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Store, Oak Street: 1970s(?)   12 comments

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This little building on Oak Street in the block between Gervais & Senate Streets caught my eye the other day. Although I must have seen it in operation many times riding downtown as a kid, I have absolutely no memory of it. As far as I can tell, there isn't even a street address on it anywhere, so google isn't particularly helpful either. To my eye, it was clearly a store, perhaps a small grocery, at one time.

Looking back at the post I did for the building in front of this on Gervais Street, I would guess from the paint jobs that the two buildings have the same owner.

Written by ted on September 29th, 2012

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  1. Definitely the size, shape and style of the little neighborhood
    " 'sto" that you see all over the south. Up north they would be called bodegas. They were important back when neighborhoods were important, mostly due to transportation issues of lower middle class blue collar workers. That and the size of a person's weekly paycheck, which meant you bought what you needed for two days rather than a week or tow weeks' worth of groceries.
    Today the same folk take the bus to WalMart, or catch a ride somehow, and buy two weeks' worth of stuff because it's so hard to get there any more often than that. Even further back in time the icebox vs. the refrigerator figured into it.


    29 Sep 12 at 8:51 pm

  2. You can see another former neighborhood store that has been converted into a house where Walker St. ends at Wheat St.

    Back across Rosewood there is a two story one at the corner of S. Walker and Hope Ave.


    30 Sep 12 at 1:38 pm

  3. This is probably comparable in concept to the Holt Drive Grocery

    I have tried to get Google and bing! maps to render an address for this place to no avail...

    I seem to think that there are other places like this around the Rosewood are but can't place any...I seem to thin there's one on South Saluda between Heyward and Rosewood but I am not 100% sure...


    30 Sep 12 at 10:27 pm

  4. This makes me wonder. Could Mr. B's Railroad Tavern (Parklane & Farrow) have been a little neighborhood grocery at one time? It would have been a prime location back when the old State Park facility was basically a little town of it's own (during the days of the tuberculosis hospital, not while the prison was open). That is one area I would love to explore!!!!


    1 Oct 12 at 12:03 am

  5. So what's the story with "State Park". I've seen the sign driving on Farrow Road, and for some reason it keeps coming up as my location on Yahoo Weather, but I had no idea there was a prision or hospital there. Was it an actual State Park as well? Sesqui is the only one I thought was in the area..


    1 Oct 12 at 12:08 am

  6. The State Park sign refers to a part of the SC mental hospital system that is/was out there.

    From the SC Dept. of Mental Health History site:

    "By 1910, after a legislative committee reported the asylum was too small, land was purchased north of Columbia, and plans were submitted for a new complex that became known as "State Park." When it opened in 1913, it was for black patients only. This hospital, named Palmetto State Hospital in 1963, was renamed Crafts-Farrow State Hospital in 1965 when it became a geriatric facility."



    1 Oct 12 at 5:55 am

  7. Not sure about the building itself, but I know for sure that Andrew was correct. There is a building very similar in shape/size to this one on South Saluda between Heyward and Rosewood. I bike through the alleyway frequently with my daughters to go to nearby Holywood Park. Would be interested in seeing what type of information was available on the history of this one as well.


    1 Oct 12 at 8:05 am

  8. Ted, in response to your State Park inquiry: I have driven through it, and I got the impression that it was a campus of some sort but I couldn't figure out what their target demographic is. The only thing I know for sure is that they have their own post office...


    1 Oct 12 at 10:29 am

  9. There is an old neighborhood grocery in Elmwood Park on Aiken St between Park and Lincoln that has been turned into a residence. It was open on the Elmwood Park Tour of Homes last year, pretty cool.


    1 Oct 12 at 12:54 pm

  10. There's also one at 224 S. Saluda st.


    1 Oct 12 at 4:57 pm

  11. Sorry, already mentioned.


    1 Oct 12 at 4:58 pm

  12. There is some information about that store on a sign in Hollywood-Rose Hill Park across the street. Can't remember exactly what it says though...


    1 Oct 12 at 11:34 pm

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