Fig Columbia Summer 2023

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The Open Kitchen Issue
local shopping, dining, arts, events, and community
N o 39 | SUMMER 2023 City of Columbia
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IN THIS ISSUE Welcome summer, you have been greatly missed! It's time to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, the extra sunshine, and of course, all of the incredible dining options around our capital city! We invite you into some of Columbia's favorite kitchens and hope you get some great ideas on your next place to dine local!

Fig Authentic: Beach Loveland

Beach Loveland has not only honed his skills to brew and pour an excellent cup of coffee, he has also spent the last 10+ years creating a space that welcomes his community with open arms, right in the heart of Irmo.


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Sistercare's Teen Outreach Program (STOP) is making a positive impact on middle school and high school students across the Midlands. Learn how they are laying the foundation for young adults to set boundaries and build healthy relationships.


Farmers with Heart

All across the Midlands there are incredible local farms and farmers working together to bring the very best that our South Carolina soil and sunshine can offer. Meet some of the amazing individuals and farms that are responsible for bringing the best of the best to our tables!

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Summer of abundance

When I think of the summer season, I think of abundance everywhere I look. There is an abundance of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables (can't wait to bite into tomato sandwiches!). There is an abundance of daylight that allows us to play into the gorgeous Lake Murray sunsets. There is an abundance of uninterrupted family time as kids enjoy time away from school. And, there is an abundance of amazing local businesses that make our city a special place to call home.

I am excited to welcome you to our Open Kitchen issue of Fig Columbia and for you to hear from local farmers across the Midlands who are working hard and cultivating produce that nourishes our bodies and our community. Turn the pages to discover how to support our local restaurants, and meet our Fig Authentic, one of my friends, Beach Loveland, who has spent the last decade serving locally roasted and sustainably sourced coffee through Loveland Coffee. We have a vibrant, national award-winning restaurant scene that is waiting for you this summer. Venture out and try a new-to-you restaurant; schedule a weekly date with a friend to catch up over drinks; order your

favorite appetizers and meals to-go when you're headed out of town on vacation; linger longer at the table as you enjoy dessert after your meal. No matter how you choose to celebrate our local restaurant scene, now's the perfect time of year to show these businesses how much you love them!

As your calendars fill up with activities, parties, and adventures, make sure to stop by and shop with the small businesses in this issue. They have sourced all that you need to make your summer the most memorable one yet! Fabulous fashion, poolside accessories, eBikes and luxury vehicles that will get you everywhere you want to go, planners and caterers to help you put together the best summer soirées, and so much more. Columbia is bursting at the seams with businesses and entrepreneurs to make summer extra sweet and enjoyable.

There is so much to look forward to in regard to the summer season here in Columbia. Go out and find an abundance of things that fill your cup!

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Be confident and chic everywhere you go; from brunch dates out on the town to backyard happy hours at home when you shop at Slate on Devine. They are serving up an expansive menu full of versatile pieces fit for where your summer takes you.


A century of patient-focused care

From comprehensive eye exams to the most advanced ophthalmic surgery, Columbia Eye has been helping the Midlands see clearly for generations. Their board certified and fellowship trained doctors are there for all your eye care needs.

Everlasting elegance

The timeless pieces sourced from France and England by McIntosh Cottage Antiques transcend time and flow from one season to the next with quiet, effortless grace. Each piece is a gorgeous, high-quality antique that has been hand selected with love and with the dream of it finding the perfect place to call home. This summer, which one will you add to your personal decor?

Your summer project awaits

The timeless craft of needlepoint is alive and well in the heart of South Carolina at Forest Acres Needlepoint. Swap that beach read for a needle and thread this summer...No, seriously! Kenzie Newton, owner, first learned how to needlepoint on a beachside getaway. This classic art form is close to any Southerner’s heart and makes for a fantastic summer project. Pairing perfectly with your morning cup of coffee on the porch or the sound of soothing waves as you stitch, stop in today for everything you’ll need for your next project! Commemorate your next special event with gorgeous canvases for all occasions. 10AM to 3PM, Tues-Sat.


Glow up with the Dream Team

When it comes to addressing your skin concerns and seeking non-surgical beauty restoration options, you dream of a team that you can trust. Meet Dream Aesthetics! Founder Aimee Gondi is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist since 2003 and has trained with many of the world’s renowned medical aesthetic providers. She’s also assembled a team of medical professionals that will ensure you’re in the best hands possible as they focus on services that include only the finest FDA-approved injectables and technology, with safety and efficacy as their top priority. Combine the extensive training, artistic eyes, and a team that’s passionate about providing natural, youthful results for patients of all ages and you have a dream team!

From left: Julie Wong, esthetician; Aimee Gondi, founder, APRN, CRNA; Chandler Hemphill RN, BSN; Katie Watson APRN, CRNA

Keeping it local

A unique family legacy runs through the heart of ACE Glass. With nearly 60 years of unsurpassed customer service and dedication to quality, this family-owned glass firm replaces more than just windshields; ACE Glass does it all. From residential projects to commercial and automotive installations and beyond, you can feel good about any project in the hands of these trusted technicians. With locations in Irmo, Lexington, and Columbia, the folks at ACE Glass make you feel like part of the family. Automotive Glass Residential Projects Commercial Installations Automatic Doors COLUMBIA,

The ACE Glass team pictured with their custom window installation for Berkshire Hathaway's new offices
Cheers to wealth management With a seasoned team each bringing over 20 years of experience in portfolio management and financial planning to the table, these veteran advisors are celebrating their first year as the newly-formed Vision Wealth Advisors. This sophisticated wealth management group uses a modern approach to financial planning that considers the strength of client relationships to be their biggest metric of success. The team at Vision Wealth Advisors set their sights on meeting each client’s unique financial goals with a personalized, hands-on experience. We’ll toast to that. 1441 MAIN STREET, SUITE 806, COLUMBIA, SC 29201 803.844.5080 VISIONWEALTHSC.COM Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services are offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Vision Wealth Advisors is not a registered broker/dealer and is independent of Raymond James Financial Services. Generational Planning Retirement Plans Portfolio Management From left: Rebecca Brooks, Operations Manager, Registered Principal; Shawn Roberts, SVP and Financial Advisor; Steelman Ketchum, Managing Partner and Financial Advisor; Michael Schulz, Partner and Financial Advisor; Rebecca Bryan, Client Associate; Mark Sullivan, Partner and Financial Advisor

Your signature summer scent

It only takes a fleeting scent to transport us back to a vivid and beloved memory, like the smell of salt air on the ocean breeze, fresh cut flowers, or the berry cobbler baked for every family gathering. These warm memories can be unlocked and held close through the soft glow of a burning luxury candle or fragrance. The team at POUT believes that finding a fragrance should be an immersive, sensory experience, and they invite you to take part in a customized scent journey. This scent journey will not only allow you to explore new fragrances but also dive further into the complexities and versatility of summer scents that you have grown to love.

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Shop cult favorite candles and fragrances like Boy Smells, Glasshouse Fragrances, Oribe, and Diptyque at POUT.

Radiant summer skin

Fall in love with the skin you are in this summer with the help of About You Aesthetics. Their experienced and welcoming team offers physician-grade skincare lines for patients looking to elevate their self-care and wellness routines this season and year-round. As a leader of aesthetic care across the Midlands, this friendly team offers a variety of services to rejuvenate and renew your skin. Treat yourself to a hydrafacial, microneedling or experience the latest in laser services with the Candela Gentle Max Pro to help with skin tightening, eliminate unwanted brown spots, and much more. Get glowing with the help of About You Aesthetics so you can look and feel your very best this summer.

