Feb 17th 2010 By Wendy Gould
Wander into Indianapolis's Lazy Daze
coffee house and you might get more than a cup of joe. In addition to being one of the city's favorite cafes, it's also the most haunted.
"Several customers, employees and visitors have reported the presence of a ghost in the back rooms of Lazy Daze," explains Alan E. Hunter, paranormal expert and author of "Irvington Haunts
." "Apparently, this ghost likes to haunt the single restroom in the rear of the establishment."
The homey coffee shop lies on the East side of Indianapolis in a quaint district called Irvington, which is well known for its haunted buildings
, homes and streets. "Haunted Irvington" walking tours take participants past the homes of Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon and murderer D.C. Stephenson
and past a restaurant reportedly haunted
by gangster John Dillinger.
The coffee shop is nestled inside of The Irving Theate
r, a building established in 1913. Though it no longer operates as a theater, the patrons, baristas and owner of Lazy Daze (and those who live in the above apartments) have plenty ghostly tales to tell, including the apparition's affinity for chess.
According to Hunter, the Lazy Daze ghost has the ability to sound like a man or a woman and often whispers the question, "What are you doing?" Owner Jeff Coppinger has had many strange experiences in the front of the shop as well.
"One morning I was opening up the coffee house, getting the place ready and straightened up for business," Coppinger tells Asylum. "I put the chess pieces on to the playing table and then went to the back room for a little bit. I came back to the front office and noticed that all the chess pieces had moved."
Visit the coffee shop today and you'll find that those pieces are no longer sitting out.
"I keep them put up now," said Coppinger. "If anyone wants to play with them, they can ask."
Despite the ghostly spirits, Lazy Daze has regularly been voted the best coffee house in the city since its establishment in 2003. Besides, "Lazy Daze ghosts are friendly and are not known to purposefully frighten anyone who visits or works there," insists Hunter.