Surrounded by water, it’s only fitting that Alameda has its own scuba shop. AAA Premier Scuba sells and rents out scuba diving, free diving and snorkeling gear. Find everything, from kids’ and adults’ wetsuits by Henderson and Pinnacle, to snorkels, flippers, masks and other diving accessories. The store offers diving certification classes and schedules open and confined water diving trips to nearby and non-local diving spots. If you’re not ready to dive into owning scuba or snorkeling gear, equipment rental is available for daily and weekly rates.
1517 Webster St., (510) 217-8587, aaapremierscuba.com, open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Most kids don’t give one thought about their shoes until one starts to rub them the wrong way, which usually happens at a most inconvenient time. The owners of Happy Feet ensure their smallest customers get a proper shoe fitting and help parents find the correct size shoes. Both parents and kids will jump for joy knowing the store stocks popular brands known for comfort, including Tsukihoshi, Stride Rite, Primigi and Geox. Playful printed raincoats, backpacks, lunch bags, socks and dancewear are also available.
2311 A Santa Clara Ave., (510) 748-0524, happyfeetkidz.com, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.