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2011: The 100 Most Popular Keyword Searches   no comments

Posted at 2:11 am in commentary

These are the (slightly sanitized) 100 most popular keyword searches given to search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing which brought visitors to Columbia Closings in 2011:

Keywords Visits
columbia closings 975
(not provided) 971
club kryptonite myrtle beach 2011 815
waccamaw pottery 429
top of carolina 407
mermaids 385
http://columbiaclosings.com/wordpress/ 360
gamecock theater 326
bonwit teller 321
luigi's italian kitchen 305
"wade hampton hotel" 293
columbia closings steakhouse 293
"poor richard's"+columbia 274
woolco 269
columbia closings hudsons 235
passbook 226
getting inside freestyle music park 218
http://www.columbiaclosings.com/wordpress 202
old timey meat market 199
peaches records 180
capstone restaurant columbia sc 179
d's wings beltline 177
1215 assembly street columbia 175
rosa linda's murrells inlet 164
corner of gervais and assembly 160
joyful alternative columbia 160
john paul's armadillo building columbia,sc 158
motel "sumter highway" 157
chappy's fish and chips 154
sandlapper magazine state house tunnels 148
filling station devine street 146
graceland of lexington 146
taco cid 142
7510 two notch rd. 141
jerome hotel columbia 140
peaches records and tapes 140
top of carolina restaurant 140
gamecock theater cayce, 136
gibbes planetarium 133
+"beaulah's" "columbia, sc" 132
vic mantolay columbia, sc 129
"2341 broad river road" columbia, sc 128
birds on a wire columbia sc 128
salley manufacturing closed brown sign 126
902 gervais st., suite f. 125
http://columbiaclosings.com/wordpress 125
stonefire american grill sc 124
scrivens alley 116
columbia sc closings ted 112
irmo piggly wiggly closing 2007 112
stewart sandwiches 112
waccamaw pottery myrtle beach 111
columbiaclosings 110
sc place 109
peddler's porch - columbia, sc 108
site:columbiaclosings.com grace's wau 105
mermaid 104
eckerd drugs lunch counter 102
lums restaurant 102
"sir george's royal buffet" columbia, sc 96
the book dispensary 90
last catch columbia herman muenster 89
greenbax stamps 87
talbots closings 2011 86
380 columbiana dr. and columbia closings 85
rosa linda's myrtle beach 85
forest lake 84
rosoc itian forest acers 83
pelican inn pawleys island 81
planetarium columbia sc 81
hurricane hugo sumter sc 80
parkland plaza cayce 78
top of carolina restaurant columbia sc 78
site:columbiaclosings.com bubble tea 77
the great train store 75
winn dixie 75
www.columbia closings.com 73
stivers lincoln mercury 72
"scrivens alley" 71
lionel playworld 71
columbia closings shoplifting 67
book dispensary 66
columbia closing 66
what became of the old w j kennan high school? 66
chipotle harbison 65
gibbes planetarium columbia sc 65
pass book 65
piece goods shop 65
chipotle site:columbiaclosings.com 64
sunbeam thrift store old bush river road 64
"blue martini" columbia woody 62
applegate's landing 62
pelican inn pawleys island sc 61
site:columbiaclosings.com piggly wiggly 61
colony house going out of business 60
krispy kreme garners ferry road 60
"foodmax" +"plane crash" 59
red wing rollerway columbia sc 59
"1928 broad river road" 58
decker mall 58
ashley furniture harbison 57

Written by ted on December 29th, 2011

2011: The 100 Most Popular Posts   no comments

Posted at 1:56 am in commentary

These are the 100 most popular posts or pages for the year 2011 as determined by Google Analytics. Notice that the post may not have been made in 2011, what is measured is its popularity (in pageviews) for 2011.

