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The Veg Out Issue Celebrating local shopping, dining, arts, events, and community ISSUE N o 43 | SUMMER 2024 City of Columbia

Luxurious living

When you think about quintessential Columbia living, Estates and Companies’ portfolio of residences which include 4 West, Brookland, Devine District, The Trolley, 700 Woodrow, The Cottages and The Green are top of mind. These residences stand in the hustle and bustle of Soda City culture and provide refined, modern urban living for sophisticated residents.

BROOKLAND, located in the WECO River District, offers stunning views of the Congaree River, Gervais Street Bridge, and Columbia Skyline; all within walking distance to incredible dining and entertainment. You will find an abundance of outstanding outdoor living amenities as well. Brookland offers multiple rooftop terraces, a fire pit, a saltwater pool, a picturesque courtyard, a contemporary outdoor kitchen with outdoor grills and dining spaces, and much more.

DEVINE DISTRICT is the very best of Devine Street living. Its exceptional location, modern finishes and appliances, and spacious outdoor terrace make Devine District the pinnacle of luxurious urban living. Right across the street, you'll find a number of boutiques, restaurants, and entertainment opportunities.

Luxurious living is within your reach, and it's all happening at Brookland and Devine District communities!

Visit and to book your tour today!

Devine District rooftop
Brookland saltwater pool

On the cover: Get your greens in this summer, but don't forget to make it fun! With beautiful veggies from Farmers Market Xchange , Estelle glasses from Blush , and a hand-crafted cutting board from Form Woodworking , even the simplest of salads becomes an experience full of color, texture, and great flavors.

IN THIS ISSUE you'll discover the tastes of Columbia, South Carolina—from local farmers markets and farms to new restaurants. Whether you prefer sweet and savory or healthy and hearty, you'll find something to satisfy you. Enjoy reading through this issue, and remember—these small businesses thrive because of you!

Lift off at the lake

What do you get when you add together pro wakeboarders, wakeboarding lessons, in-water boat demo days, an enormous raft up, a day out on the water with family, and a pro wakeboard show on Lake Murray? You get Weekend With the Pros, which is back for it's 19th annual event this June! 89

Fig Authentic: The family behind Toms Creek Family Farms

Have you shopped at The Farmers Market Xchange in The Vista yet? Learn more about the family behind the market and their business, Toms Creek Family Farms.


Social Mission: South Carolina Wildlife Federation

With many sun-soaked summer days ahead, there's no better time to get outside and volunteer with South Carolina Wildlife Federation.

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Our Community Supporter: BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina 6 A sweet experience with The Sweeten Group 8 Fresh eats 28

Dig in on the Palmetto Trail 50

Time to veg out! 52

Upcoming summer events 90

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


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Welcome, summer!

As the days get longer and the air gets warmer, we know that summer is on it's way to Columbia. School is letting out for the year and students are graduating; boats are humming on Lake Murray and kayakers are making their way down our region's rivers; neighbors are hitting the road for vacations and grills are firing up back at home for cookouts with family and friends. Summer is a wonderful time to be in our capital city and in this issue, you'll find all the ways you can enjoy the season right here at home. Our summer issue always focuses on food and drink. Why? Because as college students move away for the summer and people go on their vacations, our local businesses feel the impact of fewer customers. Our restaurants, breweries, cafes, and markets rely on consistent support throughout the year, especially during the quieter summer months. Within these pages, you'll discover an array of dining destinations, from newly opened spots to establishments boasting flavors from around the globe, all local to you in Columbia.

We've shined a spotlight on people and organizations that are doing incredible things with food and special meals. There's

Neset, who partnered with the City of Columbia to create a mobile market, selling fresh, nutritious ingredients in food deserts. There's also Palmetto Trail's Trail to Table Dinner, where you can have a fun evening out while supporting a worthy cause as every bite helps fund their mission.

It's our hope that these stories inspire you to venture out and explore new culinary experiences this summer, knowing that your support makes a significant impact on our local economy and community. Don't feel like going out on the town? Treat yourself to a wonderful takeout dinner at home. Have a friend with a new baby? Plan to pick up a meal to deliver or drop off a gift card to their favorite local restaurant. Have a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion? Call up that restaurant you love and make reservations—we know that any and every restaurant in the city would love to host you!

May your summer be filled with the juiciness of ripe peaches, the freshness of locally grown vegetables, and the refreshing taste of an ice cold beverage on a sunsoaked patio.

Support Small, Save Local—Always. BRYNLEY FARR

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Estelle glassware from Blush. Cutting board by Form Woodworking.

Business owners across the country are offering their employees the ability to enroll in health insurance by implementing a new way to provide coverage –called Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangement (ICHRA).

ICHRAs are a great opportunity for employers who are interested in offering health insurance to their employees but who are also wanting to manage the cost.

With an ICHRA, you predetermine how much you contribute to your employee’s health insurance year over year, so there are no surprises and your employees can get health insurance backed by the Benefit of Blue®.

