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Best Educational Supply Stores In Charlotte

August 10, 2011 1:24 PM

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As students prepare to sing the song of “Back To School”, parents join in on the chorus, missing very few notes! One of the most enthralling aspects of the “Back To School” season is the purchase of brand new school supplies; so take a look at some of the coolest places that pack the fun in learning for kids as well as those in college!

Lakeshore Learning Store

From pencils, to pens… notebooks to plastic numbers… Lakeshore Learning Store has all that you need in order to academically succeed! In addition to all of the supplies that little as well as huge scholarly hearts desire, there is also a Teacher Club, Teacher Workshops and free workshops for children! Stop by their Matthews location and gather all you need for school and join their mailing list. When it comes to the best and coolest in school supplies, think Lakeshore Leaning Store!

Address:10005 E. Independence Blvd. Matthews, NC 28105

Phone:704-849-2370; Fax 704-849-2450

Hours:Monday-Friday 10:00-9:00; Saturday 10:00-8:00; Sunday 12:00-6:00

Website: http://www.lakeshorelearning.com

Gray’s College Bookstore

When it comes to books for college classes, Gray’s Books is almost a legendary place to make those scholarly purchases! Located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Gray’s Books provides students with what is needed for all of those classes… the ones that meet at 8:00AM as well as the ones that meet at 8:00PM! Ask about discounts on books, college paraphernalia and school supplies! For students who may be a bit tight on the cash, Gray’s has a program that allows students to rent books, as opposed to making a purchase.
With extended operating hours when it is needed, the best in school supplies and the “hard to find” books and supplements, your only choice is Gray’s Books for college!

Address: 9430 University City Blvd. ;Charlotte, NC, 28213

Phone: (704) 548-8100 ; Fax: (704) 548-8568


Monday 9 am – 7 pm
Tuesday 9 am – 7 pm
Wednesday 9 am – 7 pm
Thursday 9 am – 7 pm
Friday 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
Call for extended hours during summer months and throughout the year!

Website: http://uncc.graysbooks.com


Classroom Central

Perhaps one of the most joyous places to purchase school supplies lies in the heart of Charlotte, just minutes from Uptown Charlotte. Classroom Central is a place where those that are not financially able to purchase much needed school supplies get the financial assistance and support needed with and for every purchase. In early 2000, a team of business leaders from the Charlotte Chamber’s Center City Area Council set out to provide free supplies to the children of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system. Ever since then, it has been a hub of supplies for students who would otherwise not be able to purchase the books, pencils and tools needed for academic success. Run by volunteers, dontaions and those with sound business sense, Classroom Central helps teachers and students purchase supplies and supplemental materials. Offering both in-store as well as drive-thru shopping, Classroom Central is a place where not only supplies can be obtained but encouragement and support for a productive school year!

Special Notes:
Teacher shopping is closed for the summer and will resume on 8/15/11. Shopping is by appointment only and eligible CMS teachers can begin making appointments for August on 7/15/11.

For questions, concerns or issues, please call 704-377-1740 x416 or e-mail: shop@classroomcentral.org.

Check website for guidelines for the purchase and obtaining of school supplies.

Address: 2116 Wilkinson Blvd.; Charlotte, NC 28208

Phone: (704)377-1740 ; Fax: (704)377-0355

Hours: Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m

Donation Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. to noon or by appointment

Website: http://www.classroomcentral.org

Cicely C. Mitchell

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