Archive for the ‘business’ Category
I believe this building in the Dentsville K Mart parking lot was built as a Krystal in their first wave of expansion into SC. At the time they were playing up their differences from other fast food outlets with the main thing I recall being that they had a couple of non-standard vegetable offerings like fried mushrooms and maybe okra. For some reason, the chain never thrived here and now has no Columbia stores and very few South Carolina stores. Of course now their slogan is apparently Stupid Good, so they've got that going for them..
Pearle was here at least through the February 2005 phonebook, but was gone by the February 2008 one.
I don't get out to Pontiac very often, so I was only vaguely aware of this little strip mall near Pontiac House Of Pizza, but it looks like there are a couple of vacancies right now.
(Hat tip to commenter cheryl)
Today's post and pix come from commenter Homer, who says:
Ted, I am going to send you several emails with pictures of Tim's Gas
Depot that left 7334 Woodrow St., Irmo on May 31st to move to their new
location at 7960 Broad River Rd. Tim specializes in gas fireplaces and
inserts, grills, propane tank refills and just about anything that has
to do with LP or natural gas.
I remember fondly the propane heat at my Aunt's house, and the way the smell and warmth of it would hit you as you walked into the kitchen from the non heated part of the house..
(Hat tip to commenter Homer, obviously)
UPDATE 16 June 2015 -- Changed address from 7334 to 7336 Woodrow based on Homer's comment (and the note I should have remembered)
Apparently SOHO stands for Small Office / Home Office and this Sandhill storefront has been serving them for the past nine years. Now it's time to retire, and it looks like you might find some bargains there starting tomorrow.
(Hat tip to commenter cheryl)
Frame Of Mind "South Carolina's only eyewear boutique and art gallery" has moved from 1520 Main Street across the river to 140 State Street.
I'm not exactly sure when the move was, but sometime after 18 January 2015 when these pictures were taken.
As a four-eyes myself, I'm always glad to see that not everyone prefers contacts.
(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)
Crowson Stone is a name that was a constant presence when I was growing up. Since nobody in my family, and in fact nobody I knew ever needed a printer's services, I can only think this was because they (along with R. L. Bryan with whom I often got them confused) advertised constantly on WIS AM.
You don't really hear much of this anymore, but it used to be that a lot of non-retail operations would advertise on the radio. I guess the theory was that while it was unlikely that any given listener would need a printer (and back in the days before digital, that was no casual purchase!) keeping the name out there was good business in the "Oh yeah, I've heard of them, they should be OK" sort of way.
I'm not sure when this building, at the east end of Shop Road, was built. The February 1997 phonebook lists Crowson Ston at 819 Main Street, while the February 2006 book lists both Main Street and Shop Road, so this location probably came online in the early 2000s.
In early 2012 they were bought by Indexx Printing of Greenville, and by the February 2014 phonebook were listing the only the Main Street location again.
(Hat tip to commenter badger)
I did a closing for this Eagle's when it moved from it's old location further down SAR to this spot. Now it appears that they have left Irmo entirely, though they still have stores in the Midlands.
Liberty Tax Service / Danny's Drumming Studio, 946 Harden Street / 944 Harden Street (moved) no comments
I wrote about Liberty Tax Service in this location about five years ago. I believe that by that time Danny's Drumming Studio in the adjacent storefront, had already moved to Leesburg Road though I did not do a post on them for some reason.
Since then, both addresses in this Harden Street building have been gutted, with the interposing walls knocked out and the roof removed. According to this State article from January 2015, the building had already been condemned so the developers had to move fast to do something about it and hope to have something in the spot by Christmas 2015.
Commenter Rick sent this picture of his former business some months ago but I was holding onto it until I could dig up some current-ish pictures of the spot for comparison. I actually did take some, but as so often is the case, I can't lay hands on them right now. The ones I did find are from 2011.
Though I must have driven, or been driven, by this spot hundreds of times through the years, I can honestly say I have no recollection whatsoever of this building. I also have no recollection of Harper's being built despite always thinking of it as a "new" place.
Commenter Rick has recently mentioned that X Records was also located on this corner and also knocked down to build Harper's.
(Hat tip to commenter Rick)
UPDATE 1 June 2015: Changed Gas Station in the post title to Gulf Station based on the comments.
LoopNet says this building is mostly one huge open space, which makes sense for an auction hall. R. H. Lee lists here as late as the February 1997 phonebook, but were gone by the February 2005 phonebook, so I'm guessing early 2000s for the closing date. I'm not sure what happened to the front of the building -- whether it's just boarded up, or someone has stripped the exterior for some reason.