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Virtual Automotive, 2820 Broad River Road: 2011   no comments

Posted at 11:23 pm in stores

Well, I have to say that the web site for this place is certainly an interesting attempt at persuading someone to make a major purchase! I'll bet anyone surfing for a car from work had a moment of boss fear..

I'll also note that in Computer Science, something is "virtual" if it appears to be there but actually is not, which I guess is a good metaphor for the current state of this car lot on the East side of Broad River Road not too far from Videos & Beyond.

Written by ted on November 14th, 2011

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S. L. Munson & Company, 401 Huger Street: late 2000s (moved)   no comments

Posted at 11:38 pm in business

Here's one I've had on my hard drive for a while. This little building is on the west side of Huger Street, just north of the railroad tracks, and just across the street from The Dog Shack.

LoopNet says the property is still available. Interestingly, Google turns it up as an address for Bath Fiter Of Columbia, but I haven't put that in the post title because the building pictured there is clearly not 401 Huger..

S. L. Munson is apprently a metalworking tool company. I have to admit I never even heard of the road they moved to, Old Dairy Drive, but apparently it parallels Bluff Road.

Written by ted on November 13th, 2011

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It's Later Than You Think!   no comments

Posted at 8:14 pm in commentary

Halloween is gone, and Daylight Savings Time has ended---Isn't it time for a 2012 calendar?

Well, you're in luck. Both the new Columbia Closings 2012 wall calendars and the Pawleys Island 2012 Wall calendars are ready and available in regular and large formats!

Click on either picture, or the links below to make sure you start the new year right.

Columbia Closings Large Format 2012 Wall Calendar

Columbia Closings Regular Format 2012 Wall Calendar

Pawleys Island Large Format 2012 Wall Calendar

Pawleys Island Regular Format 2012 Wall Calendar

Written by ted on November 11th, 2011

PC Nails, 1569 Broad River Road #B: 2011   1 comment

Posted at 7:34 pm in business

This nail salon was in Boozer Shopping Center right next to the new location for Hook 'n Needle.

I'm not sure what "PC" stood for in this context as presumably their work was Mac compatible as well..

Written by ted on November 11th, 2011

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LifeWay Christian Stores, 256 Harbison Boulevard Suite G: May 2010 (moved)   3 comments

Posted at 2:01 am in stores

LifeWay is a commercial outreach of the Southern Baptist Convention and their stores sell Bibles and church supplies. This one moved from the Barnes & Noble plaza on Harbison to Bower Parkway sometime in the 2000s. I know it's been more than a year ago as the first picture is from October 2010.

The little corner area where LifeWay was is kind of interesting as it has sort of an entrance corridor set off by a rather snazzy, filigreed girder. On the downside, being in the corner means that people have to park farther away from your store than most other stores in the strip.

After being vacant for a good while, the suite is finally re-opening as Anna's Linens

UPDATE 11 November 2011: Updated the moving date in the post title from "2000s" to "May 2010" based on commenter Andrew's research.

Written by ted on November 11th, 2011

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Reliant Hospice, 2858 Sunset Boulevard: 2011   3 comments

Posted at 10:48 pm in business

This nice little building on Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia, just behind Hawthorne Pharmacy and more or less across the street from Atlanta Bread was an end-of-life-care hospice. From what I can find out, they used to be on Center Point Circle, moving to this location in 2010 (based on the copyright of their now gone but archived site), and closing their doors sometime in 2011.

Written by ted on November 9th, 2011

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Brix Bistro / The Bistro, 109 Old Chapin Road (Lexington): September 2011   5 comments

Posted at 10:29 pm in restaurants

I'm not absolutely sure I ate at The Bistro, but I do remember specifically some years ago reading an article in The State or Free Times about a new pizza place and driving to Lexington to check it out. The restaurant definitely had an enclosed patio where I sat, so I'm thinking it was The Bistro.

In the event, I really didn't care for it. I felt that there was something to the pizza sauce that wasn't to my taste -- too sweet, if I recall correctly. (I feel the same way about The Pizza Joint).

The place is in a kind of an interesting little mini-mall with The Flight Deck restaurant which I may have to check out one day.

(Hat tip to commenter O'Reilly)

UPDATE 9 November 2011: Added Brix Bistro to the post title based on the comments, which led me to dig up this 2001 Free Times Review which is, I believe, the one which sent me over there in the first place.

Written by ted on November 8th, 2011

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J. Rubin & Son Co., 1742 Blanding Street: early 1990s   2 comments

Posted at 3:22 am in business,historic,stores

I was meaning to get back to this building when the sun was not against me, but as yet have not. Anyway, I noticed it driving back from downtown towards Harden one day a few months ago and the name sounded vaguely familiar.

Doing a google search turned up this this fascinating article on Columbia's Jewish history, in which J. Rubin & Son played a part along with many other familiar names.

The building is apparently still owned by the Rubin family, or a real estate company associated with them anyway. I'm not sure what happened to the building to make it "Unsafe". Looking through the door, it does not appear that there has been a fire or any major damage (though it is a bit of a look into history -- the vintage fan looks especially nice!).

As far as I can tell, the neighboring unit, 1740 Blanding Street was last South Carolina Electronic Equipment & Supplies.

Winn Dixie, 3655 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston: 2005 (probably)   1 comment

Posted at 2:48 am in out-of-area,stores

Well, the talk in the comments about Winn Dixie gives me an opening to post these pictures from North Charleston.

I forget exactly why I was in Charleston last this May, but I was struck by this run-down plaza on Rivers Avenue as I headed down into the peninsula. As you can see it was a rather gray day so the pictures aren't great, and I didn't stop to do a walkabout, but it just struck me as rather sad.

Notice that as in the Decker store the chain didn't even manage to get its branding off the building.

Written by ted on November 7th, 2011

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Butterfly Life, 7457 Patterson Road Suite 109: 2009   no comments

Posted at 12:08 am in business

Well, I did Curves a few days ago, so here's another franchised women's gym on the other side of town.

I admit having never heard of Butterfly Life and entertained some idea it was a wild flower shop before reading the fine print. It still seems a bit of an odd name as butterflies certainly aren't known for their long lives or robust constitutions...

I do believe I saw another Butterfly Life opening in the Wal-Mart plaza on Bush River Road.

Written by ted on November 5th, 2011

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