Seated in one of the oldest industrial areas of Kansas City, Missouri is the Noir Arts & Oddities boutique owned by Pamela Smith. The shop, which is self-described as “creepy but cool,” curates a collection of macabre items blended with a Victorian charm.
Hedged by 19th-century brick buildings said to contain infamous haunted houses, Noir Arts & Oddities is a shop that has absorbed and reflects the dark beauty of this period setting. Filled with funerary antiques, taxidermy, medical antiques, natural science specimens, and more; stepping over the weathered threshold means a customer will be confronted with the fascinating and unusual.
Suffice it to say, Noir Arts & Oddities specializes in the strange and freakish. The majority of stock is hand-picked by Smith and her son to create a shop where a customer can own something exclusive and one-of-a-kind. In addition to selling unusual items, the shop also aims to support local artists in the Kansas City area, which includes illustrators, photographers, and creators.
Update as of December 2020: Noir Arts & Oddities will close on 12/31/2020 and will operate as an online parlor and community.
Know Before You Go
The shop can be found in the West Bottoms district of Kansas City, Missouri just off of West 11th street.