Hidden Gems: Back-to-School Shopping in Atlanta

Ann McDermitt - Atlanta
August 16, 2011

It's that time again! After a summer of swimming and playing in the sun, growth spurts make back-to-school shopping a necessity with kids. Instead of buying cookie cutter outfits in chain stores, we've found some locally owned stores which can help your superstar shine on the first day of school.

Seed Factory

Nestled in the White Provisions Warehouse off of Howell Mill Road in the West End of Atlanta is a unique store full of creative ideas and hip items for children. Seed Factory searches for clothing, books, toys and furniture that make connections between childhood memories and graphic fun. It's open and airy with an attention to detail that will draw you back for second visits to this creative store for children. Parking is free on site and is shared with some of the most popular eateries in town -- West Egg, Yeah! Burger, and White Provisions Market. 


A combination of high quality kid clothing and consignment items make Allypop! a parent's ideal shopping location. The store can be found in the Crabapple Cotton Gin in the Milton/Alpharetta area north of the city. They offer embroidery services that cover more than just monograms and carry jewelry and fun trend items to complete your child's outfits. Their tagline is "traditional, classic, and a little out there..." and it fits this store perfectly.  

Chocolate Soup

Do chain store outfits make you sigh? Chocolate Soup features a creative collection of outfits which are not usually found at the mall. Play outfits are gloriously fun, and dress outfits will make any photo a success. Though there are locations in Texas, Missouri, and Tennessee, they each operate as unique boutiques with great sales and prices. The only Georgia location can be found off of Roswell Road in North Atlanta.

the beehive co-op 

Atlanta is full of creative artists, many of whom make the details that will set you apart from the crowd. The beehive co-op was founded in 2004 in an area of Atlanta known for creativity, Little 5 Points. You will find handmade items from local talent for everyone in the family. Most items are one of a kind and reasonably priced. Located in the Edgewood Retail District (off Moreland Avenue near Little 5 Points) the beehive co-op offers a place for entrepreneurs to exhibit their items side by side with other boutique items. You may not find a whole back-to-school wardrobe, but anything you purchase at this co-op is guaranteed to be an attention getter. 

Love Street / Heart & Sole

The original Love Street in Smyrna has long been known as a creative place to purchase gifts and clothing. Two new stores: A Love Street in Dallas, GA and a second concept store called Heart & Sole (opened in Smyrna next door to the original Love Street; it features mostly clothing and shoes) are recent additions. If your family likes being a trendsetter, then these shops are the place to develop your individual style.

One last idea is to take the vintage and thrift route. Plato's Closet stores can be found all over Atlanta and they offer incredible selections of clothing for older kids and teens. If you want to explore the truly unique then a visit to the Rag-o-Rama store in the Little 5 Points neighborhood. It's one of Atlanta's most creative areas and a great place to find the original.



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