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United Pest Control / Bonnies Treasures / Spigner Barber Shop, 5308 Two Notch Road: 1990s (?)   2 comments

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Curiously enough, just as I started to write this post, a palmetto bug (or as I like to call them, our state bird) landed on my sleve and freaked me way the heck out. To make matters worse, I was barefoot, and didn't have stomping gear immediately available. Nonetheless, I can report a confirmed kill, and it's still better than the time I woke up with one nestled in my palm..

This building sits just up the hill from Bayview Baptist Church and across the access alley to the defunct Few Acres trailer park from the old Mr. Muffler at Two Notch and Pinestraw.

The whole corner is potentially valuable property, but whatever is going to happen to it seems to be taking its time. There usually seems to be some sort of truck activity at Few Acres, but nothing seems to get demolished. The same goes for the Mr. Muffler building, and indeed this building seems to be undergoing a gutting rather than a knockdown.

The business names are clear enough for the exterminator and barber shop to say what they were -- the third business, Bonnies Treasures is a little less specific: Gifts & Tools?. At any rate, I think it has been many years since any of these operations were in business. Google, in fact, pulls up very little for "5308 Two Notch": just the barber shop and a late 2006 delinquient property notice from The Columbia Star.

Whatever the fate of the various businesses, the building itself seems very solidly built, and I hope it is, in fact, refurbished rather than torn the rest of the way down.

UPDATE 11 January 2012 -- Well, as these pictures from 27 August 2011 show, the place is pretty well rubble now:

Written by ted on June 16th, 2010

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  1. This is an interesting little coming together of several things for me: Bayview Baptist Church was the first church I consciously remember attending, my father's only sister used to live in the trailer park years ago, and then most recently my mother had her hair done at Bobbye's Beauty Shop, which was in the compartment next to the church. When my mother quit driving due to her age, I drove her there each week on Fridays and waited for her in the car, which I parked where the dumpster is in the photograph. I would listen to John Wrisley on the radio, follow the action at Mr. Muffler, and watch the occasional resident of the trailer part drive through while thinking about the days I used to cut the grass in my aunt's miniscule yard. Mr. A.A. Stone owned both the trailer park and this building, and each tenant paid rent to him.

    One of the last beauty shop trips I made was in 1998, which I remember very distinctly because Frank Sinatra had died earlier in the week, and the night before, "Seinfeld" had the series finale. The beauty shop lasted until 2003, though my Mom had quit going by that time. After Bobbye quit her business, it became Kim's Beauty Shop, but I know nothing about how long that lasted. The pest control was there when my mother got her hair done, but the compartment on the left was a TV repair place until right before my mother quit going, not sure of the name. Before Bobbye had a beauty shop there (25 years) it was Bayview Beauty Shop, and before that it was a drugstore.

    Bug-wise, a friend and I were sitting under a reversible ceiling fan with a light fixture (set to draw air upwards), and this bug that we thought was a very large beetle was flying round and round and round underneath the fan for 20 minutes solid, NO JOKE! We just thought it was caught in the fan current (and light rays) and couldn't break free, and we were mesmerized by it and wanted to see how long it would continue to fly round and round. Finally I put my hand up and caught the "beetle" and it turned out to be the biggest palmetto bug I've ever seen in my life. It's a weird bug world sometimes, ain't it?

    Michael Taylor

    16 Jun 10 at 9:38 pm

  2. I'm sorry but I love the line about the palmetto bug being OUR STATE BIRD!!!! LOVE IT!!! Will have to use that line and give you full credit;0


    16 Jun 10 at 10:39 pm

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