No one is more excited for the upcoming school year than those who have never been before. Here are a few places in the city to find essential preschool gear your little ones will want to live in, right up until the big day.
Send them skipping off on their first day in a fashion-forward retro outfit from Sweet Monkey. Top off an adorable ruffle dress with a precious pair of Cutie Pie legwarmers. Or match a dapper cardigan with a sweet pair of Converse kicks. Tons of duds cute enough for picture day, and comfortable enough for the merry-go-round. Oh, and you can avoid the back-to-school lineups, because Sweet Monkey will deliver to your doorstep.
21-1496 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
Find all affordable preschool lunchtime essentials here, like that backpack that meets in the middle of being too small or too big. Dandelion hits the mark with plenty of bright choices, durable enough to last the whole school year. And matching lunch kits too!
1206 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
For puddle jumpers and all the cold and rainy days ahead, Active Baby has the cutest outer gear for the ugliest conditions. Waterproof hooded suits, raincoats with stylish prints, winter boots and peek-a-boo umbrellas – your wee-one will stay dry and stylish all winter long. At the checkout ask for a free V.A.P member card to earn store credit on your next splurge.
1985 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
One of the biggest selection of styles in the city, this bustling bootery has something for every waddler. From funky sneakers, to uniform shoes, to rubber boats to comfy slippers for preschoolers or daycare tots. And if you have trouble with sizes like I do, you’re in good hands. The staff here have been measuring little feet for 67 years.
2182 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver