After a summer filled with play dates, sunshine, exploring, and lazy days in the park, it’s time to get the family ready to go back to school! Whether you’re shopping with the kids, or you’re picking up some essentials for them, we’ve got plenty of wonderful stores along Fourth Street with the perfect back to school items. 4th Street: one street, a thousand avenues to back to school shopping!

Purr Petite

For over a decade, Purr Petite has been bringing the best in youth fashion and toys to Calgarians. Perfect for your young ones, Purr Petite carries clothing for newborns to age six. We recommend staying tuned on their social media for upcoming sales, specials and product launches. Stop in today to find your kid a beautiful treasure!


If your kids are high school aged or young adults, starting the year off with a tan is a great way to keep the summer vibes going. Fabutan offers sun-safe options including organic spray tans. Fabutan is also home to Hush Lash Studio, the best place to get eyelash extensions. Save yourself (or your teenage daughter) some extra time in the morning with lash extensions – simply brush and go!

Butter Beauty Parlour

Nothing says “back to school” like a cute manicure or pedicure! Treat your teenagers (or yourself) to some pampering before heading back to hit the books. Butter Beauty Parlour offers blow-outs for perfectly coiffed first day hair, manicures, pedicures, eyebrow shaping, lash extensions and waxing services. A day of pampering is just the ticket to extend those feel-good summertime vibes while enjoying quality time together.

Neal’s Yard Remedies

A great skincare routine is an absolute must for your teenagers. Prevent pimples and keep their youthful glow with a wide range of safe, natural, organic products for the whole family. We love the Rose Facial Wash for sensitive skin. It cleanses while soothing the surface layers with gentle aloe vera, rose otto and rose petals. If your teen is facing break-outs, try the Clarifying Mahonia Skin Gel to restore skin harmony with hyaluronic acid and soothing marigold.

Forzani’s Tech Shop

The Tech Shop has been helping Calgarians find exceptional running and walking gear since 1979. Get your kids and teens their new favourite gym shoes, or runners great for walking to and from school. The experts at The Tech Shop are ready to help you find your perfect fit from brands like ADIDAS, Nike, Garmin, New Balance and Saucony. A new pair of sneakers is a great way to kick off an active school year!

Shelf Life Books

If you have a book loving kid or teen, Shelf Life Books is the perfect place to find them their next favourite story. This literary bookstore offers up books in every possible genre, including rare and unique books you may not find anywhere else in town! Shelf Life Books also frequently has guest speakers and cool events for your family to check out. Conveniently located across the street from Central Memorial Park, take your new book to the park and enjoy reading in the sunshine!

BEACH Healthy Beauty Bar

Life’s a beach when you feel fabulous! Our friends at BEACH believes in offering best-in-class healthy beauty, outstanding customer service, lots of laughs, in a welcoming, clean space – all at affordable prices. Get back to school ready with a light facial, manicure or pedicure! BEACH also offers workshops on a regular basis – perfect for decompressing with your friends after a long day of studying.

Feisty Consignment

Buying cool new clothes every year can quickly add up – especially if you have a fashionista in your household! That’s why we love Feisty Consignment. They accept clothing that has been purchased within the last 1-2 years, is in season and a brand name (so Zara to Prada). Not only will you satisfy the brand-name cravings of your fashionable kids, but you won’t break the bank giving them a super cool first-day-of-school outfit!

Those are our top picks for back to school shopping. Do you have a favourite Fourth Street store that you think we missed? We’d love to hear about it! Join our community and don’t forget to tag us in your back to school photos with #SeeYouOn4th on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.