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Club Twist, 805 Harden Street: Late May 2014   3 comments

Posted at 11:00 pm in nightclub

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According to The State, Club Twist, which was essentially the latest incarnation of the troubled The Library nightclub closed for good in late May. The club had been seen as a magnet for trouble in recent years, and the Richland County Sheriff's office had long taken a dim view of it. Curently the space is mostly empty and for rent.

Written by ted on July 1st, 2014

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Stier Supply Co, 2021 Blanding Street: 2013   1 comment

Posted at 11:14 pm in business

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Commenter justin points out this building on Blanding Street just West of Benedict, the former location of Stier Supply Company. I like the recessed blocks in the brickwork on the East side of the facade. You know that that's been climbed more than a time or two. I also like the bit of railway spur that fades out somewhere between Blanding Street and the main part of the courtyard. Obviously at one time, freight trains plied the way here, and to the concrete plant across the street. (Of course freight trains across the street is not a bit of Columbia nostalgia I actually miss).

Commenter Homer mentions that there is still a Stier location in Irmo on Lake Murray Boulevard.

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Yikes!   48 comments

Posted at 2:09 pm in commentary

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Definitely some names I didn't expect here. And some I'm not surprised about..

http://www.thestate.com/2014/06/26/3532788/dhec-eight-midlands-eateries-scored.html

CELLAR ON THE GREENE 2001-D GREENE ST COLUMBIA 86 B 5/27/2014 R
WAFFLE HOUSE #126 778 ST ANDREWS ROAD COLUMBIA 86 B 5/19/2014 R
CHURCH'S FRIED CHICKEN #0821 4000 NORTH MAIN ST COLUMBIA 86 B 5/8/2014 R
PALMETTO ROADS 2721 WESSINGER ROAD CHAPIN 85 B 6/18/2014 R
SAN JOSE 10618 BROAD RIVER RD IRMO 85 B 5/13/2014 R
SWANSEA COFFEE SHOP 275 S MONMOUTH AVE SWANSEA 84 B 6/17/2014 R
LOS BELLOS PORTALES 108 COLUMBIA NORTHEAST DR #A COLUMBIA 84 B 5/29/2014 R
WRIGHT WAY #9 2725 RIDGEWAY ROAD RIDGEWAY 84 B 5/22/2014 R
PIZZERIA UNO 5304 SUNSET BLVD LEXINGTON 84 B 4/29/2014 R
BLIMPIE 360 HARBISON BLVD COLUMBIA 83 B 6/17/2014 R
PEKING WOK 4760 HARDSCRABBLE RD SUITE 110 COLUMBIA 83 B 5/29/2014 R
PHOENIX LOUNGE 1004 ZIMALCREST DR COLUMBIA 83 B 5/13/2014 R
CHINA WOK III 1201 CHAPIN RD CHAPIN 83 B 5/7/2014 R
PALMETTO PIG 530 DEVINE ST COLUMBIA 83 B 5/2/2014 R
GOLDEN CORRAL 5300 FOREST DRIVE COLUMBIA 82 B 6/13/2014 R
ASB STOP 4431 B BLUFF RD COLUMBIA 82 B 6/11/2014 R
LITTLE CAESAR'S PIZZA #10 7840 GARNERS FERRY RD COLUMBIA 82 B 6/2/2014 R
WAFFLE HOUSE #939 8600 FARROW ROAD COLUMBIA 82 B 5/29/2014 R
CIRCLE K #5140 2202 BUSH RIVER RD COLUMBIA 82 B 5/5/2014 R
CHEN'S GARDEN 1180 DUTCH FORK RD SUITE D IRMO 82 B 5/1/2014 R
WING NUTS 5454-B SUNSET BLVD LEXINGTON 81 B 6/13/2014 R
ANGEL RESTAURANT 10136 TWO NOTCH RD STE 7A COLUMBIA 81 B 6/9/2014 R
MILLENNIUM BUFFET 409 BLOSSOM ST COLUMBIA 81 B 5/23/2014 R
MIYO'S ON FOREST 3250 FOREST DRIVE SUITE B COLUMBIA 81 B 5/13/2014 R
EASTERN BUFFET 5424 FOREST DR COLUMBIA 81 B 5/1/2014 R
M VISTA 701 LADY ST SUITE C COLUMBIA 80 B 5/20/2014 R
PEKING WOK II 013 BROAD RIVER ROAD #F COLUMBIA 79 B 6/11/2014 R
PHO VIET 2011 DEVINE ST COLUMBIA 79 B 4/30/2014 R
WAFFLE HOUSE #1759 3949 PLATT SPRINGS RD WEST COLUMBIA 78 B 6/18/2014 R
NORTH MAIN FISH MARKET 6010 N MAIN ST COLUMBIA 78 B 6/16/2014 R
DOC'S BBQ & SOUTH'N BUFFET 1601 SHOP RD SUITE G COLUMBIA 78 B 5/28/2014 R
CHINA HOUSE 7241 BROAD RIVER RD STE 60 IRMO 77 C 5/13/2014 R
GREAT WALL 2700 H BROAD RIVER ROAD COLUMBIA 76 C 6/16/2014 R
NEW CHINA 130 AMICKS FERRY RD CHAPIN 76 C 5/7/2014 R
BANGKOK RESTAURANT 1 7546 GARNERS FERRY RD STE 280B COLUMBIA 75 C 5/23/2014 R
KWIK KORNER 6134 SHAKESPEARE RD COLUMBIA 74 C 5/22/2014 R
RIOZ 410 COLUMBIANA DR COLUMBIA 73 C 6/9/2014 R
MIYO'S 1220 BOWER PARKWAY SUITE E-2 COLUMBIA 72 C 6/9/2014 R
D&D RESTAURANT 1824 PLATT SPRINGS RD WEST COLUMBIA 71 C 6/18/2014 R

