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CONTENTS Volume 20 Number 6



The history behind a few of Columbia’s greatest endeavors By Robin Cowie Nalepa

33 Who Started It?

36 10 Under $10

10 local lunches that won’t break the bank by Anne Postic

39 Best of Columbia

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The 2010 winners are announced!


Celebrating 20 Years

12 Celebrating 20 Years

With Dianne Light

13 1989 Rewind

Forest Acres – a brief breakdown

By Jessica Berger

Palmetto Business

14 New Face for an Old Friend

Renovation of Trenholm Plaza brings

new business By Robin Cowie Nalepa

Home Style

20 Southern Savers Saves the Day


Jenny Martin rescues families in grocery debt By Janey Goude



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24 Playful and Practical


Gray and Gayle Ballance’s nursery for

their grandchildren By Katie McElveen



63 Getting Down to Business




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From the Editor City Scoop Spread the Word New to the Neighborhood? Good Eats Picture This Just Married Out & About

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’d like to let you in on a little secret around our office . . . counting the votes for our Best of Columbia contest is a process that our staff finds especially tedious. Tallying the results of the mailedin ballots one by one elicits moans and groans, but it is a rite of passage as an employee of this publication − at some point in all of our careers at Columbia Metropolitan, each of us has been charged with the task. With this year’s contest, we put our ballot online for the first time, resulting in the largest number of votes for the contest yet. Luckily, our technical guru set the Web site up so the votes were downloaded in a spreadsheet, which cut down on the amount of time needed to count each vote. Oh, how modern technology has improved our lives! Throughout the tallying process, we all keep our fingers crossed that our personal favorites will be selected the best by our readers. And after all the hard work is done and the winners have been selected, our staff is always excited to let everyone know the results. We also get a kick out of randomly picking a few companies to highlight in photographs for the Best of Columbia editorial section. Our intention with these pictures is to capture the winners in ways that our readers may not see very often, so we ask that our subjects get creative and a little zany on the day of photo shoots. This year, 2nd Wind won best heating/air service. Little did we know that their staff had their own plan up their sleeves for their celebratory photo. When we arrived at their offices, they told us that they wanted to be a rock band. I couldn’t help but wonder how they would make this work. But sure enough, within a matter of minutes, members of the 2nd Wind team pulled together various tools and heating and air equipment to build musical instruments. With a little duct tape, a few filters and some hoses, the staff of 2nd Wind was ready to have a concert! Look closely at their photo on page 42 to see the intricate props that were crafted in mere minutes − it is hard to believe those aren’t real instruments. Rick Woodley of Woodley’s Garden Center and Chad Ridenour of Rosewood Florist deserve the prize for best positive attitudes during their photo shoots. We had a lot of fun planting Rick in a pot and letting his wife water him, as well as making Chad look like a beautiful spring centerpiece. Rick and Chad goodnaturedly endured much laughter and ridicule from their staff and ours during these hilarious shoots. The employees of Shear Xpectations were so excited over their win for best hair salon that everyone wanted to get in on the fun. What a treat it was to have so many beautiful people to work with. Thanks to their entire group for working so well as a team! See these photos for yourself as we present the results of the 2010 Best of Columbia contest, beginning on page 39. Be sure to check and see if your favorite stores, restaurants and service providers have made the list, and join us in congratulating all of the winners! Best wishes for a happy 2010! Sincerely,


Henry Clay E D I TO R

Emily Tinch A S S O C I AT E E D I TO R

Robyn Culbertson A S S I S TA N T E D I TO R

Lindsay Niedringhaus E D I TO R I A L A RT D I R E C TO R

Dennis Craighead Design A D V E RT I S I N G S A L E S

Shawn Coward Denise Floyd A D V E RT I S I N G A RT D I R E C TO R

Robyn Culbertson O F F I C E / P R O D U C T I O N / C I R C U L AT I O N MANAGER


Jessica Berger, Janey Goude, Katie McElveen, Robin Nalepa, Anne Postic P H O TO G R A P H Y

Jeff Amberg, Jennifer Covington, Bob Lancaster Columbia Metropolitan is published 10 times a year by Clay Publishing, Inc., 3700 Forest Drive, Suite 106, Columbia, S.C. 29204. Copyright © Columbia Metropolitan 2010. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Advertising rates available upon request. The publishers are not responsible for the comments of authors or for unsolicited manuscripts. SUBSCRIPTION price $19.97 a year, $29.97 for two years in the United States. POSTMASTER send address changes to: COLUMBIA METROPOLITAN, P.O. Box 6666, Columbia, South Carolina 29260. (803)787-6501.

About the cover: Announcing the 2010 Best of Columbia winners

  Emily S. Tinch Editor


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Bridging Generations on T

he BGTIME program, or, was created with the sole purpose of bridging generations. The program helps senior citizens tell their stories through digital media, in return enriching our civic dialogue. Made possible by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and funding from the Central Carolina Community Foundation, the program is coordinated at USC’s IFRA Newsplex multimedia facility. There, students from the University of South Carolina and Benedict College are trained and then dispatched to senior centers and other community organizations to help produce stories for this online community forum.


The student mentors attend a weeklong training course in Newsplex similar to those given to the facility’s professional clients. The students learn how to write for the Internet, create audio podcasts, as well as shoot and edit video. The

students are then paired with seniors to train them not only to access information from the Internet, but also to contribute information. The first students were trained in the summer of 2009 and are currently working with seniors to post their stories. Additional students and seniors began working in the fall semester. The training program is offered in a diverse senior community center and two retirement communities and will expand as the program evolves.

One of Madge Major’s stories on describes her Columbia childhood in the 1930s. Recognize the little girl on the right in the top photo? Photography courtesy of

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Columbia Hosts World Beer Festival O

n Jan. 16, beer lovers and master brewers will unite at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center for the 2010 World Beer Festival. More than 100 breweries from around the world will gather in one spot for the festivities. Visitors a re we l c o m e t o s a m p l e various beers, listen to music by local bands and partake in educational sessions w i t h i n d u s t r y e x p e r t s. Admission even includes a festival tasting glass. Those who pay VIP admission also will enjoy entry to the VIP hospitality suite, which includes complimentary beer-themed food, select beers not available in the general tasting area, a commemorative glass and separate entertainment. The 2009 festival saw a range of visitors from all over the country. Half of the attendees came from Colorado, Texas, Kansas, M a r y l a n d , N e w J e r s e y, California and beyond to mingle with beer-loving Columbians. The festival offers two four-hour sessions, noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. Standard admission to a

single session is $40 in advance or $50 the day of the event. VIP admission is $75 in advance or $85 at the door, if available. To p u rc h a s e t i c k e t s, visit wbfcolumbia. Tickets also are available at the following re t a i l o u t l e t s : G re e n ’s Discount Beverages, Green’s Beverage Warehouse, Gervais & Vine, Morganelli’s Party Store, Village Idiot Pizza and Pub and Rosso Trattoria Italia.


Calling All Cake Masters! C

hefs, culinary whizzes, bakers, tasters and epicureans, we need you! Columbia Metropolitan magazine is excited to announce our first ever recipe contest. This year’s contest will focus on the dessert of all desserts, the birthday basher, the dessert plate’s reason for existing ­– the CAKE. The top five recipes submitted will be featured in Columbia Metropolitan’s April 2009 Food Issue. Then, on April 30, these five cakes will be showcased at the International F o o d & Wi n e Festival, taking place at the Medallion Center. Visitors to the festival will have the chance to taste the cakes and vote on their favorite. Visit www.columbia to download an application to enter the contest and find out about contest guidelines. Also, learn about the fabulous prizes being offered to our grand prize winner. Good luck!

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Dianne Light



true culinary whiz, Dianne Light has mastered the dishes that tickle Columbians’ taste buds. Dianne entered the restaurant scene in the late 60s when she opened LaBrasca’s, with Jesudi’s following in the early 70s, both on Fort Jackson Boulevard. Years later, Dianne opened Dianne’s on Devine, an upscale Italian restaurant with a romantic ambience. The sumptuous food and friendly wait staff made the restaurant an instant success. Then, just six years ago, Dianne joined forces with her executive chef, Bill Prato, to open Columbia’s first true New York-style delicatessen, Di Prato’s. Since then, the deli has become legendary for several of its dishes, a favorite being the pimento cheese dip with fried pita wedges. Dianne loves her work, and Columbians recognize this. Her restaurants’ accolades include 13 “Best of Columbia” awards – an outstanding feat, considering this contest is decided upon by actual restaurant patrons of Columbia. Among these awards are three badges for “Best Wait Staff” and two awards for “Best Fine Dining.” As Columbia Metropolitan continues to celebrate its twentieth year in business, we would like to stop and thank Dianne Light for helping to establish Columbia as a true epicurean hotspot.

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1989 Rewind By Jessica Berger

The end of the decade marked some important beginnings in America. Arsenio Hall became the first African-American to host a nightly talk show, the initial satellite of the Global Positioning System was placed into orbit and Chicago became the site of the first living-donor liver transplant. On another note, 1989 also saw the first cell phone commercial, which featured a brick-like phone the size of the actor’s head, as well as Toyota’s introduction of the Lexus. The future of technology and progress was upon us, providing a new and exciting atmosphere for the upcoming debut of Columbia Metropolitan magazine. To mark our 20th year as the capital city’s magazine, Columbia Metropolitan will highlight the 1989 happenings of different parts of the Columbia area. Join us as we take a look into the past to recall what happened, as well as what didn’t, and see how much Columbia has changed in two decades.

Forest Acres – A Brief Breakdown of 1989 ➤ Abandoning a dismantled, junked, wrecked or inoperative vehicle in the city of Forest Acres was determined to be a criminal, rather than civil, offense. ➤ Forest Park Shopping Center, the third largest shopping center in Forest Acres, was built in the 4700 block of Forest Drive. The center included a Harris Teeter grocery store, a Revco drug store and 25 clothing and specialty shops. ➤ City Council recommended $121, 000 be used to build sidewalks in Forest Acres, as well as resurface and make other improvements to the city’s streets.

➤ The Forest Acres City Council and residents voted to relinquish their water system to the City of Columbia in order to gain lower rates. The ballot also asked voters to consider whether the city should create its own fire department.

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New Face for an Old Friend Renovation of Trenholm Plaza brings new business By Robin Cowie Nalepa Photography courtesy of Edens & Avant


ot Tringali has often joked that her local grocery store needs a visiting lane where she can stand and chat without blocking the aisle. Recently, however, Dot and two of her friends found themselves congregating along the newly renovated – and wide – sidewalk at their favorite hangout, Trenholm Plaza. Sure a trip inside Publix still was in her future, but at that moment Dot and crew gathered in the fall sun to laugh and talk. Dot and thousands of shoppers like her have long viewed Trenholm Plaza as their very own Main Street. In one stop so much can be accomplished — drop a letter at the post office, buy groceries, shop for clothes, grab a cup of coffee, go to the bank and, of course, run into people you know. The venerable shopping area at the corner of Forest Drive and Trenholm Road was built in 1959 and quickly became a hub for Forest Acres and nearby Columbia residents. Those of a certain age remember first tastes of ice cream eaten at the Edisto Farm Dairy, the feel of new shoes purchased at Garber Shoes, the sound of balloons popping to discover discount savings at the Roses 5-10-25 Cent Store and the smell of rubber tires changed at Western Auto. Yet as the plaza advanced toward middle age it began to fade. The competition grew more attractive. Shoppers were lured elsewhere by fancy malls, big box stores and multiple choices along the arteries leading to the development. Loyal shoppers like Dot, a Trenholm patron for over 40 years, still visited multiple times a week, but many others chose to spend their dollars and time elsewhere. The shopping center that started as a gathering spot for townspeople had become a pull-in, pull-out destination, according to Lyle Darnall, managing director

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of Edens & Avant, the owner of Trenholm Plaza. Shoppers didn’t linger. They didn’t walk around. They might even drive their cars from a store at one end of the shopping center to another across the parking lot. And there was little activity to keep them around after the sun went down. Trenholm Plaza sits smack in the middle of an affluent Columbia neighborhood where the average household income in a one-mile radius is $97,000 a year. The shopping base was well in place. Something just needed to be done to make the center appealing to both retailers and shoppers.

