February 14th is sneaking up on us again. What to do? What to do? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with three ideas you’re not likely to see other places.
Love Letter DIY Terrarium Kit – What better way to express your feelings than to scribble them on a Love Letter capture them in a bottle with a cork, and nestle that in a Valentine’s themed terrarium? It’s a gift that provides the personal touch that will be remembered for years. Each kit includes a hand-blown tipped bowl, all the fixings and instructions to make it work, and the special Love Letter ingredients. Available in the shop or as part of the Valentine’s Day Gift Pack. Note: Make sure to purchase before February 10th to insure prompt arrival. Supplies are limited.
Shared Heart Sea Star Necklace Pair – This necklace set is in the traditional split-heart style with a sea star in each necklace as the featured performer. It’s a thoughtful and unique item to bestow upon your favorite couple. Available in the shop or as part of the Valentine’s Day Gift Pack.
Love Potion #C – This is a definite Oddyssea twist on the traditional candy for Valentine’s Day approach. It is a 16ml borosilicate test tube with assorted chocolate candies capped with a cork stopper. The candy amount is just right to say “I love you” without completely blowing up the New Year’s diet. Available in the shop or as part of the Valentine’s Day Gift Pack.
Well, there you have it. Three ideas for Valentine’s Day from Oddyssea. If you’re going to give a Valentine gift, you may as well make it interesting! We hope you and your sweetie enjoy the day however you choose to celebrate.
Hello there, in 2014 we’re going to shut down for a couple of days to enable us to catch up on some maintenance and reconfiguration work that will be required as the basis to provide a great 2014 experience.
So, when we shut the doors at 6pm January 5th, 2014 we will remain closed January 6, 7, and 8 to do this work and plan to reopen on January 9th at 10am.
We hope this doesn’t inconvenience you and hope you like the changes.
The entire Oddyssea team wishes you and yours a fantastic New Year!
A few weeks ago we were chatting with one of the visitors in the shop and he asked “What’s your mission here?” which is a somewhat unusual question (and by the way, the kind of question we most enjoy.) We gave him an answer and he said “That’s interesting. Hi, I’m Peter Finch, Evening News Anchor for KGO Radio. Would you be interested in participating in an upcoming segment I’m working on?” Of course we said yes.
About 2 weeks ago we had an appointment with Peter, he came down to the shop and we had a nice chat. He’s an engaging person full of curiosity and fun. It was an easy conversation that is the basis for the latest installment of the “Finch Files: Unusual Stores.”
Also featured is a shop in San Francisco’s Mission District called Vira Cocha, after hearing about it, we can’t wait to visit. It was new to us.
There are a couple of ways to hear this piece: 1) Tune into KGO Radio 810 AM today at 05:16, 14:16, 19:46, or 21:16 to listen to it live. 2) Cruise over to the Finch Files Archive and listen to it in pod cast format (it’s not posted yet, but will be shortly.) 3) Press play on the audio tool below and hear it live on this page.
We are really flattered that Oddyssea is one of those places that inspires people to want to share their experiences. When we started this whole epic journey, that was an outcome we hoped we would be able to achieve and we’re so happy that it’s coming to pass. After all, we want our visitors to Explore, Create, and Discover with each visit.
Thanks Peter for the wonderful piece, we hope to see you again in the future.
It’s the silly season again and the pressure is on to find just the right gift for the special people in your life. We’d like to help
In that spirit, the US Postal Service tells us that items shipped by December 14th will be guaranteed to make it you (in the Continental US) by Christmas. So, we thought we’d do our part and grease the skids with a little shipping incentive.
For orders placed through Oddyssea Online, our online shop, we will ship free anywhere in the Continental United States. We’re not one of the “big boy” companies, so this is a pretty rare offer and one we’ve never provided before.
What sorts of things can you get at Oddyssea Online? Browse on over and check it out. We have a number of unique things from Jelly-rerrariums, to DIY Terrarium Kits, to Ultimate Gadget Kits, to various kinds of stocking stuffers. It’s a small, curated collection of some of our most interesting products.
We hope this helps you complete your holiday mission with a little less stress and a little more flair. Of course, we always welcome your visit in the shop too – we’re open 10am-6pm Daily, except Wednesdays. We’re open 24×7 online. Hope to see you soon!
If you want to give more than a simple gift, say you want to give an experience, consider one of our Do-It-Yourself Terrarium Kits.
This all-in-one, gift boxed item includes everything your intended needs to create a beautiful sea themed terrarium. The fun of creating their own masterpiece is really the gift, the resulting creation will last indefinitely as tillandsia are perennial plants that thrive if only you can provide them with bright indirect light and give them a drink of water at least once per week.
This is a terrarium that even a plant assassin can keep alive!
The best part of this gift is that one is free to improvise. We keep a Pinterest board of great terrarium creations that can be referenced for ideas and offers a place to share their own creation. Order yours today at Oddyssea Online.
It’s that time of year again, and it seems to start earlier and earlier! We’re starting to get into the swing of things for the holidays and we wanted to give you a glimpse into our holiday operations.
To answer the first question, no Oddyssea Outside will not be open during the holiday season. Things are definitely progressing, but we’ve decided it’s better to do it well than to do it fast. So please stay tuned for more information on that front…..As with all projects, they cost more and take longer to complete than you would ever imagine.
And yes, we will be open for Night of Lights on December 6th until 9pm.
