Fig Columbia Spring 2023

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The Get Up & Go Issue
local shopping, dining, arts, events, and community
N o 38 | SPRING 2023 City of Columbia

Resort, redefined

Let your poolside fashion make a splash this season with fabulous resort wear and swimsuits from Scout and Molly’s. They have attire for every sun soaked spring day, made better only with champagne sparkles or a chilled glass of rosé.

Brands pictured: Celia B Hunter Bell Love the Label Misa Los Angeles SAYLOR Dolce Vita Location: the home of Pete & Susan Strom

On the Cover: Bounce into the spring season with The Cola Bounce House! With their modern and luxe white bounce houses and ball pits available for rent, you can add fun to every event you host this year.

IN THIS ISSUE Winter is on its way out the door, and in its place comes an energizing season filled with an abundance of adventures. Flip through the pages of this issue and discover the businesses around town that are ready to get up and go with you this spring!

Fig Authentic: Angela Yong Sellers

Through her business— Fit Columbia—and her passion for motivating our community to be active, Angela Yong Sellers is making a difference here every day.


Social Mission

Meet our 2023 Fig Columbia Social Mission partner, Sistercare, and learn of the impactful work that they do for survivors of domestic violence and their children through emergency shelters and the services they provide.


Get up and go...everywhere!

Signs of spring are all around us: Event calendars filling up with festivals and parades; gorgeous, bright apparel arriving in the local boutiques and shops; longer days perfect for exploring trails by foot or bike; and new menu items in our favorite restaurants. It’s time to get up and get out of the house to explore all the wonderful things that come with springtime in Columbia, and we’ve got your guide to doing just that!


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Go Get ‘Em Soda City


Upcoming Spring Events

A Fresh Look for an Old Favorite: Rose Talbert Paints

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15 Spotlight: Experience Columbia


And of course great shopping, dining, arts, events, and community— as always. Keep Reading



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Let’s get up and go!

It’s springtime, Columbia! It’s time to move, stretch, jump, play, shed our winter layers, and welcome the warm Carolina sunshine. It’s time for the pastel pink of the cherry trees and the rich hues of azaleas to reach their peak bloom and for new pops of green to bring life to the trees and to the grass around us.

In the same way that the landscape blooms around our city, so do upcoming events, activities, and get togethers. We look forward to Columbia events like St. Pat’s in 5 Points, the Drink Pink Rosé festival, as well as the Devine in Bloom Fashion show. We attend the iconic spring horse races like the Carolina Cup in Camden and Steeplechase in Aiken.

There is something about the promise of spring that has us ready to Get Up and Go, and within the pages of this issue we hope that you will find inspiration, ideas, and places to add to your seasonal bucket list.

We encourage you find new ways this spring to explore our great city. Try a new local restaurant, shop for fresh seasonal ingredients at a local market, or try your hand at planting your own organic garden at home. Buy that outfit with your favorite spring colors and wear it to a festival or event you haven’t been to yet. Take time to breathe into yourself and into our city because there is no time like the present to get outside and explore.

As always, we share a heartfelt thank you to our small business community as they are our constant inspiration. They infuse life, excitement, and culture into our community, and it is an honor to work alongside them. Cheers to 2023 and to the start of a beautiful new season. Now let’s get up and go.

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Untamed style, maximum flare

To Aston Moody, the sign of a job well done is when she doesn’t want to leave the client’s beautiful new space—when she wants to enjoy it for herself! She accomplishes this by combining her eye for color and pattern with her client’s personal style and interests. This unique approach creates inviting spaces that infuse joy into every square inch. Through the marriage of new and old, Aston cultivates timeless glamour with a pop of fun and a splash of spunk.

In this Ladies’ Lounge, Aston showcased her client’s love for music in a way as vibrant and playful as the client herself.

Calling all couples!

Watch your special event bloom before your eyes with every detail carefully planned out and brought to life by the fabulous team at By Invitation Only...Event Planning and Design. They bring an undeniable energy to the planning process with their fresh ideas and years of industry experience, and they’re ready to infuse your event with everything that is personal and meaningful to you. All you have to do is make the call—they’re ready to pick up the phone and get started!

Photography: Joshua Aaron Photography
Weddings & Receptions Corporate Functions Private Celebrations


Simply sophisticated

a great selection of every day closet basics and trendy seasonal pieces, you can create a classic wardrobe
that makes you look amazing and feel confident everywhere you go.
Location: Westend Interiors, West Columbia

Elevating excellence

For over four decades, Southern Way Catering and their team of chefs have lead the way in culinary excellence through their inventive recipes, their beautiful presentation, and their impeccable service. Pat Weller, who has been on the team since June of 2017 as the Chef de Cuisine, has stepped forward into the role of Executive Chef. He’s excited to take on the mantle and to continue the stellar success of Southern Way Catering as they enter their 41st year in business.

Dish pictured: Seared Chilean sea bass with potatoes pave, succotash, buttermilk beurre blanc, and chive oil.

Workers' Compensation

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Nothing matters more to the attorneys at the Goings Law Firm than the health and wellbeing of their community. With deep roots in Columbia and throughout the state, their team of personal injury lawyers strives to serve every one of their clients with unmatched care throughout the legal process. If you or a loved one has been injured due to another’s negligence, allow Goings Law Firm to navigate the insurance and legal matters for you, so that you can focus completely on your recovery and family.

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Pictured, from left: Attorneys Christian Boesl, Jessica O’Neill Gooding, Christopher Paschal, and Robert Goings

Creating a better, brighter future

It’s what Hammond teachers are called to do. Their teachers are experts in understanding the individual strengths, challenges, interests, and motivators of students. They encourage curiosity, develop empathetic and global outlooks, and build tomorrow’s leaders. Hammond students will inherit a world that we can scarcely imagine. Hammond School is dedicated to making sure their students are well prepared for whatever the future holds. They teach them to think ahead. Because that’s how you create a better future for us all.

Find your child’s place at Hammond School—Schedule your tour and apply this spring for the 2023-2024 school year.


Bringing your story to life

With every branding and marketing strategy created and implemented at ByFarr Design House, the ultimate goal is to allow clients’ stories to shine. Rose Talbert Paints certainly has a remarkable story to tell thanks to a rich history of over 100 years in business. As Rose Talbert’s marketing team, ByFarr worked with the 2 nd and 3 rd generations of the family-owned company to give the brand a new look while also paying respect to their history. See for yourself how the local paint company’s story has been brought to life through exceptional design. Have a new logo or rebrand in mind? Call to schedule a complimentary consultation!

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A fresh look for an old favorite

New colors and logo, same incredible product and service that Rose Talbert Paints has been providing for over 100 years.

Rose Talbert Paints has been family-owned and operated since the day W.H. Rose first opened the doors to the business on Daloz Drive in Columbia. In the century since then, as the company has grown and as the products have continued their stellar reputation, the main values that W.H. founded the business upon still remains: Offer outstanding paint products made right here in South Carolina alongside superior service. It's those values that separate Rose Talbert Paints apart from their national brand competitors!

Every gallon of their paint is produced at their production location in Cayce, and is utilized all around the Midlands and beyond. Their paints have been used in projects at the University of South Carolina, in local K12 schools, in murals in downtown Columbia, in homes throughout the state, in local small businesses, in churches, and more. Local painters know what brand of paint is superior, and it's because each can of paint produced has many hands involved in creating it. From beginning to end of the process, the paint is carefully monitored and tested to ensure that only the best leaves the production floor and ends up on the shelf at the store for you to purchase.

