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Maudy's Bosom (& Mosob), 709 Santee Avenue: 1974   11 comments

Posted at 12:45 am in business,historic,stores

Here's a place I never heard of before starting this blog, but it's come up several times in the comments over the years. Here's what I know from the library and internet:

The 1969 city directory lists 709 Santee Avenue as having two units, 709-A & 709-B, both of which were at the time vacant. The 1970 Southern Bell phonebook has the yellow pages ad for Maudy's Bosom shown above, and they were also in the white pages. That seems to be the last phonebook with a listing, either yellow or white for the shop. They continued to be listed in the city directory in 1971 and 1972 (as 709 without any 'A' or 'B'). In the 1973 city directory, the listing for 709 Santee Avenue changes from Maudy's Bosom to Bosom Walk In Center. This listing repeats in 1974, but that is the last mention of the place.

There is currently no building numbered 709 Santee Avenue. This PDF of city council minutes from 2007 and the Kenny's brou-ha-ha indicates that 701 & 709 Santee were the Santee part of the Kenny's lot. I'm not sure how this location jibes with Michael's comment below..

And now, crowdsourcing -- this is what y'all have said:


Though I never heard Dale say it, I always thought he chose the name of the shop [The Joyful Alternative -- Ted] to be in contrast with other stores like Maudy’s Bosom, The Purple Turtle and AW Fully’s. Instead of loud, blaring acid rock they played loud, blaring Grateful Dead. Patchouli is unique.

Terry


Thanks for mentioning the other shops, one of which I think pre-date Joyful. Maudy’s Bosom was the first “head-shop” that I actually remember hearing about in Columbia in the late-’60s, but because I never went there I didn’t write about it. I do know it was in a two story turn-of–the-century house on Santee Avenue behind where Harper’s is now.

Michael Taylor


Jim – what a difference 35 years makes. When Marty’s Bosom opened the city fathers and the local media freaked out, and decided you could not have a Columbia business with the word bosom in the name. To keep from getting closed down, and so that he could buy ads, he spelled it backward and it became Marty’s Mosob.

Now there’s a Hooter’s in every neighborhood.
Dennis


I just looked at the Dec 6, 2009 post about Maudy’s Bosom. My old recollection was from when it was just called The Bosom and was a drug counseling center. My older sister told me that it had previously been a head shop called what I misheard as “Marty’s,” but my sister tells me that she thinks Maudy’s is correct. But she was a stoner back then, so . . . .

Jim


Maudy’s Bosom is correct. Awesome store to visit for “hippie” threads and for incense!!

Terese

BTW, does anyone know what "Pieces Of" Fashion Botique and "Conspiracy Records" mean/meant?

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  1. Boy, that address doesn't jibe with my memory of the location for Maudy's Bosom at all. I do have a memory from the early '70s of riding my 10-speed down Santee behind where Harper's is now and seeing some sort of "hippie" store, but maybe that is a false memory. Or it could be that it was one of the other establishments that Terry mentions in his comment. I can with full memory say that the first headshop that I actually ever stepped into was The Joyful Alternative when it was on Greene Street circa 1971.

    Michael Taylor

    23 Nov 10 at 4:43 pm

  2. Wasn't there a house on the corner of Blossom and Santee that was demolished some time after Kenny's replaced Winn-Dixie? I note that the Google maps overhead show a vacant lot there:

    http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&safe=off&q=700+santee+columbia+sc&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=700+Santee+Ave,+Columbia,+SC+29205&gl=us&ei=xVDsTIXhL8KAlAfQzaiYAQ&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CBcQ8gEwAA

    while the street view is after Kenny's was demolished.

    Mike

    23 Nov 10 at 6:48 pm

  3. Mike -- Yes, it was a neat old two story Shandon-style house painted yellow that was the office for Ferillo & Associates for many years.

    Dennis

    23 Nov 10 at 7:06 pm

  4. Seems to me like Mooney Player used that building for an office at one point.

    Jim

    24 Nov 10 at 5:14 pm

  5. I can say with authority that Maudy's Bosom was indeed on the corner of Blossom and Santee. The reason I know this, is because I was married to the guy that opened it. Along with doing that, he also put together the band Speed Limit 35, and for all of you people that grew up during that era, you may also remember The Ufo, another "hippie" hangout that was located on Main Street, right near The Elite Epicurean. Wow, that brings back so many strange memories! Thank God that there are some people who actually remember the "First" places in Columbia!

    Denise Howard

    29 Nov 10 at 9:27 pm

  6. Thanks Denise!

    Do you know what is in the UFO location now? I've looked for the address in old phonebooks, but haven't yet found it.

    ted

    30 Nov 10 at 2:45 am

  7. People often say "It's a small world," to which I always reply "No, it's a great big world, Columbia's just a small town."

    How about this weird connection:

    Denise -- my Boy Scout troop camped about once a month on a big piece of property our leader's family owned in Pontiac, on Spears Creek Church Road. We felt like we were far out of town, and we were for the early 70s. We were out past Sesqui for goodness sake! While camping once we heard this rock, um, music, and went through the woods to investigate. Speed Limit 35 had rented a little house in the middle of this property so they could practice and make all the noise they wanted in the midle of nowhere. We all met several times after that when we were camping and they were, um, practicing. Way cool stuff for us 13 year olds to say we knew the guys in the band.

    Dennis

    30 Nov 10 at 5:58 pm

  8. As far as I know, there are law offices located in the spot of The UFO. Pretty ironic I think! Also, the fact that the courthouse is located across the street from UFO's original location.

    Denise Howard

    30 Nov 10 at 6:51 pm

  9. As far as I know, there are law offices located in the spot of The UFO. Pretty ironic I think! Also, the fact that the courthouse is located across the street from UFO's original location. Sorry that I printed this twice, but somehow, my I-Pad has a mind of it's own. Dennis, to address your little memory of camping near where Speed Limit, and Herb were living, that must have been quite a visit for a 13 year old! Herb had rented the house, which at that time was out in the boonies, and away from "peering" eyes, and unwelcome visitors. He actually was trying to channel Timothy Leary! That whole scene was just surrealistic. I think that someone told me that house burned down years ago. Who knows? It's probably a subdivision!

    Denise Howard

    30 Nov 10 at 7:10 pm

  10. It is indeed a subdivision now. Where Walden Place meets Spears Creek Church Road. And the pond is now named Rotureau Pond, after my scoutmaster's family.

    Dennis

    30 Nov 10 at 9:28 pm

  11. Wow! The conversation really brings back memories! Maudy's Bosom came up in a recent conversation, and I had to go online. JA was may favorite shop, I miss it..... I remember Speed Limit 35! I was around 14/15 years old back then, moved to Spartanburg in '73. What a change!

    Catherine

    24 Jan 12 at 8:53 am

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