Shopping options run from strip malls and designer store malls to entire city blocks dedicated to tiny boutique stores selling local goods. The Eastmont Town Center in East Oakland provides a few shops such as Gazzali's Supermarket and Star Beauty Supply, as well as the original McDonald's dating back to the 1970s. But since much of this mall has been converted to office space, locals usually head to Alameda South Shore Center for major stores such as Bed, Bath & Beyond, TJ Maxx, and Ross.
You can find most of the high-end specialty stores in the Rockridge
and Piedmont neighborhoods of Oakland, a few BART stops away from Castlemont. Lakeshore and Uptown are two other neighborhoods where you may find specialty boutiques lining the blocks. Here, you can find vintage clothing at the Rare Bird, also hosting classes on how to make mosaic art. The Pretty Penny carries a collection of vintage nightgowns in frilly pink, along with rows of '50s and '60s era clothing.
Within the neighborhood, Food Co. and Lucky's sell groceries. Nearby, you can find farmer's markets for every day of the week -- from the Sunday market in downtown's Jack London Square to the Grand Lake
Farmer's market. The nearest market is located at the Fruitvale BART station, operating Thursdays until 7 p.m. and Sundays until 5 p.m.