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!
Happy Birthday to Us
It’s hard to believe, but we opened our doors on July 14th of last year and what a first year it’s been. You can read all about it here. As a “thank you” for your support during our first year, we’ve got a discount for you; mention this newsletter and get a 10% discount on your purchase until the end of July.
Introducing Oddyssea Outside
Did you know we’ve taken over the lease on the lot next door? We plan to convert this 5,000 square foot area into an Activity and Adventure hub and we hope to have it operational before Pumpkin Festival this year. You can read more about the project here.
Solutions for Corporate Recognition
Many of our visitors work for or in large corporations and often times there is a need for some sort of unique recognition. We’ve been doing a little work in this area and are happy to consult with you to craft just the right thing to help your recognition standout from the crowd. Here’s what we recently completed for a corporate client.
New Products & Experiences
We believe it’s important to keep things fresh and as a result, we aim to introduce at least one new product or experience every day. Yes, you read that right, every day. Here’s an example of one of our new offerings and it’s an Oddyssea original.
Newsletters are great, but they’re no substitute for a visit. We’d love to see you back at the shop – we’re open daily 10am-6pm except for Wednesdays. If you’re remote or can’t make it over the hill, we’re always available at Oddyssea Online.
We hear this a bunch “Hey, what’s happening with that lot where that cool antique place used to be?” and until recently, we didn’t have a very good answer. But now we’re opening the kimono a bit so to speak to share what we’re thinking.
Mark Noack from the Half Moon Bay Review dropped by for a chat a few weeks ago and this article resulted from that interaction.
To add a little color to Mark’s work, we’re in the Planning process with the City and are awaiting the time/date the project will be advanced to the Planning Commission for a Coastal Development Permit and a Site Plan approval. Assuming we are able to navigate that process successfully, we then embark on the Building Permit process and hopefully we’ll be able to get to work after that time.
But what do we want to do with Oddyssea Outside? That’s really the key question.
Our tag line is “Explore. Create. Discover.” and we believe we’ve made a good down payment on making those things happen with the present shop, we’d really like to make those things come to life fully as we add the outside component to the shop. One failure we’ve experienced in our first year of operation revolves around our workshops. The inside space we have is lovely, but it’s simply not practical to have a dozen people working on terrarium projects while the shop is open generally for business. So we’d like to be able to run interesting content that visitors can participate in without interfering with the day-to-day operations of the rest of the shop.
We’re looking forward to running many, many experiments and hope that you’ll be able to participate and provide feedback as we learn how best to make the space interesting and hopefully a valuable part of the Coastside Community at large. Our best estimate about the next step in the Planning process is a request for approval of our application on August 13th at the public planning meeting. Wish us luck!
Here at Oddyssea, we like to experiment and sometimes we find something that works. The game Crab Roll is an example of one of our successful experiments that crossed the chasm to product.
Our objective was to create a multi-player game that appealed to all ages, had a coastal connection, was fast moving, and above all else, was fun. We pursued many different ideas and all but this one were failed experiments. Even this one had multiple iterations before we were able to hit upon something seemed to work.
Crab Roll is essentially a variation of a game of dice only in this case the dice are small, rubberized crabs. Each player rolls a pair of crabs and then observes the landing orientation of the crabs to create a score and a bonus if applicable. The game consists of 3 rounds of 6 rolls for each player and the player with the highest total score over the 3 rounds wins. If there is a tie, there is a roll-off between the tied players until a winner is determined.
We liked the crab theme as it ties in closely with our coastal location and our delicious Dungeness Crabs that come in at Pillar Point Harbor each fall. Since it is essentially a dice game, Crab Roll is easy to learn, score, and play. Our test players indicated that the game was fun to play (we know this because they wanted to keep the game. )
You can get your own copy of Crab Roll either by dropping in for a visit or by ordering at Oddyssea Online.