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina was the first to bring ICHRA options to South Carolina, giving many business owners the ability to provide health insurance to their employees. Call us to see if an ICHRA is a good fit for your team. Serve your employees with an innovative and flexible health insurance coverage option. 6
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Call 833-271-6661. We have a local and dedicated team ready to help you! 7

A sweet experience

The home buying and selling process—while often an exciting time—brings with it to-do lists that are a mile long and stress as you hope all the right pieces fall into place as you leave one home for another. On top of all of that, most people move when there's something big going on in their life! A new city for a new job; a bigger home for a growing family; a smaller home for parents that have sent their grown children out into the world; a relocation to be closer to grandchildren or grandparents. When you add it all together, it's a lot for someone to take on by themselves!

Nobody understands this better than Kate Sweeten and her team at The Sweeten Group. Kate entered the real estate business 13 years ago and since then, she has closed on over 750 homes, has handled over $221 million in volume of homes, and has reached the top 1% of agents in the world, all from right here in the Midlands. She didn't become as successful as she is today without understanding the true value of a real estate agent: being a trusted friend who can adeptly navigate the real estate industry for you.


Kate’s client base is proof that not only does she get to know every family and individual she works with, but she truly connects with them on a deeper level to provide invaluable insight and service throughout the entire buying and selling process. This is why many of her clients have either used Kate in a previous move, are family members of prior clients, or came to Kate based off of a recommendation from a friend who has worked with her team before.

Let The Sweeten Group handle every aspect of the home buying and selling process for you when

you're on the move in the Midlands. On the selling side, they'll expertly stage, photograph, price, and list your home so it sells quickly and for a great price. When you're ready to buy, they listen to all of your needs and wants in a home, and they track down the best one to suit what you're looking for.

The Sweeten Group does it all for you, making the process of finding your home sweet home an amazing experience from start to finish.

Pictured, from left: Hannah Mott, Casey Rabon, Kate Sweeten, and Jamie Rekers

Your financial dream team

Meet the friendly faces of the nine specialists that make up Anchor Investment Management’s team of advisors. This group of professionals carefully curates plans that cater to each individual client, so they can feel safe and secure throughout their wealth management journey. Whatever your aspirations and goals for your financial future, Anchor will take your expectations to new heights to deliver a comprehensive plan you can rely on.

Clockwise from left: Joy Watkins, Greg Dunston, John Moorman, Walker Williams, William Haselden, Sara Caudle, Margaret Ellen Pender, Pat Dorn, and Brian Blackwelder.

What better way to greet the new season than in colorful, trendy styles from your go-to local boutique? Step inside Westmore Land of Gifts and Apparel to personally shop their beautiful selection of clothing and accessories that will have you ready for every event on your social calendar. You'll have the perfect outfits for backyard barbeques to a summer wedding, and everything in between.

7011 ST. ANDREWS ROAD 803.497.3336


Summer is the season for flowers and you can find the most brilliant display at Fern Studio's Flower Bar on Devine Street. Choose from dozens of varieties hand-selected by talented floral designers. Shop by the stem to create your own grab-and-go bundle or order ahead for custom designed arrangements. From same-day deliveries to weddings, let Fern Studio Flowers be a part of all your life's celebrations and bring the beauty of the season from the garden into your home.

2855 DEVINE STREET 803.767.8506 FERNSTUDIOFLOWERS FERNSTUDIOFLOWERS.COM Sat & Mon 10 am -4 pm Tues–Fri 10 am -6 pm 11
New season, new looks
Pictured at Loveland Coffee
the garden inside

An equation for success

At Sandhills School, bright students with dyslexia excel in an environment that was designed just for them. Students receive their personalized interventions and instructions during class time rather than being pulled out of class for extra tutoring, missing playground time to finish up their work, or spending hours on homework in the afternoon. Sandhills has created an environment where students thrive academically, enjoy their friends, and have fun during breaks and after school! A nationally accredited Orton-Gillingham school plus a 3:1 student teacher ratio times sports and activities equals the perfect equation for success with dyslexia.

Contact Sandhills School today—spaces are limited for the 2024-2025 school year.


Your paint experts

Nobody knows paint like the team at Rose Talbert Paints. Locally made since 1919, the secret to their success goes beyond the high quality products produced in their Cayce manufacturing plant. Their success is driven by the hands that go into creating each can of paint. Between their team of 18 people, they have over 210 years of experience in the paint industry! If you're looking for the best products and the most knowledgeable team, look no further than Rose Talbert Paints.

2521 FOREST DRIVE, 803.799.7011 549 KNOX ABBOTT DRIVE, 803.796.6260 ROSETALBERTPAINT.COM 13

Stylish storage for every space

Cheers to your new home! Sarah Beebe and Alexis Marie are your local Columbia Closet Factory designers that are here to bring your home organization dreams to life. A fully organized, aesthetically pleasing pantry where ingredients never get lost; a closet that houses all of your clothes in a way that makes getting dressed fun in the mornings; a home bar that maximizes the space you have so you can create craft cocktails for you and your guests. The possibilities are endless when you sit down with the team at Closet Factory to design a storage solution that will add a modern, personalized touch to the overall function of your home.

Closets Kitchen pantries Wine cellars Home bars And more
Pictured at Warmouth Take entertaining to the next level with a custom in-home bar!

Enhance your wardrobe




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With an unparalleled commitment to both quality and service, Brent and Marlo Skinner of BP Skinner Clothiers are here to refine your style. Take your look to new heights as you choose every detail of your garment—the fabric and cut of the cloth down to the buttons and thread color— to create handcrafted, one-of-akind pieces to add to your closet. Whether you need something for a special occasion, days at the office, afternoons on the golf course, or a date night out, they'll guide you towards pieces that accurately reflect you.