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Talks of change began five years ago at Edens & Avant. Initial plans were grand — tear-downs, build-ups, more national retailers. The vision morphed as the economy soured. Still, Edens & Avant spent more than $8 million to improve Trenholm Plaza. “It’s like the company’s baby,” says Lyle. “We wanted to increase the reason people wanted to be here.” And thanks to the renovations, which were complete in December, things have changed. Phase One renovations began in July 2008 to the main L-shaped shopping area anchored by Publix on one end and

Urban Nirvana and Starbucks on the other. Phase Two began in July 2009 with the internal renovation of the buildings closest to the intersection of Forest Drive and Trenholm, anchored by Hooligan’s and Chipotle Mexican Grill. Some changes appear merely cosmetic. Yet, much like dropping 20 pounds and getting a new haircut can significantly change a person’s personality, the exterior changes make Trenholm more appealing on many levels. Attractive awnings drape storefronts. Trees and flowers have replaced swaths of concrete. Electric lanterns, teak benches, wood beam ceilings and ivy trellises line the walk

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ways. Expanded sitting areas, a water feature and outdoor dining space offer a stay-awhile quality. The developers approached Kristian Niemi, a local restaurateur of Gervais & Vine and previously associated with Mr. Friendly’s, to add a high-end restaurant to the mix of long-time retailers, like Folline Vision Center and Books-A-Million. Rosso Trattoria Italia succeeded in adding more nightlife to the plaza, complete with al fresco dining. When shopper Claire Gibson of Columbia first noticed the renovations, she had concerns. Claire has shopped at Trenholm Plaza for the past 12 years, “when she can afford to spend a little extra,” she says. “At first, I thought, ‘Oh God, what now,’” she explains. Once she learned one of her favorite casual eateries, Hooligan’s, wasn’t going anywhere, she relaxed and began to enjoy the changes. “It’s comfortable,” she says.

Claire’s reaction to the work was on par with many other long-time shoppers. Edens & Avant worked to communicate the changes with the community, but a certain amount of apprehension was expected. “People are very passionate about

the center,” Darnall says. One area many shoppers were passionate about long before the renovations began was the Trenholm Plaza parking lot, long rumored to be one of the worst in the Midlands. The front parking area now offers

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People are very passionate about the center. Edens & Avant worked to communicate the changes with the community, but a certain amount of apprehension was expected. better flow, and the little-used parking area behind the center has better lighting, easier access and more parking spaces. Inside Hooligan’s, where owner Ivan Roldan seems to never forget a face or a name, the center-wide renovations have had an unwanted impact. Business slowed pretty substantially for the restaurant during the last phase. Ivan thinks the timing may have been a little off, and gutting much of the existing building made foot traffic nearly non-existent on his side of the plaza. Yet, overall he thinks the changes are nice and expects the additions and mix of stores to be positive. New retailers have taken notice of all the improvements, as well. National and local retailers are joining the current mix of shops, which still includes The Fresh Market, Chico’s, La Bag Lady, The UPS Store, Kitty’s Hallmark and Michael’s Jewelry. Men’s clothier Jos. A. Bank and MAC K Home opened in November. Specialty retailer Bumble Boutique/B.E.E. Maternal will open in a new permanent location adjacent to Hooligan’s in January 2010. Chipotle Mexican Grill also opens in January 2010. Susan Harrison opened Soak, a luxury nail salon, in December 2008. Susan had considered opening her business for a while, but the initial renovations offered a perfect opportunity, she says. “It couldn’t have happened at a better time,” says Susan. Susan notices more foot traffic at night and appreciates the outdoorsy feeling brought about by the changes. Says Susan, “The plaza is getting better and better.”

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Cynda Hurley

Chip Huggins

Edwin Garrison

Mike Biediger

Elizabeth Gray

Rebecca Laffitte

Brantley Clark

Lanneau Lambert

John Cuttino

Chris Harris

Weston Adams

Sterling Davies

Edwin Gerace

Helen Ann Rawlinson

William Boyd

Michelle Gee

Kanakasabai Narasimhan

Chinh Ngo

Caleb Wheeler

Bruce Goeckeritz

Rachel Callis Wolfe

Susan Sutherland-Lutz

Ed Campbell

Kyle Addy

Bryon Lawson Builders has opened a new office at 3547 Dreher Shoals Road. Rhett Corley, Pat SchusterFrick and Cindy Robbins have joined Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS® as sales associates. Cynda Hurley has returned to the company as the Corporate Homes Division’s inventory manager. Deanna Espie has returned to the company as a sales associate. Chip Huggins, business development leader with the agency, has been named to the South Carolina Housing Commission. Edwin B. Garrison has been appointed to the Urban Land Institute’s Sustainable Leadership Advisory Committee. Mike Biediger, president and CEO of Lexington Medical Center, has received a special resolution from the board of directors of the Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center. Elizabeth Van Doren Gray and Rebecca Laffitte, members of Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, have been invited to become Fellows of the Litigation Counsel of America. Ashley Scott, AIA, LEED AP, of Studio 2LR has been selected to serve on the board for the Columbia Development Corporation. Ken Martin has joined Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands as vice president of communications and resource development. Anthony Beatty has joined the agency as vice president of finance and administration. Tommy Lavender, a member in Nexsen Pruet’s Columbia office,

has been elected a Fellow by the board of regents of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. The firm has earned designation as a Midlands Green Business. Matthew Ricker has been named general manager of the Radisson Columbia Hotel & Conference Center. Brantley Clark of Integra Realty Resources has been awarded MAI (Member Appraisal Institute) designation. Edward Laney, IV, CEO of Turner Padgett, has been named a Local Litigation Star in the 2010 edition of Benchmark: A Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys. Lanneau W. Lambert, Jr., has received the 2009 Leadership in Law award by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly. D. Andrew Williams has been selected to participate in the 2010 Leadership Columbia class. John E. Cuttino has been elected to the national Board of Directors of the Defense Research Institute and has been inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America. Chris Harris has joined the Lexington office of Southern Visions Realty. Robert McCulloch has been named executive chef of The Capital City Club. LaTasha Gandy-Benjamin has joined Dover Mortgage Group as a mortgage banker for Columbia. Emma T. Dean has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.

Weston Adams, III, of McAngus Goudelock & Courie has been elected chairman of the South Carolina Conservation Bank. Sterling G. Davies has been elected to serve as secretary of the SC Defense Trial Attorneys Association for 2010. Edwin Gerace of Russell & Jeffcoat Realtors has been named Region 3 Vice President for the SC Association of Realtors. Helen Ann Rawlinson has been honored with the 2009 Lucy Hampton Bostick Award from the Friends of the Richland County Public Library. William C. Boyd, shareholder of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, has received the 2009 Leadership in Law award by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly. Carl L. Solomon has been invited to join the Litigation Counsel of America. Mashburn Construction Company has received the 2009 Mayor’s Corporate Citizen of the Year Award. Kathleen Wood and Carol Bean have joined Snap Fitness as personal trainers. Lexington Medical Center has welcomed new physicians to its network of care. Michelle Buckler Gee, MD has joined Carolina Women’s Physicians. Kanakasabai Narasimhan, MD, FACP has joined Lexington Endocrinology. Chinh Ngo, DO has joined Lexington Medical Center Hospitalists. Caleb Wheeler, MD, FAAP has

joined Lexington Pediatric Practice. Bruce Goeckeritz, MD, FACR, CCD has joined Lexington Rheumatology. Dr. Rachel Callis Wolfe has joined Lexington Family Practice in Ballentine. Peterson & Plante Internal Medicine Associates also has joined the hospital’s network of care. City Center Partnership has received an Award of Distinction from the International Downtown Association for the 2009 Urban Tour. Brian Hofferth has joined First Citizens as retail credit support manager. Susan Sutherland-Lutz has opened Psycho-Educational Services, which specializes in testing children ages 3 to 16 for intelligence, achievement, personality, cognitive processing and/or social and emotional development. UCI Medical Affiliates of South Carolina has relocated its corporate headquarters to downtown Columbia. The Happy Butcher, owned by Ed Campbell, has been awarded the Golden Spatula Awards from WLTX for receiving a perfect health report from DHEC. Kyle Addy has been promoted to vice president of sales management performance at Colonial Life. Daniel Rickenmann has been selected by the American Council of Young Political Leaders to represent the United States on an international exchange program to Egypt.

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midst an economy fraught with layoffs, pay cuts and company closings, one Columbia stayat-home mom is blazing a trail. Jenny Martin, founder of Southern Savers, shares her story of personal savings and unexpected success.

Humble Beginnings “Couponing was my husband’s idea,” Jenny recalls. “We were a oneincome family that needed a new roof. I could only make so many cuts in the budget.” Jenny and her husband, James Martin, had toddler twin girls and were expecting their third daughter when James suggested Jenny try out a couponing site in the fall of 2007. “We don’t like to be in debt,” James explains, “so I asked Jenny to try couponing as a way to save money. She didn’t think it would make that big of

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an impact on our budget, but between cutting our grocery bill in half and getting personal care items for near free, it was a huge help.” “I agreed to do it for one month,” Jenny remembers. For that month, Jenny scoured the Internet for coupon Web sites. “That was all it took; I was hooked!” She was hooked on couponing, but not the site for whose service she signed up. “I’m a math person. I skipped my senior high school prom to go to a state math competition. As I used the Web site, I saw a lot they were missing. That’s one reason Southern Savers will always be free. I don’t want anyone to be upset if I missed something.” After that first month, Jenny discontinued the service and began to find deals on her own.

Sharing the Wealth By January of 2008, couponing

Jenny Martin rescues families in grocery debt By Janey Goude Photography by Jeff Amberg had taken considerable pressure off the Martins’ budget. Jenny recalls, “We went for two-and-a-half years without making a savings deposit. We didn’t have any debt, but there was nothing left over at the end of the month. After I began couponing, we were able to put $300 a month into our savings account.” As she found the deals, Jenny would share them with friends. James explains, “Jenny enjoys helping others. Most of the things she does are centered around that.” Sasha Coleman and Amy McGuire

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SAVES THE DAY are two friends who benefited from Jenny’s deal-finding expertise. Amy remembers getting tips from Jenny: “She would tell us things that were on sale and which items had coupons to go with them, making them close to free. I had never really used coupons before. I’d clip them but only use one or two. Now I actually read the flier from the newspaper and plan my meals around what’s on sale.” Sasha shares, “I remember when I was the only woman at the Lexington Publix with ‘Jenny’s Grocery List.’ Now I find myself among the women who are saddened because we got there too late and missed the big deals.”

A Star is Born After months of Jenny helping friends one-on-one, James suggested she put all of the information together on a Web site. “I encouraged her to start the Web site as a way to work

on something that wasn’t little people or laundry,” James recalls. “I think everyone needs a hobby, and that was what I was encouraging at the time.” Jenny adds, “I think my husband was a bit surprised when he came home one day and I had actually set up the Web site! I got all the information on there, but James made it user-friendly.” James admits, “I’d like to think my background in computers at least saves us time. But Jenny is good enough at coding and image editing that she seldom needs my technical expertise.” According to her husband and friends, Jenny was made for Southern Savers. James shares, “Jenny has always been industrious. I think that helps her choose which stores to cover and how to cover them.” Amy adds, “She knows what she is talking about; you can see that in the writing on her Web site. If you go to one of her couponing classes, you leave empowered.” Sasha

shares, “Jenny’s organization skills and attention to detail make couponing easy for her. But her genuine desire to help each of us achieve our personal goals for saving is the reason Southern Savers is such a success.”

