After a jam-packed summer full of fun activities or lounging around, it’s almost school time. The cooling temperatures and shortening days signal the beginning of a new school year. To be prepared for whatever your school year may bring, it is necessary to go shopping before class is back in session. Whether you are the parent of school-aged children or a student yourself, you will need supplies, books and some new duds. Pack your bags with items from the following stores for all of your back to school needs.

School supplies:

Meinenger Art Supply
499 Broadway
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 698-3838
www.meinenger.comIf you’re a serious art student, are taking art classes in high school or need some kid-friendly art supplies for your elementary school student, Meinenger is the place to head. It’s one of the best and most well stocked art supply stores in the state. Family owned and operated for more than 120 years, this store is a Denver staple and can help fulfill your need for any art product. Whether you are looking for drawing pencils, colored pencils, canvas or paper, this store has what you are looking for. They also host events such as classes and workshops for kids and adults. With stores located in Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs, there is a convenient location for everyone in the metro area to shop locally and find quality art supplies.

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The Tattered Cover

The Tattered Cover (credit: CBS)


The Tattered Cover Bookstore
2526 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 322-7727

For more than 40 years, The Tattered Cover has been Denver’s premiere destination for books. The newest location is on Colfax and Esplanade, across from City Park and East High School. With more than 100,000 titles in inventory, including educational aides, The Tattered Cover is a great resource for required literature books or supplemental study guides. With educational resources for everything from pre-K to college, this is the place to go for school resources. Staff members at the Tattered Cover are dedicated to reading and knowledge, and you may need their help finding things in this expansive store. Go ahead and ask. They will be more than happy to help.

One-of-a-kind looks:

2701 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 982-8049

To get some unique duds from local designers, check out this boutique store. Carrying tees, tanks and accessories from local designers, this store features clothing that is casual, unique and perfect for kids who don’t want to wear what everyone else is wearing. With clothes for boys, girls, men and women, anyone can come to this store for rock-star style tees and accessories while supporting local artists. MegaFauna also carries jewelry such as earrings, bracelets, rings and necklaces, so you can complete your outfit in one stop.

Budget-friendly designer fashions:

626 E. Kentucky
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 777-9637

This consignment shop in the Wash Park neighborhood features gently used clothing and accessories from designers such as Joe’s Jeans, BCBG, Max Azria and Marc Jacobs, among others. If you are looking for designer duds for a fraction of the price, this is a great store for you. The consignment policy at Zoe’s requires merchandise to be within the past three years, and all designer merchandise must be authentic. At this cozy, quaint boutique, you will find clothing that is still on trend and looks great. If you are someone who likes to dress to impress without spending an arm and a leg, come here before heading back to campus.

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Kids’ Shoes:

Little Feet
201 University Blvd., Suite 103
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 388-9535

It’s a given that kids need shoes. It seems like they outgrow their shoes once every six months or so. For back to school, take your kids to Little Feet, which offers quality shoes for children. Known for customer service, the staff at this store will make sure that your child’s shoes fit properly, so they can head back to school in comfort and style. Having been in business for 14 years, this store features employees who know about kids’ shoes and will answer any of your questions. They take the time to get to know their customers, and will make sure that both the parent and the child leave the store with the right shoe.Related: Best Denver Shoe Stores

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