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Fetal Pigs, Leeches & Shrunken Heads, Oh My: A Look at SoCal’s 1st Steampunk Odditorium [Video]

Patch has an exclusive tour inside a store that caters to the world of steampunk.

If you’re in the market for a new top hat and a preserved sheep’s brain, there’s a nearby business offering you a one-stop-shop.

North County recently became home to , a store filled with things that’ll likely confound and creep you out a little—but that’s the point.

This shop—which is the first of its kind in Southern California—has a lot of locals scratching their heads, however. That’s because many have never heard of steampunk, a science fiction subculture that blends Victorian themes with post-apocalyptic modern technology. The shop carries common steampunk costume props, like goggles, bloomers and ray guns.

“We’re getting a lot of people in that didn’t even know this stuff existed,” said store manager Celeste Barbier. While some customers are just learning about the subculture, there is a growing steampunk community in San Diego. Barbier said she also hopes ComicCon, slated July 12 to 15, will bring in more customers.

Peppered in to that steampunk apparel, you’ll find an impressive inventory for anyone who has a penchant for collecting things that are downright bizarre, everything from shrunken heads to jars of leeches.

“We sold out our fetal pigs and our frogs the first night,” she said. “We try to have unusual things you just can’t find at any other shop or boutique.”

The shop is attached to a tattoo parlor, which belongs to the same owner.

“This kind of started out as a grandiose waiting room for the tattoo shop and the boutique grew around it,” Barbier explained.

Doctor Watson’s Steampunk Odditorium is located at 421 A. South Coast
Highway 101 in Oceanside. The store is open Monday through Thursday
from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8
p.m. For more information, call (760) 757-6628. The Odditorium also has a Facebook page.

Daniel Woolfolk July 12, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Thank you, Celeste. It was great meeting you.
Deanne Goodman July 12, 2012 at 02:56 AM
It's a really cool store and fun to visit just to see the artwork people created and the unique items. There's some handmade jewelry in there I want to go back and get.
Brian Goddard August 03, 2012 at 01:26 AM
I bought the hanging bat in a glass dome... His name is Feratu. He shares his space with other fun, odd things of past in my 'Cabinet of Curiosities'. Thanx Celeste!
Celeste Barbier August 06, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Thanks Grandpa John! How interesting I too have a Grandpa John of my own in Newport Beach. Thank you for the lovely compliments to our shoppe. I hope you've taken the time to stop by. I also appreciate the suggestion for Pair a Dice, never been to that shop yet but now I'll have to check it out!
Celeste Barbier August 06, 2012 at 10:52 PM
I'm so glad that he's found a good home where he's appreciated and admired!

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