Walk into either of their storefront locations on Knox Abbot Drive in Cayce or Forest Drive in Columbia and find everything you need to get the job done. It doesn't matter if you're a contractor looking to bulk order paint for a big project you have coming up or if you're a homeowner looking to give a room in your house a makeover—The paint experts at Rose Talbert Paints will not only answer any questions you've got about what paint you might need, but they'll supply you with the best paint to get the job done right the first time.

Shop small and support local as you tackle your home DIY projects this spring—Rose Talbert Paints is the place to go!

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From food festivals to holiday celebrations and all kinds of gamedays in between, there’s nothing short of a full line up of events to be found in the heart of SC. Thanks to our region’s temperate climate and sunny days, Columbia is a year-round destination for events where you’ll find something happening most weekends. Keep reading and mark your calendars as we break down some our community’s must-attend events throughout the year!


For over 30 years, a special part of the city gets more green than usual for St. Pat’s in Five Points, one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day festivals in the Southeast. Featuring a daylong lineup of bands, a fun run, and a wee bit o’ parade in the morning, this festival has a little something for everyone.

Keep your kilts and bagpipes handy and head to the weekend-long celebration of Celtic culture and heritage, The Tartan Day South Festival. Showcasing the traditions of Ireland, Scotland and England through music, athletics and dancing, this will be the perfect place to honor your lineage and learn more about history. Sip on a Guinness while watching classic sheepdog herding or place your bets on sword fights.

While it’s typical of The Vista to be buzzing, it comes alive with extra vibrancy during Artista Vista each spring when the galleries keep their doors open later and public art spills out into the streets to bring culture in reach for everyone. You might be surprised to hear it, but crawfish are kind of a big deal around here – at least during the Rosewood Crawfish Festival. With 10,000 pounds of crawfish and a healthy dose of other Cajun and Southern food favorites, plus a day full of live music, this is a party your crew won’t want to miss.

While we’re not a coastal town, when it comes to shrimp and grits, there are lots to be had in Columbia SC. You can find out who has the best and enjoy live music at the Columbia Shrimp and Grits Fest.

Locals know that no matter what day of the week the Fourth of July falls on, the Lexington County Peach Festival will happen, rain or shine. This long-running celebration of America and one of South Carolina’s top crops brings people of all ages out for a parade, tasty peach treats galore and a spectacular fireworks show to top it off.

Speaking of fireworks, follow the locals to Lake Murray for the annual Lake Murray Fireworks Celebration on July 4th. Catch the parade of boats embellished with their patriotism during the day, then the dazzling displays light up the night sky and are reflected in the water’s rippling surface, making this show one to plan for.

The Main Street Latin Festival spices up the city with an authentic street fair that celebrates the huge impact that Latinx culture has on South Carolina. From food and music to dancing and art, attendees can get a real taste of the variety, vim and vigor of this culture.

St. Pat's in Five Points South Carolina State Fair


Experience Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture with Historic Columbia, which brings together artisans, dancers, storytellers, and musicians to celebrate the deeply interwoven ties of African American history in our city.

The city brightens up and paints the town rainbow for the weekend of the Famously Hot SC Pride Festival. It’s an epicenter for entertainment with dynamite performers – think Lil’ Kim, Natasha Bedingfield and Jordin Sparks as past headliners. Combine that with a night parade and a positive, creative culture, and you’ve got a recipe for breaking attendance records every year.

Considered by many to be a signature Columbia music festival, Jam Room Music Festival includes food trucks, craft beer and live music featuring genres from bluegrass to heavy metal and everything in between. It all comes together as a free street festival on Main Street.

Fried Oreos, rides, carnival games and bright, Insta-worthy photos mean it’s time for the South Carolina State Fair. This Columbia tradition is a statewide celebration of family fun and getting back to being a kid.

When there’s a chill in the air, take in the Holiday Lights on the River display at Saluda Shoals Park, starting in November and running through December. Stay in the warmth of your car with hot chocolate and snacks as you wind through the sparkling displays.

‘Twas the Lights Before Christmas and all through the zoo, the animals were stirring and people were, too. Each holiday season, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden puts on a magical display of twinkling lights of every color, and in every shape of animal, that captures your imagination and instantly gets you in the holiday spirit.

The Vista starts to shimmer a little extra during Vista Lights—a kickoff to the holiday season that highlights the best of The Vista’s art galleries and retail shops, as well as brings merriment in the form of live performances and great bites and sips.

You get all of this, plus the sporting events, concerts, shows and more that happen throughout the year as well. When you look, you’ll find there are more things to do than there are hours to do them right here in the heart of SC. Electric events like these are the reason why millions of visitors come through the region every year. And with each visitor who chooses Columbia, our economy grows and our community thrives. Learn more about our events and new ways to experience Columbia SC at

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Holiday Lights on the River

Go get ‘em soda cit y

If there is anything that we know about our very own Soda City, it is that it’s teeming with small businesses and activities that invite us out of our houses and into the community!

There are local shops and boutiques where we can outfit ourselves with the latest spring styles, and state-of-the-art aesthetics and med spas ready to help us achieve a gorgeous glow for the warmer months. Of course, there is the delicious variety of local restaurants that nourish us with incredible meals and invite us to gather around the table with friends and family.

And the best part is that all of these opportunities can be found in pockets of Columbia that are individually as unique as the businesses that call them home. From the eclectic charm of Five Points District to the revitalizing energy of Devine Street and the exciting buzz of energy in the Main Street District, each of these places welcome and encourage us to stay awhile and play.

Whether you are a long-time resident of Columbia, you have recently relocated to our Capital City, or you happen to be visiting us for a just short time, we invite you to flip through these pages and explore a new place that catches your eye! Make an appointment at that spa you have been wanting to try or make a weekend bucket list with your friends. There is so much to do, and a whole exciting new season ahead of us to try it all!

Get up and Pedego

You’re invited! The Pedego Soda City team is welcoming you to their store in West Columbia. Rent eBikes to cruise around town or the riverwalk on, check out their inventory for a model that’s just right for you, and meet their friendly team. Pedego is a lifestyle—Once you put your foot to the pedal for your first ride, you won’t want to stop moving. Say hello to fun, and get going with Pedego!

Drop by their store to test ride an eBike this spring!

Par-fect golf attire

BP Skinner Clothiers, well known for their custom apparel for men, also hits a hole in one when it comes to the best clothing for a day on the golf course. They carry some of the most exclusive golf attire brands in the state. Their line up of brands and apparel are a blend of function and style, and will carry you from the beginning of the round to the 19th hole.

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Food that fuels

Grab-and-go items made fresh daily at Tasty As Fit make plant-forward eating convenient and delicious. Each week, Emilie Blanchard and her team curate a seasonal menu with delicious eats designed to nourish your body and feed your soul—think flavorful glowing lentil soup, nutrient-packed smoothies, and vegan snickers bites. Visit their storefront on Millwood Avenue to browse the fridge full of plant-based and gluten-free meals and treats, or order online to use their curbside pick-up service. After you taste their life-changing meals, there’s no doubt Tasty As Fit will become your go-to neighborhood destination for a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Smoothies Salads Soups Grab-n-go meals Desserts

On the go in 5 Points

Five Points is overflowing with shopping, dining, activities, and events to fill your spring calendar from sunup to sundown. Take it from us! Get your sweat on at one of the local fitness facilities like Orangetheory, fuel up with a cup of coffee from Drip, find a fresh new look for the day at Vivid Cut and Color, and cruise around the neighborhood on a board from Blue Tile Skate Shop. Head to Columbia’s funkiest neighborhood village, Five Points, to find the perfect activities to fill your weekdays and your weekends!

