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Ben & Jerry's, 2901-B Devine Street: mid 2000s   13 comments

Posted at 7:42 pm in historic,restaurants

For some reason, as we saw here, and here and here, Columbia isn't real friendly for creameries whose name isn't Baskin Robbins. I don't know why this is, but I would say that this Ben & Jerry's location on Devine Stret lasted fewer than five years.

I find there's a certain Zen purity to ice creams like Bryer's Coffee (ingredients: Cream, Coffee, Sugar) and that going much more "upscale" than that yields diminishing returns. I certainly like Ben & Jerry's ice cream -- it just doesn't seem to have the magic qualities for me that some ascribe to it. It was nice having an ice cream store in the area for its own sake though. I'm probably missing something, but with the passing of this store, I can't think of any in the Devine corridor or Five Points. I know there's a Sandy's near the college, and a Coldstone or Marble Slab in the Vista, but that's really another market area.

UPDATE 20 January 2012 -- Looks like Ben & Jerry's was the middle store (2901-B) in this three storefront building, not the end store (2901-C). Here's a better picture of their actual location (which became Hardcore Tennis:

(Also added the full street addres to the post title).

Written by ted on December 31st, 2008

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  1. Adrianas has ice cream.

    Mr Bill

    5 Jan 09 at 1:32 pm

  2. Unless that's changed... The Ben & Jerry's in right next door in the same building! It move from the corner to more towards the middle of the building.

    J.P.

    7 Jan 09 at 4:46 pm

  3. We went there a couple of times, when we'd get a free token when we ate with my son at Bird's, and also on their national free scoop day. I guess since you can get Ben and Jerry's at the grocery store, I never bothered to go much. Speaking of ice cream shops, the Baskin Robbins moved out of Dutch Square into the Dunkin Donuts on Broad and Bush River. Boy, Dutch Square has deteriorated. You could do 50 entries on that place in the past 15 or so years. From an Irmo perspective, we've enjoyed going to Gatsby's. It has that old parlor feel to it

    Jonathan

    7 Jan 09 at 5:15 pm

  4. Ben & Jerry's moved one bay over next to Birds. It is still there, just not on the end cap.

    O'Reilly

    12 Jan 09 at 12:03 am

  5. Well, mea culpa then -- I'll try to get a picture and update the post.

    ted

    12 Jan 09 at 2:35 am

  6. OK, I've walked all the way around that building. If Ben & Jerry's is there, I sure don't see it.

    ted

    13 Jan 09 at 1:12 pm

  7. I believe Ben & Jerry's did move for a while into the smaller location next door, but they've closed down since then. Last I saw, Simply Savory (the business next door) was going to take it over.

    Dave

    13 Jan 09 at 1:25 pm

  8. I think they have a spot on south main.

    Mr Bill

    13 Jan 09 at 2:35 pm

  9. No Ben and Jerrys on S Main either. Maybe there was one in the strip where Moes and the Varsity is.

    ChiefDanGeorge

    13 Jan 09 at 9:54 pm

  10. yeah they were in there with Moes and Shane's Rib shack. I know Shane's didn't last and I guess Ben and Jerry's didn't either.

    Mr Bill

    14 Jan 09 at 11:44 am

  11. Please come back, Ben & Jerry's!!!!! I need my Cherry Garcia!

    Bill C.

    10 Feb 09 at 12:14 am

  12. I used to go in to that Ben and Jerry's and get a Capochillo on a regular basis. I don't know why they closed. The place always smelled awesome, especially when they were baking brownies or other items in the kitchen.

    I recall when they moved into the smaller space next door. About a year ago I was in the neighborhood and stopped by to get a Capochillo. When I saw the were closed, it kind of ruined the whole rest of the day. A call to the number they had previously held got a "disconnect" notice. A call to 411 yielded no new locations in the Columbia area. :(

    Ray Price

    5 May 10 at 12:49 am

  13. Confirming they moved one bay over, then closed down for good.

    Matt

    30 Jan 13 at 3:21 pm

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