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Get Your Kiddos “Back to School” Ready on the Fort Collins Marketplace!

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August is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about getting the kids back to school! The Fort Collins Marketplace has the best back-to-school essentials to comfort them, prepare them, and celebrate this transitional time in their lives.


Give comfort

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Some kids are nervous to begin or continue their educational journey, and that’s okay! Our locally made stuffed animals will help ensure their comfort during this time.

Busy Bees Sewing N Design creates soft plushies made out of sherpa and fleece that are perfect for cuddling. You can even buy a “Baby and Me Set” to remind your kiddo you’ll always be there for them.

The set can be either a kitty or a puppy design with matching bandanas. By shopping locally for these crafted stuffies, you can have them personalized with names, special sayings, or a secret message on them!


Spavia Foothills is another great local business that sells comforting plushies great for any nervous kiddo going back to school. Their stuffed animals are fragranced with Sonoma lavender to help enhance the comforting effect and are microwave safe for a warm embrace. Choose between Lovey Lamb, Ellie Elephant, or Lavender Bunny.


Reading time

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Old Firehouse Books is one of Northern Colorado’s largest local bookstores! They offer a wide variety of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books. If they don’t have what you need, they’ll happily order it! 

And if your kiddo loves reading in bed, check out Busy Bees’s Reading Pillows! Their reading pillows come with a secret pocket to store favorite books to read, coloring books, and crayons! The best part is when your child is sleepy and ready for a nap, they can tuck everything into the pocket and lay their head down on the soft pillow. Each Reading Pillow can also be personalized and customized to be their own.


Go out for fun!

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After a long week of being back in school, kids deserve a little fun! Treat them to a day out at Chipper’s Lanes, where they can play in the arcade, bowl the game of their lives, and play a tactical game of laser tag! Plus, it’s a great way for parents to unwind after the back-to-school stress, too.


Support local when shopping for back-to-school items.

When shopping on the Fort Collins Marketplace, you help sustain small-business ideas and the families behind them. Support local for all of your back-to-school needs before August hits!