Shop Local: Back-to-School Shopping in Westchester

Back-to-School Shopping in Westchester

Can you believe the kids are going back-to-school soon? As we’re winding down the excitement of summer, we’re excited to get back into the routine and familiar rhythm that the school year time brings. To get ready for all things back-to-school, we’re sharing a list of stores in Westchester where you can shop and support local businesses. Here, you’ll find books, clothes, backpacks, school supplies, and more.

Happy back-to-school shopping in Westchester!

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back-to-school shopping in Westchester at All Together Now
An assortment of back-to-school finds at All Together Now.

All Together Now (Mount Kisco and Tarrytown)

You and your kids will love pursing through this beloved toy store. Filled with a curated collection of books, games, arts and crafts, high-quality toys and clothes, and more, you’ll find something for everyone at All Together Now. For back-to-school shopping, owner Robin Buco recommends their assortment of PlanetBox lunchboxes and snack boxes. These safe, sturdy, and eco-friendly lunchboxes contains no lead, PVC, phthalates, or BPA materials. The lunch boxes have distinctive compartments for all different combinations of lunches and healthy snacks.

Back to School Shopping Westchester

They also carry cute lunchbox notes for parents where you can write your child a sweet note that they scratch-off during the day or at lunch. They carry a great selection of back-to-school and first day of school books. This includes The Bench Buddy, Kindergarten, Here I Come, and If I Built a School, to name a few options. Mount Kisco location: 53 South Moger Avenue, Mount Kisco, NY 10549, 914-864-2400 and the Tarrytown location: 16 Main Street, Tarrytown, NY 10591.

Affordables (Dobbs Ferry)

Shop second-hand for back-to-school with finds from Affordables. Here, you’ll find clothing (ranging from size 0-14), dance shoes, books, and even Halloween costumes! 10 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

Lester’s (Rye Brook)

Find backpacks, lunch bags, and all of your kids’ back-to-school clothing at Lester’s. This includes girls sizes up to size 14 and boys up to size 20. Here, you’ll find an extensive collection of girls’ leggings, and long-sleeve sweatshirts for boys. If shopping online, you’ll find deals with their partnership with Denny’s. This includes backpacks and lunch bags 25-50% off.  18 Rye Ridge Plaza, Rye Brook, NY 10573

Janis and Jack (White Plains)

Find the perfect back-to-school outfit for kids and tweens at Janis and Jack. Located in The Westchester, you’ll find stylish neutrals like The Henley Tee and the Classic Twill Jogger for Boys and the Ribbed Ruffle Trim Turtleneck for girls. They also have accessories, shoes, and hats as we get into the cooler months. 125 Westchester Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601.

back-to-school supplies from The Reading Room
Back-to-School supplies from Katonah Reading Room.
back-to-school books from The Reading Room
Back-to-school books from Katonah Reading Room

Katonah Reading Room (Katonah)

Find a huge collection of fun back-to-school books (and more!) for your kids at the Katonah Reading Room. Owner Gretchen Menzies noted, “We have back-to-school books, journals, pens, paper, pencils and pencil cases. They also have a fun stationary section, filled with pens, cool notebooks, erasers, pencil case holders, and more! She added, “we sell dorm room decorations, scissors, folders, stickers, glue, washi tape, art supplies, and so much more.”

Some back-to-school book finds include, IIlama IIlama Back-to-School, My First Day at Nursery School, Milk Goes to School, Bunnies on the Bus, and much more! Don’t forget to get a coffee and a treat before or after your back-to-school shopping adventure. 19 Edgemont Road, Katonah, NY 10536.

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Smiley face clothing for kids at &JAMES.
back-to-school shopping &JAMES
Cute tween for tweens at &JAMES.

& JAMES (Katonah)

At this boutique store,  you’ll find a mix of classic and contemporary brands for babies, children, and tweens. This includes brands like vintage Havana Kids, Converse (bling-ed out by &JAMES),  Suburban Riot, Native Shoes, goodr, Bari Lynn, and much more. This includes sizes for newborns to size 16, to carry your child from Kindergarten to middle school.

You might want to also add some smiley collection finds to your back-to-school list. Owner Jessica Harris mentioned that it’s the anniversary of the smiley face. She noted, “&JAMES, you’ll find an assortment of smiley clothing with that happy logo.” They also carry tons of denim — in a variety of washes — for tweens and teens. Be sure to check them out on Instagram where they regularly share their fun picks and updated inventory. 180 Katonah Avenue, Katonah, NY 10536.

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Back-to-school outfit from Hip-Kid.
back-to-school shopping in Westchester hipkid
Backpacks and lunch bags from Hip-Kid.

Hip-Kid (Chappaqua)

For your child’s first day of school outfit, check out the stylish finds from Hip-Kid. They offer a ton of great options for back-to-school, such as backpacks, lunchboxes, and clothing from newborns to age 12, featuring brands like State, Appaman, Babyface, Rainbow Kane, and more.

Pictured above are some cool backpacks and lunchboxes from State featuring the rainbow kane mini travel, Kane Kids blue checkerboard, the Rodgers Rainbow hearts, and Rodgers daisies. For clothing, owners Trish and Kristine recommend the Appaman peanut graphic tee, Appaman reversible vest, and the Appaman apex puffer vest, to name a few options. 77 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY 10514.

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back-to-school in Westchester Luangisa African Gallery
A hand-sewn backpack from Africa at Luangisa African Gallery

Luangisa African Gallery (Mount Vernon)

Get a beautiful hand-sewn backpack from Luangisa African Gallery.  Made by women artisans in Tanzania, the Kitenge patch backpack features a quilt-like look with patches that are hand picked and sewn together.  The backpack has adjustable straps, inner and outer pockets, and offers tons of space for books, supplies, and a laptop. Get this backpack online or in person. 374 Hawthrone Terrace, Mount Vernon, NY 10552.

Thompson Art Supply (White Plains)

For art supplies, check out Thompson Art Supply. Here, you’ll find an assortment of markers, watercolors, drawing pads, brushes, sketchpads, canvases, and much more. 184 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10601.

Lakeshore Learning Store (Scarsdale)

Located in the Midway Shopping Center in Scarsdale, this educational learning center offers supplies for teachers and their classrooms as well as some great finds for kids. For younger kids, this includes dot art painters, tempera painters, construction paper, and much more.  Midway Shopping Center, 969A Central Park Avenue, Scarsdale, NY 10583-3247.

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Find an assortment of fun notebooks from The King’s Scribe.

The King’s Scribe (Chappaqua)

For beautiful stationary, pens, and notebooks, check out The King’s Scribe. Here, you’ll find fun back-to-school finds for tweens and teens including the Frida spiral notebook, the do-overs erasable highlighters and the retro/fun click pens comic attack, to name a few options. 15 King Street, Chappaqua, NY 10514.

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Find second-hand treasures at Once Upon a Child.

Once Upon a Child (Scarsdale)

For second-hand items, visit Once Upon a Child. Here, you’ll discover an assortment of gently used kids’ clothing, books, shoes, toys, and baby gear, featuring name brands that are up to 70% off. 455 Central Park Avenue, Scarsdale, NY 10583.

Happy shopping local in Westchester for back to school!