I was really excited to find a retail parcel for rent on the Esoterica sim in Second Life. I’m not sure what took me so long – I should have sought this out a long time ago! It’s not my first shop rental …but something about getting set up there was giving me a warm fuzzy feeling inside.
Esoterica sim is the home of Flashmans!!! You have been to the opium den at Flashmans, haven’t you?? Long long ago when I was still quite noobish – I stumbled upon Flashmans. At the time, it was at a different location and had a different owner. Martin Ren, the proprietor, had built a quaint and unique little place. It was full of deco designs, secret rooms, a ghost, opium pipe, ambiant music stream, cool vintage themed animations, arm wrestling, history..even a mouse! I’m sure it was the first place I’d been that wasn’t a strip club full of blinging primary colors, classic rock music and strobe lights! It really wowed me!
Over the years, as I was decorating my place (Astoria della Mar), Flashmans was often in my mind. I wanted my place to feel like THAT! Vintage and Quirky! Over the years, I eventually added many similar items to Astoria. In recent months, all the Glimmer Moon shop items have striven for that feel too!
Flashmans has new owners and a new location now… Phideaux Mayo and Echo Underwood are the current proprietors! Flashmans has a new look (a creation of Martin Ren even!) and is situated on the corner of the Esoterica sim. There are also some really cute shops – antiques, steampunk, all unique and fun!
During my first 15 minutes I even had a customer…willing to pay me money!!
Ah well… I was once a noob visiting Flashmans too!
If you enjoy my creations or the feel of Astoria della Mar..you really must check out Flashmans! (but…please – don’t show up like my first visitor!)
I thank Martin, Phideaux and Echo for the quirky inspiration!! No wonder I have a warm fuzzy feeling at this new shop location…this is really where it all began for me!