This year’s back-to-school shop might feel a little different than previous years, but then again this year’s everything feels a little different. Whether you’re making the choice to home-school, complete online learning or send your kids to school, you’re likely in need of some new clothes and/or supplies for your kids at home.
If you are doing a back-to-school shop this year, we encourage you do it locally. It doesn’t matter whether you shop from small independent stores or chains, as long as you’re shopping in Brantford you are probably supporting a local owner and their local employees. Here’s the scoop on where to get your gear for the fall:
Al’s Shoe Factory Outlet | 135 King George Rd. | 519-759-3900
Al’s Shoe Factory Outlet carries thousands of name brand shoes, boots and footwear for all ages, sizes, and seasons. In addition to carrying all the footwear you will ever need, they also sell accessories from purses and backpacks to scarves, jewelry and more. This Brantford business has been an institution in the community for so long that most local adults can recall back-to-school shopping at Al’s and have continued that tradition with their own families.
Tootsies Shoe Market | 595 West. St. | 519-754-4775
Soft Moc | Lynden Park Mall | 84 Lynden Rd. | 519-759-4040
Lynden Park Mall | 84 Lynden Rd. | 519-753-8484
Lynden Park Mall is the hub of one-stop retail shopping in Brantford, with over 95 top-name national retailers, including: Winners, Sport Chek, H&M, Boathouse, Bentley, Children’s Place, Carters Osh Kosh, and many more! With Food Basics and Shoppers Drug Mart located right inside the mall, it’s the perfect place to shop for all your basic back-to-school necessities.
Itzy Bitzy | 178 Brant Ave. | 519-802-7486
Known for their adorable accessories for both boys and girls, Itzy Bitzy offers a variety of children’s products, including: customized onesies and shirts, tutus, rompers, jewelry, suspenders, hats, ties and bow ties, headbands and hair clips, capes, and more.
Bentley | Lynden Park Mall | 84 Lynden Rd. | 519-753-4860
Ardene | Lynden Park Mall | 84 Lynden Rd. | 519-512-2672
There will be no sports or extracurricular activities offered at schools in Fall 2020. However, there’s lots going on in the community to keep your kids active. If you need proper shoes, equipment or uniforms for your kids, try checking out some of these local places first:
Brant Sports Excellence | 415 Fairview Dr. | 519-752-3900
Brant Sport Excellence offers the area’s largest selection of hockey, baseball, soccer, association apparel, team uniforms and corporate wear. The sprawling Brantford location offers products from top brands – Bauer, CCM, Warrior, Easton, Adidas, Mizuno, Under Armour, Rawlings, Wilson & more.
Al’s Dance & More | 135 King George Rd. Brantford | 519-752-2200
Well known and loved in the dance community, Al’s Dance & More sells everything from bodysuits (full and two piece) to gym bags, ballet shoes, and more. They have the cutest selection of tutus for your budding ballerinas, and all of the accessories your athletes need to get stage-ready.
Sport Chek | Lynden Park Mall | 84 Lynden Rd. | 519-750-0101
Need school supplies for the year ahead? Check out some of these stores in Brantford:
Staples Canada | 595 West St.
Walmart | 300 King George Rd. | 519-759-3450
Dollar Tree | Dollarama | Buck or Two Plus!