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Table of Contents Winter 2010 Cover Story


Planting Points The Living Wreath Rebekah Cline guides us through designing and assembling a living wreath. Photography by John Wrightenberry

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Lake Murray: Harnessing Power The Lorick House provides visitors to the Lake Murray area with a welcome that has an historic flair. The Other Side of the WindowsUse your outdoor living area as a bonus for cooking, dining, and relaxing.



The Hangar Lofts Joab Dick converts an industrial building into the live/work space of his dreams.

Columbia Cooks The New York Butcher Shoppe & Grille Owner Eddie Hargett puts his own twist on a successful butcher shop venture by adding a restaurant to his business plan.

Columbia’s Good Life

8 Who Shot Rock & Roll • 12 Lights before Christmas 14 Carillon Carolers • 16 Snowville • 17 Once Upon A Time


6 Staff • 34 Artist Notes • 44 Planting Points 48 You Missed… • 50 Advertiser Index 4 | Columbia Home & Garden

Resort-style living in Columbia’s nine time winner of Community of the Year. Choose from our unique collection of 34 distinct neighborhoods. Whether it be one of our beautifully appointed move-in ready homes or custom building the home of your dreams, Lake Carolina has something that fits every family’s lifestyle. New Homes from the $130s to $500+. Homesites from the $40s to $200+.

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Advertising Director Alicia Morgan Advertising Consultants Dana Kelly Harriett McCoy Cynthia South Creative Director

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Jane Carter Katie Jones Photography Director John Wrightenberry Contributing Photographer Lisa Willson Contributing Writers

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Columbia Home & Garden publisher Lorri-Ann Carter and writer William Thrift accept the Big Apple Award at the annual meeting of Historic Columbia Foundation held at the Robert Mills House and Gardens.

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Historic Columbia Foundation presented the Big Apple Award to Columbia Home & Garden magazine at the organization’s annual meeting held at the Robert Mills House and Gardens. The Big Apple is presented to individuals and organizations in recognition of significant news coverage of a preservation issue or an important event in the history of Columbia or Richland counties. The awards program was instituted to recognize organizations and individuals who demonstrate excellence in preserving the history of Columbia and Richland counties. The awards are named for individuals and activities associated with local history including Celia Mann, Ainsley Hall, Woodrow Wilson, Helen Kohn Hennig, and the Big Apple.

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Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History

Alfred Wertheimer, Elvis Whispers Softly, 1956, Gelatin silver print.

ho Shot Rock and Roll is the first major exhibition on rock and roll to put photographers in the foreground, acknowledging their creative and collaborative role in the history of rock music. The exhibition includes 175 works by more than 100 photographers, and covers the rock and roll era from the 1950s to the present, including some of the world’s most iconic images. It was organized by the prestigious Brooklyn Museum of Art and opened there to rave reviews and record-breaking attendance. The Columbia Museum of Art is the last stop on the nation-wide traveling tour, and the exhibition will run from February 25 through May 22, 2011. This is the first exhibition to address the story of rock and roll as told from the perspective of the people who chronicled its development and defined it through visual imagery. Who Shot Rock and Roll is about the men and women who photographed one of the most important cultural

Jerry Schatzberg, Frank Zappa, “Himself”; printed 2009, Chromogenic print.

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Michael Putland, Mick Jagger, taken 1982, printed 1990s, Gelatin silver print. Ian Dickson, The Ramones, 1977, Silver gelatin print.

Barry Feinstein, Fans Looking in Limousine, London, taken 1966, printed 2009, Gelatin silver print. Henry Diltz, Tina Turner, taken 1985, printed June 2009, digital print from 35 mm transparency.

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revolutions ever: rock and roll. Some of the major photographers represented in the show are David LaChapelle, Mark Seliger, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, and Bob Gruen. The photographers’ images communicate the social and cultural transformations that rock has fostered since the 1950s. The exhibition is in six sections and includes video installations as well: rare and revealing images taken behind the scenes; tender snapshots of young musicians at the beginnings of their careers; exhilarating photographs of live performances that display the energy, passion, style, and sex appeal of the band on stage; powerful images of the crowds and fans that are often evocative of historic paintings; portraits revealing the soul and creativity, rather than the surface and celebrity, of the musicians; and conceptual images and album covers highlighting the collaborative efforts between the image makers and the musicians. The music of the era needed images to communicate its message of rebellion, freedom, and personal reinvention – these photographs and others like them, were the hard evidence that rock was transforming the world. By exploring this intersection of rock and roll and great photography, Who Shot Rock and Roll is an antidote to the slick, packaged visual products of the music industry, and instead presents photographs of depth, raw power, tenderness and brilliance. This exhibition was organized and circulated by the Brooklyn Museum, with guest curator Gail Buckland. All photographs were provided by the Columbia Museum of Art. H&G | 11

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The Lights Before Christmas

The Lights Before Christmas is one of the most popular events in the Midlands during the holidays.