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An out of this world experience

A visit to the South Carolina State Museum is a must! It offers local and out-of-town visitors alike an in-depth look at the past, present, and future of our state and the world beyond it. The State Museum is proud to present its newest show, the James Webb Space Telescope planetarium show, which will transport you through the evolution of galaxies over billions of years as you explore distant worlds in stunning detail, thanks to the most powerful telescope ever built. You'll feel completely immersed in the State Museum's 55-foot digital dome planetarium—one of the largest in the southeast—as you journey to the deepest reaches of space.

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The South Carolina State Museum has something for everyone! Experience music in a new way through laser light shows or dive deep into SC's art, science, and history. Guests of all ages and interests will leave the State Museum feeling inspired, entertained, and enriched.


Grow happy

DYK: Gardener's Outpost hosts semi-monthly “Ask the Gardener” Happy Hours where you can chat with co-owner and resident botanist, Randall Isherwood, about all things plants.

Family owned and operated Gardener's Outpost has everything you need to give your lawn and flowers a luscious and happy boost this season! Each plant and product in their garden center has been sourced with care to avoid harmful chemicals and pesticides while supporting organic lawn care and gardening. Get your green thumb to planting and creating an outdoor living space that you can fall in love with!


All you need is pink

As Lilly Pulitzer famously said, “Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink.” Sunny summer days are here and Pink Sorbet, a Lilly Pulitzer signature store, is bursting at the seams with all the gorgeous color—including plenty of pink. They have an endless collection of apparel, shoes, jewelry, and accessories to shop that will have you feeling confident and fabulous in everything you do.

Self care: always in season

Settle into the ultimate state of relaxation with a massage from the talented team at Stacey O. Studio. Take time this season to enjoy restorative benefits like reduced stress, improved blood circulation, and accelerated healing from injuries. The talented practices of Stacey O. and her welcoming massage therapy team will leave you rejuvenated and restored, and ready to jump back into the lively events of the summertime season.

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Pictured at 700 Woodrow, a part of the Devine District Community.

Creating confident learners

Now enrolling grades 1st-12th for the 2023-2024 school year and after-school tutoring.

Not all great minds think alike. For 48 years, Sandhills School has been a special place for bright students with dyslexia and related learning differences. Students are known as individuals and feel empowered to value their own unique gifts. With a life-changing, research-proven approach to brain-based learning for intelligent students who struggle to acquire reading and writing skills, Sandhills School students are challenged to reach their fullest potential and care for others, while families are given resources and aid to support and advocate for their children. As the only Orton-Gillingham accredited, collegepreparatory school for students in South Carolina, now is the perfect time to inquire about enrollment and discover everything that Sandhills School has to offer your child.

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Bobby Walker, Pope Walker, and Virginia Shropshire raise a glass in front of downtown mural “Generations” by Eric Lake. Lake originally painted this piece, which illustrates Columbia’s past, present, and hopeful future, in 1999. Over 20 years later, he was commissioned to breathe new life to this piece, which he did with the help of Rose Talbert Paints.

A day to remember

It's time to choose the dress that you've been dreaming about for years—where do you go to find not only the best options, but the best experience? Elizabeth Cole Bridal! In your one-on-one appointment, you can truly enjoy trying on the full range of beautiful, unique dresses until you find just the one that makes you say "I do!" The curated collection includes both traditional and modern gowns that will make you feel your most confident on your wedding day. Owner Betsy Watts makes the entire experience fun, welcoming, and relaxed so it's a day that you always remember!


Pop in for a movie

Grab your ticket and your popcorn because a movie night at The Nick is calling your name! The theater is a great spot to end the night after a dinner out in the city or a place to beat the heat in the midst of Columbia's famously hot summers. Plus, members of The Nick get amazing perks like discounted tickets, free popcorn, invitations to special screenings, and more. Make The Nick your go-to spot this summer!

Student memberships to corporate memberships, The Nick has a level just right for you! Learn more at

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Radiate confidence

Glow from the inside out this season. From waxing and microdermabrasion treatments for smooth and healthy skin, to a variety of facials designed to meet your individual skin care needs, The Well SC offers a diverse range of services that prioritize your wellbeing and nourish the skin you’re in. Self-care is in this summer and, with the talented estheticians from The Well by your side, it won’t be going out of style anytime soon.

Waxing Sugaring Microdermabrasion

Aveda Signature Facials

Pictured: Lizzy Beckham, Jennifer St. Denis, Sheila Allen

Your dedicated financial family

Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Management Teams

Source: (Awarded Jan 2023) Data compiled by SHOOK Research LLC based on time period from 3/31/21-3/31/22.

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Located steps away from our state capitol in Columbia’s thriving Main Street District, The Rast McFadden Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley understands what it means to serve locally while thinking globally. Each family that walks through the door receives a warm welcome, personalized attention, and access to the resources of a leading global wealth management firm. Their team helps families craft and execute a comprehensive plan for their wealth today and in the future, strategically incorporating goals for both life and legacy. Recently named to the Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Management Teams for 2023, that’s worth raising our glasses to.

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Right photo, clockwise, from left: Josh Lorenzetti, Registered Client Service Associate; Julie Huff, Senior Registered Client Service Associate; Kathryn Robinson, Wealth Management Associate; Lauren Phelps, Senior Registered Client Service Associate Meet the Team Left photo, from left: Matthew McFadden, CPM ®, Financial Advisor; Emily Tarney, CFP ®, Financial Advisor; Ben Rast, CFP ®, CPWA®, Wealth Advisor

Work out with your friends, anytime

Discover the fitness community that you’ve been looking for at Anytime Fitness. Convenient to both your schedule and lifestyle, and centrally located on Devine Street, Anytime Fitness offers a full range of state of the art equipment including cardio, machines, and free weights. Plus, their friendly team of coaches and trainers are available to provide you guidance along the way to achieving your fitness goals. Crush your workouts every time at Anytime.

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A learning experience

Heathwood Hall’s 122-acre campus offers students the opportunity to learn about their world and develop critical thinking skills in a natural setting. Only 15 minutes from downtown, their serene campus promotes student wellness and inspires a passion for inquiry. Schedule a visit to campus and learn more about Heathwood’s strong academics and integrated outdoor programs.


Your motherhood team

4 Business, 1 Goal: A Healthier Mom and Baby

These four businesses believe birth can be better and use an integrative whole person approach to perinatal support by helping to educate and prepare clients through newborn care and breastfeeding education, sleep support, chiropractic care, pelvic floor physical therapy, and mental health counseling services.


SARAH TODD, MSW, LISW-CP Perinatal Mental Health Specialist of Todd Counseling, LLC 2744 Millwood Avenue 864.567.1685 EMILY MIDDLETON, RN, BSN, IBCLC Newborn & Lactation Consultant with The Latch RN 2744 Millwood Avenue 803.879.5998 DR. SHELLY JONES, DC Webster Certified Chiropractor at Chiropractic Wellness Center 5209 Forest Drive DR. MEGHAN DAVIDSON, PT, DPT Pelvic Health Specialist at Soulshine Pelvic Health & Wellness 2744 Millwood Avenue 803.784.2464

A touch of beauty

Allow your jewelry to tell a story that is unique to you through the handcrafted, beautiful pieces that Sugar & Lola creates right here in Columbia. Their high quality pieces—rings, necklaces, and bracelets—are customized to perfectly reflect you and your personal style. Find a piece for your own jewelry collection or to gift a loved one for a special occasion. Their pieces are elegant and timeless, and will take you from one season to the next with dazzling sophistication.

