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Jeff Hunt Machinery Company / The Crane Company / Columbia Cigar and Candy Company, 522 Lady Street: 1997   no comments

Posted at 1:58 am in business,landmark

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These pictures are from 30 November 2014, so the site has probably changed a good bit by now, but that was when I noticed these nice old brick buildings on Lady Street adjacent to Trustus were being gutted for renovation.

Here is what the City has to say about the project:


February 2014
DESIGN/DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMISSION
DESIGN REVIEW DISTRICT
EVALUATION SHEET
Case # 6

ADDRESS:
522 Lady Street

APPLICANT:
Scott Lambert, architect/agent

TAX MAP REFERENCE: TMS# 08912-05-01

USE OF PROPERTY:
Commercial

REVIEW DISTRICT:
W. Gervais Historic Commercial District/City Center

NATURE OF REQUEST: Request Certificate of Design Approval for exterior
changes and preliminary certification for the Bailey Bill

FINDINGS/COMMENTS:

Very typical of the warehouse district in which it was built, this is a
simple one-story brick building used for warehouse and office purposes
over the years. It has been heavily altered during this time, with
original window openings bricked in and concrete block additions at the
front of the building on Huger Street and a later small brick addition
at the rear of the building. There are no original windows or doors
intact. Still, it is reminiscent of the architecture and original uses
of buildings in the historic district and is one of the few extant
buildings from the time period along Huger Street.

This was originally built in 1926; its original occupant was the Jeff
Hunt Machinery Company which maintained a business at this address for
30 years. The Crane Company followed for a brief period but the
Columbia Cigar and Candy Company acquired the building by 1965 and kept
its business there until 1997.

The plans are to rehabilitate the building for office use,
re-establishing some of the original openings and removing less
sensitive additions from the building. Additionally, a new entry is
proposed on the Lady Street side. As all four sides of this building
are visible from a public right of way, each elevation is discussed and
reviewed below

Here and here is a bit from the architect.

And here is a bit from the construction company.

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Written by ted on February 27th, 2015

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North American Service East, 2022 Marion Street: 2010s   2 comments

Posted at 2:04 am in business

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This 8,590 sf warehouse space plus 1,700 sf office building behind the No Name Deli on Marion Street caught my eye a few weeks back.

If you look at the aerial view, you can see it's bigger than this street view would imply:


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The only hit I come up with for this address is North American Service East, which is generic enough that I have no idea what they did (or do if they moved elsewhere).

Written by ted on February 26th, 2015

Mrs. C's Laundry, 535 Saint Andrews Road: Early 2015   5 comments

Posted at 3:05 am in business

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As commenter Andrew noted, Mrs. C's Laundry, next to Dutch Cleaners in the IGA plaza (which seems to have no name) has shut down.

(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

Written by ted on February 25th, 2015

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$2.79 Dry Cleaning, 904 Knox Abbott Drive: 2 January 2015 (moved)   no comments

Posted at 1:06 am in business

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This Cayce drycleaner, in what I still think of as the original location of Silver City and next to the former Artsy Fartsy gallery has moved quite a good ways, from here to the old Gooney Birds plaza on Sunset Boulevard.

Written by ted on February 23rd, 2015

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The UPS Store, 4840 Forest Drive Suite 6B: 30 January 2015 (moved)   no comments

Posted at 12:52 am in business

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The UPS Store at Trenholm Plaza has now moved down the street a few blocks to Forest Park (the Bi-Lo plaza).

This is not the first time the store has moved, a few years ago, it moved across Trenholm Plaza from the location now housing Tazza Kitchen.

I've been in a number of times and have always found the staff helpful and friendly.

UPDATE 25 February 2015 -- The new location:

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Written by ted on February 21st, 2015

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City Market Antique Mall, 709 Gervais Street: December 2014   12 comments

Posted at 3:24 am in business

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I stopped at City Market a number of times over the years (though probably not in the last decade), usually to visit the book shop. My memory is hazy about actual purchases, but I think I found a Saint book there once. These are largely forgotten now as even the Roger Moore TV series falls out of the popular memory, but the early ones were a lot of fun: The Saint was always on the side of Right, but rarely on the side of Law...

The State Says:

A set of 19th century warehouse buildings in the Vista could get a facelift and join the growing number of restaurant, retail, office and residential spaces downtown.

A local architect and developer who has rehabilitated a number of historic properties in Columbia wants to purchase the buildings housing Carolina Imports furniture store and City Market Antiques Mall on Gervais Street.

The article is from June 2014 though, and is phrased as "wants to purchase", so I'm not sure if that is what happened in the end or not.

Written by ted on February 20th, 2015

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Regional Finance Corp, 6729 Two Notch Road Suite L: Early 2015 (moved)   no comments

Posted at 2:17 am in business

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While I was at Very's the other day, I noticed that the finance office next door has relocated (although exactly where to is not completely clear to me from the information on the sign).

Written by ted on February 17th, 2015

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Combat Mixed Martial Arts / 1705 Bar & Grill / Uptown Lounge / etc, 3717 Pine Belt Road: 2010s   1 comment

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This lot is on that odd little section of Pine Belt at Two Notch where you have a fork in the road, with two-way traffic on both sides of the fork. I suspect originally Pine Belt came out to Two Notch on the fork where these buildings are and that later the second fork and light were added for a straight shot across to Cushman, but it's been this way as long as I can recall, so I could be wrong.

It seems to me that the red building was most recently some sort of night club, but I don't think much has stuck to either building on this property in recent years and now both buildings are for sale together.

Given that this is not the best location in the world, it will be interesting to see what happens here.

Written by ted on February 13th, 2015

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Warehouse, 3036 North Main Street: 2010s   2 comments

Posted at 1:50 am in business

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I can't find any mention of what this used to be, but if you want a warehouse(*), this, may be for you.

(*) As opposed to 'ware, House!, which is what Dorothy should have shouted to the Wicked Witch Of The East.

Written by ted on February 10th, 2015

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Mr. Cheeks Original Creations Barber Shop, 2739-B Broad River Road: January 2014 (moved)   5 comments

Posted at 1:34 am in business

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I had thought that this building, the former location of George's Book Exchange, had looked vacant for a while but never got around to stopping. Then commenter jonathan noted that it had been torn down.

Doing a bit of googling confirmed that the last tenant Mr. Cheeks Original Creations Barber Shop moved out and to 2700-C Broad River Road sometime in January 2014. Currently the barber sign is still up by the road, and there is no indication what, if anything, is to become of this lot. I hate to see these old houses vanish, but I suspect it was not in great shape.

(Hat tip to commenter jonathan)

Written by ted on February 5th, 2015

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