The island contains much more than the BlakOpal store: balloons and airships...
...and the Eridu Society airship outpost, which contains a cafe (which, as in every other cafe these days, is filled with some thoughtless person monopolizing a table just to type on a Difference Engine, buying perhaps a single cup of coffee over the course of hours).
Hmm, is that a still?
A book shop, a cozy nook (called "Local Shop," for some reason) with pictures of the Steamlands for sale, a warehouse, and a cafe are all available for exploration or just sitting. (A number of places are unfurnished, suggesting a work in progress.)
Ships are docked in the harbors, presumably taking goods to other BlakOpal destinations throughout the Steamlands.
And, of course, the store itself. I confess to picking up a new dress and some outerwear during my visit - the latter a nod to the change of seasons that is upon us.
I was accosted (via IM) by a cad named Alexis Gravois, who said, "tell to your friend to stop or i will make you banned both." Bewildered, I replied to Mr. Gravois, "What are you talking about? I'm here by myself and not doing anything but looking." He never replied. If he is a member of the BlakOpal team - and nothing indicated he is - his customer relations need improving.
The island is worth an extended visit and a leisurely stroll. Be sure to bring a full purse!