The warm and carefree days of summer will begin to wind down soon, and we'll look forward to the crunchy leaves and consistent routines of fall. My favourite time of year has never been Christmas or my birthday. It has always been the days leading up to the unspoken new beginning that comes each autumn.

I particularly loved grabbing new school supplies and clothing as a kid. Shopping sprees like these were rare in my family, so I latched on to any opportunity to snag a new backpack or that new pair of kicks. Glue sticks, pencil crayons, and binders were high on my list of defining items for the new year as well. 

I'm here to help you get into the back-to-school spirit with a list of local shopping options in Regina.

School Supplies

First things first, you are going to need paper, pens, and all of the accompanying items. Purchase these items locally and visit one of Regina's unique neighbourhoods at the same time! The Paper Umbrella on 13th Avenue in Cathedral Village will get you set up with many of the items that you need to stock your desk drawer and pencil case.


Load Up for Lunches

Next, it is a well-documented fact that we cannot learn on an empty stomach. Save a moment or two and do your shopping online through Local & Fresh. They will pick and deliver your order straight to your door. All you will have to do is assemble the sandwiches. You can also stop in and visit them at their new space in the Warehouse District. 

Online shopping not your thing? Prefer to meet the folks who grow and produce your food? Regina Farmers' Market is the place for you! With a strong complement of vendors, you are sure to find some of the freshest, tastiest, truly local foods here. With their expanded, year-round schedule, the freshness does not end just because the snow starts to fly either. 

Now, what to put those delicious and nutricious lunches in? Our friends at Mortise & Tenon have you covered. Drop into their bigger, better location in downtown to browse an array of environmentally-friendly and downright cool items for your lunch bag. You'll also find a plethora of items to help keep your home in order during the busy times. Plus, they will come to you with free delivery in Regina (just in case you are busy and can't see them in person).

Clothes with a Cause

These days, we all want to make a difference. I hope you share my desire to leave the world better than I found it. Your clothing budget can do double-duty by purchasing these items. Not only will you get a great quality piece of clothing, you will also be helping causes and charities in our own community.

Build Love renovates one home each year for a deserving family. Read up on their story from last year and then check out the work that they have committed to this year. You will definitely want to get on board and support this cause with a t-shirt or ballcap. 

It's Nice to be Nice (in2bn) started as a movement to encourage people to be nice to to each other. Simple, but world-changing. Check out their cool designs in their online shop or at a pop-up shop around town.

They want you to ask about their t-shirts. Take a peek at how the crew at UnderstandUs is changing the conversation around mental health. Help them reduce the stigma and start meaningful conversations by snagging an item or two from the shop.

Dress Like a Local

Whether you call Regina home or are located outside of the city, these stylish brands will help you share your love for the place that you call home. Check out their locally-inspired designs!

You know you are from Saskatchewan if you can correctly identify a bunnyhug. Check out Flat Clothing's take on the SK classic. It might as well be our official piece of clothing! Speaking of official, be sure to order one of their Saskatchewan tartan shirts. These are at the top of my list for fall. 

Tall Grass Apparel's products are a staple in my wardrobe. You will love their unique perspective on Regina and Saskatchewan as a whole. Plus, it is super easy to locate them in the Centennial Market. You can also place an order online if that is more your style.

From A Temporary Space to A Home

It is time to make your dorm or apartment room look and feel like home for the next eight-months. Fun items for your space and the best rugs in town abound at Anex Interiors. You can also ask for their professional opinion on making your room look its best. If you want to make a statement with your space, Casa Decor is the stop for you. Shop their 10,000 square foot store to gain inspiration for your current room or the home of your dreams. Make Crocus & Ivy a stop on your decorating tour. Find a blend of modern and traditional furnture to add a softer esthetic to your space.

Get out there, grab your school supplies locally, and get ready for the wild ride of another academic year! When local supports local it allows entrepreneurs the chance to thrive, while simultaneously supporting the economic, creative and social fabric of our city. Economic Development Regina and Tourism Regina are proud to support and champion local businesses throughout Regina.