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Top Twenty For 2010   no comments

Posted at 3:06 am in commentary

Well, it's time for a 2010 retrospective, as seen through the posts here on Columbia Closings!

I've looked over every post I made in 2010 and have picked out 20 as the best. Of course best is a very subjective judgement. In many cases, these are the posts which got the most comments over the course of the year, marking them as your favorites. In some other cases, they may not have gotten a single comment, but I really like them for one reason or another.

Let's hope I make it to the end this time! The first time I started this post, I found that no, my laptop cord wasn't actually plugged in, and that in fact, computers work better with electricity..

1) (Meet Me At) Tapps (posted 18 Jan 2010)

2) Chick-Fil-A, Dutch Square (posted 21 Jan 2010)

3) Hi Hatt Drive In aka The Hi Hatt Club (posted 14 Feb 2010)

4) The Factory Outlets (posted 16 March 2010)

5) Campus Club South / Swensen's (posted 16 April 2010)

6) The Whale's Tail (posted 16 May 2010)

7) McKenzie Beach Motel (posted 6 June 2010)

8) Brickyard Shopping Center (posted 21 June 2010)

9) Roper Pond / Lily Pond (posted 10 July 2010)

10) Correct Alignment (posted 12 July 2010)

11) 1101 Harden Street (posted 24 July 2010)

12) The Heart of Columbia Motel (posted 28 July 2010)

13) Tumbleweeds (posted 30 July 2010)

14) Oliver's Lodge, Murrells Inlet (posted 24 August 2010)

15) Richland Mall, The Map (posted 4 September 2010)

16) Something's Happening Here (Intersection Center) (posted 7 Sep 2010)

17) State Fair 2010 (posted 25 October 2010)

18) Sesame Inn (posted 30 October 2010)

19) Maudy's Bosom (posted 23 November 2010)

20) Boardwalk Plaza (posted 1 December 2010)

Written by ted on December 31st, 2010

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Top 100 Searches for 2010   1 comment

Posted at 3:06 am in commentary

Here's the top 100 keyword searches that brought visitors to Columbia Closings in 2010. Some make sense, some are a little surprising, for instance, all the interest in Stewart Sandwiches. I think I have generally sanitized the names of non-public-figures.

Rank Keyword Visits
1 columbia closings 786
2 pelican inn pawleys island 546
3 waccamaw pottery 441
4 columbia closings macdougalls 410
5 hi hatt club columbia south carolina 365
6 http://www.columbiaclosings.com/wordpress/ 361
7 boardwalk plaza bush river road, columbia, sc 351
8 capstone restaurant columbia sc 330
9 todd and moore dutch square 293
10 gene broome genes pig n chick columbia south carolina 273
11 xxxx xxxxxx columbia, sc 272
12 xxxx woodhill crash 271
13 bonwit teller 248
14 site:columbiaclosings.com columbia closings les truands club 235
15 top of carolina 228
16 stewart sandwiches 219
17 top of carolina restaurant 215
18 ufo club columbia south carolina flickr 213
19 gibbes planetarium 208
20 tricentennial songs 200
21 trenholm park pool 195
22 forest lake shopping center columbia south carolina 168
23 505 knox abbott drive 167
24 top of carolina restaurant columbia sc 166
25 parthenon restauratn harden st columbia for sale 160
26 litchfield cinemas richland mall 152
27 "glide-a-rides" 145
28 xxxxxxx xxxxxx hi hatt club 144
29 underground columbia sc 142
30 +"beaulah's" "columbia, sc" 131
31 birds on a wire columbia sc 128
32 forest 127
33 the quarter moon, doug goolsby, campus club south 125
34 zestos two notch road 125
35 old timey meat market columbia sc 118
36 columbiaclosings 117
37 old timey meat market 116
38 we are good sandlappers song 115
39 peaches records and tapes 114
40 xxxx xxxxxx 113
41 pelican inn pawleys island sc 113
42 "snipes" hobby columbia 110
43 quincy's family steakhouse 110
44 site:columbiaclosings.com captain d's 108
45 wacamaw pottery 108
46 "r.m. stork" columbia sc 107
47 site:columbiaclosings.com red wing 107
48 top of columbia restaurant 107
49 we are good sandlappers 104
50 columbia south carolina 1963 phone book 101
51 woolco 101
52 "ray levers" bbq 91
53 kroger savon 90
54 richland fashion mall pictures 84
55 applegate's landing 83
56 ashley furniture harbison 83
57 john pauls columbia sc 83
58 gibbes planetarium columbia sc 80
59 xxxxx xxxxx 78
60 "2907 two notch rd." 77
61 new store circuit city two notch 77
62 pasta-bilities forest drive 77
63 pho viet and columbia sc and devine street 77
64 "hi hatt drive in richland county columbia south carolina usa" 76
65 "wings on wheels" sc 75
66 three hebrew boys 75
67 hola mexico columbia closing 74
68 beaver dam trading post, sc 73
69 wade hampton hotel 73
70 "springdale bait farm" 72
71 "capital cabana" columbia 71
72 al-amir columbia sc sandhills 71
73 3 hebrew boys 70
74 chappy's fish and chips 70
75 chippendolls 69
76 rosa linda's myrtle beach 69
77 mr. popper's store columbia sc 66
78 taco cid 66
79 columbiaclosings dennis bradley school 63
80 the pelican inn pawleys island 61
81 top of carolina restaurant usc 59
82 richway 58
83 columbia sc xxxxx xxxxxxx 57
84 yogi bear's honey fried chicken 57
85 barrel of fun arcade 56
86 columbia "capitol loan office" "main street" 56
87 kroger sav-on 56
88 ole timey meat market 56
89 zestos on two notch rd 56
90 mermaid 55
91 site:columbiaclosings.com foxfire 53
92 columbia the big bird restaurant 52
93 mermaids 52
94 cedric's fish and chips 49
95 peaches records 49
96 pawleys island pelican inn 48
97 "xxx xxxxxx" "camp barstow" 47
98 the book dispensary 47
99 "the ranch" columbiaclosings 46
100 joyners site: www.columbiaclosings.com 46

