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 (okay...it 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?

4 comments:

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...

Hmmmmmmm.....

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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