Shop Local – Finding Children’s Gifts in Downtown Alameda

Toy Safari_posterDowntown Alameda has a terrific collection of shops and restaurants. Did you know that by shopping or dining at a small business in Alameda, you’re not only showing your support for local businesses but you’re also investing in this island community, helping to preserve Alameda’s unique charm. When shopping local, a greater share of every dollar spent is recirculated into the local economy. Be an Alameda Island Shopper!

This week’s featured local businesses: Children’s Retail Stores

Lauren’s Closet (1420 Park Street)
This is your local one-stop-shop for children’s clothes, accessories, and toys. They carry a great selection of both new and used items to meet every budget.

Monkey Bars (1339 Park Street)
This specialty store features everything that earth-concious parents need to go green with their new baby or toddler: feeding accessories, clothing, diapering solutions, toys, and much more!

Tot Tank_cowTot Tank (1413 Park Street)
Tot Tank is your neighborhood infant gear and juvenile products store. In addition to parent “must-have’s,” they have a full inventory of toys and activities including brands such as Alex, Melisaa & Doug, Green Toys, Fisher Price, and more.

Toy Safari (1410 Park Street)
Toy Safari strives to create a magical atmosphere that engages the imagination. They carry toys that light up the eyes of kids of all ages. You’ll find an enormous inventory of new, used, and collectible toys at this popular toy store.

More gift ideas for children: 

Alameda Bicycle_kidsAlameda Bicycle (1522 Park Street)
When you purchase a kid’s bike at Alameda Bicycle, you’ll get low prices, lifetime adjustments, and you’ll be eligible to participate in their Kid’s Trade-Up Program: purchase a kid’s bike and get 100% of what you paid towards the next size up. (The old bike is then donated to Changing Gears Bike Shop.)

Books Inc. (1344 Park Street)
Books Inc. is Alameda’s oldest independent bookseller! It’s a complete general interest bookstore with author events, children’s reading hours, and monthly book clubs. You’ll be delighted by the thoughtful selection of picture books and early readers from Random House, Penguin, Chronicle Books, and more.

Ozone_kid skatersOzone (1431 Park Street)
Ozone is Alameda ‘s favorite local skate shop.They have a big selection of longboards and shortboards, skateboard hardware, skateboard wheels, and flashy skateboard apparel. Their customer service is unmatched when it comes to picking out a new “Penny Board” for the kids.

Video Factory (1359 Park Street)
Video Factory is the largest independently-owned video store in Alameda. The store carries a broad selection of videos from all genres, including a large stock of children’s videos for sale.

We hope you will make local businesses a part of your holiday tradition. Let the merchants in Downtown Alameda help you find your holiday gifts, jewelry, clothing, toys, books, and much more!

We invite you to join us for Shop Local Saturday on November 28 when businesses throughout Downtown Alameda will be offering special discounts, holiday treats, and fun activities.

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You’ll always find great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do in Downtown Alameda! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our new website:

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