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Little Caesar's / ski shop / Cash Today / Parrot Phernalia, 6145 Saint Andrews Road: 2009   15 comments

Posted at 1:28 am in Uncategorized

I've never seen the appeal of birds as pets. Herman the parrot was fascinating to me as a kid, but in my mind he was a pet store fixture -- I had no desire to take him home. Parking your car under the wrong tree will illustrate possibly the main reason I feel that way, but different squids for different kids. Parrot Phernalia was a store for those who do like birds, and I would notice it from time to time as I would cut over from Bush River Road to Harbison Boulevard and I'm pretty sure I saw it open very recently. This real estate listing suggests the storefront was built in 1970, so I'm sure it has been other things as well, but I don't recall anything from before Parrot Phernalia (certainly there was nothing with a more memorable name..). Anyway, I guess Polly will have to look elsewhere for her cracker!

UPDATE 9 June 2009:

I turns out this place has moved and is still in business, and sounds like a really nice place (though I still have no desire to have a bird!) -- by all means read The State story found by commenter Kc.

Also, I've added some of the building's previous incarnations to the post title line.

Written by ted on June 9th, 2009

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Mimi's Cafe / The Boathouse 1241 Harbor View Road (Charleston): 5 March 2009   6 comments

Posted at 1:13 am in Uncategorized

Mimi's Cafe was a very nice little restaurant on the edge of James Island. The building itself wasn't much and parking was impossible, but the setting was extraordinary with the porch and deck looking out over a beautiful salt-marsh. It was a great place to have a meal (with an excellent creme brule for desert!) and then just sit for a while and soak in the atmosphere.

I had seen a report somewhere that Mimi's was closing and that a new restaurant was going into the building, but I figured that if the food were even half decent, there was no way to ruin the location and I planned to go by for lunch on my recent trip to the Holy City.

As it turns out, there is a way to ruin that location -- a kitchen fire. (One of that story's comments suggests the headline: Boathouse Parking Problem Solved...).

Obviously I ended up eating lunch elsewhere!

I hope they can rebuild though the city notice suggests a rocky start.

Written by ted on June 9th, 2009

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The Holy City   no comments

Posted at 12:47 am in Uncategorized

After Vacation Part 1 a few weeks ago, I'm down in Charleston for the Piccolo Fringe.

I saw The Upright Citizens Brigade tonight and it was a very funny show. They will be playing again during the week, and I recommend you come down and see a few shows. Tickets are available through Publix or ticketmaster.com. The whole fringe schedule is at The Have Nots site, and of course I will be catching the holy city's own national quality improv troupe as well.

Anyway, posting will be light to nonexistant for the rest of the week, though I will try to pop in often enough to keep comment spam down.

Written by ted on June 3rd, 2009

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Sticky Fingers Ribhouse, 380 Columbiana Drive: 27 May 2009   36 comments

Posted at 11:48 pm in Uncategorized

This one is a bit of a surprise. Since this location outlasted the Columbia Mall location by several years, I figured it was safe. On the other hand, Columbiana Drive has lost both a D's and a Smokey Bones recently, so there may be some stress on the area I'm not aware of -- the only thing I can think of is that it's a pain to get to either from Harbison (two lights from I-26, I think) or Lake Murray Boulevard (a left turn if coming from I-26).

Not being a great rib fan, I never visited this location, but it looks to have been a nice building. The left side appears to have a second story -- was there seating up there or just office space?

(Hat tip, um, just about everybody, but I think Tom was first).

Written by ted on June 1st, 2009

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