Sun-kissed & strengthened

Sun protection is important for everyone. Shop brands like Revision's Intellishade, Colorescience Sunforgettable, and Skinbetter Science Sunbetter Tone Smart in-store today.

Although we welcome the warm South Carolina sunshine, its harsh UV rays can damage your skin. Let licensed esthetician Susan Steiner help you build tools and habits to treat and protect your skin for longterm health and an overall glow. From antioxidants like vitamin C to your favorite SPF, she has a vast array of skincare options to protect against those harmful UV rays. Visit Susan on Devine Street to keep your skin healthy and radiant all season long.

Sugar & Lola's newly expanded store space now includes a spacious lounge area perfect for hosting private parties and events!

Award-winning attorneys

The team at the Goings Law Firm wishes you summer days full of adventure and memorable moments. They always want your family to be safe on the roadways as you travel to the beach, the mountains, or anywhere in between. No matter the season, Goings Law Firm believes their most important responsibility is taking care of their clients. Whether it’s personal injury, wrongful death, or a workers’ compensation claim, you can rest assured that the team at the Goings Law Firm is always fighting for you.


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Make a splash

Dive into summer in style with elevated casuals from BP Skinner Clothiers. Before you head out of town for that family vacation or beachside celebration, swing by for polos, pullovers, shorts, pants, and even swim trunks. Whether you're looking to make your mark this season with a laid-back look or need a custom suit for a special occasion, BP Skinner Clothiers is swimming with exclusive brands for tailored style all summer long.

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Handmade with love

Artist Christi Arnette masterfully mixes together the best ingredients into every piece of art that she creates by hand. She takes her love of her hometown and her love of nature, infuses it with her amazing natural talents and a vibrant color palette, and produces gorgeous results. You can find Christi Arnette pieces served up in a variety of sizes, themes, and colors. All you need to do is find the one that is just right for your art collection!

Petal perfection

The warm glow of summertime isn’t the only thing that makes the world feel brighter this season. At Fern Studio, Sarah Shell and her fabulous team of floral designers use blooms to create seasonal arrangements that spark joy and inspire the soul. Fern offers weekday flower pickups, deliveries, a shop-by-thestem bar, and a delightful storefront stocked with gifts and home decor that are sure to bring life and nature into your space. Stop by their shop to liven your spirits and stir the senses, one bloom at a time!

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T–F 10–6 3132 CARLISLE STREET 803.403.6882 CHRISTIARNETTE.COM Christi is a regular at The Gourmet Shop, pictured here, where the flavors are just as bright as her works of art.

Lead the pack in style

Take a walk on the wild side this season. Fun prints abound at Monkee's of Columbia, where expert stylists help you build head-to-toe looks for all occasions this summer. No monkey business—resort-season is in full swing and so is bright summer flare. Stand out from the pack with bold colors, fun accessories and shoes, and classic statement pieces that can only be found at this premiere women's fashion boutique!

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Endless summers

Fashion should be fun and effortless while also reflecting your inner beauty and your lifestyle. Scout & Molly’s of Columbia carries gorgeous pieces from breezy dresses ideal for warm, sunny days to the tops, bottoms, and accessories you need to update your wardrobe for the season. Find pieces that are true to you and your style that will carry you through every long-lasting, gorgeous day and into evenings under the stars.

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A Central celebration

Versatile and inviting with an overall industrial chic feel, the BullStreet District’s Central Energy event space provides engaged couples with a unique blank canvas for their big wedding day. It’s a space that was designed for constant reinvention. With over 8,000 square feet and large industrial bay doors that roll open to an outdoor social space, the opportunities to create a space all of your own are endless.

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Authentic Beach Loveland

For Beach Loveland, owner of Loveland Coffee, it has always been about more than simply brewing and pouring an excellent cup of coffee. It’s about building community and going the extra mile to have the training and the experience to bring the best coffee to the Midlands. Loveland Coffee started as a kiosk, added a roastery, opened up a brick and mortar location, and most recently, they celebrated 10 years of serving their loyal customer base.

“My favorite part of the journey so far is seeing the fruit from 10 years of hard work and sacrifice,” said Beach. “I love seeing the community come together and being able to be a venue that serves them with love and acceptance. I have, also, greatly enjoyed seeing our staff grow in their passions and gifting. Our business has truly grown into something bigger than we could have hoped or imagined.”

Beach and his wife, Jessica, have poured their creativity, talent, and time into developing Loveland Coffee into what it is today. A large portion of that has been continuously pursuing knowledge about coffee beans, where they come from, and the roasting process. His desire to provide the best product to his customers lead Beach to go all in and earn his SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) Roasting Certification. He traveled to San Francisco to study at Boot Coffee Campus and trained in areas such as learning the history of coffee, thermodynamics in coffee roasting, sensory analysis, roastery management, roast profiling, and green coffee analysis, to name a few.

Every coffee bean brewed at Loveland Coffee has been hand selected and roasted under Beach's guidance. The knowledge of how to do that came from

traveling the world.

“It is so rewarding having control of the whole roasting process, ensuring that it is of the highest quality and fits our customers’ needs,” said Beach. “We have been able to develop longterm relationships with farms from various parts of the world, ensuring their sustainability and consistent offerings. We were even able to visit many of the farms in Guatemala to see first hand the growing process and meet the farmers. Once we secure desired specialty grade coffees, we create roast profiles that highlight the coffee's unique qualities. Having our own roaster also gives us the ability to wholesale to other businesses around town, which supports other stores and coffee businesses, strengthening our community even more.”

Many have wondered how Loveland Coffee came to reside in Irmo. The answer is simple: Beach, Jessica, and the Loveland Coffee team believe in Irmo. It's where Beach and Jessica grew up and where they are raising their family. Prior to Loveland Coffee, Irmo lacked a communal meeting space where everyone was welcomed. Beach and Jessica dreamed of filling that void and their café space has become just that. From live music and trivia nights to classes like yoga and journaling, and even large-scale events, Loveland Coffee is now a place where people come together.

“Since opening our cafe in 2020, the Irmo community has shown up strong for us,” said Beach. “We look forward to serving them and Columbia for many years to come.”

Loveland Coffee has been a proud member of 1% for the Planet since 2019, donating an equivalent of 1% of their sales to make a positive impact on the planet.

Authentic | Leading the way through innovation and example 34 7475 CARLISLE STREET, IRMO 803.769.3535 LOVELANDCOFFEE.COM

Set the scene for success

At Hammond, an independent preK–12th grade school, the ultimate goal is to set students up for success—inside and outside of the classroom. They teach their students to think ahead and to outdream limitations by providing an incredible range of opportunities that connect students to the world in exciting and unique ways. From the classroom, to the football field, to center stage, and even across the world, Hammond is always thinking ahead to what students need to be successful—today and tomorrow.

Find your child's place at Hammond School—schedule your tour and apply this summer for the 2023-2024 school year.


A slice of paradise


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. Not only will they help connect you and your family with a home that truly fits your needs, they will continue to cherish your relationship and be of continued service for you down the road. The real estate professionals at Bollin Ligon Walker Realtors are deeply connected in our community. They live in our neighborhoods, attend our churches, and their children attend our local schools. Who better to trust when it comes to finding your very own slice of paradise?

