Hidden Gems: Back-to-School Shopping in Dallas

Zarlacht Atiqzoy - Dallas Fort Worth
August 3, 2011

If you've been out and about lately, you've probably noticed the back-to-school sales for clothing and school supplies parading the aisles of your favorite stores. It's hard to imagine, but oh yes, the calendar confirms that the school year is just a few short weeks away. Some of us may be spending this time (thanks to the rising temperatures outside that keeps us home bound) de-cluttering our family spaces, organizing closets, and trying to get a bedtime routine (again). Why not take a break from the prep work, and shop at some off-the-beaten path stores for smart clothing and school gear? Here are our top five favorite places to shop, carrying items and styles that are as unique and fun as our children:

Peek... Aren't You Curious

The store name says it all! Peek... Aren't You Curious, located inside NorthPark Center, is a nod to bohemian style that boasts comfort, bold statements, and playful creativity. Soft tees spell out fun statements like "Be Optimistic" and "Shoot for the moon." Kids can stay busy with the free tchotchkes or read books while you piece together entire outfits or stock up on staples. 

KidBiz USA

If you're into trending, then KidBiz USA should be on your list. This fashion forward boutique carries brand names for boys and girls. If you start to feel overwhelmed by their selection, just ask one of the sales associates to help you -- they are experienced moms and fashion student graduates who know a thing or two about hot trends. Have a hip teen sibling shopping with you? They just might find a must-have piece too.


School means lots of movement! Naturino Dallas (Preston/Royal Shopping Center) carries Italian made shoes from infant to size ten. The brand designs shoes that are supportive of children's growth by adapting to their feet... naturally. From loafers to slip-ons, sneakers to formal occasions, their collection is like no other. Right now they are having a huge summer sale, where boxed shoes are 2 for $40 or single pair for $30 (regularly priced $40-$90 each). The fall selection is also trickling in. Stop in for great customer service and fitting.


If you loved shopping at babybliss for your little ones at Snider Plaza, you'll now love shopping at miniMe next door, its sister store. MiniMe caters to those fashion and mod children who are growing up (toddlers thru age 10). Check out their line of name brand clothing, adorable animal backpacks from Dante Beatrix, and cool organized lunch boxes, bento kits, and snack bags. And if your kiddo wants to start the new school year with a big boy/girl room, don't pass up browsing their line of modern furniture, from trundle beds to toy boxes.

Learning Express

Our local toy store, Learning Express, carries unique back-to-school gear (no Spongebob or Dora here), as well as educational and skill-building toys that can supplement their learning for the school year. These include BrainQuest workbooks, Snaptricity Snap Circuits, and MightyMind puzzles among dozens of others. This is also a great place to find a special surprise gift to commemorate the back-to-school occasion. Store locations offer free gift wrapping and personalization and can be found in Dallas, Plano, Frisco, Flower Mound, and Southlake.

Don't forget: tax-free shopping in Texas is August 19-21 this year. Retailers don't want you to wait -- that's why you'll find great deals right now, and more importantly, in the sizes you need. If you don't see your kids' sizes, think ahead and stock up for your sprouts that are growing up... oh, too fast!


From the Parents

  • Parent # 1

    I need to get to naturino before all the good shoes on sale are gone - so glad I came across your article!

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 2

    I've been stressing so much over where to go and not spending too much money. Thanks for the tips! I'll be sure to check out Peek...Arent You Curious and Kidbiz USA. Keep the tips coming please!

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 3

    I love shopping at 'Peek... Aren't You Curious' also. Love the clothes - and it is very kid friendly! I'll be hitting some of these stores this weekend to take advantage of the tax-free shopping as well! Thanks for the advice!

    over a year ago


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