Pictured: Owners Brent and Marlo Skinner toasting on Black Rooster's rooftop.

Just keep stitching

Are you ready to test the waters and dip your toes into the art of needlepoint? Or are you an expert at stitching, and ready to take a deep dive into your creative side? Forest Acres Needlepoint has everything that you could want to create a masterpiece—from beautiful, hand-painted canvases to an endless rainbow of thread options. Explore your inner artist and discover a new hobby as you sit by the pool, the lake, or wherever you find yourself this summer.

A life style of possibilities

Exercise isn’t just a short-term goal, it’s a healthy habit that opens up endless possibilities for fruitful adventures. At Anytime Fitness, physical wellness extends far beyond the four walls of the gym: it becomes an invitation to explore the world around you in new, exciting ways. So whether you want to start a new exercise routine, train for an upcoming marathon, or feel stronger than ever before, Anytime Fitness is your friendly neighborhood gym that will take your wellness expectations to new heights.


Rain or shine

No matter the weather, it'll never rain on your parade when you have Melanie Murphy and Ashly Sloan of By Invitation Only...Event Planning & Design coordinating every step of your special celebration. They have both the planning expertise and a team of fabulous vendors on their side to ensure that your day lives up to everything you've hoped for and more. You can relax knowing that they have you covered and will keep the good times flowing all evening long.

by Joshua Aaron Photography


Discover Five Points

Have you discovered the outdoor beauty in Five Points? The historic Five Points neighborhood recently underwent a series of landscaping and artistic updates—from murals to quirky side streets and courtyards—that have enhanced the already scenic downtown district. As you stroll in and out of the many local shops, restaurants, and bars in the area, you can see why so many people call this beloved community a Soda Citizen staple.

Our favorite way to enjoy the new outdoor spaces? By picking up a bite to eat from one of Five Points’ restaurants like Andy’s Deli, The Gourmet Shop, or Flying Biscuit Cafe.

Mural by Shelby LeBlanc

Sweet 60

Ace Glass, a family-owned business, has put the cherry on top of a remarkable 60th-anniversary celebration with a significant achievement! Their team recently finished installing brand-new display glass for Ally & Eloise Bake Shop located on Devine Street.

The collaboration between local businesses is truly remarkable and demonstrates the power of supporting local. Thanks to Ace Glass, Ally & Eloise's treats are now more visible than ever, delighting customers with their delectable treats in Soda City for many years ahead!

Pictured, from left: Fred Price Jr., Phyllis Price, Trey Price, and Lauren Price Gillespie of the Ace Glass family at Ally & Eloise Bake Shop

Celebrating ten years of Blush

Set the table for your elegant summer soirée with the help of Blush Boutique, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year! Owner Stephanie Niemeyer has filled her store with colorful hand-blown Estelle stemware, vibrant Italian-made Vietri paper soft napkins, Addison Rose Home accessories, and more to create your next memorable tablescape. Shop at Blush Boutique this season and help them celebrate a decade of being your go-to spot for hosting essentials!

DYK: Blush Boutique plays host to many locally curated artists! Sweeten up your summer home decor with art made right here in the Midlands.


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Crosby by Mollie Burch

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Dive into fashion

From a poolside party with the girls to an evening out on the town, you'll make a splash wherever you go this summer when your outfit comes from Tulip. Their collection of beautiful designer clothing, shoes, and accessories changes throughout the season as they constantly bring in new arrivals for their customers to peruse. Shop with Tulip early and often—you'll find more than one go-to outfit for the season in their store!


Serving sellers, buyers, and investors since 1945

At Wolfe & Taylor, their team of Realtors is dedicated to guiding you through every step of the buying, selling, and investing process. Whether you're a Columbia native making a move across town or relocating from out of state, whether you're seeking your first home or an investment property, whether you prefer downtown or lake living, their team is committed to serving your needs with diligence and expertise.

22 1216 PICKENS STREET 803.771.4567 WOLFEANDTAYLOR.COM Pictured: Wolfe & Taylor Realtors in front of the Robert Mills House.

Elevating academics, empowering graduates

At Heathwood Hall, the capstone project of every graduating senior’s academic journey is their Senior Exhibition. Students select a topic to research throughout the year and are supported by a committee of faculty advisors and outside experts. In May, they deliver an extensive academic research paper and present their thesis during a day-long celebration of their exhibitions. Trained to think critically, work independently, and self-advocate, Heathwood graduates enter college well-prepared with the skills and confidence to take full advantage of new learning opportunities.


Here for the long haul

Nathan Bocock of Columbia’s Two Men and a Truck knows that moves can be messy. Moveout days and move-in days don’t always line up, and new residences don’t always have the same space as former ones. That’s why Two Men and a Truck offers a warehouse full of storage solutions to hold furniture and other items until customers are ready to reunite with their belongings. Make your move easier with Two Men and a Truck’s storage capabilities.

