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Charlotte Heroes Convention 2015, Charlotte Convention Center: 20 June 2015   2 comments

Posted at 12:57 am in events,out-of-area

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Coming off of I-77 and heading downtown on Saturday gave a really stunning view of Charlotte's downtown. The sky was dotted with puffy clouds and the skyscrapers were laid out almost artistically. I really wish I could have pulled over and gotten a shot.

I was headed to the Convention Center for this years iteration of Charlotte's Heroes Convention which I have been checking out out over the years as often as I could since the days when it was a few meeting rooms at the old Holiday Inn on Woodlawn.

This year, I didn't attend any of the panels as it took all of my time just to completely canvas the main show floor. My impression is that Guardians Of The Galaxy is a new hit with costumers, though there was no single theme for the majority of costumes. I think I did notice a bit of fall-off in the Frozen costumes since Amelia Con. Stan Lee was there for photo-shoots, but the line was so long that I didn't attempt to see him. There were plenty of other creators there as well, and I bought a number of indie books for myself and my nieces, more than I've scanned below.

Anyway, it's not a bad drive (I-77 seemed a little less pot-holed this time) and there's a reasonable nearby lot, so if you get the chance next year, I recommend you check it out.

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Written by ted on June 22nd, 2015

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Krystal / Pearle Vision Express, 7301 Two Notch Road: 1990s / 2006   16 comments

Posted at 11:55 pm in business,restaurants

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I believe this building in the Dentsville K Mart parking lot was built as a Krystal in their first wave of expansion into SC. At the time they were playing up their differences from other fast food outlets with the main thing I recall being that they had a couple of non-standard vegetable offerings like fried mushrooms and maybe okra. For some reason, the chain never thrived here and now has no Columbia stores and very few South Carolina stores. Of course now their slogan is apparently Stupid Good, so they've got that going for them..

Pearle was here at least through the February 2005 phonebook, but was gone by the February 2008 one.

Written by ted on June 18th, 2015

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A Florist & More, 10509 Two Notch Road Suite A: Spring 2015   no comments

Posted at 11:45 pm in business

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I don't get out to Pontiac very often, so I was only vaguely aware of this little strip mall near Pontiac House Of Pizza, but it looks like there are a couple of vacancies right now.

(Hat tip to commenter cheryl)

Written by ted on June 17th, 2015

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Tim's Gas Depot, 7336 Woodrow Street: 31 May 2015 (moved)   4 comments

Posted at 11:08 pm in business

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Today's post and pix come from commenter Homer, who says:

Ted, I am going to send you several emails with pictures of Tim's Gas
Depot that left 7334 Woodrow St., Irmo on May 31st to move to their new
location at 7960 Broad River Rd. Tim specializes in gas fireplaces and
inserts, grills, propane tank refills and just about anything that has
to do with LP or natural gas.

I remember fondly the propane heat at my Aunt's house, and the way the smell and warmth of it would hit you as you walked into the kitchen from the non heated part of the house..

(Hat tip to commenter Homer, obviously)

UPDATE 16 June 2015 -- Changed address from 7334 to 7336 Woodrow based on Homer's comment (and the note I should have remembered)

Written by ted on June 16th, 2015

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Soho Office, 100 Forum Drive #3: 23 June 2015   no comments

Posted at 12:00 am in business

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Apparently SOHO stands for Small Office / Home Office and this Sandhill storefront has been serving them for the past nine years. Now it's time to retire, and it looks like you might find some bargains there starting tomorrow.

(Hat tip to commenter cheryl)

Written by ted on June 15th, 2015

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Frame Of Mind, 1520 Main Street Suite 1E, Spring 2015 (moved)   1 comment

Posted at 12:48 am in business,stores

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Frame Of Mind "South Carolina's only eyewear boutique and art gallery" has moved from 1520 Main Street across the river to 140 State Street.

I'm not exactly sure when the move was, but sometime after 18 January 2015 when these pictures were taken.

As a four-eyes myself, I'm always glad to see that not everyone prefers contacts.