Title Pageviews
Ted's Rules For Restaurants at Columbia Closings 6720
Off To See The Mermaids and other stuff at Columbia Closings 2161
The Top of Carolina, Capstone: 1970s (open again) at Columbia Closings 1730
Waccamaw Pottery, US-501 at the Inland Waterway: 1990s at Columbia Closings 1710
Tricentennial Songs, Columbia & Everywhere in South Carolina: 1970 at Columbia Closings 1474
All Star Cafe / Club Kryptonite, 2925 Hollywood Drive (Myrtle Beach): 31 October 2009 at Columbia Closings 1349
Standard (Federal) Savings & Loan, Washington at Main (etc): 2 Aug 1991 at Columbia Closings 1127
Have Your Say Archive [9 Nov 2008 through 3 Sept 2010] at Columbia Closings 890
Peaches Records & Tapes, Harden Street: 1994 at Columbia Closings 852
Forest Lake Park, Forest Lake Shopping Center (Trenholm Road & Forest Drive): 1970s at Columbia Closings 801
2008 July at Columbia Closings 769
Have Your Say at Columbia Closings 725
Hurricane Hugo, South Carolina: 21 September 1989 at Columbia Closings 724
The Myrtle Beach Pavilion, Ocean Boulevard: 30 September 2006 at Columbia Closings 660
Woolco, Landmark Square, Garners Ferry Road: 1970s at Columbia Closings 639
Signs Your Favorite Restaurant is About to Close at Columbia Closings 601
Wade Hampton Hotel, corner of Gervais & Main: 1980s at Columbia Closings 594
Village at Sandhill at Columbia Closings 579
The Pelican Inn, Pawleys Island: 2008 (open again) at Columbia Closings 578
Page not found at Columbia Closings 537
Greenbax Redemption Center, 2710 Gervais Street: 1970s at Columbia Closings 530
The Towers, Corner of Main & Blossom: September 2006 at Columbia Closings 513
J. B. White (Whiteâs), Richland Mall, Dutch Square: 20 September 1998 at Columbia Closings 511
The YMCA Camp (The Y Camp) / R. G. Bell Camp / Bell Camp, Mallet Hill Road: Mid 1980s at Columbia Closings 489
Winn-Dixie, 2768 Decker Boulevard (Corner of Decker & Trenholm Ext): 24 August 2005 at Columbia Closings 474
Gamestop, Dutch Square: 27 June 2010 at Columbia Closings 470
Myrtle Square Mall, Kings Highway (Myrtle Beach): 2006 at Columbia Closings 466
Cromer's P-Nuts, various locations (not closed) at Columbia Closings 465
Rosa Linda's Cafe Murrells Inlet: Late 90s at Columbia Closings 457
Oliver's Lodge, 4204 Highway 17 Business Murrells Inlet: Winter 2009 at Columbia Closings 453
Chappy's Authentic English Fish & Chips, 2911 Two Notch Road / 1306 Charleston Highway / 1936 Broad River Road / 7007 Parklane Road: 1990s at Columbia Closings 448
Taco Bell 1927 Broad River Road: 2009 at Columbia Closings 445
The Great Train Store / All Wound Up, Columbiana Centre: July 2000 at Columbia Closings 442
Belkâs / Dillardâs, Columbia Mall: late 2008 at Columbia Closings 423
Bonwit Teller / Dillard's / Blacklion / The Department Store, Richland Mall: 1990 / 2003 / 2006 etc at Columbia Closings 408
Sign Of The Times at Columbia Closings 408
Ads & Jingles, Radio & TV: the past at Columbia Closings 402
Signs Your Favorite Restaurant is About to Close at Columbia Closings 381
Red Wing Rollerway, 2632 Decker Blvd: April 2008 (for sale), Sep 2008 (closed) at Columbia Closings 375
S&S Cafeteria, Richland Mall: 30 Jan 2011 at Columbia Closings 353
Circuit City, 10136 Two Notch Road & 238 Harbison Boulevard: 8 March 2009 at Columbia Closings 344
Rosa Lindaâs Cafe Murrells Inlet: Late 90s at Columbia Closings 342
Have Your Say at Columbia Closings 341
Gibbes Planetarium, Senate Street & Bull Street: 1998 at Columbia Closings 338
Richland Mall: The Map at Columbia Closings 338
Harbison Boulevard at Columbia Closings 333
Richland Mall: The Map at Columbia Closings 326
Eckerd's, 1530 Main Street: 1960s at Columbia Closings 316
Columbia Closings 310
D's Wings, 2005 Beltline Boulevard: 7 March 2011 (temporary) at Columbia Closings 310
Gibbes Planetarium, Senate & Bull Street: 1998 at Columbia Closings 307
