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Prestige Hitech Autowerks, 3201 Two Notch Road: September 2014   7 comments

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I did a building closing for Prestige Hitech Autowerks when they moved from their old location on Two Notch near Fontaine into the old Dick Dyer Body Shop location at Two Notch and Windover. That was around August 2013, so they lasted a bit over a year in the new location.

In the meantime, as I noted here, the follow-on business at their old location has closed as well.

(Hat tip to commenter David Lee)

Written by ted on October 8th, 2014

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  1. This is just a few blocks up from the corner of Beltline and Two Notch going towards Columbia Mall. Rough area of town. If you will notice in the fifth picture that Ted posted you can see Two Notch going up hill and a white building on the opposite side of the road.
    When I was in business at the corner of Beltline and Two Notch back in the 80's street walkers traveled back and forth from the top of that hill to just in front of where Pulliam Ford was (now Dick Smith). It was a rough section of town then. I got asked on many occasions if I "Wanted a Date" by the street walkers. Hmmm.... Not so much. Nasty.

    Rick

    8 Oct 14 at 12:45 am

  2. Rick - wasn't there a motel roughly across the street that catered to the 'working women'??

    Homer

    8 Oct 14 at 1:05 am

  3. Homer - Yes there was. Some of the "working women" would rent rooms by the week, sometimes two or more of them would rent a room together and share it between them.
    How do I know this?
    It wasn't because I was a customer.

    The motel you are referring to was actually a nice little place back in the late 60's early 70's.
    By the time the 80's arrived, the rooms were just for one night stands and prostitute's.

    In the early 70's a club opened at the top of the hill, where the road forked to the right going towards Kennen High School. The club was called "The Green Olive", ever heard of it?
    It was a topless bar, and it was at that time,
    if memory serves me,
    this area of Two Notch started going down hill.

    Soon after the movie theater in the shopping center across from Dick Dyer Toyota (The Atlantic Twin Theaters) went
    X-Rated.
    And after that, massage parlors and prostitutes started showing up along that stretch of Two Notch.
    I always knew when the cops were going to be busting people, I'd start seeing street walkers I had never seen before. We'd sit in the showroom of my stereo store at night with the lights off and watch the cops bust "Johns" that didn't know any better. It was amusing.

    Rick

    8 Oct 14 at 3:22 am

  4. Now that you mention it I do think there is a hotel along that stretch of Two Notch Road called the Grand Motel that I could see attracting the 'working women' as Homer calls them...that's the type of thing that is leading to the decline of those hotels like the Riverfront Inn on Knoxx Abbott in Cayce that is in the process of being demolished...

    Several years ago I stopped in at the McDonald's at Beltline and Two Notch shortly after it was rebuilt and my feelings can be summed up in the Sesame Street song ♫ "one of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn't belong" ♫ except for I felt like the one that didn't belong with the crowd in there...

    Andrew

    8 Oct 14 at 10:17 pm

  5. Allow me to elaborate a little more on my comment about seeing street walkers I had never seen before when the cops would start busting people.
    The street walkers I had never seen before were female cops. They dressed like Ho's but I could tell they were not.
    After they were propositioned, the Female cop Ho's would raise their hands on top of there head as a signal to the fuzz parked in unmarked cars across the street.
    The unmarked cars would come screeching into my parking lot and bust the unsuspecting horny bastidges.

    Rick

    9 Oct 14 at 12:04 am

  6. Funny story - I had a buddy of mine got picked up for solicitation several years ago on Bush River Rd. around the old Western Inn. I asked him what the hell he was thinking. He said that she was drop dead gorgeous and couldn't resist. I told him, "You dumbass, that should have set the red flags off immediately because I have never seen a drop dead gorgeous ho or stripper in the city of Columbia"!!!

    Homer

    9 Oct 14 at 12:20 am

  7. It's a shame that the old Mom N Pop roadside motels around here ended up as ho-tels.

    Back before the interstate system these were the places that people stayed while traveling. They were all located along the US highway system as well as many larger state routes. They were quaint, comfortable and offered the necessities for a traveler looking for a place to bed down before moving on. Some were quite nice and well appointed while others were bathed in 50's and 60's kitsch.

    Lord knows, I stayed in many as a kid when the folks and I would go out on our summer vacations.

    Homer

    9 Oct 14 at 12:28 am

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