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HND Fashion, 2101 Main Street Suite D: late 2000s   7 comments

Posted at 2:09 am in Uncategorized

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I would have thought this store and its enclosing little plaza were on Elmwood which these suites face, but web search matches the visible 2101-D street number to Main.

Other than that, I was able to find out very little other than that it was a clothing store, which was already pretty much apparent from the name. In particular, they weren't listed in any of my old phonebooks, so the closing date is a complete guess.

Written by ted on February 28th, 2013

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Q-Mart, 2111 Academy Street: 2012 (moved)   1 comment

Posted at 12:26 am in Uncategorized

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This little convenience store on the corner of Academy Street & Colonial Drive near the hospital has recently moved across the street to 3208 Colonial Drive. It appears to me that there is a re-zoning notice on the old location (though the pictures are quite blurry for some reason).

I'm pretty sure that the new location was a hand-service carwash before Q Mart moved in.

Written by ted on February 27th, 2013

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Color Imaging Solutions Group, 2510 Main Street: circa 2005   6 comments

Posted at 1:18 am in Uncategorized

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I noticed this vacancy just the other day, though a search through my phonebooks reveals that Color Imaging Solutions Group (quite a mouthful!) has been gone for a good while. I take them to have been a print shop, presumably specializing in color work.

Written by ted on February 26th, 2013

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Eat More Tees, 731 Elmwood Avenue: 2012 (moved)   1 comment

Posted at 12:35 am in Uncategorized

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I had thought that Eat More Tees had left Elmwood a good while ago (they are now located on Rosewood across from the Fairgrounds), but I see that the Elmwood location is still listed in the new (Feb 2013) phonebook, so I'm guessing they must have moved out sometime in mid-2012 (after phonebook entries are solidified..).

The building now houses a violin store, Palmetto Strings. It's rather an interesting building. In fact the whole area is interesting. To the best of my recollection, I had (somehow) never been in the Elmwood neighboorhood around Park and Gadsden Street. It is housing unlike most of the rest of Columbia, and strongly puts me in the mind of the historic district of Georgetown, parts of Charleston and downtown Fernandina Beach.

UPDATE 2 March 2013 -- Commenter Bo has some more information on this building, such as that it was a pharmacy and originally larger. Here's an additional view from the back:

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Written by ted on February 25th, 2013

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A. C. Moore Arts & Crafts, 275 Harbison Boulevard: Mid February 2013   15 comments

Posted at 12:15 am in Uncategorized

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A. C. Moore was the follow-on operation to the old Harbison Bi-Lo. I never went in, but had the feeling from the name that it was probably something like Hobby Lobby. Late last year they for some reason lost their lease and had to vacate the premises. They started a sale and clearance program almost immediately, and it appears to have been successful based on how little is left inside...

I find it curious that they were let go as the plaza is not completely sold, and it will take a special store to get shoppers to brave the traffic and make it a destination, something that that apparently did not apply to the grocery store.

I thought I had some daylight pix of the store after the closing was announced, but they seem pretty well hidden at the moment.

(Hat tip to commenter Tom)

Written by ted on February 22nd, 2013

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Senor O'Malley's, 715 Harden Street: Mid February 2013   7 comments

Posted at 2:18 am in Uncategorized

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With a name like Senor O'Malley's this place sounds like Columbia's answer to Charleston's Jaunita Greenberg's. I have to admit though that I was completely unaware of it, despite having been in the area multiple times recently.

From the local blogger reviews here and here, it souunds as though I probably would have liked it, though perhaps not when the college crowd was out strong.

(Hat tip to commenter MB)

Written by ted on February 21st, 2013

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Blockbuster, 2419 Broad River Road: 24 March 2013   16 comments

Posted at 1:18 am in Uncategorized

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I've done so many closings on Blockbusters that it's hard to believe there are still some around. It's kind of like finding one of those prehistoric fish that get dredged up every now and then. This one is on Broad River Road near the old G-E-X, and is already having their final clearance sale. It's amazing how far and how quickly a company which once had naming rights to everything and thought they were the future of entertainment has fallen..