n Friday, November 19, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will open its gates for the 23rd annual Lights Before Christmas, an event that has become a holiday tradition for many Midlands families. Guests will stroll the paths throughout the Zoo and marvel at the trees adorned with one million twinkling lights and countless handcrafted and animated images. They can also sing along to the Music in Motion Lights Spectacular or cozy up to the fire and listen as seasonal stories are read aloud in the Congo Classroom. The Holiday Card Walk, located in Safari Camp, features larger-than-life holiday cards created by local schools. Lights-goers will have the opportunity to sip hot cocoa and toast marshmallows at the Jingle Bell Bonfire. No visit to the Lights Before Christmas is complete without a stop to see Santa to share holiday wishes and snap a photo (with your personal camera). And don’t forget to bring your hat - it snows every night at the Lights Before Christmas. The Lights will dazzle from 6 to 9pm each evening from November 19 to January 2, with closings on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. Riverbanks members are eligible to receive one free visit to Lights Before Christmas when they show their membership card at the gate; guest passes are not accepted. General admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3 - 12. Tickets can be purchased online at or at any Riverbanks ticket booth. Parking for the event will be on the Zoo side only. H&G 12 | Columbia Home & Garden

Over at the Congo Classroom, children are entertained with stories.

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The carolers sing old love songs at one of the Elmwood Park Home Tours. Left to right, Dave Sennema, Dana Fore, Rosanne McDowell, Marc Rattray. Photo by Bob Carroll.

Hal McIntosh, Rosanne McDowell, Santa, Dana Fore, and Dave Sennema are pictured at the Old Mill in Lexington. Photo by Clark Berry

Carillon Carolers ong a Midlands holiday tradition, the Carillon Carolers have been bringing smiles to the faces of their listeners and creating musical Christmas memories since 1988. Performing four singers at a time as an SATB quartet, soprano Dana Fore, manager/alto Rosanne McDowell, tenor Chan Shealy, bass Hal McIntosh, and other members of the group dress in festive Victorian costumes to add to the fun. Once again this year, the carolers will perform for the annual Governor’s Mansion Christmas Open House, set for December 2. Immediately following their performance at the Governor’s Mansion, the quartet will head for the rooftop of Richland Mall to appear at Forest Acres Sweet Seasons, where they will add their special brand of holiday cheer to the lighting of the area’s community Christmas tree. Both events are free and open to the public. You’ll find the Carillon Carolers all around town during the holiday season, strolling and caroling at public venues or performing onstage, table to table, on TV and radio, and at the doors of homes, businesses, and churches. In seamless four-part harmony and classic a cappella style, they entertain young and old alike with such Christmas favorites as “Joy 14 | Columbia Home & Garden

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The carolers at the annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade are: left to right, Rosanne McDowell, Dana Fore, Chan Shealy, Hal McIntosh. Photo by Beverly Allen.


Chan Shealy and Dana Fore are dressed in holiday finery while they entertain at

Governor’s Mansion. Photo by Bob Carroll.

to the World” and “Winter Wonderland” from a repertoire of about 50 carols, some of these their own arrangements. When the Christmas season is past, the group serenades with memorable old love songs, also a cappella, and in period costume. For more information on the Carillon Carolers’ performance schedule, contact Rosanne McDowell in Columbia at (803) 765-1764. Visit forestacresrma. com/contact for more about Forest Acres Sweet Seasons. For further details on the Governor’s Mansion Christmas Open House, call (803) 737-1710. H&G | 15

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Snowville Snowville has become a tradition in the Midlands during the winter months. The slide blends into the snow and gives participants the feel of sliding down a snowy hill.

One of the science exhibits shows the types of animals that live in snowy areas.


xperience the magic of winter – inside! EdVenture proudly presents Snowville, an interactive exhibit that contains all the fun that snow has to offer without having to go outside. Learn about the fun of snow (the joys of ice skating, the excitement of sliding down snowy hills and the fun of throwing snowballs) as well as the science of snow (just how cold is snow, how are igloos made and what types of penguins live in the South Pole). This exhibit is free with museum admission. Snowville opens November 20 and runs through February 20, 2011. H&G 16 | Columbia Home & Garden

Some of the fun visitors can have involves ice as well as snow.

Once Upon a Time… Exploring the World of Fairy Tales


airy tales, storytelling, and reading aloud have inspired the imaginations of children for centuries. Now everyone can experience the larger than life storybooks illustrating fairy tales from different lands in this exciting exhibit at EdVenture. Explore the playful, interactive elements in Anansi and the Talking Melon, a tale from Africa. Play a harpsichord or sit at the grand banquet table in the castle of Beauty and the Beast, a popular tale from France. Try on Cinderella’s glass slipper or make shoes like the Elves and the Shoemaker. The whole family will discover the important role fairy tales have played in our lives. This exhibit runs through January 3 and is free with museum admission. H&G

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The wide front porch is ready for peaceful relaxation with its comfortable rocking chairs.

