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Decker Village Facelift, 2312 Decker Boulevard: August 2015   1 comment

Posted at 1:42 am in closing

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Well, it appears that the Decker Village shopping center in the 2300 block of Decker Boulevard has been bought out, and is starting a major renovation. The first step has been to take the distinctive triangular steel canopies off of the shopping center storefronts. I have to say that so far, it is definitely not an improvement, as you can see in the "before" pictures below. Hopefully some new facade work will be forthcoming as part of the upfit. As the sign says, the new owners are Ziff Properties Inc, but so far their site doesn't have any details about their future plans for property.

Before:

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Santa Fe Mexican Grill, 1735 Decker Boulevard Suite B: 2014   2 comments

Posted at 1:32 am in closing

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As I was driving down Decker the other day, I noticed that the little corner Mexican restaurant in Decker Plaza, Santa Fe Mexican Grill has rebranded as La Poblanita.

I was wondering if the name meant something like "little poblano pepper", and I guess the root is the same, but wordreference says:

In Mexico there is a state (and a city) called Puebla. The name given to people (or things) from that state is "poblano or poblana". La Poblanita is a diminutive of "poblana". So, La Poblanita is like saying the little woman (or girl) from Puebla. Cheers.

P.S. Be mindful that Puebla is a relatively common name, and there are many towns in the Spanish-speaking countries (I think mostly in Spain) with that name.

so I guess the winsome senorita in the restaurant logo is that eponymous lady.

Written by ted on August 28th, 2015

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

Posted at 11:55 pm in Uncategorized

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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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Kentucky Fried Chicken #7, 7228 Parklane Road: 1990s   19 comments

Posted at 2:58 am in Uncategorized

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This KFC was gone as early as the February 1997 phonebook, which is the earliest I have at home. As you can see from the ad in the 1976 phonebook, at one time this was store #7 for Kentucky Fried Chicken in Columbia, and at this remove, it's easy to forget that the picture in the ad was that of a living man who still toured the country promoting Kentucky Fried Chicken, despite being unhappy with what corporate had done with his gravy.

(Hat tips to commenters Andrew & Sidney)

Written by ted on May 12th, 2015

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We Buy Gold, 7132 Parklane Road Suite G: 2015   10 comments

Posted at 2:51 am in Uncategorized

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This We Buy Gold replaced G. G's Artistry In Flowers in 2009 and is now a cellphone store.

When I think of a Cricket phone, I can't help but remember those little chirps the Star Trek Communicators used to make when Kirk or Spock would flip one open. Amazing that a lot of our everyday technology is now better than what The Federation had. Still waiting for the Transporter though..

Written by ted on May 8th, 2015

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Nick's Gyros & Grill, 2632 Decker Boulevard: Spring 2015   15 comments

Posted at 2:19 am in Uncategorized

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I wondered at the time about Nick's opening in this old Taco Bell as it seemed quite close to their flagship location on Two Notch.

In the event, it appears the Decker location is now independant (though seemingly with a similar menu). Feel Goods is the new name.

UPDATE 16 April 2015: Added first two pictures of Nick's in operation.

Written by ted on April 14th, 2015

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Waffle House, 7505 Two Notch Road: Spring 2015 (temporary)   8 comments

Posted at 1:49 am in Uncategorized

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Well, this was quite a shock! Somehow between the last time I drove Two Notch and tonight (12 April 2015), the Waffle House by the I-20 on-ramp has either been completely gutted or completely knocked down and half rebuilt.

It's hard to tell given the night-badness of the pix, but there is a "now hiring" sign up, so they will be back apparently. In the meantime, as far as I know, the WH up the road at the Trenholm Road Extension terminus is still open.

Written by ted on April 13th, 2015

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

Posted at 1:02 am in Uncategorized

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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   9 comments

Posted at 1:17 am in closing

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What can I say?

The curse of 2630 Decker Boulevard continues.

UPDATE 18 August 2015 -- But hope continues to win against experience. This place is to now become Bosheen Mediterrean Cusine

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Written by ted on February 7th, 2015

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Discount Cars & Trucks, Inc., 7450 Two Notch Road: Fall 2014   no comments

Posted at 11:29 pm in Uncategorized

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Discount Cars & Trucks was the follow-on operation to Go Used Tires in this old Esso building in Dentsville.

I have to say I can't actually recall seeing any cars or trucks there, though I know there must have been some.

Written by ted on January 8th, 2015

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