Pictured from left: Sallie Manning, Andy Walker, Paul McCullough, R. Laine Ligon, Clif Kitchens, Laine Ligon Jr, and Sara Reed

A smile to last a lifetime

For over 25 years, Dr. Nettles Green has been creating beautiful smiles through innovative orthodontic solutions. With a welcoming office, friendly staff, and state of the art equipment, Dr. Green provides his patients with excellent care using the most modern technology currently available. From kids to teens and adults, Green Orthodontics is conveniently located in Forest Acres and committed to helping you achieve that fantastic smile that will last a lifetime.

Results that wow

About Face Aesthetics & Wellness knows that every journey towards feeling confident in your own body is a personal one.

Owner Jaime Strickland, CRNA & Aesthetic Specialist, has put together a wide range of non-surgical restoration and enhancement services, a list that includes Ultherapy—the only FDA-approved, non-invasive procedure that lifts the neck, chin, and brow and helps improve fine lines. Ultherapy works to stimulate your body's own collagen, for natural, long-lasting results with no down time. Not only does Ultherapy provide patients with a youthful lift, the entire process is completely customized to achieve your individual collagen levels. To get started, schedule your very own Ultherapy consultation today!

Don't miss her upcoming Ultherapy event, Collagen & Cocktails!

June 6, 3–7 pm | Limited appointments

Join About Face Aesthetics, located inside Soak Day Spa for a complimentary collagen scan using Ultherapy. The first five people to sign up get a free swag bag. Scan to sign up


Brunch is served 10:30 am until 2:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

welcome to the kitchen

When summer rolls in there is an excitement in the air that lingers. Our community is ready to connect with one another and with our local businesses. Outdoor patio chairs and a crisp glass of wine entice us to make those brunch plans with friends, the taste of fresh strawberry ice cream keeps the kids happy after a long day of play, and dinner parties are the talk of the town thanks to the assistance of incredible ingredients and pre-made dishes found at our favorite local spots. In this issue we celebrate the local restaurants and shops that open their kitchen to us and serve us delicious food that makes us pause and savor every moment.

Cheers to our local restaurants, farmers, store owners, and their teams who make each day in Columbia worth every last bite.

brunch the italian way

Summer weekend mornings just got better as il Giorgione is now opening their doors for Saturday and Sunday brunch! Their brunch menu is filled with the classic Italian dishes they’re known for, but with a delicious, flavorful twist that's perfect for a leisurely meal on their newly refreshed patio. Be transported to Italy this summer as you enjoy a gorgeous morning dining al fresco on one of their new menu offerings and sipping on a cold Spritz Flight or Bloody Mary.

2406 Devine Street 803.521.5063
Pictured: Cialda al Latticello, Uova in Purgatorio all’ Amatriciana (Eggs in Purgatory), and Salumi e Formaggio

sweet summertime

The best way to cool down this season is at Kaminsky’s, where a delectable range of sweet sips and delicious bites await you for a perfect summer day-date, romantic evening out, or one of life’s dreamy celebrations. Pick up a creamy milkshake, marvelous ice cream sundae, or divine specialty cocktail for a perfectly sweet cooldown in the heart of the historic Vista District. Amidst these scorching Soda City summers, head to Kaminsky’s for sweet relief this summertime.


Milkshakes pictured: cake batter, churro, and strawberry.
a featured milkshake of the month!

taste takes flight

Natives and travelers alike are flocking to a new eatery in the heart of South Carolina's capital city. The Flying Biscuit Café, one of Columbia's newest restaurants, is flying to the top of every local foodie's favorite place to enjoy a delicious breakfast, brunch, or lunch. With a delightful menu full of Southern-comfort staples made with fresh ingredients daily, The Flying Biscuit Café is the perfect meeting spot for families and friends to gather together over a plate full of mouth-watering Southern favorites.

Breakfast Lunch Brunch Family Favorites Southern Comfort

40 936 Harden Street 803.828.9458

Open 7am –2 pm Monday through Friday, and 7am –4 pm on the weekends.
unforgettable flavors Seasonal flavors, locally produced ingredients, and exceptional service: it's what the award-winning Southern Way Catering is known for! From passed plates and carving stations to seated meals and the sweetest desserts, their team will ensure that every last bite is delicious and memorable. 100 E Exchange Boulevard 803.783.1061 41
Pictured: Crostini topped with whipped goat cheese with lemon

a culinary destination

The Vista is the place to go for great restaurants, art, and culture—check out just some of what the district has to offer!

Award winning Don’t just take our word for it when we say that CITY GRIT is an amazing place to dine—City Grit Hospitality Group, the owner of the restaurant, have been announced as a finalist for Outstanding Restaurateur for the 2023 James Beard Awards. These awards seek to recognize the best in the food and beverage business and it’s an incredible honor! At CITY GRIT, you’ll find gourmet products, wine and beer, grab-n-go snacks and bites, fresh breads and pastries, and artisan goods. See what makes CITY GRIT so special when you drop in to purchase what you need for your next dinner party or weekend getaway to the beach.

City Grit Hospitality Group was founded by owners Sarah Simmons, Aaron Hoskins, Nicole Storey, and Elie Yigo. Visit one of their other concepts, smallSUGAR, next door to CITY GRIT, and il Focolare Pizzeria in Cottontown to experience their entire array of businesses in Columbia

Up and coming Kristian Niemi is no stranger to the culinary scene in Columbia as he’s brought Mr. Friendly’s, Gervais & Vine, Solstice, Rosso Trattoria, Bourbon, and Black Rooster all to our city. He’s branching out again this year and introducing us to The Dragon Room, which will focus on both Asian tapas and artisan cocktails. The restaurant will pull inspiring flavors, world-class recipes, and an inviting ambiance together in the Vista to create something Columbia has never seen before. It will be a place of community, connection, and outstanding local talent that all can enjoy!

Coming 2023 to 803 Gervais Street in the heart of the Vista—follow along on social media @thedragonroomsc for more details!

farm fresh and sustainable

For a true taste of locally grown produce, look no further than WP Rawl. They have spent the last 98 years growing and harvesting with a passion for bringing only the best ingredients into your kitchen. Plus, they do it all while giving back to the environment! Shop your local grocery store for their Nature's Greens ® line of leafy greens produce—you'll get great tasting food and know that you're helping the environment with every purchase as all of their packaging is now 100% recyclable!

824 Fairview Road, Pelion 803.894.1900
Make hosting a breeze this season
Kudzu Bakery and Market is your one-stop-shop destination for everything you need to bring a gorgeous get-together to life. Host your family for a delectable Sunday morning brunch or invite your friends over for an al fresco dinner that lasts long past the sunset as you linger on a glass of wine. At Kudzu, you can shop serve ware, table top decor, gourmet food and drink items, wine and cocktail accessories, drink ware, and more to make every gathering one to remember. 4600 Forest Drive 803.550.9927 @kudzubakerycola ingredients for your summer soirée
with Kudzu!

a road trip that’s just peachy

Peaches, with their tangy and sweet flavor, have long been a staple of summers in the South, especially those in South Carolina. They are the star ingredient in your grandmother’s famous peach cobbler—the perfect dessert after a family meal—and in the homemade ice cream you make every year to celebrate the 4th of July. Peaches are synonymous with summer and nobody knows this better than the Yonce family that owns Big Smile Peaches in Johnston, South Carolina.

In 1931, just two years removed from the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and in the heart of the Great Depression, JW Yonce Jr. borrowed money from his father, JW Yonce, to plant 25 acres

of peach trees. It was the beginning of his dream to create a legacy that would provide for his family for years to come, but he never imagined that his small orchard would one day grow to an orchard with over 4,300 acres filled with peach trees producing 38 million peaches!