24 126 ATLAS COURT, SUITE B 803.310.7445 TWOMEN.COM
Moving Storage Packing Unpacking

The recipe for success

Sit back and relax—the team at Vision Wealth Advisors is preparing a personalized wealth management experience that is tailored to you and your financial needs. Their client focused approach is akin to a four course menu. First, they take the time to understand where you are financially and where you want to go. From there, they'll design, implement, and manage a plan for you that helps set you on the path to achieve your goals. Ready to take your first bite of wealth management? Let them prepare a special menu for you!

Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services are offered through Raymond James Financial Services Advisors, Inc. Vision Wealth Advisors is not a registered broker/dealer and is independent of Raymond James Financial Services. 1441 MAIN STREET, SUITE 806, COLUMBIA, SC 29201 803.844.5080 VISIONWEALTHSC.COM 25
Pictured clockwise, from left: Rebecca Brooks, Registered Principal; Shawn Roberts, Financial Advisor; Steelman Ketchum, Financial Advisor; Nikki Hewett, Client Associate; Michael Schulz, Financial Advisor; and Mark P. Sullivan, Financial Advisor. Photographed at Smoked.

Sourced globally, experienced locally

Diana Shelton and Melissa Blanchard's mission for POUT—to bring global products right here to the local community. They are thrilled to announce that they are now officially carrying Pat McGrath Labs.

Pat McGrath is the most sought-after makeup artist with a career spanning over 25 years, and she has left an indelible mark on the beauty and fashion industry worldwide. Stop by POUT to experience the world of Pat McGrath Labs, where innovation meets unparalleled quality, right here in Columbia.

26 2738 DEVINE STREET 803.254.5051 SHOPPOUT.COM
Photos by Joshua Aaron Photography

Authentic The family behind Toms Creek Family Farms

Before Neset Hikmet settled in Columbia, he was a man of many places. Originally from Cyprus, an island on the Mediterranean Sea, he moved to the United States in 1980 to be with his now-wife. For 32 years, they lived all over the eastern seaboard before finding themselves here in Columbia in 2012, where they purchased Toms Creek Family Farms five years later with the intention of creating a legacy for their daughters. Keeping the farm true to its name, their daughter and son-in-law, Ezgi and Larry, moved here from Florida with their three daughters to work with the new family business. The farm now offers everything from produce and dairy to preserves and meats at their store, the Farmers Market Xchange in downtown Columbia. Everyone has a hand in the success of the business, with Ezgi heading operations at store, the Hikmet’s other daughter Guzin managing the farm, and their parents happily supporting them every step of the way. “We built this for them,” Neset says with a smile.

For Neset, who grew up around the growing and selling of food during his childhood in Cyprus, opening a brick and mortar store for Toms Creek seemed like the natural move.

“My grandfather [on my mother’s side] had citrus groves,” Neset explains. “My father’s side, his part of the family historically goes back and they’re grocery owners. A small town grocery, mom and pop style. So I grew up in between those, and you get used to it. It’s part of your life.”

In addition to running the rapidly growing farm, Neset is a professor in the Department of Integrated Information Technology at the University of South Carolina. There, he teaches courses on cybersecurity, networking, and artificial intelligence, incorporating the latter into his farm in innovative and exciting ways. With grant funding from the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, he implemented sensors in the Toms Creek Family Farms greenhouses that

report crop performance in real time. Through data collection and machine learning, these sensors help Neset and the Toms Creek Family Farms team know exactly what nutrients and environmental factors their crops need in order to thrive. He brings this opportunity for learning back to his graduate students, too, who come to the farm for real world experience with artificial intelligence.

That’s far from the only way Toms Creek Family Farms is impacting the region. Recently, the farm partnered with the City of Columbia to create a mobile market, selling fresh, nutritious ingredients in food deserts. Currently, the mobile market stops in two zip codes in the Columbia area, but that could soon change with the addition of another truck. The family believes in providing locally-sourced fresh produce to everybody, and they have high hopes to expand not just in our city but across the state.

You can find their bread—made from wheat they grow and grind themselves—fresh vegetables, and more at Soda City Market on Saturdays. And be sure to check out the Farmers Market Xchange on Lady Street in the Vista, where you can purchase their produce as well as other locallysourced foods, lunch and dinner.

The sky’s the limit for Toms Creek Family Farms, so be on the lookout for new ways they’re impacting Columbia with healthy food, educational opportunities and more!

Authentic | Leading the way through innovation and example FARMERSMARKETXCHANGE.COM TOMSCREEKFARMS.COM 27
Larry Schneeberger, left, and Neset Hikmet pose in front of the mobile farmers market.
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Keep your sparkle on

Let your jewelry rival the twinkle and shine of sunlight reflecting off of the pool in the summertime as you wear it wherever you go. Sugar & Lola's founder, Lola Okoniewski, grew up in and out of the waters of Cocoa Beach, Florida, so it only makes sense that the jewelry she handcrafts is designed to go in and out of the water as well. Her waterproof pieces will carry you through the summer from the pool to the lake and the ocean!

Forever bracelets Earrings Necklaces Rings Bracelets & cuffs

2850B DEVINE STREET 803.728.0063 SUGARANDLOLA SUGARANDLOLA.COM eats fresh 28 Read on to learn the best spots to find locally-grown fruits and veggies, new restaurants to fall in love with, flavors from around the world, and so much more. Cutting board by Form Woodworking. Produce from Farmers Market Xchange.

discovering tradition

The South Carolina State Museum and Chef Amethyst Ganaway are partnering for a new Harvesting Heritage event series this fall. These special evenings will explore the rich cultural traditions and foodways of the state and its many regions, along with guest food writers, policymakers, and farmers. Get your tickets online now for Harvesting Heritage, and get ready to enjoy delicious bites, sips, and engaging historical education later this year.

