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We Buy Gold, 7132 Parklane Road Suite G: 2015   10 comments

Posted at 2:51 am in business

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This We Buy Gold replaced G. G's Artistry In Flowers in 2009 and is now a cellphone store.

When I think of a Cricket phone, I can't help but remember those little chirps the Star Trek Communicators used to make when Kirk or Spock would flip one open. Amazing that a lot of our everyday technology is now better than what The Federation had. Still waiting for the Transporter though..

Written by ted on May 8th, 2015

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Comic Nirvana, 5135 Sunset Boulevard: April 2015 (moved)   5 comments

Posted at 1:02 am in stores

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I had meant to do this post before Free Comic Book Day which was 2 May 2015, but that was not to be.

At any rate, as reported by commenter James R, Comic Nirvana has moved from in front of Best Buy in Lexington to The Smith Centre just south of the I-20 Waffle House.

I have to say it's not an easy location to find. They have listing on the roadside marquee for the office plaza, but actually locating the store is a bit of a puzzle. In the event, you can't see it from the default parking area in front, you have to drive around back and duck into a little back nook. Hopefully they will have some more directional signs up soon, along with their main storefront sign. In fact, they may by now as these pictures are a week or two old.

(Hat tip to commener James R)

Hooligan's Deli & Ice Cream, 4880 Forest Drive Suite 26: Early May 2015   7 comments

Posted at 8:29 pm in restaurants

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Well, I was sorry to see this. Hooligan's has been a long-time presence at Trenholm Plaza, and has continued the ice cream tradition that started in that location with Edisto Farms Dairy.

I didn't go to Hooligan's that often, but they were dependable, and had excellent ice (the chewy kind) for the drinks. At one time, when my eldest niece was in her terrible twos, Hooligan's was the only place my sister could take her out as it was kid friendly, and cranky-kid friendly.

(Hat tip to commenter mamarose)

Written by ted on May 5th, 2015

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Tire Kingdom, 7201 Two Notch Road Suite 900: 31 January 2015   16 comments

Posted at 2:36 am in stores

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I'm pretty sure I still have the battery I bought at this Tire Kingdom.

The location, on a Columbia Mall outparcel is not visible from Two Notch or Parklane, and with this being the back side of the mall, and the theater being closed, I have to think that not enough people were driving by to keep the place in mind.

Written by ted on May 4th, 2015

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Bob Andrews Motors, 6167 Saint Andrews Road: 2014   2 comments

Posted at 1:14 am in business

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I've mentioned the Harden Street and Two Notch locations of Bob Andrews Motors, but I was really unaware that they had this Irmo location on Saint Andrews Road at Seven Oaks Shopping Center.

As is almost mandatory nowdays, the place has become a Title Loan outfit.

(Hat tip to commenter Homer)

Written by ted on May 1st, 2015

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Chapin Furniture, 1150 Chapin Road: April 2015 (moving)   no comments

Posted at 12:29 am in stores

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Like everyone, I've heard the folksy commercials on 92.1 and other stations, but had no real idea where Chapin Furniture actually was. In the event it's not hard to find as a pretty straight shot from I-26.

The State has the story of this move: Apparently Publix has bought this lot, and Chapin Furniture is building a new two-story store elsewhere which should be open in the fall of 2015.

Written by ted on April 29th, 2015

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CVS Pharmacy, 7535 Garners Ferry Road Suite G: 2014   1 comment

Posted at 1:22 am in stores

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You can still make out the label-scar on this East Point Plaza storefront. I thought this Garners Ferry CVS location had closed earler than 2014, but it is still listed in the February 2014 phonebook. In a way, this one reminds me of the one in the old Wal Mart plaza at Polo Road -- holding on in a declining location for longer than you might expect.

Written by ted on April 28th, 2015

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Anna's Linens, 256 Harbison Boulevard Suite G: Early 2015   5 comments

Posted at 1:42 am in stores

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Anna's Linens replaced (after a hiatus) Lifeway Christian Stores in Harbison Court in late 2011. Now some three plus years later, they are gone as well, and Harbison Court is undergoing fairly extensive facade work and renovation. On the whole I am impressed with how they have kept the place up and made good such major losses as Barnes & Noble and Officemax.

In the meantime, Anna's still has two Columbia locations, one on Forest Drive and another on Two Notch.

(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

Written by ted on April 27th, 2015

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Pizza Hut, 621 Saint Andrews Road: March 2015   4 comments

Posted at 12:49 am in restaurants

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Well, I don't know why this Pizza Hut closed, but just having visited once, to take these pictures, I can hazard a guess as to a contributing factor: The exit to St. Andrews Road is terrible. I drove around the building on the old drive-through route, and found that when I came out in front of the building again, there was not enough room to get my car pointed to the right and exit onto SAR headed for Tram Street. Granted some cars have a better turning radius, but still it's not well designed, and due to space constraints probably cannot be well designed.

I think it's interesting that the building is of the current generation of Pizza Hut designs. I'm more used to seeing the old style ones (like this and this) closed.

(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

Written by ted on April 25th, 2015

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Bubble Tea Cafe, 1226 Pendelton Street: March 2015   no comments

Posted at 3:10 am in restaurants

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Bubble Tea Cafe in Cornell Arms has closed. I admit to still never having tried bubble tea. I love tea, but I'm not big on sweet drinks, and I'm not big on tapioca, so it's never seemed like something I would like.

For some reason I didn't step back and get a street view from the front, but I think this suite may have previously been home to the barber shop my father frequented for many years.

(Hat tip to commenter Redneck from Cayce)

Written by ted on April 24th, 2015

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