Shopping Local for Back-to-School


I recently read a blog post about parents preparing for back-to-school in the 1970’s versus today. The differences between the current parenting generation and the last are laugh-out-loud hilarious, especially the lunch preparation. Regardless, the new school year is upon us, so it’s up to us Boca parents to get our kiddos ready to learn—and that means back-to-school shopping.

Clothes, shoes, supplies—it can really add up! That’s why I’m taking my money and shopping LOCAL this year. Here are my two favorite Boca options…

West Boca: JoBella Girls Boutique & design closet

JoBella Girls Boutique & design closet is hosting its Grand Opening celebration in West Boca just in time for back-to-school! It will be held on Aug. 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to a big sale in-store, there will be raffle prizes, princesses and more! All proceeds from raffle ticket sales will be donated to the charity they’re partnering with for the day, Boca West Community Charitable Foundation.

I have already shopped at the store a few times, and as a mother of a little girl, I am in love with the creative and adorable merchandise. Also, did I mention the store was opened by a local Delray Beach mother of two? You can RSVP for the event on Facebook HERE.

9858 Clint Moore Road, C129 // 561/617-5334

East Boca: Elegant Child

Elegant Child, an East Boca children’s clothing and accessory staple, is a fantastic back-to-school shopping destination. Owned by a local Boca Raton mom and grandmother, the service and selection are top notch, and I always manage to find something cute for my daughter or nephews there, albeit sometimes out of my budget!

They also offer monogramming and gift wrapping, which could come in handy for any back-to-school surprises!

59 S. Federal Highway // 561/416-0152