Pictured clockwise, from left: Vivid Cut and Color, Blue Tile Skate Shop, Orangetheory Fitness, Drip Coffee Dress provided by Vestique

Cheers to a good time

The Flying Biscuit Café, locally owned and operated by John Robert and Kevin, is your go-to neighborhood spot for good food, good drinks, and good company. Their menu has all your traditional breakfast favorites with their own unique twist, and is enhanced by their full bar which offers mimosas, Bloody Marys, specialty cocktails, mimosa flights. Grab your friends and plan a delicious brunch date this spring.

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Open 7am–2pm Monday through Friday,
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Lift. Jump. Move.

At Anytime Fitness, everything you need to stay moving is right at your fingertips. Members have access to a TRX training area, weights, and a wide variety of cardio options including treadmills, ellipticals, and Peloton bikes. And even better than the equipment itself is the community you'll find at Anytime Fitness. With encouraging, like-minded people exercising right alongside you and friendly, experienced coaches working with you to customize a training program, there's no doubt you'll achieve your health goals.

Coaching Cardio Strength training Functional training Fitness assessments 24-hour access


Location: The Arcade Building

Cupcakes: Ally & Eloise Bakeshop

Treat yourself in 2023

Make 2023 the year you become the best version of yourself, inside and out. Professional treatments performed by the experts at About You Aesthetics will help you achieve that rejuvenated, youthful appearance you’ve been dreaming of. Through the use of injectables, laser skin services, coolsculpting, and more, their doctor-led team can address any of your areas of concern to provide you with the results you deserve. Glowing confidence sure is sweet— treat yourself to it, starting with a consultation at About You Aesthetics!


Get moving in the Vista

Step into spring with equipment to get you moving! Whether it’s a pickleball paddle, a new pair of running shoes, or a tennis racquet, you’ll find the gear and apparel to help you enjoy your active lifestyle to the fullest at Todd & Moore, located in the heart of the Vista. After their sporting goods specialists fit you with the perfect items, head back out into the Vista to explore the myriad of outdoor activities at your fingertips. You’ll be fully prepped and ready to spend an afternoon on the pickleball courts or hit the trail for a run.

The Vista sits on the banks of the Congaree River, giving Columbia residents the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful outdoor oasis right here in the city.

Nutrition for every body

The health coaches at Profile Plan know there’s not a onesize-fits-all solution for weight loss. When you’re trying to shed those extra pounds, you need a plan that will fit your goals and lifestyle. Profile Plan offers options for everyone from the new or expecting mother, to the athlete working to maximize performance, to the individual with a medical condition such as diabetes, or even just for the person who wants to feel better in their own skin. The main goal with any of their custom plans is to help you understand how nutrition can work for you to keep your mind sharp, your heart healthy, and your happiness levels up.

DYK: You can shop fresh, healthy meals and a variety of protein-rich foods at Profile at their Columbia or Lexington office locations—even if you don’t have a membership!

Sip, sip, frosé!

There’s a new frozen treat coming to town, just in time for the warm, sunny days of spring. Crown Town Frosé’s new grab-and-go store front is opening up in Lexington this season and will feature their signature alcoholic beverage, frozen rosé, in several tasty year-round flavors and delicious seasonal ones, too. Stay tuned for their grand opening and get ready to enjoy your new favorite refreshing cocktail with friends!

Strawberry Peach

Cucumber Watermelon + Seasonal flavors


Celebrate motherhood with your MaterniTEAM

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The relationship dream team

If you and your partner don’t know where to begin when it comes to strengthening your relationship, allow Jill Smith & Associates Counseling to show you the way. While the practice works with the entire family on a range of issues, the team of therapists pictured work directly with couples to provide professional, compassionate relationship counseling services. Each one has taken extensive trainings in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and has committed to ongoing study in this area, ensuring you and your significant other are in the best of hands at JSA.

If you and your partner don’t know where to begin when it comes to strengthening your relationship, allow Jill Smith & Associates Counseling to show you the way. While the practice works with the entire family on a range of issues, the team of therapists pictured work directly with couples to provide professional, compassionate relationship counseling services. Each one has taken extensive trainings in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and has committed to ongoing study in this area, ensuring you and your significant other are in the best of hands at JSA.

Pictured, from left: Katie Haney, Torsicia Jones, Jill Smith, Amy Hanson, Terri Hallman

from within

It’s time to bring The Well back to your being. The team at The Well provide essential skin care and body work services that focus on both internal and external health, taking a holistic approach to your wellness plan. They’ll help you discover a fresh sense of your own beauty, radiating from the inside out!

Ready for results?

Jump into reaching your health goals at Results Fitness! Their experienced, passionate team of instructors is ready to help you achieve lasting results through small group classes and one-on-one personal training. Carefully designed workouts with just the right blend of fun and hard work will keep you motivated and on track to hit each fitness milestone you set for yourself.

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Sweet springtime

Peek through the window at Kaminsky's Dessert Café on Gervais Street and you'll spot a delicious array of desserts galore. Families and friends gather around the treats to socialize and celebrate together. Join the merriment with your own loved ones to commemorate the sweetest moments of spring, from graduations to holidays to birthdays and more. The seasonal dessert and drink menus at Kaminsky's will have you in the spirit of springtime as you toast to the events of the season.

Desserts pictured: Gluten Free Lemon Raspberry Poppyseed Cake, Chocolate & Caramel Cadbury Cake, Chocolate Cadbury Milkshake

Day and night, night and day

Just as our style evolves from day to night, or weekday to weekend, so can your makeup. Learn how to take your look from natural to bold and somewhere in between with the help of a POUT beauty expert. The team at POUT will work with you to define your style, color, and go-to products, helping you every step of the way to feel radiant in your look and confident in your own makeup skills. From day to night and back again, the POUT team is here is here to help you feel gorgeous and glowing with every look you serve.

Book a POUT Beauty 101 session with one of POUT’s beauty experts at

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Good vibes, great hair

At Process, a trip to the salon means renewed confidence for each event you host this spring. Allow their talented stylists to work their magic on your hair and take your look to the next level with a fresh cut, new color, or a fabulous blowout. For Easter, Mother’s Day, and every occasion in between, you’ll be looking and feeling like your best self. Let your Process appointment be the best part of your day and the reason you love your locks!

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Pictured: Process Client Rebecca Goings in her home after a gorgeous blowout and style.

Authentic Angela Yong Sellers

For Angela Yong Sellers, owner and operator of Fit Columbia in Five Points, opening up a fitness studio was about more than building a gym, but creating an experience; a personal one. She was dedicated to creating a welcoming space where everyone was invited and where all felt included. Twelve years later, Fit Columbia is just that, and Angela and her team continue to inspire everyone around them to get up and move, and to have fun doing it.

