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Two children walk on a rain slicked ground. (CBS)

Before you know it, the summer has ended and it’s time to get the kids ready to head back to school. Don’t let school start without making a plan to get the hippest supplies and coolest clothes for all of the students in your family. Make sure the kids look their best on the first day of school, too, by making an appointment at a salon that caters to kids. With the necessary supplies, trendiest clothes and right haircuts, North Bay children of all ages will be ready to head back to school in style.

Rileystreet Art Supply
103 Maxwell Ct.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 526-2416

Rileystreet Art Supply has all the necessary tools and supplies whether your artist works in paints, clay, or chalks and crayons. Start the year off right with high-quality, reasonably priced art paper, pencils, paints and crayons. Rileystreet also offers ongoing classes, free demonstrations and kids camps to inspire the artist in every member of the family. The best part about shopping at this North Bay art supply store is that Rileystreet students receive 10 percent off all purchases.

Good Earth Natural Foods
720 Center Blvd.
Fairfax, CA 94930
(415) 454-0123

Good Earth Natural Foods carries several lines of eco-friendly and reusable lunch totes, water bottles and snack pouches. Make sure the kids have the hippest and healthiest lunches by using lunch sacks and beverage containers that are BPA-free and can be used again and again. The perfect place to snag those healthy, delicious snacks as well, Good Earth is definitely a must-visit for back to school shopping.

Just Between Friends
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Grace Pavilion
1350 Bennett Valley Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 456-7523

Get all the school clothes shopping done at one time. The twice-a-year sale of Just Between Friends takes place with 40,500 square feet of shopping space and there is sure to be something for everyone. With prices 30 to 90 percent off of retail prices, these new and gently used clothing items can’t be found for a better price and or variety. Bring your own bags or totes for carrying home lots of great clothes for the kids to start the school year off right.

Sprout Children’s Clothing
177 Healdsburg Ave.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-7355

This spacious children’s clothing store offers both new and gently used clothing in sizes from infant through older school-aged kids. The owners strive to carry locally handmade clothing, toys and accessories for all ages, and each previously owned item is hand selected to make sure it comes from a smoke-free home and is clean with no stains. Clothes and items brought in for trade receive 50 percent credit of the resale value, which may then be used toward 25 percent of the purchase price of new items and 50 percent of the purchase price of used items.

Children’s Hair Club
4176 Redwood Hwy.
San Rafael, CA
(415) 492-1000

Prices: Children $24 children/$25 teens/$32 moms/$29 dads/$24 grandparents/$1 off of each cut for families receiving three or more haircuts in one visit

This family owned and operated hair salon uses the best hair care products available and also sells sulfate-free products for use at home. Eddie, “the haircut guy,” knows how to get even the most reticent child to relax and has the patience to deal with even the squirmiest of clients. Eddie always give parents the haircut they ask for and for those unsure of exactly what they are looking for, he takes the time to help each person feel satisfied with his or her cut. Although walk-ins are welcome, to be guaranteed getting in during the back-to-school rush, make an appointment.

Lions & Tigers & Hair
18 Kentucky St., Suite 42
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 773-3711

Prices: $20 children/$23 teens/$30 parents/$8 shampoo and blow dry

This jungle-themed hair salon is perfectly designed for the kids who make up most of the clientele. With a fully stocked play areas to keep children entertained while waiting their turn in the stylist’s chair, parents can be confident they won’t be searching for ways to keep youngsters occupied. It’s clear employees know what they are doing from the awards this place wins every year. In business for more than 10 years, Lions & Tigers & Bears donates 10 percent of profits to two different area schools each month.