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Chipco Computer Distributors, 206-A Business Park Boulevard: March 2014   4 comments

Posted at 12:18 am in business

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According to Chipco's home page as archived on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine

Chipco specializes in building a wide variety of desktop computers for just about any application.

Columbia has had more tech companies than you might expect, back at least to the days when NCR was building innovative systems in West Columbia. Still, I was unaware of this distributor, nestled with a cheerleading academy in a business park off of Farrow Road. I'm not sure exactly when they closed, but given that it was just in Have Your Say and that we recently turned a month over, I suspect it was the end of March.

(Hat tip to commenter Joe)

Written by ted on April 12th, 2014

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New LIfe Fitness World, 110 New Life Fitness Drive, 31 December 2013   no comments

Posted at 12:38 am in business

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I believe this is the final New Life Fitness World closing, after this, this, and this.

As the Two Notch and Irmo locations favored each other, so this location, off of Hardscrabble near Clemson, favors the Lexington site, right down to the tattered flag atop semi-circular entryway. LoopNet has a nice aerial view of the property, which as of yet is still fully equipped as a gym.

Attractive as the building is, you have to wonder how the next tenant will feel about being on New Life Fitness Drive..

Written by ted on April 10th, 2014

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1st Choice Mortgage, 1021 Briargate Circle: 2011   no comments

Posted at 11:25 pm in business

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This newish former mortgage building sits on the old Chopping Block location. LoopNet says it has been vacant since 2011, which is longer than I would have guessed, but ties in pretty well with the housing crash.

Written by ted on April 7th, 2014

Carolina System Built Homes, 269 Charter Oak Court: 2013   5 comments

Posted at 11:15 pm in business

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Commenter TahoeChic (who was not impressed) supplied the name for this business that I noticed while taking pictures of Lexington's defunct New Life Fitness. New Life was at the back of Charter Oak Court, while Carolina System Built Homes is at the front.

Driving by, I couldn't quite (and still can't quite to some extent) figure out what the place was. There is obviously a patch of building sites with a mostly constructed building, a set of foundations and then a site with what looks like part of a roof coming out of the ground. The former showroom building seems to be complete though, and from the real estate sign, you can get the whole shebang for less than the price of an upscale house.

Written by ted on April 4th, 2014

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Manigault-Hurley Funeral Home, 2229 Two Notch Road: 15 March 2014   3 comments

Posted at 12:10 am in business

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I need to go back and get come better pictures, but the Manigault-Hurley Funeral Home closed down in mid March. This funeral home had been a fixture in Columbia since 1923, and provided respite for grieving families in Columbia's Black community starting in the Jim Crow era when other places would have turned them away. 91 years is a pretty good run by any standard! The State says the home's historic record books will be donated to USC's South Caroliniana Library.

(Hat tip to commenter Sidney)

UPDATE 4 April 2014: Added hat-tip to commenter Sidney.

Written by ted on April 4th, 2014

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Anointed Design Hair Studio / Tru Cutz Barber Shop, 6908 Two Notch Road Suite C: 2011 (moved)   5 comments

Posted at 11:56 pm in business

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This little storefront is right beside the Dentsville Best Buy and right across the Two Notch entry to the Columbia Mall perimeter road. In fact, this strip mall shares stoplight access to Two Notch with the perimeter, and it always seemed to me that when they built Best Buy they should have figured out some way to connect their parking lot with this one.

I think Tru Cutz was the last tenant here, as you can still see the word "Barber" superimposed on the window. On the other hand, I can't find a phonebook listing for them, and I can for Anointed who seem to have moved to Decker around 2011.

Written by ted on March 26th, 2014

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Whither WARQ? ==> RIP Rock 93.5: 21 March 2014   30 comments

Posted at 3:15 pm in business,entertainment

Written by ted on March 21st, 2014

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Cullom's Auto, Inc., 2652 Two Notch Road: 2013   2 comments

Posted at 11:37 pm in business

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I noticed the other day that this car service center just east of Midlands Shopping Center was no longer in business.

The real-estate write up calls it "downtown Columbia", which seems a bit off to me.

Written by ted on March 20th, 2014

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Framing Plus Antiques & Gifts, 6864 Garners Ferry Road, 23 December 2011(moved)   no comments

Posted at 12:15 am in business

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Here's another Landmark Square storefront, this one a framing and gifts operation.

According to their referral sign, they moved to 4339 Fort Jackson Boulevard in late 2011, and according to the February 2013 phonebook, they are still there.

Written by ted on March 20th, 2014

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Bluff Road Paint And Body Shop, 3031 Bluff Road: 1990s(?)   1 comment

Posted at 11:58 pm in business

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There's a lot of land clearing going on in the Bluff Road area south of I-77 by Gills Creek, so I'm not sure how long this little wreck of a building will stay there, but apparently it was Bluff Road Paint And Body Shop. From the advanced state of decrepitude, it could have easily closed in the 1980s, but given that the sign is still there, I'll call it 1990s until I hear differently. Maybe I'll park and walk out to it as some point as well.

Written by ted on March 18th, 2014

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