Jack and Tiffany Bennett are back in business. Naturally, they are in the market for your haunted goods. Especially if a poltergeist comes attached.
“Last week we bought a haunted carousel horse,” Tiffany tells CHS. “That’s the kind of thing we love.”
“Anything that had a poltergeist attached to it. I want a poltergeist in my house,” Jack adds.
Poltergeists and all, Nevertold Casket Company has risen in a new location not that far from its old haunts on E Republican.
The best thing about the new shop just off E Jefferson? Having streetfront windows allows the shopkeeps to enjoy watching passersby get spooked by haunted Easter ducklings and other items macabre.
“We’ve been really surprised,” Jack said about the new Nevertold home. “Having storefront windows in a business like we’re in is a blessing and a curse. You start to worry about the neighbors.”
CHS first introduced you to Nevertold — The Nevertold Casket Company might just be the strangest shop on E Republican — back in September of 2014. The store full of items haunted, items occult, and items just plain weird gained a steady stream of business. And Jack’s special skills at creating custom caskets also helped fill a special hole in the market. But an especially frightening fate awaited thanks to the spooks at City Hall. A “zoning discrepancy” forced the E Republican odditorium’s closure and put Jack and Tiffany on the search for a new home.
The new space is the former location of clothier Built for Man which has focused its business online. Following last weekend’s opening party, the new shop is now open Thursdays through Sundays, noon to 8 PM. The rest of the week, Tiffany and Jack spend hunting down unusual and exotic items to add to the store’s supernatural inventory.
“I’m so happy, that in this day and age, that people are just getting curious about stuff that isn’t on the Internet,” Jack said.
Trends in this corner of the retail universe have swung toward the occult, Jack says. More witches than wacky taxidermy. More magic, less kitsch. “But lately, a lot of surgical equipment has come my way…” he says.
There is also the custom casket business to keep Jack from becoming a dull boy. “I am building one for a friend that is terminal,” Jack tells us. “I try to make it part of life.” He says he has also built one for himself — but it’s being used as a coffee table now.
Nevertold Casket Company is open at 509 13th Ave, Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 8 PM. You can learn more at nevertoldcasket.com.