Big Smile Peaches' peach picking season lasts for 16 weeks each year—May 1 through Labor Day—due to the fact that they grow over 41 varieties of peaches. One day can include picking up to 800,000 pounds of the sweet fruit and packing over 15,000 boxes during peak season production! Big Smile Peaches believes in processing their fruit as quickly as possible, and even

though they pick enormous quantities each day, they still get their peaches from tree to truck within 36-48 hours to ensure optimal quality and taste when it gets to your hands.

The beginning of a new harvest season arrives at the end of winter, just before the days warm up and spring officially begins. Stunning pink blooms cover the tree branches as they mark the beginning of the season. The blooms are followed by peach fruit, which typically takes 3-5 months to grow. Once the peaches begin to ripen, it's time to harvest!

In addition to peaches, Big Smile Peaches also grows, harvests, and ships out delicious pecans from their farm.

Located just an hour outside of downtown Columbia, Big Smile Peaches is the perfect trip for families and friends to enjoy together this summer. 4th generation owners, cousins Chris Yonce and Josh Yonce, are passionate about sharing their family's farm with the community and beyond. They want visitors from near and far to come visit this peach season to experience first hand the hard work that goes into growing and harvesting the perfect peaches that we all love to enjoy.

Take the short drive to visit them. You can drive right up to their office and pick up a box of their freshly picked fruit to take home with you. Their

prices are unbelievably great and you'll be supporting a local family-owned business when you shop with them. We guarantee that not only will you be greeted with a welcoming smile, but you'll have a huge smile on your own face as you head home with your tasty, Certified SC Grown peaches!

Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler


5 peaches, peeled, cored, and sliced (about 4 cups)

¾ cup granulated sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons butter

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

¾ cup milk

ground cinnamon


1. Add the sliced peaches, sugar and salt to a saucepan and stir to combine.

2. Cook on medium heat for a few minutes, until sugar is dissolved and brings out juices from the peaches. Remove from heat and set aside.

3. Preheat oven to 350° F. Slice butter into pieces and add to a 9x13 inch baking dish. Place the pan in the oven while it preheats, to allow the butter to melt. Once melted, remove pan from oven.

4. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the milk, just until combined. Pour the mixture into the pan, over the melted butter and smooth into an even layer.

5. Spoon the peaches and juice over the batter. Sprinkle cinnamon generously over the top.

6. Bake at 350 degrees for 38-40 mins. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream

Recipe from

37 Yonce Pond Road, Johnston 803.275.3244
Big Smile Peaches are available for purchase now! Grab your basket at the Packing Shed, open daily.

get the party started

Meet Emily and Kristin, the founding faces behind your new favorite frozen treat! Crown Town Frosé is the missing ingredient to your ideal summer day. Pack your cooler full and travel from beach dates to picnics, lake days, and more. Their new store front located in Lexington offers easy grab-and-go bottles in a variety of sweet and refreshing flavors. Scoop up a few bottles for happy hour or your next summer soirée—you're sure to be the hit of the party!

5609 Sunset Boulevard Suite E, Lexington @crown_town_frose

Tasty as Fit's menu changes every week— stop by frequently to discover new, fresh meals to enjoy!

Did you know that colorful, nutritious, convenient, plant-based, and gluten-free meals exist right here in Columbia? It’s like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow when you step inside Tasty as Fit. Founder Emilie Blanchard has created a community around her recipes, promoting delicious and easy ways to eat the foods that are good for you. The menus rotate weekly and the food is made fresh every morning to suit all your grab-n-go needs. Emilie has made it simple to eat foods that simultaneously fuel and nourish your body and mind, leaving you happier and healthier with every bite.

3001 Millwood
803.550.9421 49
a tasty lifestyle

taste of summer

The sizzle of scratch-made pancake batter hitting the skillet, the scent of bacon filling the air, and the welcoming sight of family and friends gathered around the table is the Original Pancake House way. Stop in for breakfast, brunch, or lunch and enjoy a tasty meal that is served up hot and fresh, every time. Dine on classic staples like their pancakes, waffles, and omelets and savor the flavors of the season.

4840 Forest Drive 803.782.6742

Pictured: Bermuda Waffle topped with sliced bananas, toasted pecans, coconut, and fresh whipped cream, served with tropical fruit syrup Photo taken at the home of Alisha Giles.

cheers to your dream event

What's more crisp and refreshing than your favorite bottle of champagne? The flawless way that your next event will run at Capital City Club thanks to their Banquet Manager, Chase Head. Once your event is on the calendar, Chase steps in to make sure everything goes smoothly including set up and breakdown, decor, seating, and overall ambiance. You'll be able to enjoy your glass of bubbly and your guests knowing that your event is in good hands from the first pour to the last call!

Interested in booking your next event at Capital City Club? Contact Event Sales Director, Kirkland Bennett.

1201 Main Street 803.256.2000

capital city bites & sips

The Columbia food scene is buzzing with new and exciting restaurants popping up all the time, while seasoned chefs continue to marvel diners with their culinary creations. Read along for more info on the culinary scene in the capital city.

Breweries Our breweries are whipping up more than delicious craft beers. Their creative flavor combos and local ingredients spread from the brewhouse to the kitchen, where chefs take the reins to create tasty bites that complement the beer itself. Once you make it out to Steel Hands in Cayce for one of their delicious brews, you’ll want to hang out all day. Fortunately, their menu of small and large plates is there to sustain your day drinking plans. They serve up everything from salads to nachos, and they even offer a rotating vegetarian/vegan sandwich. The chef-driven menu at Savage Craft in West Columbia goes well beyond your average pub fare. Boasting three different menus —biergarten, rooftop and brunch, the dining experience here varies depending on when you come and where you sit. Pizza and beer are a classic pair, and Hunter-Gatherer Brewery at The Hangar over in the Rosewood neighborhood excels in both. Their Neapolitan-style pizzas feature a chewy, blackened crust and microgreens from City Roots just across the street.

Fine Dining

Our region’s temperate climate means we have access to farmfresh ingredients all year, and, boy, do our city’s chefs know how to use them. Take Motor Supply Co. Bistro in the Vista, whose menu changes daily based on the ingredients available. You can also visit Terra in West Columbia and you’ll see the care that the chef puts into sourcing local ingredients and citing where they come from on the menu. If you want something a little more traditional, we suggest you head over to Saluda’s in Five Points. You’ll have the chance to dine on some truly inspired entrees while enjoying a one-of-a-kind view of the center of the district. Don’t forget to explore past the city center. We recommend Private Property in Lexington. Known for their atmosphere, stunning outdoor patio, and a great drink list, they never disappoint.

Private Property Savage Craft

BBQ For a casual barbecue lunch in Columbia, Palmetto Pig, Doc’s Barbecue, and Little Pigs offer Southern buffets loaded with pulled pork, mac and cheese, and all the fixin’s. If you make your way outside of town, Farmboy’s in Chapin and Shealy’s in Batesburg-Leesville are worth the drive and are sure to satisfy your BBQ cravings. If you can’t handle the buffet— no one can blame you for lacking selfcontrol— Midwood Smokehouse and Hudson’s offer full-service restaurants with build-your-own barbecue sandwiches featuring beef brisket, pulled pork, or barbecue chicken. If you’re looking for unforgettable BBQ, you’d be remiss if you didn’t stop by Home Team BBQ in Five Points. From the pulled pork sandwich on a Hawaiian bun to smothered BBQ nachos, an afternoon on the Home Team patio enjoying fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and their famous frozen cocktail the Gamechanger, will be sure to delight.

