Go Back to School shopping and support local businesses

September is just around the corner. While this year may be different, with many families scrambling to make sense of what’s to come, we still need to prepare for the Back to School season.

From programs to help children return to school, to finding technology, supplies, and services to help you throughout the school year, local businesses are ready to help you out.

Shop local for your school year needs:


Image courtesy of BOHO & HOBO

Litter-less lunches are made easy with BOHO & HOBO’s School Zone Kit for just $54.00. This kit includes a Wheatstraw Bento Box, a Bamboo Cutlery Set, and set of reusable/washable Zipper Bags for snacks and sandwiches.

You can choose your kit options and shop their full collection of sustainable products online. BOHO & HOBO’s environmentally friendly alternatives to single use and disposable items are an easy way to reduce your footprint.

Local pick up and delivery options in Kingston, ON, and global shipping is available.

See more on their online store: www.bohoandhobo.ca/shop 

Fusix Corp

This school year, be tech-ready. Whether you need a portable hard drive, new keyboard or webcam, or some speakers for your dorm room, Fusix has got you covered.

Fusix just brought in some Lenovo laptops, perfect for back to school:

Photo by Jessica Foley
  • i5-1035G1 quad-core processor,
  • 15.6 ” 1920 x 1080 screen,
  • 8GB  Ram,
  • 256Gb NVMe SSD,
  • Windows 10 Home,
  • 1 year warranty

Extended warranty options are available along with Accidental Damage protection and sealed battery replacement coverage. 

Read more about Fusix in their Business Feature: https://www.kingstonist.com/local-businesses/fusix-picks-up-where-computer-depot-left-off/

Make Way for Me!

Make Way For Me is offering an online Back to School Program that will be running from August 17-21. This program will work on skills geared towards preparing for back to school, with discussions about how school could be a bit different this year and how to cope with these changes.

Other areas of focus include following classroom rules, sticking to a schedule, as well as personal responsibilities and expectations while at school. The online sessions will occur every morning (Monday-Friday) from 9:00a.m. – 9:30a.m as a group session of 1-5 people.

This program costs $50/person for the entire week.

Make Way for Me! provides occupational therapy services for infants, toddlers, children, youth, and adults. Occupations are the daily activities that people do in their homes, at school/work, and within their community. When a person is having difficulties completing the tasks that they want to do, or need to do, perhaps due to a disability or illness, an occupational therapist can help. This can be done by providing individualized therapy, and by making creative changes to the person’s tasks or environments. 

Surfs Up! Coin Laundry & Dry Cleaning

Preparing for a hectic back to school season? Surfs Up! Coin Laundry & Dry Cleaning is happy to take on your dirtiest chore so you can free up your time to spend with the kids after school. Our wash and fold service is ideal for families returning from weekend road trips with a pile of laundry to do. Save time & energy to focus on getting organized for what is likely to be a major back-to-school transition this year.

If you’re planning on using coin laundry, please note that our facility has undergone some changes to account for COVID-19 for using coin laundry in Kingston

  • Only ONE person per household to enter the store
  • Enable anyone using a machine to finish loading/unloading before you approach the machine
  • Whenever possible, wait outside or in your car for your cycle to finish
  • Take your clothes home to fold

The washers self-clean after every cycle. Detergent/soap in washers & heat from dryers both deactivate coronavirus. We are keeping surfaces and carts as clean as possible but if you would like additional cleaning for your area please see the attendant. 

Parasol Financial Solutions

The cost of post-secondary education isn’t cheap.  According to Statistics Canada, “nationally, students enrolled full time in undergraduate programs will pay, on average, $6,463 in 2019/2020” and that’s just for tuition.  After adding on books, living expenses, etc., the financial burden can seem like a mountain. 

Thankfully, Canadians have access to Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs), and this government sponsored savings plan can be the gift that keeps on giving. 

“With our help and a little planning, you can maximize government grants to make certain that your child, (or grandchild) gets the greatest benefit from the RESP program, ensuring that post-secondary education isn’t just a pipedream,” says Shawna, Insurance Advisor at Parasol.

Need more info?  Visit their website to learn more about how RESPs work and how Parasol can help you on your way.

Parasol is fully committed to servicing their clients in the manner they are accustomed, and have remained in office throughout the pandemic. Through telephone and virtual meetings, almost all communications and paperwork have been completed electronically. In-person meeting, with proper physical distancing measures and mask wearing protocol are available if necessary. Their business has continued to function, with little to no interruptions and for that Parasol is very thankful.  Having a trusted financial advisor in your corner in times like these is vital to your financial success. 

The Parasol office is open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Call to speak to an advisor, or book an appointment: 613-634-3191 or contact them by email: [email protected]              

Consider supporting local merchants for your back to school needs. There are a wide variety of products and services available from locally owned and operated businesses.

This post is sponsored content. The businesses above paid a fee to be included in this article. If you would like to be approached for posts of this nature, email [email protected].

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