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Happy Labor Day!   5 comments

Posted at 11:28 pm in commentary

Written by ted on August 28th, 2014

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Good As New Consignments, 4884 Sunset Boulevard: July 2014 (consolidated)   1 comment

Posted at 12:13 am in stores

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Commenter James notes that the larger part of this Sunset Boulevard building is now for lease.

It appears that this is the result of Good As New Consignments vacating the left suite of the building and consolidating with Good As New Furniture in the right suite.

(Hat tip to commenter James)

Written by ted on August 28th, 2014

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Columbia King Buffet, 109 Woodland Hills Road: August 2014   25 comments

Posted at 10:47 pm in restaurants

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There seems to be some dispute whether this building is at 109 Woodland Hills Road or 788 Saint Andrews Road. The yellow pages listing and the '109' on their mailbox settles it for me as the first. There's also a bit of a discrepancy between the "closed for remodeling" signs at the front door, and the realty sign by the curb. I believe in this case the bigger sign wins, and this building is now on the market.

As you might guess just from the 'look', this rather large and rambling faux tudor building once housed one of Columbia's two Steak & Ale restaurants.

(Hat tip to commenter Arthur)

Cletus' Roadside Grille, 11210 Broad River Road: July 2014   2 comments

Posted at 11:46 pm in restaurants

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Cletus' Roadside Grille was the latest restaurant to try to make a go of it in the old Whale's Tail spot. I'm not sure what their menu was, but the name puts me in the mind of down-home Southern cooking. I like the colorful, retro logo too.

(Hat tip to commenter Ralph Hightower)

Written by ted on August 25th, 2014

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Barbering On The Boulevard, 1060 Lake Murray Boulevard: Summer 2014   3 comments

Posted at 11:31 pm in business

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This little barbershop on Lake Murray Boulevard has closed up shop and has apparently gone from trying to lease all or part to being up for sale. A little sign in back notes that one of the barbers has moved on to a spot on Saint Andrews Drive.

Like Charlie's on Rosewood, this place had one of the now rare motorized spinning barber poles which I've always liked.

(Hat tip to commenter Tom)

Written by ted on August 24th, 2014

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Nationwide Insurance, Tonya Parks Agency, 5201 Two Notch Road: July 2014 (moved)   no comments

Posted at 11:15 pm in business

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This agency seems to be gradually moving to Camden.

They moved to this location from here, further up Two Notch around 2010, and have now moved out to just across from Big Lots near Spring Valley:

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Written by ted on August 22nd, 2014

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Kildare's Irish Pub, 724 Harden Street: Summer 2014   no comments

Posted at 11:24 pm in nightclub

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Commenter badger suggested that Kildare's on Harden Street might be closed, and that does in fact seem to be the case. Looking through the windows, there is a bit of dishevelment inside, with plywood up in one window and checking the roofline shows under-panels missing along the front.

Nothing has seemed to stick in this spot since it was re-purposed from a series of Chinese restaurants to bar use.

(Hat tip to commenter badger)

Written by ted on August 21st, 2014

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Auto Selection, 2561 Two Notch Road: July 2014   3 comments

Posted at 11:42 pm in business

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Auto Selection was the follow-up operation to K & C Radiator Center in this old gas station building on Two Notch at Covenant, and I believe it lasted about a year.

I have to say I liked the building better in white. I do like the curved facade on the roof, and would like to see the building restored as the sister building on Devine has been.

Written by ted on August 20th, 2014

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McDonalds, 4301 Hard Scrabble Rd: Fall 2014 (not closed yet)   7 comments

Posted at 10:14 pm in restaurants

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Commenter Sidney reported the McDonalds in The Crossings
at the corner of Hardcrabble and Clemson closed for renovations some time ago, but I only finally got out there after it re-opened.

Although I don't remember exactly what it looked like before, my impression is that this store has *not* been remodeled along the same lines as other recent McDonalds revampings (here, for example). In particular, the new style subtle arch cap-pieces and drive-through styling are not present, and the boxy glass playroom, which has been removed in other stores, still is.

UPDATE: Oops! Commenter Sidney says the remodeling hasn't happened yet. Looking at how fresh everything looks, I was sure it had, but now these can serve as "BEFORE" pictures.

(Hat tip to commenter Sidney)

Written by ted on August 19th, 2014

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Midland Mini Mart / Pari's Kitchen, 2121 Two Notch Road: Fall 2013   7 comments

Posted at 11:40 pm in restaurants

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I'm not exactly sure when this little Two Notch spot closed, but the last Facebook postings are from October 2013, so I'll go with Fall 2013 even though I suspect it was later than that. Judging from the wall signs, they had a wider menu than I might have expected.

Apparently the building is being sold fully equipped.

Written by ted on August 18th, 2014

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