The Best Places By The Locals

Back to school - the 7 shops you should not miss in Alameda


It’s Back to School season, which means its time to take out your wallet to gear up your kids for the school year.

As you know, at VIPshopr we are all about keeping it local so we put together this list of independent Alameda merchants that can help you send your child to school in style this year!

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1. Happy Feet Children’s Shoes | 1354 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-0524

The conveniently located retail shop offers a great selection of quality children’s footwear. Unlike buying online, the experienced staff will help you get the right fit the first time. Go check out all the cute shoes next time you grab a cup of coffee on Park Street.

Happy Feet Children’s Shoes

2. All Good Living | 2232 Alameda Ave, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 522-6288

Located in the former District Footwear retail space (the company was started by one of the District founders), All Good Living offers colorful screen printed apparel for kids. AGL is the only store on Park St. that carries the ever-popular The Island line. Stop in for a free sticker!

All Good Living

3. Brown Brothers Shoes | 848 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 865-3701

Family-run since 1881, Brown Brothers Shoes offers the ultimate old school shoe buying experience. They don’t carry youth sizes but once your child hits middle school, make sure to get your tween fitted for new shoes at Brown Brothers.

Brown Brothers Shoes

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4. District Footwear | 1322 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 865-1640

Catering to style-conscious teenagers (and teenagers at heart), District offers the latest in urban footwear and clothing. If your teenager self-identifies as a “sneakerhead” they will be more than thrilled when you bring them into the shop for a fresh of kicks.

District Footwear

5. Sweet Charlie Boutique | 1513 Webster Street in Alameda, (510) 523-7766

Looking for something sweet for elementary school picture day? Check out Sweet Charlie Boutique (formerly The Diaper Connection) for all things frilly and pink. The shop is mother-owned and run so you won’t feel bad as your little ones run free while you shop.

Sweet Charlie Boutique

6. Modern Mouse | 2223 S Shore Center, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 814-8830

Modern Mouse is local artist consignment shop in the South Shore Center. It’s a great place to get unique notebooks, pens and the like. Support local artists while keeping your teen excited about school – what’s not to love?

Modern Mouse

7. Alameda Bicycle | 1522 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 522-0070

Alameda is a bicycle city and the in-the-know families on the island buy their kids bikes from Alameda Bicycle. Here’s why – they have an amazing trade-in program for kids. Here’s the deal - you buy a bike there for your child, when they outgrow it, you bring it back in and they’ll give you the entire purchase price back towards the purchase of your next bike. Incredible, right? Get riding!

Alameda Bicycle

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