Our History

The title of second-longest owner on the Santa Monica Pier is held by Christine Volaski, whose Oatman Rock Shop has weathered all varieties of storms since 1965, Originally located at the west end, the original shop lost everything to the storms of 1983. Shortly after the waters settled, the store found safer quarters over the inland section of the pier and has been there ever since.


I had the opportunity to see my children and grandchildren grow up on this pier - a couple of them learned to walk on this pier- and I’ve met the most interesting people from all over the world.
— Chris Volaski, owner of The Oatman Rock Shop since 1965