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Tim's Gas Depot, 7336 Woodrow Street: 31 May 2015 (moved)   4 comments

Posted at 11:08 pm in business

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Today's post and pix come from commenter Homer, who says:

Ted, I am going to send you several emails with pictures of Tim's Gas
Depot that left 7334 Woodrow St., Irmo on May 31st to move to their new
location at 7960 Broad River Rd. Tim specializes in gas fireplaces and
inserts, grills, propane tank refills and just about anything that has
to do with LP or natural gas.

I remember fondly the propane heat at my Aunt's house, and the way the smell and warmth of it would hit you as you walked into the kitchen from the non heated part of the house..

(Hat tip to commenter Homer, obviously)

UPDATE 16 June 2015 -- Changed address from 7334 to 7336 Woodrow based on Homer's comment (and the note I should have remembered)

Written by ted on June 16th, 2015

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Eagle Cleaners, 6281 Saint Andrews Road: 20 December 2014   no comments

Posted at 11:53 pm in business,Uncategorized

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I did a closing for this Eagle's when it moved from it's old location further down SAR to this spot. Now it appears that they have left Irmo entirely, though they still have stores in the Midlands.

Written by ted on June 2nd, 2015

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Rita's Ice Custard Happiness, 280 Harbison Boulevard Suite M: November 2014   8 comments

Posted at 1:24 am in restaurants

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I got off kind of on the wrong foot with Rita's as I read their slogan Ice Custard Happiness before walking over from Barnes & Noble and was expecting some rich frozen custard treat. In the event, I ended up with something like an Icee. Looking at their menu, I now see that I should have explicitly mentioned the word "custard" in my order rather than just specifying a flavor. Oh well.

You can see a small portion of the shop in operation in the first picture in the Sesame Inn closing. In the meantime, you can still get your fix across town at the Sandhill location.

(Hat tip to commenter Bob)

Written by ted on December 1st, 2014

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Barbering On The Boulevard, 1060 Lake Murray Boulevard: Summer 2014   4 comments

Posted at 11:31 pm in business

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This little barbershop on Lake Murray Boulevard has closed up shop and has apparently gone from trying to lease all or part to being up for sale. A little sign in back notes that one of the barbers has moved on to a spot on Saint Andrews Drive.

Like Charlie's on Rosewood, this place had one of the now rare motorized spinning barber poles which I've always liked.

(Hat tip to commenter Tom)

Written by ted on August 24th, 2014

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Ankh Life International Vegan Cafe, 6164 Saint Andrews Road: May 2014   14 comments

Posted at 12:35 am in restaurants

Written by ted on June 2nd, 2014

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Aqua Care Pool Service, 4512 Saint Andrews Road: 2013   no comments

Posted at 11:01 pm in business

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I noticed this empty storefront for Aqua Care Pool Service as I was driving down Saint Andrews recently. It's not too far from the big curve and factory. I remember I used to swim so much in the summer that my eyes would get glued shut with sleep due to chlorine irritation. Nowdays it seems the only time I hit a pool is if I'm at a hotel, and probably not even then..

On the other hand -- no jellyfish.

Written by ted on May 6th, 2014

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Tony's Party Shop, 6165 Saint Andrews Road: December 2013   25 comments

Posted at 12:17 am in stores

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Tony's Party Shop was on Saint Andrews Road in a Seven Oaks Shopping Center outparcel (not far from the former Irmo K-Mart).

Commenter Homer noted the closing, and sent in a set of pictures here. I took these two sets of pictures several weeks apart. The property is currently up for sale as shown in this listing

(Hat tip to commenter Homer)

UPDATE 27 April 2014 -- An earlier version of this post assumed the owner had passed away. Happily that seems to be wrong.

Written by ted on April 24th, 2014

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Fantasy Island Day Care, 7422 Childs Street: 2013   2 comments

Posted at 12:42 am in business

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You have to love the street name.

I ran across this defunct Irmo daycare center when I was turing around on Lake Murray Boulevard to go back and take pictures of something else (of what, I cannot now recall).

The way the toys are still out, waiting for children who won't return is rather sad.

Written by ted on March 1st, 2014

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New Life Fitness World, 7000 Saint Andrews Rd: 31 December 2013   6 comments

Posted at 11:52 pm in business

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Comparing the Irmo New Life Fitness World with the Two Notch one, you can see that the chain had a well defined aesthetic.

It's also quite a large building, and presumably mostly hollow in the middle. It's hard to think what could go in there without extensive remodeling. (Recall that Columbia Athletic Club had to be completely gutted to become Trader Joe's).

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Written by ted on January 24th, 2014

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New China, 800 Lake Murray Boulevard: December 2013   no comments

Posted at 12:37 am in restaurants

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Commenter Homer notes that this small Chinese restaurant in High Pointe Centre on Lake Murray Boulevard has closed.

He sends in his pictures here and notes elsewhere that the place was a true family operation with a daughter often taking orders and translating them for mom and pop.

I note that at this juncture, the plaza sign and spelling (note the 'e' on Pointe and the British Centre) seem rather more grandiose than the current tenant list warrants.

(Hat tip to commenter Homer)

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