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Connecticut Tax-Free in Downtown New Haven

Backpack feeling a little light? The season of sharpened pencils and freshly bound notebooks is upon us. Parents have one last hurdle to mount before sending their kids off to school, the most taxing hoop to jump through – back-to-school shopping. Fear not, if you play your cards (read: calendar) right, this year’s shopping list can be tax-free. 

This year, Connecticut’s tax-free week is from August 20-26. Over these six days, your wallet will breathe a sigh of relief, and as you check back-to-school shopping off of your to-do list, you will too. Downtown New Haven welcomes back-to-school lists of all lengths, with 78% of businesses independently owned or operated, from quirky boutiques to fabulous fashion finds, our distinct shopping district has everything your kid needs, from school supplies to an on-point first-day outfit. Where is that outfit waiting, you ask?

Whether you’re searching for vintage denim, quirky statement tees, or the latest sneaker releases, we’ve got it all in downtown New Haven.  Located in the heart of downtown on Chapel Street and Broadway, The Shops at Yale is a one-stop shop for independent and national retailers like Apple, Urban Outfitters, More Amour Boutique, lululemon and J. Crew.  

Pro shopping tip The Shops at Yale is offering a FREE ice cream with purchase of $50 or more through August 26 – click here for complete details and a list of participating retailers. 

It’s not a new school year without new kicks, gear, wheels or accessories. Sneaker Junkies, Snipes, and Plush all have you covered with the latest sneakers, hats, and gear. Accessorize your fits with trends from Lou Lou, Warby Parker and Strange Ways

As you wander through the streets of New Haven, you’ll notice that back-to-school shopping is not just about checking off items on a list. It’s a time to embrace our city’s vibrant energy, plan for a better year ahead, and help your kid discover their sense of style. As your kids head back to school and summer bids adieu, you can count on downtown to be in your corner.