When shopping for back to school clothes, you can do a lot to support Houston’s small businesses by shopping at area boutiques. These local clothes shops tend to stock unique clothes that you won’t be able to find in chain stores. For kids with style and parents who want to support local businesses, small boutiques are the answer, and Houston has enough for even the pickiest of shoppers to find the clothes they want to return to school this fall.
Tulips and Tutus
833 Studewood St.
Houston, TX 77007
Tulips and Tutus consistently ranks high in lists of the best children’s stores in Houston. This store has clothes for the youngest of school-aged kids as well as kids’ books, home decor, gifts and more. Located in the Heights, it’s easy to reach this tiny boutique from many places around town. Many of the things you find in this store come from local artisans and writers, which helps you to double your support of local businesses when you shop here.
Clothes for Kids Resale
14520 Memorial Drive, Suite 20
Houston, TX 77079
For boutique fashion on a budget, you should stop by Clothes for Kids Resale on Memorial Drive. This west-side store has been an institute since it opened in 1973, making it the oldest exclusively-for-kids consignment shop in town. Located on Memorial’s western edge, the clothes here are some of the same ones that you will find at boutiques, and there are also some major brand names, too. Children up to size 16 may shop here for their clothes and shoes while their parents save up to 75-percent off the cost of the products.
Related: Houston Back to School Guide
JP Children’s Boutique
19075 Interstate 45 S., Suite 116C
Woodlands, TX 77385
For those on the north side of town, JP Children’s Boutique is one of the premier places to shop for boys’ and girls’ clothes from infants up to size 16. There are clothes to cater to a wide range of tastes from modern fashions that are at the cutting edge of kids’ clothing to traditional styles that are timeless. This range of styles and sizes makes JP Children’s Boutique a great place to shop. There are even formal wear and special occasion clothes for when you need something for those special days outside of school.
2813 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77098
Itsy Bitsy offers great, whimsical styles for younger children. You can find boys’ sizes up to six and girls’ sizes up to eight here, which makes it an ideal location for parents shopping for early elementary school students. The range of unique styles is handpicked by the owner, Susan Rice Watt, who previously worked as a merchandiser for Gap Kids and Baby Gap, and the prices are as varied as the clothing. When looking for this store in the upper Kirby area, just look for the giant topiary teddy bear out front.
8492 Highway 6 N.
Houston, TX 77095
Rattle Tattle is a kids’ boutique on the northwest side with clothes for every occasion for kids, including back to school. Since it opened in 1990, this little shop has been doing most of its business through referrals and repeat customers, making its customer satisfaction speak for itself. You can find everything your child needs here, but what really makes this store stand out is the kids’ play area and video screening section to keep them occupied during their store visit, and the prices are set to keep parents happy.
Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.