Wondering how to shop local and support our wonderful small businesses without violating the COVID-19 shelter in place orders? We were, too! With your help, we’re working to expand our list of places we can support from our couches in our jammies. We also have a list of activity providers that have gone virtual.
Keep your money in our community when possible. It makes a real difference. Please leave more ideas in the comments.
East Bay kid businesses that will sell you stuff online
Toys & Crafts
Visit Artist & Craftsman. [Experiencing fulfillment delays, but still taking orders] Berkeley’s Artist & Craftsman has a lovely assortment of chalk, paint, clay, sketch books, canvasses, and trinkets. Shop online for Artist & Craftsman supplies but allow for delays.
Shop Bricks & Minifigs, Concord’s Bricks & Minifigs is shipping LEGO sets and pieces to your home. Pair the new bricks with inspiration from LEGO Masters, the TV show, for hours of playtime. Shop online with Bricks & Minifigs Concord >
Color Me Mine, now at home. Color Me Mine Alameda has created to-go kits for same-day delivery in Alameda and Thursday delivery in Oakland. So clever! Select the pottery piece you want and up to 6 colors (or choose SURPRISE ME for 8 colors). Communicate by email to have your items returned to the shop for firing. Schedule Color Me Mine to-go >
Twirl crafts at home. Twirl Alameda has created age-appropriate crafty kits for a week’s worth of creative fun for little ones. Delivery fees are included. $10 surcharge outside of Alameda. Order a Twirl craft kit >
Shop Mischief! In the name of joy, Oakland’s Mischief is known for local crafts, workshops and gathering with friends. Now they are packaging up fun craft kids for kids (and the parents who really need to unwind at the end of a day!). The online store is complete with all kinds of activity kits- including a bunch of playdough soap kits to encourage kiddos’ hand washing. Shop Mischief online. Find news and clever product pairings on Facebook.
A Verb for Keeping Warm kits and more. North Oakland’s A Verb for Keeping Warm is encouraging us to stay home and shop online for their gorgeous handmade craft items. Knit, embroider, dye, and sew. Shop A Verb for Keeping Warm online >
[Off-line as of 3/31, check back soon] Support Five Little Monkeys! Need a fun surprise to liven up the day and pull your kids’ attention from fighting and screens? Five Little Monkeys is a community-based toy store with unique, high quality toys in six Bay Area locations. Owner Stephanie is fulfilling online orders just as fast as she can with $0 shipping. New products added every day. I just bought a sweet little donut animal craft, new aspirational puzzle, and magnetic doink-it dart set.
[Off-line as of 3/31, check back soon] Visit FLAX Art & Design. Oakland’s FLAX Art & Design lets you order online for all FLAX’ kids goodies like books, face paint, craft supplies, clay, easels, and lots more! Experiencing fulfillment delays.
Shop at Moe’s Books Online. Their staff will answer questions during business hours and the online shop is always open. Buy from Moe’s Books on Telegraph >
Shop at Mrs. Dalloway’s. Order your child a few new titles from a community favorite. I just grabbed a graphic novel and a promising looking adventure book by a Cuban author for my voracious little reader. Buy now from Mrs. Dalloway’s in Elmwood >
Support A Great Good Place for Books! Montclair’s beloved bookstore, A Great Good Place for Books, is working directly with their publishers and audiobook subscription providers to get you your favorite titles. If you buy a one month membership at Libro.fm for $15, all of that money goes to GGP and you get one audiobook. Find out more about how to support GGP >
Pegasus Books can ship direct. Berkeley & Oakland’s indie bookstore, Pegasus, is selling books online as well as digital gift cards with reduced shipping rates. They’re also keeping up with their recommendations lists. Shop Pegasus Bookstore >
Books, Inc. is online. The West’s oldest independent bookseller with locations all around the Bay Area is now shipping to you for free from their online shop. Shop Books, Inc >
Rocket Reuse has free no-contact delivery. Alameda’s Rocket Reuse is selling used books, DVDs, CDs, and even clothes with strict safety measures within Alameda. Browse via Rocket Reuse virtual shelves on Facebook >
Clothes and shoes
Cotton Basics is online. Made in Oakland and sold in three retail shops around the Bay Area, you can go online for basic clothes for women, men, and kids including onesies and cute screen prints. Shop Cotton Basics >
GoldenBug Kids and GoldenBug Shoes is online. The new Fourth Street boutique and most adorable place in Rockridge for shoes are online with shoes, clothing, and gifts for children. Not sure if you need something adorable right now? Consider a gift card.
- Shop online with new items added every day at goldenbugkids.com
- Follow any news and updates on Facebook.
Grove Street Kids is online. Are your kids outgrowing their pants and shirts at exactly the wrong time? The Grove Street Kids & Women’s Resale Boutique in N. Berkeley is a shop with new and gently used children’s clothing, shoes & accessories for newborn to size 10 as well as women’s and maternity wear. Ann Marie has updated her online presence so you can keep finding the best clothes at the best prices.
- Shop online with new items added every day at grovestreetkids.square.site >
- Follow any news and updates on Facebook.
Ruby’s Garden is offering 30% off all kids clothes and gift items (including a wonderful collection of books). So sad to report that Ruby’s Garden is now closing. Call in your order or order online for curbside pickup or USPS. See what’s at Ruby’s Garden >
Snacks and Drinks
Wine and Beer
- Free local delivery from Berkeley winery, Donkey & Goat winery.
- Vintage Berkeley and Solano Cellars, local wine shops, are offering home delivery.
- Fieldwork Brewing on Gilman is offering a pre-order of beers with curbside pickup & home delivery.
- Temescal Brewing has cans, bottles, and crowlers for pickup or delivery.
- I bought some coffee beans from Farley’s today.
- Red Bay Coffee in Oakland will delivery to your door.
- More coffee beans and assorted cafe beverages from Awaken Cafe.
Snacks and Treats
- There are beautiful and tasty chocolates just waiting to come to your house at The Xocolate Bar.
- Order a quarantine care package of delicious pastries, cookies, dessert, and quick bread mini loaf for East Bay delivery. Order from Batch Pastries >
More ways to help East Bay businesses
Find more ways to support Oakland businesses on the Oakland Indie Alliance including where to buy gift cards and send staff tips. Send any money you’re saving not buying your comics and coffees, and contribute to the Berkeley Relief Fund to help Berkeley small businesses. Finally, contribute to your favorite Bay Area restaurant via Save our Faves. Some local families also started this round-up of Bay Area shopping you might like.
Please leave more ideas in the comments.