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Custom Cleaners & Laundry / Brinson Laundry and Cleaners / Video Solutions / Satellite Connection: 3767 Covenant Road: 2005   10 comments

Posted at 12:28 am in business,historic

I'm not sure if Video Solutions & Satellite Connection were two different businesses or two "DBA"-es for the same company. What I am sure of is that there have been many other businesses in this striking little building on Covenant Road just across from the former Piggly Wiggly and just down from Trenholm Park over the years, going back at least into the 60s. Unfortunately, I can't now recall any of them, though I'm pretty sure it started as a drycleaner's.

I put 2005 as the date for the last operations there due to this document, which appears to be related to a creditors' take-over of some *other* satellite company. There's not much information in the header part, but I'm thinking since Satellite Connection was apparently one of the creditors, they may have paid money for equipment they did not get, which is not a good situation for a small business to be in. I could be totally wrong.

Anyway, according to the construction permit, the building has been taken over by Harmony School which is the small school more or less behind this building. Since these pictures were taken, they have implemented the "Parliment" option and have torn the roof off that sucker.

UPDATE 22 July 2009: Added Sunshine Cleaners to the post title in response to indetifications from the comments.

UPDATE 7 July 2010 -- It appears that work on the building is nearly done:

UPDATE 15 Jan 2011: Correction -- it was never a Sunshine but it was Custom Cleaners & Laundry (at least from 1970 - 1976 according to the city directories) and was a Brinson Laundry & Cleaners from 1977-1984. I don't have dates for the other operations.

Written by ted on July 21st, 2009

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10 Responses to 'Custom Cleaners & Laundry / Brinson Laundry and Cleaners / Video Solutions / Satellite Connection: 3767 Covenant Road: 2005'

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  1. I am pretty sure it was a cleaners at one point.

    ChiefDanGeorge

    21 Jul 09 at 5:06 am

  2. Over the years that building has been part of Timmerman School, when Timmerman was in the building Harmony School is in now.

    It was also a Forest Acres police station for a few years.

    Pretty sure the dry cleaner was Ed Robinson.

    Dennis

    21 Jul 09 at 7:39 am

  3. Ed might have been there, too, but I seem to recall something called "Brinson's Cleaners," too. There was also one on Two Notch. Looks like there's still one way out North Main.

    badger

    21 Jul 09 at 9:03 am

  4. Originally it was a Sunshine Cleaners, a popular local chain with locations all over town. There are still a few of their buildings left. One is on Devine Street between five points and Dreher and another is on River Dr. just before North Main.

    Tom

    22 Jul 09 at 5:07 pm

  5. Would the Devine one be The Mediterranean Tea Room?

    ted

    22 Jul 09 at 5:19 pm

  6. I think I do remember the Med Tea Room being Sunshine Cleaners at one time...

    Dave

    22 Jul 09 at 7:29 pm

  7. Sunshine Cleaners was founded by my grandfather, Lloyd Hamiter, and Charlie Stork. After my grandfather's passing (long before I was born) the business was owned and operated by the Stork family. At some point in the last decade or two, the Storks sold the business to Lexington Dry Cleaners.

    David H

    30 Jul 09 at 9:35 am

  8. Interesting. Thanks for the info!

    ted

    30 Jul 09 at 9:46 am

  9. Folks, update here too..

    ted

    15 Jan 11 at 1:55 pm

  10. There was a Custom Cleaners in Leesburg Plaza, Leesburg Road in 1969 and 1970 I was 13 years old and would spend hours hanging out there with the girl that worked the counter. She was maybe 20 years old and her name was Laura. I had a crush. I know her last name but will not post it here. I have thought about her often over the years and wonder what happened to her. The last time I saw her she was working at Columbia Boot and Brace on Taylor street in 1972. There was also a place in the Plaza called the Snack Shack, sold burgers and fries, Laura would send me over to get lunch and always paid for mine, I had little money at that age, delivering the afternoon newspaper called the Columbia Record. Making deliveries on my bike six days a week I made about $25.00 a month.

    Rick

    1 Apr 12 at 6:07 pm

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