Dunbar Funeral Home, 1527 Gervais Street: 2006 at Columbia Closings 306
Birds On A Wire, 2901-A Devine Street: late 2008 at Columbia Closings 304
Tedâs Rules For Restaurants at Columbia Closings 304
The Book Dispensary, 1601A Broad River Road: May 2010 (moved) at Columbia Closings 300
Lum's Restaurant, 2005 Greene Street: 1970s at Columbia Closings 299
Piggly Wiggly / Harris Teeter, 9710 Two Notch Road: 2000s at Columbia Closings 298
Bonwit Teller / Dillard's / Blacklion / The Department Store, Richland Mall: 1990 / 2003 / 2006 etc at Columbia Closings 292
O'Charley's, 1000 Bower Parkway: 13 December 2010 at Columbia Closings 291
Woodhill Mall, Garners Ferry Road: early 2000s at Columbia Closings 287
Hard Rock Park / Freestyle Music Park, US 501 at Myrtle Beach: 2 Jan 2009 at Columbia Closings 284
Kmart Store 3168, 99 N Arrowwood Road: 5:30pm 8 November 2009 at Columbia Closings 273
Sam Solomon / Service Merchandise, 3 Diamond Lane (Intersection Center): 1982 / 2002 at Columbia Closings 270
Harbison Medical Building, 320 Harbison Boulevard: Late May 2011 at Columbia Closings 264
Hudson's Smokehouse, 301 Park Terrace Drive: 6 April 2011 (temporary) at Columbia Closings 264
Harbison Medical Building, 320 Harbison Boulevard: Late May 2011 at Columbia Closings 259
Ole Timey Meat Market, 7804 Garners Ferry Road (moved) at Columbia Closings 259
Putt-Putt Fun Center, 105 Sparkleberry Lane (near Clemson Road): 2007 at Columbia Closings 259
Wata Wing, 6164 Saint Andrews Road: February 2011 at Columbia Closings 257
Blockbuster Video, 2509 Decker Boulevard: 16 November 2009 at Columbia Closings 251
Alphabetical Closings at Columbia Closings 250
Lionel Playworld, 2768 Decker Boulevard: 1980s at Columbia Closings 239
Blockbuster Video, 3250 Forest Drive: 10 April 2011 at Columbia Closings 233
Mangia! Mangia!, 566 Spears Creek Road: December 2009 at Columbia Closings 233
Toys âRâ Us, Columbia Mall outparcel: 1990s at Columbia Closings 232
PT's Cabaret, 1101 Harden Street: 1 May 2010 at Columbia Closings 230
Capital Consortium Group aka 3 Hebrew Boys, 1529 Horsehoe Drive: 15 June 2007 / 26 April 2010 at Columbia Closings 229
Wata Wing, 6164 Saint Andrews Road: February 2011 at Columbia Closings 224
Ashley Furniture Homestore, 108 Harbison Boulevard: September 2008 (open again) at Columbia Closings 221
La Fogata, 498 Town Center Place #1: Early March 2011 at Columbia Closings 221
Yogi Bear's Honey Fried Chicken, Two Notch at Parklane: 1960s? at Columbia Closings 221
Alphabetical Closings at Columbia Closings 220
Roper Pond (Lily Pond), Trenholm Road at Arcadia Lakes: Summer 2010 at Columbia Closings 220
A&P, Midlands Plaza (and everywhere..): 1970s at Columbia Closings 215
The YMCA Camp (The âYâ Camp) / R. G. Bell Camp / Bell Camp, Mallet Hill Road: Mid 1980s at Columbia Closings 215
(The Original) WIS Radio, Bull St & WIS Lane: 1980s at Columbia Closings 213
Burger King, 10030 Two Notch Road: late September 2011 at Columbia Closings 213
The Bounty, Sumter Highway: early 1980s at Columbia Closings 213
Quincy's Family Steakhouse / Stiletto's Strip Club, 7375 Two Notch Rd: 1990s, February 2008 at Columbia Closings 212
Tricentennial Songs, Columbia & Everywhere in South Carolina: 1970 at Columbia Closings 209
Applegate's Landing, 2600 Decker Boulevard: 1980s at Columbia Closings 206
pharmacy at Columbia Closings 206
Building, 2250 Gervais Street: 1990s? at Columbia Closings 205
The General Store, Hammock Shops Pawleys Island: Jan 2008 (moved) at Columbia Closings 205
Edisto Farms Dairy, Trenholm Plaza, etc: 1960s at Columbia Closings 204
The Towers, Corner of Main & Blossom: September 2006 at Columbia Closings 204
Ryan's Grill, Buffet & Bakery, 7550 Garners Ferry Road, 9 February 2009 at Columbia Closings 201
J. B. White (White's), Richland Mall, Dutch Square: Early 2000s at Columbia Closings 200

