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Austin's Laserwash 4000, 800 Broad River Road: 2007   2 comments

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I'll admit I'm a sucker for anything mechanical, so I could toss out more of thes pictures, but I'm not going to.

This little automated carwash is on Broad River Road at Riverhill Circle, just across that street from China Hut Ace and just below the 'T' where Greystone Boulevard hits Broad River. I like the way that it seems a little bossy with its "Stop/Back Up/Drive Forward" warnings and the way it keeps up with the situation through observational pronouncements like: "Car Is Soaking".

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Written by ted on September 30th, 2013

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Fins Aquatic Livestock and Supplies, 7971 Woodrow Street Suite 4: 2000s   2 comments

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Nothing fishy here... anymore.

Written by ted on September 27th, 2013

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China Pearl, 7971 Woodrow Street Suite 5: 2000s   16 comments

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I have got to say that their marquee mascot looks the least like a Chinese chef of any illustration I've seen. (Not that there's anything wrong with a European in a floppy hat dilligently applying himself and learning Chinese cooking..)

Written by ted on September 26th, 2013

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Big Shots Wine & Spirits, 7971 Woodrow Street Suite I: Fall 2013   no comments

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I noticed this little liquor shop in Irmo on Woodrow Street behind the Bi-Lo. It was raining a bit so I didn't get out and peer inside, but I believe that at this point they are still in close-out mode, though the space is already listed with a real-estate sign.

Written by ted on September 23rd, 2013

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Thank You, Captain Obvious..   1 comment

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Written by ted on September 13th, 2013

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Adams Insurance Agency / Nationwide Insurance/ Entry Point / Columbia Center of Immigration / Brighter Solutions, 1605 Broad River Road: 2013 (moved)   4 comments

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Here's another Boozer Shopping Center vacancy:

Brighter Solutions has moved to 1447 Franklin Street. Apparently they are home lighting decor providers with "Solatubs, Entry Point glass, &amp: Phantom screens".

Before that, the place was apparently an insurance agency and an immigration support operation.

Express Check Advance 2700 Broad River Rd #70: Spring 2013   no comments

Posted at 11:09 pm in business



Here's yet another closed payday checking type operation. This one is in the plaza at the corner of Broad River & Rushmore Roads, across the street from Rush's. The plaza opened with some fanfare years ago, including the unlikely peregrination of Bum's Bummers from Boardwalk Plaza to here. In fact, if you look at the next to last picture at that link, I believe it is this very unit being constructed.

In recent years, the place seems to have moved down a tier, and to have had a fair bit of turnover.

Written by ted on July 11th, 2013

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Columbia Auto Mall (etc), 4505 Broad River Road: 2013   5 comments

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I'm not sure what the story is with this lot and house at 4505 Broad River Road, which has certainly been other things than a car lot. You'll notice that that, oddly, it has the same street address as the recently closed Waffle House, but this this real estate listing explains:

This parcel surrounds the corner occupied by Waffle House.

While this listing says:

Plans were in the works for a 15,000 sq ft retail space.

with the past tense leading me to believe those plans are no longer in the works.

This tax information says the house on the lot was built in 1884. I would have called it old, but not *that* old. The place almost has a funeral home look to it. It's certainly not in the best of shape, but it would still be a shame to tear it down.

Written by ted on July 2nd, 2013

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 1012 Broad River Road: 4 April 2013 (moved)   1 comment

Posted at 11:43 pm in business

"Beam Me Up, Scotty".

Enterprise on Broad River Road has warped over to the old Stivers Lincoln Mercury location on Greystone Boulevard as of early April.

For some reason I find the beat up old picnic table outside the car corral to be kind of endearing.

Written by ted on June 21st, 2013

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Waffle House, 4505 Broad River Road: June 2013   9 comments

Posted at 1:38 am in restaurants

Are there any driving directions less useful than: "Take the exit with the Waffle House"?

Anyway, you don't see Waffle Houses closing too often, though I do have the one from Bush River Road here. On the one hand, I would have thought the closeness of this Waffle House to SLED would have guaranteed it a steady late-night business. On the other hand, the site is not like their usual Interstate exit locations.

Personally I like the fact that Waffle House never went to "Belgian" waffles, which seem to be the rage elsewhere now. I like a lot of litle holes for syrup rather than a smaller number of larger holes. And yes, that is the kind of thing you think about in a Waffle House booth at 3am.

(Hat tip to commenter Johnathan)

Written by ted on June 21st, 2013

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