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Airport Jewelry & Pawn, 2308-G Airport Boulevard: 2000s   1 comment

Posted at 11:46 pm in business

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A little googling establishes that this corner suite in Airport Plaza was a pawn shop -- not too surprising given the bars on the windows. For some reason, can't find it in any of my phonebooks, so I don't have a real closing date.

Written by ted on May 14th, 2014

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Spunky's Auto Sales, 5403 Two Notch Road: April 2014   6 comments

Posted at 12:07 am in business

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Well, that didn't last too long.

Spunky's Auto Sales was the follow-on operation to Prestige Hitech Autowerks which moved down the street into the old Dick Dyer bodyshop. They opened sometime last fall (the picture I have is from October 2013) and lasted, I'm thinking, until last month (April 2014).

I continue to like the gull-wing lights at these old service stations. The roofline is nice too.

Written by ted on May 12th, 2014

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Cash-O-Matic, 321 Sunset Drive: 2010   17 comments

Posted at 12:15 am in business

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This little financial center was in the old A & P shopping center at the top of the hill on Sunset Drive. Most recently the complex was a church, but there remained a few commercial storefronts during that phase. In fact, as far as I can tell, the adjacent beauty parlor is still open for business.

Apart from the old "steeple" style A & P architecture, this part of the plaza is interesting for the skylights which you can see in the fifth picture. Somehow the name Cash-O-Matic invokes the same era as the buildings.

Written by ted on May 9th, 2014

Sound Advice, 1561 Broad River Road: 2011   5 comments

Posted at 1:03 am in business

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Here's another Boozer Shopping Center storefront, and an interesting busines story.

Assuming that the Sound Advice whose site is here is the same one (and I think it is), then the history of the chain is here. The first store opened in 1974 and it sounds like the original owners decided to sell out and move to Florida around 2004. After that (according to them) the new owners ran things into the ground and then the original owners bought the remnants back in a fire-sale and are now running mostly online with some showrooms in Florida.

Shell PC & Networking Solutions, LLC, 1314-B Leesburg Road: 2010   1 comment

Posted at 11:48 pm in business

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Here's a vacant little Leesburg Plaza storefront. It's not too clear initially what it was:

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So let's take that sign and equalize it:

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And then flip it:

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OK then -- based on phonebooks, it looks like Shell PC & Networking Solutions probably closed shop in 2010.

Written by ted on May 5th, 2014

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Columbia Gold & More / J & J Wireless, 1531 Broad River Road: late 2013   1 comment

Posted at 12:52 am in business

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The only picture of Columbia Gold & More that I have is one taken for the Gold Beauty Supply closing, which shows a partial image in the right corner.

When I went by Boozer Shopping Center today, I happened to notice that not only was *that* gone, but the follow-on operation J & J Wireless had come and gone as well.

Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, 1717 Gervais Street: 2012   4 comments

Posted at 11:34 pm in business

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I'm not sure whether this was a move or a closing as the company is certainly still around, but Kaplan Test Prep And Admissions is no longer in this little building on the north side of Gervais. The rest is left as an exercise for the reader. Please use a #2 pencil only.

Written by ted on April 30th, 2014

ARCO / SCE&G Flora Street Fleet Maintenance, 122 Assembly Street: 1980s   16 comments

Posted at 10:55 pm in business

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Actually, I am not 100% sure that the street address here is 122. 120 would also make sense. I'm also not 100% sure this was an ARCO station, but page 5 of this City annexation request makes me pretty sure that it was.

This Wikipedia article suggests that Southern ARCO stations were first rebranded as Atlantic Petroleum and then in 1988 as Sunoco, so this station may have been one of those before closing (though again, the PDF is indiciative).

UPDATE 2 May 2014 -- As pointed out by commenter badger, Google Streetview shows this place in operation as the SCE&G Flora Street Fleet Maintenance station, so I have added that to the post title.

Written by ted on April 28th, 2014

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Clear View Car Wash, 145 Harbison Boulevard: March 2014   7 comments

Posted at 1:02 am in business

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This old school car wash on Harbison actually does have a clear view as it is half way up the hill that descends to Bower Parkway.

I'll admit that I never really noticed it until commenter Homer (and others) mentioned that it was gone. It seems a bit out of place on the current Harbison, where you would expect land to now be too expensive for such uses. Given the owner's retirement message on the sign, I suspect it had been there quite a while.

Personally, I've never seen the attraction of car wash scents. Whenever I forget to say no scent, I end up with watering eyes until I can clear it out again...

(Hat tip to commenter Homer)

Written by ted on April 28th, 2014

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Typewriter Exchange, 2218 Two Notch Road: 2013   6 comments

Posted at 12:18 am in business

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I would never go back to one, but there is something magical about a typewriter: the rhythm of the keys, the ding of the bell, the tactile sensation of the platten ratchet advancing while you slap the carriage back over.. Even the smell of one is distinctive, a unique combination of metal, stale air, oil and ink. And for something ubiquitous so recently there are few other things (the phonograph is one..) that illustrate the generational divide so clearly. Set a high school student in front of a typewriter today, and you might as well have supplied a blank cuneiform tablet and chisels.

The Typewriter Exchange had been on Two Notch for as long as I can remember, probably going back into the '60s. I often wondered in recent years how they continued on, but a look through their window suggested they had moved into computer repair as typewriters became paperweights. Although the building had been up for sale since at least 2010, the business continued until recently, but last time I drove by, I noticed the place is now a church.

UPDATE 29 April 2014 -- Here is the place today as Fruit Of The Spirit Love Ministry:

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Written by ted on April 25th, 2014

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