The Emporium of Curious Goods, located in downtown historical Jim Thorpe, PA has been one of my favorite stores for as long as I can remember. This is where I got my first tarot deck and procured the best winter cape ever. Though I am not a big jewelery person, when I do buy jewelery The Emporium is where I go. As a bonus, the store occasionally hosts tarot readers and author book signings.
Check out their Facebook page for coming events.
Barrett Ravenhurst is the proprietor of the store and holds a PH.D in comparative religion. He does his best to keep the store stocked with books and items representing all world religions. Every corner of the store is crammed with beautiful things from god/goddess statuary, clothing, and hanging chandeliers to animal carving, canes, and gargoyles. Though known widely as a new age shop, the store also carries Victorian decor, gift items, vintage reproduction collectibles and an awesome array of Old World Christmas items.
In the interests of full disclosure, I should admit that I am not generally a shopaholic unless it has to do with books. The Emporium of Curious Goods and my enthusiasm for it are rare things.
Another little known tidbit of information is that the Emporium is reportedly haunted by a large gray cat. During one shopping excursion, a close friend of mine brought her dog along. Dolce the dog began exhibiting cat-hunting behavior.
I asked a few friends to describe their experiences at the Emporium of Curious Goods to gather more information for the article. Dolores described it as “extravagantly exciting.” Tara says it contains “a whimsical assortment of hard to find items.” Christina calls it “a true adventure for the spirit.”