Written by ted on June 28th, 2014

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Varsity / D'Jasz / JS Renee, 1212 Sunset Drive: June 2014   5 comments

Posted at 12:30 am in restaurants

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Hungry hungry hippo..

I've always wondered if this little diner by the North Main Sonic was originally connected with the old North Main Street Varsity Restaurant.

While the Varsity name and pennant have always been there as far as I can recall, J S Renee is fairly recent. Back in the 90s and until sometime in the 2000s, the sub-marquee was D'Jasz which apparently also had a location on Rosewood.

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Written by ted on June 28th, 2014

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Fellowship Church, 7820 Broad River Road: Spring 2014   2 comments

Posted at 12:00 am in ngo

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As far as I can tell, this vacant church on Broad River Road just north of the I-26 interchange was most recently Fellowship Church and indeed, they are listed in this year's phonebook (Feb 2014). Before that, comment Amanda notes that the property played "Musical Churches" with several moving and and out, including, I believe New Spring Church and Gateway Baptist Church.

While a For Sale sign was up when I took these pictures, but I can't find a current online listing, and I wonder if a sale has closed recently.

(Hat tip to commenter Amanda)

Written by ted on June 27th, 2014

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Artsy Fartsy, 906 Knox Abbott Drive: May 2014   1 comment

Posted at 12:58 am in business

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Artsy Fartsy art gallery and coffee bar was one of those places I never could figure out in that I never actually saw it open, but yet it never closed either (though it seems to have rebooted several times). I like coffee, so I was prepared to stop if I ever *did* see it open, but somehow that never happened.

It looks like the place will be rezoned for a thrift store.

Written by ted on June 26th, 2014

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Pure Ultra Lounge & Gullah Bistro, 14 Berryhill Road: February 2014   19 comments

Posted at 11:55 pm in Uncategorized

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Personally, I'm still not exactly sure what an Ultra Lounge is, and how that is different from a nightclub, but Pure, in this much re-purposed modernistic building on Berryhill Road was one, though it is one no more.

If you look closely in front of the door in one of the shots, you can see a bag with the 2014 phonebooks. Like trying to determine which issue of The Free Times is in the rack in a closed establishment, unclaimed phonebooks are another timing clue. In this case we have further evidence however in the fight poster which touts a 22 February match. Given all that, I'd put the date in early February 2014. I have to say though, that the place looks pretty decrepit for having been open that recently. The dress-code posters, for example, have already faded into illegibility. (Interestingly, the last time they tweeted was 2010).

(Hat tip to commenter)

Written by ted on June 24th, 2014

Marpie's Antiques & Collectibles, 910 Meeting Street / 2040 Augusta Road: May 2014   3 comments

Posted at 12:00 am in stores

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Commenter James reports the closing of Marpie's Antiques & Collectibles on Augusta Road.

This is an interesting location in a building which is shared with Avon and has nice little family plot outside. The peeling marquee sign reveals part of the name of a previous business underneath, but I am unable to make it out. It appears to be

EDS
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(Hat tip to commenter James)

UPDATE 24 June 2014 -- Here's some pictures of the previous location at 910 Meeting Street:

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Written by ted on June 24th, 2014

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Automotive Tekniques, 706 12th Street: late 2013   no comments

Posted at 1:02 am in business

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This building in Triangle City as been a number of different automative service operations, as I noted here. Automotive Tekniques moved in at the start of September 2011, and seems to have lasted until late last year. I think I had some photos of the place in operation, but I can put my hands on them right now.

Currently a zoning sign on the property suggests it will be changing from C-1 Intensive Commercial to C-2 General Commercial. I'm not sure what that actually means, but to me it suggests a future retail operation.

(Hat tip to commenter tonkatoy)

Written by ted on June 23rd, 2014

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Stan Smith Realty, 4108 Rosewood Drive: 2009 (moved)   7 comments

Posted at 11:58 pm in business

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I like this compact two storey house on Rosewood near Beltline, though it is perhaps a little hard to get in and out of.

It was the onetime home of Stan Smith Realty who have moved to Millwood. It looks like the place is off the market though I saw no signs of activity there yet.

Written by ted on June 20th, 2014

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