A Downtown Guide to: Back to School

It's that time of year when first day of school photos take over our social media accounts as parents and guardians send their littles - or, maybe, not so littles - off to school. From Pre-K to high school, college and beyond, downtown Marietta has what you need to go back to school in style ready to ace (or administer) your exams!

Check out our Back to School Guide below before you hit the shops!

The Morning Routine

Breakfast: Start your day off the right way by eating a well-rounded breakfast. Stop by a local farmers market to purchase locally-sourced eggs and meats perfect for your first meal, or stop by local breakfast joints like the Busy Bee Restaurant, Tonya's Country Kitchen, or the Harmar Tavern to grab a bite. Breakfast snacks like granola bars, bagels, muffins, and other treats can also be found downtown. 

Coffee: Grab bags of locally-ground coffee from Jeremiah's Coffee House or All-Pro Nutrition and pour yourself an energy boost, using mugs purchased from any number of downtown shops.

Clocks: Arrive to work and school on time by making sure your clocks are working and up to date! Purchase watches to grace your wrist from downtown businesses like Baker & Baker Jewelers, Gold Line Jewelers, or A. A. Baldwin's Jewelry By Design and hop over to Top Drawer Furniture & Design Studio to learn the best way to hang a clock on an accent wall or in your kitchen.

Time for School

Clothing & Accessories: There are many shops downtown that offer items for both daytime and nighttime wear. Whether it's the first day or last day of school, businesses in downtown Marietta can dress you in the latest fashion, regardless of your personal style! Explore stores like Teri Ann's, Dad's Primitive Workbench (yes, they have a whole women's boutique inside their shop!), Twisted Sister's Boutique, Change of A'Dress, Green Acres of Marietta, Schafer Leather Store, and Wit & Whimzy for items that include dresses, tees, pants, jeans, shoes, shoelaces, jewelry, scarves, hats, and other accessories to make any outfit pop.

Looking exclusively for kids clothes? Wit & Whimzy and Change of A'Dress make a great first stop!

Looking exclusively for men's clothes? Try The Workingman's Store or Zide's Sport Shop!

School Supplies: Notebooks, pens, pencils and more are at the ready for you to buy downtown. Marietta Office Supply is fully-stocked with all school supply needs like calculators, binders, staplers, pen cups and more. Wit & Whimzy has pencil cases, notebooks, and purses to store them in plus enamel pins, patches, and key chains to adorn any backpack. Dad's Primitive Workbench has notepads and Just A Jar Design Press has notebooks, too, in all sizes! Are you decorating a classroom or prepping your home for the season? American Flags & Poles has Back to School flags, local school flags, sport and college flags, and a full stock of U.S. flags in all sizes!

Office Furniture: Top Drawer Furniture & Design Studio can hook you up with lamps, rugs, and desks for any size space and Marietta Office Supply has office chairs, filing cabinets, and more to make any office full of personality and professionalism. Sherwin-Williams is downtown ready to help you pick the perfect color for any room. 

Field Trips: Is it time to apply what you're learning in the classroom with experiences outside the classroom? Hidden Marietta offers a variety of tours of historic downtown Marietta. Riverside Artists Gallery and Peddler of Dreams Art Space for Children offer hands-on workshops featuring a wide-variety of art forms.. The historic Peoples Bank Theatre offers backstage tours of their venue and features performances by artists from across the U.S. and abroad. Congressman Bill JohnsonCity Hall, and the Washington County Court House, are all located downtown and might be the perfect fit to supplement your curriculum! Need to kick back and just have some fun? Pastime Lanes offers family-friendly bowling by appointment or reservation only.

Lunch & Recess

Snacks & Food Items: Downtown Marietta has 22 different eateries and restaurants perfect for dining out during the lunch hour. But, if you prefer to take your lunch break at your desk or in a cafeteria next to friends, head over to All Pro Nutrition or Jeremiah's Coffee House for lunch box stuffers.

Containers & Lunch Boxes: The Cook's Shop offers a variety of options for organizing and transporting food of all shapes and sizes.

Recess: Keep up with your favorite superheros in the spare time you have between classes or meetings! Asylum Comics can get you the latest copy of your favorite series.

After School

Extracurricular Activities: The day doesn't end when school is out! Zide's Sport Shop houses a wide variety of sports-themed merchandise to equip any athlete to head out onto the field safely. If you enjoy yoga, biking, kayaking, or other physical activities, all sorts of classes can be found downtown - Blossom Yoga, Healthy Start Nutrition, Marietta Adventure Company, and The Betsey Mills Club have event calendars for classes and workshops to enjoy throughout the year. 

Dinner & Bed Time: Treat yourself and your family to a well-made meal each night for dinner! Need to refine your culinary skills? The Cook's Shop offers a variety of courses geared toward equipping home chefs with the skills they need to throw-down in the kitchen. Plus, at The Cook's Shop you can find plating, napkins, glassware, and other dinnerware to build a dining room table for any occasion. Hop on over to Rossi Pasta and try any number of pasta flavors, sauces, mixes, and seasonings, and then swing by Putnam Chocolate or Whit's Frozen Custard to offer the perfect end to any meal.

SP Curated has what you need to make your bedroom a sanctuary for relaxation and a good night's rest. Bedding, home decor, and more are in stock! John Rossi Art offers unique art pieces to display in your home to give your space a personal touch. 

Self Care

Regardless of busy schedules, limited budgets, and all the chaos that life brings with it, it's important to create space to take care of yourself! Are you a fan of essential oils? Twisted Sisters Boutique and A Unique Flower & Gift Shop both offer essential oils in store. A Unique Flower & Gift Shop and Two Peas in a Pod sell flowers by the stem and bouquets to treat yourself to some floral fragrance and beauty! Downtown beauty salons and studios offer the full self-care experience - locations like Merle Norman, Platinum Salon and Spa, Spalon Hair, Artisan School of Cosmetology, Bella Via Salon, Red's Hair Shop, and Sunflower Nails.