Reid's Funeral Home, 108 Kershaw Street: June 2021 (2021/09/06)











Reid's Funeral Home was open for 70+ years, which is a solid run for any business. I recall seeing in The Link that the owner, a centenarian, had decided to retire. I would reference the link to the specific article, but my online subscription access has unfortunately not been working since I renewed my paper subscription a while back; one of these days, I'll get around to calling them...but I digress...

So that's a local business that has been around for over 70 years that was still being run by a man who is over 100 years old. That's impressive.

When I was at Long Junior High School, way back in the days of yore, I fondly remember several of us students getting to ride in a limo to Pizza Hut for lunch due to making straight A's. That limo was provided by Reid's Funeral Home. It was a great experience, to say the least.

Owens Chiropractic Center, 292 Second Street: 2010s (2021/08/28)





It seems that Owens Chiropractic Center has been closed for quite some time because Dr. Owens has not been in good health, which is unfortunate. Over the years, I've liked how this building looks. I'm not sure if it's what you would call "art deco", but the architecture is certainly distinct. I've always liked the light blue color on the roof and overhang. I seem to recall this building having that same light blue color as far back as the early 1990s, when I would walk past the building on my way after school from Robert Smalls Elementary to Cheraw Elementary, where my mom was substitute teaching.

Fred's, 2404 West Boulevard, Chesterfield: 2019 (2021/07/24)











Fred's was a discount store chain, like Dollar General and Family Dollar. Though I'm not sure if the Fred's in Chesterfield had one, some locations did have pharmacies. The Fred's store in Chesterfield closed back in 2019 as part of a large group of store closings within the Fred's chain. By the end of the year, the entire Fred's chain was out of business.

I am pretty sure the Chesterfield Fred's had already closed when I was in the area taking pictures for the Chesterfield Bi-Rite closing, but for whatever reason, I just didn't think to drive down the road a bit further to take pictures of Fred's that day, too. About a week or so ago, I was on the way back from Monroe so it was more convenient to get these pictures and also the pictures for the Quik Stop closing. Although I never went into this Fred's location, I do recall visiting one when I lived in West Columbia years ago. My wife and I bought a cheap waffle maker from that Fred's, only to use it once or twice and then proceed to give it away when we moved. Waffle makers are mostly a novelty item like bread makers, which you can typically find at most thrift stores.