Odyssey Imports – A Piece of the Mediterranean in Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach California is one of the most beautiful places on earth!  On our last visit we happened upon this shop full of treasures of the Mediterranean.

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Kelli’s Take

Odyssey Imports is a jewel box on the main street (Coast Highway) in Laguna.  The owners David and Valerie have deep connections to the creators of these gorgeous curated products. They travel to the “ports of origin” often.  In most cases they know the artisans personally and are able to tell you the stories behind the products.  From hand painted ceramics to stunning jewelry, everything in the shop caught my eye and inspired me.  I enjoyed talking to David, one half of the treasure hunting duo.  I gleaned so much from his knowledge and passion for the products. His wife, Valerie was in Lebanon searching for more beautiful treasures when I visited the shop. I look forward to meeting her next time I’m in Laguna. This is not your ordinary shop.  There are layers of things to see.  We were in the shop twice during our time in Laguna and each time I discovered something new.

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David is a wealth of information and stories about his travels and the people he and Valerie meet on their quest for interesting products.  This couple know what they are talking about.  David was an Entrepeneurship professor from the American University in Beruit and Valerie has a background in archeology in Lebanon.  Each product is brought to the shop for it’s hand crafted beauty, unique style and high quality. If you can’t make it to the shop, they have a wonderful website, an easy way to shop from home.

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Global style from unique Phoenician blown glass to colorful mosaic lamps,to decorate your home. There are only a few shops I come across that I say “I would like EVERYTHING from this shop” both for myself and special gifts for others.

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You can watch short videos of the people actually crafting the products.

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 One of my purchases was the teal colored tagine pictured.  Odyssey gives you great advice on how to prepare the tagine and a few tried and true *recipes to cook in it. I can’t wait to make 

David’s “Artichoke a la Tagine

and also their recipes for chicken with fennel bulb, and Lamb with dates, almonds and pistachios in the tagine which they give you when you purchase this handmade clay cooker.

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Luxurious olive wood serving pieces.

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I got a pair of these earrings from Istanbul, and get compliments every time I wear them.  Each pair are unique and handcrafted.

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Pick a ring, any ring.  Aren’t they great!  The price is also great.

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 Finest quality imported personal care with wonderful botanical ingredients.

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This is the view from the shop’s front door.  Make it a stop on your day in Laguna Beach.  It’s sure to be a highlight.

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Osyssey Imports

www.odyssey-imports.com

572 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

(949)272-0129

 

 

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