As Angela puts it, Fit Columbia is a place where a vibe attracts a tribe. A place

for people of all ages and backgrounds to come for everything from personal training to stretch therapy to goat yoga. Fit Columbia focuses not only on strength training, mobility, and body work, but on ensuring everyone leaves feeling confident and cared for as well.

Angela encourages the mind set of “try something new” and “get up and go,” especially when spending quality time with others. Movement, she believes, is always more enjoyable when done with someone else.

“I think that moving, and including someone else, not only makes it a more memorable experience, but an opportunity to play longer,” said Angela. “It’s been proven over and over again... if you’re running on a track and someone comes running alongside you, you’re going to immediately start running faster or you run longer.”

She knows that in our town there are an abundance of places to get moving with a friend. Signing up for a 5k, even if you walk, is a great way to try something new, or try kayaking on one of our local

Authentic | Leading the way through innovation and example 34 2121 COLLEGE STREET 803.394.1247 FITCOLUMBIA.COM FITCOLUMBIA
Pictured: Angela Yong Sellers, owner and operator of Fit Columbia.

rivers. There’s always a way to take a hang out and make it more physical.

“I think that getting friends and family together and doing things like going to the zoo where you’ll get lots of walking in, to an ice rink out in Irmo for skating, or to Congaree National park for hiking, is great,” Angela said. “Anywhere you can go and be physically active with friends and family... that’s what I’m hoping for in 2023, more of that for our community.”

Angela is also a champion of our city, serving as an Experience Columbia ambassador, a member of the Midlands SC chapter of 100 Women Who Care, and most recently, a Kudzu Queen. With a great appreciation and knowledge of the area, the food scene, and the local activities, Angela can provide her clients the insight on how to embrace Columbia while being active

and supporting local businesses. Fit Columbia’s location in Five Points offers wonderful opportunities to connect with other local business owners creating lasting relationships and deepening the bond that our community and business owners hold together.

The story at Fit Columbia is one of being your most authentic self. No judgment, no comparison. Just an appreciation that you are taking the time to be yourself. Angela is not only sharing that message to her clients in the gym, but she is also encouraging people to embrace that mindset for every part of life. You matter and you are important. Angela wants to be a constant reminder of that everywhere she goes from Fit Columbia to social media, and all the places along the way.

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Grow green this spring

Breathe new life into your yard this spring and create the garden you’ve always dreamed of having. Visit Gardener’s Outpost where they’ll guide you towards building a wellrounded, organic, and sustainable garden through the plants and products they offer in their shop and through their expert knowledge. Pick out new plants from their annual color, native perennials, and pollinator options for a new gorgeous spring flower bed. Start your own fresh herb or vegetable garden so you can enjoy delicious home cooked meals with ingredients you’ve grown yourself. Gardener’s Outpost is your local gardening and plants expert.

709 WOODROW STREET 1211 FRANKLIN STREET 803.252.0041 GARDENERSOUTPOST.COM Visit them at either one of their two locations: 1211 Franklin Street in Cottontown or their original location at 709 Woodrow Street in Old Shandon.
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Your beauty, their inspiration

Welcome to Dream Aesthetic, where you can achieve the skin health and glow of your wildest dreams. This team of expertly-trained aesthetic professionals uses the safest, most effective injectables and technology to address visible signs of aging and other common skin issues. Notably, their new Aerolase Neo Elite utilizes laser energy to address a wide variety of skin concerns including scarring, hyperpigmentation, uneven tone and texture, and unwanted hairs. Unlike other laser treatments, Aerolase Neo Elite safely and effectively works on all skin types and tones, leaving each patient with a youthful glow.

Botox Dermal fillers PRP Facials Microneedling

Hair Restoration Chemical Peels Facials Laser treatments

Jewelry isn't simply an accessory; it's a form of self-expression. A combination of expertly designed, carefully curated pieces can tell a story that is uniquely you, and that's exactly what you'll find at Sugar & Lola. Owner Lola Okoniewski and shop manager Joelle Patton hand-make and source every necklace, earring, bracelet, and ring with the goal of providing you with items for everyday wear that capture your own personal style.

Forever bracelets make the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, graduation, or birthdays. To schedule your appointment, give the shop a call or text, or book via Instagram.

Flaunt your style
From eye exams to the most advanced surgery, Columbia Eye Clinic’s board certified and fellowship trained doctors are here for all your eye care needs. Their doctors and expertly trained ophthalmic staff use state-of-the-art equipment and technology to help you see your best. Columbia Eye Clinic is physician-owned and has provided comprehensive, patient-focused eye care in the Midlands for 100 years.
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Pictured: Garner J. Wild, M.D.

Light it up

Quick, effective workouts have been the M.O. at Basecamp Fitness from the beginning. They pair strength, cardio, and core with the unstoppable combination of heart-pumping music, an upbeat environment, and highenergy coaches to bring you 35 minutes of an incredible workout that’s guaranteed to leave you coming back for more. Now, they’re leveling up and adding an electrifying light display that will push you across the finish line as you take another step towards a stronger, healthier you with each class you take.

Your first class is free!

Time for a skincare refresh

Get your glow on as you prep for springtime events and the warmer weather ahead! Stacey Overstreet and her team of estheticians can create a custom plan to meet your unique skincare needs. Along with their full menu of state-of-the-art treatments, they are one of only two spas in South Carolina offering the celebrity favorite, Intraceuticals Oxygen Facial, to refresh your skin and give you the most stunning radiancy.

This bride worked with the Stacey O. Team for the ultimate skin prep before her big day! She received the Power Couple Duo (combining the Red Carpet and Oxygen Facials) for a gorgeous plump and glow.

Styled for spring

Jump into spring with the latest fashions from Pink Sorbet! Lilly Pulitzer's classic styles combined with their signature bright, colorful patterns are the perfect pieces to take you into springtime. The newest collection will be coming just in time for you to find the styles you need for every event on your social calendar this season.

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On the move

Movement—on the court and in the classroom —is the key to success when educating students with dyslexia. Sandhills School’s multisensory environment and schedule accommodates multiple breaks, including two recess periods and an elective daily, to allow time for students to stretch and re-channel their energy so they can return to class focused and engaged in their lessons. In addition to the movement encouraged throughout the school day, Sandhills School offers a robust athletic program with a variety of competitive team sports. Sandhills is passionate about providing students with learning differences the tools and opportunities to succeed in and out of the classroom.

2023–24 enrollment begins March 1st. Call to speak with one of Sandhills School’s dyslexia and learning difference experts today!

Find your best self

Discover the most refreshed, youthful version of yourself with the help of Jaime Strickland, CRNA at About Face Aesthetics. She specializes in facial balancing to address loss of volume, decrease in tone, texture, and skin laxity through a strategic plan to achieve a more proportional structure. With the use of botox or xeomin, hyaluronic acid filler, biostimulators, collagen stimulator Ultherapy, radio frequency microneedling, and more, Jaime will restore and rejuvenate your look.

About Face has two locations: One in Union, SC and the other right here in Columbia, located inside Soak Day Spa.

Out to lunch

Your beloved neighborhood Italian restaurant, il Giorgione, is bringing back brunch and lunch with a twist this spring! Inspired by Italian street food and featuring only the freshest ingredients like arugula, prosciutto, and hand–pulled mozzarella, their menu is sure to excite your taste buds. Gather around the table with your friends and family at il Giorgione and linger longer—you’ll want to try one of everything!

