News & Updates

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More regular updates can be found on the Twitter Feed and the Message Board.

Happy New Year


Happy New Year!

I spent my New Year’s Day in Charleston, South Carolina, and it seemed like a good excuse to put up one of my rare self-portraits. The backdrop is a really cool Harris Teeter store crafted from an old railroad warehouse building in the historic district of Charleston.

In case you’re interested and don’t hang around at the Message Board, I’ve posted a few photos there in the Name That Store forum. If you have any guesses, please feel free to let me know…

Christmas Is Coming

It would probably be rude and presumptuous of me to mention my Amazon Wish List here, wouldn’t it? Yeah, I’d better not…

But I’d just like to remind you that I’ve been a very good webmaster this year and I’ve given you a new web journal and a whole new message board and lots of updates and stuff. But there’s no need to feel compelled to remember me for the holidays unless you really, really want to…

Not that I’m going to mention it or anything…

Board Update

I’ve added a new forum on the message board where users can post pictures of stores they can’t identify or speculate on pictures other users have posted.

Give it a look.

I’ve also added Google ads, as you may have noticed. This is my attempt to recoup some of the costs associated with running the site. I think they’re fairly unobtrusive.


I’m in an updating frame of mind, trying to tie up some loose ends so I can finally start working on the Charlotte section of the site:

On all these sections, I’ve tried a few techniques designed to make updates easier and quicker. I’m adding gallery pages rather than the pop-up windows I’d been doing, which allows me to generate the HTML right from my photo database. We’ll see how it goes…

A&P Futurestore, Myrtle Beach SC


Another store ID if I may?

I’m almost — but not completely — certain this was a mid-1980s A&P Futurestore. The location is the 9600 block on North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach SC, if that helps…

Snapped some other interesting shots along the road to Myrtle Beach this weekend. I’ll try to post some soon…

Cala Foods, 1095 Hyde Street, San Francisco


I was way too happy with this picture and I felt compelled to throw it up on the front page here. It’s the Cala Foods location at 1095 Hyde Street in San Francisco, built in the late 1950s.

It’s a beautiful store, and it was in fact the first supermarket I entered on my very first visit to California way back in 1991. It’s located at the base of Nob Hill, and it’s always packed. It must be fairly successful even despite the fact that it’s frequented by a very pedestrian clientele and probably has a rather small average transaction.


I wonder what will happen to it when the end arrives (probably soon) for Cala Foods and Bell Markets…

Off to San Francisco

Thanks to everyone who confirmed my suspicion that the Camden SC store pictured here was in fact a former Colonial…

I’m off to San Francisco for a couple of days. No, now that you ask, I HAVEN’T missed my former home since departing in June. But I will be glad for a chance to shoot pictures of the remaining Cala and Bell stores, because I’m pretty danged sure they won’t be there next time I visit. Or not under those names, at least…

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