Julie Oliver is an Idaho Falls native who spent her childhood watching horror movies with her parents and had an older brother who was into heavy metal. As a result, Oliver developed an attraction to the macabre and a collection of unusual things.
She opened Shaddow Domain, which has the tagline “Curious Things for Curious People” in 2002. The shop is located in a historic building that was built in 1903 and was once home to a brothel. A photo of the building from the early 1900s with a naked sex worker on a balcony hangs on the wall in the shop.
They have a range of occult supplies, oddities, taxidermy, and novelty items for sale and a section of the store serves as a dime museum. The first piece she acquired for it was a glow-in-the-dark vampire bust when she was a kid. The bust sits inside of a case that is full of items that she has purchased from eBay, estate sales, and other things that have been given to her by friends. According to Oliver, it’s pretty common for people to leave stuff outside of the shop for her or for people to give her an item that they believe should be displayed in her shop. She has a collection of antique medical devices and one of her favorite pieces from the collection is a pair of contact lenses from the 1940s.
Oliver says that she doesn’t keep any pieces of her collection at home, but feels that they should be on display for everyone to enjoy.
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Open Tuesday- Saturday 11 a.m. 6 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Free and open to the public. Free public parking is available.