Brunch and lunch will be available Wednesday–Sunday from 11am until 2pm. Dinner service is available Tuesday–Saturday from 5–10pm.

2406 DEVINE STREET 803.521.5063 ILGIORGIONE.COM Meals pictured, from left: Proscuitto with arugula and fresh tomatoes, Burrata Pizza, and Mortadella with truffle cream and shaved parmigiano. 3405 FOREST DR 864.441.0431 ABOUTFACEAESTHETICS.COM

SprIng Hello,

The temperatures are on the rise, the birds are chirping, and the sun is shining its rays down on us... Spring is coming! This is a season of awakening and invigoration as we emerge from a cold winter and watch everything come back to life. It’s time to get up and go enjoy all that Columbia has to offer during the springtime!

Try new restaurants, adventure through the outdoors, find new hobbies, move your body, and admire the blossoming flora. You’ll discover a renewed sense of energy and motivation as you explore our wonderful city.

In the following pages, we’ll guide you through the many activities and opportunities that await you. There’s so much to do, see, and experience—where will you start first?

Get up and Get Energized!

As you’re out and about this spring, you’re going to need to keep your energy up! There are a number of spots around town where you’ll find delicious food to fuel your healthy lifestyle. Even if you’re short on time as you race towards your next adventure, many of these restaurants offer quick, easy fare that you can take on the go—think smoothies, juices, and grab-and-go salads and meals. Or if you’ve got more time to savor your healthy meal, there are incredible options for you, too. Enjoy organic, locallysourced food at Lil Duck Kombucha’s Treehouse Cafe, or stroll through Soda City Market on a Saturday morning to browse a variety of vendors selling appetizing items.

Fuel up:

A Peace of Soul Vegan Kitchen

As Well As

Clean Juice

Freshe Poke

Good Life Cafe

Lil Duck Kombucha

Rosewood Market


Soda City Market

Tasty As Fit

The Corner Blend


Get up and Get motivated!

Spring is known as the season of new beginnings, and that could look like a fresh outlook on your mental health. One of the best methods to nurture your mind is to dedicate time to activities that bring you joy; what better time than spring to take a step out of your comfort zone and explore your passions? Maybe it’s cooking, gardening, cycling, journaling, needlepoint, or photography—find somewhere to put those interests into action! You just might find a new hobby along the way. And keep in mind that if you’re ready to go a step further in your mental health journey, talking to a therapist may also be a helpful addition to your routine.

discover yourself:

Gardener’s Outpost

Half Moon Pottery

Jill Smith Counseling

Let’s Cook Culinary Studio Painting with a Twist Pedego

Seminole Candle Company

Forest Acres Needlepoint Freeway Music

Get up and Get adventurous!

Thanks to warm temperatures and sunny days, springtime in Columbia is ideal for getting out and exploring the myriad of outdoor spaces at our fingertips! With various state and national parks, an expansive lake, three rivers flowing through our city, and so much more, there's truly a place for every adventurer. Need an idea for your next adventure? Hit one of the many trails or greenways around town for your next walk, run, or bike ride. Bring the family to Riverbanks Zoo for a mini safari of your own. And as the weather continues to warm up, drop your kayak, paddleboard, or tube in the river to venture down the water.


Broad, Congaree, and Saluda Rivers

Congaree National Park

Harbison State Forest

Lake Murray

Palmetto Trail

Riverbanks Zoo

Saluda Shoals Park

Sesquicentennial State Park

Three Rivers Greenway

Get up and Get centered!

Renew your body, mind, and spirit with daily movement this spring. Exercise is one of the best ways to center and energize yourself, preparing you to take on anything life throws at you. Here in Columbia, we have such a wonderful variety of gyms and fitness studios—there truly is an option for everyone. If slow, intentional movement is your preference, you’ll enjoy a relaxing yoga flow at The Well or Fit Columbia. Or if higher-intensity cardio and strength training are more your speed, try a group class at Basecamp or Temple Columbia. Those who desire a more customized workout plan will find that at Results Fitness or Anytime Fitness with their personal trainers. Not sure what you’re looking for yet? Take your time and investigate some different options to see which is your favorite way to move your body!

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CrossFit Fit Columbia Jamie Scott Fitness Pure Barre Results Fitness RISE Fitness + Wellness Studio Fire Temple Columbia The Well SC move:

Get up and Get growing!

New life abounds in the springtime as the natural world comes back to life following the winter months. Take advantage of the regrowth that is blossoming all around us! Visit Soda City Market to pick up a bouquet of fresh blooms or commission a local florist to create a beautiful seasonal arrangement to admire and enjoy. Or participate in the regrowth yourself by starting a garden of your own or trying your hand at designing a floral arrangement during Fern’s weekly flower bar. There’s nothing better than having fresh plants and flowers around to brighten your home and lift your spirits.


Cayce Farmer’s Market

Carolina Blossoms

City Roots

Fern Gardener’s Outpost PlantHouse

Soda City Market

Something Special Florist & Gifts

Steel Garden

Where spring fashion blooms

Devine Street is in bloom this season, and you can find vibrant pops of fashion springing up from every boutique on the street. Get your tickets now for Devine in Bloom and get ready for an evening of socializing and taking in the latest styles to sweep the city for spring and summer. Start the night with a Garden Party social hour to mingle with other guests, enjoy food and drinks, and take photos in front of the most beautiful floral wall you can imagine. At 7pm, the doors will open for the one-of-a-kind fashion show featuring the shops of Devine Street. It’s the best social event of the season—you won’t want to miss it!




Limited tickets are available. Purchase your ticket at and get ready for the most fashionably fun evening on your spring social calendar!

An expert culinary team

From elegant brunch parties to the most extravagant corporate functions, Loosh Culinaire can help you prepare for any event you're planning this spring. Their team of experts is prepared to oversee each of the critical facets of your catered affair: integration of your vision, strategic planning, coordination, and of course, the food. Using only the freshest seasonal ingredients, they'll create and execute a menu that flawlessly complements your event while also implementing outstanding presentation and attentive service.

Pictured: Crawford Pressley, Owner & Collaborating Chef; Kristi Wilcox, Event Production Manager; Blake Faries, Executive Chef; Jordan Hall, Sous Chef

Bright & bold

As we say hello to warmer weather and goodbye to the dreary winter months, that means it’s time to get resortready! At Monkee’s you’ll find bold fashions in bright colors with fun accessories to tie it all together—everything you need to prepare for spring break trips and summer getaways. Visit the upscale ladies’ fashion boutique for a luxurious shopping experience complete with expert assistance to find the outfit that helps you look and feel your very best.

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On the move

Get moving this spring! Kate Sweeten and her team at The Sweeten Group are ready to assist you with all your home buying and selling needs in the Midlands. The experience is above and beyond what other realtors offer. Kate and her team will come stage your home and have it professionally photographed to ensure that your home shines when it is listed for sale. Their experience with luxury homes is unmatched. Thanks to exceptional marketing and selling skills, they have an average of 4 days on the market. With Kate, you’ll be on the move in no time!

Live like you are always on vacation in this luxury lakefront home! The Sweeten Group's listing features a kitchen with gourmet appliances, a main level owners' suite with two ensuite bathrooms, fireplaces on each level of the home, an oversized garage space on the basement level, a low-maintenance aluminum deck, an outdoor entertaining space, and a private boat ramp off the maintenance-free dock with boat lift. Find your next dream home with the help of The Sweeten Group!