Coastal Connections, August 17 | Upstate Fusion, September 21 | Mountain Harvest, November 16

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Photo by Paul Cheney

App-solutely appealing

Southern Way Catering is renowned for the culinary expertise that they have cultivated throughout their forty-plus years in the catering industry. They have built a repertoire of impeccable recipes that they flawlessly prepare and serve for you and your guests. No matter the season, theme, or size of your event, Southern Way Catering will turn up the heat and deliver an unforgettable feast from appetizers to the dessert.

Pictured at The Millstone at Adams Pond, an exclusive Southern Way Catering venue.

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A taste of tombo

The best way to relish this summer is with delectable food and great company, and Tombo Grille provides the ideal backdrop for a ladies’ night or happy hour with delicious cocktails. Whatever you’re craving this summer, Tombo’s seasonal menu features fresh, locally-sourced flavors that are sure to satisfy any palate. Visitors may enter as guests but they depart as Tombo’s extended family.

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Sun-soaked sips

There's no better way to cool off from the summer heat than a nice cold beverage from the wide selection offered by Green's Beverages. This family-owned and -operated beverage powerhouse is able to source unique selections of wine, spirits, seltzers, and beer that you can't find anywhere else. Whether you find yourself enjoying a day at the beach, going for a boat ride on the lake, or hosting a backyard BBQ, Green's has endless varieties of options to satisfy your summer sipping cravings.

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Pictured from left to right: Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc, Lone River Ranch Rita, Lunazul Tequila Blanco, Simply Spiked Lemonade, and Stoller Family Estate Pinot Noir Rosé. Photographed at Magnolia Way.

Set within Columbia's breathtaking skyline, Hendrix is Main Street's goto destination to relax and unwind. With craft cocktails and gourmet bites, the rooftop bar is the perfect way to spend your summer days and nights. Their new seasonal drink, the Rebel Rio, features Brazilian rum, yellow chartreuse, bell pepper, basil, and sauvignon blanc; summer in a cocktail! Now that's something to raise a glass to.

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Pictured: Quail Caesar, beef tartare, blueberry and lemon tart. Cocktails are Thrice the Spice and Rebel Rio.

THE NEw hot spots to dine

Devine Street has never tasted so divine! With three new spots to grab a cup of coffee, a sweet treat, or a steamy sandwich, the neighborhood's bustling dining scene has added even more flavors into the mix. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner; dining in or picking up to go; with the kids or a date night out; you'll find what you're craving this summer when you visit Devine Street.

Sully’s Steamers Piecewise Coffee
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Ally & Eloise

Buon appetito!

Savor the authentic flavors of a true Italian summer with il Giorgione, a beloved neighborhood restaurant. Their seasonal menu features twists on old classics, refreshing cocktails, and brand new dishes that are sure to wow each guest. Spend a nice afternoon on their scenic outdoor patio and enjoy their latest brunch and lunch specials from savory wraps to refreshing spritzes. il Giorgione’s delicious dishes and inviting atmosphere are all you need to experience an Italian getaway without leaving the city.

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Pictured: A brunch feast of salumi e formaggi, speciale padrino, spiced apple and pecan bread pudding, pane tostato francese, and spritz flight.

Satisfying your sweet tooth

Indulge your sweet tooth and drop by Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafè located in the Vista district. There, you’ll discover a vibrant array of decadent delights, including cakes bursting with both seasonal and classic flavors, irresistible sundaes, creamy milkshakes, cookies that melt in your mouth, and so much more. All of their desserts are made in house and will completely satisfy your cravings!

Pictured: Key lime pie, carrot cake cheesecake, Oreo cake, chocolate chip cookie sundae, and a strawberry milkshake.

seas the flavor

Calling all foodies! Pearlz Oyster Bar has mouthwatering dishes that are beckoning to you this summer. Taste and enjoy their char-broiled oysters, dive into their fresh catch of the day, or order up one of their low country entrées. Their culinary team brings an elevated twist to your seafood favorites and serves up brilliant southern flair in every dish.

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Pictured: Char-broiled oysters, mussels and salmon


You've heard of farm-to-table, but have you heard of forest-to-table? The Hollow, the Vista's newest restaurant, is unlike any other restaurant in town as the Executive Chef, Dante Serra, fully embraces all the traditions of rustic American cooking in his kitchen. Start your meal with a handcrafted botanical cocktail before ordering a dish of fresh game paired with wild vegetables from their rotating seasonal menu. Dining at The Hollow is an immersive experience you won't soon forget.

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Farmers Market Xchange, located on the corner of Lady Street and Lincoln Street, brings the freshest and most natural selection of produce locally grown at Toms Creek Farms to the Vista for Columbia to shop. In addition to produce, their market is filled with organic farm fresh coffee, bakery items, and meats. You can stop by during your workday for a hot lunch or drop in to pick up the ingredients you need for a home cooked meal—no matter how you choose to experience Farmers Market Xchange, we can guarantee that you'll be back again soon!

