Find Back-to-School Shopping Ideas in Downtown Alameda

Back To School_Walgreens AlamedaBack-to-school shopping can be daunting. Whether you’re shopping for an elementary student, middle-schooler, high-schooler, or college student, back-to-school shopping means stocking up on school supplies. Instead of going back to the mall or driving to the big box stores, take a relaxing stroll through Downtown Alameda where you are sure to find everything you need to make this the best school year yet!

Basic School Supplies – The essential school supplies include paper, pencils, pens, rulers, markers, notebooks, lunch boxes, and bags. You’ll find all of these items and more at neighborhood convenience stores and pharmacies in Downtown Alameda.

Walgreens – “Everything your child needs to make the grade.

CVS Pharmacy – Name brand school and office supplies.

Clothing and ShoesTo make sure your child starts the school year in style, drop into one of Downtown Alameda’s clothing shops where you will find the latest apparel for fashion-conscious kids — everything from trendy shoes to socially aware t-shirts. On a budget? You can also find gently worn fashions at the re-use boutiques.

Doumitt ShoesBack to School_Doumitts Shoes Alameda – Trendy, fashion shoes for the entire family.

District Footwear & Apparel – The latest in metro-hip sneakers and apparel.

Lauren’s Closet – Clothes, accessories, and more for children and juniors.

All Good Living – Lifestyle clothing that is earth-friendly and made in the USA.

Computers & Electronics – Whether it’s new phones to stay connected with the kids, new computers to help with completing homework assignments, and or calculators for fun and learning, you’ll find a number of retail shops in Downtown Alameda that offer the right gadgets to help students get through the school year successfully.

Quick Communications – Verizon Wireless Authorized Exclusive Retailer.

Grand Communications – MetroPCS Authorized Dealer.

ABM Computers – Vast array of hardware and software solutions.

Music & Art Supplies – New supplies for music and art classes will help students master those extracurricular activities. There are a number of shops in Downtown Alameda worth checking out — whether it’s painting and drawing supplies, sewing supplies, or musical instruments and sheet music. (By the way, now is a good time to start making reservations for school holiday camps.) 

Back to School_Starland Music Center AlamedaStarland Music Center – Providing quality music education and a full selection of instruments and sheet music.

The Sewing Room – Sewing workshop and retail store selling fabric, sewing patterns, and professional dress forms.

The ReCrafting Co. – Quality recycled crafting materials, supplies, and tools at prices far below original retail.

Medical Checkups – Doctors, dentists, and specialty clinics can prepare any student for a healthy school year. Make an appointment to get your child’s required school vaccines or to get your child’s sports physical performed in Downtown Alameda today.

Alameda Pediatric Associates – High quality care with access to Stanford specialists.

Bayside Medical Group – Helping young patients to grow up healthy and happy.

Primary Pediatric Medical Care – Preventive health care, immunizations, and treatment for childhood illnesses.

Hair Appointments – Kids want to look their best on the first day of school. There are a number of barbers and hair salons in Downtown Alameda that are kid-friendly and have experience in prepping students with the most current hair trend.

Happy Cuts – Kid-friendly hair salon with themed car chairs to sit in.

Park Barber Shop – Fast, friendly, and professional service.

We Are Hair – Providing a warm, friendly, family atmosphere.

After-School Programs – From one-on-one tutoring to group lessons, after-school academic enrichment programs can help your child reach his/her full potential. There are a number of high quality educational programs to choose from in Downtown Alameda.

Back to School_Professor Ha Tutoring AlamedaProgressive Education Center – One-on-one tutoring and group lessons.

Professor Ha Tutoring Center – Tutoring services for all grades and all subjects.

Super Scholars – Enrichment programs for students from preschool to eighth grade.

Furniture & Accessories – For students headed off to college, you’ll want to pick up a few things to help personalize their dorm room. The consignment and thrift shops in Downtown Alameda are filled with quality furniture and accessories at very reasonable prices.

Second Home – Consignment shop filled with an ever-changing inventory of quality home furnishings.

Decor Tech Furniture – Furniture retailer providing futons and accessories.

Bikes & Skateboards – Fretting over driving the older kids to school every morning? Alameda’s flat terrain makes it ideal for alternative transportation modes. Give the kids the freedom of getting themselves to school and creating healthy habits by picking up a new set of wheels in Downtown Alameda for them to roll along safe bike and walk routes.

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Alameda Bicycle – Serving families since 1969 with great bicycles and great services.

Ozone – Custom skateboards, Penny Skateboards, and more.

Knick Knacks –  Make the start of a new school year fun by picking up a few little extra things in Downtown Alameda. Students love to decorate their lockers with magnetic items, carpeting, wallpaper, posters, and lights. It’s also fun for kids to show off new keychains, trendy watches, and other useful accessories.

Daisy’s – “Necessities, Frivolities, & Embellishments for everyday life!”

Therapy Home – Pick up some patches and pins to customize your wardrobe.

One last idea – the night before school starts, consider taking the family to one of Downtown Alameda’s fabulous Dessert Places for the “last hurrah.” Choose from ice cream, frozen yogurt, smoothies, or boba. That’s a sweet way to start the school year!

Yogofina – Offering over 27 toppings for a fun and exciting yogurt experience.

Teazzert – Come by for an ice cream sandwich, or a bag of organic cookies.

Tucker’s Ice Cream – Specializing in rich and full flavored old-fashioned super creamed ice cream.

The businesses included in this list are just a small sampling of Downtown Alameda merchants. Come take a stroll and see what other businesses can help you with your last-minute school supplies!

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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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