(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

Written by ted on June 12th, 2015

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Sam's Corner, 12036 Ocean Highway Pawleys Island: Late April 2015   28 comments

Posted at 12:31 am in grand-strand,out-of-area

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The only time I ever ate at a Sam's Corner was Monday 30 June 1997.

I was living in Aiken at the time (and working in Augusta), but found out less than a week in advance that The Beach Boys were playing the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach that day. It was a rare small venue appearance, and I think many fans realized it was probably one of the last chances to see Carl Wilson on stage. In the event it was a bittersweet performance. Carl played most of the set seated and I think everyone in the audience could tell he was not long for the world, though he still sounded like an angel.

At any rate, when the show was over, with it not being a weekend, I was on the hook to be at work the following morning, so I fortified myself at the NMB Sam's with a hot-dog and coffee and made it back to Aiken (after further fortification with Waffle House coffee in Manning) in time to slip into bed half an hour before I had to get up. It was not something I could do now, and could barely do then.

Truthfully I was so focused on what I had to do that Sam's made little impression on me other than it was well lit, had an acceptable chili-dog and drinkable coffee.

I think the NMB location was the second for the chain, with one by the pier in Garden City being the first.

This location on US-17 in Pawleys Island came much later, and was, I think, something of a miss-step as the South Strand is a much different place from Myrtle Beach or even Garden City. I had noticed over the few years it was open that despite the proudly proclaimed 24 Hours in fact during the off season, it was rarely open past 10, and lately wasn't open at all except during the summer. I even did a post on the dark building called 25th Hour a few months ago.

On my last trip down over the Memorial Day week I saw that the place is now officially closed, even though they apparently had a plan to upfit the office space.

Written by ted on June 11th, 2015

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Charleston Cooks!, 702 Cross Hill Road Suite 300-D: 28 June 2015   6 comments

Posted at 12:38 am in stores

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Commenters TahoeChic & Justin reported this the other day within three minutes of each other:

Cooking store Charleston Cooks! is closing their Cross Hill location at the end of the month.

The Free Times has the story, though I'm still a little confused about exactly what happened. At any rate it's clear there was a change in ownership.

I believe this is the first closing for Cross Hill Market.

(Hat tip to commenters TahoeChic & Justin)

Written by ted on June 10th, 2015

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Dots Fashions, 5424 Forest Drive Suite 116: June 2015   no comments

Posted at 11:43 pm in Uncategorized

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Well, these aren't very good pix, but Dots Fashions in East Forest Plaza is going out of business.

The Wall Street Journal says the parent chain Simply Fashion filed for Chapter 11 in April 2015, and for Dots this was sort of a frying-pan/fire situation:

Going-out-of-business sales will also take place at Dots-branded stores. As Bankruptcy Beat readers may recall, Dots fell into bankruptcy last year and shut down. But a new owner—the same one who owns Simply Fashion—bought the Dots name for less than $350,000 and reopened some stores. In the end, the revival was short-lived.

(Hat tip to commenter Sidney)

Written by ted on June 8th, 2015

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Crowson Stone Printing, 2840 Shop Road: 2013 (consolidated)   no comments

Posted at 11:53 pm in business

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Crowson Stone is a name that was a constant presence when I was growing up. Since nobody in my family, and in fact nobody I knew ever needed a printer's services, I can only think this was because they (along with R. L. Bryan with whom I often got them confused) advertised constantly on WIS AM.

You don't really hear much of this anymore, but it used to be that a lot of non-retail operations would advertise on the radio. I guess the theory was that while it was unlikely that any given listener would need a printer (and back in the days before digital, that was no casual purchase!) keeping the name out there was good business in the "Oh yeah, I've heard of them, they should be OK" sort of way.

I'm not sure when this building, at the east end of Shop Road, was built. The February 1997 phonebook lists Crowson Ston at 819 Main Street, while the February 2006 book lists both Main Street and Shop Road, so this location probably came online in the early 2000s.

In early 2012 they were bought by Indexx Printing of Greenville, and by the February 2014 phonebook were listing the only the Main Street location again.

(Hat tip to commenter badger)

Written by ted on June 7th, 2015

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