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Hats, Boots, Jeans, Etc. / Pistol Creek West, 600 Cherokee Lane: 2014 (moved)   no comments

Posted at 10:38 pm in Uncategorized

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It's back to Cherokee Lane today for this little Western Wear shop which lists under two names. I have to say the building looks the part.

It looks like their move was to the old Piggly Wiggly #102 location at the Southwest corner of Saint Andrews Road, just as it kinks to the North.

UPDATE 22 May 2014 -- Here is their new location:

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Written by ted on May 15th, 2014

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Airport Jewelry & Pawn, 2308-G Airport Boulevard: 2000s   1 comment

Posted at 11:46 pm in Uncategorized

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A little googling establishes that this corner suite in Airport Plaza was a pawn shop -- not too surprising given the bars on the windows. For some reason, can't find it in any of my phonebooks, so I don't have a real closing date.

Written by ted on May 14th, 2014

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Best Western / Cambridge Plaza Hotel, 650 Cherokee Lane: Spring 2014 (temporary)   15 comments

Posted at 12:12 am in Uncategorized

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This hotel is down one of those "suicide" Interstate frontage roads like Garner Lane where they use the same on-ramp as the Interstate for frontage access. I don't like 'em.

Anyway, the Cambridge Plaza Hotel there is currently undergoing renovation. It should be back, possibly with increased signage, fairly soon.

UPDATE 4 Jun 2014 -- Commenter Bobby verifies that this place was once a Best Western so I have added that to the post title.

UPDATE 26 June 2014 -- Looks like it's to be a Super 8 when it reopens:

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Written by ted on May 14th, 2014

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Piggly Wiggly #86, 4360 Augusta Road: 11 October 2013   6 comments

Posted at 11:38 pm in closing

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Here's another Pig closing from last year. This one is on the East side of US-1 not too far from the Barnyard flea market. Interestingly, the address is Lexington, though I did not think Lexington started that far South.

Though several recently closed Pigs have become Bi-Los, there is no sign of another tenant for this one yet.

(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

UPDATE 1 March 2016 -- As mentioned in the comments, this is now KJ's IGA:

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Written by ted on May 12th, 2014

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Spunky's Auto Sales, 5403 Two Notch Road: April 2014   6 comments

Posted at 12:07 am in closing

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Well, that didn't last too long.

Spunky's Auto Sales was the follow-on operation to Prestige Hitech Autowerks which moved down the street into the old Dick Dyer bodyshop. They opened sometime last fall (the picture I have is from October 2013) and lasted, I'm thinking, until last month (April 2014).

I continue to like the gull-wing lights at these old service stations. The roofline is nice too.

UPDATE 20 November 2015 -- This place has been extensively remodeled and is to become a gas station:

pix 8 August 2015

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pix 23 August 2015

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pix 12 September 2015

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UPDATE 14 March 2016 -- Almost ready to open as King Fuel. It appears the store only needs to be stocked:

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Written by ted on May 12th, 2014

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C & V's Sports Cafe / Element, 201 Columbia Mall Boulevard Suite 221: 2012   9 comments

Posted at 10:13 pm in Uncategorized

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At one time this corner storefrong in Capitol Centre was one of my favorite restaurants Cucos Mexican Cafe. I believe it's been more since then than the two businesses I currently have on the post title, C & V's Sports Cafe and Elements, but that's all that google is coming up with for me now.

Anyway, I noticed on my last drive through that it is empty again, and is due shortly to become a Bingo hall.

Cash-O-Matic, 321 Sunset Drive: 2010   17 comments

Posted at 12:15 am in Uncategorized

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This little financial center was in the old A & P shopping center at the top of the hill on Sunset Drive. Most recently the complex was a church, but there remained a few commercial storefronts during that phase. In fact, as far as I can tell, the adjacent beauty parlor is still open for business.

Apart from the old "steeple" style A & P architecture, this part of the plaza is interesting for the skylights which you can see in the fifth picture. Somehow the name Cash-O-Matic invokes the same era as the buildings.

Written by ted on May 9th, 2014

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Sound Advice, 1561 Broad River Road: 2011   5 comments

Posted at 1:03 am in Uncategorized

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Here's another Boozer Shopping Center storefront, and an interesting busines story.

Assuming that the Sound Advice whose site is here is the same one (and I think it is), then the history of the chain is here. The first store opened in 1974 and it sounds like the original owners decided to sell out and move to Florida around 2004. After that (according to them) the new owners ran things into the ground and then the original owners bought the remnants back in a fire-sale and are now running mostly online with some showrooms in Florida.

Aqua Care Pool Service, 4512 Saint Andrews Road: 2013   no comments

Posted at 11:01 pm in Uncategorized

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I noticed this empty storefront for Aqua Care Pool Service as I was driving down Saint Andrews recently. It's not too far from the big curve and factory. I remember I used to swim so much in the summer that my eyes would get glued shut with sleep due to chlorine irritation. Nowdays it seems the only time I hit a pool is if I'm at a hotel, and probably not even then..

On the other hand -- no jellyfish.

Written by ted on May 6th, 2014

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Shell PC & Networking Solutions, LLC, 1314-B Leesburg Road: 2010   1 comment

Posted at 11:48 pm in Uncategorized

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Here's a vacant little Leesburg Plaza storefront. It's not too clear initially what it was:

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So let's take that sign and equalize it:

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And then flip it:

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OK then -- based on phonebooks, it looks like Shell PC & Networking Solutions probably closed shop in 2010.

Written by ted on May 5th, 2014

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