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AJ's Restaurant / Strobler Home Furnishings, 2864 Devine Street: Fall 2009 (moved)   17 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

  16. Went there for high school prom in 1985 & 1987. Saw Joe Pinner while there and he talked to us and wished us well for the occasion. Food and atmosphere was always upscale (for the 80's anyway).


    11 Jul 18 at 10:31 pm

  17. I went there for lunch in the early 90's and as I was pulling in the drive to the parking lot I almost hit Susan Aude' in her wheelchair (of WIS fame) ! I stopped in time though and she lived to have lunch that day.

    Ted Waddell

    2 Aug 23 at 8:43 am

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