

Sure you can elbow your way through Staples to check off your list of school supplies, but we promise you’ll have much more fun browsing the shelves at Paper Tales on Point Loma Boulevard in San Diego. The local shop is a mecca for everything paper. They even teach classes on how to hone your scrap-booking skills (classes are available for both adults and kids!). They also have a super deluxe stamp collection for decorating binders and folders. It’s all in the details at Paper Tales!

3960 W. Point Loma Boulevard, Suite N
San Diego, Ca 92110

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