Say Goodbye to Summer... And Hello to Your Back to School Guide!

back to schoolCan you believe summer is coming to a close? No more flip flops, snowballs, and trips to the pool. Time to dust off the backpacks, buy those school supplies, and set the alarm clocks for OMG o’clock! It’s a real bummer, but we’re all in this together. To help you get that school train rolling, we’ve put together a handy checklist, along with a list of businesses and retailers to get you and your family ready to kick off another great (let’s be optimistic) academic year!

First for the checklist…

— Are your kids properly registered? Be sure to check, especially if they’re changing schools.

— Start filling out paperwork, if it’s available online.

— Check orientation and first day of school dates. (May as well go ahead and mark your calendar with holidays and teacher work days, too.)

— Print out your school’s online supply lists, and go shopping!

— Review specific dress code rules, especially if there are uniforms involved.

— Organize that closet and see if any of last year’s school clothes and shoes still fit.

— Double-check school hours, and secure your before/after care arrangements.

— Look up bus stop locations and pick-up times.

— Make sure your kids meet school requirements on immunizations. (See if they’re due for their annual check-up and six-month dental cleanings, while you’re at it.)

— Locate and clean up, or buy new lunch kits and backpacks.

— Get all your personalization and monogramming done, if you’re in to such stuff.

— Start adjusting those sleeping schedules, if you and your kiddos have adopted a late to bed, late to rise schedule.

— Finish up any required summer reading.

— If you have high school kids, start marking down dates for ACT and SAT exams, test prep classes, college fairs, and application deadlines.

Okay, is your head spinning? No need to panic. Take it one item at a time, and peruse this list of stores to help you tackle that shopping list…

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As much as we love to support local businesses, let’s be honest — sometimes busy parents need quick one-stop-shopping at a mall or megastore.


Lakeside Shopping Mall (Metairie)

Stores include… Department stores: Dillards, JC Penney, Macy’s; Kids’ Fashions: Mimi’s, Jane & Jack, Gap Kids, Justice, Gymboree, Crewcuts; Teens’ Fashion: Abercrombie, Aeropostale, Hollister, American Eagle, Hot Topic, Jean Therapy; Shoes: Foot Locker, Striderite; Sports Equipment: Dick’s Sporting Goods, Champs Sports; plus, hair, vision, and dental services. Click here for a complete mall directory. 

Clearview Mall (Metairie) 

Stores include… Department: Sears, Target; Kids’ Fashion: Meme’s Children’s Wear; Shoes: Ponsetti’s, Shoe Dept; Hair, vision, and embroidery services. Click here for a complete mall directory. 

The Esplanade (Kenner) 

Stores include… Department: Dillard, Macys, Target; Kids’ Fashion: Old Navy, The Children’s Place, Gymboree, and others; Teen Fashion: Hot Topic, Fashion Corner; Shoes: Kids’ Foot Locker, Journeys Kidz; Hair and dental services. Click here for a complete mall directory. 


Wal-Mart Supercenter (Multiple New Orleans and Northshore locations)

The Supercenter locations have hair salons, vision centers, and tons of sports equipment and accessories, school supplies and super inexpensive kids’ clothes and uniform options.

Target (Covington, Metairie, Kenner, Slidell)

In addition to uniforms, kids’ fashion, sports stuff, shoes, and school supplies, their $1 and discount bins often have cool back-to-school accessories.

Kmart (Mandeville, Metairie, Elmwood)

Like Target and Wal-Mart, Kmart stocks plenty of inexpensive uniforms and kids’ fashion, as well as sports equipment and accessories, shoes, and school supplies.

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Auraluz (Metairie) 

Veteran children’s clothing boutique featuring special-occasion outfits with monogramming services. 4408 Shores Dr, Metairie; (504) 888-3313

Banbury Cross (Metairie) 

Quaint store that sells clothing for children and newborns plus shoes and stuffed animals. 100 Atherton Dr, Metairie; (504) 837-0447

Blossom Girl (Mandeville)

This locally owned boutique for tween girls, ages 7-14, stocks stylish clothes and accessories, plus they do custom monogramming. 1281 N Causeway Blvd; (985) 626-6280

The Children’s Place (Multiple locations in New Orleans, Northshore)

Their clothing sizes go from baby to kids’ size 16. They also have shoes and accessories.

Children’s Repeat Boutique (Mandeville)

A children’s consignment store, their clothing starts at newborn and goes up to size 10. 813 Florida Street; (985) 951-7660

Fashions for Kids (Mandeville)

They offer up styles for newborns up to boys’ size 7 and girls’ size 14. 1868 North Causeway Boulevard; (985) 626-4848

Forever 21 (Multiple locations on Northshore, New Orleans)

Did you know they had super hip kids’ clothes? Sizes go from 5/6 to 13/14.

