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Carolina Collegiate Federal Credit Union, 4480 Rosewood Drive / 710 Pulaski Street: 3 October 2017 (reflagged)   1 comment

Posted at 11:46 pm in closing

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This one's a puzzler. I've been a Carolina Collegiate FCU member for decades, since my father opened an account for me while he was a USC professor, and I have no complaints -- they're a good instution to do business with. What I don't understand is how they seem to have been bitten by the same bug that got into the RCPL a few years ago: The sudden urge to change a historic and evocative name to something less so.

If you're in Columbia, and especially if you have some connection to USC, the name Carolina Collegiate invokes warm fuzzies. Caro just sounds like syrup..

Written by ted on October 3rd, 2017

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Finleaf Gallery, 2323 Devine Street: 9 September 2017   no comments

Posted at 11:04 pm in closing

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According to The State and ColaDaily, this Shandon gallery started out in this nice little house as a fine tea emporium in 2000, gradually adding other, art and botique, items. I was still living in Aiken in 2000 otherwise I might have heard and stopped in as I certainly like my tea. In the event, I missed out, but 17 years is certainly a very good run.

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Written by ted on October 2nd, 2017

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Farm Bureau, 9308 Two Notch Road: 2017   1 comment

Posted at 11:44 pm in closing

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It's not entirely clear to me if Farm Bureau occupied two suites in this building and remained for part of the time that the west side of the building was being outfitted for a restaurant, or if they left when that started, but at any rate they are gone entirely now, and their signage is off the building. (They are of course still in business and have other locations in the midlands).

I pulled a real estate flyer from a box at the location, and it seems that the restaurant (First Class Bar & Grill) which never opened was very far along, as the flyer mentions that all the hood work and venting is complete and that even televisions and a sound system are installed.

Other offices in this building remain in operation.

(Hat tip to commenter Sidney)

Written by ted on September 28th, 2017

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The Little Gym, 5347 Sunset Boulevard Suite C: Summer 2017   no comments

Posted at 10:44 pm in closing

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I wasn't aware of this location of The Little Gym though my nieces have been happy to attend the one that is now on Rosewood over the years.

The papered over streetside sign makes it look as if Kristin's Cafe is in the spot now, but looking at the storefront itself, that does not seem to be the case.

I would say if you are going to try to get your Yeti engraved, you probably *should* have your guns & knives ready as well.

(Hat tip to commenter James R)

Written by ted on September 27th, 2017

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Crescent Moon, 2361 Augusta Highway: August 2017   3 comments

Posted at 12:06 am in closing

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I was unaware of this Lexington establishment until commenter James R pointed out that it had closed. It's a ways out on the Western outskirts of Lexington where Pisgah Church Road hits US-1.

The State says they were there for four years, which really is not bad for a non-chain restaurant.

(Hat tip to commenter James R)

Written by ted on September 27th, 2017

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Mr. Suds Carwash, 4218 Hardscrabble Road: August 2017   1 comment

Posted at 11:40 pm in closing

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People kept saying that the Mr. Suds carwash at Clemson & Hardscrabble Roads was closing due to the road widening, and I kept driving up there and saying to myself "What are these guys talking about? The carwash is well behind the Circle-K and shouldn't be affected by the road issues at all. In fact it's open, and there's a car in there now.."

Of course, I was looking at the Mr. Suds associated with Magnolia Pointe, and I finally realized there was another one nearby when commenter Sidney gave clear directions ("kinda across from the Waffle House"). By the time I got there, everything but the fence, some support beams and a few incidentals was gone. Almost as if the lot had been washed clean..

(Hat tips to commenters cheryl, Sidney and probably some others)
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Written by ted on September 25th, 2017

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SCE&G, 5921 & 6011 Shakespeare Road: 2017   1 comment

Posted at 9:51 pm in closing

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I noticed on Shakespeare Road the other week that two SCE&G properties are up for sale. First there is the Gas Measurement Operations Center at 5921, and second the Operations Center at 6011.

If you look closely at the real-estate signs, you can see something I was unaware of: Apparently SCE&G is its own real estate company. I'm not sure which way the incentives from that cut..

Written by ted on September 22nd, 2017

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Republic Finance, LLC., 1605 Fairlane Drive: August 2017 (moved)   no comments

Posted at 11:03 pm in closing

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As reported by commenter James R, Republic Finance has left this little corner plaza at Fairlane & Sunset. Apparently they have moved to 1856 South Lake Drive in Lexington.

I really like the streetside signboard here.

(Hat tip to commenter James R)

Written by ted on September 21st, 2017

Morris Furniture Warehouse, 1215 Shop Road: 2009-ish   1 comment

Posted at 11:56 pm in closing

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Noticed this nice old-school brick warehouse on Shop Road the other week. They list in the Feb 2007-Fe2008 book, but not the Feb 2010 one, so I'm tagging it around 2009. This building has the stair-step facade that was very common on older businesses for some reason.

The real-estate listing says it was built in 1940, which I can believe and is 52,313 square-feet on 2 acres.

Written by ted on September 20th, 2017

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Sara's Produce, 9201 Two Notch Road: August 2017   1 comment

Posted at 1:06 am in closing

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Sara's Produce was the follow-on operation in this spot to Wood Produce. It seems to have had a fairly short run, opening in May or June, and closing probably in August.

The main shed is now empty, but there is a new ice depot.

Written by ted on September 20th, 2017

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