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Payless Shoe Source / Carzzz, 2941 Two Notch Road: 2010   15 comments

Posted at 10:23 pm in stores

Carzzz is yet another vacant used car lot on Two Notch Road. The name makes me think of those rip-off movies you find in the cheap bin at Wal-Mart or at The Dollar Store where you're supposed to think you're getting a Disney movie, and instead it's some Eastern-European knockoff. Lightning McQueen it's not..

This building, on the northwest corner of Two Notch Road and Beltline Boulevard, was once, in the not too distant past, a Payless Shoe Source, despite striking me as a very odd location for such. In fact, the location is awkward for most uses as it is fairly hard to get into and out of.

The Carzzz web site is still online (and copyright 2010). It's interesting that the picture they use there does not have the old UK style telephone booth on the corner of the store sidewalk. I wonder what the story of that is? I have a dim memory that the nearby Chappy's Authentic English Fish & Chips may have had such a thing, but even if it that were true, I'm not sure how it would end up there.

UPDATE 23 December 2011 -- Work is ongoing here, but no indication of what is coming next:

I have some pictures of the sad fate of the British phonebooth I need to upload too.

UPDATE 10 January 2012 -- As mentioned, here are some pix of the demise of the phonebooth, from 1 October 2011:

UPDATE 25 January 2012 -- As reported by commenter Andrew, this is to be a dental clinic. In fact, as I was in the area yesterday, they were preparing to replace the banner type sign for Family Dental with a permanent sign -- something that was accomplished the next time I drove by (though I did not get a picture of it). With the opening of this clinic, the corner of Two Notch and Beltline will have two dental operations, as the old Eckerd on the opposite side of the street is now Small Smiles dental clinic.

UPDATE 28 January 2012 -- All the signage is up:

Written by ted on October 8th, 2010

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  1. This store front brings back memories of the "Peanut Man". I believe this is the corner that he used to set up shop on.

    LT

    9 Oct 10 at 11:52 am

  2. Originally this was a Phillips 66.

    Tom

    9 Oct 10 at 11:13 pm

  3. Yep. I wish I could remember the peanut man's name. He also sold Watkins products--his sign plugged "the vitamin for sex."

    Jim

    10 Oct 10 at 8:05 pm

  4. Jim & LT - here's a brief thread on the Peanut Man in Ted's entry for the original McDonalds restaurant near the intersection of Beltline Blvd. and Two Notch Road. Commenter Badger gives his name as Harvey Watkins.

    Michael Taylor

    11 Oct 10 at 1:12 am

  5. One of my neighbors says he used to own the A&W restaurant at the corner of Two Notch and Beltline. There are four corners to choose from, and I know this corner and the McDonald's corner have been covered. Does anyone who's lived here awhile remember an A&W store, either right there at the corner or maybe a block or two away? My neighbor is in his mid-80s, so this would've been quite awhile ago.

    Matthew

    11 Oct 10 at 11:30 am

  6. Matthew - ironically enough, the A&W was discussed briefly in the same McDonald's entry that I linked to in my previous comment. Del mentions it first, and I recall my memories of going there in the late-50's when I was very young. It was located on the same corner as the present day McDonald's.

    By the way Matthew, I've been meaning to ask this for a few weeks now, but whatever happened to the "expedition" to Columbia Underground that you and commenter Jonathan were going to make, a change of heart? Just curious.

    Michael Taylor

    11 Oct 10 at 11:18 pm

  7. My earliest memories of that corner included the A & W where the McDonalds is currently. The corner northward across from that was a Phillips 66. Across from the Phillips was a Shell Station which my dad operated from approximately 1957 to 1963. The other corner, next to the Burger King was vacant until about 1964 when a Gulf Station was built. Next to that the Burger King opened in 1965.

    bud

    12 Oct 10 at 8:08 am

  8. @Michael

    Thanks for that link. I can't figure out how I didn't see that link. Again, you can find everything you want on the internet except the thing you're looking for.

    As for the expedition... I'm not sure. We should probably figure out a way to share info without just posting names and e-mail addresses online.

    Matthew

    13 Oct 10 at 11:33 am

  9. If you're willing to have your email address shared with a specific person, I can make that happen.

    ted

    13 Oct 10 at 11:56 am

  10. Does anyone know how Two Notch got the name?

    Bill

    21 Oct 10 at 9:57 am

  11. I don't have any insight as to Columbia's "Two Notch" specifically, but numbered "notch" roads are found in various parts of the country, and the belief is that those mark old trails that were marked with varying numbers of notches, similar to the way you see hiking trails marked with numbers or colors.

    badger

    21 Oct 10 at 10:42 am

  12. This is the place the peanut man stood and sold his products, toys at Christmas, Watkins Products, Cromers peanuts etc. His name was Harvey Ray. I got to know him pretty good since I worked at two businesses on that corner for years in the late 70s through the mid 80s. I also knew his wife, she was a sweet lady and told me how he worked at One of the old cotton mills here in columbia, after retiring he had that lung problem cotton mill workers get and his Doctor told him he should get out more in the fresh air. That is when he started selling peanuts. Orgionally he would walk from his home just off Two Notch, near where the Green Olive club was, does anybody remember the Green Olive?, to Taylor Street. As he got older he quit the long walk and set up shop at Beltline and Two Notch. As far back as I can remember this location was a Phillips 66, then a car stereo shop that I can not remember the name of, then a car stereo shop called Continental Sound that opened in late 1976, I use to work there, then in 1984 a car stereo shop called Auto Sound Lab, I used to work there to.
    Then a used car dealer called Second Hand Rose owned by a Mr. Mike McIntosh, then the shoe store and then the current way it looks. The Old ownwers of the property were the Callahan siblings. The property was left to them from a relative I believe. It was still the old gas station until they sold it and the old building was torn down and Paylees built and moved in. I believe Harvey Ray also had alziemers. I would go out and buy peanuts from time to time just to talk with him. Back in the 70s the corner of Beltline and Two Notch was determined buy some Government agency to have more cars pass there on a daily basis than any other intersection in Columbia. Maybe due to Columbis Mall opening in, the early 70s.

    mark

    16 Jan 11 at 2:54 pm

  13. folks I noticed some activity here this afternoon but no sign of what it's leading to just yet...

    Andrew

    5 Dec 11 at 11:27 pm

  14. folks I noticed a tarp this afternoon on this building noticing that this was to be a dental suite of some sort...

    Andrew

    19 Jan 12 at 4:50 pm

  15. To answer your question about the phone booth. The guy who owned Carzz was raised in the UK and liked British Motor Cars. That was one of the things he wanted to help with the "image". Usually he had a few old British Cars inside. At one time a few other cars like a Morgan, multiple Alfa Romero's and MG's.

    C

    9 Apr 12 at 10:38 am

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