1930. Spillage over what then was the world’s largest earthen dam generated power for the region. Today, the centerpiece for the lakeside communities is Capital City/Lake Murray Country, one of the state’s eleven regional tourism districts. The former Lorick Plantation House was built in 1840 by George Lorick in the midst of his 7,650-acre tract that included farm land and outbuildings. During the Civil War, a column of Sherman’s cavalry left the eleven-room home on fire after using one of the wide fireplaces, according to one legend, to roast a pig or lamb. A competing legend has the Yankee troops dragging live logs across the wide-planked floors, waiting

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The Lorick House original dining area still welcomes many visitors.

reaths of native greenery on doors and above mantels throughout the historic Lorick Plantation House for the December 11-12 holiday open house symbolize more than the reason for the season. Those circles also represent shoreline stretching five hundred miles around a 50,000 acre reservoir circumnavigating communities, recreation, history and other culture. Although the lake is far from circular, a circle aptly suggests the close connections shared by lakels, an insiders’ nickname for residents. The impoundment known as Lake Murray has inspired a way of life for South Carolinians residing in four counties – Lexington, Newberry, Richland and Saluda - whose primary commonality is access to waters dammed in

to “ride off laughing” until they were sure a good fire had started. Once the military detail was a blue blur, family members hurried back into their home and extinguished the fire. In time new wood replaced the damaged; evidence of the repair can still be seen today. In 1995 the two-story Lorick House, its lines retained over a century and a half of adaptations for family life, was moved from its original location to 2184 North Lake Drive on Highway 6, within view of the lake. From rocking chairs on the wide front porch at the Lake Murray Visitors Center, a resting visitor can see – through the fluttering foliage across the road – light reflecting off the waters, not much more than a stone’s throw away. That Lake Murray Country is centered in an historic house is fitting. Lake | 19

The visitors center is located near the intersection of

Hwy. 6 and Lake Murray Boulevard. The beautiful stairway graces the foyer. residents typically have revered history. A decade ago when South Carolina Electric and Gas lowered lake levels for maintenance and later for dam repairs in compliance with federal earthquake mandates, residents made the mucky low tidal flats their proving grounds. Searches turned up myriad artifacts verifying the enduring timeline that traces the area’s history. Long before Kimpson’s and Wyse’s ferries conveyed shoreline residents across watery expanses, the river’s currents helped propel Cherokees in canoes through waters they called Saluda. In 1957 the Columbia Sailing Club formed on the lake’s eastern shores, its founding members delighted to harness the wind in their mainsails and spinnakers. A dozen years later, Lake Murray Sailing Club uncleated more boats from their landing and joined in the friendly competition. Boats even figured into the presence of planes over the lake, especially during WWII. Although flight crews did not become Doolittle Raiders until recruited by James Doolittle for a very secret retaliatory mission, future raiders began training at Columbia Army Air Base. Here for a short while before need for tighter security moved them to Florida for additional training, some of them flew 20 | Columbia Home & Garden

training missions over Lake Murray. The aviators who would become the Doolittle Raiders had taken off from CAAB for Eglin Air Base more than a year before a B-25 ditched into the lake and, more than six decades later, made history. Lowered water levels last decade contributed a little to the successful recovery five years ago of that nowhistoric WWII B-25 that had taken off for a routine training mission from CAAB (located then where Columbia Metropolitan Airport is today). When one of the Mitchell bomber’s twin engines cut out, the crew ditched into the lake and was picked up by lake resident Sewall Oliver, captaining a new CrisCraft outboard motor boat. Because the plane went down near the center of the lake, the depth was too great for the U.S. Department of Defense to attempt a rescue during war years. But more than six decades later, because of a protracted effort led by Dr. Robert Seigler, who water-skied

Area garden clubs decorating the historic Lorick Plantation House for the holidays include Coldstream Garden Club, Garden Club of Saluda, Newcomers’ Club of Greater Columbia, and Quail Valley Garden Club.

Holiday open house decorations are provided in part by local garden clubs, this setting by the

Quail Valley Garden Club.

on the lake as a teen, the war bird surfaced. The Lake Murray B-25 Rescue Project, with help from local to international experts, cradled and conveyed the plane to dry land and, when it was safe to travel, sent the plane on its way to the Southern Museum of Flight in Birmingham, Alabama, where it is on exhibition today. During that sweeping rescue effort, boats usually reserved for recreation helped ferry authorized crew to and from that B-25 recovery site. It had been only natural that the lake had become a boating mecca. Sailboats, with year round regattas, share the waterways with fishing and houseboats, large and small. Both The Southern Patriot and The Spirit of Lake Murray take boatloads of adventure lovers out for lake cruises, and jet skiers catch the bigger boats’ wakes. Dreher Island State Park was leased from SCE&G in 1970 to afford the public access to the recreational benefits abounding in and around the lake. Wildlife and fish populations and patterns have evolved over the centuries.

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The gracious entry hall for The Lorick House is decorated each year during the holidays for the annual open house.

