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Paraiso Del Inca, 506 North Beltline Boulevard: August 2016   no comments

Posted at 10:53 pm in closing

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It looks like this Peruvian restaurant, the only one in Columbia as far as I know, opened in April 2016 and closed sometime in August 2016. In general the Yelp reviews were quite positive as was this review from The Free Times

Paraiso del Inca brought some much-needed ethnic food to the North Beltline side of town when it opened earlier this month. The menu is brief, but full of Peruvian dishes that cannot be found anywhere else in town. Some of the offerings include a creamy chicken dish featuring a thick, yellow curry-esque sauce, boiled potato, and ground walnuts; ceviche; and an appetizer called papas rellena, a deep-fried mashed potato ball stuffed with beef and onions.

(Hat tip to commenter KC)

South Carolina State Fair 2016, Fairgrounds: 23 October 2016   3 comments

Posted at 10:38 pm in closing

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I got back to town a bit late this year, and missed out on some of my State Fair usuals because the buildings closed early the final day, so no art, flowers, sand sculpture or baby ducks this year. I was able to have my annual Italian sausage sandwich, Fiske fries and ride the skyway, swings and bumper cars. Most of the regular rides were there, along with a couple of new, or at least re-painted wacky-house type walk-throughs. Apparently the rocket is no longer the "Time-Warner Rocket" and is just back to "The Rocket", though it does have a few new sponsorship plaques at the base. I still miss the Steel Building: That corner just does not feel right without it.

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uɹǝʇsǝM ʇsǝq   6 comments

Posted at 1:22 am in commentary

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Written by ted on October 23rd, 2016

Reliable Loan Office, 1304 Assembly Street: February 2016 (moved, sorta)   3 comments

Posted at 12:48 am in closing

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Moe Levy's Reliable Loan Office was sort of a portmanteau operation with the signs promising Gun Shop, Coins Jewelry, Army Surplus & Camping Supplies under the Pawn marquee. In this spot since 1950, they looked poised to close entirely after the main Moe Levy's closed.

In fact, they did close in February 2016 with no definite plans announced as this State story details.

In the event, they found a new space at 1727 Laurel Street, and decided to continue with changes as related here. They are no longer pawnbrokers and will concentrate on the Army surplus side of the business as Moe Levy's Army Store. This State video has pictures of the new location and remarks by the owner which are interesting on their own because people just don't talk like that anymore and I miss it.

Written by ted on October 21st, 2016

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Tempting Fate   no comments

Posted at 11:44 pm in commentary

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Written by ted on October 19th, 2016

CW'S Grill, 2000 Clemson Road Suite 18: 2014   3 comments

Posted at 12:24 am in closing

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Somehow I have never posted this, though I seem to remember specifically doing it about three separate times..

Anyway, CW's Grill was an outpost of the now defunct Carolina Wings empire located with the now also defunct Pig in Magnolia Pointe at the corner of Clemson & Hardscrabble roads.

As of now, two years after the fact, their website is still up.

I believe the storefront was still empty last time I went by, but I'll have to check next time I get out there.

UPDATE 9 August 2017 -- Looks like this is now "Indulgence" (or "in.dul.gence"):

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Written by ted on October 18th, 2016

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Kings Kingdom Ministry Worldwide, 2205 Decker Boulevard Suite C: 2014   1 comment

Posted at 10:45 pm in closing

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I noticed this empty storefront on Decker the other day. Judging from their Facebook page, it seems this church may have wrapped up operations in 2014, although the door sign suggests it might have been as recently as last month.

Written by ted on October 12th, 2016

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JT's Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM, 5215 Sunset Boulevard: July 2016 (moved)   9 comments

Posted at 12:18 am in closing

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I've been meaning to get some pictures of this former JT's location for a while now, but always seemed to be over there at night. For some reason, over the last few years, there seem to have been a *lot* of Columbia metro area car dealerships moving around and JT's moved to their new home at 4838 Sunset Boulevard in July.

JT's Fiat at 5223 Sunset also made the move.

(Hat tip to commmentor James R)

UPDATE 21 February 2017 -- This site has now been sold:

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Written by ted on October 12th, 2016

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Image 360, 7364 Two Notch Road: 2016 (moved)   no comments

Posted at 11:43 pm in closing

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I noticed this weekend that sign and wrap store Image 360 is no longer in their Northeast location in Tillman's Plaza. Actually, I don't ever recall seeing the storefront before open or not, but then I've not been in the market for any signs.

They appear to have moved to 6904 North Main Street.

Written by ted on October 10th, 2016

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Cedar Creek Petfood Center, 104 Piney Grove Road: Before 27 June 2015   1 comment

Posted at 11:29 pm in closing

This is one of those places that I never did a closing for because I never could tell if it were actually closed. That is to say, it was always closed whenever I would drive by, but it had signage indicating that it was actually open, and there was still stock inside, so maybe it just had odd hours..

Even after the real estate signs went up, there was no definitive indication that the place wasn't being kept open until the building sold.

That said, I don't think there's any question now..

These shots are from 27 June 2015:

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These are from 11 December 2015. Notice that none of the stock has been touched in the intervening six months. If I had compared photosets, this would have convinced me that the actual closing preceded the first set:

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These are from 2 October 2016 and the place has now been completely cleared out:

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Written by ted on October 6th, 2016

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