paperyBy: Patricia Cassin

It’s the end of August and it’s time for back to school shopping! This year, instead of going to the mall or driving to the big box stores, take a stroll in downtown Summit for great selection, terrific buys and personal service!

Here are just a few ideas for downtown Summit shopping. For the back to school basics – pens, pencils, notebooks and more – stop into The Papery. The Papery carries everything you need to fill your backpack for the first day. And speaking of backpacks, take a look at The Papery’s Vera Bradley backpacks. The selection is huge and all Vera Bradley backpacks are now 40% off! You may want to pick up more than one of these!

the paperyAll Vera Bradley backpacks are 40% off!

If you’re looking for a more traditional or unisex backpack, stroll down one block where Summit Ski and Sport has a great assortment of sturdy and stylish backpacks, including the incredibly popular styles from the Northface and Under Armour.

You know your child wants to wear a special outfit the first day of school. To make sure they start the school year in style, drop into Jacadi where you will find beautiful clothes for fashion-conscious kids. You and your children will love the great outfits and shoes (with a European flair) for boys up to age 12 and girls up to age 15. The service here is attentive and your child will look “tres belle” on the first day!

For everything “Summit,” a trip to The Hilltop Shop at MONDO is a must. The Hilltop Shop is a not-for-profit retail venture run by the Summit Boosters Association. All proceeds from the shop go to support athletics at Summit High School and Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School. The shop carries an impressive selection of Hilltopper tee shirts, shorts, pullovers and much more. Other big sellers include Summit Vineyard Vine ties (only available here), as well as stadium chairs and seat cushions for the big game. New items come in all the time and inventory is always replenished, so if you don’t see what you’re looking for, just ask.

Summit’s downtown is filled with shops and services that will make back to school shopping a breeze. These are just a few of the options available. So park your car and walk through Summit downtown. You are sure to find everything you need to make this the best school year yet! For a complete list of Summit merchants go to

One last idea – the night before school starts, visit McCool’s Ice cream shop for the “last hurrah.” Choose from ice cream, frozen yogurt, smoothies or have the milkshake; voted best milkshake in The New Jersey Monthly Magazine. That’s a sweet way to start the school year!

Destinations mentioned in this article:

The Papery

379 Springfield Avenue


Summit Ski and Sport

353 Springfield Avenue



487 Springfield Avenue


The Hilltop Shop at MONDO

426 Springfield Avenue


McCool’s Ice Cream

14 Beechwood Road


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