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Alabaster Salon / Crown Cleaners, 740 / 742 Saint Andrews Road: 2009 (moved) / 2010   7 comments

Posted at 11:42 pm in business

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Normally, I would split these two businesses up, but the building is so small they're both going to be in the pictures anyway.

At any rate, this little building on Saint Andrews Road is just in front of the old Cussin' Bill's, and under the hill from Fred's and National Mail Services.

I like the vintage Gull Wing style of the cleaning portion, and I'm not sure why they didn't just do the whole building that way.

It appears that Alabaster moved to Broad River Road around 2009, and Crown closed around 2010. I did not see any indication that the building is for sale, and apparently the Fire Marshall thinks someone may try to refit it, so we'll see what happens there.

Written by ted on February 23rd, 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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National Mail Services, 736 Saint Andrews Road Suite D, 27 December 2013   1 comment

Posted at 11:33 pm in Uncategorized

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Independant mailing storefront National Mail Services on Saint Andrews Road by the old Fred's closed at the end of December. If you look at the Fred's post, you can see that for some reason, they were not on the shopping center marquee, but apparently enough folks knew they were back there for a 22 year run, which is good for any business!

(Hat tip to commenter Tom)

Written by ted on January 21st, 2014

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Blockbuster, 7249 Saint Andrews Road: Real Soon Now   10 comments

Posted at 12:44 am in business,stores

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Well, as we've discussed recently, Blockbuster, at least as a physical store, is on the way out. The parent company, Dish Network is shuttering the chain, basically, due to the rise of Internet video. The last Blockbuster movie rental, 'This Is The End', was on Saturday in Hawaii.

I'm not sure how long the clearance at the remaining stores will go on. It's possible this Irmo store is already closed, as these pictures were taken a week ago now, and I haven't been back by. This location joins a long list of Columbia area Blockbusters which have featured here. And Rosewood will be up as soon as I get the chance to get some pictures there.

UPDATE 26 January 2014 -- Well, that's it, as seen in this pix from 12 Jan:

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Written by ted on November 19th, 2013

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Curves, 6030 Saint Andrews Road Suite G/H: 2011 (moved)   24 comments

Posted at 11:03 pm in business

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Women's gym Curves moved out of this little strip just past Piney Grove Road sometime in 2011, to set up shop down the street at Seven Oaks Shopping Center (6169 Saint Andrews Road). As of last week, I believe this storefront was still empty.

Update 26 January 2014 -- The new location:

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Written by ted on October 10th, 2013

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Irmo Alterations, 6801 Saint Andrews Road Suite 13-B: 2009   no comments

Posted at 10:52 pm in business

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Here's another storefront in Irmo's Quail Valley Plaza.

As far as I can tell, this tailoring and alterations shop closed in 2009.

Written by ted on September 19th, 2013

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Huller’s Black Forest German – American Restaurant, 7713 Saint Andrews Road: 14 July 2013   4 comments

Posted at 10:30 pm in restaurants

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I had no idea this little sunken plaza was there on Saint Andrews Road until I went looking for Huller's a few weeks ago. It's quite a ways out, North of Lake Murray Boulevard, and I don't think I had ever been in the area before.

Although Huller's announced their closing on Facebook back on 14 July 2013, the place still looks like someone could fling the doors open any minute. All the signs and menuboards are still up with the weekly specials still posted. For that matter, the main web site is still available as well.

I've been to Germany, but about all I recall about the food is the hotel breakfast had limp bacon and the one time we tried to break away from work and go to a real restaurant, the hostess stalked off in front of us leaving us to weave between tables until she had totally lost us. We never saw her again, and ended up at a Chi-Chis, as I recall it.. So anyway, I was never moved to check out Huller's though I did like their I-26 billboard which was very much in the spirit of our old State Fair friend:

(Hat tip to commenter jason)

Written by ted on September 4th, 2013

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Fancy Cutter Children & Adult Hair Design, 6801 Saint Andrews Road: 2008   no comments

Posted at 11:08 pm in business

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Today we're back in Quail Valley Plaza for a hair styling storefront.

Just looking at the logo, it seems that more drama than styling is going on:

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Written by ted on July 2nd, 2013

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Fred's, 736 Saint Andrews Road: 8 June 2013   14 comments

Posted at 10:38 pm in stores

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I've always had a soft spot for Fred's. That's probably because they came to Fernandina when I was in my teens or twenties and were a nice store withing easy walking distance of my Aunt's house to get pretty much any item we might need while visiting. I also liked that they left the big spanish-moss covered oak in their parking lot (inherited from the previous store) alone:

Some years after they moved into the Fernandina area, they started a big push into South Carolina, and on the whole, I think it has not been a success. I feel that perhaps they have too much overlap with Dollar General which got here first, and would have done better to put more Fred's in areas where people already knew the brand than pushing new stores into areas where there was no brand recognition. Of course, the economic crunch can't have helped any either..

I had not expected this Fred's to close as quickly as it did, especially given the protracted proceedings at the Saint Andrews Road Kmart. When I took the interior picture above on 19 May, the store was still almost fully stocked, and the discounts weren't really that good yet, but just a couple weeks later it was gone.

Written by ted on June 26th, 2013

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Truly Scrumptious Catering, 6801 Saint Andrews Road: mid-2000s (moved)   1 comment

Posted at 11:12 pm in business,entertainment,events

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Back to Saint Andrews Road again today.

I like the quail logo on this Irmo strip mall...

From what I can tell, Truly Scrumptious Catering moved from here to 1937 Augusta Highway in Lexington around 2006, and are still there today in a much nicer building/banquet hall.

Written by ted on June 5th, 2013

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