Skyrocketing Growth When Southern Savers debuted in June of 2008, the Web site was barely a blip on the Internet scene. “I don’t remember the exact number, but I know we had fewer than 1,000 visits in that first month,” says Jenny. Today, the site sees in excess of 50,000 visits a day with around three million page views a month. Those tens of thousands of visits a day generate emails – lots of emails. “I get about 200 emails a day. The greatest joy from Southern Savers is in realizing how many people it has helped.” Jenny continues, “I get so many emails from people telling me how the site has

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made a difference – everyone from college students to moms whose husbands have been laid off, and Southern Savers allows them to buy food to feed their families.” In February of 2009, Jenny began presenting couponing workshops. “People asked me if I would give a workshop. We reserved two locations for 30 people each. Those sold out in a few hours. I couldn’t believe it.” Jenny began presenting her workshops locally, but now presents in several states. While the success of Southern Savers caught Jenny and her friends a bit off guard, James wasn’t surprised at all. He says, “I’m more surprised by how couponing has taken off since the downturn in the economy. Jenny tells folks how to save money, and that is why folks love the site.”

Balancing Act Jenny emphasizes a sense of balance at her workshops. “The biggest challenge people face in couponing is finding a place of moderation. I tell people it’s okay to miss out on a few deals. I hear people say, ‘It took me four hours, but I did it.’ Eventually they get overwhelmed because of how much time they are spending, and then they give up.” Jenny strives to bring that same attitude of moderation into her business and home. “I have a weekly structure to help prioritize. I try to fit everything into my day, especially using the girls’ naptime. I aim to get 5-6 hours of sleep a night, but that doesn’t always happen.” Southern Savers has grown to a place where the Martins have begun enlisting outside help. James shares, “Outsourcing is both a necessity and a luxury. We try to outsource things that don’t need our direct attention.” Jenny adds, “I’ve just started recruiting friends and family to do some of the work on the Web site. But it’s hard to let go. Training people takes time; it’s just faster and easier to do it myself.” When life gets crazy, Jenny applies wisdom she heard long ago: If it isn’t going to matter in five years, does it matter right now? “If toys are in the floor, that’s okay. If you showed up at my house right now, it would look a little crazy.” James share Jenny’s outlook, “When time is short, you prioritize, and you say no to the less important things.”

What the Future Holds “This is going to make me sound a bit unorganized, but there is no plan,” Jenny admits. “Southern Savers began as a hobby. I still just see it as a way to help people. It keeps getting bigger and bigger every month. I could never have imagined what Southern Savers has become. It took on a life of its own, and now we’re just kind of holding on for the ride.”

Saving Strategies from the Pro Here’s a snapshot of Jenny’s balanced grocery shopping life. Keep in mind that she does this with three little ones, all under five years old. > I just shop one grocery store and one drugstore. > I purchase one newspaper. I have two sets of inserts given to me. I don’t cut coupons until I’m ready to use them.

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> For select items I know I will purchase in large quantities (like frozen vegetables), I use coupon Web sites to order additional coupons when those items go on sale. > At home I go to Southern Savers and make my shopping lists. I print them off along with any printable coupons I need. Then I pull my coupons from the weekly inserts and my coupon box. As I’m gathering my coupons, I mark on my list how many of each item I plan to buy. I put all my coupons for one store into a plastic baggie (so I have two baggies, one for the grocery and one for the drugstore). This takes an average of 15 to 20 minutes. > After I gather all my grocery items at the store, I pull my cart over to the side out of the way of traffic. I go through my coupons one last time. I take out the ones for items that weren’t in stock and hold those to the side as a reminder of which rain checks I need. I go through the cashier line and then to customer service to get my rain checks. My goal with the kids is to be in and out of the store in 30 minutes.

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hen Gray and Gayle Ballance’s daughter Ginny became engaged several years ago to David Blease, the couple did what most parents would and planned a perfect wedding for their daughter and future son-in-law. So when Ginny told her parents that she and David were expecting twins, the couple once again swung into action. “Once we’d all cried and hugged, Gayle and I realized that since Ginny and David live in Charleston, we needed to create a place for the babies to stay when they come to visit,” recalls Gray. “Taking your babies to someone else’s house, even one you visit all the time, requires a lot of planning. Devoting a room to the boys where we could keep cribs up and diapers within easy reach makes it as easy for Ginny and David as possible. We also love the idea of the boys, Christian and Caleb, growing up knowing they have their own room here.” Even better, the room they transformed into the nursery, Gray’s old office, is right next to the room where Ginny and David stay when they visit, giving the family its own space. “I was delighted to give up my office for a nursery,” says Gray. “I can’t think of a better use for that room than as a nursery for my grandchildren.” Although Gray didn’t know exactly what she wanted the room to look like, she decided to start with wallpaper and let that guide her. It didn’t take long. When she spotted a border that depicted a whimsical parade of animals in costumes, each playing a different musical instrument, she knew she’d found her inspiration. “The words ‘Little Boys Make Noise’ run along the parade. It’s cute, but not too cutesy, and not cartoony. It’s perfect!” The next thing she did was call designer Steven Ford, who had helped her and Gayle decorate the rest of their

Lake Carolina home. “I tend to like things pretty, so we needed some help making the room rough and tough … but not too rough and tough!” she laughs. Working together, Gray, Gayle and Steven created a room that appeals to both children and adults. The border, hung at eye level so the boys can see it, circles the room with happy splashes colored against the neutral walls. Dark wood furnishings were chosen to match an antique chest that’s used to store baby essentials like bibs, burp pads and extra clothing. Gray’s white builtin desk, which held papers and files in its

former life, now holds toys and books. “It’s actually better than a toy chest because little fingers can’t get slammed under the lid,” notes Gray. “Since the boys will soon be able to open and close the drawers by themselves, I hope I can teach them to put their own toys away.” Both the crib dust ruffles and the window treatments were made from fabric with a diamond print in soft greens, blues

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and yellows. The window treatments, which hang in three layers and resemble tiny circus tents, are embellished with tiny wooden charms. Short enough so that the boys can’t tug them down, they’re decorative, but serve a purpose too, hiding the tops of the wooden blinds that are a must in a house with babies. “You need to be able to completely darken the room at any time of day,” says Gayle. “When it’s nap time, they’ve got to be able to sleep.” Gayle also suggests oiling the door hinges. “We like to be able to sneak in and watch them sleep,” he smiles. “You don’t notice those squeaks until you realize they could wake a baby!” Bumper pads, embroidered with each child’s monogram, are the color of the ocean and as soft as a sea breeze. A gliding rocker, where crying babies can be soothed, fills a corner. The room is also filled with memories. The rocking horse that a cousin made for Ginny when she was born stands in one corner, waiting to be ridden. Next to it sits a miniature rocking chair, an heirloom that’s been in the Ballance family for more than 85 years. Photos of the boys, who, at 1 year, have changed tremendously from when they were tiny babies, decorate the top of a mahogany chest. To further personalize the room, Gray hired muralist Gena Antonelli to paint each boy’s name and a large-scale version of one of the characters from the border – a cheerful bunny beating a drum for Christian and a wagging puppy playing a trumpet for Caleb – above each crib. There’s also a sunny yellow dragonfly painted over the changing table.

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“I wanted them to have something to look at while they were being changed,” says Gayle. Gray also found a way to use the very last bit of the border. “I was in a shop in Asheville and saw that someone had framed three of the characters from the border and put it on the wall. It was adorable, but I didn’t like the frame they had used. I did like the idea, though, so I came home and found that I had just enough border left to do the same thing. Now, we’ll be able to remember the room long after the boys are grown up and we’ve changed the décor.”

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If you’re planning on using your child’s old crib for your grandbabies, be sure it meets current safety standards ( ● Be sure that any decorative fringe can’t be pulled off and swallowed. ● Keep a baby monitor on hand – children often don’t sleep as well in unfamiliar surroundings. ● Install shades or shutters to darken the room for naps, but don’t forget to plug in a nightlight. ● Natural fiber rugs and bed linens can reduce the chance of allergies ● Choose a theme that will suit a child until he or she is 6 or 7 so you don’t have to redecorate every year or two.

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New Home Communities

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1. Baneberry Place Price Range of New Homes: $127,990 - $189,840 School District: Lexington 1 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Eric McCord, (803) 356-1544 Directions: Take I-20 West to Exit 51/Longs Pond Rd. Turn left onto Longs Pond Rd. and continue to community entrance on right. 2. Beasley Creek Price Range of New Homes: $150,990 - $260,480 School District: Richland 2 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Deronda Lucas & John Bray, (803) 735-1203 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 24/Wilson Blvd. Turn left onto Wilson Blvd, then right onto Turkey Farm Rd. Beasley Creek is ahead on the left. 3. Blythecreek Price Range of New Homes: mid-$130,000s - $200,000 School District: Richland 2 Midlands Realtors, LLC Steve Applewhite, (803) 309-2023 Kendrick Chiles, (803) 730-9553 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 27/Blythewood Rd. Turn right onto Blythewood Rd., then left at light onto Boney Rd. Blythecreek is 1.5 miles ahead on the left. 4. Congaree Downs Price Range of New Homes: $109,990 - $156,490 School District: Lexington 2 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Alicia White & Jeannie Michaels, (803) 755-0406 Directions: Take I-26 East to Exit 113 toward SC-302/Columbia Airport/Cayce. Turn right onto Ramblin Rd. and continue 1 mile to community entrance on left. 5. Courtside Commons Price Range of New Homes: $104,900 - $119,900 School District: Lexington 1 US Properties – SC, Ltd. Deborah C. Hall, (803) 234-7810 Directions: Take I-26 East to Exit 111/ US Hwy 1 to Lexington. Turn right onto Oak Drive at Barnyard

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Flea Market. Community is .25 mile on left next to Lexington Tennis Facility. 6. Creek Ridge Price Range of New Homes: $200,000 and up Price Range of Lots: $33,500 - $66,900 School District: Richland 2 Russell & Jeffcoat Realtors

Peggy Fowler, (803) 600-5741 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 27/Blythewood. Turn right and go to second light. Turn left onto Wilson Blvd. to immediate right on Langford. At first light, travel 4.5 miles to left on Grover Wilson, 3.5 miles to right on Bear Creek, .5 mile to right on N.E. Miles to right into Ridge Creek.

7. Dawson’s Park Price Range of New Homes: $99,900 - $147,900 School District: Lexington 1 Midlands Realtors, LLC Donna Reed, (803) 422-4700 Directions: Take Highway 1 away from Lexington. Community is .5 mile from Lexington High School on the right.

8. Eagle Pointe Price Range of New Homes: $130,000 - $170,000 School District: Lexington 5 Great Southern Homes Bill Guess, (803) 360-0941 Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 91 and turn left toward Chapin. Go approximately 1 mile and turn left onto Lexington Ave. Go

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approximately 2.5 miles and turn right onto Stucks Point Drive. Eagle Pointe will be .25 mile on the left. 9. Eagles Rest at Lake Murray Price Range of New Homes: $204,990 - $265,480 School District: Lexington 5 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Donna Stevens, (803) 407-3708 Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 101A/Ballentine/White Rock/US 176. Merge onto Dutch Fork Rd., then left on Johnson Marina Rd. and left on Richard Franklin Rd. to community entrance on right. 10. Eagles Rest at Lake Murray Garden Homes Price Range of New Homes:

$214,990 - $236,990 School District: Lexington 5 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Vickie Proper, (803) 732-5950 Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 101A/Ballentine/White Rock/US 176. Merge onto Dutch Fork Rd., then left on Johnson Marina Rd. and left on Richard Franklin Rd. to community entrance on right.

11. Eve’s Garden Price Range of New Homes: $250,000 - $364,000 School District: Kershaw County Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS Ž Novella Taylor, (803) 730-3738 Directions: Take I-20 East to Exit 98. Turn left toward Camden, then right at Black River Rd.