International You’ll find a lot more than Southern food in Columbia. This region’s vibrant and diverse community can be seen in the wide variety of international cuisine. Try your Thai prepared with different cultural influences at Baan Sawan Thai Bistro, prepare to be delighted by the stunning presentation at Bodhi Thai Dining or snap up some quick carryout from Duke’s Pad Thai. Korean favorites like bibimbap, bulgogi and japchae noodles await at 929 Kitchen & Bar, while Arirang Korean Restaurant will shock you with the barrage of small plates they bring to your table before you can even get to your meal. Get your fill of Italian cuisine with some perfectly prepared pizzas from Il Focolare, moderately portioned pasta dishes that will leave you full, but comfortable, at Il Giorgione , family favorites at Alodia’s Cucina Italiana, or amidst history at the oldest restaurant in the state— Villa Tronco.

Pimento Cheese You may be surprised to learn that Columbia has claim to one of the oldest recorded pimento cheese recipes, first written in a fundraising cookbook in 1912. Today you can enjoy pimento cheese at almost any restaurant you stop in, and because no two serve it up the same way, you’ll have plenty of exploring to do to find your favorite. Looking to start your day off the right way? Try Café Strudel Lexington’s famous low country hash browns topped with pimento cheese. Still got a hankering for that cheesy goodness around lunchtime? You’ll need to head to The Root Cellar and order their southern egg rolls filled with homemade pimento cheese, pulled pork, and Root Cellar BBQ sauce—an original and flavorful twist on this southern delicacy. Get a taste for these and more with the Pimento Cheese Passport, featuring 16 local spots.

The Root Cellar Home Team BBQ

devine flavors

On a trip to Devine Street, you'll find more than just great shopping that this downtown neighborhood is known for. After a day spent strolling down the tree-lined streets with shopping bags in tow, quench your thirst and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants nestled amongst some of Columbia's finest boutiques. Gather together here for long lunches, happy hours, and summer celebrations, all within a five block radius. With 95% of this darling district's businesses being locally owned, when you picture what a bustling community hub looks like, think of The Devine Street District.

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Pictured, from left: Cheese Pizza from Za’s on Devine; Henry’s Signature Burger from Henry’s Restaurant & Bar; Caprese from il Giorgione; and Tres Hombres Sampler from Cantina 76.
2706 Devine Street, Columbia 803.764.2575 | | 7583 St. Andrews Road, Irmo 803.708.4331 tap into your summer plans
your event with Craft & Draft! Venue Rentals include: The Patio Space at Devine Street Event Space at Irmo Off-Premise Bar Services
Summer is calling and so is a laid back hang out with your friends and family at Craft and Draft. Their Irmo location has an expansive list of local and regionally crafted beers on tap and in their coolers, with the added bonus of food from their in-house kitchen. Their kitchen even serves up a weekend brunch from 11 am –3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays! Keep the good times rolling this summer all week long—every stop into Craft and Draft is one to remember. Book

it’s five o’clock in five points

Known as the capital city’s “original village neighborhood,” the historic downtown district of Five Points continues its legacy as being one of Columbia’s most famed meeting spots for over 100 years now because of its unique charm and quirkiness. With temperatures on the rise this summer in our Famously Hot city, any Soda Citizen can tell you that the best way to cool off is with a drink in hand. From refreshing mimosas to local beers, handcrafted coffees, summer wines, and more, it’s always five o’clock somewhere in Five Points.

As warm weather rolls in, take celebrations outside on Publico’s back patio. Enjoy weeknight drink deals like $5 margaritas on Taco Monday or creative concoctions on Specialty Craft Cocktail Fridays.

2013 Greene Street 803.661.9043

Sip on a curated selection of beer, wine, and coffee while you browse the unique book collection found at this exciting new locally-owned bookshop, All Good Books.

734 Harden Street 803.205.4139

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply enjoying a date night with your sweetheart, Saluda’s remains an anchor in the Five Points scene as an elevated space to enjoy craft cocktails and fine wines over a delicious meal.

751 Saluda Avenue 803.799-9500

Crack open a cold one and soak in the summer weather at Salty Nut Cafe , a famed local cafe offering laid-back seating, delicious food, and a great beer list.

2000 Greene Street A 803.256.4611

Share the love! Check out these other Five Points hotspots:

Village Idiot Pizza

Jack Browns Beer & Burger Joint

Breakers Bar and Grill


Home Team BBQ

Pawley's Front Porch

Bar None

The Gourmet Shop

Bar Gran Sasso

Jake's On Devine

Mr. Friendly's

Drip Coffee

The Bird Dog

Flying Biscuit Café

Bang Back Pinball Lounge

Rooftop Bar

The Cotton Gin

Columbia Gong Cha

Pho Viet

532 Congaree 57
Avenue 803.748.7373

Corporate & non-profit events

Weddings & receptions

Graduation parties

Holiday gatherings

Birthday celebrations

home field advantage

Hit your next event out of the park when you host at Segra Park, home of the MiLB Columbia Fireflies! There’s no better backdrop as Segra Park offers a multitude of state-of-the-art spaces that all overlook the stunning baseball field. Spaces available include the Picnic Pavilion, spacious club lounge, conference room, Broad River Balcony, and more. Plus, when you host with them, you have access to their incredible in-house catering menu that is sure to wow your guests as they soak in the views found in the heart of the Bull Street District.

To inquire about hosting your next event at Segra Park, contact

1640 Freed Street 803.726.4487

Club Lounge Picnic Pavilion

take a bite from a carolina classic

Camden, South Carolina is a land of living history, where strangers become friends and discoveries are just around the river bend. Most known for its fascinating Revolutionary War history and equestrian traditions like The Carolina Cup, this charming city also boasts a thriving culinary scene, where southern hospitality remains a key ingredient in every dish.

To learn more, visit

We’re all mad here. Even though Mad Batter Bakery opened its doors less than two years ago, owner and gourmet baker Jenny Sharpe has sold a whopping 101,277 cupcakes and counting. From jaw-dropping specialty cakes for any occasions, to mouth-watering cookies, delectable desserts, and charcuterie “Boujie Boards” of your wildest dreams, Jenny bakes creativity, innovation, and a love for her community right into the heart of Camden’s quaint downtown district.

A toast to new beginnings. Every Day Gourmet might have originally opened its doors nearly 40 years ago, but new owners Kim and Clayton Daniels are pouring new life into this longstanding Camden staple with every bite. This pioneering pair took over the business in 2020 and have been cooking up heavenly additions ever since. With fresh, seasonal salads, gourmet sandwiches, daily soups, and elevated spins on classic dishes, move stopping in with family and friends to the top of your list this summer.

Across the Midlands this summer, passionate farmers are working hard to provide us with the very best that our soil and sunshine can offer. From small neighborhood pick-up programs to national brands with homegrown roots, the yields of our farm scene are as vast as they are diverse. With local farmers leading the way for sustainable techniques, the contributions made by the farmers who feed us in the Midlands are a tremendous source of pride for any South Carolinian.

"Our family has a deep connection to the land. Boosting local economies and farms takes effort on the consumer's part. Raising our animals on the land is what makes the most of what our pasture has to offer."

–Amanda Jones, Doko Farm | @doko_farm

“Locally-harvested flowers are harvested within days—no flying on an airplane from another continent or the west coast. Their seasonality displays the true essence of floral beauty—the ability to tell a story of time and place.”

–Brinton Fox, Boone Fox Farm | @boonefoxfarm

"Small farmers farm with heart and soul. Your food is picked that day and the flavor is different when it's fresh. People are starting to realize there's more out there."

