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The Plant Barn, Spring Court (off Two Notch): mid 1990s   4 comments

Posted at 10:21 pm in historic,stores

Two Notch is an interesting road. Even though parts of it are pretty industrial or heavy retail, there are still all sorts of odd little residential areas and one-off businesses. The Plant Barn (on Spring Ct. ,in between Pinestraw Road and Arcadia Lakes Drive) was one of them.

I can't say much about The Plant Barn as I'm not much of a plant person. My mother was, and I think she went there sometimes, but she never took me (I certainly would not have volunteered). I do know that for years I saw the sign on Two Notch and thought "maybe I'll turn down that road someday", but never did while it was still in business. About ten years ago, they put a little note up on their sign to the effect that they appreciated everyone's business, but were closing down.

Spring Ct. is just a spur off of Two Notch and doesn't go through to anything, but I found the other interesting business there entirely by chance and from the other side. Growing up, since I never could seem to get to sleep at night, I was very aware of the train tracks that ran between Two Notch and Formosa Drive. Trains would come through late every night with a lot of click-clacking and horn blowing. Furthermore, the "cliff" the tracks ran by had the only cave I was ever aware of in the Columbia area. Years later, on a really nice Spring day, I decided to walk the tracks from Arcadia Lake Drive to Satchelford Road. It was an interesting experience, seeing the back side of everything, including a very odd set of buildings I couldn't figure out. It turns out there's a bait farm (Springdale Bait Farm) on Spring Ct, right off of Two Notch. Who knew?

Written by ted on April 6th, 2008

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  1. Oh man I remember the Plant Barn. When I moved here in 1987, I went there to buy my first Cola-town houseplants. I spent something like $50 and was waited on by the owner's son who looked about 12. The plants are long gone, but I wonder about the place every time I drive by. Wasn't there a skate park someplace on the same side of Two Notch just before you got to the Plant Barn that got torn down in the early 80s?

    fancylibrarian

    30 Apr 08 at 5:25 pm

  2. I don't remember a skate park, but then I'm not skate park material...

    ted

    30 Apr 08 at 7:02 pm

  3. In reading through the comments, I think I was wrong - it sounds like it was a giant slide ... someone mentioned one that used to be in the area around it. It was definitely before my time! Thanks for the blog - discovered it in the Free Times. I love stuff like this. I never thought anyone else even remembered the Plant Barn!

    fancylibrarian

    30 Apr 08 at 7:08 pm

  4. Glad you're enjoying it!

    ted

    1 May 08 at 12:13 am

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