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The Key Shop, Inc, 1000 Taylor Street: Early 2017 (Moved)   no comments

Posted at 11:04 pm in closing

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I first used The Key Shop some years ago when I was having an issue with getting a key cut for one of my cars that actually worked without having to jiggle it all around. I think that by that point all I had was a copy of a copy of a copy and the standard hardware store copy process was just barely working. Anyway, they fixed me up in a few minutes with a perfectly working key.

I was a bit alarmed when I saw the building empty a while ago, but it turns out they moved to a better location at 1815 Barnwell Street and when I recently bought a used car which came with only a valet key, they were able to look at it and cut a full master with no problem so I can now actually unlock the trunk.

Here is a State story on the move.

I am not sure what's next for this little building, it's got good visibility, but the Park Street side parking is a bear.

Written by ted on April 29th, 2021

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Grapes & Gallery, 1113 Taylor Street: 23 November 2019   2 comments

Posted at 12:12 am in closing

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I had not heard of this Taylor Street wine bar and gallery / artist work space until commenter Justin mentioned that it was gone.

As it turns out, it closed in late 2019, well before the COVID-19 pandemic, which had been my first assumption for the reason. The Free Times had the story here.

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Written by ted on April 1st, 2021

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Holiday Inn Express, 501 Taylor Street: December 2020 (Reflagged)   no comments

Posted at 11:26 pm in closing

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When I go traveling on my own dime, I usually like to stay in Holiday Inn Express locations. There are some exceptions, such as Fernandina where another chain is just much better located, but in general they have reasonable prices, safety & comfort.

As such, I had noticed this hotel at Taylor & Huger from time to time as someplace I might have stayed if I were visiting Columbia for some reason rather than living here, but I had not noticed until commenter Alan mentioned it that they had reflagged as Fairfield Inn & Suites.

(Hat tip to commenter Alan)

Written by ted on February 11th, 2021

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Krispy Kreme / Thompson's Barbering & Hairstyling, 1514 Taylor Street: Spring 2020   9 comments

Posted at 10:28 pm in closing

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This old-school barber shop on Taylor Street is yet another casualty of COVID-19.

It appears they tried to stick it out, but in the end could not make it through the lockdown period.

(Hat tip to commenter Frank Mancuso)

UPDATE 3 September 2020: Commenter John R mentions that this storefront used to be a Krispy Kreme, so I have added that to the post title. I knew there was one somewhere around here. It used to be that when my aunt would come up from Jacksonville on the Silver Star, we would stop here to pick up warm doughnuts to eat while we waited and then continue down to the Seaboard station to meet her train (which would arrive fairly late at night).

Written by ted on September 1st, 2020

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Pope Davis Tire & Automotive, 1531 Taylor Street: 2020   no comments

Posted at 10:51 pm in closing

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Commenter Thomas mentioned that the Taylor Street location of Pope Davis had closed, so I went to take a look, to find that true, and the building empty. It's definitely an interesting, older, location, as you can see from the doors and fixtures in the service area. The company remains in town, and it looks like the next closest location is probably on Assembly Street.

(Hat tip to commenter Thomas)

UPDATE 20 August 2020: Added the first shot, taken from across the street.

Written by ted on August 18th, 2020

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Church's Chicken, 2436 Taylor Street: February 2018   17 comments

Posted at 12:57 am in closing

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As you can see from the sign, this Church's Chicken at the foot of Gonzales Gardens and in the location of the old Drake's is now closed, or colsed, if you prefer.

I would guess this means a little more business for the KFC on the next block up, but *this* bird has flown the coop.

(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

UPDATE 19 December 2018 -- As mentioned in the comments, some sort of construction is going on here, though there is no signage indicating what might be coming next:

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UPDATE 21 February 2021 -- As mentioned in the comments, to be an Asian Express:

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Cricket Wireless, 1801 Taylor Street: Winter 2017 (moved)   1 comment

Posted at 1:45 am in closing

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This is rather an odd building to have a cellphone store in, as you can see from the rollup door in front and the reinforced door on the side. It seems a much better fit for the scooter company in the other half. Maybe Cricket thought so too, as they have moved to 4121 West Beltline, not far from the old Piggly Wiggly.

Written by ted on January 31st, 2018

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Wright Johnston Uniforms, 601 Taylor Street: April 2016   no comments

Posted at 12:05 am in closing

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I was driving Taylor towards Huger the other week and noticed a real-estate sign in front of this nice brick warehouse building. My pix are not great, and the place definitely looks better on the Wright Johnston site. I'm not totally sure if this is a closing or a move, but given that that site has not been updated with any new location, I'm pretty sure it's the former. According to the history there, Wright Johnston started as a general men's clothing store in 1937 but later switched to focusing on public safety uniforms only.

This LoopNet listing suggests that the building went on the market in April.

Written by ted on November 30th, 2016

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Scott Hendley Rugs, 1919 Taylor Street: soon   1 comment

Posted at 12:35 am in closing

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I noticed driving back from downtown the other day that Scott Hendley Rugs, on Taylor just down from the tracks, is having a retirement sale. Rugs are one of those things that you either need, or you don't. But if you do, the discount looks pretty good.

Written by ted on September 22nd, 2016

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Cali's Cafe, 1124 Taylor Street: Early 2016   no comments

Posted at 12:50 am in closing

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This little California themed sandwich shop opened on Taylor street in 2013 following Meatball Express in that storefront. The State did a writeup at the time. You can see their menu with Golden State city inspired items here.

Judging from Yelp, they closed sometime after 20 February 2016.

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Written by ted on April 20th, 2016

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