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New Rate Title Loans, 3827 Broad River Road: April 2014 (moving)   no comments

Posted at 11:51 pm in Uncategorized

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I think they have not quite moved yet, but New Rate Title Loans on Broad River Road near SLED is selling their building and getting ready to go.

Written by ted on April 8th, 2014

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1st Choice Mortgage, 1021 Briargate Circle: 2011   no comments

Posted at 11:25 pm in business

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This newish former mortgage building sits on the old Chopping Block location. LoopNet says it has been vacant since 2011, which is longer than I would have guessed, but ties in pretty well with the housing crash.

Written by ted on April 7th, 2014

Bobby's House Of Pizza, 2112 Clemson Road: late 2013   8 comments

Posted at 12:55 am in restaurants

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There are a lot of "House Of Pizza" restaurants around, but I'm not sure if it's a chain of some sort, or just a common name choice. Usually though I see them with a (smaller) town name like "Pontiac House of Pizza", "Camden House of Pizza" etc and not an owner's name like this small storefront at the corner of Clemson and Hardscrabble Roads. This was always on my "to try" list, but as it was so far from where I normally am, I never got around to it in time.

I've blogged several places in this strip, The Crossings, including Food Lion and Blockbuster. They still have not managed to fill the anchor Food Lion space.

Written by ted on April 7th, 2014

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Carolina System Built Homes, 269 Charter Oak Court: 2013   5 comments

Posted at 11:15 pm in business

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Commenter TahoeChic (who was not impressed) supplied the name for this business that I noticed while taking pictures of Lexington's defunct New Life Fitness. New Life was at the back of Charter Oak Court, while Carolina System Built Homes is at the front.

Driving by, I couldn't quite (and still can't quite to some extent) figure out what the place was. There is obviously a patch of building sites with a mostly constructed building, a set of foundations and then a site with what looks like part of a roof coming out of the ground. The former showroom building seems to be complete though, and from the real estate sign, you can get the whole shebang for less than the price of an upscale house.

Written by ted on April 4th, 2014

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Manigault-Hurley Funeral Home, 2229 Two Notch Road: 15 March 2014   3 comments

Posted at 12:10 am in business

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I need to go back and get come better pictures, but the Manigault-Hurley Funeral Home closed down in mid March. This funeral home had been a fixture in Columbia since 1923, and provided respite for grieving families in Columbia's Black community starting in the Jim Crow era when other places would have turned them away. 91 years is a pretty good run by any standard! The State says the home's historic record books will be donated to USC's South Caroliniana Library.

(Hat tip to commenter Sidney)

UPDATE 4 April 2014: Added hat-tip to commenter Sidney.

Written by ted on April 4th, 2014

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Rec Warehouse, 2814 Augusta Road: 2013   4 comments

Posted at 11:59 pm in stores

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Commenter James points out that this recreational equipment and fixture store on US-1 near I-26 has closed. I have to admit that it was never on my radar screen as I can't imagine buying anything along those lines. I guess this was not a sentiment unique to me..

(Hat tip to commenter James)

Written by ted on April 2nd, 2014

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Cache Hair Salon / Airforce Recruting / Wood's Wonderland II Daycare, 6800 Shakespeare Road: 2013   1 comment

Posted at 11:54 pm in Uncategorized

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This little strip mall is on the south side of Shakespeare Road near Columbia Mall. This LoopNet listing says it was built in 1996, though it appears a bit more decrepit than that to me. (The listing also gratifies me by calling Columbia Mall ... "Columbia Mall").

Along with the daycare, this place also had a hair salon and an Air Force recruting office. As of now, the whole place is bank owned, so I guess we have another casualty of the downturn here.

Written by ted on April 1st, 2014

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Moe Levy's, 1300 Assembly Street / 1101 Lady Street: March 2014   6 comments

Posted at 11:59 pm in stores

Well, a Columbia tradition since 1920 is gone. In fact I can only remember going into Moe Levy's once or twice back in the 1970s on shopping trips with cousins. At the time, I liked shopping for clothes even less than I do now so the place was not a magnet for me, but I was always aware of it as we drove past. I also remember in my earlier days conflating the constant signage for Levi's jeans there with the store name itself and wondering if Moe Levy invented blue jeans.

As I recall, the store had a closing scare a few years ago at which point I took some of these pictures. I forget exactly what happened, but obviously they did not close then. As for now, The State reports that most of the block has been bought by local developer Ben Arnold who hopes to bring a national retailer or restaurant to the Moe Levy's location.

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Written by ted on March 31st, 2014

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(The Gallery At) Nonnah's, 930 Gervais Street: Winter 2013 (moved)   11 comments

Posted at 12:32 am in restaurants,venue

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Art gallery, coffee house and dessert venue, Nonnah's has moved almost directly across the street from it's original Gervais Street location at 930, to 923 Gervais. Somehow I never became a regular at this place. I guess in part that's because I want it to be Kaminsky's and it's not. Every time I've stopped there, it has seemed very cake-oriented to me, and I want pie, cheesecake, tiramisu, mousse and creme brule..

Here is the new location:

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Bert's Grill & Diner, 6820 North Main Street Suites E&F: 2000s   21 comments

Posted at 11:50 pm in Uncategorized

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Anyone know what this restaurant in Greenview Plaza on North Main at Wilkes Road was? The plaza marquee isn't any help, and I'm not getting any definitive google hits on the address + suite numbers. (There is another restaurant/club in the plaza, which doesn't help).

UPDATE 1 April 2014 -- Based on commenter badger's ID (and picture, see the comments..) I have changing the post title from "Restaurant" to "Bert's Grill & Diner".

Written by ted on March 28th, 2014

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