Although we live in the digital age and are quite accustomed to gadgets, technology and convenience, sometimes it’s nice to travel back in time. Many Columbia businesses offer a perfect nostalgic escape to the past — just brush off the dust, and you’re sure to find some treasures. Here are five “blast from the past” must-see places in town that are sure to please.
Rock Bottom Comics, 1013 E Walnut St., Suite 101
Hours: Noon to 7 p.m.
It seems as if traditional comic books have been replaced with technological gadgets, e-readers and video games. If you still hold deep appreciation for the waxy, fragile pages of a comic, Rock Bottom Comics is a must-see. The store is jam-packed with bins and shelves of comic books, both old and new. If you’re looking for a particular issue that isn’t in the store, a Rock Bottom employee will try to locate it for you. Rock Bottom also supplies trading cards, action figures and video rentals.
Streetside Records, 401 S. Providence Road
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
Streetside Records is the perfect place to find new and used vinyl, CDs and DVDs. This music store brings worlds from past and present together under one roof and even has great specials. Music enthusiasts can sift through rows of records and pick up classics from the 1960s and '70s but still find Lady GaGa’s latest in the next aisle.
Maude Vintage, 818 E. Broadway
Hours: Noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Maude Vintage has been a staple in the Columbia vintage clothing market since 2000. They buy, sell and trade clothing and accessories seven days a week. They also feature designs by more than 40 designers and artists in the store and are constantly adding more. In addition to vintage clothing, shoes and accessories, Maude V has costumes that are available to rent for your themed party needs.
Ernie’s Café & Steak House, 1005 E. Walnut St.
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This retro diner boasts friendly service and amazing food. It’s the perfect spot for a hearty breakfast and a good cup of coffee, and their lunch menu is pretty good, too. Though Ernie’s isn’t open for dinner, the bustling environment is worth getting up early for.
Tiger Barber Shop, 118 S. Ninth St.
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Those seeking a snappy haircut for a good price will find it at Tiger Barber Shop. The barbers at this old-timey, authentic shop are welcoming and likable, and here you can get a $12 haircut. Loyal customers flock to Tiger Barber Shop for the great prices, friendly faces, excellent service and authentic atmosphere.