Going Downstairs

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The building’s basement… now blocked off and forlorn, we’re sure many will remember rushing to “go downstairs” to see the toys and fish at Newberry’s.  The location of the pet department memory seperates the baby boomers from the Gen X’ers.  In the 1990s, the pets were on the second floor, but originally they resided here.

As a consequence of the flood of 2011, until recently there have been no lights in the basement.  Now, he wouldn’t admit it, but your correspondent knows that big, dark and unknown spaces aren’t cheerfully entered by the building’s new owner.  Interestingly, he remarked the other day that he has never felt a twinge at all about his many forays into the basement since buying the building.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago when one of our contractors, a man’s man if you will, offhandedly mentioned that, although he too had been downstairs in the dark many times, twice that day he went down and felt the hairs on the back of his neck stand up.  He was more surprised by the feeling than the cause, because he “says” he “never” gets qualms like that and doesn’t believe in paranormal anything….you decide!

There are multiple stairways on this lower level, all covered by the Dollar Bazaar’s flooring. The double staircase above descended from the center of the main floor, but dig deep memory….can you remember where this smaller stairway, pictured below, entered the ground floor?  

Note the same red wallpaper we glimpsed in the last post. The first person who comments with the correct answer will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to the new store… all decisions by the management will be final.