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

Posted at 11:29 pm in business

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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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Jiffy Lube, 7452 Two Notch Road: November 2014   5 comments

Posted at 1:32 am in business

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Well, you've seen the signs, now you can get $10.00 off.

I went to this Jiffylube near the I-20 interchange on Two Notch several times. While sitting in the heat and watching traffic up and down Two Notch is no garden vista, the deck was nice as it got you out of the waiting room and away from the TV.

The siting of this store was interesting as it was directly next to a Precision Tune, just as the Knox Abbott location is almost directly across the street from one.

Written by ted on December 4th, 2014

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Computer Repair & Sales, 7362 Two Notch Road: Fall 2014   no comments

Posted at 2:25 am in business

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Here's another vacant storefront in Tillman's Plaza on Two Notch. I happened to glace across the street as I was at Kinko's, printing some documents and noticed it was gone.

Written by ted on November 22nd, 2014

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All Good Hydroponics & Gardening, 6729 Two Notch Road: 2013   3 comments

Posted at 1:03 am in business

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I noticed on my latest trip to Very's that the hydroponic gardening store in the same Two Notch plaza, All Good Hydroponics was gone and a thrift store was in its spot. The phonebook suggests that this happened sometime last year as they don't list in the 2014 edition.

For me, the term hydroponics has always reeked of science fiction as it was a common element in many books about life on space ships and space stations. Usually it was described as a thankless task that got assigned to hapless crew memebers as KP was assigned in books about army life. Visually, I would always think about those trays the Robinsons would grow food in on Lost In Space during those long planet-bound blocks of episodes where the budget didn't allow any actual spaceflight effects...

Written by ted on November 4th, 2014

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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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Bubba's Bingo, 6908 Two Notch Road: 2014   no comments

Posted at 11:01 pm in business

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O-23..

This former bingo hall is in the strip on Two notch which backs up againgst the original Best Buy and has stoplight access at the Columbia Mall perimeter road. Interestingly, Best Buy itself has no access to this stoplight. It always surprised me a little that they didn't negotiate some sort of cut through for that..

Apparently Bingo is, or at least was, pretty popular in Dentsville, as this place is only a few blocks from this former parlor on O'Neil Court.

Note the phone number -- It's not PENNsylvania Sixty-Five Oh Oh Oh, but it's close.

Written by ted on September 19th, 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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