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Oddities shop brings the weird to Lakewood with a two-faced calf, taxidermy, skulls and more

Posted at 8:15 AM, Oct 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-25 08:15:43-04

Once you step inside, your eyes don't quite know where to look.

"There's a lot of people that come in here and you can tell that they're a little weirded out," said Clement Kunkle.

From bears on the wall to snakes and skulls in a case to Mother Mary, and then, of course, you have your vintage medical supplies.

"We definitely wanted to be the first shop to bring oddities to the area," said Kunkle.

And bring the odd they did. Clement Kunkle and his wife own "Cleveland Curiosities" 13375 Madison Avenue in Lakewood, and they've got just about anything strange you could ever think of.

"We deal in everything from full articulated human skeletons to wet specimens to taxidermy," he said.

One of the most striking pieces makes most folks do a double take.

"The two-faced calf, she's really cool she came from a Jim Moody freak show as a traveling freak show in the 60's and he had real freak animals that would travel around the U.S.," said Kunkle.

The shop just opened a few months ago, but Kunkel says she's been collecting weird things since he was a kid.

"When I was 13 I started with bug pinning and collecting skulls with my dad and then it kind of progressively turned into what it is now," he said.

He's on a mission to share what he loves, no matter how strange, with everyone who walks through those doors.

"They come in and they're kind of like scared," said Kunkel. "Then they're like oh ok, something inside of them is like this is interesting, I want to know more."