George W. Davis

Andy Hopp, left, the owner of the Oddmall Outpost, holds pet hooded dragon Angurius on his shoulder as his son Rory Hopp, 13, holds pet snake Honk, an African egg eating snake, inside the shop of oddities and original items in Green.

Green — A former church in Green is not haunted, but rather is full of weird and unusual arts and crafts and includes a 50-creature reptile pet collection rather than your conventional arts and crafts shows.

The edifice is at 772 East Turkeyfoot Lake Road. The church title is absent and in its put is the latest name, Odd Mall Outpost, An Assembly of Odd.

Proprietor Andy Hopp and his family members are Inexperienced residents, and they have rented the facility from a friend due to the fact 2018. Hopp is enthralled with unusual and unique works of art and craft things consigned to him by local vendors as perfectly as artisans from close to the place mainly because of his nationwide subsequent.

The Oddmall Outpost, a shop and gallery of oddities and original items in Green, is located inside a former church.

He considers his store to be an emporium of the odd, with a website touting its “art and artifice, showcasing works of hundreds of artists, crafters, entertainers, artisans and purveyors of video games, toys, comics, collectibles “and all items odd, geeky, bizarre, imaginative and amazing.”

The entrepreneur came from Cincinnati to analyze zoology and artwork at Kent State College, exactly where he graduated with a great arts diploma and fulfilled his wife, Heather. Their  sons, Mango and Rory, also support with the business enterprise.

Oddities and original items, such as this handmade top, are sold at the Oddmall Outpost in Green.

“I operate the keep and also host art and craft reveals in the course of northern Ohio and the Pacific Northwest through the yr,” Hopp mentioned. He just had a demonstrate Dec. 11 at the Tadmor Shrine on Krebs Travel in Coventry Township. Yet another clearly show is scheduled there Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hopp operates three sites for vendors and curiosity seekers to follow his ventures: for online ordering and The latter is for individuals who show up at his conventions. The occasion, which he has hosted on a yearly basis due to the fact 2005, except for previous year for the reason that of the COVID-19 pandemic, is largely a tabletop video games convention with fingers-on activities.

Oddities and original items such as this toilet sculpture are sold at the Oddmall Outpost in Green.

His 2022 variation of his four-working day Con on the Cob will be held Oct. 6-9 at the Excellent Inn in Richfield, showcasing exhibitors, online games, art, sci-fi, freak and comedy songs.

He was doing the job in Barberton producing church directories when he turned a freelance illustrator, which led him in various directions, like planning tabletop game titles, which are for sale and can be played at the Outpost.

Rory Hopp, 13, works on the sculpture of a character in a role-playing game his father, Andy Hopp, the owner of the Oddmall Outpost, created at the shop in Green.

“We realized a large amount of artists who ended up executing tons of appealing initiatives and we wished to give them a position to exhibit off their capabilities and creations,” Hopp claimed of his current enterprise.

He believed the interior is about 4,000 square feet. The top rated flooring is an art gallery, showcasing odd and strange creations he considers excellent for items, which those people supplying and acquiring won’t usually find in other places. Lots of of the artists being showcased also consider part in his shows.

Original plush toys are sold at the Oddmall Outpost in Green.

The retailer has a exclusive board recreation library with tables set up on the two floors exactly where patrons can enjoy for free, Hopp reported..

“We have an region where we have close to 50 creatures in our reptile pet zoo in which our son Mango functions as ringmaster Jungle Mango. These are our animals who dwell in the zoo 12 months-round so our guests can see the snakes, lizards, frogs, turtles, fish and other people. They are not for sale, but we can get them out and perform with them together with the readers simply because the reptiles are all non-venomous.

Hopp mentioned he ideas to soon restart his art workshops and classes at the Outpost and hopes to keep barbecue gatherings at the venue when the weather conditions is nicer than now.

George W. Davis can be achieved at: [email protected]

Original artisan-made jewelry is sold at the Oddmall Outpost in Green.

By Indana