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Save Your Colon, 1725 Taylor Street: 2014 (moved)   1 comment

Posted at 2:41 am in ngo

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About all I can pull up on this Taylor Street address is that it was the contact point for the Save Your Color Golf Tournament. It appears that the Save Your Colon anti cancer non-profit has since moved to Read Street.

Trulia says the building dates from 1951. The front is a bit unusual looking with the deeply recessed entrance, and the wood moulding with the trapezoidal decorations.

Written by ted on March 13th, 2015

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M Fresh, 1237 Washington Street: February 2015 (delayed re-opening)   2 comments

Posted at 1:24 am in restaurants

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Commenter JMac wonders what's going on with M Fresh on Washington Street.

Judging from the posted sign, they are having utility issues which have delayed their opening past February 19.

(Hat tip to commenter JMac)

UPDATE 16 March 2015: Changed title from "delayed opening" to "delayed re-opening" based on the comments.

Written by ted on March 12th, 2015

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Al-Amir, 629 Main Street: February 2015   2 comments

Posted at 11:40 pm in restaurants

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I noticed an odd ad for Al Amir in the Free Times the other week, the wording of which was unusual enough that I suspected that one of its Main Street locations, at University Corner across from the the old Towers was gone. Driving by the other night proved that to in fact be the case. The spot is now occupied by another Middle Eastern restaurant, Sahara on Main. I thought I had a good shot of Al Amir here, but all I can locate now is a shot where you can barely see it in the corner, so I'll just go with these pix of the new storefront.

The other Al Amir on Main, The Epicurean by Al Amir at 1734 in the old The Elite Epicurean location is still there.

Written by ted on March 10th, 2015

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Powell Furniture, 1519 Sumter Street: Early 2000s   1 comment

Posted at 2:15 am in stores

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This Sumter street building never really caught my eye before, but I noticed it was vacant as I was driving by the other day.

As it turns out, it is on the Historic Columbia Foundation landmark list and sounds like quite a nice space:

Fantastically historic two story (with huge basement 8 + foot ceiling) brick structure. It has 20' ceilings, is in the heart of the Columbia business district and is directly across from a huge and still growing hospital and cancer center.

Eponymous (that's twice in two posts I get to use that word) tenant Powell Furniture was listed here as recently as the February 1997 phonebook, but was gone by the February 2005 one, so I'm calling the closing as "early 2000s".

Written by ted on March 10th, 2015

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Fleetwood Mac, Time Warner Cable Arena Charlotte NC: 7 March 2015   25 comments

Posted at 1:18 am in entertainment,events,out-of-area

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Falling, falling, falling..

It may seem strange to the under 50 crowd at this remove, but it's pretty much impossible to overstate what an incredible influence Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album had when I was in the last years of high school. Almost every track was on the radio at one time or another, and everybody had a copy. I would have had one, but I was dead broke at the time, so I somehow convinced my sister to spring for it. I taped her copy to cassette and it was in constant rotation with my Beach Boys albums in my jury rigged car player (which would reverse the tape and start playing the other "side" every time we hit a bump).

Rumours was the followup to the also very successful eponymous album Fleetwood Mac which established the band's "classic lineup". It was also the lead-in to the rather experimental Tusk which no doubt confused their legions of fans.

Over the years the band went through a lot of acrimony and romantic imbroglioes, with the fact that it was coed giving even more scope for feuding than even the Beach Boys "enjoyed".

Still, after all the dust settled, and after a sixteen year absence for Christine McVie, the classic lineup is back together and making music again.

I took the opportunity to see them in Charlotte, and everybody was in fine form, and looking and sounding pretty good for a bunch of 60 and 70 year olds. They played everything you would expect, and added a few new songs that, if not instant classics, were pretty good. As you can tell from the video and pix, I was *way* up in the nosebleed section, something I did not appreciate in the least while inching towards my seat like an action movie hero sidling along a window ledge over a twenty story drop. It was somewhat better once I actually had a seat, though as you can hear in the video, I fell in with a bunch of Chatty Cathys..

Anyway, it was a great show, and you should definitely catch them if you can.

As just a few random observations: It's amazing how bad a shape I-77 is in. It seemed like I was dodging huge ruts all the way to Charlotte. I don't remember that from my last trip in June, but it can't have gotten that bad that quick. Also, the parking garage at EpiCenter is the worst I've ever been in, like the old text based computer game "You are in a maze of twisty little passage all alike": It was amazingly hard to find the level changes rather than just driving by the same packed spaces again and again. Maybe I was "Over My Head"...

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Written by ted on March 9th, 2015

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J & R Press And Fold Service, 3400 Two Notch Road: 1990s(?)   3 comments

Posted at 12:23 am in business

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With its drive-through awning and clearly visible bricked over curb-window, this building, currently an urban alternative health store, clearly looks like a dry-cleaner. I have no memory of it, but Google suggests it was J & R Press And Fold Service most recently. However, it would not surprise me to find that it was a number of different cleaners going back, possibly, into the 60s.

Written by ted on March 7th, 2015

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Jersey Mike's Subs, 4717 Devine Street: February 2015 (temporary)   2 comments

Posted at 2:03 am in restaurants

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I've lost the hat tip for this, but Jersey Mike's subs next to the old Fort Jackson Kmart is closed for remodeling. I suspect this is due both to upfitting the store to the new look of the shopping center and to the fact that their traffic has to have been hurting with all the construction and the closure of one of their traditional access routes.

Written by ted on March 6th, 2015

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Radio Shack, 5496 Forest Drive Suite G: Late February 2015   4 comments

Posted at 1:15 am in stores

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Another day, another Radio Shack. Sic transit gloria mundi.

This one is in the Wal Mart plaza at Forest & I-77, and is I believe the same operating unit that was originally in a free-standing building near the current Forest Drive Rite Aid and then in Trenholm Plaza. If so, this is the Radio Shack that I historically cut my teeth at. I used to take tubes to be tested at the freestanding location all the time, and bought (or talked my parents into buying) a number of hobby kits there. Later, I was a member of the Battery Of The Month club at the Trenholm Plaza location, and got what I call my "lucky" screwdrivers as a free BOTM gift there. ('Lucky' in that I've had them for over 30 years now, and have never lost or broken them -- yet). I remember I used to manage my BOTM days so that I could get one battery on the last day of a month, and then the next day, get another on the first day of the next month. [This was important since, a) it always took at least two batteries to do anything, and b) I never had any money]

I don't believe I ever actually went into this store after it moved to the current location. By that time, I was living out of town, had enough money to buy batteries, and had bid adieu to vacuum tubes.

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(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

Tag It Art, 4517 Forest Drive: 9 January 2015   1 comment

Posted at 1:02 am in business,entertainment

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Kids' art studio, Tag It Art closed on 9 January 2015. You can see the classy farewell message here.

Forest Village is the little two-strip plaza that I still think of as the home of The Happy Bookseller though The Happy Cafe now occupies that spot.

(Hat tip to my sister)

Written by ted on March 4th, 2015

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Bank Of America Drive-Through, 2095 Beltline Boulevard: Late February 2015   12 comments

Posted at 2:32 am in business

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I noticed the other week something going on at the Richland Mall Bank Of America, with a dumpster pulled up to the drive-through. This week it is apparent that the drive-through has been closed. I guess it was a bit awkward having an unconnected outbuilding for the tellers, and perhaps even a security issue. At any rate, I believe the Trenholm Plaza branch is now the next closest drive-through.

Written by ted on March 3rd, 2015

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