Archive for the ‘business’ Category
One more empty storefront in Columbia's volatile payday lending market, this little cash advance outlet was in the same (Family Dollar) plaza as this Coin Laundry -- I'm not sure why the street address here is 1807 instead of 1735, but that seems to be the case.
UPDATE 17 Sept 2014 -- Oops, I misplaced where I took this -- it is *not* in the Family Dollar plaza, but a little further up towards Two Notch.
I noticed this summer that the self-service car wash more or less across from the old Blockbuster is up for sale. I have not been by for a month or so, but at the time it appeared the place would stay in operation until sold.
I don't find much information about the place online, but back in 2003, the USC football team did a charity event there.
This laundromat was in the Family Dollar plaza on Decker. I've been to several of the coin laundries on Decker over the years when either the washer or dryer was on the blink. My favorite is the one in front of the old Target which has very active family management -- there was always someone sweeping, mopping or otherwise keeping the place tidy, and once the woman in charge was taken aback by my incompetence at shirt folding and showed me how to do it right (it didn't take, I'm afraid). This one I never made it to.
The marquee name of Coin Laundry seems to be more a description than an official name, so I'm not exactly sure when it closed, but I'm guessing within the last few years.
This little barbershop on Lake Murray Boulevard has closed up shop and has apparently gone from trying to lease all or part to being up for sale. A little sign in back notes that one of the barbers has moved on to a spot on Saint Andrews Drive.
Like Charlie's on Rosewood, this place had one of the now rare motorized spinning barber poles which I've always liked.
(Hat tip to commenter Tom)
This agency seems to be gradually moving to Camden.
They moved to this location from here, further up Two Notch around 2010, and have now moved out to just across from Big Lots near Spring Valley:
Auto Selection was the follow-up operation to K & C Radiator Center in this old gas station building on Two Notch at Covenant, and I believe it lasted about a year.
I have to say I liked the building better in white. I do like the curved facade on the roof, and would like to see the building restored as the sister building on Devine has been.
I think a chocolate Nirvana would definitely be my favorite kind, and Columbia's is moving from Richland Street near Bull to the much tenanted former Jesudi's location on Fort Jackson Boulevard, most recently home to Sammiches.
It hasn't been a hospitable spot for regular restaurants recently, perhaps a bakery concept will do better.
(Hat tip to commenter Justin)
Here's a bit more bad news from Richland Mall, and this in one of the most high visibility areas, just across the corridor from Barnes & Noble.
UPDATE 18 September 2014 -- Added the first shot above, taken on 13 July 2008, showing the gallery in operation.
Wow! This will teach me to stop throwing away everything from the credit union that doesn't look like a statement. Being in the Vista today, I drove down Pulaski Street to hit the no-fee ATM at Carolina FCU and was rather surprised to find it, and the substantial building in which it was housed, completely gone.
Well, perhaps not *completely* gone, as they are now working out of a trailer on Devine Street which is basically the same piece of property approached from the other side.
No ATM though.
(It appears the demolition also includes the old Gaines W. Harrison & Sons building at 724 Pulaski.)
Commenter justin points out this building on Blanding Street just West of Benedict, the former location of Stier Supply Company. I like the recessed blocks in the brickwork on the East side of the facade. You know that that's been climbed more than a time or two. I also like the bit of railway spur that fades out somewhere between Blanding Street and the main part of the courtyard. Obviously at one time, freight trains plied the way here, and to the concrete plant across the street. (Of course freight trains across the street is not a bit of Columbia nostalgia I actually miss).
Commenter Homer mentions that there is still a Stier location in Irmo on Lake Murray Boulevard.