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AJ's Restaurant / Strobler Home Furnishings, 2864 Devine Street: Fall 2009 (moved)   15 comments

Posted at 12:20 am in Uncategorized

I noticed when I was taking pictures of Granville's that the storefront across the street, Strobler Home Furnishings was vacant. I believe I've only bought one piece of furniture during my life so far, but as it happens I did note that their new store was up on Forest Drive back in September, since it moved into the old High Point Furniture Gallery (Pop's A&W Rootbeer back in the day..), though I hadn't realized Devine Street was the original location.

(Notice that their moving sign actually lists the wrong address: 4717 is Groucho's..)

UPDATE 11 Jan 2010: Added "AJ's" to the post title based on the comments.

UPDATE 5 Feb 2013: The right hand part of the building is now occupied by The Pilates Studio:



Written by ted on January 8th, 2010

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  1. The Bohemian is moving, too, if it hasn't already. They had a huge sale on lamps and light fixtures before Christmas.


    8 Jan 10 at 9:02 am

  2. yah that lamp sale was great. I was surprised by how much they were willing to go down on top of already discounted sales price.

    Mike D

    8 Jan 10 at 11:06 pm

  3. That used to be a restaraunt called AJs (I think) back in 1979.


    11 Jan 10 at 11:25 am

  4. I think AJs actually lasted until the early '90s. Never went there, so I have no idea what it was like, but it struck me as being somewhat upscale.


    11 Jan 10 at 1:28 pm

  5. My sister had her bridal luncheon at AJ's in Jan. 1994, so it was open at least until then. I bought some furniture there when it was Strobler in Jan. 1997, so it became Strobler sometime between 1994-97.


    11 Jan 10 at 1:53 pm

  6. Wasn't it AJ's that used to have the double decker bus. I rembering seeing it back in the 80s.


    11 Jan 10 at 3:27 pm

  7. I believe this was originally built as a laundry. It was then renovated and became the headquarters for the South Carolina Affiliate of the American Heart Association. Then it became AJ's Restaurant.

    James Mullinaux

    20 Jan 10 at 3:40 pm

  8. I went to AJ's in the 1978-1985 period(maybe when it had just started out--heard good things about it), very upscale restaurant, prime rib being their best item. They had a great wine list, bottles today that would easily be 100 dollars. Spent 800 dollars at a nice sized dinner party of 12 back in the early 80's I lived on Lake Murray, and loved the area around Devine and would eat and shop in that area. I moved away in the 90s and never made it back but always wanted to.


    7 Feb 10 at 4:56 pm

  9. AJ's definitely lasted until the mid 90's. had some friends that worked there thru highschool (1995). seem to remember it being a pretty upscale place, competing with Diane's, etc.

    steve b.

    15 Mar 10 at 4:12 pm

  10. very upscale as the winelist indicated back then, wish I could see a menu of that time. as upscale as it was I would imagine dignitaries would eat here. Thanks for the pictures. The prime rib was good here.

    Jock Dalloz

    27 Mar 12 at 12:35 pm

  11. We went to AJ's in the early 90's. Chateaubriand!
    It was great.


    12 Jun 12 at 6:24 pm

  12. AJs was opened by Barry Foy and his brother Pat in the late 70s. Not sure what happened w ownership after they ran into some legal issues.


    3 Aug 12 at 10:31 am

  13. AJ's was last owned by Dick Wildman and his wife. When he died she closed his CPA practice which was in a converted house next door to the restaurant. It was definitely upscale and the prime rib was the best in Columbia in its heyday of the 1980's.


    25 Jan 13 at 4:27 pm

  14. My husband's painting crew went into AJ's during the closure at night to repaint the inside. I can't remember the year but AJ's was our special occasion go to restaurant for years. Many good memories there!


    16 May 16 at 7:29 am

  15. My ex-sister in law #1 had her Bridal Luncheon there and it was great! Loved the prime rib out of all the other places in town including Steak and Ale!

    Patricia Lewis

    6 Jun 17 at 12:31 pm

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