Pictured below: A 5 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom house at 111 Turtle Cove Court, Lexington, SC 29072. 5,177 sq ft with a 4–car garage.


Equipping students for life beyond

Ben Lippen inspires their students to dream big through a curriculum centered around the 4As: Academics, Arts, Athletics, and Attitude (spiritual life). The school is continuously looking for new ways to challenge their students and, in doing so, have begun offering new Signature Programs, like their Certified Nurse’s Assistant (CNA) program. No matter the career path your child finds the most exciting, Ben Lippen is ready to set the foundation for their future.

your child the gift of an unparalleled Christian education— schedule a tour today!

Make the most of life

When great people come together, great things happen. That’s why the Capital City Club brings their members together through a multitude of exciting events and networking opportunities. Their bustling spring schedule includes a Prom Night Rewind, Wild Game Chef’s Table cooking event, and the Down and Derby Open House along with plenty of other occasions to socialize as you become a part of a true community. Ready to elevate your own social calendar and form new connections? It’s all in a membership at the Capital City Club.

Check out these upcoming spring events!

Prom Night Rewind

Sat, March 25 6:30 pm

Wild Game Chef’s Table

Sat, April 22 6:30 pm

Down + Derby Open House

Wed, May 3 6:30 pm

1201 MAIN STREET 803.256.2000
Suzanne Ward, Member Experience Manager. Suzanne plans and coordinates the upcoming social calendar to optimize the experience of Capital City Club members and guests.

A Devine life

The Cottages at Devine District are the newest, creatively designed, luxury homes now leasing for immediate move in by award winning Estates & Companies. With walkability in mind, these for-lease homes are part of the well-established Devine District that provides for a live, work, play environment. The Cottages offer 3 bedrooms 2.5 bath townhomes that include refined appointments such as private courtyards with turf lawns, luxury custom tiled bathrooms with glass framed showers, and shiplap wall features. In addition, The Cottages’ residents will enjoy the Shandon life with front porch living and access to The District amenities to include the Devine Rooftop and The House, an entertaining and living space. To make The Cottages your home and enjoy all of the perks of Devine living, contact The District at 803.881.6881.


Back to business

Hotel Trundle is the place where productivity meets play, and where staying like a local yields way for easily plugging into the community during your business stay. You're always greeted with a warm smile and a complimentary beverage to start your trip right, and you're just steps away from the heart of Columbia's Main Street District where the best dining, shopping, and cultural experiences await. Stroll into the office or conference room like a local when you stay for business at Hotel Trundle.

Stitch a celebration

Every celebration can be stitched at Forest Acres Needlepoint! They have a wide variety of canvases available to help you commemorate holidays, seasons, big days, or even your hobbies and interests. Visit the shop to select a canvas and start crafting a timeless gift to memorialize your life’s most special moments.

2301 N BELTLINE BLVD 803.834.3819


Shop canvases for weddings, birthdays, graduations, sporting events, and more from 10 am to 3 pm , Tues–Sat.

Eat, drink, and play like a local with one of Hotel Trundle’s curated experience packages.

Fresh voices Love, Lucy

Creating things and sharing them with others makes Lucy smile. That’s why she started The Upside Down Collection—to share her light through beautiful, handmade jewelry. Her undeniable joy shines through each piece she makes, bringing love to each person who wears one of Lucy’s bracelets, necklaces, or pairs of earrings.

Grab a membership for ‘23 and be the first to know about new films and events at The Nick.

The Nickelodeon, an entertainment staple in downtown's Main Street District, is expanding their community reach through their two newest team members, Xavier Blake and Kassidy Wright. Serving as The Nick's Programming and Engagement Coordinator, Xavier will be focusing on bringing back festivals and series to the theater as he forms connections within the city, and in her role as Marketing and Development Coordinator, Kassidy will increase membership growth so no one misses a minute of the exciting things coming The Nick's way this spring.

Lucy’s jewelry collections on her website:

Glad you’re here

Anchor Investment Management understands the level of trust and care it takes to manage your wealth. Not only do they value the opportunity to witness the growth and success of your investments alongside you, but they also cherish the enduring relationships that are built upon dedication and integrity. In fact, these important relationships are the driving factor for the Anchor team as they work to develop, grow, and refine their skills to serve their clients fully. Upon your very first visit to their office, you’ll feel their warm hospitality and know you’ve found your financial home.


Love where you live

When you partner with Wolfe & Taylor on your home buying journey, you are in good hands. Their experienced agents understand you are looking for more than just a house—you want a special place to call home. For you that might be a leafy neighborhood with sidewalks, a downtown condo near shopping and dining, a shorter commute to the office, or bonus space for a home office. Whatever you desire in your future home, you can count on the dedicated Realtors at Wolfe & Taylor to help you find it.

The Wolfe & Taylor team provides property management services for the Saluda River Club community, pictured here, located in Lexington.

Flowers for all of life’s celebrations

Floral design is truly an art, and some of its most talented artists can be found at Fern Studio. Owner Sarah Shell and her team of designers use their extensive library of fresh flowers and greenery to create garden-inspired floral experiences for all of life’s celebrations, big and small. Fern also offers local weekday delivery to make your event or day as breezy and effortless as the floral designs themselves.

Antique abundance

Fern is open M 10–4, T–F 10–6. Shop their flower bar on Thursdays to buy by the stem.

McIntosh Cottage Antiques & Gifts might be a small shop, but their inventory isn’t. Behind their charming store front is a 2,000 square foot warehouse filled to the brim with fantastic one of a kind pieces, with three new container shipments coming this spring. Each French and English antique has been hand selected for you—all you have to do is shop their selection for the right ones to add to your home.

Getting married this year or next? Weddings are Fern’s first love and you can go to their website to connect with floral designers for your event.

Stay tuned for new local artists and events that will be featured at the store this spring!

The Wright Team

Ready to make your dream of home ownership a reality? Senior Loan Officer Travis Wright and his team at Movement Mortgage are ready to help you with all your home financing needs. With years of experience and an unmatched dedication to their clients, they’ll move you through the playbook of mortgaging to hit the ultimate home run! From the first conversation to the day you get your keys, you can trust The Wright Team to provide honest, efficient lending services.

3300 Millwood Ave, Columbia, SC 29205. SC-MLO-642981, GA-62559, NC-I-181370 | Movement Mortgage LLC. All rights reserved. NMLS ID #39179 (For licensing information, go to: Additional information available at Interest rates and products are subject to change without notice and may or may not be available at the time of loan commitment or lock-in. Borrowers must qualify at closing for all benefits.
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Providing the clearest view

Ace Glass has been serving our community for nearly 60 years, and when you combine that longevity with the impeccable glasswork that they provide, it’s easy to see why the commercial and residential glasswork they do can be found almost everywhere you look. Their expertise and experience ranges from historical buildings like the Curtiss-Wright Hangar at Owens Field to the newly constructed Crumbl Cookies location in Forest Acres, and everywhere in between.

Ace Glass recently completed the interior glasswork for the latest Crumbl Cookie location in Forest Acres, giving customers a clear and tempting look into all the incredible treats baking inside.

