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Gas Station, 4715 North Main Street: 1980s(?)   no comments

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I really like old gas stations. In this case, the building itself is nothing special, but the rising angle canopy extending over the old pump islands is a distinctive touch, and one which I suspect identified the original brand of gas the station sold.

The closing date here is just a guess, the place was a gas station long enough that a "Full Serv" sign was installed, when of course when the station opened, all service was "full service". When was the last time you had someone open your battery and add water?

Written by ted on January 29th, 2015

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Chapman Dodge, Northwest Corner of Harden Street & Gervais Street: 1970s   12 comments

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I think there have been a few mentions of Chapman Dodge here over the years, but I have absolutely no memory of it, despite the fact we must have driven past the lot often. Currently all that seems to be left is the faded name painted on the back of the building abuting the lot (which I presume was the repair shop).

While this lot has been vacant for many years, it's not uncommon for temporary truck-based businesses to pull in and set up shop for a weekend.

Written by ted on January 28th, 2015

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Wine Down On Main, 1520 Main Street Suite 1B: January 2015   5 comments

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Commenter Andrew reports that this Main Street wine bar is relocating to Brevard NC. Apparently behind this non-descript door, the establishment had two levels, with a spiral staircase leading to the upstairs seating.

(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

Written by ted on January 24th, 2015

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Office Building, 4015 West Beltline Boulevard: 2000s   10 comments

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This little building is an outparcel of Eden's Plaza (the Piggly Wiggly strip mall) on Beltline just below Two Notch. I get a few google hits for what might have been there, but nothing definitive -- it appears to have been a professional office of some sort.

Written by ted on January 23rd, 2015

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Distinctive Surfaces, 2119 Sumter Street: January 2015 (moved)   2 comments

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Actually I had no idea that Sumter street crossed Elmwood; I just had it in my head that it stopped there and it was interesting to actually drive this stretch of the road for the first time in my life.

This building, until recently home of Distinctive Surfaces, reminds me a good bit of the original Bob Andrews building (now demolished), Gregg Street Groceries, this store on Fairfield Road and a number of other old buildings which all had that stairstep front facade. I guess it was the style at one time.

As commenter Justin and the big sign point out, Distinctive Surfaces has now moved to Laurel Street.

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Written by ted on January 22nd, 2015

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Custom Car Stereo, 9557 Two Notch Road Suite O: 2014   2 comments

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This little strip mall is on the downhill side (north) of Two Notch near Sesqui. Custom Car Stereo is listed in the February 2014 phonebook, so it either closed in 2014 or 2013 after listings closed.

Written by ted on January 20th, 2015

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1 Stop Hand Car Wash & Auto Detailing, 2434 North Main Street: 2014   1 comment

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Commenter Justin pointed out this place on Have Your Say a while back, but I misread the comment and blogged about the business on the other side of Confederate instead.

This place looks to be an old gas station of some sort, and in this latest incarnation, stuck with an auto theme. Personally, though I know my car gets scalding in the Columbia summers, I find being behind tinted windows makes me uneasy.

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

TransSouth Financial / Beep One -- Morris Communications, 1301 Elmwood Avenue: Fall 2013   9 comments

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I had to carry a beeper once in the 80s for a few months. It was an unpleasant experience, but not one I thought anyone still had. To my surprise, there are still half a dozen or more companies in the Paging section of the Yellow Pages, although it looks like there will be one less in next year's book.

UPDATE 17 January 2015: Changed the closing date from 2014 to to 2013 and added TransSouth Financial based on the comments.

Written by ted on January 16th, 2015

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Marshall Street Crisis Stabilization Unit / Sickle Cell Center, 1819 Marshall Street: 2010s   no comments

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I noticed this empty medical building as I was passing by Richland Memorial on my way to North Main Street. The real estate listing says it is a single tenant medical building, and apparently it has had a number of those tenants over the years -- of the two listed above, I don't know which was the more recent.

Written by ted on January 15th, 2015

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Tremont Motor Inn / Riverside Inn, 111 Knox Abbott Drive: September 2014   13 comments

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The first phonebook listing I find for The Tremont Motor Inn is in the July 1958 book where the address is given simply as Hwy No 21 Cayce and the phone number is the old style AL 4-5121.

Later phonebooks would give the address with more specificity as 111 Knox Abbott Drive and update the phone number to 254-5121.

From its inception through 1984 the Tremont did not purchase a Yellow Page ad. In fact, the first one that I saw was in the February 1985 phonebook. This one, pictured above, gave the new phone number as 796-6240, indicating, I believe, a change of ownership.

The last listing I saw for the Tremont was in the February 1994/1995 phonebook. This was followed by the first listing for the Riverside Inn in the February 2002/2003 book, leaving an eight year gap. I presume the building was run under another flag during those years, but I would have to consult a city directory to find what it was, and did not have time on my last visit to the library.

The building was in a great location on a large property close to the river with a park-like expanse of walking paths, and I suppose it was quite nice for many years. Unfortunately, by the time my cousin booked a room in the fall of 2013 (to be close to USC for some seminars), she found it dirty and run-down to the point that she felt unsafe.

The actual tear down was quite leisurely, extending over a period of about four months. On my initial walk-through, I was unsure how much of the property was actually the motel, as there were some buildings out back that appeared to be in use by other businesses, but in the event it appears everything was demolished. For some reason, every time I went out to get pictures, I either got there late just as the sun was fading, or the day would be heavily overcast. There are a few bright shots, but that was the exception.

I'm not quite sure what the green carpeted area by the pool was. It almost looked like the motel had a little putting green, but I didn't see a hole there. Of course now the whole place is more or less a hole...

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Written by ted on January 12th, 2015

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