12. GreenHill Parish Price Range of New Homes: $325,000 - $600,000 Price Range of Lots: $35,000 - $80,000 School District: Richland 2 Manning Kirk & Associates Russell & Jeffcoat Realtors Barbara Puffenbarger, (803) 699-0015

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Directions: Take I-20 East to Exit 82/ Spears Creek Church Rd. Turn left onto Spears Creek Church Rd., and continue 2 miles to GreenHill Parish entrance on right. 13. Haigs Creek Price Range of New Homes: $270,000 - $360,000 Price Range of Lots: $40,000 - $48,000 School District: Kershaw County Russell & Jeffcoat Realtors, Inc. Shelba Wooten Mattox, (803) 600-0527 Directions: Take I-20 East to Exit 87, left onto White Pond Rd., right onto Whiting Way (frontage road) and left into Haigs Creek. Follow the new homes signs to new construction. 14. Indigo Place Price Range of New Homes: $109,900 School District: Lexington 2 Midlands Realtors, LLC Bridget Biviano, (803) 479-8349 Directions: Take I-77 South to Gaston Exit. Go straight across Charleston Highway (Hwy 321) onto Fish Hatchery Rd. Indigo Place is .5 mile ahead on right.

15. Indigo Springs Price Range of New Homes: $150,000 - $230,000 School District: Richland 2 Great Southern Homes Debi Burke, (803) 546-9000 Directions: Take I-20 East to Exit 80 and turn left onto Clemson Rd. Go approximately four miles and turn right at Summit Parkway. Turn right onto Timber Crest. At stop sign, turn left and then right onto Indigo Springs Drive. 16. Jacob’s Creek Price Range of New Homes: $120,000 - $250,000 School District: Richland 2 Great Southern Homes Robert Perry, (803) 360-9165 Directions: Take I-20 East to Exit 82 and turn left onto Spears Creek Church Rd. Jacob’s Creek is approximately 3 miles ahead on the right. 17. Jasmine Place Price Range of New Homes: $114,000 - $208,300 School District: Richland 1 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME

Christine Landers & Sharon Thomas, (803) 754-0674 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 19/ Farrow Rd. Turn left on Farrow Rd. then left on Hardscrabble Rd. Community entrance is ahead on right. 18. Kelsney Ridge Price Range of New Homes: $160,000s - $300,000 School District: Kershaw County ERA Wilder Realty Ken Queen, (803) 600-3361 Directions: Take Two Notch/Hwy 1 north to just over Kershaw County line. Turn right on Steven Campbell Rd. Go approximately 1 mile to Kelsney Ridge on left. 19. Lake Carolina Price Range of New Homes: $140,000s to $2,000,000+ School District: Richland 2 Lake Carolina Properties, (803) 736-5253 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 22/Killian Rd. and turn right. Killian Rd. will become Clemson Rd. At the third light, turn left onto Hardscrabble Rd. Continue for 2.5 miles. Turn right

into Lake Carolina. Please proceed to the Information Center for your personal tour of Lake Carolina.  20. Lake Frances Price Range of New Homes: $150,000 - $220,000 School District: Lexington 1 Great Southern Homes Beth Gardner, (803) 3603599 Directions: Take Blossom St. Bridge and continue to follow SC-215/US-176/US21/US-321. Take slight right at Airport Blvd/ SC-302. Go approximately 5.5 miles and turn right onto Ramblin Rd. Lake Frances is on the left. 21. The Landings at Night Harbor Price Range of New Homes: $215,000 - $235,000 Price Range of Lots: $39,000 School District: Lexington 5 ERA Wilder Realty Debbie Erdman, (803) 917-3521 www.landingsatnight Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 91/Columbia Ave., toward Chapin for 2.1 miles. Continue through the light and you will be on Amick’s Ferry Rd., continuing 5.4 miles. Turn left on Green Meadow Drive then turn left into Night Harbor and take an immediate right to the sales center. 22. Longtown Place Price Range of New Homes: $195,090 - $251,580 School District: Richland 2 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Amanda Little, (803) 732-1515 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 22/Killian Rd. Turn right onto Killian Rd. and take to end. Turn left onto Longtown Rd. and continue to community entrance on the left. 23. Orchard Pointe Price Range of New Homes: $200,000 - $375,000

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School District: Lexington 1 Sycamore Development, LLC, (803) 788-8300 Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS® Jean Reed, (803) 358-1158, Directions: Take I-20 to Highway 378 West toward Lexington/Lake Murray Dam. Turn left onto Mineral Springs Rd. Orchard Pointe is 1.2 miles ahead on the right. 24. Paradise Cove on Lake Murray Price Range of New Homes: $299,000 - $700,000+ School District: Lexington/ Richland 5 ERA Wilder Realty Todd Beckstrom, (803) 719-2090 www.paradisecovelake Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 91/Chapin. Turn left over interstate and follow Columbia Ave. through Chapin. Go straight at stoplight, Amicks Ferry Rd. and veer to right after one mile. Continue on Amicks Ferry Rd. for approximately 2.1 miles and turn right on Crystal Lake Rd. Follow to end on left. 25. Peach Grove Villas Price Range of New Homes: $199,000 - $275,000 School District: Richland 2 Epcon Columbia Daniel Elmaleh, (803) 223-9545 Directions: Take I-20 West to Exit 80. Turn left onto Clemson Rd. Go 1.5 miles (towards the Village at Sandhill) and turn right onto Earth Rd. Peach Grove Villas is located on the right just before the entrance to Woodcreek Farms. 26. Rabons Farm Price Range of New Homes: $84,900 - $155,000 School District: Richland 2 Great Southern Homes Jody Styron, (803) 360-1558

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Directions: Take Bull St./SC-277 North and go approximately 9 miles. Take the Farrow Rd. exit and turn left. Turn right at Rabon Rd., slight left to stay on Rabon Rd. Turn left at Flora Dr. Turn Right at Rabons Springs Rd. Directions: Take I-20 to Hwy 378. Take Hwy 378 West through Lexington approximately 4 miles. Summer Lake is on the right just past the Piggly Wiggly.

27. Saddlebrook Price Range of New Homes: $140,000s - $220,000s School District: Kershaw County ERA Wilder Realty Charlie Thomas, (803) 413-9607 Directions: Take Two Notch Rd./Hwy 1 North. Go through Elgin, approximately 3 miles. Saddlebrook will be on the left.

31. Wellesley Price Range of New Homes: $149,990 - $207,300 School District: Lexington 1 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Matt Shealy & Brantley Jones, (803) 957-3290 Directions: Take I-20 West to Exit 61/US 378 toward Lexington. Merge right on US 378 and turn left at first light onto Ginny Ln. Continue to community ahead on right.

28. Saluda River Club Price Range of New Homes: $190,000 - $1,000,000+ School District: Lexington 1 Saluda River Club Realty, LLC Bridget Downing, Kathy Seymour & Ted Johnson, (803) 358-3969 Directions: Take I-20 West to Exit 61/Hwy 378. Turn right and take immediate right onto Corley Mill Rd. The entrance to Saluda River Club is located 1.5 miles down Corley Mill Rd. on the right.

32. Westcott Ridge Price Range of New Homes: Patio Homes $180,000 - $250,000; Traditional $300,000 - $500,000 School District: Lexington/ Richland 5 Russell & Jeffcoat Realtors Rhonda Jacobs Walsh, (803) 781-6552 Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 97/Peak. Veer Right on Hwy 176. Westcott Ridge is on the left, across from Waterfall subdivision.

29. Stonemont Price Range of New Homes: $203,990 - $265,980 School District: Lexington/ Richland 5 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Darlene Reese, (803) 732-1515 Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 101A/Ballentine/ White Rock. Turn right onto Koon Rd. to community entrance on left.

33. Willow Tree Price Range of New Homes: $114,000 - $208,300 School District: Richland 1 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Angelia Jefferson, (803) 783-7183 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 9/Garners Ferry Rd./US 378. Turn right on Garners Ferry Rd., left on Trotter Rd., left on Caughman Rd. and right onto Ulmer Rd. Continue to community entrance ahead on left.

30. Summer Lake Price Range of New Homes: $285,000 - $800,000 School District: Lexington 1 Southern Visions Realty, Inc. Anne Wilkins Brooks, (803) 359-9571

This listing is provided by the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia.

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Who Started It?

The history behind a few of Columbia’s greatest endeavors By Robin Cowie Nalepa Would you believe that a string-puller, a grain crusher, a man of the cloth and high flyers established some of the oldest and most esteemed businesses and organizations in Columbia? Explore with us the roots of several local institutions from the Columbia Marionette Theatre to the iconic Adluh Flour Company, Oliver Gospel Mission to Jim Hamilton L. B. Owens Airport and learn “Who Started It.” for many in Columbia. As grain is crushed, Among the upscale ground and moved from night clubs, retail shops, one floor to another on trendy restaurants and art conveyors, operations are galleries in Columbia’s Vista overseen in a company office district sits an unassuming with a distinct mid-20th mass of masonry. Centurycentury feel. A large photo old bricks and faded paint of John Bennett (as he was occupy a prime block of real estate tucked away just off Gervais known) in a pin-striped suit and tie hangs Street. Unlike some buildings in the on the paneled wall there. John Bennett, who earned the area that try to evoke a simpler time, the home of Adluh Flour and Allen Bros. nickname “Candyman” for handing out sweet treats, would likely be pleased Milling is the real deal. “We’re the old dinosaur in the Vista,” that his family business still prospers says Beth Ellis. “A lot of people don’t after all these years. Jack Edgerton, John Bennett’s grandson and Beth Ellis’s realize we are even here.” Beth, an employee of Allen Bros. father, remembers being at the mill from Milling, is the great granddaughter of the time he was 4 years old and has run John Bennett Allen, whose older brothers the mill for the last 16 years. Dorothy Allen, John Bennett’s daughter, visits the purchased the mill for him in 1926. More than 80 years later, curious folks mill at least once a week, even though sometimes peek into the mill office and she is 82. Many of the company’s 16 fulltime employees have worked at the mill ask if the business is still open, Beth says. for decades. The answer is a resounding yes. “The mill is like a family member,” Behind the walls, first opened in 1900 by the B.R. Crooner family, original says Beth. “We are all very sentimental equipment continues to mill flour, about it.” Another characteristic folks are cornmeal and grits for institutional use sentimental about is and specialty flour mixes. the Adluh name, which Large sacks of Adluh Flour according to company lore wait in the warehouse to comes from the original be shipped all over the country. The most modern owner’s daughter, whose face aspect of the business is featured on the original appears to be the neon packaging. The family was “Adluh” sign that glows red Dutch, and her name was nightly atop the towering Hulda. Reversed, it becomes white grain elevator and Adluh. John Bennett Allen has become a visual icon The Adluh product has

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been long prized for its quality. Ask those who were fortunate enough to take a tour of the facility, which the company offered for more than 50 years, and you will likely hear they were treated to the best biscuit they ever had in their whole lives. Unfortunately, insurance regulations stopped the tours a few years back. Yet specialty mixes such as stone-ground grits and sweet potato biscuit mix are still available for purchase in the office and online at the company’s Web site. Restaurants from Charleston to Ohio also feature dishes using Adluh products. Just proving this dinosaur is far from extinct.

Oliver Gospel Mission Homelessness in Columbia is a hot button issue that elicits strong emotions on all sides, from frustration to compassion. Governments, public institutions and nonprofit organizations struggle to assist a population that grows with each passing year. One Midlands organization has maintained a more than 120-year-old mission to offer not just a hand out but also a hand up to homeless men in our area. Rev. Robert C. Oliver founded what would later be known as the Oliver Gospel Mission at the corner of Taylor and Assembly streets in 1889. The Methodist minister purchased the property for $1,500 and built the threeand-one-half-story building that still stands today. Robert was born near Edgefield in 1833 and lived most of his life in

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jobs, establishing savings accounts and finding permanent places to live. When asked what Robert would think of the mission more than a century after he started it, Wayne answers: “I think he’d be delighted we are doing what we are doing … consistently helping the needy.”