Spring dreaming

There are vibrant colors popping up everywhere as flowers begin to bloom and trees begin to grow new, bright green leaves on their branches. Spring is here and it's time to dream in color. What better way to kick off the season than with a dazzling and colorful new wardrobe from Westmore Land of Gifts? Add in fabulous jewelry and accessories, and you'll be set for everywhere you go this spring!

Art on the go

Christi Arnette leaves a splash of color everywhere she goes. Her art is a gorgeous array of colors that showcases an appreciation for both natural beauty and local landmarks. From canvases to lamp shades and home decor to traveling accessories, Christi has a range of wonderful goods for you to shop.

Christi does live paintings, too! She can capture a special moment in time for you, harnessed within a unique custom painting on canvas.

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A venue for every occasion

Rustic tranquility awaits you and your guests at the River Road and Jasmine Houses and Gardens, the ideal location for weddings, corporate functions, and every event in between. Family owned and operated for 30 years, their event space has all inclusive amenities to make your event easy to plan and host. Which setting will be the backdrop for your next event?

Making events bright

Ambient Media has been making events shine since 2009 through the artistry of decorative lighting. Whether it’s working with a bride to plan her dream wedding, collaborating with a business for a corporate party, or anything in between, the creative professionals at Ambient Media are the go-to team for intricate, unique event design. Allow them to transform your venue to fit your vision for your next big event.

Decorative Lighting Draping Video Displays Sound Systems Special Effects
Weddings & Receptions • Corporate & Business Functions • Private Events 2208 N LAKE DRIVE 803.315.4953 RIVERROADJASMINE.NET
COMING SOON! Sarah Christmus and her family are taking their vast experience in the event business and opening a sister property, The Venue at Murphy Hill, in Pomaria this fall.

Dream in full color

There’s nothing better than a room full of color! Allow Vicki and her team at Carolina Blossoms to brighten up your next social event with beautiful arrangements and elaborate designs. They’ve got the eye for all things floral, and they’ll work hard to create an unforgettable experience for you and your guests at your next celebration, wedding, or corporate event.

Follow on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date! @CarolinaBlossoms

Tulip is blooming

Owner Suzie Baughman planted the bulbs of Tulip nearly two years ago when she first opened her women’s boutique in Lexington. She filled her store with beautiful apparel and accessories, and nurtured relationships with her customers so that she and her team could help them find the best outfits for every occasion. It’s no surprise to see that Tulip is blooming so abundantly now that the store has expanded! This spring, Tulip is excited to welcome shoppers into their newly renovated storefront that is twice the size of the original layout. Enjoy Tulip’s growing garden and shop the bright patterns of the season this spring!

Crosby by Mollie Burch Emily McCarthy Hammitt Joy Joy / Jade Karlie Kut from the Kloth LaRoque
Queen of Sparkles Southern Tide Tyler Boe

Gifts for every occasion

Spring is a season full of celebrations! As you prepare for each event you’ll attend in the coming months, don’t forget to stop by Blush Boutique and Home to shop gifts and decor for every occasion. Surprise the new grad with Estelle stemware, present the women in your life with Nora Fleming serving dishes on Mother’s Day, or decorate your home for Easter with colorful Laura Park placemats and tablecloths—all from Blush. The wonderful team of women at the boutique will welcome you in and guide you to find just the item you need to make the festivities as special as can be.


Beauty Candles


Home decor

Paper goods


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Curated, customized, consistent

Market conditions are constantly shifting, how are you winning with merchandise that represents you and your brand? Are you buying cheap trinkets that don’t fit your strategy, that are mass produced and end up in a junk drawer or landfill? At Mill & Crate, we begin with business strategy, followed by sourcing, budgeting, and a timeline that moves your organization’s needle. Branded merchandise is our medium but business strategy is what makes us unique.

Recognition & awards programs Event experience & activation Consumer awareness campaigns Client relations initiatives

A place for everyone

Cardinal Newman School’s value isn’t only found in its rigorous academic approach, but also in their rich student life opportunities, which create an enhanced school experience that is unmatched by any other. At the Catholic middle and high school, life outside the classroom is full of activities, events, and programs designed to allow each student to explore and develop their individual talents. Whether your child prefers giving their all on the football field, pursuing their love of music in the choir, or engaging in service opportunities, they’ll find their place at Cardinal Newman.

Cardinal Newman School is now accepting applications for the '23–'24 school year! Visit the website to learn more and apply today.

2945 ALPINE ROAD 803.782.2814 CNHS.ORG 71
Pictured, Emma Robinson, Cardinal Newman Class of 2023, Baylor class of 2027

Space to celebrate

Planning a wedding, party, or corporate event? The South Carolina State Museum is a one-of-a-kind facility that makes for a stunning venue to celebrate those big life moments. Imagine a reception in the expansive Planetarium Lobby with floor to ceiling views of the Congaree Vista, or an intimate dinner on the Boeing Observatory Terrace overlooking the Columbia skyline. With multiple spaces available to rent, each with their own unique style, the possibilities are endless. Your guests are sure to be dazzled by all that the State Museum has to offer!

To inquire about hosting your next event at the State Museum, email


Wrapping Columbia

There are lots of moving parts to make sure your business reaches your desired audience. Graphics matter. Nobody knows this better than Swatch Graphics! Owners Dawn Cotner and Tiffany Herring will make sure that your graphics and signage convey your message with precision. They opened the doors to their business five years ago and have not slowed down since. They bring quality to every job, large and small, and they have a drive to ensure you are putting your best face forward. With options for every budget and specializations in custom vehicle wraps, wall wraps, large format printing, banners, and other custom signage, Swatch Graphics is here to keep your business image clear and help you reach your next potential customer.

Dawn Cotner Tiffany Herring Designed by Richland Library Art Director, Steven Olexa, “Mirrors and Windows” combines the work of four award-winning and beloved local authors and illustrators, Tom Feelings, Joyce Hansen, Dinah Johnson and Tyrone Geter, into a piece that offers viewers the opportunity to see beauty in themselves and others. This mural, printed and installed by Swatch Graphics, is located on the ground floor of Richland Library’s downtown location.

The joy of discovery

In Melissa Brookshire’s art classroom, Heathwood’s commitment to experiential learning is on full display. Students discover their creative talents, solve problems, and express themselves through hands-on, joyful learning. Find out more about Heathwood’s approach to educating the whole child at


Springtime in Camden

Take a short trip down the road to Camden, SC and you’ll find plenty of new places to explore and get your body moving. Walk along Broad Street to sample tasty food or find a new favorite coffee shop, or go on an invigorating stroll at one of the beautiful parks. Then finish out your trip to Camden with a stop at these local businesses to refocus on your health and wellness goals.

Find rejuvenation at Ideation Professionals Salon & Spa, where beauty and wellness come together. With a full range of treatments including hair styling, makeup artistry, IV nutrient infusion therapy, laser treatments, facials, massages, and more, you’ll leave feeling like your best self.

Fuel your body with locally sourced farmfresh produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, jams, infused honey, and freshly roasted and ground coffee from Three Sisters Essentials. After all, wellness begins on the inside, and you’ll find all the essentials to spring into a healthier diet here.

To make your salon or spa appointment at Ideation, visit Check out Three Sisters Essentials’ upcoming community events at


Each year, Fig Columbia partners with an organization that makes our surrounding community a better place to live. For 2023 we are proud to support and share the mission of Sistercare, a non-profit based in the Midlands that provides services and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence and their children in Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, and Richland counties.

