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All Tune & Lube, 2509 Broad River Road: Early 2000s   9 comments

Posted at 11:46 pm in business

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This tuneup garage in between Bike Street and Prowash was at this location for a number of years, but I'm not sure exactly when it closed or moved. My phonebooks are sparse that far back, so I can say it was definitely here as of the 1997 book, but by the time of the 2005 book, the listed address was 2517 Broad River Road, which would be on the other side of Bike Street. However, as you can see in the first photo, the signage was still up as of 2010.

Also, notice the same sign in the second picture. The Buy Here, Pay Here verbiage sounds like maybe there was a used car lot on the property at some point in the interim. Perhaps that black SUV is for sale?

Written by ted on July 16th, 2015

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Fountain Of Youth Child Development Center, 5321 Farrow Road: 2012   5 comments

Posted at 12:31 am in business

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I first wrote about this building on Farrow Road in the closing for the storied Fountain Bleu Club back in 2009, when the first two pictures above were taken.

Riding down that stretch last weekend, I noticed that the Fountain Of Youth Child Development Center (whose name harkened back to the original club) is now also gone. Looking in some phonebooks, I would say it closed in 2012, and the building is now for sale.

Written by ted on July 14th, 2015

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Traditons Elder Day Care, 1500 Woodrow Street: Spring 2015   no comments

Posted at 12:53 am in business

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I've noticed Traditions Elder Day Care at the corner of Woodrow and Gervais Streets a number of times over the years as I've kept an eye on the little plaza the building is in, but missed the fact that it was recently closed until my sisterer pointed it out to me. The building is now being remodeled into New York Butcher Shoppe

(Hat tip to my sister)

Written by ted on July 13th, 2015

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Krystal / Pearle Vision Express, 7301 Two Notch Road: 1990s / 2006   16 comments

Posted at 11:55 pm in business,restaurants

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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.

Written by ted on June 18th, 2015

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A Florist & More, 10509 Two Notch Road Suite A: Spring 2015   no comments

Posted at 11:45 pm in business

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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)

Written by ted on June 17th, 2015

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Tim's Gas Depot, 7336 Woodrow Street: 31 May 2015 (moved)   4 comments

Posted at 11:08 pm in business

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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)

Written by ted on June 16th, 2015

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Soho Office, 100 Forum Drive #3: 23 June 2015   no comments

Posted at 12:00 am in business

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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)

Written by ted on June 15th, 2015

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Frame Of Mind, 1520 Main Street Suite 1E, Spring 2015 (moved)   1 comment

Posted at 12:48 am in business,stores

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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)

Written by ted on June 12th, 2015

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Crowson Stone Printing, 2840 Shop Road: 2013 (consolidated)   no comments

Posted at 11:53 pm in business

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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)

Written by ted on June 7th, 2015

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Eagle Cleaners, 6281 Saint Andrews Road: 20 December 2014   no comments

Posted at 11:53 pm in business,Uncategorized

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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.

Written by ted on June 2nd, 2015

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