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Mae's On Main, 121 East Main Street (Lexington): March 2013 (moved/renamed)   2 comments

Posted at 10:46 pm in stores

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Although I didn't realize at the time I did that closing, apparently Mae's On Main in Lexington has moved to the Round Robin location on Devine Street. I'm not sure where Devine Robin fits in -- as of yet, the Round Robin marquee is still up.

The Lexington location has a classic "old retail" look. A lot of interior work is ongoing there, so hopefully something new will go in before too long. Or before the fat lady sings, anyway.

Written by ted on March 20th, 2013

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Taco Bell, 515 West Main Street (Lexington): 4 April 2011 (moved)   10 comments

Posted at 1:47 am in restaurants

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As mentioned in the comments on the Lexington Blockbuster this adjacent old-school Taco Bell moved to a new store a couple of years ago. Personally I like these Southwestern style locations more than the "modern" style they have adopted recently. Several in Columbia have been repurposed recently (though the one on Knox Abbott is still vacant), but this one looks as though it may be too far gone for that.

UPDATE -- Work is underway:

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UPDATE 17 February 2014 -- Now a Cook Out:

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Written by ted on March 18th, 2013

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Blockbuster, 509 West Main Street (Lexington): March 2013   10 comments

Posted at 11:46 pm in stores

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Well, this has already been talked about enough that I'm not sure who the hat-tip goes to, but I finally got over to Lexington last weekend and got some shots of the Main Street Blockbuster closing down. It was already pretty near the end-days, and as I watched, I saw a guy walk out and hoick a set of display racks into his truck.

I was also in Aiken this week, and the Blockbuster there which closed about this time last year is still vacant despite being in a pretty good spot..

UPDATE -- the place is still vacant:

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UPDATE 4 March 2014 -- This shot is through a windshield and from too far away, but you can see this building is now a Pet Supermarket:

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Written by ted on March 12th, 2013

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HND Fashion, 2101 Main Street Suite D: late 2000s   7 comments

Posted at 2:09 am in stores

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I would have thought this store and its enclosing little plaza were on Elmwood which these suites face, but web search matches the visible 2101-D street number to Main.

Other than that, I was able to find out very little other than that it was a clothing store, which was already pretty much apparent from the name. In particular, they weren't listed in any of my old phonebooks, so the closing date is a complete guess.

Written by ted on February 28th, 2013

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Color Imaging Solutions Group, 2510 Main Street: circa 2005   5 comments

Posted at 1:18 am in business

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I noticed this vacancy just the other day, though a search through my phonebooks reveals that Color Imaging Solutions Group (quite a mouthful!) has been gone for a good while. I take them to have been a print shop, presumably specializing in color work.

Written by ted on February 26th, 2013

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Case Plants, Old State Farmers' Market / 2720 North Main Street: late 2012   2 comments

Posted at 12:37 am in business,stores

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With the closing of the State Farmers' Market (seen in the first picture), Case Plants relocated from there to North Main Street on the former site of Jacob's Automotive Group, and next to the old Varsity Restaurant. It's certainly a good drive from their old location, and that may have made a difference.

(Hat tips to commenters Justin & Matt)

Written by ted on February 6th, 2013

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Jasmine Deli & Cafe, 601 Main Street: January 2013   no comments

Posted at 1:34 am in restaurants

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Jasmine Deli & Cafe was the follow-on operation to Baker Brothers American Deli in the Addesso building at the corner of Main and Blossom. I'm unsure if it was connected with the Jasmine Buffet on Two Notch or not.

At any rate, they have moved out and Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint is moving in.

Written by ted on January 25th, 2013

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Gas Station / Latimer Seafood, 6102 North Main Street: 2000s   2 comments

Posted at 1:22 am in restaurants

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Here's another case where a phonebook search turns up no information, but I'd guess Latimer Seafood has been gone for at least several years. The place was obviously started life as a service station, but the architecture isn't bringing any particular brand to mind for me.

Written by ted on December 21st, 2012

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Taste of China Hut, 2431 Main Street: September 2012   5 comments

Posted at 12:32 am in restaurants

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Taste of China Hut had two Columbia locations after the one on Rosewood closed, this one at Main & Confederate, and another at 2233 Decker Boulevard. As far as I am aware, the Decker location is still open, but I'll try to remember to check it out.

I'm not a big fan of Chinese food and had never really noticed this building (which was clearly some other fast food franchaise in the beginning), but I have to say I really like the laughing Buddha.

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Written by ted on December 7th, 2012

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Nickelodeon Theatre, 937 Main Street: 31 August 2012 (moved)   8 comments

Posted at 12:54 am in business,entertainment,venue

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As I've mentioned, there was a time in my life when I saw three or four movies a week. After I left college, that dropped way off (though I still did manage to see both The Little Mermaid & The Incredibles upwards of 20 times each).

I think if I had stayed in Columbia, I might have stayed more in the habit -- I would look at the Nickelodeon calendars and see a lot that looked interesting, but having limited time in town rarely got around to it. As it is, I remember seeing two movies in particular here. The first was Gunga Din with Cary Grant. This was a splendid old light-hearted adventure film, and I saw it with my father, who had also seen it when it was first released in 1939. The second was completely different, in fact it was And Now for Something Completely Different, the first Monty Python film (which Wikipedia says is a reshooting of some of their classic sketches, which I did not realize at the time). I'm sure I saw a few other films at The Nick, but I'm a bit blurry on the details now.

Anyway, The Nickelodeon has now moved to the other side of the State House at 1607 Main Street. This is the site of the old Fox theater. I am pretty sure that the last time I was in the Fox was in 1977 to see Ralph Bakshi's Wizards. In fact, I had somehow convinced my mother and sister to go with me, and the film was so awful that they both walked out and shopped what was left of Main Street while I toughed it out to the end. I wonder if The Nick will do a Bakshi retrospective some day..

Written by ted on September 4th, 2012

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