Today a world championship bass tournament in mid-August brings to the midlands big dollars, big media, and professional anglers casting for the famous stripers. About the same time of year, thousands of Purple Martins make the islands studding Lake Murray their rookeries before the swallows fly South for winter. For those who have chosen Lake Murray for its relaxed lifestyle, the benefits span the calendar. For others the lake is a popular getaway destination for recreation and adventure. H&G

The late Coy Bayne may have been the first to author an entire book on Lake Murray: Legend and Leisure, but other writers have found the topic equally as compelling. The late Gene Able edited and was chief writer for Irmo and the Dutch Fork Legacy, a compilation of lore commemorating the lake-centered community’s centennial. Howard Woody’s postcard book of Lexington and Lake Murray, a release of ArcadiamPublishing Company, depicts early images from the area. Ed Fetner’s columns are as familiar to lake dwellers as are his Fishunt maps. Kay Gordon’s by-lines have possibly appeared on more lakerelated articles than any other writer in the area. Her story on the rescue of the historic B-25, five years ago, was published in Air & Space magazine.

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itting on the front porch greeting your neighbors was the Facebook of its day before the invention of air conditioning drove us inside. It made us cool on a couple of different levels. Perhaps we haven’t come full circle, but we are going outside again and socializing more in outdoor living spaces. On the other side of our windows and doors, a breeze sings its gentle harmonies through the treetops. Birds sing, bees buzz, the grass is green, and somewhere wafting through the air

one can detect the smoky perfume of a grill. Marty Jewell, owner of Bart Fireside, said he noticed a trend. “When the price of gasoline rises, people have second thoughts about the price of land and second homes at the lake or in the mountains. They realize they already have the land right outside their door and decide to invest that money in their own backyards. They get a place to relax, and they don’t have to drive to get to it. They’re already there,” he said. Outdoor living spaces are as individualized as their owners, and they range

from a simple patio and lawn furniture to creations as ornate as anything inside a home. “We have been involved in some nice outdoor living spaces. There are truly endless possibilities. Spaces can include separate outdoor buildings, water features, beautiful patios, a fire pit, grilling areas, and many other items. This space defines the backyard and serves as a focal point for additional interesting spaces to branch off of,” said Joe Jur, owner of Vesta Builders. “It truly is like adding another room and increases the usable area of a home.

A freestanding fireplace warms the patio area. Mexican tile pavers create a beautiful floor for this outdoor area.

This garden patio overlooks a nearby stone waterfall.

There’s still time to take advantage of the $1500 Tax Credit For me and my wife, the outside serves as an escape from the inside with a place to relax and enjoy each other’s company,” Jur added. Except when summer is at its hottest, Columbia’s relatively moderate climate allows for generous use of outdoor living. The most common types homeowners request include outdoor porches, some screened, that incorporate a fireplace, seating, and dining, and typically an area for a television. In the yard, owners show a preference for defined patios

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A screened-in patio provides warmth as well as ambience with a fireplace.

This outdoor deck has a fireplace and a classic grill.

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and grilling areas with the occasional water feature creating both a sound and visual backdrop. Andy Ott of Rock Solid said the dollars involved are often the deciding factor on whether to build outside. “Adding outdoor living space costs a third of adding something indoors. People are looking to get back outside, and we can offer them the creature comforts to enjoy their property.” Ott said prices, like design, vary by an owner’s desires. A 200 square-foot patio,

installed, might start at $3,500. Prices rise as you begin to add features like lighting, retaining walls, planters, furniture, and fountains. To build these spaces, Rock Solid, like most companies, use a variety of materials ranging from natural stone, to manufactured stone, concrete pavers, tile, or acid stained concrete. When it comes to outdoor kitchens, Bart Fireside can outfit or upfit just about any space. Jewell said homeowners generally construct outdoor kitchens in one of two fashions: ready built systems—a freestanding unit with, say, a grill, side burners, storage, and a small refrigerator—or modular system—countertops and cabinetry with cutouts to drop in individual components like a grill, deep fat fryer, or pizza oven. His grills come in all varieties from charcoal burning to gas to a combination of gas and infrared. He even sells one line that has a cook number. “You want hamburgers? Set the dial to ‘hamburger’ and it beeps when it’s done,” he said. “The product lines we carry are affordable, they’re all quality built and will last as long as you want them to,” Jewell said. He was sitting in his store beneath a display made of a pergola, grill, table and chairs, and an outdoor fireplace. Because almost everyone enjoys the outdoors, Bart Fireside offers a line of outdoor items—furniture, grills, and fireplaces— that fit on apartment or condo balconies

An outdoor kitchen can be as elaborate as the budget allows.

