The shop was established in February, 2012 by Mike & Ellen Harding, residents of the San Mateo Coast since 1999. While both principals have long and varied experience, this is their first foray into the retail world.

Oddyssea is designed to provide experiences around the themes of exploration, creation, and discovery.

The best way to understand what that means is to visit the shop. We have hands-on products and projects that are not commonly available in other locales. Take a trip out to the San Mateo Coast and enjoy all that Half Moon Bay has to offer!

Any shop is more than its founders though and that’s especially true of Oddyssea. These folks make the magic happen: Lesley Hansen, Mary Corradini, Elle Janoe, Shelly Schabinger, and AJ Law.

We were also helped out greatly by Oddyssea alums: Kaila Wood, Mitchell Johnson, Angie Stevenson, Claire Fulmer, Nicole Clary, Shelby Hartness, Clay Ronk, Sabrina Muscat, Wendy Davenport, Bryana Britts, and Matt Harding.


A word about our animal products, we are committed to sourcing specimens ethically and legally. We are compliant with CITES and US/California Endangered & Threatened Species Acts. Ethically, we procure our specimens from suppliers who maintain the highest standards in animal/insect treatment with periodic inspection and review.

If you have questions about this subject, please feel free to Contact Us.