Cade Vision Center, 3341 Highway 9: 1998 (2021/03/30)













The lion statues in front of the former Cade Vision Center in Cheraw are hard to miss seeing when driving by. Though I could never remember this location being for an optometrist, I seem to recall a psychic readings "business" using this building at one point...or maybe that was somewhere else nearby. The "Cade" in Cade Vision Center came from the name of the optometrist, Dr. Charles Steven Cadenhead.

The closing year of 1998 is certainly an educated guess at best. The business card taped to the window by the front door of Cade Vision Center shows an 803 phone number associcated with the business. The 803 area code covered the entire state of South Carolina until March 22, 1998, when 843 became the area code for here and the rest of the eastern portion of the state. I would think that Dr. Cadenhead would have printed out new business cards with the 843 area code in the phone number soon after, if Cade Vision Center was still in business after 1998.

Looking online, at one point or another, Dr. Cadenhead has had offices in Gaffney and York. Assuming that the GIS data for the address is up-to-date, the optometrist is currently located in York. I find it odd that he has not sold this property, since he clearly no longer lives in the area. It's also strange that there are still pairs of eyeglasses, posters, furniture, and other items in the building, as if you could drive by there tomorrow and find that Cade Vision Center is back in business. Unfortunately, there is quite a bit of rotten wood on the outside of the structure and a significant amount of overgrowth that would need to be addressed before this location could be used again.

Fatz Cafe, 714 US Highway 74 Business E., Rockingham: after March 2020 (2021/03/15)









Here is another Fatz location that has closed, seemingly only a few months after the Fatz in Cheraw closed. I can't remember when I first noticed this location had gone out of business. I do know that this Fatz was still open in March of 2020 because that was the last time its social media page had a new post.

If you look at reviews online (and given my personal experience when visiting the Fatz in Cheraw several times), I would say that the locations in Cheraw and Rockingham closed due to losing business after the quality of the food and service degraded. When driving to the beach over the last couple of years of being back in Cheraw, I noticed that the Fatz in Conway had also gone out of business, but that closing may have been caused by flooding from Hurricane Florence. The Fatz locations in Florence and Camden remain open; maybe the food and service are better there.

Main Street Mortgage of Davidson, Inc., 3357 Highway 9: before 2019 (2021/02/23)








This building was last used by Main Street Mortgage of Davidson, Inc. I suspect the reason for the "Davidson" in the name may be because the company was previously started in Davidson, NC; then again, this could have been a branch office for one in Davidson. Either way, the business went into forfeiture some years ago.

Not being able to find anything else online about this company, nor being able to locate a listing in my 2019 yellow pages and phone books (the oldest ones I own for this area), I can only say that Main Street Mortgage of Davidson, Inc., went out of business prior to 2019. Even though the note on the door mentions the business moving to Chesterfield, I am not sure if that ever happened. Also, the new address, 200 West Main Street, appears to be incorrect, unless the business somehow moved into the Chesterfield County Courthouse.

The building looks more like a residence than a business office. Either the screen porch on the second floor of the back of the building is attached to what would have been an upstairs bedroom or this was a duplex. If it was a duplex, then it seems that you would have reached the upstairs apartment by going through the front and accessing a centrally located staircase. If it was not a duplex, then maybe that is an idea for whoever ends up buying this property.