Written by ted on December 31st, 2010

Happy Blogday To Me!   9 comments

Posted at 12:13 am in commentary

Nope, still on vacation with no new closings, but I thought I would note that three years ago today, 29 December 2007, I made the first posting on Columbia Closings.

It was a "Mission Statement" that codified the somewhat nebulous ideas I had for what I wanted to do here.

The first actual "closing" I posted was for Al-Amir on Devine Street, a space that as fate would have it is again vacant as I write this.

Before those first postings, there were several months of a vague feeling that I wanted to be doing something on the internet, culminating in a bit of an inspiration flash, when the domain-name came to me. When it proved to be available, there was figuring out hosting with GoDaddy, installing WordPress, figuring out how that worked, working out the html for doing pictures the way I wanted to and finally figuring out something to say.

Today, according to WordPress statistics, I've made 904 posts, and I plan to keep on for the foreseeable future. It hasn't brought vast wealth or world domination, but I've had fun, and I want to thank all of you who read and comment on these posts, and often as not set me straight!

Written by ted on December 29th, 2010

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Merry Christmas!   1 comment

Posted at 7:22 pm in commentary

I think that's it for this year, folks. I may get a year-in-review post up around New Years, otherwise, Merry Christmas and enjoy the holidays!

Written by ted on December 24th, 2010

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"In hopes that Saint 'Nikki'-las soon would be there.."   no comments

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Strike The Harp and Join The Chorus   no comments

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Rookie Billiards / Gardenia's Restaurant, 3122 Two Notch Road: 2010   no comments

Posted at 12:01 am in restaurants

This little storefront next to Mr. B's has been a number of things over the years.

In 1999, it was apparently a pool hall called Rookie Billiards, which applied for a beer and wine permit, unsuccessfully.

Most recently, it was Gardenia's Restaurant, and appears in this year's phonebook. I don't know when exactly it closed, but there are still chairs and tables inside.

Written by ted on December 24th, 2010

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Wait, Run That By Me Again..   no comments

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A&P Has Pride In Me..   no comments

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Written by ted on December 22nd, 2010

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Kangaroo Express, 4400 Bethel Church Road: December 2010 (new pumps)   4 comments

Posted at 11:24 pm in stores

I don't know what was wrong with the old ones -- I used them just a month or so ago, and they seemed fine, but the Kangaroo Express in front of Trenholm Park (and across from Keith's K&A Automotive) spent several days taking out the old ones and putting in these. Maybe they needed something that goes above $9.99 per gallon..

Written by ted on December 22nd, 2010

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