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Back-To-School Guide in Charlotte

August 3, 2012 6:00 AM

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Summer is winding down, and a new school year is ahead. With a sagging economy, retailers are eager for open wallets as many large chains have designated Aug. 11 as a national day of back-to-school shopping. Before hitting the malls, however, check out these locations for clothes, supplies and haircuts. Get organized. Make lists, and preserve the family budget with these great local shops perfect for the back-to-school blues.
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Karrousel Kids Consignment and Retail Boutique
120 E. Charles St.
Matthews, NC. 28105
(704) 847-4300

Karrousel Kids is doing something right to be in business for 19 years. Catering to all markets and all ages, it’s located in what used to be Matthew’s first fire station. Expect ample supplies of new and used clothes as well as school uniforms, up to boys 16 and girls junior 9. There’s always a color-tag sale going on; find the latest on its facebook page. A back-to-school kickoff sale will be mid-August, with prices lowered on already-reduced gently used and new clothing, backpacks, uniforms, raincoats, boots, purses and its popular selection of hair bows. A toy kitchen, books and a VCR will keep the little ones busy while mom shops.

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S’cool Outfitters
7210 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Mint Hill, NC. 28227
(704) 573-7575

Public, private, charter or home school – S’cool Outfitters has uniforms and clothes to meet their needs. It supplies the hard-to-find sizes, such as husky, halfs, slims and juniors. Affordable sweatshirts, skorts, jumpers, slacks, fleece pullovers, capris, long and short-sleeve polos are its most popular items. It also offers custom embroidery, screen printing and school fundraising activities. Take advantage of extended hours during the back-to-school shopping season. This is well worth the stop for the basic clothing items at an affordable price.

Related: Green Living for the School Year

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Lakeshore Learning

10005 E. Independence Boulevard
Matthews, NC. 28105
(704) 849-2370

Bring the kids for Saturday shopping and keep them occupied with free crafts at Lakeshore Learning. This is not the typical pencil, notebook and ruler supply store. It offers manipulative learning tools for practically every subject. When students can touch and move objects, the learning is enhanced and concepts enforced. It offers experiment kits for life, earth and physical sciences, including a kit for the five senses, life cycles and nutrition. Help toddlers and elementary-aged students gain a better grasp on literacy with the story-telling kits. Shopping by grade or age is convenient for parents here. Of course, it carries the basics, such as scissors, notebooks, rulers, markers and paints, though they may be a bit more expensive than at the large super stores.

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Riz Salon
930 Park Center Drive
Suite 103
Matthews, NC. 28105
(704) 321-0372

The back-to-school ritual is important to kids. That includes not only supplies, but staying on track with the latest in fashion, hair and make-up. Magen Harvey and Carmen Calvar Dunne of MC Studio are located in the impressive, new Riz Salon. For $25, the kids can get a shampoo, cut, blow dry and flat iron to finish it out. Bobs are popular for little girls this year, as well as the long-hair look. With the guys, it’s the Justin Bieber style that’s hot. A better deal is offered if a parent and child come in for service together, so talk to your stylist about deals here.

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HoneyCuts for Men
16631 Lancaster Highway
Charlotte, NC. 28277
(704) 910-4031

It’s all about men and kids at HoneyCuts. A professional $10.95 haircut for 12 and younger is hard to beat. Expect professional men’s products, like Redken and American Crew. It’s an upscale environment without the female fluffiness. This business is highly involved in the community, working with organizations such as Wounded Warrior, St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital and Special Olympics. They offers a discount for military, firemen, police officers and medics, so be sure to bring the whole family.

Related: School Lunches

Catherine Lash engagingly connects with people. She has learned that interested listening and thoughtful questioning are the means through which collaboration creates a story. She grew up traveling the world and learning military life in an Air Force family of seven. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and three kids. Her work can be found at

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