Real Spooky Superior
Posted at: 10/30/2013 11:58 AM
| Updated at: 10/31/2013 10:27 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
On a corner in Superior sits a large, old building. It naturally moans and groans like any aged building, but not everything that goes bump in the night can be explained.
People in the building all have stories.
"It sounded like somebody took a newspaper or a piece of paper and just crumpled it up by my ear," said Suzanne Johnson who owns the Red Mug.
"I mean, it wasn't scary, but it was kind of like, 'where did that come from?'" said Karin Kraemer, owner of Duluth Pottery.
Karin has been in the building for 14 years.
"It does feel to me when I'm here by myself late and they are closed over there, it feels like there is still someone over there," Karin said.
Karin laughs as she says she usually goes home by 8 o'clock, but in her line of work she is often alone in her studio. Strange things have happened over the years.
Such as the time she was in the coffeehouse preparing for an art show.
"I was painting and I slopped on the rock with the brush because I was getting tired and I swear I heard a male voice say, 'be careful!' and I spun around and no one was there," said Karin.
Across the hallway, Suzanne has heard things of her own, too close for comfort.
One evening a year ago, Suzanne was closing down her coffeehouse. She was taking a once over, and making sure she turned everything off when she jumped. It sounded like someone crumpled a piece of paper by her ear, but no one was there.
Immediately after, a pile of newspapers sitting on the counter just fell to the floor.
They are unusual happenings for a local bake shop known for its cinnamon rolls and cup of joe, but during the two years as owner of the Red Mug, Suzanne says some things have been unexplainable.
"It's an old building so you just figure it has to have some kind of spirits and history going on in it," she said.
But sometimes it's more than just a mysterious noise. It's harder to question something you see.
Suzanne was following her husband out of the shop when she saw him get hit by the spooks, literally.
"I saw it and I didn't understand where it came from but he got hit in the shoulder by a screw," said Suzanne.
She still has that screw today.
And one night Karin couldn't believe her eyes. The scale where she weighs her clay just flipped over.
The entire building is now being renovated and contractor Bob Leith knows every nook and cranny, but there's one area he generally avoids - the old jail.
"Nothing's changed in here in quite a while," said Bob.
It's one of the oldest buildings in Superior built by Henry Minot.
"He was one of the young robber barons at the turn of the century and he built it in 1885, it opened in 1890 as a building to house all the businesses," explained Karin.
The city then bought it in the early 1900's.
Bob shies away from the jail, but it was on the fifth floor he got the spooks. He heard footsteps coming up the stairs, but no one was there.
"The sound of the shoes is kind of what got me because they were clicking," said Bob.
He takes it in stride, saying it's an old building full of history, stories, and maybe more. Now, Bob and the owner are making it ready for a new history and new stories. Across from the bake shop there will be a new tapas bar for an old building.
And the name? The Spirit Room.