Written by ted on December 29th, 2011

2011: My 20 Favorite Posts   1 comment

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Merry Christmas Columbia!   no comments

Posted at 6:59 pm in commentary

Other than some "year in review" type posts, that's it for this year. I hope everyone had a great one, and has a very merry Christmas tomorrow.

Written by ted on December 24th, 2011

Still Time For A New Year!   no comments

Posted at 6:58 pm in commentary

Well, it's too late to give a calendar for Christmas, but remember you don't actually need them until 1 January 2012, and there's still plenty of time to get them here by then!

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

And books are good the whole year round. Why not try mine?

Written by ted on December 24th, 2011

Sosi Apparel & Accessories, 285 Columbiana Drive Suite L: 2009   no comments

Posted at 3:36 am in stores

Here's another vacancy at The Shops At Columbiana Crossing. This one seems to have happened in 2009, and as far as I can tell, Sosi did not move elsewhere.

I find it a little curious that this strip does not seem to update either the storefront marquees or their road-side sign...

Columbia Mall Cinema 8 / Columbia Place Stadium Cinemas, 7201-802 Two Notch Road: December 2011 (open again)   77 comments

Posted at 12:27 am in business,entertainment

Originally, as I recall it, this was simply the Columbia Mall Theater, and opened about the same time as the mall itself. Compared to some of the other theaters in town, I don't have any really strong memories of the place. I know I saw what was pretty much the last 70s style Disney live-action movie there: The North Avenue Irregulars as well as one of Disney's periodic re-issues of The Jungle Book and the first run of The Rescuers Down Under. (Yeah, I like Disney). I also remember trying to go there for a James Bond flick, one of the later Moore ones, and finding it sold out, a pretty rare experience back then.

At some point after I moved out of town, the Mall started to decline, and the theaters actually went under (along with the nearby Capitol Centre Theater). After that, a company called Phoenix Theaters re-opened the theater, which was sort of their shtick "phoenix from the ashes"/"new theater from old". I can't find out a lot about them because every google search turns up theaters in Phoenix Arizona, but this might be their web site. If it is, they have downsized considerably. At any rate, I don't think the Phoenix incarnation lasted too long here in Columbia. I recall seeing one movie under that regime (they had the latest showtimes) and not being too impressed with the theater (or the movie as I can't now recall what it was).

After that, I think the theaters closed again, and remodeled along stadium lines, which was the latest gimmick several years ago (and is an improvement, I have to admit). I'm struggling to think of any movie I saw there after the conversion, and I don't think there is one -- by that time, I had switched mostly to Richland Mall and Forest Drive as my default theaters.

I've lost the hat tip for the commenter who pointed out this closure, and when they said it happened, but if you look closely, you can see a poster for The Darkest Hour a movie which opens on Christmas Day 2011, so it was very recent, and we can assume somewhat unexpected if they thought they would be showing that one.

UPDATE 3 July 2012 -- As the pictures below show, the place is now open again as Columbia Place Stadium Cinemas.

Getting ready to re-open (28 May 2012):

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Open again (29 June 2012):

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Written by ted on December 23rd, 2011

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Bullwinkle's / RB's Sports Bar & Grill / El As De Oros / Bar La Movida: 4338 Fort Jackson Boulevard: 2000s etc   1 comment

Posted at 2:07 am in nightclub

This little, much bar-ed, building is on Fort Jackson Boulevard, at Crowson Road, near the former Check World, and Jesudi's and across the street from La Brasca.

As far as I can tell, El As De Oros means "The Golden Ace", and Bar La Movida means something like "Party Bar" or "Groovy Spot Bar".

El As De Oros applied for their liquor license in 2004, which puts a timeframe on that operation. I am unsure of the status of Bar La Movida. When I took these shots, I was sure it was closed, but they applied for a liquor license in April of this year (2011), so it's possible I just never drive by late enough to see anyone there. The only data point I have on Bullwinkle's is that it was listed in the February 1997 phonebook and I don't know anything about RB's at all.

Written by ted on December 22nd, 2011

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Today's Closing Is An Update   no comments

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Written by ted on December 21st, 2011

Salley's Furniture Plus / The Video Store / Apostle JF Clay / Merita Bakery / Checkbucks / Titlemax, 6801 Two Notch Road: 2007 etc   2 comments

Posted at 12:55 am in business,stores

Surprisingly, given its location at the corner of Two Notch & Faust Street, this building was apparently once connected with a church or some sort of religious personage. I can dimly remember seeing the Merita store there, and Titlemax seems to have been the most recent tenant, showing up in the February 2007 phonebook, but not thereafter. According to Richland County the place is currently owned by Midland Holding Corp who are apparently trying to sell it.

The lot is also home to a 30 Sheet Poster billboard, and if you click that link, you can see the place with the Merita store in operation, and a different paint job.

Written by ted on December 20th, 2011

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