Enhance your shopping experience and sip wine or beer as you browse!
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Pictured: Ali and Neset Hikmet

more than a ballpark

With excellent views and delicious catering, Segra Park is a one-of-a-kind venue perfect for any occasion. The Club Lounge is ideal for an elegant evening event, while the MUSC Health conference room serves as a professional meeting space with high-tech capabilities. Plus, with Segra Park’s ample outdoor spaces, virtually any crowd can find comfortable accommodations whatever the event—from concerts to award ceremonies and more!

40 1640 FREED STREET 803.726.4487 SEGRAPARK.COM
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Go green with wp rawl

Family-owned WP Rawl is as green as you can get, from the greens that they grow and harvest on their farm to the green practices that they incorporate into their sustainable farming. Four generations of the Rawl family have built a legacy of sustainability based on the basics—reduce, reuse, and recycle—as they work towards decreasing their carbon footprint. They have been stewards of sustainability since day one in 1925, and as they head into the next century of farming, they'll continue growing—and being—green.

reduce WP Rawl has worked to decrease energy consumption as well as water and paper usage. Implementing technology like motion sensors to turn off lights and digital apps to replace paper has allowed the farm to cut down on waste.

Have you tried WP Rawl's latest product?

Simple Sautés, found at Wal-Mart, make getting a tasty collard dish on the table for supper this summer a quick and easy task. Pick up one of their three Simple Sauté kits and try it for yourself!

reuse On the farm, it is important to get as much use out of resources as possible. Both product waste and waste water are used to create compost to fertilize the fields organically. Any leftover greens are donated to charities.

recycle In addition to recycling materials used on the farm like cardboard, paper, and cans, WP Rawl has gone the extra step to ensure their packaging is able to be recycled by consumers as well—even down to their twist ties!

Scan the QR code to learn more about WP Rawl’s sustainability practices and how they plan to continue making the Earth a better place.

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Corporate orders

Grazing tables

Charcuterie boards

sunny graze ahead

When it's too hot to be in the kitchen and you'd rather enjoy the company of your family and friends, give Abundant Graze a call. This mother-daughter led business is ready to put together the grazing table or charcuterie board of your dreams this summer! Their creativity is off the charts and they'll stretch their skills far and wide to match any theme you have in mind. A patriotic spread for 4th of July? A dessert platter to go along with a traditional artisanal cheese and meat board? A table filled with the tastiest charcuterie around? They can do it all.

Think outside the box and go big this summer! Abundant Graze offers grazing tables that start at 25+ people—perfect for any size event you're hosting.

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They’re a hot mess

What's all the fuss about? Sully's Steamers has opened up a second location in the Midlands, that's what! From Devine Street to Sunset Boulevard, the sandwiches served up fresh from the steamer are not to be missed. They're oozy, melty, a little bit messy, and unbelievably tasty. Grab one of their famous breakfast bagels on your way out to the lake or dine on one for dinner—no matter the time of day, Sully's Steamers always hits the spot.

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Owner Michael Stuckey and Lexington's Operating Manager, Brandon McCullough, invite you to come experience one of the legendary sandwiches yourself!

family, friends, and food

Family-owned and operated, J.R. Cash’s Grill & Bar is the ideal gathering place for birthdays, celebrations, or just catching up over a drink with friends. Their menu incorporates a classic American fare that can meet any craving, with famous burgers, prime rib sandwiches, and fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs. And their drink options—including beer, wine and specialty cocktails—make J.R. Cash’s the perfect place to come and watch the big game. Next time you want to have a fun evening out with friends and family, be sure to stop by any of J.R. Cash’s three locations in the Midlands for a warm, welcoming atmosphere and delicious dishes!

J.R. Cash’s Grill & Bar has Midlands locations in Chapin, Forest Acres, and Northeast Columbia.

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The coolest taps in town

Try a new beer that you've never heard of before—Craft and Draft has 12 rotating taps in addition to coolers that are well-stocked with a variety of canned and bottled beers that you can enjoy on premise. Grab a make-your-own six pack to go for an evening of grilling out at your house. Sit down and catch up with a friend over a pint (or two). Get lost in conversation with a new acquaintance about your shared love of the same favorite brewery. At the heart of it all, Craft and Draft is your neighborhood go-to spot for a cold drink amongst great friends.

Indoor & outdoor seating Weekly schedule of food trucks at Devine Street In-house kitchen at St. Andrews

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a taste of summer

While most of the world views the pink blooms that blossom along the spindly limbs of a peach tree as an iconically spring moment, Big Smile Peaches isn’t among the same train of thought. To them, the pops of pink can only mean one thing: summer is coming, and along with it, the fresh, flavorful peaches from their orchards.

Luckily for us, the blooms have transformed and soon, their peaches will be ripe for picking.

Peaches have been in the Yonce family, who own and operate Big Smile Peaches, for nearly a century. It’s a tradition that spans four generations as it has been handed down from one family member to the next, along with all the knowledge and secrets to growing the sweetest, tastiest fruit in their orchard. The family takes great pride in the work they do on their farm and the produce they harvest.

It’s the consistent quality of their fruit that brings customers back year after year.

Every step of the operation—the care of the orchard to the picking, packaging, and shipping—is overseen by a member of the family. They’ve set the standards high and continually work to meet and exceed the expectation of excellence that is synonymous with Big Smile Peaches.