–Greg Jackson, Greenleaf Farms

farmers with heart community

“Knowing where your food comes from bridges the gap between farm to table. Agriculture is an industry that provides and our farmers are constantly looking to develop and adopt new practices that promote environmental stewardship.”

–Christine Jackson, WP Rawl | @naturesgreens

"Farmers in South Carolina are much more collaborative today. Buying local farm products is always helpful, and visiting local farms for agritourism events and volunteering is also very important to keep small farms going."

"Our two acres feeds hundreds of people each year and it's amazing to be a part of their lives by providing them with healthy, organic produce each week. We want to work with the soil and the planet, not against it."

support local

For a complete list of farmers markets in your county, CSA programs, and more, visit

To visit local farms and see where our food comes from during this year's Ag + Art Tour, visit for more information.

A recipe for success

When it comes to defining and enhancing your brand it takes a collaborative team that understands your mission, your story, and your customers. At ByFarr Design House, the goal is to build lasting relationships with clients and the community and to support local businesses at every point in their journey through creative branding, marketing, and visually striking design. The ByFarr team had the honor of partnering with the iconic brand and long time Five Points foodie staple, The Gourmet Shop, on their rebrand. Their rebrand included a refreshed logo, new instore packaging and gift wrapping designs, and outdoor window signage. Take your brand to the next level with ByFarr Design House.

Whether you are on the lookout for the perfect bottle of wine to bring to your next dinner party, the latest new kitchen gadget to try out for yourself, or a place to spend an extended weekend brunch with your friends and family, The Gourmet Shop is calling your name.

62 2112 SUMTER STREET 803.200.1004 BYFARR.COM
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Say hello to fun

Remember how much fun you had growing up and spending your summer days and evenings riding your bike around the neighborhood with friends? Pedego brings that same fun back to you now with their collection of eBikes! Whether you are looking to buy a brand new bike to take with you on all of your road trips or you simply want to enjoy an afternoon hitting the Columbia trails and riverwalks with a bike rental, Pedego Soda City located in West Columbia is your destination. Say hello to fun and get exploring on two wheels with Pedego!

Did you know? Pedego offers 19 different eBike styles for you to choose from so that you have the right bike for you!


Dream it. Build it. Drive it.

Kayak and paddles provided by River Runner Outdoor Center.

What adventures are you embarking on this summer?

Build a Porsche that is entirely customized to your daily needs as well as your family’s way of life. The Porsche Macan model, an SUV with sports car character, can fit every aspect of your life—Short city drives, long road trips, weekend jaunts to the lake, getaway vacations to the beach, and everything in between. Porsche is the first-class choice for every drive.

McDaniels Porsche in Columbia is your destination for finding the right Porsche for your life. Customize and build the Porsche of your dreams, or find one in their Certified Pre-Owned selection that allows you the perfect entryway into the Porsche family.

All Certified Pre-Owned Porsche vehicles are graded on an 111 point inspection completed by a Porsche technician. This ensures maximum quality, trust, and value with every purchase. Plus, all

CPO Porsche vehicles come with a two-year unlimited miles warranty coverage.

When you drive a Porsche, you’re part of the Porsche lifestyle. You can customize your ride with accessories that optimize your experience and you can shop apparel that kickstarts your wardrobe into the fast lane, showcasing your love for luxury and class.

Build it, dream it, and drive it this summer with McDaniels Porsche.

McDaniels Porsche


JUNE 9-10, 2023



Saturday 2 pm

Lift off at the lake

Calling kids of all ages, thrill seekers, and everyone that loves the water! Weekend With the Pros, the largest annual gathering of spectators and wakeboarders in the Southeast, is coming to Lake Murray for the 18th consecutive year! This event is your chance to get behind the boat or take the helm with boat demos at Captain's Choice Marine, jump in to wakeboard and wakesurf lessons, and enjoy two days of smiles on the water. The headliner of the weekend is The Pro Wakeboard Show - Saturday at 2:00pm. Boaters from across Lake Murray and beyond will raft up and watch the pros blast over the lake with world class wakeboarding. More than a great time, the goal of WWTP is to introduce newcomers to watersports - mark your calendar, we'll see you there!

Weekend With the Pros is proud to have the support and sponsorship of Captain’s Choice Marine, Lake Murray’s Malibu and Axis boat dealer. They lead the way in the industry with their outstanding service and ability to find the perfect boat for every family.

Friday 8 am –4 pm | Saturday 8 am –12 pm BOAT DEMOS CAPTAIN’S CHOICE MARINE Friday 8 am –4 pm | Saturday 8 am –12 pm

A sweet experience

The Sweeten Group is your trusted partner when it comes to selling your home in the Midlands. Their team provides world-class service every time with professional staging, photography, and videography at no extra cost to you. Kate Sweeten is a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) and is part of an exclusive group of real estate agents who have not only completed The Institute’s training, but who also have a proven performance in the upper-tier market. When you’re selling your home, choose the best with Kate Sweeten and The Sweeten Group.

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Summer fashion is in bloom

It’s hard to believe it has only been two years since owner Suzie Baughman opened the doors to Tulip Boutique! In that short time, she’s redefined the fashion scene with bright colors and fun patterns and her store recently expanded to double its size and offerings. Shop Tulip’s vibrant collection of dresses, tops, bottoms, shoes, and accessories to build outfits for every soirée on your social calendar this summer.


Locally made and celebrated

Blush Boutique is known for being a beautifully curated home and gift shop, but it is owner Stephanie Niemeyer’s passion for supporting and showcasing local woman-owned small businesses that makes the shop so amazing. Stephanie has created a wonderful community of businesses, vendors, and customers that is filled with love and connection in our local area. You can now find deliciously crafted Sakhar Jams as well as the charming, fashionable bracelets from Cola Stacks in the boutique. Stop in to discover these small businesses!

Clockwise, from left: Payton Hollingsworth of Cola Stacks; Reshma Mahadkar and Jessica Henry of Sakhar Jams; Ruby and Stephanie Niemeyer of Blush


Customized wealth management

Anchor Investment Management has been serving our community and beyond for over 20 years with holistic wealth management solutions. Every financial situation is unique, which is why their team diligently works to design and implement one-of-a-kind strategies to address the needs of each client. Let their friendly, seasoned advisors guide you with their well-rounded service offerings as you strive to reach your financial goals. They're dedicated to achieving long-lasting results with the efficiency and meticulousness that you desire.


Solidifying faith, serving others

Whether in our own backyard or around the globe, the students of Northside Christian Academy love to serve. Deeply rooted in reverence for biblical traditions, living out the teachings of Jesus Christ through acts of service is an integral aspect of student life. Missions Week is a week-long, faith-based service trip for NCA students in locations across the world. The students roll up their sleeves to host food drives and serve in local soup kitchens as each grade dedicates themselves to a cause each year. These leaders of tomorrow aren’t waiting to make an impact; the students of Northside Christian Academy are starting today.

Students at Northside Christian Academy plant seeds of faith at home and around the world with a Christ-like love and passion for community service.


Alarmingly, South Carolina remains one of the top states in the nation for high rates of domestic violence and domestic homicide. However, did you know that according to the US Department of Education and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 young women and 1 in 4 young men between the ages of 14–19 experience physical, emotional, or psychological abuse in their dating relationships? Recognizing the need to be proactive, Sistercare’s long-term and dedicated counseling staff began researching curriculums to address intimate partner violence among youth in our community and to offset the intergenerational cycle of violence prevalent in so many families across South Carolina.

