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The New South Music Hall / Columbia East Theaters, 7351 Garners Ferry Road: late 1980s   16 comments

Posted at 11:30 pm in business,entertainment,nightclub,venue

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I really can't remember the Columbia East Theaters. I think their heyday was when I was living in Fayetteville, and when I came home during that period, I had plenty of go-to theaters closer than these. Various commenters have described how they started out as a twin theater, later expanded to a quad-plex and ended life as a $0.99 cent venue.

Commenter Dennis mentions that the building pre-existed the theaters and was once The New South Music Hall, a live music club.

Currently the building, and surrounding defunct shopping plaza, is part of the Word Of God Ministries, a church which has also rehabilitated the old Intersection Center / Sam Solomon plaza on Diamond Lane.

7351 Garners Ferry Road is an approximate address, taken from a listing for former plaza business The Talk Of The Town Hair Gallery.

(Hat tip to commenter Brent Carter)

Written by ted on March 17th, 2014

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Blockbuster Video, 399 Silver Bluff Road (Aiken) : March 2012   28 comments

Posted at 11:20 pm in business,out-of-area

12 March 2012:

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11 March 2013:

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11 March 2014:

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I took an annual trip to Aiken last week, and was amazed at the amount of storm damage over there. I had though all the "worst tree kills since Hugo" headlines were a bit of hyperbole since I didn't see anything like that here in Columbia.

Not that that has anything to do with this post. While I was there I also noticed that the Blockbuster in the Bi-Lo parking lot on Silver Bluff Road is finally getting a new tenant. Given how many Blockbuster closings I've done here, I figured I might as well add this one too. (Eventually, I'll get the Litchfield Beach store as well).

Written by ted on March 16th, 2014

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Prudential Midlands Real Estate, 7011 Garners Ferry Road: March 2014 (moved)   1 comment

Posted at 11:51 pm in business

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Clearly, I really like that sign.

This building sits at the corner of Garners Ferry and Old Veterans Roads. It's actually a little hard to get in and out of, though you can cut down Old Veterans to Veterans and then come out at the light. As of now, Prudential has moved to 3200 Devine Street. I don't yet have a picture, but it is the building adjoining the old Rice Music House location.

Clamp's BP, 1105 West Main Street (Lexington): 2012   13 comments

Posted at 12:57 am in business

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Here's an old-school, single island service station in Lexington. Just looking at it, I suspect it predates the BP era and probably goes back into the (original) Gulf age. This is the kind of place that used to exist to service cars -- which needed almost constant attention. Any thought to customer restrooms or any vending more elaborate than a soft drink machine was pretty much non-existent. Now, one by one they fall by the wayside as that generation of owners retires or they just can't compete against the new convenience store stations that use all the space that could have been bays to sell people stuff.

This one will be selling people Thickburgers soon.

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Written by ted on March 4th, 2014

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Fantasy Island Day Care, 7422 Childs Street: 2013   2 comments

Posted at 12:42 am in business

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You have to love the street name.

I ran across this defunct Irmo daycare center when I was turing around on Lake Murray Boulevard to go back and take pictures of something else (of what, I cannot now recall).

The way the toys are still out, waiting for children who won't return is rather sad.

Written by ted on March 1st, 2014

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Melanie's, 9300 Two Notch Road Suite 1: February 2014 (moved)   3 comments

Posted at 12:34 am in business

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Melanie's was in the little strip mall by the railroad tracks on Two Notch just across from the Big Lots shopping center. As far as I can gather from their web page, it was a beauty parlor and hair salon.

Although the suite numbers don't match exactly, I'm pretty sure looking at the pictures that Melanie's was the follow-on operation to The Crate.

UPDATE 3 March 2014 --Commenter Steve points out that Melanie's has in fact moved to Sparkleberry, and with that info I'm able to google up a new address at 111 Sparkleberry Crossing, Suite 6, and a Facebook page. Looks like they just had their relocation Grand Opening.

Also, driving by again and specifically looking, I agree with commenter badger that this is not the old Crate unit in that complex.

UPDATE 12 March 2014 -- Here is their new Sparkleberry Crossing location:

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Written by ted on February 27th, 2014

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Alabaster Salon / Crown Cleaners, 740 / 742 Saint Andrews Road: 2009 (moved) / 2010   7 comments

Posted at 11:42 pm in business

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Normally, I would split these two businesses up, but the building is so small they're both going to be in the pictures anyway.

At any rate, this little building on Saint Andrews Road is just in front of the old Cussin' Bill's, and under the hill from Fred's and National Mail Services.

I like the vintage Gull Wing style of the cleaning portion, and I'm not sure why they didn't just do the whole building that way.

It appears that Alabaster moved to Broad River Road around 2009, and Crown closed around 2010. I did not see any indication that the building is for sale, and apparently the Fire Marshall thinks someone may try to refit it, so we'll see what happens there.

Written by ted on February 23rd, 2014

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Aaron's Furniture Rental, 159 US-378: January 2014   3 comments

Posted at 12:04 am in business

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This Aaron's on US-387 in Lexington just west of the US-1/US-378 split listed in the phonebook as Aaron's Furniture Rental, though clearly judging from the wall blazons, they also did appliances. Given that the South Lake Drive operation already existed, I think this is more a consolidation than a relocation. Basically they have just folded this branch's operations into that one's.

(Hat tip to commenter James)

Written by ted on February 17th, 2014

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Spirax Sarco, 20/21 Business Center: 2011 (moved)   2 comments

Posted at 12:09 am in business

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OK, let's enlarge that one and turn it around..

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I had never been back in this little office/industiral plaza off of North Main/Wilson at the I-20 interchange. It's a bit hard to figure out how to get down in there at first, but once you do, the place is fairly non-descript, though it does seem to have a pretty high vacancy rate. I can't find an actual street address, but the over all complex is 20/21 Business Center.

From what I can tell, Spirax Sarco is a steam technology company that moved to SC from Allentown after a union dispute back in 1998. Then in 2011, they bought a building in Blythewood and are now located there.

Written by ted on February 7th, 2014

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Super Suds Car Wash, 3150 Augusta Road: 2012   1 comment

Posted at 12:10 am in business

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This "No Longer A Car Wash" is on US-1 next to the Woodberry Plaza Wendy's.

Google StreetView shows it still in operation in 2011, but by sometime in 2012, the suds had blown away..

Written by ted on January 30th, 2014

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