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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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Wine Down On Main, 1520 Main Street Suite 1B: January 2015   5 comments

Posted at 1:44 am in business

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Commenter Andrew reports that this Main Street wine bar is relocating to Brevard NC. Apparently behind this non-descript door, the establishment had two levels, with a spiral staircase leading to the upstairs seating.

(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

Written by ted on January 24th, 2015

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Office Building, 4015 West Beltline Boulevard: 2000s   10 comments

Posted at 1:34 am in business

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This little building is an outparcel of Eden's Plaza (the Piggly Wiggly strip mall) on Beltline just below Two Notch. I get a few google hits for what might have been there, but nothing definitive -- it appears to have been a professional office of some sort.

Written by ted on January 23rd, 2015

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Distinctive Surfaces, 2119 Sumter Street: January 2015 (moved)   2 comments

Posted at 1:04 am in business

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Actually I had no idea that Sumter street crossed Elmwood; I just had it in my head that it stopped there and it was interesting to actually drive this stretch of the road for the first time in my life.

This building, until recently home of Distinctive Surfaces, reminds me a good bit of the original Bob Andrews building (now demolished), Gregg Street Groceries, this store on Fairfield Road and a number of other old buildings which all had that stairstep front facade. I guess it was the style at one time.

As commenter Justin and the big sign point out, Distinctive Surfaces has now moved to Laurel Street.

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Written by ted on January 22nd, 2015

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Custom Car Stereo, 9557 Two Notch Road Suite O: 2014   4 comments

Posted at 12:11 am in business

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This little strip mall is on the downhill side (north) of Two Notch near Sesqui. Custom Car Stereo is listed in the February 2014 phonebook, so it either closed in 2014 or 2013 after listings closed.

Written by ted on January 20th, 2015

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1 Stop Hand Car Wash & Auto Detailing, 2434 North Main Street: 2014   1 comment

Posted at 12:35 am in business

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Commenter Justin pointed out this place on Have Your Say a while back, but I misread the comment and blogged about the business on the other side of Confederate instead.

This place looks to be an old gas station of some sort, and in this latest incarnation, stuck with an auto theme. Personally, though I know my car gets scalding in the Columbia summers, I find being behind tinted windows makes me uneasy.

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

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