(Hat tip to commenter William)

UPDATE 8 April 2013 -- As reported by commenter Andrew below, this place closed on 24 March, and the signs are down:

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UPDATE 9 April 2014 -- Now a Buddy's Home Furnishings:

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Written by ted on February 20th, 2013

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Tobacco World, 3724 Covenant Road: Never opened   no comments

Posted at 12:47 am in Uncategorized

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Tobacco World is one of the spaces carved out of the old Covenant Road Piggly Wiggly after the new Dollar General went into most of the old space.

I believe there are three units on the side of the building closest to the road, and of the three, only Milano Pizza seems to have had a successful start. The signage for Tobacco World has been up for at least a year, but as far as I can tell, it has never (yet) opened, and I suspect at this point that it won't. (The third unit has never shown any signs of becoming anything as far as I can recall).

Written by ted on February 19th, 2013

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Myrtle Beach IMAX, 1325 Celebrity Circle: November 2011   11 comments

Posted at 12:20 am in Uncategorized

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IMAX theaters are kind of an odd duck in the movie world. They have tremendous screens and potentially a lot of advantages over regular theaters, but all seem to be run on kind of an amateur basis. For a time, South Carolina had two IMAX screens, one at the Charleston Aquarium, and this one at Broadway At The Beach in Myrtle Beach.

I used to go down to the Charleston one fairly regularly for spectacles like Harry Potter and The Polar Express. I wasn't too surprised when it went under as the parking situation was rather fraught.

Given the amount of time I spend on the Grand Strand, it always surprised me how seldom I got to the Myrtle Beach IMAX. It just seemed that whenever I would check it out, it was all sharks & dinosaurs. From time to time there would be a a good second run movie there, like Beauty & The Beast, The Phantom Menace or The Dark Knight, but it was always six months or more after the fact, by which time I had usually seen them elsewhere. (Though for the record, the IMAX cut of The Phantom Menace was much better than the regular theatrical release because the hard running-time limit imposed on IMAX at the time, due to the huge weight of the reels, forced Lucasfilms to cut a lot of the dross..).

This pattern continued even when IMAX hit its peak nationally with big hits. Given the lackluster record of the Myrtle Beach site, I wasn't too surprised when it closed in November of 2011. As it turns out though, there was a reason the place was so far below its potential. According to The Sun News the IMAX actually had a non-compete agreement with the Carmike 16 adjoining it at Broadway At The Beach. The fact that they would ever have agreed to such a thing kind of confirms my opinion of the amateur nature of IMAX management, but does explain why they never had the hit first-run movies. The ampitheatre re-opened this summer as a Carmike property, using a different big-screen technology called BIGD. I have not had a chance to check it out, but presumably there is no longer an issue of Carmike competing with itself.

Currently South Carolina has no IMAX locations. I believe that Charlotte is the closest outlet, but I have incorporated an IMAX stop into my Florida vacations for the last few years of big releases. Tampa had two, one at the port Canalside complex in Ybor City, and one at the big science museum. The Canalside location closed a year or so ago, and the last two years, I have hit the World Golf Hall of Fame location in St. Augustine for Dark Knight offerings. I'm pretty sure that this summer they had switched to digital projection, and it was much less impressive. In fact, I'm pretty sure I could see pixels at times. IMAX seems to be floundering at the corporate level as well as at the local. In recent years, they have diluted their brand by revamping mall-type multiplexes and labeling them IMAX. This, of course, leads Internet wags to label these outlets as "Liemax" locations, and there is no easy way to tell from their publicity which locations are true IMAX and which are not. In the meantime, Hollywood seems to be betting that High Frame Rate rather than huge screens is the next big thing. I guess time will tell, but in the meantime, even sharks and dinosaurs are gone from Myrtle Beach.

Written by ted on February 18th, 2013

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Who Could Argue?   no comments

Posted at 10:53 pm in Uncategorized

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Written by ted on February 15th, 2013

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