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Spartanburg. He focused on mission work throughout, including opening the Carolina Orphan Home in Spartanburg in 1873 and training the children to publish and print a newspaper. Robert and his wife, Mary Frances Thompson of Charleston, relocated to Columbia after the orphanage was forced to close because of financial troubles. Historic Columbia Foundation documents state, “Oliver took a lead role in developing a new mission, based on the principles he had used in running the orphanage. A tabernacle was planned for holding revivals and as a refuge for homeless and troubled men.” Robert also launched a religious periodical, Way of Faith, in 1890, and it was published from the mission until 1931. Sadly, Robert suffered poor health all his life and died in 1891 at the age of 57. However, he made provisions in his will for his mission work to continue. In the years since it was established, the Oliver Gospel Mission has helped launch other well-known programs including the Austin Wilkes Society, which assists recently released prisoners, and Meals on Wheels, which delivers food to the disabled and elderly. The mission, now under the direction of Wayne Fields, continues its commitment to the poor and needy in Columbia with an increased emphasis on equipping the homeless to live responsibly.

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The Oliver Gospel Mission provides food, clothing and lodging to homeless men with all services centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ. In 2005, renovations allowed the facility to double its capacity to 98 beds (32 additional emergency shelter beds may be set up in the dining hall/chapel area when temperatures dip below 40 degrees). A career center, computers and a classroom were added to train resident program participants. The kitchen also was modernized. Yet, Robert’s original altar stands in the dining hall and still is used at daily chapel services. “Many people think of the mission only as a soup kitchen,” says Beth Well, director of stewardship services and public relations. “But we like to consider ourselves to be in the transformation business.” In 2008, more than 71,000 meals were served, thousands of nights of shelter and pieces of clothing were given, and 1,000 counseling sessions were provided. Yet the numbers of those both needing help and receiving help grow each year. The mission is able to continue its service through the support of private donors, churches and businesses, since it receives no government funding, says Wayne. Additionally, 12 men graduated last year from the residence program at the mission by successfully completing counseling sessions, obtaining full-time

In over their heads – that’s how John Scollon describes the venture he and his mother Allie took up more than two decades ago. In an old transmission shop on Huger Street, the Scollons established a venue for an unusual addition to Columbia’s art scene. With a few thousand dollars and hundreds of cast-off puppets, the pair tied up their future by creating the Columbia Marionette Theatre in 1989. “My mother always said, ‘If there is no need, create one,’” says John. Attendance in those early Allie Scollon days was spotty. John remembers sometimes the audience was a no-show for performances. Yet the pair would not be deterred. They had a passion for puppets. Allie started puppeteering as a child by tying strings to disjointed dolls and creating her own plays. “I could do it better than anyone else because no else did it,” says Allie. She later toured shopping malls and state fairs with traveling puppet shows. John inherited the string gene from his mother and began touring himself at age 15. The family business evolved into Scollon Productions, which produced costuming for characters at amusement parks such as Sea World. But after a number of years, Allie wanted to return to puppetry and enlisted her then 21year-old son’s help. The theatre made do in the rented building for five years, giving performances and hosting puppet-

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making workshops for children. The Scollons then decided to build a permanent playhouse. Few believed the organization, set up as a nonprofit, could achieve success. Even her board of directors doubted it could be done, Allie says. But just like a fairy tale, the dream came true. A parcel of land that had been a dump in the early 1900s was acquired near the river. Private and corporate donors raised the $180,000 to build. Today the castle-shaped theater is one of the largest Mayor L. B. Owens oversees Delta Airlines’ first air express service in Columbia at Owens Field in 1940 of its kind in the country. The trained and dedicated But that’s exactly what officials of field in his tenure as volunteer airport puppeteers, led by artistic director Lyon Forest Hill, walk bridges spanning a 30- Richland County paid landowners to manager from 1962 until June 2009. He foot stage and control marionettes on purchase each acre of a 140-acre tract says he was paid $1 a month by Richland nine-foot strings to delight audiences with of land to establish Columbia’s first County, owners of the airport. Later named Columbia Owens commercial airport. tales such as Aladdin and Snow White. Dr. L. B. Owens, Columbia’s mayor Downtown Airport, the facility officially “We do everything in house,” says John. “We start with a blank piece of at the time, enthusiastically supported became Jim Hamilton L. B. Owens paper, then build our own sets and airport development and became Airport in December 2008 in recognition puppets, and we write our own scripts. the namesake to Owens Field. It was of Jim’s dedication. A multi-million dollar renovation dedicated on April 24, 1930, with an We build new for every show.” Besides the in-house productions, air show attended by a reported 15,000 project brought the airport into the 21st which entertain hundreds in a given spectators. At the show, national aviators century with a modern 8,200-square-foot terminal, pilot lounge, business center month, the Columbia Marionette Theatre entertained the crowd. Eastern Air Transport established and additional hangars in 2009. The new troupe also takes the show on the road, traveling around the state entertaining passenger service and an airmail site at terminal also houses the S.C. Aviation the field by 1932. Two years later Delta Association Hall of Fame. and educating school children. Josh Houston was named the new “It teaches children a lot of things, Airlines began passenger service into from theater manners to deportment to Columbia. Owens Field would continue airport manager in June, meaning he enjoyment of all the different kinds of art to serve as the city’s commercial airport is responsible for technical direction, until after WWII, when Columbia m a n a g e m e n t , l o n g - t e r m c a p i t a l you see in a show,” says Allie. development and the safe and efficient Allie, now 77, retired from the theatre, Metropolitan Airport opened in 1947. The airport has hosted many notable operation of the airport. He is the but recently received the prestigious Presidents Award for Life Time aviators and passengers. Famed female first airport director appointed by and Achievement from the Puppeteers of aviator Amelia Earhart signed the airport working directly for Richland County. America for her 50 years of involvement log in 1934 when she stopped over in From his large second-floor glassed in the art form. John now serves as the Columbia on a cross-country flight office, he can look out over the facility, in the Beech-Nut autogiro (a rotary view the 115 aircrafts based there and executive director for the organization. “I could have walked away from it at wing aircraft that uses both propeller watch take-offs and landings. Josh is anytime,” says Allie of her work with the and overhead rotor), according to aware of the legacy he has been handed Columbia Marionette Theatre. “I didn’t. Jim Hamilton. President Franklin D. and is excited by the possibilities. Roosevelt also landed at Owens Field According to Josh, the airport now brings It was a labor of love.” in $15 million dollars in economic during WWII. Original dirt and grass landing strips impact to Columbia, supporting over Jim Hamilton L. B. Owens gave way to paved and reconfigured 56,000 aircraft operations annually, and Airport In 1929, $400 was more than a pretty runways as the decades passed. Jim is a destination for nearly 50,000 visitors worked to expand and modernize the a year. penny.

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10 10 local lunches that won’t break the bank

Granville’s Café 2865 Devine St.





By Anne Postic Photography by Anne Postic

The holidays are over and your wallet is a little lighter than usual. Baby, it’s cold outside and you need a warm meal that won’t break the bank. January is a great time to reconnect with friends over something great to eat.

Cloud Nine Market 916 Gervais St.

Located on Devine Street, Granville’s Café is the perfect stop during a day of shopping New Year’s sales for lunch in an elegant setting. After reading the menu, you’ll be surprised at the prices. Most dishes are less than $10, including our favorite, the trout provincial ($9). Cooked to perfection with tomatoes, capers and olives, this fish tastes positively European, especially when enjoyed with a glass of wine. All of the sides are delish, but don’t miss the Parmesan mayonnaise that accompanies the double-fried french fries. Bonus: eat at the polished wood bar if you’re on your own for lunch.

Rosewood Market 2803 Rosewood Dr.

Cloud Nine Market is the unsung hero of the Vista. Enjoy sandwiches ($5.25 – $7.95), soups and salads ($3.50 –$4.75) – as well as tasty specials – every day. As you dine in the cafe, browse fab gifts from your table. No one will look at you funny if you decide to enjoy a glass of wine with lunch because Cloud Nine is also a wine shop. After lunch, you can pick up just what you need to chase away the winter blues since they carry everything from glassware to bubble bath. Take advantage of Cloud Nine’s case discount on wine, and pick up a few bottles to take home. Bonus: Cloud Nine offers free wi-fi, so you can bring your laptop and have a virtual lunch with all 437 of your Facebook friends while you eat.

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When you need a quick, healthy meal to boost your energy, Rosewood Market’s deli is the perfect place to go. They offer several specials every day as well as standards like soups and salads. Love the shrimp burger ($8.95) special. And the vegetarian chili ($2.95 – $4.95). And the cornish hen ($8.95). The pasta marinara with tofu meatballs ($8.95)? Yes, please. You won’t even miss the meat. In a huge hurry? Choose a wrap or sandwich from the grab-and-go case. With choices like smoked tofu with chipotle mayonnaise ($5.99) or turkey with organic cheddar sandwich ($4.95), you can’t go wrong. Check Rosewood’s Web site for their monthly menu, Bonus: take home a delicious prepared quiche for dinner.

M Vista, M Cafe, Miyo’s M Vista, 701 Lady St.; Miyo’s, 922 S. Main, 3250 Forest Dr., 1220 Bower Pkwy. and 715 Fashion Dr. (Village at Sandhill); M Cafe, 1417 Sumter St.

Lizard’s Thicket

14 locations in and around Columbia. Check the Web site for addresses,


M Vista, M Cafe and Miyo’s are great places to go when you crave fancy atmosphere without a fancy bill at the end. Midday is the perfect time to try these upscale restaurants; the lunch menu includes similar items to the dinner menu, but the portions are slightly smaller and the prices are much lower. Try the heavenly crab and avocado salad ($4.95) with a side of warm hot and sour soup ($1.95), or enjoy a stir-fry. Select one from the menu or create your own ($6.95), choosing from a long list of ingredients and several sauces. Curry sauce is always a favorite. Miyo’s offers plenty of healthy choices so delicious you won’t remember they’re good for you. Bonus: take home the fried rice that comes with your stir-fry, add fried egg and tell the kids you made them dinner.

Hunter Gatherer 900 Main St.

Lizard’s Thicket – what’s not to love? Enjoy meat and three for only $6.89 or a hearty bowl of soup for only $3.99. Numerous other choices will fill your tummy without draining your wallet. The service is always friendly. Anna and Bob Williams opened Lizard’s Thicket in 1977, and they’ve been serving home-style meals ever since. Family members work in each one of the restaurant’s many branches. What do we love at the Thicket? A recent poll yielded these suggestions, among others. “Catfish plate with collards and mac n’ cheese, of course!” “Blackberry cobbler with seeds that get stuck in your teeth.” “Fried chicken – but the baked is always good if I am feeling guilty.” “Sunday pot roast! With mac n’ cheese, fried okra and collards.” “Fried okra, mac n’ cheese and squash casserole.” “Salad with baked chicken and honey mustard dressing.” “Chicken livers and cornbread dressing.” “Smoked sausage, mac n’ cheese and mashed potatoes.” “Vegetable beef soup with cornbread!” Hungry yet? Bonus: you can feel good about supporting this locally owned and operated business, a mainstay of Columbia’s community. Choose one and become a regular or hop around town and try them all.

Hunter Gatherer has always been the place to go after work for a bistro-style meal and house-brewed beer. Now they’re open for lunch, so you can enjoy a pint and a warm meal without waiting until the end of the day. Just don’t have that second pint, or you might not go back to work! And don’t blame me if you do. The burgers ($7 – $8) are incredible, and the portabello gyro ($7) is scrumptious. The service is more fast-paced than in the evening, which makes Hunter Gatherer a great place to go on your lunch break. Bonus: take a growler of your favorite brew home to enjoy later.

