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OK Carbs, 252 Harbison Boulevard: mid 2000s   4 comments

Posted at 5:43 pm in stores

My memory is a bit unclear, but OK Carbs was in one of these storefronts (all different "suites" at 252 Harbison). This is the (generally) horseshoe-shaped strip mall that has Barnes & Noble and The Olive Garden. With the sudden rise to fame of the Atkins Diet and its emphasis on counting carbohydrates instead of fats, it was inevitable that someone was going to figure out (or attempt to figure out) a way to make money off the latest craze. I'm sure there were others in town, but OK Carbs was the one that caught my eye because I hit the Harbison Barnes & Noble fairly often (since, unlike the Richland Mall one, it actually is open during the hours you would expect a Barnes & Noble to be open..). I didn't follow the Atkins diet (my personal belief is that the best diet is eat less & exercise more, not that I follow that one either!), but I always respect someone trying to make a buck off of a trend. In the event, I don't know if they pulled out in time to finish ahead or if they rode it into the ground, but whichever case, OK Carbs, like Dr. Atkins, is no longer with us.

Written by ted on October 14th, 2008

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  1. I dont even remember this place existing. My wife says she remembers it though, probably because she was a zealous customer of Striderite Shoes for our kids, which is what Goody 2 Shoes used to be.

    The brick facade to the left of the Stone Kitchen and Bath space is the edge of what used to be Jumbo Sports, before Dick's came to town. I think its a Babies R Us now.

    IrmoJeff

    15 Oct 08 at 12:09 pm

  2. I loved this place. Low carb is great for diabetics. I think there was some connection with the people with Rosewood market cause sometimes they had the same price tags. Rosewood Market carries a lot of the same products too.

    MR Bill

    17 Oct 08 at 12:06 pm

  3. I visited this store weekly for my daughter, who was allergic to just about everything on this planet. The hardest allergy to shop for was wheat (specifically, gluten). It's amazing what wheat shows up in. Even twizzlers have wheat (I think that's just to be cruel). Anyway, this store was chock full of wheat and gluten alternatives. They were definitely linked to Rosewood Market, which, when OK Carbs closed, was where I had to drive to shop for my daughter. Still do, it just costs more- in gas! OK Carbs was a nice store, and it's too bad that more diabetics and celiac people didn't catch on to it's being there. Super nice folks worked there too. They'd special order, if requested.

    Lynn

    21 Oct 08 at 10:52 pm

  4. Interesting! It never occurred to me that a place like this would be useful to people with medical conditions as well as Atkings dieters.

    One of my aunts had a wheat allergy growing up (she later got over it). Of course back then, everybody ate home cooking, so my grandmother made lots of corn-bread.

    ted

    21 Oct 08 at 11:00 pm

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