Located about an hour outside of Columbia in Johnston, SC, the Yonce family’s orchard is roughly 4,300 acres (the equivalent of over 3,200 football fields)! At the height of peach season, their pickers can pick 400 tons, or 800,000 pounds, of fruit from the trees per day. What’s one to do with all of those peaches?

Much of what is harvested is shipped to grocery stores and distributors throughout the

country for customers to enjoy, but the family wouldn’t be a true Southern family if they didn’t save some peaches back for guests who stop by to visit. Big Smile Peaches always has the welcome mat out for customers to come by and purchase a basket of just-pickedthat-day peaches to take home with them. Their market also includes pecans, which are grown on their farm, too!

Take a drive this summer and pick up a basket or two of peaches.

Pack one in your lunch, cut one up over a bowl of vanilla ice cream, bake a few into a cobbler, or craft one into a cocktail. No matter how you choose to enjoy your peaches, we know after one bite of your Certified SC Grown peach, you’ll be smiling from ear to ear at how delicious and quintessentially summer it tastes!


A visit to Big Smile Peaches doesn’t have to be a one-time occasion. Their harvest will continue until early fall, guaranteeing a steady supply of peaches to last you through the summer.

classic bellini

1½ pounds ripe peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced

4 ounces chilled prosecco

Peach slices, for garnish

Fresh mint, for garnish

Purée peaches in a blender until smooth.

Pour 2 ounces (¼ cup) peach purée into a champagne flute and top with prosecco. Stir gently to combine.

Garnish with a peach slice and a sprig of fresh mint.

Recipe from Love and Lemons.

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spotted at 1441 main

Spotted Salamander is on Main! Led by the talented owner and James Beard semi-finalist, Jessica Shillato, this beloved eatery has expanded to offer a delightful breakfast and lunch menu at its second location. Start your day off right with an iced latte paired with a southern tomato pie danish, or indulge in the savory goodness of their house-made Chicken Caesar Salad for lunch.

Centrally located, 1441 Main is at the corner of Main and Hampton Streets and is managed by Colliers. Interested in joining the ranks of incredible tenants like Spotted Salamander and City Center Partnerships? Contact Tommy Johnson today for more information on available floorplans and leasing opportunities.

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See Drake Duck-In’s newly remodeled restaurant and their fresh rebrand in person this summer. Stop by and order up their famous fried chicken—A recipe that they have been serving up since 1907—for lunch one day!

a feast for the eyes

Your business’ brand is about more than just the name and the logo that you have selected. It should convey your mission, tell your story, and reach your customers in a way that encourages them to support you. The team at ByFarr Design House takes a collaborative approach—combining their visionary design and innovative marketing skills—to create original brands from scratch and to breathe new life into existing brands. In 2016, the team was honored to partner with the 100+ year old Drake’s Duck-In to refresh their look and to partner with them again late last year when their iconic Main Street location temporarily closed, to renovate and updated their restaurant with elements of their rebrand. Whether your business has been around since the turn of the 20th century or is an exciting new venture, the team at ByFarr Design House will guide you in creating a look that accurately defines your business.

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a dinner to remember

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Palmetto Trail is honoring National Trails Day and celebrating the organization’s 30th anniversary in grand fashion with Trail to Table Dinner! On the evening of June 1st, Palmetto Trail invites you to join them on Broad River Trestle, an iconic converted railway bridge that connects the trail’s Peak to Prosperity Passage. There, you’ll receive a picnic basket of delicious appetizers followed by a family-style dinner, all curated by Chef Scott Hall and created from locallysourced, in-season ingredients.

This five-course meal atop a beautiful South Carolina landmark is the perfect way to connect with your community and local environment while experiencing the Palmetto Trail like you never have before.

After 30 years of hard work and dedication, Palmetto Trail is closing on their goal of connecting the entire state of South Carolina with continuous trails—only 150 miles to go! With each section added, Palmetto Trail further succeeds in their mission to bring a spirit of exploration and conservation to our great state.

Scan the QR code to secure your ticket and don't forget to mark your calendar for Saturday, June 1st.


In keeping with this issue's "veg out" theme, we're focusing on all things produce. From farms to dinner tables, SC is an essential grower state that provides organic, delicious produce throughout our communities and beyond. Here are a few produce stands and farmers markets that are a must-do this season!

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off to the market

CITY ROOTS FARM grows a variety of fresh produce, but specializes in growing over 11 varieties of microgreens! Their farm delivers across the Eastern United States, and grows produce using USDA Organic Farming Practices. 1005 Airport Boulevard

SODA CITY MARKET We'd be remiss not to take this opportunity to celebrate Soda City Market. This year-round market features hand-made and hand-grown goodies from over 150 vendors per week, and over 400 unique vendors throughout the year! Main Street 1600 Block

FOREST ACRES has a new farmers market! From artisan arts, hand grown and picked produce, meats, and bakery goods, this new market in Forest Acres will quickly become a local favorite! Vendors include Wild Rose Farm, located in Winnsboro, SC, which sells meat, eggs, and honey. 24 Forest Lake Place