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Z Pizza 1004 Gervais St.

Z Pizza offers slices and lunch specials every day. The slices vary, but you can’t go wrong with any of the delicious choices. Choose two slices and a drink or one slice, a drink and a salad for only $6.49. You can also split a pie with a friend and have money left over for salad. Love, love, love the chicken curry and yam pizza rustica. The crust at Z Pizza is organic, as is the tomato sauce. Look for all sorts of exciting gourmet ingredients, like roasted eggplant and shiitake mushrooms. Not a pizza lover? The salads are just as fresh and tasty. Z Pizza isn’t too heavy, either, so you’ll have plenty of energy after lunch. Bonus: choose from regular, whole-wheat or gluten-free crust. Gave up animal products? Allergic to dairy? No problem. Z Pizza also offers vegan cheese.

El Burrito


8 locations in and around Columbia. Check the Web site for addresses,

Groucho’s is a classic. You’ve been eating there since college and may find yourself wiping a tear of nostalgia from your eye when you enjoy lunch there with your college-aged child home for the holidays. You won’t cry for long, though, because your STP Dipper ($5.99) – loaded with turkey, roast beef and cheese and served with a side of 45 sauce – is on its way. Bonus: you can eat healthy at Groucho’s, although it isn’t necessarily recommended. The grilled chicken salad ($6.09) is delicious, as are any of the salads.

Garden Bistro 923 Gervais St.

934 Harden St.

El Burrito on Harden Street serves up fresh, made-to-order Mexican food in a relaxed atmosphere. Eat on the patio with a friend or alone at the old-fashioned lunch counter. Owner Suzi Sheffield’s house-made vinaigrette is divine over a salad with fresh tomatoes, fresh herbs and delectable shredded chicken and mozzarella ($7.50). The tacos ($1.50 – $3.00) are unparalleled in taste. The people-watching is great. See everyone from college students on a budget to local celebs with a taste for great food. Bonus: no one will bat an eye if you choose to enjoy a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer or Corona with your lunch.

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The Garden Bistro is always packed, but you won’t have to wait for your meal. Service is fast and friendly. While you wait in line to order, take time to peruse the menu, packed with interesting wraps like the Upstate ($6.88) – with turkey, apples, feta and sweet mustard – and delectable salads like the Bird Nest ($6.61) – turkey, cheddar cheese and pecans over a fresh garden salad. Thanks to the murals and overhead decor, you’ll feel as though you’re in an actual garden. The astro-turf flooring could be tacky, but it isn’t; it just adds to the garden feel. Bonus: free parking in back.

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olumbians have spoken and once again picked the best businesses in our city! Readers have voted on everything from the best places to eat wings and doughnuts to the best locations to find bridal wear or hold a child’s birthday party. The next few pages will serve as a guide to the city from those who know it best – people like you. This is your city, your magazine and these are your choices for the best of Columbia. See who won this year’s categories, and help us celebrate these wonderful businesses that make Columbia a great place to live!

Chad Ridenour of Rosewood Florist is blooming with pride over winning best florist.

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Rick and Liz Woodley’s happiness grows over Woodley’s Garden Center winning best gardening store.

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Best salad California Dreaming

Best boiled peanuts Cromer’s

Best appetizer Bonefish Grill

Best grits Blue Marlin

Best fried chicken Zesto’s

Best wings Wild Wing

Best steak Ruth’s Chris

Best ribs Hudson’s Smokehouse

Best hamburger Five Guys

Best barbecue Hudson’s Smokehouse

Best french fries Five Guys

Names in red have achieved Hall of Fame status, having been named Best of Columbia at least five times.

Best pizza Za’s Best sandwich Groucho’s Deli Best dessert Nonnah’s Best cookie Happy Café

Shear Xpectations, voted Best Hair Salon, proves that it is a cut above the rest with its staff’s attention to detail.

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2nd Wind looks cool as they rock the vote to win best heating/air service.

Best ice cream Marble Slab Best milkshake Rush’s Best biscuit Bojangles’ Best chicken salad Gourmet Shop

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Best cole slaw Zesto’s


Best doughnuts Krispy Kreme

Best Restaurant in Irmo Catch 22

Best bakery Tiffany’s

Best Restaurant in Lexington Travinia Italian Kitchen

Best iced tea McAlister’s

Best Restaurant in Columbia Mr. Friendly’s

Best cocktail Blue

Best Restaurant in Northeast Travinia Italian Kitchen

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Best Chinese Restaurant Miyo’s Best Japanese Restaurant Yamato Best Thai Restaurant Thai Lotus Best Mexican Restaurant Eric’s San José Best Greek restaurant Zorba’s

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Best Italian restaurant Villa Tronco Best seafood restaurant Blue Marlin Best sushi restaurant Tsunami Best lakeside restaurant Rusty Anchor Best fine dining restaurant Ristorante Divino Best romantic dinner Al’s Upstairs Best outdoor dining New Orleans Riverfront Best Sunday brunch Motor Supply Company Bistro Best business lunch Dianne’s on Devine Best family restaurant Lizard’s Thicket Best coffee house Starbucks Best wait staff Garibaldi Café Best wine menu Gervais & Vine Best new restaurant Rosso Trattoria Italia Best bang for the buck Zoës Kitchen

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retail Best shopping venue Village at Sandhill Best women’s clothing store Mary Best women’s evening wear store Coplon’s Best bridal wear store Bella Vista Bridal Best women’s shoe store Kicks Exceptional Shoes Best men’s clothing store Weathers Best men’s formal wear store The Black Tie Best children’s clothing store Little Lambs & Ivy Best children’s shoe store Tootsies Best athletic wear store Todd & Moore Best sporting goods store Dick’s Sporting Goods Best bicycle specialty store Outspokin’ Best running specialty store Strictly Running Best gift store Non(e)Such Best jewelry store Handpicked

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Best fashion accessories store Just the Thing Best vision wear Devine Eyes Best toy store Be Beep A Toy Shop Best pet boutique Pupcakes Pet Boutique Best florist Rosewood Florist Best bookstore Barnes & Noble Best Gamecock store Jewelry Warehouse Best antique store Meeting Street Interiors Best local art store City Art Best kitchen store Mary & Martha’s Best wine shop Total Wine & More Best frame shop HoFP Best glass store ACE Glass Best lighting store The Lite House Best Gardening Store Woodley’s Garden Center Best mattress store Best Mattress Best appliance store Jeffers McGill

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Best home furnishings store Whit-Ash Furnishings Best office furnishings store COF Best flooring/floor covering store Cogdill Carpet Best wallpaper/wall covering store Wallpaper Additions Best clothing consignment shop Reventè Best furniture consignment shop Worth Repeating Best office supplies Office Depot Best supermarket Publix

home Best home builder Vesta Builders Inc. Best home remodeler Willm Construction Best apartment complex Aspyre Best condominiums Adesso Best retirement community Still Hopes Best assisted living facility NHC HealthCare

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Best landscaping company Hay Hill Services Inc.

Best residential interior designer Bonnie O’Connor

Best exercise facility Gold’s Gym

Best hardscape company Southeastern Stone

Best commercial interior designer Katherine J. Anderson

Best golf course Woodcreek

Best moving company Two Men and A Truck

Best pest control service Home Pest Control

Best marina Lake Murray Marina Best boat dealer Sea Ray Best place for a kid’s birthday party Monkey Joe’s

services Best car dealership Land Rover Best financial institution BB&T Best residential real estate agency Russell & Jeffcoat Best commercial real estate agency Colliers Keenan Best real estate agent Calhoun McMeekin Best insurance agency State Farm Best insurance agent Jack Godbold Best fence company Brabham Fence Company

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Best security system ADT Best carpet cleaner Stanley Steemer Best chimney sweep Top Hat Best plumbing company Gene Love Best heating/air service 2nd Wind Heating & AC Best Medical Spa Rejuvenations Best Facial Robin’s Nest Best Massage Urban Nirvana Best nail salon Eva Skin Care Best tanning salon Ultra Tan Best hair salon Shear Xpectations Best lodging The Hilton Best cell phone company Verizon Best auto repair company Andrews Auto Best professional photographer Clark Berry Best embroiderer South Carolina Embroidery

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Best car rental agency Hertz

Best travel agency Forest Lake Travel

Best car wash Frank’s

Best chauffeur service Imperial Transportation

Best modeling agency Millie Lewis

Best caterer Southern Way

Best staffing agency Snelling

Best dry cleaner Tripp’s Fine Cleaners

Best event planner Elle & Company Best wedding venue The Lace House Best pet grooming Groomingdale’s Best pet sitter Camp Bow Wow Best doggie day care Camp Bow Wow

media & entertainment Best TV station WIS-TV Best TV personality Dawndy Mercer Plank Best radio station Steve FM Best radio personality Jonathon Rush Best live theatre Town Theatre Best movie theater Columbiana Grande Best museum South Carolina State Museum

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Best art gallery City Art Best nightlife The Vista Best community event St. Patrick’s Day in 5 Points Our readers are the best! We always want to know what our readers really think, and this year we rewarded a lucky voter for voicing her opinion. Jessie Richards of Columbia won a $250 cash prize for sending in her ballot. Columbia Metropolitan magazine thanks Jessie and everyone else for participating in our annual poll.

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Celtic Works

David Barry, John Strevens


hen John Strevens and David Barry moved with their families from Ireland to Columbia nearly 16 years ago, they knew they brought something different to the local residential and commercial building market: an attention to detail that could only come from more than 40 years of experience in construction – not only houses and buildings, but furniture and church pipe organs also. With a vision of combining unique craftsmanship and a desire to make every building process an enjoyable one, John and David created Celtic Works Inc. 11 years ago and have since built and remodeled a wide range of projects all over the Midlands. Some of their projects include the renovation of a

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restaurant in Ballentine, reconstruction of a fire damaged house on Blossom Street in Columbia built in the early 1900s, construction of new houses in historic districts, as well as craftsman-style homes in the downtown area. “It was their attention to detail that blew me away,” says Dr. Scott Lamar, a Celtic Works client. And while every project Celtic Works completes is a true study in craftsmanship and excellence, it’s what you can’t see that often delights clients. That’s because John and David live and work by a simple philosophy: Enjoy the Journey. And that means the entire process - not just the excitement of creating the vision and the pleasure of admiring a job well done. “As Irish craftsmen, we know that


having fun in our work is what makes it worthwhile,” says John. “And as creative builders, we seek an overall process that is open and positive every step of the way.” Moving to Columbia has definitely been a positive step for John and David. “Coming from a different country, we see so many great opportunities here in Columbia. It’s a great place to live and work. There is so much to do, and the weather is a big plus – it certainly beats the rain back home!” says David. Check out some beautiful examples of Celtic Works’ projects at and learn more about why John, David and their clients Enjoy the Journey.



Midlands Orthopaedics, P.A.


here do you turn when it’s painful to turn? Columbia turns to Midlands Orthopaedics, P.A. Founded in 1981 by the late Dr. Richard Davis, Midlands Orthopaedics has long been the source for advanced orthopaedic care in the Midlands and the surrounding area. Over the years, the practice has continued to grow in scale and expertise. To d a y, t h e s u rg e o n s a t M i d l a n d s Orthopaedics reflect a wide spectrum of sub-specialties. These compassionate, f e l l o w s h i p - t ra i n e d p h y s i c i a n s a re committed to accurate diagnosis and treatment of the entire musculoskeletal

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system to include spine, upper extremity, hand, foot and ankle, sports medicine, pediatric orthopaedics and total joint replacement. Adding to the practice’s breadth is a physiatrist who specializes in advanced electro diagnosis, pain management and rehabilitation. Also on staff is an orthopaedic and sports medicine specialist to treat injuries and conditions that don’t require surgery. From the patient’s perspective, it’s nice to know that these surgeons focus on minimally-invasive techniques that enable patients to recover more quickly and with less discomfort. It’s also comforting to know that orthopaedic specialists are


available after-hours. Whether Junior sprains his ankle at soccer practice or Grandma trips over the dog, there’s no need to spend the evening in the ER. Simply visit the downtown location of Midlands Orthopaedics from 5 until 7p.m. Monday-Friday and 8:30 until 10:30a.m. on Saturdays for treatment of acute injuries without an appointment. So no matter your orthopaedic challenge, you’ll find the right technology and the right people at Midlands Orthopaedics. You’ll also find the future of caring. Midlands Orthopaedics has locations conveniently located in Downtown Columbia, Irmo and West Columbia.

