SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In the past few months several new shopping options have opened on D Street in South Charleston, and two of them cater to women's clothing needs. The two stores, however, are on vastly different ends of the spectrum.
Amanda Walton, and her husband, Rob, sell edgy alternative clothing lines Lucky13, Sourpuss and Too Fast in their new shop, Twisted, Antiques and Oddities. But the real focus of their business is the unique antiques that Walton says you won't find in your regular antique store.
"We have postmortem pictures," said Walton. "Back in the day people didn't have money to have photos made. Often times the only pictures they had were after someone died. But they didn't want them to look deceased so they would pose them."
In addition to an assortment of postmortem pictures Twisted specializes in antique medical equipment. The small store is packed with things like antique dental/medical chairs, scalpels, poison bottles, textbooks, and quirky pieces like several working violet rays.
A violet ray is a piece of medical equipment from the early 20th century that was used to treat a variety of illnesses and conditions with electrotherapy. It worked by holding a glass tube to the body, which generated a purple arc of electricity, hence the term "violet ray."
The Waltons do research on what they obtain from estate sales, online and other antique stores. It is important to them to be knowledgeable about their inventory.
"When people ask about something in our store, we can generally give them the history of it: what it is, how long we've owned it, where we got it, what we found out about it, because we really won't buy something unless we know about it."
Walton describes South Charleston's downtown as having a "hip Rockwell" feeling, referring to the New England village scenes painted by Norman Rockwell. She says South Charleston is a great and accepting place to open a store with a unique edge.
On the other end of D Street from Twisted is another clothing store carrying a completely different line of clothing.