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Garden Shop, Richland Mall Rooftop: 2014 (?)   no comments

Posted at 12:24 am in stores

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Given that we are several days into Spring at this point, I think it is safe to say that the rooftop garden shop at Richland Mall is not just closed for the season, but is apparently closed for good.

Forest Acres still has several sites for garden supplies including the Ace Hardware nearby in the old Ritz building and the garden shop in the old First Citizen's bank at Forest Lake Shopping Center.

Written by ted on March 27th, 2015

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All Vacuums, 4711 Forest Drive Suite 9: 2014   4 comments

Posted at 12:53 am in stores

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Comenter Patricia Lewis mentions that the Oreck Store has moved from Forest Park on Forest Drive out to Columbiana Mall. Actually, unless they changed the name back, by the time it moved it was All Vacuums, having dropped their all Oreck theme. This was actually at least the second location for the store as I know they moved here from Trenholm Plaza, replacing Ten Thousand Villages.

(Hat tip to commenter Patricia Lewis)

Written by ted on March 26th, 2015

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Radio Shack, 5496 Forest Drive Suite G: Late February 2015   4 comments

Posted at 1:15 am in stores

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Another day, another Radio Shack. Sic transit gloria mundi.

This one is in the Wal Mart plaza at Forest & I-77, and is I believe the same operating unit that was originally in a free-standing building near the current Forest Drive Rite Aid and then in Trenholm Plaza. If so, this is the Radio Shack that I historically cut my teeth at. I used to take tubes to be tested at the freestanding location all the time, and bought (or talked my parents into buying) a number of hobby kits there. Later, I was a member of the Battery Of The Month club at the Trenholm Plaza location, and got what I call my "lucky" screwdrivers as a free BOTM gift there. ('Lucky' in that I've had them for over 30 years now, and have never lost or broken them -- yet). I remember I used to manage my BOTM days so that I could get one battery on the last day of a month, and then the next day, get another on the first day of the next month. [This was important since, a) it always took at least two batteries to do anything, and b) I never had any money]

I don't believe I ever actually went into this store after it moved to the current location. By that time, I was living out of town, had enough money to buy batteries, and had bid adieu to vacuum tubes.

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(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

Tag It Art, 4517 Forest Drive: 9 January 2015   1 comment

Posted at 1:02 am in business,entertainment

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Kids' art studio, Tag It Art closed on 9 January 2015. You can see the classy farewell message here.

Forest Village is the little two-strip plaza that I still think of as the home of The Happy Bookseller though The Happy Cafe now occupies that spot.

(Hat tip to my sister)

Written by ted on March 4th, 2015

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Bank Of America Drive-Through, 2095 Beltline Boulevard: Late February 2015   12 comments

Posted at 2:32 am in business

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I noticed the other week something going on at the Richland Mall Bank Of America, with a dumpster pulled up to the drive-through. This week it is apparent that the drive-through has been closed. I guess it was a bit awkward having an unconnected outbuilding for the tellers, and perhaps even a security issue. At any rate, I believe the Trenholm Plaza branch is now the next closest drive-through.

Written by ted on March 3rd, 2015

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Mary & Martha's: A Kitchen Shop, 4711 Forest Drive Suite 16: March 2015   3 comments

Posted at 1:19 am in stores

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Mary & Martha's in Forest Park is closing shop in the coming weeks. The State Reports:

Owner Beverley Tuller has started a liquidation sale to sell most of the items as she prepares to close the shop in March if she can’t sell it first.

“I’ve had a couple of nibbles, but nothing has really panned out yet,” Tuller said of a potential buyer, adding she will keep the store open longer if she has a contract in place to allow for a smooth transition.

Given the above, I'm not exactly sure where the name of the shop comes from, but I have been in there several times. As I recall, I bought a double-boiler, and an apple peeling machine (that worked better than I expected). It's not the kind of place a guy like me needs often, but always a nice option to have when I *do* need it.

Written by ted on February 24th, 2015

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The UPS Store, 4840 Forest Drive Suite 6B: 30 January 2015 (moved)   no comments

Posted at 12:52 am in business

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The UPS Store at Trenholm Plaza has now moved down the street a few blocks to Forest Park (the Bi-Lo plaza).

This is not the first time the store has moved, a few years ago, it moved across Trenholm Plaza from the location now housing Tazza Kitchen.

I've been in a number of times and have always found the staff helpful and friendly.

UPDATE 25 February 2015 -- The new location:

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Written by ted on February 21st, 2015

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Posh Pets, Richland Mall: 2013 (moved)   2 comments

Posted at 12:10 am in business

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I thought I had a picture of this place in operation, but find I can't put my hands on it now.

This Richland Mall storefront is the old Eckerd's location, and I believe that up until the time Posh Pets grooming moved in, it had been vacant since the closing of that store. I am also pretty sure that for some reason, while it was Posh Pets the location had no interior signage or mall access.

I believe that Posh was only here for a year or two and has sinced moved out to Fort Jackson Boulevard and Sparkleberry.

UPDATE 11 November 2014 -- Here are those pictures I was looking for with the place in operation:

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Written by ted on October 31st, 2014

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The Little Gym, 2005 Beltline Boulevard: 21 October 2014 (moved)   2 comments

Posted at 12:20 am in business

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Kids' exercise and gymnastics center The Little Gym has moved out of the suite on Beltline adjacent to the old Sulley's and over to the Sounds Familiar location on Rosewood. As of today, they are open:

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VK Nails, 2130 North Beltline Boulevard: October 2014   no comments

Posted at 11:07 pm in business

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I noticed as a went to Moe's the other day that VK Nails in the little strip mall across Beltline from Richland Mall had closed. Aside from Moe's this group of stores has always been about fitness and grooming, so it will be interesting to see what moves in next.

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