Petunia & Loomis: New downtown store features an eclectic mix of trinkets and antiques
Petunia & Loomis is a new oddity shop at 421 W. Riverside Ave. in downtown Spokane that specializes in the macabre and bizarre.
Some people aren’t quite sure what it means, so store owner Samantha Fetters came up with a quick way to explain everything inside. “It’s basically stuff that could furnish the Addams family home,” she said. “It’s just weird stuff.”
It’s not all weird. There’s a mix of antique furniture, old suitcases, vintage wine glasses, and other hard-to-find items. But there are also plenty of more unusual items, like animal skulls, human skull decorations, horror movies, and taxidermy animals. She also carries wet specimens, which are small animals that died naturally and were preserved in liquor jars. A skeleton sits in the front display window.
The store had a soft opening two weeks ago and is open today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. before closing until the grand opening scheduled for February 14. The expectation is partly due to the fact that Fetters is having her third child any day.
Setting up her shop while pregnant has been a challenge for Fetters, who prefers to be hands-on. She was forced to simply supervise her fiancé, Jesse McCauley. “I was sitting and pointing and he hangs up,” she said.
Fetters has been a hairstylist at Elite Salon and Spa on South Cheney Road for 12 years, but has long had an interest in the macabre. “I’ve always collected this stuff,” she says. “I had my mother’s strange love of the macabre.”
She always wanted to have a quirk shop. “I wanted to be around what I love and make money doing it,” she said.
Almost everything in the shop is from his personal collection, which has filled his home and garage for years. Even though the shop is full, there are many more. “Every room in our house still contains something,” she said.
Although she’s spent years building her collection, Fetters said she’s okay with selling all but a few prized pieces. “I’ve been watching this stuff for years,” she said. “I want to buy new things.”
She has been collecting and saving money for years and was able to open the shop without a business loan or investors, she said. And she loves its downtown Spokane location, which generates customers when people walk by and get curious about the store.
“It was just the right time and the right place,” she said.
Fetters said it made sense to have a soft opening. “We had so many things here, we thought why not open up a bit,” she said. “It works very well.”
Still, Fetters said she’s surprised at the things that have sold out so far. “Within the first 10 minutes of us opening, all of our taxidermy bats were gone,” she said. “We had a two-headed chicken that disappeared. Furniture has been a very big thing for us.
Several things Fetters made herself, including an alligator-headed doll, quickly sold out. “She’s very crafty and artistic,” McCauley said.
As things sell out, Fetters will be bringing in more of his collection. Anything purchased for the store, such as Madame Talbot posters, will be ordered one by one and changed frequently. The goal is for what’s in the store to be unique and ever-changing, she said.
The grand opening of the store will take place on February 14, starting at 10 a.m.
“A lot of people said this was the store Spokane needed,” McCauley said. “There’s nothing else like it.”