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New South Interiors


early 130 years ago, the Rock Hill Cotton Factory was the first steam-driven textile mill in South Carolina. Today it is the home of New South Interiors, truly a destination for heirloom-quality furniture at an exceptional value. Completely renovated in 2007, the Cotton Factory gives the showroom the complementary ambiance of hardwood floors, exposed beams and brick walls to display beautiful upscale home furnishings in ever-changing vignettes. P.F. Pryor is the co-owner and general manager of New South Interiors. She has been an interior designer for 20 years and has worked for many prominent

furniture retailers, including Green Front (Farmville, Va.), Carolina Furniture of Williamsburg (Va.), and Covins (Dallas, Texas). Her experience at Green Front, one of the nation’s largest independent furniture retailers, led her to start New South Interiors. Green Front was located in a small college town and s h o w c a s e d i t s p re m i u m f u r n i t u re inventory within historic tobacco and shoe warehouses. Old Town Rock Hill was a perfect fit for P.F.’s vision. New South Interiors offers the best furniture brands, hand-tied oriental rugs and eclectic accessories at an everyday price up to 60 percent off retail. Choose from premium brands like Hickory Chair,


P.F. Pryor Sherrill, Hancock and Moore, Stanley, Hooker and Somerset Bay. Peruse a large selection of Persian, Indian, Pakistani, Tu rkish and Tibetan oriental rugs sold at prices nearly half that of local competitors. Within the 23,000-squarefoot showroom, New South’s staff of accredited design associates will help you with the colors, fabrics and textures that will suit your personal upscale style. New South Interiors is conveniently located between Columbia and Charlotte off of I-77 in downtown Rock Hill, S.C., where many charming restaurants and boutiques make a day trip all the more worthwhile. C O L U M B I A M E T R O P O L I T A N 65


Restaurant Guide DOWNTOWN & THE VISTA AMERICAN Bernie’s $ B,L,D 1311 Bluff Rd., 256-2888 Biscuit House $ B 1019 Bluff Rd., 256-0958 Blue Tapas Bar & Cocktail Lounge $ Voted Best Cocktail 721 A Lady St., 251-4447 Finlay’s Restaurant $$ B,L,D 1200 Hampton St. (in the Columbia Marriott), 771-7000 Five Guys Famous Burgers & Fries $ L, D Voted Best French Fries Voted Best Hamburger 931 Senate St., 799-0441 Flying Saucer $ L,D 931 Senate St., 933-999 Gervais & Vine $$ D Voted Best Wine Menu 620-A Gervais St., 799-VINE Hunter-Gatherer Brewery $$ L,D 900 Main St., 748-0540 Liberty Taproom & Grill $$ L,D 828 Gervais St., 461-4677 Mac’s on Main $ L,D 1710 Main St., 929-0037 Ruth’s Chris Steak House $$$ L,D Voted Best Steak 924-A Senate St. (at the Hilton), 212-6666 ASIAN M. Café $$ L,D 1417 Sumter St., 779-5789 Miyo’s Fine Shanghai & Szechuan Cuisine $$ L,D Voted Best Chinese Restaurant 922 S. Main St., 779-MIYO

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COFFEE/DESSERT Immaculate Consumption $ B,L 933 Main St., 799-9053 Nonnah’s $ L,D Voted Best Dessert 930 Gervais St., 779-9599 DELI Cloud Nine Market $ L 916 Gervais St., 256-0043 Cool Beans! Coffee Co. $ B,L,D 1217 College St., 779-4277 No Name Deli $ L 2042 Marion St., 242-0480 FINE DINING Columbo’s $$ B,L,D, SBR 2100 Bush River Rd. (in the Radisson), 744-2200 Hampton Street Vineyard $$$ L,D 1201 Hampton St., 252-0850 Hennessy’s $$ L,D 1649 Main St., 799-8280 Motor Supply Co. Bistro $$ L,D Voted Best Sunday Brunch 920 Gervais St., 256-6687 P.O.S.H. $$ B,L,D 1400 Main St. (at the Sheraton), 988-1400 Ristorante Divino $$$ D Voted Best Fine Dining Restaurant 803 Gervais St., 799-4550 ITALIAN Mellow Mushroom $ L,D 1009 Gervais St., 933-9201 Villa Tronco $$ L,D Voted Best Italian Restaurant 1213 Blanding St., 256-7677 NATURAL/HEALTH Garden Bistro $ B,L 923 Gervais St., 933-9085

KEY $ - $10 or less $$ - $11 to $20 $$$ - $21 and up

B - Breakfast L - Lunch D - Dinner SBR - Sunday


Columbia Metropolitan’s 2010 Best of Columbia contest winners are in red.

Nice-N-Natural $ L 1217 College St., 799-3471

Granville’s $-$$ L,D 2865 Devine St., 779-3277

Zoe’s $ L Voted Best Bang for the Buck 1320 Main St., 771-0122

Harper’s Restaurant $-$$ L,D 700 Harden St., 252-2222

SEAFOOD Blue Marlin $-$$ L,D Voted Best Grits Voted Best Seafood Restaurant 1200 Lincoln St., 799-3838 The Oyster Bar $-$$ D 1123 Park St., 799-4484 SOUTHERN 300 Senate at the Canal $-$$ L 300 Senate St., 748-8909 Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Family Restaurant 818 Elmwood Ave., 779-6407 STEAK Longhorn Steakhouse $-$$ L,D 902-A Gervais St., 254-5100 SUSHI Camon Japanese Restaurant $$$ D 1332 Assembly St., 254-5400 SakiTumi $$ L,D 807 Gervais St., 931-0700 WINGS Carolina Wings $ L,D 600 Gervais St., 256-8844 Wild Wing Cafe $ L,D Voted Best Wings 729 Lady St., 252-9464

Mr. Friendly’s $$-$$$ L,D Voted Best Restaurant in Columbia 2001-A Greene St., 254-7828 Salty Nut $ L,D 2000-A Greene St., 256-4611 Yesterday’s $$ L,D 2030 Devine St., 799-0196 ASIAN Baan Sawan $$$ D 2135 Devine St., 252-8992 Egg Roll Chen $ L,D 715 Crowson Rd., 787-6820 DELI Andy’s Deli $ L,D 2005 Greene St., 799-2639 DiPrato’s $ L,D, SBR 342 Pickens St., 779-0606 The Gourmet Shop $ B,L Voted Best Chicken Salad 724 Saluda Ave., 799-3705 Groucho’s Deli $ L,D Voted Best Sandwich 611 Harden St., 799-5708 FINE DINING Dianne’s on Devine $$$ D Voted Best Business Lunch 2400 Devine St., 254-3535


GERMAN Julia’s German Stammtisch $$ L,D 4341 Ft. Jackson Blvd., 738-0630

AMERICAN Goatfeather’s $-$$ D, SBR 2017 Devine St., 256-3325

GREEK Devine Foods $ L,D 2702 Devine St., 252-0356

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INDIAN India Pavilion $ L,D 2011 Devine St., 252-4355 IRISH Delaney’s $ L,D 741 Saluda Ave., 779-2345 ITALIAN Garibaldi’s $$$ D Voted Best Wait Staff 2013 Greene St., 771-8888 MEXICAN El Burrito $ L,D 934 Harden St., 765-2188 Eric’s San Jose $ L,D Voted Best Mexican Restaurant 6118 Garners Ferry Rd., 783-6650 NATURAL/HEALTH Mediterranean Tea Room $ L,D 2601 Devine St., 799-3118 PIZZA LaBrasca $ L,D 4365 Jackson Blvd., 782-1098 Village Idiot $ L,D 2009 Devine St., 252-8646 Za’s Brick Oven Pizza $ L,D Voted Best Pizza 2930 Devine St., 771-7334 SOUTHERN Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Family Restaurant 7938 Garners Ferry Rd., 647-0095 SUSHI Saky $-$$ D 4963 Jackson Blvd., 787-5307 Sushi Yoshi $ D 2019 Devine St., 931-0555

NORTHEAST AMERICAN 5 Guys Famous Burgers & Fries $ L,D Voted Best French Fries Voted Best Hamburger 460-2 Town Center Place, 788-6200

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Solstice Kitchen & Wine Bar $$$ L, D 841-4 Sparkleberry Ln., 788-6966 Village Bistro $$ L,D,SBR 498-1 Town Center Place, 227-2710 DELI Groucho’s Deli $ L,D Voted Best Sandwich • 111 Sparkleberry Ln., 419-6767 • 730 University Village Dr., 754-4509 Tiffany’s Bakery & Eatery $ B,L Voted Best Bakery 8502 E Two Notch Rd., 736-CAKE FINE DINING Arizona’s $$$ L,D 150 Forum Dr., 865-1001 GREEK Zorba’s $ L,D Voted Best Greek Restaurant 2628 Decker Blvd., 736-5200 ITALIAN Travinia Italian Kitchen $$ L,D Voted Best Restaurant in Northeast 101 Sparkleberry Crossing, 419-9313 MEXICAN Hola Mexico $ L,D 10014 C Two Notch Rd., 865-7758 San Jose $ L,D • 801 Sparkleberry Ln., 419-8861 • 420 McNulty St. #C, 735-9787 • 808 Highway 1S, 438-2133 SEAFOOD Blue Fin $$ L,D,SBR 461-4 Town Center Place, 865-7346 SOUTHERN Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Family Restaurant • 7620 Two Notch Rd., 788-3088 • 10170 Two Notch Rd., 419-5662 Mint Julep $-$$ D 120 Sparkleberry Crossing, 419-7200 STEAK Longhorn Steakhouse $-$$ L,D 2760 Decker Blvd., 736-7464 Steak Carolina $-$$ L (Sat only), D 5 Lake Carolina Way, Ste 170, 661-6424

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WINGS Carolina Wings $ L,D 2000-18 Clemson Rd., 419-0022 D’s Restaurant $ L,D 111 Sparkleberry Crossing, 462-1895 Wild Wing Cafe $ L,D Voted Best Wings 480-2 Town Center Place, 865-3365

IRMO AMERICAN Five Guys Famous Burgers & Fries $ L,D Voted Best French Fries Voted Best Hamburger 285 Columbia Dr., 407-6443 Sticky Fingers $-$$ L,D 380 Columbiana Dr., 781-7427 ASIAN Miyo’s at Columbiana Place $$ L,D Voted Best Chinese Restaurant 1220 E-2 Bower Pkwy., 781-7788 Miyabi Kyoto $$ L (Sun only),D Columbiana Centre, Harbison Blvd., 407-0574 Thai Lotus Restaurant $ L,D Voted Best Thai Restaurant 612 St. Andrews Rd., 561-0006 DELI Groucho’s Deli $ L,D Voted Best Sandwich • 800 Lake Murray Blvd., 749-4515 • 2009 Broad River Rd., 750-3188 FONDUE The Melting Pot $$$ D 1410 Colonial Life Blvd., 731-8500 GREEK Zorba’s $ L, D Voted Best Greek Restaurant 6169 St. Andrews Rd, 772-4617 ITALIAN Alodia’s Cucina Italian $-$$ L,D 2736 N. Lake Dr., 781-9814 INDIAN Delhi Palace $ L,D 1029 Briargate Cir., 750-0866