Black wicker patio furniture surrounds the cozy fireplace.

and which owners can enjoy, especially in places that prohibit charcoal or wood burning appliances. Most of Jewell’s fire pits and fireplaces are available in models designed to burn wood, natural gas, or LP gas. Add an entertainment center with CD and DVD players, and you’re almost set for a perfect evening outside. “Almost” only because we have to add furniture. Dottie Reynolds, owner of Casual Living, said the overall goal is to make outdoor living and dining spaces include all the accoutrements of the inside. Today’s outdoor furniture, Reynolds said, is manufactured better with

improved products than in years past. “The foam in the cushions and covering fabrics are better at repelling moisture. There’s even a layer between the fabric and foam that wicks off a lot of moisture,” she said. The newer materials also resist fading and sun bleaching. While Jewell said his customers are opting for more bistro sets that have tables and chairs for dining, Reynolds said her clientele is still demanding big chairs, sofas, and ottomans, all with the overstuffed look. Reynolds, who just returned from a trade show, said brighter and more colorful fabrics are in for the fall and 2011. Casual Living can also help you accessorize your space with a complete line of lamps, occasional tables, ottomans and the like to complete your outdoor design. “If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t go any further than my own backyard; because, if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.” Who knew that Dorothy Gale, the fictional farm girl from Kansas who flew over the rainbow would be a 21st | 25


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he Midwest is known for its wide-open spaces, so Milwaukee seems like a good starting point for Joab Dick. His father managed JC Penney stores, sending the family to several cities across the country before landing in Columbia at about the time Joab was ready to begin his college career. Undoubtedly, the experience of moving from city to city imprint-

ed Joab with a bit of wanderlust. He started at USC as a pre-med student, eventually taking a job at a local hospital. While immersing himself in the medical field, the stock market caught his eye, leading him to switch majors and graduate with a finance degree. He got into Merrill Lynch as part of a newly formed young-worker program right out of school. For the next five years, he wore a

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coat and tie and worked at a desk in an office with other young men and women. At some point, the tedium of figures and analyses became too much for him, and Joab fled to Fort Lauderdale to work as a crewmember on luxury yachts (130 footers). His tasks ran the gamut from engineering to entertainment with clients like Frank and Kathy Gifford who cruised to points

tropical like the Bahamas. But the sea was just another in a list of destinations, and after awhile Joab found himself back in Columbia helping a friend build a house on Lake Murray. The process of building the house triggered an interest that had been somewhat dormant since childhood. He realized that he had always loved building things and had a natural talent for it. Thus began his career as an independent contractor. If you’ve ever found something you didn’t know you’d lost while searching for something else, you know how Joab came to his next milestone. While he was happily toiling away on various construction projects, including the Ray Tidwell house, the Siebels house, and Woodrow Wilson’s boyhood home, Joab eventually discovered West Columbia’s old municipal square. The barebones 1804 jailhouse was just what he was looking for (although he didn’t know it at the time – think Richard Dreyfus’s visions of Wyoming’s Devil’s Tower in Close Encounters). Joab saw that the old structure could

be transformed into a unique living space, and the project was small enough for him to handle on his own. He renovated the jail into a suite with the two cells becoming a bathroom and large closet. Soon thereafter, Joab found himself living and working out of a renovated structure much like the one he’d seen as a college student down on Lincoln Street in the new Vista area. In the early ‘90’s, during one of the first Vista Lights events, the Lewis + Clark gallery opened its doors to the public. One of the patrons that night was USC

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The kitchen has concrete counters, Bosch appliances, and custom birch cabinets.

pre-med major, Joab Dick. He had been lured to the once-forgotten streets overlooking the Congaree River by the colorful galleries and enthusiastic crowd ambling from door-to-door to see what new artists they might find. At Lewis + Clark, Joab was enraptured at the idea that Clark Ellefson actually lived in the loft he’d created above his gallery workspace. That impression of the live/work ideal never left Joab, and it has culminated in one of his latest ventures: The Hangars. Down by Owens Field, Joab found an old structure originally built to be an airplane hangar. He was intrigued at the possibility of transforming the space into individual loft units – unheard of in Columbia at the time. Joab had a little trouble contacting the owner of the building, which had once housed a children’s clothing manufacturer; he could barely read the phone number on the for sale sign. This difficulty would prove to be a harbinger of things to come. Once he finally had the keys to the building, he rented a few Bobcats and completely gutted the structure down to

A mirror sculpture provides unique perspectives.

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the brick walls and arched steel beams. He had enough capital to hire local architects, LTC Associates, and he had them draw a basic layout that complied with city building codes, so that he could begin laying out electrical and plumbing for the planned eight units. Then came the hard part. Joab needed financing to complete the project and so, like most small businessmen, he visited a local bank to secure it. He was flatly rejected. Banker after banker listened to his passionate

proposal. Some of the responses he got revealed just how new the concept was to Columbia. No one was quite sure what loft living was all about. There was skepticism about the viability of the Owens Field area of the Rosewood neighborhood. Some bankers naively wondered who could possibly want to live in a dusty old airplane hangar? Rather than continuing to beat his head against a wall, Joab turned to a handful of people he knew, including real estate developer Don Tomlin, who would be more receptive to his idea. Mr. Tomlin was finally able to get the wheels turning for Joab by introducing him to a banker who would share his vision. The caveat was that the bank would finance two units at a time. Once the two units were leased, they would make the funds available for Joab to complete two more units. After completing the first unit, Joab moved into it and acted as the general contractor coordinating subs to complete the units in increments. He had deftly | 29

The dramatic living area of the space retains its industrial look. The bathroom is outfitted with an unusual custom sink.

