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Carolina Imports, 705 Gervais Street: 23 November 2014 (moved)   5 comments

Posted at 1:55 am in stores

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As commenter Justin noted some time back, Carolina Imports furniture has left Gervais Street and the Vista and have moved out of downtown.

Their new location is at 2965 North main, in the Trestle Building:

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(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Gas Station, 4715 North Main Street: 1980s(?)   3 comments

Posted at 1:23 am in business

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I really like old gas stations. In this case, the building itself is nothing special, but the rising angle canopy extending over the old pump islands is a distinctive touch, and one which I suspect identified the original brand of gas the station sold.

The closing date here is just a guess, the place was a gas station long enough that a "Full Serv" sign was installed, when of course when the station opened, all service was "full service". When was the last time you had someone open your battery and add water?

Written by ted on January 29th, 2015

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1 Stop Hand Car Wash & Auto Detailing, 2434 North Main Street: 2014   1 comment

Posted at 12:35 am in business

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Commenter Justin pointed out this place on Have Your Say a while back, but I misread the comment and blogged about the business on the other side of Confederate instead.

This place looks to be an old gas station of some sort, and in this latest incarnation, stuck with an auto theme. Personally, though I know my car gets scalding in the Columbia summers, I find being behind tinted windows makes me uneasy.

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Family & Friends Car Sales, Llc / C J's Used Cars Inc, 2500 North Main Street: 2010s   1 comment

Posted at 12:41 am in business

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You can look at the corner view in the LoopNet listing for this building at North Main & Confederate and see a portrait format marquee on the side.

Somewhere I have a picture of that marquee up close with the name of the place visible, but as is often the case, knowing I have a picture and being able to put my hands on it in a timely fashion are two sadly different things. Commenter Justin believes this was a window tinting business, and that sounds plausible to me. What google pulls up, however, are references to two different used car operations. If that's accurate, I think they both would have to be from some years ago, as I cannot recall the lot being anything but empty in recent years.

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Bert's Grill & Diner, 6820 North Main Street Suites E&F: 2000s   21 comments

Posted at 11:50 pm in restaurants

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Anyone know what this restaurant in Greenview Plaza on North Main at Wilkes Road was? The plaza marquee isn't any help, and I'm not getting any definitive google hits on the address + suite numbers. (There is another restaurant/club in the plaza, which doesn't help).

UPDATE 1 April 2014 -- Based on commenter badger's ID (and picture, see the comments..) I have changing the post title from "Restaurant" to "Bert's Grill & Diner".

Written by ted on March 28th, 2014

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Spirax Sarco, 20/21 Business Center: 2011 (moved)   2 comments

Posted at 12:09 am in business

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OK, let's enlarge that one and turn it around..

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I had never been back in this little office/industiral plaza off of North Main/Wilson at the I-20 interchange. It's a bit hard to figure out how to get down in there at first, but once you do, the place is fairly non-descript, though it does seem to have a pretty high vacancy rate. I can't find an actual street address, but the over all complex is 20/21 Business Center.

From what I can tell, Spirax Sarco is a steam technology company that moved to SC from Allentown after a union dispute back in 1998. Then in 2011, they bought a building in Blythewood and are now located there.

Written by ted on February 7th, 2014

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Grocery, 2600 Main Street:   8 comments

Posted at 12:23 am in stores

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LoopNet says this building at the corner of North Main & Summerville Avenue was a grocery and dates from the early 1940s. I'm pretty sure it hasn't been a grocery in my memory, but I can't bring to mind anything that it *was* either.

I have to say it's kind of a grim looking building. Perhaps it would look more cheerful with fresh paint, but I don't think so.

Written by ted on December 20th, 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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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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Houston's Low Country Grill, 3800 North Main Street: 2 July 2012   15 comments

Posted at 12:56 am in restaurants

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Well, we've been talking about this today in Have Your Say, but let's make it "official": Houston's Low Country Grill on North Main closed on 2 July.

That makes it the second restaurant that I know of in North Main plaza to close. Restaurants close all the time, this site is full of them, and while it is always a shame when somebody's venture fails and people are out of work, that is just the way things sometimes work out in the normal course of events: People get new jobs, maybe the owners try again later with more success. What makes this closing a bit different is that as I understand it, the city used tax dollars to build North Main Plaza and tax dollars to recruit and subsidize tenants. There's certainly nothing wrong with a business taking the best deal it can find, but perhaps those tax dollars could have been better spent than in offering it.

(Hat tip to commenter Jimmy)

Written by ted on July 10th, 2012

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