Archive for December, 2011
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:
|club kryptonite myrtle beach 2011||815|
|top of carolina||407|
|luigi's italian kitchen||305|
|"wade hampton hotel"||293|
|columbia closings steakhouse||293|
|columbia closings hudsons||235|
|getting inside freestyle music park||218|
|old timey meat market||199|
|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|
|7510 two notch rd.||141|
|jerome hotel columbia||140|
|peaches records and tapes||140|
|top of carolina restaurant||140|
|gamecock theater cayce,||136|
|+"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|
|stonefire american grill sc||124|
|columbia sc closings ted||112|
|irmo piggly wiggly closing 2007||112|
|waccamaw pottery myrtle beach||111|
|peddler's porch - columbia, sc||108|
|site:columbiaclosings.com grace's wau||105|
|eckerd drugs lunch counter||102|
|"sir george's royal buffet" columbia, sc||96|
|the book dispensary||90|
|last catch columbia herman muenster||89|
|talbots closings 2011||86|
|380 columbiana dr. and columbia closings||85|
|rosa linda's myrtle beach||85|
|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|
|stivers lincoln mercury||72|
|columbia closings shoplifting||67|
|what became of the old w j kennan high school?||66|
|gibbes planetarium columbia sc||65|
|piece goods shop||65|
|sunbeam thrift store old bush river road||64|
|"blue martini" columbia woody||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|
|ashley furniture harbison||57|
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.
I'm not going to attempt to rank these all according to how good they are or how well I like them as that would be difficult and pointless. Instead here are my favorite 20 posts from 2011 in rough chronological order:
01) If It's Paper:
02) Myrtle Square Mall:
06) Cayce Bait & Tackle:
08) USC Bell Camp:
10) Yo Burrito:
11) Cayce School:
16) Leesburg Road Garage:
BONUS) Best Roadside Offer I Ever Saw:
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.
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!
And books are good the whole year round. Why not try mine?
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
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):
Open again (29 June 2012):
Bullwinkle's / RB's Sports Bar & Grill / El As De Oros / Bar La Movida: 4338 Fort Jackson Boulevard: 2000s etc no comments
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.
Salley's Furniture Plus / The Video Store / Apostle JF Clay / Merita Bakery / Checkbucks / Titlemax, 6801 Two Notch Road: 2007 etc 2 comments
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.