Unique Gifts and Artists’ Haven
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You can find the most unique gifts, art, clothing and surfboards at Canvas Shop (702 Marina Drive in Seal Beach). SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel saw books, stationery, journals, stickers, games, and one-of-a-kind items you don’t see in other stores.
Ryan and Tammy Callis, the husband and wife proprietors of Canvas Shop, said that most of the things in their store are made in the U.S.
Each of their gift items originates from small businesses, local surfboard shapers, and artists.
The couple has plans in the works to create an artists’ haven by expanding their store so that they can invite artists to be part of an Artists’ Series. Ryan is an artist himself and has taught at Biola University, which inspired him to create a venue to showcase local artists and introduce them to the community.
Ryan’s Work Room
Currently, Canvas Shop hosts different music groups and screens independent films, such as the award-winning bodysurfing movie “Come Hell or High Water,” which was featured recently. Like Canvas Shop, the movie celebrates the ocean and the environment.
Ryan and Tammy took over Canvas Shop in 2011 from its original owners of 30 years, who made custom canvas boat covers, and they added art, surfboards, and gift items into the mix.
Tammy told SurfWriter Girls, “Our regular customers come in monthly to see the latest things. They come from every walk of life, all ages and backgrounds.” She and Ryan love working at their store because it lets him spend time on his art and they get to meet interesting people. Another plus is that it’s walking distance from their home.
In the back of Canvas Shop there’s a garden area with additional artworks on display and chairs where people can sit and talk. There’s another bigger, grassy area behind this where the store stages music performances and shows outdoor movies.
Canvas Shop is right next door to devynn’s garden, which makes the perfect retailing mix with shoppers strolling back and forth through a connecting door.
The flower shop makes beautiful flower arrangements and also sells clothing, jewelry and skin care products.