worked out a deal to get the best price on building materials for all of the units instead of losing the economy of scale by having to buy for two units at a time. Each unit was designed by Joab in a typical loft layout with the living and entertaining spaces on the lower level, and a staircase leading to a mezzanine which could be used as a bedroom, office, or storage. The entrance to each unit is an expansion of 30 | Columbia Home & Garden

one of the building’s existing windows. Kitchens and bathrooms feature birch cabinetry, poured concrete counters, stainless hardware, and low-voltage lighting. Bosch stainless steel appliances were installed in the kitchens. Joab was so impressed with a hotel renovation in Miami’s South Beach that he borrowed their cobalt blue accent lighting to make walkways and ledges glow. Joab used one of Clark

Ellefson’s favorite woodworking resources, Billy Mustard, to build all of the cabinetry and the staircases. The smaller units feature Billy’s handcrafted, space-saving spiral staircases. Joab’s unit, twice as large as the others, features hand-made, laminated steps straddling a single metal beam straight up to the mezzanine level. Joab had a specific vision for the overall style of the structure. While he finished the ceiling with tongue and groove pine, he left the building’s original arched beams exposed, opting only to sand and paint them. He considered finishing the floors, but after removing the old linoleum tile flooring, he liked the character of the faint grid patterns that remained and simply sealed the concrete. Each unit comes with a fully enclosed, private patio area – the high steel walls and red sliding doors gird the building on the parking side like signature armor. Indeed, you’ll recognize the Joab Dick design at the building just around the corner on South Edisto by the gray corrugated metal and bright yellow door on the patio area. | 31

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Once he found what he was looking for, there was no going back for Richard Dreyfuss. But instead of flying off with aliens, Joab has immersed himself in the loft lifestyle – call it casual surrounded by the traditions and motifs of industry. It’s perfect for someone with a strong work ethic. When he’s not on a jobsite, Joab coordinates his business, Joab Dick Construction, from the comfort of a sleek leather sofa in his downstairs living space or from up in his mezzanine office. He may work long, unusual hours; but he also enjoys the solace afforded by the high spaces and structured surroundings that he’s created in The Hangars. H&G | 33

Artist Notes By William Thrift

Roger Hutchison Thin Place Acrylic on Canvas

s the son of an Episcopal priest, Roger Hutchison spent many summers working at Western North Carolina’s Kanuga Conference Center, a facility dedicated to “providing for God’s people… a glimpse of the Kingdom.” Roger’s work, Thin Place (pictured), epitomizes that purpose. He describes “thin place” as a Celtic term for a place on earth where the veil between heaven and earth is thin; you experience God’s presence in that place. When Roger felt the need to express his relationship with God, he turned to painting. At first, painting traditionally (with brushes) just didn’t trip the tumblers to unlock what was inside him that he wanted to transfer to the canvas. So one night, he put aside the brushes and put his hands directly into his medium. This visceral act enabled him to tap directly into his heart and mind, creating works described as “a collective dream, 34 | Columbia Home & Garden

common to us all,” and “wonderfully introspective…as if he is having a conversation with each piece as it is coming together.” Roger says, “Painting is the way I talk to God. I find joy when I move my fingers through puddles of color and across blank canvas. I am always surprised – and blessed – by the conversation that takes place. It is as if a good friend has joined me for a glass of wine and time of catching up. I invite you to pull up a chair…let’s talk.” In addition to his calling at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral ministering to children from age three through the fifth grade, Roger has burst onto the local art scene showing his works at Piccolo Spoleto, Columbia Museum of Art, Main Street’s Frame of Mind, Mr. Friendly’s, and Tombo Grille. He has become a favorite of local designers, and collectors hail from as far away as New York and Australia. To view his full catalog, visit H&G | 35

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By William Thrift | Photography by John Wrightenberry

So what’s a guy who grew up on a farm in Chester, SC, doing running a New York deli? Well, there’s more to Eddie Hargett than just being from Chester, and there’s just as much more to the New York Butcher Shoppe & Grille than being simply a deli. 36 | Columbia Home & Garden


n addition to running a farm, Eddie’s father also ran a meat-andthree-vegetables restaurant – a business model very popular in the South. That notion stuck with Eddie as he entered the working world; but instead of going into the restaurant business right away, he found himself in sales and marketing in the automotive industry – specifically, he sold seat leather to über-automaker BMW. Eddie watches trends. A short time before everyone else knew that the automotive industry was in decline, those in the business saw it coming. In a time of uncertainty, Eddie decided that he wanted to be the one controlling his career rather than being at the mercy of a vast and faceless market shift. While looking for opportunities, a relatively young Greenville-based franchise caught his eye. Jim Tindal and Todd Prochaska had bought the franchise rights for the New York Butcher Shoppe from Billy Delia, a third generation Brooklyn butcher who had started his own butcher shop in Charleston. Eddie had noticed the same trend that they had - butcher shops, while still popular in the North,

were being replaced in the South by grocery stores. By mass-marketing meat, the large grocery chains and big box stores had lowered the level of service and quality. The New York Butcher Shoppe filled that void by providing a higher level of service and educating consumers, changing misconceptions about quality and value from small businesses. The more he studied it, the more he liked it. Eddie noticed a need for a highquality butcher shop in Columbia’s Northeast area. He also liked the idea that the franchise was its own supplier. This ensured the consistency and qual-

