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Sizzle, 819 Harden Street: May 2015   2 comments

Posted at 12:25 am in restaurants

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I remember I was at a conference once in San Diego and a group of us walked into the Gas Light District looking for restaurant that someone had heard of that specialzed in garlic. Well, I like garlic and it was an excellent meal, but I recall thinking it was too bad that Columbia (much less Fayetteville where I was then living) could never support such a place.

I had a similar thought when I read the opening press for Columbia's bacon bistro Sizzle: Can Columbia really support a bacon restaurant?. Unfortunately, the answer appears to be: no, and arrived before I got around to checking it out.

(Hat tip to commenter Matt)

Written by ted on June 30th, 2015

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Liberty Tax Service / Danny's Drumming Studio, 946 Harden Street / 944 Harden Street (moved)   no comments

Posted at 1:15 am in business

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I wrote about Liberty Tax Service in this location about five years ago. I believe that by that time Danny's Drumming Studio in the adjacent storefront, had already moved to Leesburg Road though I did not do a post on them for some reason.

Since then, both addresses in this Harden Street building have been gutted, with the interposing walls knocked out and the roof removed. According to this State article from January 2015, the building had already been condemned so the developers had to move fast to do something about it and hope to have something in the spot by Christmas 2015.

Written by ted on June 1st, 2015

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Gulf Station / Auto Sound Lab, 700 Harden Street: January 1984   20 comments

Posted at 12:19 am in business

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Commenter Rick sent this picture of his former business some months ago but I was holding onto it until I could dig up some current-ish pictures of the spot for comparison. I actually did take some, but as so often is the case, I can't lay hands on them right now. The ones I did find are from 2011.

Though I must have driven, or been driven, by this spot hundreds of times through the years, I can honestly say I have no recollection whatsoever of this building. I also have no recollection of Harper's being built despite always thinking of it as a "new" place.

Commenter Rick has recently mentioned that X Records was also located on this corner and also knocked down to build Harper's.

(Hat tip to commenter Rick)

UPDATE 1 June 2015: Changed Gas Station in the post title to Gulf Station based on the comments.

Written by ted on May 28th, 2015

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Qdoba Mexican Grill, 2006 Devine Street: 9 May 2015   15 comments

Posted at 1:51 am in restaurants

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This is the third Qdoba in Columbia to close fairly recently, the other two being on Garners Ferry and Two Notch. WLTX has the story here.

I think the chain may be having troubles in general as google finds a number of closings nationally, and I have also noticed the Surfside location close. I will say that the few times I have tried Qdoba in general (I did not try any of the Columbia stores), I have not been too impressed. In particular, my burrito always fell apart.

I'm not sure whether the architecture of this building is meant to suggest Southwest or Brick Train Station...

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Written by ted on May 19th, 2015

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Greyhound Station, 2015 Gervais Street: April 2015 (moved)   7 comments

Posted at 12:55 am in business

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The Greyhound Station on Gervais Street moved earlier this month, and now the buildings on the lot (which included the Chapman Dodge building) have been razed. Unlike the old art deco station downtown on Sumter Street, this one was nothing special, and I'm not sorry to see it gone.

I had a chat with the project manager for the site, and he said the whole block that the station sat on will become apartments.

The new station is at 710 Buckner Road, which is the I-20 frontage road between Monticello Road & US-321.

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Written by ted on April 23rd, 2015

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Building, Harden Street: Spring 2015 (gutted)   4 comments

Posted at 12:54 am in business

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Can anyone identify who was in this building on Harden Street in between the Waffle House and El Burrito?

I thought I had some pictures of it before it was gutted, but I can't locate them right now.

UPDATE 2 June 2015 -- Some better pictures:

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Written by ted on April 21st, 2015

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Rite Aid Pharmacy, 818 Harden Street: April 2015   4 comments

Posted at 12:20 am in stores

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Well, the signs are trying to spin it as a move, but since the 2708 Rosewood store already exists, I can only call it a closing.

Although it was once a grocery, this building has been a pharmacy for as long as I can remember -- It was an Eckerd's before the Rite Aid buyout of that chain. I have not stopped there for many years, possibly because the last time I did I got agressively pan-handled in the parking lot.

Written by ted on April 11th, 2015

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Radio Shack, 1001 Harden Street Suite D: March 2015   11 comments

Posted at 1:14 am in stores

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I don't believe I ever went into this Radio Shack in the Food Lion plaza in Five Points. Come to think of it, I don't believe I've ever been into any business in this plaza other than Food Lion, unless you go back far enough to count Peaches and Sears.

You know the drill about Radio Shack by this point.

Written by ted on March 21st, 2015

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Garibaldi Cafe, 2013 Greene Street: 27 January 2015   4 comments

Posted at 12:41 am in restaurants

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I have to admit that I never really considered going to Garibaldi's on Greene, though looking at the menu I think I could have been happy there with some pasta or pizza.

The restaurant closed last week, according to The State because the lease was coming up and they decided they didn't want to stay in a building they didn't own.

(Hat tip to commenter Robert S.)

Written by ted on February 2nd, 2015

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Chapman Dodge, Northwest Corner of Harden Street & Gervais Street: 1970s   41 comments

Posted at 12:51 am in business

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I think there have been a few mentions of Chapman Dodge here over the years, but I have absolutely no memory of it, despite the fact we must have driven past the lot often. Currently all that seems to be left is the faded name painted on the back of the building abuting the lot (which I presume was the repair shop).

While this lot has been vacant for many years, it's not uncommon for temporary truck-based businesses to pull in and set up shop for a weekend.

Written by ted on January 28th, 2015

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