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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

Posted at 2:17 am in business,nightclub,restaurants

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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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Sims Child Development & Early Learning Center / Palmetto Kids, 2601 River Drive: January 2015   1 comment

Posted at 1:00 am in business

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Comment Justin noted that this daycare on River Drive just off of Main is now closed, and up for lease. I'm not sure exactly when this was, but the toy car set out by the curb and yet picked up suggests it was fairly recent.

(Hat tip to comment Justin)

Written by ted on February 3rd, 2015

Hampton Kitchens, 2205 Main Street: 2011   1 comment

Posted at 2:06 am in business

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I just noticed the real-estate sign in front of this interestingly shaped Main Street building the other day, but it appears that Hampton Kitchens has been closed since around 2011.

Written by ted on January 30th, 2015

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Gas Station, 4715 North Main Street: 1980s(?)   3 comments

Posted at 1:23 am in business

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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   39 comments

Posted at 12:51 am in business

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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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