MEDITERRANEAN Al-Amir $$ L,D 7001 St. Andrews Rd., 732-0522 MEXICAN El Chico Restaurant $-$$ L,D 1728 Bush River Rd., 772-0770 Little Mexico $ L,D 6164 St. Andrews Rd., 798-6045 San Jose $ L,D • 1000 Marina Rd., 749-9484 • 498 Piney Grove Rd., 750-3611 NATURAL/HEALTH Sun Ming Chinese Restaurant $ L,D 7509 St. Andrews Rd., 732-4488 PIZZA Custom Pizza Company $$ L,D 6801-3 St. Andrews Rd., 781-6004 SEAFOOD Bonefish Grill $$-$$$ D Voted Best Appetizer 1260 Bower Pkwy., 407-1599 Catch 22 $$ L,D Voted Best Restaurant in Irmo 1085 D Lake Murray Blvd., 781-9916

LEXINGTON BARBECUE Hudson’s Smokehouse $ L,D Voted Best Barbecue Voted Best Ribs 4952 Sunset Blvd., 356-1070 DELI Cafe 403 $ L 403 N. Lake Dr., 808-2992 Groucho’s Deli $ L,D Voted Best Sandwich 117 1/2 East Main St., 356-8800 FINE DINING Lexington Arms $$ D 314A West Main St., 359-2700 ITALIAN Travinia Italian Kitchen $$ L,D Voted Best Restaurant in Lexington 5074 Sunset Blvd., 957-2422 MEXICAN Eric’s San Jose $ L,D Voted Best Mexican Restaurant 604 Columbia Ave. 957-9443 San Jose $ L,D 4510 Augusta Rd., 957-5171

SOUTHERN Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Family Restaurant • 7569 St. Andrews Road, 732-1225 • 1824 Broad River Rd., 798-6427

SOUTHERN Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Family Restaurant 621 West Main St., 951-3555

STEAK Longhorn Steakhouse $-$$ L,D 171 Harbison Blvd., 732-2482

WINGS Buffalo’s Café $ L,D 5464 Sunset Blvd., 808-6001

SUSHI Inakaya $-$$ L,D 655-C St. Andrews Rd., 731-2538 WINGS Carolina Wings $ L,D 7587 St. Andrews Rd., 781-0084

Carolina Wings $ L,D 105 North Pointe Dr., 356-6244


D’s Restaurant $ L,D 285 Columbiana Dr., 227-0238

AMERICAN New Orleans Riverfront $$ L,D Voted Best Outdoor Dining 121 Alexander Rd., 794-5112

Wild Wing Cafe $ L,D Voted Best Wings 1150 Bower Parkway, 749-9464

COFFEE/DESSERT Café Strudel $ B,L 118 State St., 794-6634

Wings & Ale $ L,D 125-C Outlet Pointe Blvd., 750-1700

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DELI House Coffee $ B,L,D 116 State St., 791-5663 FINE DINING Al’s Upstairs $$$ D Voted Best Romantic Dinner 300 Meeting St., 794-7404 Terra $$ D 100 State St., 791-3443 GREEK Grecian Gardens $$ L,D 2312 Sunset Blvd., 794-7552 Nick’s $$ L,D 1082 Sunset Blvd., 794-9240 SOUTHERN Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Family Restaurant • 2240 Airport Blvd., 796-7820 • 501 Knox Abbott Dr., 791-0314 • 2234 Sunset Blvd., 794-0923 WINGS Carolina Wings $ L,D 2347-C Augusta Rd., 791-0260 D’s Wings $ L,D 920 Axtell Dr., 791-4486

FOREST ACRES AMERICAN Five Guys Famous Burgers & Fries $ L,D Voted Best French Fries Voted Best Hamburger 4751 Forest Dr., 787-3178 Tombo Grille $$ D 4517 Forest Dr., 782-9665 ASIAN Miyo’s on Forest $$ L,D Voted Best Chinese Restaurant 3250 Forest Dr., Suite B, 743-9996 Sakura $-$$ L,D 20 Forest Lake Shopping Center, 738-9330 Sato $$ D 1999 Beltline Blvd., 782-1064

DELI Groucho’s Deli $ L,D Voted Best Sandwich 4717 Forest Dr., 790-0801 Happy Cafe $ L Voted Best Cookie 4525 Forest Dr., 787-8411 Hooligan’s $ L,D 26 Trenholm Plaza, 782-1293 McAlister’s Deli $ L,D 4710-A Forest Dr., 790-5995 ITALIAN Pasta Fresca $$ D 3405 Forest Dr., 787-1838 Rosso $$ D Voted Best New Restaurant 4840 Forest Dr., 787-3949 MEXICAN Casa Linda $ L,D 2009 Beltline Blvd., 738-0420



AMERICAN Rockaway Athletic Club $ L, D 2719 Rosewood Dr., 256-1075

FINE DINING Boykins at the Mill Pond $$$ D 84 Boykin Mill Rd., (803) 425-8825

Utopia $ D 406 Howard St., 733-2222 DELI The Deli at Rosewood Market $-$$ L,D,SBR 2803 Rosewood Dr., 256-6410 ITALIAN Moe’s Grapevine $$ L,D 4478 Rosewood Dr., 776-8463 PIZZA Dano’s $ L,D 2800 Rosewood Dr., 254-3266 Pizza Man $ L,D 341 S Woodrow St., 252-6931

Lilfreds of Rembert $$$ D 8425 Camden Hwy., (803) 432-7063

CHAPIN FINE DINING Mark’s $$-$$$ L,D,SBR 2371 Dutch Fork Rd., 781-2807 SEAFOOD Rusty Anchor $$-$$$ D Voted Best Lakeside Restaurant 1925 Johnson Marina Rd., 749-1555

San Jose $ L,D 4722 Forest Dr., 462-7184 NATURAL/HEALTH Zoës $ L,D Voted Best Bang for the Buck 4855 Forest Dr., 782-1212 PIZZA Village Idiot $ L, D 4515 Forest Dr, 787-5005 SEAFOOD Bonefish Grill $$-$$$ D Voted Best Appetizer 4708 Forest Dr., 787-6200 SOUTHERN Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Family Restaurant • 402 Beltline Blvd., 738-0006 • 3147 Forest Dr., 787-8781 WINGS D’s Restaurant $ L,D 2005 Beltline Blvd., 787-2595

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PICTURE THIS Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties 25th Anniversary Founders’ Dinner

Carol Saunders, Tripp Whitener, Donna Northam, Hagood Tighe, Gayle Averyt, Claire Fort, Sam Tenenbaum, Kirkman Finlay, Beryl Dakers, Ed Poliakoff, Bruce Hughes, Ed Menzie

Katherine Davis, Henri Baskins

Andrew Witt, Beryl Dakers

Andrew Witt, Donna Northam

Claire Fort, Donna Northam, Tripp Whitener, Bruce Hughes, Judy Davis

Hagood Tighe, Elizabeth Tighe, Judy Tighe

Ann Henry, Cindy Witt, Kelly Shockley

EPC Grand Opening Ceremony

Dan Fuller, Taylor Gaines, Harris Cohn, Andre Bauer, Rick Cohn, Avery MacDowell

Harris Cohn, Rick Cohn, Debbie Katzman, Andre Bauer, Dan Fuller, Robin Fuller, Tracy Fuller, Louis Anderson, Shayna Katzman

Columbia Humane Society’s Pet Costume Contest

Abbey Scogin

Bailey Mae Moses

Bella Hostetler

Gidget Wysner

Louie Renfroe

Misty Bagnal

Stunner Lingruen

Theo Gillespie

Totyz Bender

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Alicia Davis and Ryan Gripper

W W W. B A R B E R P H O T O . C O M

Matthew Krofchick and Audrey Wilkes

W W W. M I C H A E L K O S K A . C O M

Whitney Wilkes and Kyle Chapman

W W W. B A R B E R P H O T O . C O M

MeeNa Ruffin and Israel Stone, Jr.


W W W. B A R B E R P H O T O . C O M

W W W. B A R B E R P H O T O . C O M


Jessica Cuaresma and Josh Todd

Amanda Richardson and Wes Snodgrass

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january Colonial Life Arena, 576-9200 Jan. 22 & 23 Monster Jam Jan. 30 Red Nose Run, 8am Columbia Marionette Theatre, 252-7366 Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30 A Dinosaur’s Tale, 11 am and 3pm

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 545-0000 Jan. 16 2010 World Beer Festival, noon to 4pm and 6 to 10pm Columbia Museum of Art, 799-2810 through Jan. 17 Exhibit: Ansel Adams: Masterworks through Jan. 17 Exhibit: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States through Jan. 17 Exhibit: From Behind the Lens through Feb. 7 Exhibit: Larry Clark: Tulsa Jan. 17 to March 21 Exhibit: Skate and Create Jan. 5 The Eleanor Concert, 7pm Jan. 6 Wee Wednesdays: Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables, 10 to 11am Jan. 8, 15 One Room Schoolhouse: A Collector’s Collection, 10 to 11:30am Jan. 8 Film: Photography as Art, noon

Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29 Art School: Drop In and Draw, 4 to 5pm Jan. 8 Devil Music Ensemble concert and screening of Big Stakes, 6pm Jan. 8 First Friday Book Club, 7 to 9pm Jan. 9 & 10, Columbia Museum of Art Shoot Out!, noon to 4pm Jan. 10 Film: Photography as Art, 1pm Jan. 16 Art School: Learn to Draw in a Day, 10am to 3pm Jan. 17 Baker and Baker Art of Music Series: Wide Open Spaces: A Sacred Harp Gathering, noon to 3pm Jan. 22 Columbia Design League presents The MINImuseum of Richard McMahan, 6pm Jan. 24 Film: Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037, 1pm Jan. 31 Ikebana: A demonstration and display of Japanese floral arrangement, 3pm EdVenture, 779-3100 through Jan. 3 Team UP! Explore Science and Sports through Feb. 28 Snowville! Jan. 12 Family Night Jan. 23 Monkey King Koger Center, 777-7500 Jan. 11 & 12 Broadway in Columbia presents The Wizard of Oz, 7:30pm

Kris Kristofferson

Jan. 16 SC Philharmonic Master Series 4, 7:30pm Jan. 18 MLK Celebration, 6:30pm Jan. 23 Columbia Classical Ballet presents Life Chance Gala, 7:30pm Jan. 24 The Debut, 5pm Newberry Opera House, (803) 276-6264 Jan. 7 to 9 Newberry Ballet Guild presents Hansel and Gretel Jan. 15 Ray Price, 8pm Jan. 16 David Holt and Doc Watson, 8pm Jan. 19 Charles Fugo, 8pm Jan. 21 Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians with Al Pierson, 8pm Jan. 22 Teatro Lirico D’Europa’s Die Fledermaus, 8pm Jan. 28 Kris Kristofferson, 8pm Jan. 29 As You Like It, 8pm Jan. 20 Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, 8pm Nickelodeon, 254-8234 Jan. 1 to 5 A Serious Man Jan. 6 to 12 The Messenger Jan. 13 to 19 La Danse Jan. 14 to 17 Black Dynamite SC State Museum, 898-4921 through Jan. 3 Winter Fest through Feb. 14 Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race through Feb. 28 Exhibit: Dinosaurs: Mesozoic Monsters through March 7 Art from The Lonely Shadow through March 22 Exhibit: From the Pee Dee to the Savannah: Art and Material Culture of South Carolina’s Fall Line Region Jan. 1 & 2 Museum and a Movie: All for Liberty, 2pm Jan. 3 Museum and a Movie: Walking with Dinosaurs: Time of the Titans, 2pm Jan. 16 Museum Road Show, 9:30am to 4pm Town Theatre, 799-2510 Jan. 15 to 30 The Odd Couple Trustus, 254-9732 Jan. 7 to 23 Rent

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