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We Buy Gold, 7132 Parklane Road Suite G: 2015   10 comments

Posted at 2:51 am in business


This We Buy Gold replaced G. G's Artistry In Flowers in 2009 and is now a cellphone store.

When I think of a Cricket phone, I can't help but remember those little chirps the Star Trek Communicators used to make when Kirk or Spock would flip one open. Amazing that a lot of our everyday technology is now better than what The Federation had. Still waiting for the Transporter though..

Written by ted on May 8th, 2015

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Bob Andrews Motors, 6167 Saint Andrews Road: 2014   2 comments

Posted at 1:14 am in business






I've mentioned the Harden Street and Two Notch locations of Bob Andrews Motors, but I was really unaware that they had this Irmo location on Saint Andrews Road at Seven Oaks Shopping Center.

As is almost mandatory nowdays, the place has become a Title Loan outfit.

(Hat tip to commenter Homer)

Written by ted on May 1st, 2015

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Greyhound Station, 2015 Gervais Street: April 2015 (moved)   7 comments

Posted at 12:55 am in business



The Greyhound Station on Gervais Street moved earlier this month, and now the buildings on the lot (which included the Chapman Dodge building) have been razed. Unlike the old art deco station downtown on Sumter Street, this one was nothing special, and I'm not sorry to see it gone.

I had a chat with the project manager for the site, and he said the whole block that the station sat on will become apartments.

The new station is at 710 Buckner Road, which is the I-20 frontage road between Monticello Road & US-321.

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Written by ted on April 23rd, 2015

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Building, Harden Street: Spring 2015 (gutted)   4 comments

Posted at 12:54 am in business






Can anyone identify who was in this building on Harden Street in between the Waffle House and El Burrito?

I thought I had some pictures of it before it was gutted, but I can't locate them right now.

UPDATE 2 June 2015 -- Some better pictures:



Written by ted on April 21st, 2015

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Bob Andrews Motors, 5601 Two Notch Road: Early 2015   4 comments

Posted at 12:43 am in business







Well, I was unhappy to notice this real estate sign. As I mentioned when they moved, my parents always felt that Bob Andrews dealt with them more fairly and competently than the dealer, and that's usually where we took our cars while I was growing up. Still, a 90+ year run is pretty good by any standard.

Written by ted on April 18th, 2015

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Bouknight Furniture Restoring, 1801 Taylor Street / 1600 Barnwell Street: Early 2000s   10 comments

Posted at 12:41 am in business





I've noticed this vacant building at the corner of Taylor & Barnwell Streets a few times over the last year or so. I have gaps in the phonebooks I have here at home, so about all I can say for sure is that Bouknight Furniture Restoring was listed in the February 1997 phonebook, but was gone by the time of the February 2005 book. Given that, I'm calling the date as "Early 2000s".

Just as an aside, it always surprises me that real estate signs don't usually include a URL and property number that would let you bring a property's listing up in a straight-forward manner. In fact, I couldn't find this building at all on the realtor's site.

UPDATE 25 March: Commenter badger mentions that this building is 1801 Taylor Street as well as 1600 Barnwell Street, so I have added that address. This is kind of odd, but seems to be true..

Written by ted on March 25th, 2015

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Cruise & Travel VIP / Vista Tanning, 506 Gervais Street: 2014 (moved)   1 comment

Posted at 3:28 am in business



As I was driving out to West Columbia the other week, I happened to glance left while I was a the Huger stoplight and noticed a real estate sign in the window of one of the storefronts in the little strip there.

At the time, I couldn't quite make it out and it wasn't until I uploaded the pix from my camera that I coudl see it was a Travel and Tanning center. That's not a combination that I've ever thought of before, but I can see it might make sense to get ready and look good on your vacation..

Behind the real estate sign is a note that they have moved, but I can't quite make out where to.

Written by ted on March 23rd, 2015

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Anytime Fitness, 111 Sparkleberry Crossing: mid 2014   no comments

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This Sparkleberry Crossing gym is listed in the 2014 phonebook, but not the 2015 one, so it must have closed before listings closed. I'm guessing mid-year. One online review notes that it was nice because there were no crowds. That can be a double-edged sword unfortunately.

Written by ted on March 19th, 2015

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J & R Press And Fold Service, 3400 Two Notch Road: 1990s(?)   3 comments

Posted at 12:23 am in business







With its drive-through awning and clearly visible bricked over curb-window, this building, currently an urban alternative health store, clearly looks like a dry-cleaner. I have no memory of it, but Google suggests it was J & R Press And Fold Service most recently. However, it would not surprise me to find that it was a number of different cleaners going back, possibly, into the 60s.

Written by ted on March 7th, 2015

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Tag It Art, 4517 Forest Drive: 9 January 2015   1 comment

Posted at 1:02 am in business,entertainment






Kids' art studio, Tag It Art closed on 9 January 2015. You can see the classy farewell message here.

Forest Village is the little two-strip plaza that I still think of as the home of The Happy Bookseller though The Happy Cafe now occupies that spot.

(Hat tip to my sister)

Written by ted on March 4th, 2015

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