Theresa Shea of Bowling Green says she has had many supernatural experiences throughout her life.
“I’ve always kind of believed in paranormal things,” she said.
Growing up in Iowa, she said her family’s house had a ghost, and in college she claimed she saw a statue’s eyes glow red with a supernatural presence.
So Shea was no stranger to the paranormal when she says activity began at Tea Squares, the business she and her husband own, as well as in their living quarters above the shop.
The reported supernatural occurrences at Tea Squares will be featured in an upcoming episode of the Biography Channel’s “My Ghost Story: Caught on Camera.”
A few months ago, Alix Mattingly, a Tea Squares employee, met Jeff Yeckering, owner of Open Doorz Paranormal Research, and told him about paranormal experiences at the shop. Objects have been thrown across the room or moved on their own, and apparitions of spirits have appeared, they say.
“You’d see someone out of the corner of your eye, but you turn and they’re not there,” Mattingly said.
She’s been around talk of the paranormal her whole life, so she’s never felt scared or threatened by the occurrences at Tea Squares. “It’s just kind of become part of the routine,” Mattingly said. “It’s commonplace.”
Yeckering previously shot an episode of “My Ghost Story” about Octagon Hall in Franklin, which is scheduled to air Feb. 23. A producer of the show asked if Yeckering had any other paranormal investigations going on, and he mentioned Tea Squares.
He thought the shop would be a good place for the show to feature because it’s in such a significant, historic location in Bowling Green.
“I knew there had to be some type of energy left over from all that history,” Yeckering said. “There is so much history on the square that (paranormal) activity is everywhere.”
Producers of the show took the video camera footage shot by Yeckering during his investigation of Tea Squares last fall, and a camera crew came to the shop to shoot additional footage for the episode. Yeckering and Shea also visited Los Angeles to film interviews at the show’s studio in December. All that content will be edited into an eight-minute segment that will be part of an episode airing this spring, though a specific date hasn’t been set.
Yeckering said he found the evidence at Tea Squares unsettling and surprising, though his contract with the show prevents him from giving any more details about the segment.
Shea was also surprised at what was captured on video, but she said the paranormal occurrences don’t bother her. “The first time you see it, it can be unsettling, but we’ve kind of gotten used to it happening,” she said. “I don’t feel there’s anything bad here.”