All wares are on display in Eddie’s shop. The New York Butcher Shoppe and Grille is the exclusive gold level retailer in the Columbia market for Certified Angus Beef. ity of the product, and reduced waste and spoilage through on-time deliveries – a constant balancing act in any industry. With this troublesome logistical problem under control, Eddie was free to think further about the business model as he launched his own store on

Hard Scrabble Road. For two years, Eddie worked diligently to educate consumers about the benefits of Certified Angus Beef – his store being the exclusive gold level retailer in the Columbia market. In response to customer demands, he began | 37

The New York Butcher Shoppe and Grille offers a unique combination of retail shop and restaurant. Eddie Hargett and Kacey Carbery collaborate to offer a varied menu that will appeal to all tastes.

holding sampling events and catering to various local businesses. This led him to consider a business model blending retail (shop) and service (restaurant). When the developers of Lake Carolina ap38 | Columbia Home & Garden

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with their neighbors. They have worked with Chef William Turner’s students in the culinary program at Blythewood High School, helping them bring home a championship earlier this year. Eddie and his store are also key supporters of youth sports in the area. Residents enjoy the benefits of having a full-service butcher shop, and those with particularly active lifestyles can pick up a variety of pre-packaged meals as well as gourmet sides, condiments, and supplies. For those inclined to dine, there’s more than just beef on the menu. In addition to various cuts of Certified Angus Beef, the restaurant offers entrees including pork, lamb, duck, and salmon. They also offer burgers fresh-ground daily, and a variety of deli-style sandwiches. Some of the most unique offerings are the Himalayan salt block appetizers featuring sashimi-grade tuna or Kobe filets. The salt block, a brick-sized hunk of coral-colored salt, can be heated to enable the customer to cook the dish to their liking, or chilled to keep it cold while on the table. Red wine naturally complements beef, but Eddie is proud to offer a select variety of reds, whites, and others to pair with anything on his menu. He also frequently hosts wine tasting and food sampling sessions to further edu40 | Columbia Home & Garden

cate his clients. From his days on his family’s Chester farm, to selling auto seat leather, and now the success of the New York Butcher Shoppe & Grille, Eddie proudly says that he’s “sold every part of the cow but the moo.” And as any successful businessman will tell you, it’s important to surround yourself with skilled and enthusiastic people. So, in addition to Chefs Chris Diehl and Rob Peeler, Eddie hired fellow golf enthusiast, Chef Kacey Carbery. Kacey hails from British Columbia, Canada. His father was a baker, and Kacey recalls working the graveyard shift when he was twelve. In high school, he worked and trained with master pastry chefs at large-scale Levain Bakery in Toronto. He eventually got a golf scholarship to the University of Florida where he majored in anthropology. Afterward, he settled in Columbia and continued working in restaurants. Kacey shares Eddie’s passion for the high-quality of Certified Angus Beef, which he reminds us is a brand of exclusively rated beef, not to be confused with the species of Angus cattle. Naturally, when asked to suggest some recipes for the home chef, Kacey turned to his menu for a blend of these unique and hearty dishes.

– serve as an appetizer 1 Himalayan Salt Rock – Heat slowly on a gas burner – raise heat incrementally over 20 minutes 4 Oz Kobe tri-tip (part of sirloin) – cut into 1/4 inch thick pieces 4 Oz Sashimi Tuna – slightly seared in a saucepan and cut into 1/4 inch thick pieces Sides – Wasabi paste and sliced pickled ginger Cooking – leave on salt rock until meat reaches desired doneness. Tip: the longer on the salt rock, the more salt will be absorbed by the meat. Serve with your favorite soy or steak sauce if desired.

Iceberg Wedge Salad

– serves one 1/4 Wedge of iceberg lettuce Stilton or Gorgonzola Bleu Cheese crumbles Applewood smoked bacon – cooked, cooled, and finely chopped Roma tomato sliced Place the wedge on a small chilled plate. Arrange equal piles of bacon and bleu cheese and a few slices of Roma tomato. | 41

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Black Truffle Mashed Potatoes

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– makes 6 portions 2.5 Lbs Ground beef 26 Oz Canned red kidney beans 1 Large onion coarsely chopped 1 Green pepper seeded and coarsely chopped 26 Oz Canned tomato filets 12 Oz Beef broth 1 12 Oz can of beer 1 Tbsp Dried oregano 1 Tsp Dried cumin 1/2 Tsp Cayenne pepper 1 Tbsp Kosher salt 1 Tbsp Chili powder 1 Tbsp Black pepper Brown ground beef in a large stock pot, drain off the fat and liquid using a colander. Return ground beef to pot, add all other ingredients and mix thoroughly. Cook on medium heat for 1 1/2 hours.