Our holiday setup this year is going to be the same as last year in that we will be closed on the following days: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. We will have shorter hours, 10am to 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Otherwise, the schedule remains the same, we’re open daily 10am to 6pm, closed Wednesdays.
That being said, we are open 24×7 at Oddyssea Online and we’re happy to ship your treasure!
We wish you all a great holiday season!
October 19th and 20th mark the 43rd annual Pumpkin Festival in beautiful Half Moon Bay, California. What does this mean practically? About 200,000 of our closest friends descend upon our little slice of heaven to have a great time. Main Street is closed between Stone Pine Road and Monte Vista from Friday night until late Sunday night. The festival runs from 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. All of the event logistics are available here.
This year the whole shop will be open, yay! We will be applying glitter tattoos in hundreds of different styles, shapes, and colors. These tattoos aren’t permanent, but do have staying power for 1-2 weeks. In addition, we’ll have our usual assortment of nature, science, art, and weird stuff during festival hours. We’ve got some special terrarium kits assembled just for the event (get them early before they’re gone) and we’ll have an in-store only special on our Pirate Flags – Arrrrrrrrr!
If you choose to brave the crowds, we’d love to see you. Our pro tip from us to you is: avoid highway 92 at all costs. If you’re coming from San Jose, we advise taking highway 84 west to highway 1 north and accessing the festival from the south end of town. If you’re coming from San Francisco, we advise taking 280 south to highway 1 south and accessing the festival from the north end of town. In neither case should you plan on trying to cross the highway 92 and highway 1 intersection. If you come in from the south, stay south of that point and if from the north, stay north!
Drop by, say hi, have some fun at Oddyssea!
Have you ever wondered how long distance communication happened from ship to ship or ship to shore before the arrival of radios? Have you ever wondered what the real purpose of the crow’s nest was on a ship?
It turns out humans are pretty inventive and developed a system of communication using flags and pennants called semaphore (and you old Unix hacks out there know this because of the semaphores used in the OS, but I digress.) This was a means for a fleet of ships to communicate where the admiral could transmit orders to each ship individually or to the entire fleet using a series of flags and pennants which comprised letters, numbers, words, and phrases.
Each ship would station a look-out in the crow’s nest with a spy glass to read these communications and signal them down to the captain for action and/or response using the same mechanism. Since the crow’s nest is located high above the deck of the ship, it extended the effective distance of the semaphore system.
This same approach was used for ship to shore communications where high ground on land would be home to a flag pole that was used for land based semaphore. The most common usage today is in ports signaling weather conditions to mariners, usually wind and storm info via red pennants.
One of the most fascinating aspects of the system was when two ships met on open waters – the look-outs in the crow’s nest would first identify the nationality, or “flag” of the ship to determine what action would be taken next: retreat, attack, ignore, meet, etc. The term we hear now called “false flag” originates from the practice of a ship purposely flying the wrong flag to induce an action from another ship. Pirates would do this to lure in a potential victim before hoisting the Jolly Roger to signal their real intentions.
We love the history and lore of these sorts of things and celebrate them in the shop by offering assorted nautical flags and pennants. Our favorite right now is the Jolly Roger. Come in, learn a little more about the piracy in days of yore. Or simply grab your piece of history over at Oddyssea Online. It’s great to know the story that goes along with the object – you don’t need to fly a false flag or be a pirate to enjoy the Jolly Roger!
Ahoy! Last year we celebrated our first International Talk Like a Pirate Day with costumes, a flag, and some discounts and a fun time was had by all. So, we’re going to do it again this year on September 19th.
We’ve added a special “pirate section” hosted in the small row boat in the corner of the Explore room with many different pirate supplies inclusive of a 3′x5′ Jolly Roger you can adopt for your very own!
There’s also a hidden promotion in the shop you can discover and take advantage of during the entire month of September to celebrate in your own swashbuckling scallywag ways. Don’t be a bilge rat, drop by, Talk Like a Pirate, have some fun.
Our proposed plans for Oddyssea Outside were approved at the City of Half Moon Bay Planning Council meeting on August 13th.
We first engaged the Planning team in February of this year and had a voluntary, preliminary hearing with the Council in May to share the concept and solicit the Council Member’s input before submitting our application for consideration. That strategy paid off in two ways, one was in being able to address potential pitfalls in our plan as a result of the preliminary meeting and the other was it provided us with extra time to hone the concept, plans, and activities for the area. While it was disappointing to have things feel so “slow” we will benefit from it in the longer term.
This leaves the obvious question, what happens now? Presently we’re in the appeal period where anyone who did not agree with the decision can engage the City in the appeals process. To our knowledge, there is no such opposition, so it’s more time for us to prepare while we wait for the appeal period to pass and we’re using this time to tighten the plans for the building phase, engage with the structural engineer for the mast and related structures, and to secure the materials and personnel to engage.
We do have another process to engage in with the City of Half Moon Bay, and that’s the Building Permit Process. So that’s underway and we’re doing everything we can to move that along in a timely fashion. While we’d hoped to be open for Pumpkin Festival, that’s not likely to happen for this year. But hitting the holiday season is a distinct possibility and is our target.
Stay tuned, as we know more, we’ll be sure to share. If you’d like to get a better idea of the plan, feel free to drop in and take a look at the excellent model in miniature (1/48 scale) sitting on the table in the Create room. We hope to see you soon!