If you're wondering what Ophiuroidea means, and why we chose it as our name, here it goes...Ophiuroidea is a scientific name for a classification of "starfish" like marine animals, specifically the brittle and basket stars. When deciding a name, we Googled "Scientific name for starfish" and this beautiful word appeared, Ophiuroidea. The word had a beautiful way about it, and although hard to pronounce (click here to listen to it spoken), we decided it was unique and beautiful, just like our shop. "The O" was added soon after, as all the local businesses started to call us "The O", since they didn't know how to pronounce Ophiuroidea ... so it stuck!!
Turns out the name Ophiuroidea is not a starfish (sea star) at all, but closely resembles them, and they are considered serpent stars, moving along the sea floor wiggling their long arms. Ophiuroidea mean "Serpent" in Greek.
We chose to use a true starfish, the armour star, to represent Ophiuroidea in our logo, which was designed by our friend Desiree Hopf, Conners Way Photography.
We are located in St. Michaels, Maryland and the Kent Narrows in Grasonville, Maryland.
If you love the coastal breezy lifestyle, the sand between your toes and the sun on your face, you'll love "The O".
Ophiuroidea "The O" started in December 2009, and has continued to be a favorite store among locals and visitors. It's simple, we find things we love to share, from unique and handcrafted coastal items, mermaid art, sea glass jewelry, coastal furniture & home decor and one of a kind finds!
We'd love to help you enjoy a casual lifestyle for you and your home.
Ophiuroidea "The O"