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KinderHop :: Seattle Back To School Shop 'n Stay

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KinderHop is published once monthly and written by Trip Styler’s Seattle-based kid ‘n family writer, Keryn.

With the tail end of summer still sizzling and sunning, it's hard to believe kids went back to school last week. My own little guy will be starting preschool this month too. We have a lot to do, and picking up a few new duds is at the top of my list.

Living in Seattle, I know the shopping scene is bursting with kiddie shops that can send your little one---and mine---back to school in style. Here's some of my top picks for a kid-themed, trip style = weekend shopping extravaganza:

Downtown Don't miss the trendy duds {read: pirate shirts or hand-made skirts} at Boston Street in Post Alley near Pike Place Market, then head up the hill to Bootyland in Capital Hill for Ivy Studio hoodies and Red Fish Clothing dresses.

The One-Stop-Shop If you are looking for a one-stop shopping experience wander over to University Village. Kid’s Club sets the bar on the playground with brands like Tea, Roxie Girl and popular preschool backpacks by SkipHop. Next door check out Nordstrom’s latest acquisition Peek Kids which opened this year. Not to be outdone, J.Crew has its own Crew Kids just across the way. Wrap up your shopping with a stop at Sole Food to pick up a pair of Frye boots or outfit your little skater chic in Vans sneakers.

East Seattle For those headed to the Eastside, make your way to Bellevue Square, where Splendid and Janie and Jack will have your young miss or mister turning heads on their catwalk down the grade school hallway. For extra savings drive over to Bellevue’s neighbor, Kirkland, to hit up the Kate Quinn Organics outlet. Oh how I wish her lounge dresses came in my size.

Luxe For Less After all this overture on outfits, trust me, you don’t have to break the bank to get your kids outfitted this season. Sela’s Small Couture (Queen Anne) and Me & Moms (Ballard) make it easy to get your kids the most sought-after brands for less. If your tastes run towards the looks of yesteryear, pop by Commune (Capital Hill) and Retroactive Kids (Columbia City) for beautiful vintage finds.

Stay & Eat Why shop 'til you drop when you can savor the experience? Check into the Four Seasons in Seattle or Westin in Bellevue one-night getaway {don't miss our overnight-cation packing guide}. Allow yourself to take your time and wander the shops. Grab a mojito and pernil slider at La Isla’s kid-friendly happy hour (Ballard) or dig into Pink Door’s mouthwatering pesto lasagna (Pike Place).

PS - Shop 'n stay in style with the Westin Bellevue's shopping package. Rates from $209 include a $100 gift certificate to the Bellevue collection {aka, the mall}, plus free parking.

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[photos by keryn]