Jody O’Marra owns Luna Sea in Bristol.
What inspired the name Luna Sea?
I was searching for a name that would say something about me and the uniqueness of some of my products. I have always been fascinated by the moon – myth and fact – and the impact it has on the earth and people. So I was determined to have a moon reference in the name. Then I tried to come up with something to describe my shop contents, hoping it would inspire customers to stop in and check out Luna Sea. Once I found my location on Thames Street Landing I tried to incorporate that as well. A very wise restaurateur suggested I keep the name simple. So one night when I could not sleep I started running names through my head and realized I would also be answering the phone with this name. As I ran through the names Luna Sea popped into my mind and I smiled to think what my brothers would say as soon as they heard the name. The best part is that the name is a perfect fit... some days are Luna Sea days and some are Lunacy days!
Your store is a “mystical healing shop.” Can you explain what that means?
I hope that when people enter Luna Sea they are greeted with warmth and serenity. I find my space to be calm but lively, still yet bright. My furnishings are all treasures from home or consignment shops and I hope the décor is inviting. I do have customers who return for the peace, the great scent (Way Out Wax soy candles) and some who find the aura to be mystical – they sense a peace and happiness. Although, the moon does have mystical energy and she certainly smiles down on Luna Sea every night.
What can we find there?
I have unique gifts and carry glass and pewter items with a nautical/ beach theme. I carry a line of bamboo products since it’s such a plentiful and sustainable resource. I carry suncatchers, vases and tumbled glass from a producer in Oregon who uses recycled glass in all their products and supports social programs. I have a few card lines, one from Tree Free in NH that uses recycled paper and soy inks. My other cards are mostly made by local artists. I carry a line of Fence Fish made from reclaimed picket fences. Some of the other items are organic chocolates from Burlington, VT; soy candles with organic essential oils; organic spices, herbs, teas and accessories... plus more. I also carry locally made handbags made from recycled cloth and driftwood/sea glass objects.
We hear you have some surprises at your store.
Luna Sea is a special place. I think people will find treasures for themselves and loved ones. I also encourage them to come in and learn about being earth friendly and using organics for better health and happiness. Oh yes, Luna Sea celebrates many holidays (some may even be unfamiliar) and decorates for them as well as having pertinent gift items. There is also a resident mermaid who makes unscheduled appearances. No, she hasn’t told me her name yet.
What do you have to get us through winter?
Now is the time to come in and try some new teas, herbs and spices. These products will provide warmth during the long months of winter and it is a great time to try some new scents to freshen the closed up house and start changing some wasteful practices.
What led you to want to create a store like Luna Sea?
I wanted to be able to express my personality, teach others about organics and earth friendly products and finally be a free spirit. I would like to de-stress Bristol, Warren, Rhode Island and then who knows...
Anything special happening in January?
On January 6, I will be having a sample sale from 12-5pm. There will be free samples of some of my favorite products and a chance to try some new items as long as quantities last. I am also planning a grand opening this spring.