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Monkey Joe's, 171 Newland Road: Summer 2013   3 comments

Posted at 1:31 am in Uncategorized

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In my recent closing on the Lexington Monkey Joe's, I mentioned that I thought the Northeast location was still open. Well, I was wrong about that, and commenter Andrew set me straight, pointing out that commenter Miz Terry raised the issue of the Northeast closure right here, and that commenter badger had confirmed it.

Somehow I completely forgot those comments..

At any rate, the Northeast Monkey Joe's was on Newland Road, which is off of Clemson just south of I-20 (near the big flag car dealership). Although the building is now Awaken Church, you can look at it and immediately tell who the first tenant was.

(Hat tip to commenter Miz Terry)

Written by ted on November 26th, 2014

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  1. Looks like now, not only is any smaller, vacant building fair game for a title loan office, but larger buildings are destined to be taken over by some of these 'non-traditional' churches. Either way you look at it, the sharks are moving in....

    Homer

    26 Nov 14 at 2:47 am

  2. The cleaning lady of a friend of my mom's feels that people will put a cross over a doghouse and call it a church...

    As a Lutheran who values the rich hymnody that the Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist and Episcopalian churches have I have a hard time connecting with the more contemporary style of worship these churches have but I won't fault those who connect with God in this style from seeking it out.

    I was turned off by NewSpring having a writeup about how "the church just wants your money" leading into a sermon series (though my mom has several colleagues that worship there)...not just the title but the way it was worded was a turnoff.

    Andrew

    30 Nov 14 at 6:14 pm

  3. I was thinking as I was standing in line to vote at the NorthStar church on Longtown that, if it weren't for the sign out front, I'd never have known I was in a church. Nothing about it indicated that this was a revered place of worship. It looked more like a generic community center, which is maybe the point. A lot of new churches in the area are that way: they look as little like a church as possible without being covered in pentagrams and goat blood.

    It's strange to me to see so many churches springing up in strip malls, movie theaters, and abandoned playgrounds. Maybe it's the perceived lack of permanence that I find odd. When a church builds a new building and it has all the traditional church features: the general cross shape of the building, the steeple, the stained glass windows, the presence - you get the feeling that they're in this for the long haul. But when you see a church move in somewhere basically as a tenant, you (or at least I) really wonder if that church really does just want your money. Awaken seems to be the church equivalent of a chain restaurant, judging by how many...I hate to say franchises but why not...one finds on the Google.

    Jason

    1 Dec 14 at 8:48 pm

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