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Clarion Hotel secondary building, 1615 Gervais Street: October 2014   6 comments

Posted at 11:29 pm in landmark,restaurants

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The Carolina's restaurant building at the Gervais Street Clarion is being razed as part of the upfitting of the property to become a dual branded Hilton Garden Inn / Home 2 Suites.

I never went there though over the years I heard it advertised many times, especially with New Years Eve packages at the hotel. I'm not sure exactly where the fancy spiral staircase fit in, but it doesn't seem like the sort of thing you would usually find in a hotel restaurant.

The State notes that the hotel was Sherman's Columbia headquarters and is a historic site. I confess I'm a bit confused about exactly what part of the property dates back that far. Surely the actual hotel building on Gervais is not that old.

(Hat tip to commenter badger)

UPDATE 4 November 2014 -- I had originaly titled this post Carolina's Restaurant, but according to the comments, that restaurant is still in service as part of the hotel proper:

The restaurant itself is still open. It closed temporarily during the construction, and then re-opened. The images that you've posted above were not the actual Carolina's Restaurant. That's actually inside the Clarion Hotel. That building was for banquet halls, conventions, and that sort of thing.

Written by ted on October 29th, 2014

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Sammi's Deli, 9003 Two Notch Road: 14 October 2013 (temporary?)   no comments

Posted at 11:17 pm in restaurants

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I noticed when I was taking pictures of Cycle Center that this adjacent Sammi's Deli had also closed, presumably due to the same fire.

It appears to me that some work has gone on, or is going on to rehabilitate the space. There are no signs indicating one way or the other, but perhaps this place will be back eventually.

Written by ted on October 28th, 2014

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Hursey's Trading Post & Loan / Advance On Checks Inc., 2920 Two Notch Road: Fall 2014   9 comments

Posted at 12:15 am in business

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Checking my phonebooks, I see that Advance On Checks goes back at least to 2005, which really surprised me as I had not noticed in all that time that Hursey's Trading Post was gone. I never stopped in there, but I remember the signs that cheerfully promised loans on any item "except guns".

The real estate listing says this little building at the southwest corner of Two Notch & Beltline dates back to 1960, and looking at it, I can believe that. I also believe it must have been some sort of restaurnat at one time, but I have absolutely no memory of what it might have been.

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Written by ted on October 28th, 2014

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Daddy Mac's, 105 Northpoint Drive: Late October 2014   5 comments

Posted at 10:55 pm in restaurants

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As reported by commenter John R, this former Carolina Wings & Rib House is now, once again, ... a Carolina Wings & Rib House.

The rebranding as Daddy Mac's lasted somewhat less than a year.

(Hat tip to commenter John R)

Written by ted on October 26th, 2014

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Monterrey Restauranted Mexicano, 199 Knox Abbott Drive: October 2014 (moving)   9 comments

Posted at 12:24 am in restaurants

Written by ted on October 25th, 2014

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The Closing Car, 567110: 6 October 2014   7 comments

Posted at 12:59 am in landmark

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And I didn't even get the venison.

Written by ted on October 24th, 2014

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Cycle Center, 9003 Two Notch Road: 14 October 2013 (temporary)   2 comments

Posted at 1:38 am in stores

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Commenter Patrica Lewis points out that Cycle Center in Spring Valley Commons is closed.

The sign explains that the location was rendered infeasible by the fire last October (2013) which did a lot of direct damage to the East wing of the plaza and indirect damage here.

Rebuilding is continuing on the east wing and Tripp's Cleaners and the storage facility have reopened.

(Hat tip to commenter Patricia Lewis)

Written by ted on October 23rd, 2014

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The Little Gym, 2005 Beltline Boulevard: 21 October 2014 (moved)   2 comments

Posted at 12:20 am in business

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Kids' exercise and gymnastics center The Little Gym has moved out of the suite on Beltline adjacent to the old Sulley's and over to the Sounds Familiar location on Rosewood. As of today, they are open:

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Allstate Insurance, 609 Columbia Avenue: 2014   3 comments

Posted at 2:28 am in business

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Here's a nice little brick building in Lexington at the point where US-378 transitions from North Lake Drive to Columbia Avenue. That transition and interchange makes this site a bit iffy to get in and out of, but at least on a Sunday it wasn't too bad.

I like the blue shutters, which give it a nice Greek touch.

UPDATE 23 October 2014 -- Added interior shot.

Written by ted on October 21st, 2014

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South Carolina State Fair 2014, Fairgrounds: 19 October 2014   3 comments

Posted at 12:25 am in attraction,entertainment,events

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Well, what do you want me to say? It was the State Fair, and if you've followed these posts for a while, you know the kind of thing I like to take pictures of at the fair, so there won't be any surprises here.

Some changes that started last year seem to have stuck. In particular, the sand sculpture is still in the Ruff Building rather than the Ellison Building and the gray market videos and TELEVAC 8600 are still gone:

The pictures are from 12 October, which was an overcast day, though the temperature was nice. As the evening wore on, it started to spit rain a bit, and in fact more than a bit at times. That affected the skyride video this year. I was afraid it would really start coming down, so I took the video going west to east, rather than hoofing it back to the east and going the other way. That means that we're travelling away from the most visually interesting parts. I think the rain was also futzing with the autofocus of the camera a bit from time to time.

Many more pictures after the break.

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Written by ted on October 20th, 2014

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