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Apply rub liberally to steak. Grill at high temperature to mark the meat. Finish in a regular oven at maximum temperature (use a meat thermometer to measure the desired internal temperature). Ladle cooked steak with butter, and garnish with a sprig of fresh herb such as rosemary or thyme.

Duo of Crème Brûlée – Citrus and 3-Berry – can serve one or two

Custard 2 Egg yolks, 1 tbsp vanilla extract, 1/2 cup sugar – in a stainless steel bowl, beat together until white. 3 Cups heavy cream – bring to a simmer in a sauce pan Place 2 crème brûlée dishes on a sheet pan. Mix the simmering cream in the bowl with eggs and pour the hot mix into each dish. Place the sheet pan in a 300 degree oven and fill the bottom of the pan with water. Cook 30 minutes, remove and allow to cool completely.

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Planting Points

By William Thrift | Photography by Lisa Willson

Masterful Demonstration by Rebekah Cline


t wasn’t easy trying to imagine a crisp winter day when Rebekah Cline of Rebekah’s Garden demonstrated the art of planting a wreath. On a typical September Saturday in Columbia, the air was still, the humidity was up, and the temperature hovered around ninety degrees. But once Rebekah began working – at the large planting table in her greenhouse off Leesburg Road – she was in her element, remarking that, despite the heat, there was nothing in the world she would rather be doing and nowhere else she’d rather be. Wreaths have become a year-round garnish for homes, especially in our temperate climate. But rather than weaving together sprigs of holly and scraps from the Christmas tree, or buying a seasonal silk or plastic arrangement for the front door, a living wreath is emblematic of a home’s vitality and the homeowners’ commitment to sustaining life, even in such a small way. Not to mention how fun it is to make and how pretty it is to look at when you’re done. Before starting on the wreath, consider the conditions where it will be displayed: How much sunlight will it receive? Will it be exposed to precipitation? What will be the average temperature? These questions should factor in your decision about which plants to use. The colors you wish to display, while less vital to the plants, should be just as important to you as the conditions. Consider the colors of your door, trim, and house. The plant colors should complement your home’s overall look (or maybe not, if that’s your style). It’s always best to have all of your components laid out and ready before you begin, so nothing will interrupt the fun! Rebekah had already mixed her favorite Farfard container mix and Earth Healer 44 | Columbia Home & Garden

compost. The ratio is two-thirds soil to one-third compost. She also uses Osmokote time-release fertilizer. Next, Rebekah had selected several types of small suc-

culents known as hens and chicks (they spread easily, sprouting lots of babies). For color, she’s added purple and yellow violas. Succulents and violas are lowmaintenance and enjoy similar climate conditions. It’s also a good idea to have some sheet moss handy to pack over bare spots when you’re done. The options on plants and garnishes are virtually endless – anything that works well in a container will do fine in the wreath. | 45

The wreath is a wire form lined with pre-cut cocoa fiber to hold everything in. Rebekah’s Garden carries the forms, but they may be found at a variety of planting shops. You’ll also need your hands (gloves are optional, but Rebekah likes them), and a good set of gardening shears (to snip away some of the cocoa fiber as needed). Fill the curved part (trench) of the form with your soil mixture. Then sprinkle in some fertilizer. Cover the dirt with a flat, circular piece of cocoa fiber, and clip on the back part of the form. You may need to stuff some of the cocoa fiber securely under the wire to ensure no soil spills out. Flip the whole thing over and you’re ready to go. Rebekah just dives right in, using the shears to widen the holes in the cocoa fiber and poking her fingers into the soil to make room for the roots. The wire grid ensures proper spacing of the plants. She breaks the succulents apart until they’re the size she needs, then she breaks off some of the existing roots and stuffs it carefully into the hole and around the wire. For delicate parts like arms and babies, she uses small wire picks to secure them to the form. Repeat the process, alternating types and placement of plants depending on how you want your wreath to look. For a fuller wreath, use taller plants on the inside holes. To make it wider, use taller plants on the outside holes. There are various types of moss available for covering bare areas of the wreath or adding strategic tan or green colors to the design. Make your own moss by removing it from one of your trees and treating it with a light Clorox solution 46 | Columbia Home & Garden

to kill any bugs. Once everything is planted, water the wreath immediately by soaking it with spray. Keep in mind that the wreath could weigh over fifteen pounds fully planted – Rebecca uses a cart to assist in moving it. Allow the wreath to sit flat in a shady area for about two weeks in order for the roots to take hold. During that time, check it every day for moisture and expect to soak it thoroughly once or twice a week. You may also check to see how the plants are growing and how the wreath looks overall to determine whether you need additional plants to fill and which parts of the wreath will be the top, bottom, and sides. There are lots of options to garnish your wreath for different times of the year. For example, red berries and bows can be added for Christmas, and bright flowers can be inserted when spring arrives. H&G

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Columbia Home & Garden - Winter 2010  

This issue is packed with great articles featuring a Living Wreath, Who Shot Rock & Roll, industrial building conversion The Hangar Lofts an...