Thursday, October 4, 2012

Day 4 of Mystery and Mayhem...heavy on the mayhem

*Today's lesson is about tobacco money and what it can do for a community, even though cigarettes cause cancer.  Richard Joshua Reynolds made skeighty-bazillion dollars growing tobacco and manufacturing cigarettes like Winston and Camel, and then gave a goodly portion to my city.  His widow also gave a bunch away--her trust is still giving it away, nearly ninety years after her death.  Their legacy includes Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University, and, for your shopping and dining pleasure---and within walking distance of Brandywine---Reynolda Village.  But don't be too impressed--smoking can still kill you.*

(After finding the Old Balloon Seller dead in the foyer, Kirby noticed two things: that the female (?) version of the Old Balloon Seller was missing, and someone dropped a business card from Nekkid Dave's. Kirby is bummed that she doesn't have a Dr. Watson OR a Deerstalker hat. She will be working on that.)

I thought it was probably in my best interest to change my clothes before I left for Reynolda Village--after all, the swanky atmosphere was a little less 'holey sweats and Notre Dame t-shirt' and a little more 'J Crew khakis and Ralph Lauren polo' and I knew that being undercover would make the investigation easier.

Walking up to the shop, I slowly opened the door, hoping not to set off the small bell that announced a new customer. After all, I was not there to shop (this time); I was there to get some answers.

Pretending to walk around and scope out all of the wonderful items for sale ( wasn't really pretending. They do have the coolest stuff in the city), I gave Dave's wife a sideways glance every now and then, hoping to catch her doing something suspicious.

Unfortunately, she wasn't  giving me any signals that she knew anything about the death/dismemberment of The Old Balloon Seller...instead, we discussed the great items she bought at the furniture market.  I made a mental note to come back and check out the awesome industrial lighting, and went to the door. 

But as I left, I noticed that she had a take-out menu from my favorite teacher hang-out...and I thought: Why not?


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

aaaah, good old reynolda village. :) i remember that place. i don't know if that shop was there though at the time... or maybe i was just into fashion and not home decor. :)

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...


Andrea said...

Did you at least have a really big magnifying glass to carry around?

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Duke was also built with tobacco money.

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