Baltimore’s Best Educational Supply Stores

March 25, 2011 8:54 AM

You don’t have to spend a fortune to buy high-quality school supplies in Baltimore. There are many stores to choose from around town, which means competitive pricing and a wide selection of educational materials. Whether you’re a teacher in search of inspiration for your bulletin boards or a parent looking to supplement your child’s in-classroom learning, Baltimore’s best educational supply stores have all your needs covered. — Melissa Dahne

Learning How

1583 Sulphur Spring Road, Suite 101
Baltimore, MD 21227
(410) 242-7100

With several locations across the Baltimore area, Learning How is a convenient place for parents, teachers and daycare providers to buy educational materials. The store carries a unique selection of products, including bulletin board sets, workbooks, specialty toys, and arts and crafts supplies. Learning How also offers a variety of teacher resources to help deliver the best services to students. Hours: Vary by location, see website for more information.


1620 E. Joppa Road
Towson, MD 21286
(410) 296-5888

Lakeshore is like the Wal-Mart of educational supply stores. The store carries language tools, arts and crafts materials, children’s books, furniture, mathematics tools, music, games, teacher resources, and so much more. When decorating and organizing their classrooms for the new school year, teachers flock to Lakeshore for its vast selection. The store offers a 15 percent discount to teachers through its Teacher’s Club program. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


229 West Chase Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 727-7004

One of Baltimore’s best places for classroom materials is not a traditional educational supply store, but rather an art store! Utrecht carries products that are especially good for elementary school-aged children, such as a wide variety of washable markers and paints and environmentally friendly supplies. Even if you are not seeking art-specific materials, Utrecht still offers classroom essentials at competitive prices and offers special discounts for K-12 and higher education professionals. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Raymond Geddes and Company, Inc.

7110 Belair Road, Suite 200
Baltimore, MD 21206
(443) 219-4900

What started in 1924 as Baltimore’s best educational supply store has now grown to a national brand. Teachers and parents alike turn to this trusted shop for everything from basic yellow #2 pencils to bookmarks and protractors. Geddes specializes in novelty and themed supplies, such as Animal Kingdom and Dr. Seuss. Teachers rely on Geddes for wholesale prices for all their back-to-school shopping needs. Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.