STOP, the acronym for Sistercare’s Teen Outreach Program, was created in 2015 and is making a positive impact in the Midlands. “When speaking to adult survivors of domestic violence, I’m often told they were with that person who committed the act against them since middle or high school. We help teens by providing the tools and knowledge of what healthy relationships really look like,” said Chanta Lawton, one of two specialists leading STOP.

Chanta holds a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling–Mental Health. Sistercare’s other Teen Outreach Specialist, Brandi Jennings, holds a Master of Social Work degree.

"Adolescence can be an experimental time between childhood and young adulthood," said Brandi. "Providing healthy

relationship building tools through the STOP program will hopefully stick with the teens we serve into adulthood. If I could tell a teen one thing it would be, 'You are worth it.'"

Chanta and Brandi share with teens information on boundaries and “red flags” in a judgement-free zone, and as social media continues to change our landscape, they find down-to-earth ways to connect with them at schools, group homes, and faith-based and civic-organizations.

In 2022, STOP reached 2,834 teens at 227 events in the Midlands. During the height of the pandemic, when many teens were feeling isolated and uncertain about the future, STOP specialists worked tirelessly to continue providing the program virtually—serving 2,232 teens. Sistercare’s commitment to serve local teens through STOP is unwavering, and Sistercare staff remain grateful for the community supporting this important program.

"Love is happy," Chanta said. "Love is healthy. Love is respect."

To learn more about Sistercare’s STOP program and other services, available resources, and ways to partner, visit Be sure to follow their social media platforms for the latest updates: @sistercaresc on Instagram and Twitter and @sistercare on Facebook.

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All good homes

The real estate agents at Wolfe & Taylor have a great read on the housing market in Columbia. They are well-versed in all the fantastic neighborhoods of the community and are ready to help you find the perfect place to call home. You could scour the shelves on your own, but it’s always better to have assistance from a team that’s been a major part of Columbia’s real estate market for over 75 years. Let them help you write the next chapter of your homeownership story!

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Be your own icon

New life has arrived on Taylor Street. This thriving, revitalized district welcomes Icon on Taylor, a carefully curated storefront that strives to meet the needs of the modern, empowered woman. Lauren Middleton—owner, dedicated mother, and local businesswoman—knows that every woman stands in her own distinct identity, both in her own home and out in the world. Whether you’re looking for a statement wardrobe piece or a unique home decor item to brighten up your space, options abound in this gorgeous new store. Timeless classics and modern trends collide at Icon on Taylor, where Lauren and her passionate staff inspire every shopper to discover what makes them feel their most iconic.

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Dental care for all

Joanna S. Dover, DMD has brought together a team of dental providers in a space where all are welcome and cared for. From the moment you walk into the practices, you are greeted with a friendly staff and team of doctors who are dedicated to helping you and your family achieve optimal oral health and esthetic goals. Forest Drive Dental Care and Columbia Children's Dentistry are conveniently located in the same building with separate spaces to tailor their services uniquely and individually to the entire family. Both practices approach their care with an appreciation for whole body health and how it can directly impact their patients' oral health. Get the exceptional care that Forest Drive Dental Care and Columbia Children’s Dentistry have to offer!

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Summer Events


Now through September

The Columbia Fireflies are back! Grab your friends and family and head out to Segra Park for a night out with games, food and fun! With exciting events like Thirsty Thursdays, Dog Days, and Fireworks shows, there's never a dull moment!


May 27

Food Truck Festivals of America is rolling into town with an epic feast of food trucks and craft beers. It's time to tantalize your taste buds with mouth watering cuisines from all over the area and support small businesses in the booming food truck industry.


May 30

The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is a self-guided tour of farms and markets with local artisans and musicians. Visitors can learn about rural life, see where their food comes from, and purchase art. The kickoff event for Richland County is on May 30th with a field day, farm tours, and farmers market, with the actual tour on June 10–11 through various midlands counties.


June 3

Celebrate Pride month in Columbia with Outfest! This event is a must-see for anyone looking to experience the best of our local LGBT community. From talented performers to amazing vendors and businesses, Outfest has it all.


June 3

Get ready to rock the boat at the biggest floating music festival in the world! This summer, Spence Island on Lake Murray is the place to be for an epic music experience. Bring your crew, anchor up, and enjoy the beats on the floating stage.


June 9–11

The ultimate summer experience in South Carolina is here! Weekend With the Pros is the biggest annual gathering of wakeboarders and spectators, and you don't want to miss it. Come and witness pro wakeboarders showcase their skills through riding exhibitions and lessons.


July 1

Celebrate Independence Day in style at Lake Murray! Join us on the Saturday before the 4th for an unforgettable day of fun, featuring a spectacular boat parade and an epic fireworks display.


July 4

Don't miss out on the incredible event that awaits you on the stunning beaches of South Carolina. Join the thousands of excited spectators who will be lining the coastline to witness this breathtaking display on the 4th of July. Gaze up in awe as F16s, C17s and vintage aircrafts soar through the skies, making their way from North Myrtle Beach to Bluffton.


July 4

The legendary peach festival is back and better than ever! Join us in Lexington County for a day filled with juicy peaches, colorful parades, dazzling car shows, and the most stunning peach pageant you've ever seen!


August 4

Party with the wild ones at Riverbanks Zoo's Brew at the Zoo event! Sip on local and regional craft beers while you mingle with the animals. Whether you're a beer enthusiast or simply looking for a fun day out, Brew at the Zoo is sure to be an unforgettable experience.



August 5

Experience the running thrill with Strictly Running on a sizzling summer night! Get ready for a fast and flat course that starts on King St. and takes you through the Devine area. Whether you're a pro or a beginner, this event is perfect for all levels of runners.


August 2023

Immerse yourself in the vibrant and colorful world of Columbia’s Latin community at the Main Street Latin Festival! This lively event is a celebration of culture, food, art, music, and dance that brings together people from all walks of life. Experience the rich and diverse Latin culture through a variety of exciting activities and performances.


August 4–6

Summer shopping spree anyone? Devine Street's Summer Sidewalk Sale is back! Experience the thrill of discovering the hottest deals of the year while supporting local boutiques and shops. With a wide selection of unique finds, you'll be sure to snag some must-have items for your wardrobe or home.


September 2–4

Labor Day weekend in Chapin! Enjoy a variety of fun activities such as live music, a 5K run, a Classic Car show, a parade, and a festival. We have something for everyone to enjoy, so bring your family and friends along for a great time.


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Dental care for all

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Be your own icon

page 74

Solidifying faith, serving others

pages 71-72

Locally made and celebrated

page 69

A sweet experience

pages 67-68

Lift off at the lake

page 66

Dream it. Build it. Drive it.

pages 64-66

Say hello to fun

page 63

A recipe for success

page 62

farmers with heart community

page 61

take a bite from a carolina classic

pages 59-60

home field advantage

page 58

devine flavors

pages 54-55

capital city bites & sips

pages 52-53

cheers to your dream event

page 51

get the party started

pages 48-49

a road trip that’s just peachy

pages 46-47

a culinary destination

pages 42-43

welcome to the kitchen

page 38

Results that wow

pages 37-38

A slice of paradise

page 36

Set the scene for success

page 35

A Central celebration

pages 33-34

Sun-kissed & strengthened

page 27

Your dedicated financial family

page 23

Pop in for a movie

page 22

A day to remember

page 21

All you need is pink

pages 18-20

An out of this world experience

page 16

Radiant summer skin

page 15

Your signature summer scent

page 14

Glow up with the Dream Team

page 11

Your summer project awaits

pages 10-11

New Health Plan Solutions for Small Businesses

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Summer of abundance

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