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Sonic Drive-In, 2461 Decker Boulevard: Early February 2015   10 comments

Posted at 1:02 am in restaurants

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Well, I find this closing a bit surprising, especially given that a lot of Richland County offices will be going into Decker Mall just across the street.

For some reason I've always associated Sonic with small towns and bygone days, probably since the first one I was aware of was in Hartsville sometime back in the 1970s, but nowdays they seem to be a chain on the move with national television campaigns (rather silly ones, I must say) and expansion into head-to-head competition with McDonalds and the rest of the "sit down" fast food chains. I don't think I've had the burgers, but I stop for a milkshake once or twice a year, and they're pretty good.

The closing signs here are a bit disingenuous, as in fact the Forest Drive location:

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has been open for over a year in the old Hardee's location.

(Hat tip to my sister)

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Written by ted on February 9th, 2015

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Northeast Market & Coffee House, 2630 Decker Boulevard: January 2015   1 comment

Posted at 1:17 am in restaurants,stores

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What can I say?

The curse of 2630 Decker Boulevard continues.

Written by ted on February 7th, 2015

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Rags & Bags With Style, 2324 Decker Boulevard: 2014   no comments

Posted at 12:50 am in stores

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The web site is still up, but it appears that fashion botique Rags & Bags With Style in the Food Lion / Rite Aid plaza on Decker is now gone.

I like the "look" of this plaza, which has a bit of a retro feel, probably because it actually is retro.

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Written by ted on September 29th, 2014

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El Rey Leon #2, 1735 Decker Boulevard Suite 75: 2013   4 comments

Posted at 11:03 pm in stores

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Well, learn something new every day. Googling this western and urban wear outlet on Decker yields the information that El Rey Leon, means The Lion King, something that make total sense once you stop to look at it closely.

Of course that just raises the further question as to how that phrase is supposed to suggest western wear, and the secondary question as to whether I should alphabetize this one under El or Rey. (Hmm, I see the phonebook uses 'El', so that's good enough for me..).

Written by ted on September 22nd, 2014

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Advance Til Payday, 1807 Decker Boulevard Suite 15: 2013   1 comment

Posted at 10:56 pm in business

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One more empty storefront in Columbia's volatile payday lending market, this little cash advance outlet was in the same (Family Dollar) plaza as this Coin Laundry -- I'm not sure why the street address here is 1807 instead of 1735, but that seems to be the case.

UPDATE 17 Sept 2014 -- Oops, I misplaced where I took this -- it is *not* in the Family Dollar plaza, but a little further up towards Two Notch.

Written by ted on September 16th, 2014

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Coin Laundry, 1735 Decker Boulevard Unit 30: late 2000s   1 comment

Posted at 12:50 am in business

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This laundromat was in the Family Dollar plaza on Decker. I've been to several of the coin laundries on Decker over the years when either the washer or dryer was on the blink. My favorite is the one in front of the old Target which has very active family management -- there was always someone sweeping, mopping or otherwise keeping the place tidy, and once the woman in charge was taken aback by my incompetence at shirt folding and showed me how to do it right (it didn't take, I'm afraid). This one I never made it to.

The marquee name of Coin Laundry seems to be more a description than an official name, so I'm not exactly sure when it closed, but I'm guessing within the last few years.

Written by ted on September 11th, 2014

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Hombre's / Dino's, 1801 Decker Boulevard: 25 May 2014   36 comments

Posted at 11:23 pm in restaurants

Written by ted on June 3rd, 2014

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Feature International, 1807 Decker Boulevard Suite 7: January 2014   no comments

Posted at 12:03 am in stores

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Here's a wholsale fashion costume jewelry outlet on Decker in the process of closing out. It's just a few units up from the old Columbia Import / Passion location.

Written by ted on January 9th, 2014

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Piper's Hair Care & Nails, 2210 Decker Boulevard Suite 3: 2010   1 comment

Posted at 12:39 am in business

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This little Barber & hair and nail salon sits in a strip mall almost at the intersection Decker and Faraway.

I like those old style spinning barber poles, though you never actually seem them spin anymore.

Written by ted on November 9th, 2013

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Not Reassured   2 comments

Posted at 12:55 am in commentary

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Written by ted on November 4th, 2013

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