Gap Kids (Mandeville, Metairie, New Orleans)

Gap Kids carries kids’ fashion and uniforms. Sizes range from baby to kids’ XXL. Premier Center, Mandeville; (985) 727-2686 — Lakeside, Metairie; (504) 835-3807–Riverwalk, New Orleans; (504) 558-9912

Justice (Covington, Metairie)

They offer clothing, shoes, and accessories for tween girls, with sizes ranging from 5 to 20. 69258 LA-21, Covington; (985) 875-7923 — Lakeside Mall, Metairie; (504) 834-7460

Kid to Kid (Metairie)

This consignment store offers a range of used apparel, shoes, gear and toys for babies and children. Pontchartrain Place Shopping Center, 3501 Severn Ave; (504) 455-5865

MeMe’s Children’s Wear (Metairie)

This boutique features casual and special-occasion clothing for babies and children. Lakeside Mall, Metairie; (504) 454-2333

MiMi’s Kids’ Boutique (Metairie)

This locally owned mall store focuses on children’s clothing, but also sells some toys and accessories. Lakeside Shopping Center; (504) 833-6100

Once Upon a Child (Mandeville, Metairie)

They buy and sell gently used clothing, sizes preemie to youth 20. 4240 Highway 22, Mandeville; 985-792-7512 — 3122 Severn Ave; (504) 281-4996

Old Navy (Mandeville, Kenner, Harahan)

They carry sizes that range from baby to size 16 for girls and size 18 for boys. In addition to regular clothing, they usually have tons of super inexpensive uniform pieces. Premier Center, Mandeville; (985) 674-9225 — Esplanade Mall, Kenner; (504) 441-8788 — Elmwood, Harahan; (504) 729-6170

Swap for Kids (Uptown)

This secondhand shop sells designer children’s clothing, plus strollers and other accessories. 7722 Maple St, New Orleans; (504) 218-5996

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Schumacher’s Uniforms & Screen (Metairie)

In business since 1852, this shop offers a variety of school uniforms and shoes, plus embroidery services. 3601 Hessmer Ave; (504) 454-0427

Schiro’s School Time (Metairie)

They carry public and private school uniforms and shoes for New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner, Lakeview and Harahan. 5008 W. Esplanade Ave.; (504) 885-2993

School Time (Mandeville, Slidell)

This store has a handy online feature — you can enter the city or zip code where your school is located, and it will pull up a list of schools for which they carry uniforms. #12 St. Ann St., Mandeville; (985) 626-7335 — 163 Gause Blvd W., Slidell; (985) 649-2145


Uniforms By Kajan (Metairie)

Unassuming corner shop specializing in school uniforms for children, as well as accessories. 7103 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie; (504) 888-4840

Young Fashions School Uniforms (New Orleans)

“Unfussy” store, featuring boys’ and girls’ school uniforms, plus logos, alteration services and more. 5700 Crowder Blvd; (504) 841-0377


Genesis Reading Center  

This tutoring service a team of child education professionals, each with decades of experience offers extra help on all school subjects, especially reading, spelling, handwriting, and math. 3901 Williams Blvd, Kenner; (504) 463-575

Sylvan Learning (Covington, Harvey, Mandeville, Metairie)

Uses a personal approach and interactive technology to help kids learn math, reading, writing and more. 69156 Hwy 190 Service Rd, Covington; (985) 871-4050 — 1291 N. Causeway, Mandeville; (985) 641-0343 — 1525 Lapalco Blvd Ste 14, Harvey; (504) 361-4712 — 4449 N I 10 Service Rd W, Metairie; (504) 885-5327

SpiderSmart (New Orleans)

Helping kids develop a skill set that goes beyond short-term goals, we build academic confidence that will be applicable to students’ future tasks, assignments, and, more importantly, their life experiences. 4437 Jefferson Hwy, Jefferson; (504) 881-1788

Learning Etc. (Harvey)

They offer rigorous, individualized curriculum, with one-on-one instruction to accommodate all learning styles, and all subjects and levels, plus ACT prep. 2055 Bonn St, Harvey; (504) 328-5535

Technology & Learning Center (Mandeville)

This fun high-tech center offers homework study, affordable tutoring, ACT prep, homeschool computer classes, technology training, drama classes, summer programs, and more. 3701 Hwy. 59, Mandeville; (985) 778-2828


Learning Express (Mandeville, Metairie)

Retail toy chain stocking playthings and games, with a focus on education and creativity. 2885 US-190, Mandeville; (985) 231-7780 — 3300 Severn Ave., Metairie; (504) 883-8697

Office Depot (Multiple location in New Orleans, Northshore)

They’ve got the latest in technology gear and accessories, uniforms, and backpacks, not to mention pens, pencils, note pads, scissors, construction paper, and other basics.