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Creepy but Cool


Kansas City's Best Place for the Strange and Unusual

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Creepy but Cool


Kansas City's Best Place for the Strange and Unusual

WELCOME TO THE PARLOR

Noir Arts & Oddities is a creepy but cool boutique filled with curiosities of all sorts. Our aesthetic is an eclectic blend of moody Victorian charm and macabre curiosity with a modern twist. Our parlor is a curated yet comfortable space; filled with truly unusual antiques, oddities, home décor, vintage and local art. We scour the globe to bring in new treasures each week that will spark curiosity, learning and conversation around the odd and unusual sides of history, science and art. Noir specializes in memento mori / mourning antiques, funerary antiques, taxidermy, medical antiques, natural science specimens, scientific antiques, and incredible art from local and national artists.  
 


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The Owner


The Owner


Noir is more than just an antique store, it’s a community.
— Pamela Smith, Owner and Curator

Pamela Smith, is a Kansas City native and the owner/curator of Noir Arts & Oddities.  Pamela has long been a connoisseur of all things dark and macabre.  Her fascination with collecting the antiques began at an early age. She spent her summers with her grandparents going to auctions and flea markets in the Ozarks.  Pamela found herself drawn to dark Victorian photos, decaying dolls, dead things and weird sciencey contraptions.  She grew up loving ghost stories, playing in cemeteries, listening to The Cure, watching Tim Burton movies, and reading Edgar Allan Poe.  In the 90s she bought her first Juxtapoz magazine, she was an instant art junky. She fell in love with artists such as Frida Kahlo, Hieronymus Bosch, Edward Gorey, Camille Rose Garcia, Mark Ryden and Travis Louis. 

In 2014, determined to find a way out of cubelife in corporate America, her thirst for creativity and entrepreneurial drive pushed her into action.  Pamela began planning to take her passion for the strange and unusual to the next level.  

 Her vision was to create a curated boutique that was a walk in cabinet of curiosities with a eclectic blend of local art, unusual antiques and oddities.   And thus, Noir Arts & Oddities was born. 

 Starting out with 10 x 12 vendor stall in a vintage store to her own brick and mortar storefront, Pamela brought Noir to fruition.  The parlor, as she refers to it, now has the largest selection of antique oddities in the Kansas City area.  Her attention to detail is a key ingredient to the parlor’s moody Victorian and scientific chic aesthetic.  Pamela is proud of how Noir has been recieved by customers.  “Noir is more than an antique store, it’s become a community.  People who felt too weird or afraid to share their interest in the morbid and macabre now have a place to come and commune with others.  We can talk openly about loving creepy things without fear of the other person reaction.”  Pamela’s vigilant search for the perfect odd treasures and attention to detail keeps the parlor interesting. It’s her willingness to welcome each customer to the parlor is what keeps customers coming back to visit. 

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The Staff


The Staff


Zane

ZANE

PICKER, ADMIN, MUSCLE

Being the son of the owner has it's ups and downs but Zane loves working at the parlor.  He's your average stressed out high school student who is still trying to figure out where the universe wants him to be.  Zane is a jack of all trades around the parlor, often doing the heavy lifting or anything that requires climbing a ladder.  While most teenagers choose to not spend their spare time with their parents, Zane actually enjoys going picking with his mom when he can.  He is an aspiring artist, loves his 4 betta fish and of course video games.

 

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Jolene

SALES, SPECIAL FX, EVENTS

Jolene Durrill has lived in the Kansas City, MO area most of her life. She’s always been into art, science, history, movies, and the macabre. She worked in the public library system for over 10 years, specializing in community outreach, teen programs and children’s story times. She’s worked in local horror movies doing everything from special effects makeup, acting and co-production. Jolene is always interested in collaborating on all sorts of creative endeavors and learning something new. “I was so happy to have stopped in a little shop called Noir when they first opened”, she says. “I’ve always felt welcome and at home here.”

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Jeff

SALES, ART, RESTORATION

Born in the eldritch hallows of Independence, Missouri, Jeff left these auspicious beginnings to study painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. After 14 years in San Francisco making paintings and working as a set designer/ art director, he returned to Kansas City in 2010. Jeff’s hobbies and skills include: painting, sculpture, antique comic character collectibles, vintage toy restoration, with a long standing interest in free range cat farming, occult phenomena, unsolved mysteries, insect training and abnormal anatomy.