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South Carolina Railroad Museum Easter Bunny Eggspress, Winnsboro: 28 March 2015   1 comment

Posted at 1:08 am in events,out-of-area

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I last visited the South Carolina Railroad Museum about seven years ago for one of their steam train excursions and it was definitely a fun trip. When I saw the ad in The Free Times for this year's Easter Bunny Eggspress, I thought it looked like time to go again (although the Express is not a steam train).

The museum is easily accessible from I-77 and has a variety of interesting rolling stock on exhibit, most of which I did not get a chance to take pictures of. Obviously the highlight of the current event is a ride down several miles of the museum's own track (technically part of their railroad, Rockton, Rion and Western Railroad which extends several miles from the museum. The trip includes a gate crossing across a fairly major road, some nice rural scenes, a view of the abandoned Mack plant (which used to be served by the line) and a terminus at a small grassy recreation area near the old school.

On hand to great the train were the Easter Bunny, face painters, fair food and some Easter themed arts and crafts.

The terminus includes a switch and spur so two trains can pull in at once. There is no turnaround, so the return trip is in reverse. The rolling stock was rather interesting. As you can see, there was an open air car, which was supposed to be the attraction, but as the weather turned so cold was actually not as practical as it might otherwise have been. The enclosed cars had done service in Canada, and though I barely had time to read the plaque, I believe they were Budd Rail Deisel Cars. I had wondered about the high voltage warnings under the cars, which didn't seem to make sense for a non-third-rail train, but it turns out that Budd cars were intended for low volume routes where the car would be its own engine. I doubt that hardware still works on these cars, but its an interesting bit of history, which is why, I suppose, one has a railroad museum..

Anyway, the Eggspress will be running next Saturday, 4 April 2015, and its a nice little trip. Also, the steam train will be back in April.

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Written by ted on March 30th, 2015

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Garden Shop, Richland Mall Rooftop: 2014 (?)   no comments

Posted at 12:24 am in stores

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Given that we are several days into Spring at this point, I think it is safe to say that the rooftop garden shop at Richland Mall is not just closed for the season, but is apparently closed for good.

Forest Acres still has several sites for garden supplies including the Ace Hardware nearby in the old Ritz building and the garden shop in the old First Citizen's bank at Forest Lake Shopping Center.

Written by ted on March 27th, 2015

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All Vacuums, 4711 Forest Drive Suite 9: 2014   4 comments

Posted at 12:53 am in stores

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Comenter Patricia Lewis mentions that the Oreck Store has moved from Forest Park on Forest Drive out to Columbiana Mall. Actually, unless they changed the name back, by the time it moved it was All Vacuums, having dropped their all Oreck theme. This was actually at least the second location for the store as I know they moved here from Trenholm Plaza, replacing Ten Thousand Villages.

(Hat tip to commenter Patricia Lewis)

Written by ted on March 26th, 2015

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Bouknight Furniture Restoring, 1801 Taylor Street / 1600 Barnwell Street: Early 2000s   10 comments

Posted at 12:41 am in business

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I've noticed this vacant building at the corner of Taylor & Barnwell Streets a few times over the last year or so. I have gaps in the phonebooks I have here at home, so about all I can say for sure is that Bouknight Furniture Restoring was listed in the February 1997 phonebook, but was gone by the time of the February 2005 book. Given that, I'm calling the date as "Early 2000s".

Just as an aside, it always surprises me that real estate signs don't usually include a URL and property number that would let you bring a property's listing up in a straight-forward manner. In fact, I couldn't find this building at all on the realtor's site.

UPDATE 25 March: Commenter badger mentions that this building is 1801 Taylor Street as well as 1600 Barnwell Street, so I have added that address. This is kind of odd, but seems to be true..

Written by ted on March 25th, 2015

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Cruise & Travel VIP / Vista Tanning, 506 Gervais Street: 2014 (moved)   no comments

Posted at 3:28 am in business

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As I was driving out to West Columbia the other week, I happened to glance left while I was a the Huger stoplight and noticed a real estate sign in the window of one of the storefronts in the little strip there.

At the time, I couldn't quite make it out and it wasn't until I uploaded the pix from my camera that I coudl see it was a Travel and Tanning center. That's not a combination that I've ever thought of before, but I can see it might make sense to get ready and look good on your vacation..

Behind the real estate sign is a note that they have moved, but I can't quite make out where to.

Written by ted on March 23rd, 2015

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Radio Shack, 1001 Harden Street Suite D: March 2015   11 comments

Posted at 1:14 am in stores

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I don't believe I ever went into this Radio Shack in the Food Lion plaza in Five Points. Come to think of it, I don't believe I've ever been into any business in this plaza other than Food Lion, unless you go back far enough to count Peaches and Sears.

You know the drill about Radio Shack by this point.

Written by ted on March 21st, 2015

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Anytime Fitness, 111 Sparkleberry Crossing: mid 2014   no comments

Posted at 2:41 am in business

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This Sparkleberry Crossing gym is listed in the 2014 phonebook, but not the 2015 one, so it must have closed before listings closed. I'm guessing mid-year. One online review notes that it was nice because there were no crowds. That can be a double-edged sword unfortunately.

Written by ted on March 19th, 2015

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Mr. Hibachi, 5225 Sunset Boulevard: Late February 2015   no comments

Posted at 11:47 pm in restaurants

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Commenter Megan reports this Lexington Hibachi spot as closed around the start of the month.

But you can still get some dogs..

(Hat tip to commenter Megan)

Written by ted on March 17th, 2015

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Beef 'O'Brady's, 4561 Hard Scrabble Road Suite 101: January 2015   3 comments

Posted at 1:26 am in restaurants

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Commenter Jason reports this Beef 'O' Brady's location on Hard Scrabble has been closed since January.

I believe the only BOB I have ever been in was the Pawleys Island location (which is now DeRoma's pizza), and I thought it wasn't bad. It did strike me as somewhat like the lamented Bennigan's chain though, in that it was hard to see anything you could really characterize as "Irish".

(Hat tip to commmenter Jason)

Written by ted on March 16th, 2015

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'Tis The Season, 315 State Street: 1 February 2015   1 comment

Posted at 1:18 am in stores

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I was driving to Parkland Plaza the other day, and noticed this old house on State Street had closeout signs up. It had never caught my eye before, so I wasn't sure what business had closed, but the Christmas tree in the upstairs window is a pretty good clue. This was local Christmas decor shop 'Tis The Season, and their Facebook page announced the closing for 1 Feburay with the note that the business is going online.

Written by ted on March 14th, 2015

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