Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The California Flannel Bush

Fremontodendron californicum

It is officially Spring at the Garden Shed when the California Flannel Bush blooms! 
This time of year people are drawn to our door by this spectacular tree.  We Heiresses are bombarded daily by questions about it.  Not that we mind, but none of us claim to be horticulturists.   Find out more about this drought tolerant California native at  Better yet, come by Ocean Heir and see for yourself!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Benches

The Bench at Ocean Heir

"One can participate in the art that this bench is by simply sitting in it."
Bamberg, Matt "Piece it Together" The Desert Sun, Palm Springs, 5 Nov. 2000, F1. print.

The eye-catching bench was originally commissioned in 2000 by Heiress-in-Chief Diane Matzner, then owner of the Palm Springs stores Mosaic, La Mariposa, and Aristokatz. Artist Harvey Silverman spent nearly a month piecing together the tile, ceramic, and other materials over a solid concrete form. The completed bench weighs nearly one ton, and truly is very comfortable.

An enthusiastic supporter of art in public places, Diane installed the bench in front of the two Plaza Mercado Center stores (Mosaic and La Mariposa), where it immediately drew tons of attention. It has been featured in several newspaper articles, widely photographed, and is rumored to have been the site of at least one marriage proposal.

The bench traveled with Diane across country for several years. When she opened Ocean Heir in Cambria, in October 2012, the bench found a new home in the courtyard of the Shops at the Garden Shed where all us Heiresses enjoy watching the delight it brings our visitors every day.

The Bench at HART

All us Heiresses share a common love of animals and a passion for animal rescue. The marquee fundraiser for our local animal shelter HART, "Wines, Pines, and Felines," is scheduled for April 12 this year at Camp Ocean Pines. Ocean Heir, among many local businesses, has made a donation towards the raffle. Tickets are available now. You can learn more about the event and about HART at

Judy Lyon (left) with Diane Matzner
Ocean Heir's support of HART is much deeper than a simple raffle donation.  Another of Diane's public art creations, a painted metal sculpture bench, originally commissioned for her Aristokatz store has been donated to Hart, where it sits proudly on the grounds of the facility at 2638 Main street in Cambria.

On September 4, 2014 the bench (lovingly repainted by local artist Judy Lyon) was unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony marking  the opening of the newly revamped  HART gift shop (vamping  provided by our Heiress-in-Chief). The shop is chock      full interesting and useful stuff, to help you care for, pamper,   and proclaim your love  for your special pet         

Really, HART is a very special organization and a terrific asset to our community. The Main street shelter is an impressive accomplishment, and is worth a visit whether you are looking to adopt, shop, or just take a tour. Join all the Heiress in our support of HART, every little bit  helps!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Something Old, Something New...

        This week at Ocean Heir we are welcoming our new social media heiress, Katherine Williams, to the crew! Katherine comes to us all the way from a small privately owned marketing firm in Boise Idaho! She has spent the last couple of years working remotely from the High

 Sierras. She is an experienced outdoorswoman, enjoys rock climbing and backpacking in her free time, and is currently learning to surf. Katherine is new to Cambria as well, so if you see her catching waves, working in the shop
, or even just walking by, please stop and say hello! Katherine has a sweet disposition, a great fashion sense and an established eye for detail that we look forward t
o working with! Welcome Katherine!

         Also, don’t forget! This weekend is the Open Studios Art Tour sponsored by Arts Obispo! Ocean Heir’s very own, Kirstin Kallal, will be one of many featured artists this year! Kirstin create
s beautifully unique block print designs and handcrafted cards (…carried in the shop of course!)! If you were lucky enough to have seen her work earlier this year at the SLO Museum of Art, then you know it’s gorgeous, modern, and very reasonably priced! We are so proud to have Kirstin as a member of our team! Please check out her work at 2415 Leona Ave., San Luis Obispo, CA 10am-5pm October 11th, 12th, 18th, and 19th. Congratulations Kirstin!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fireworks and Celebration is in the air!
We've got the perfect outfit
and a variety of gifts to choose from for
this patriotic occasion.
Stop in and take a peek,
We look forward to meeting you.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Just Married...

One of our beautiful customers, Monica was married on the
Bill Kerr Trail on 
May 31st, 2014.
For her wedding gown she chose a 
Sacred Threads dress from Ocean Heir.
Kevin & Monica

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Father's Day Is Tomorrow

This occasion should be celebrated for that special man in your life.
We have a large variety of unique items that would surely define his personality and your love for detail.
From vintage and nostalgic to new.
Either way we have it all and much more.
Stop in and take a look.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Love that new book smell?

Hot off the printing press Josie Iselin newest book, Ocean Garden - The Secret Life of Seaweed, hits Ocean Heir's bookshelves today. Also check out Josie's additional best sellers we have in the store; Sea Glass, Beach Stones, Heart Stones, and Sea Shells.