Their philosophy is to empower survivors of domestic violence and their children to live free of intimate partner violence; become educated about domestic violence; be able to make informed decisions; take responsibility for themselves and their children; and achieve self-sufficiency. Sistercare works closely with survivors and their children to achieve these goals by providing emergency shelter, traumainformed services, and communitybased programs so they can live a life free from fear.

“Our emergency shelters are continuously at or near capacity; serving domestic violence survivors remains a huge need in our community,” said Leah Wicevic, Director of Administration and Operations at Sistercare. “We have a confidential 24/7 crisis line and anyone in need can call 803.765.9428 when shelter or other services are needed. We have 49 beds total between the two emergency shelter locations, and everything is arranged so it is conducive for families, as many of the survivors that we serve are fleeing abuse with their children.”

While all survivors are welcomed into the emergency shelters that Sistercare operates, some individuals may only need community-based services as they transition to an independent, violencefree life. “Sistercare has two arms,” said Leah. “One is the emergency shelter arm that people often associate with Sistercare. The other arm is comprised of community-based

services that include safety planning, counseling, rural services, housing, hospital accompaniment services, court advocacy, legal representation, and more to help survivors have the necessary support and tools to live safely and free from abuse.”

In 2022, Sistercare served over 3,500 domestic violence survivors and their children, and South Carolina remains one of the top states for the rate of women murdered by men. It is more important than ever for survivors to know they are not alone and that Sistercare can help, free of charge.

“Domestic violence is a community issue,” said Leah. “It is collectively our responsibility to help and empower survivors in our neighborhoods, in our places of worship, in our offices, and in our social circles. One in four women and one in seven men have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime, so it is likely that a co-worker, a member of your book club, the friend at the end of the street, or a family member has been abused.”

“It is also collectively our responsibility to help prevent the intergenerational cycle of violence by educating one another, being informed of domestic violence issues in the community, understanding how domestic violence impacts our economy, and teaching our youth about healthy relationships. Together we can make a difference in changing and possibly saving lives.”

To learn more about Sistercare’s programs, available resources, and ways that you can partner with them, visit You can also follow their social media platforms for the latest news and updates! (@sistercaresc for Instagram and Twitter, @sistercare for Facebook)

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Sistercare Directors pictured from left to right: Misty Cooper, Leah Wicevic, James Cooper, Toni Hunter

Realtors you can trust


Bollin Ligon Walker Realtors® have been serving the Columbia community since 1932. Trust, experience, and market knowledge is why this real estate company has been around for so long. Ask any of their past clients and they will tell you...these are good folks! Laine Ligon Jr, Sallie Manning, Carole Cash and Paul McCullough are a few of the real estate professionals at Bollin Ligon Walker Realtors®— they live in our neighborhoods, serve in our community, attend our churches, and their children attend our schools. Who better to trust when it’s time to choose a real estate agent than your neighbor?

Pictured clockwise, from left: Laine Ligon Jr, Sallie Manning, Paul McCullough, and Carole Cash,

Get up & race through Aiken

Lace up your running shoes and get ready to go: The Run United race series is coming to Aiken this spring to benefit the United Way of Aiken County. Each distance’s route will send you through Aiken’s historic streets as you pass town landmarks, like The Willcox Hotel (pictured).

Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 7:30 am | Half-Marathon, 5K, 10K, and Kids’ Fun Run races

Get up & race to Steeplechase

Aiken has long been known for its equestrian history, and on the last Saturday of March, there’s nowhere else to be other than the Aiken Steeplechase. Don your best sundresses and seersucker, wide brimmed hats and bowties, and get to the racecourse for a day of tailgating, socializing, and thrilling racing.

Saturday, March 25, 2023 Gates open at 8am

Nurturing future generations

Northside Christian Academy believes that nurturing future generations is of the utmost importance. Older students are given the opportunity to mentor and interact with younger students resulting in a unique bond throughout the student body. From the kindergartner to the high school senior, each student at Northside is a part of a family that promotes reverence, respect, responsibility, and relationships. In September 2022, Northside Christian Academy officially opened their West Campus that offers K-4 through 5th grade in a second location. The school continues to increase their offerings to cultivate a rich, engaging campus life because eternity matters.

Northside Christian Academy aims to provide Christ-like love, promotes a Biblical worldview, pursues excellence in education, and partners with their families.

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Spring Events


March 11, 10am–4pm

At the fifth annual Cottontown Art Crawl, you’ll have the chance to support the Columbia arts scene with over 140 local artists in attendance to show and sell their original work.


March 18

Watch and enjoy as Five Points goes green for St. Patrick’s Day with an exciting lineup of activities throughout the day during this longstanding tradition.


March 24–26

The Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic is our state’s largest hunting, fishing, and outdoor expo. With a wide variety of vendors, shows, activities, and programs, there’s something for every outdoorsman at this event.


March 30–April 2

Don your kilts and bagpipes for the Tartan Day South Celtic Festival that celebrates Celtic culture and heritage through showcasing the traditions of Ireland, Scotland, and England.


April 1

The Carolina Cup is an annual rite of spring here in the Midlands as thousands of fans gather at the Springdale Race Course in Camden, SC for a day packed with steeplechase horse racing, bright, spring fashions, and extravagant tailgate parties.


April 1–2

Learn about the cultural heritages of over 100 countries through food entertainment, art, and more at the Columbia International Festival.


April 7–8

As one of the oldest continually conducted road races in the Southeast with courses designed to showcase Columbia’s most beautiful features, runners won’t want to miss participating in Governor’s Cup half marathon, 5K, or Main Street Mile.


April 14–16

The Vista, Columbia’s premier art district, will be buzzing with additional vibrancy during Artista Vista thanks to a variety of events, parades, and performances.


April 19–23

Take a one-of-a-kind gastronomical journey at this food-filled fest that showcases our city’s growing culinary scene.


April 30, 12pm–5pm

With fabulous wine, delicious food, and great music, the annual Drink Pink Rosé Festival is always a party to remember.


May 5, 6:30pm

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with a family-style four-course harvest feast prepared by renowned Chef Kristen Niemi using fresh, seasonal ingredients from local farmers and artisans.



May 27, 1pm–6pm

Spend the day eating, drinking, and eating some more at the annual Food Truck & Craft Beer festival featuring all of your favorite SC food trucks.



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Springtime in Camden

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Wrapping Columbia

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Space to celebrate

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A place for everyone

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Gifts for every occasion

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Tulip is blooming

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Antique abundance

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Fresh voices Love, Lucy

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A Devine life

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Make the most of life

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On the move

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Where spring fashion blooms

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Get up and Get growing!

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Get up and Get centered!

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Get up and Get adventurous!

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Get up and Get motivated!

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Get up and Get Energized!

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SprIng Hello,

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On the move

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Time for a skincare refresh

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Your beauty, their inspiration

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Grow green this spring

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Flourish financially

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Good vibes, great hair

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Day and night, night and day

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The relationship dream team

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Nutrition for every body

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Get moving in the Vista

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Lift. Jump. Move.

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Food that fuels

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Go get ‘em soda cit y

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A fresh look for an old favorite

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Bringing your story to life

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Creating a better, brighter future

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Simply sophisticated

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New Health Plan Solutions for Small Businesses

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