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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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Ruff's Hardware / Hennessy's Restaurant & Lounge, 1649 Main Street: Fall 2011   14 comments

Posted at 9:08 pm in restaurants

Here's another place I never visited. Inasmuch as I was aware of it at all, I figured it was probably too fancy for my tastes.

I hadn't realized how poorly focused my picture of the door sign was until looking at it on a normal sized screen. I believe it says something to the effect that they are closed for renovations and will re-open in November. If so they only have a few days to meet the posted deadline. I have to wonder if the sign isn't wishful thinking however, as the phone has been disconnected, and the web site is bringing up a default "no page" page. The only hopeful reason I can think of for those two omens is if a change in ownership is involved along the way...

(Hat tip to commenter Midnight Rambler)

UPDATE 30 November 2011: Added the street address to the post title having forgotten to do so initially.

UPDATE 24 January 2011: Added Ruff's Hardware to the post title based on the comments. I remember the Ruff's at Richland Mall, but don't believe I ever went to the Main Street one.

UPDATE 17 Feb 2013: Took the "(temporary?)" tag off the post title as it is plainly not coming back at this point. (Hat tip to commenter Justin for pointing that out).

Written by ted on November 28th, 2011

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J. Rubin & Son Co., 1742 Blanding Street: early 1990s   2 comments

Posted at 3:22 am in business,historic,stores

I was meaning to get back to this building when the sun was not against me, but as yet have not. Anyway, I noticed it driving back from downtown towards Harden one day a few months ago and the name sounded vaguely familiar.

Doing a google search turned up this this fascinating article on Columbia's Jewish history, in which J. Rubin & Son played a part along with many other familiar names.

The building is apparently still owned by the Rubin family, or a real estate company associated with them anyway. I'm not sure what happened to the building to make it "Unsafe". Looking through the door, it does not appear that there has been a fire or any major damage (though it is a bit of a look into history -- the vintage fan looks especially nice!).

As far as I can tell, the neighboring unit, 1740 Blanding Street was last South Carolina Electronic Equipment & Supplies.

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