Family Farms opened their storefront late last year. It is hard to miss this family if you find yourself searching for local produce around town. Outside of their store, you'll find their mobile food market at Soda City and other various locations during the week. They also have stands at numerous markets around town, including the new farmers market in Forest Acres. 912 Lady Street

ROSEWOOD MARKET is a quintessential Cola market! The market has been around for over 40 years, and has provided our community with incredible art, produce, baked goods, and more ever since. Some of the local items you can find in their market come from local vendors including Bamboo Cottage Distributors, Billy G's Barbeque, Casa Market Shoppe, and many more! 2803 Rosewood Drive

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COTTLE STRAWBERRY FARM Fresh, sweet, and local berries ripe for the picking. Open daily during their season! 9560 Garners Ferry Road, Hopkins

HERITAGE FIELD FARMS offers fresh produce, flowers, seasonal crafts, and even blacksmith work! Open daily except Sunday. 10259 Broad River Road, Irmo

BLYTHEWOOD'S FARMERS MARKET Did you know? The Blythewood Market proudly accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, making healthy food options more accessible to all members of our community. 171 Langford Road, Blythewood

CAYCE FARMERS MARKET Whether you're looking for plants, local honey, fudge, or anything in between, the Cayce Farmers Market has you covered. Open everyday except Sunday. 2329 Charleston Highway

SC STATE FARMERS MARKET Open daily. Make sure to visit The Market Restaurant for lunch while you shop! 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia

Shopping at local markets is not only a great way to get in-season vegetables, but it supports local businesses and reduces your carbon footprint as well. Win-win!

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a taste of something new

Stuck in a restaurant rut? Try one of these new restaurants and discover your next obsession!

THE HOLLOW is a forest-to-table restaurant that features unique combinations of protein, wild vegetables, and botanical cocktails. Try their forest-forward bites like their dandelion greens and beet salad. Read more on page 38! 823 Gervais Street, Unit 100

MASA Recently opened in Rosewood, Masa celebrates authentic Latin American flavors and history. Try out their NOPALES— cactus pads sautéed with onion and tomato. Completely vegetarian and delicious!

2811A Rosewood Drive

PROHIBITION is the new hot spot for innovative dishes with locally-sourced produce. This Charleston-based cocktail and dining joint has made its way to Main Street, Columbia! Check out their newly-opened restaurant for delectable dishes and craft cocktails that sing of summer.

1556 Main Street, Suite 100

DRAKE'S DUCK IN This local favorite has been around since 1907, serving crisp, fresh chicken, sandwiches, and desserts for everyone to enjoy. Drake's recently reopened with a fresh look, making now the perfect time to fall in love all over again.

1544 Main Street

BARRIO recently opened its doors on Devine Street, bringing bright, fresh flavors that ring true of authentic Latin American cuisine. You can build your tacos the way you want, with dozens of options for fresh toppings, protein, and veggies.

4420 Devine Street

929 KITCHEN & BAR Say hello again to 929, now newly renovated, offering a modern take on classic Korean cuisine. They may have a new look, but the delicious flavor has stayed the same. 929 Gervais Street

THE HOOT recently opened in Rosewood, and has contemporary sips and bites with a unique take on American classics. A self-proclaimed "local roost for odd birds," this charming new restaurant has personality and is 100% plantbased to boot. 2910 Rosewood Drive, Suite 1

Don't forget to share the local love! If you enjoy these new restaurants, make sure to share with a friend and help our economy thrive.

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flavors from afar

travel the world without ever leaving Columbia! Our very own Soda City contains a host of restaurants with cuisines from near and far.

MEDITERRANEAN TEA ROOM With a variety of vegan and vegetarian dishes available, the Mediterranean Tea Room is the perfect place to boost your veggie intake with quintessential Mediterranean flavors! 2601 Devine Street

THE DRAGON ROOM is a Pan-Asian cocktail bar and restaurant that brings unique flavors to Soda City with an ever-changing menu. With plenty of sharable dishes and great ambiance, The Dragon Room is the perfect spot to share a meal with friends, enjoy a carefully-crafted cocktail, and chat the night away. 803 Gervais Street

DI VINO ROSSO With monthly wine tastings, live music, and a variety of weekly specials, Da Vino Rosso is a delightful Italian dining experience. They specialize in traditional Italian dishes with local flair—don't forget to pair your meal with a nice glass of wine from their extensive list as well! 807 Gervais Street, Suite 100

MOA offers a truly exquisite dining experience, bringing a contemporary take to history-rich culinary traditions with Korean BBQ. Whether you choose ramen, bibimbap, or one of MOA's specialty combos, you're sure to walk away satisfied. 1333 Main Street, Suite 170

TACOS NAYARIT Stop by Tacos Nayarit for delicious & authentic Mexican cuisine! Their mouthwatering birria tacos are sure to please, whether you’re dining on their patio or inside by the beautiful mural. 1531 Percival Road

ARIRANG This cozy Korean Restaurant serves a variety of tasty, authentic dishes ranging from beef bulgogi to a seafood jampong and beyond. Try a variety of their side dishes until you find your new favorite! 1943 Decker Boulevard

Bring the international flavors home with a trip to Decker Boulevard's International Corridor, a two-mile stretch with countless restaurants, markets, and shops from all over the world.

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Find your green thumb

Owners Randall and Carol Isherwood are as deeply invested as you when it comes to your garden and yard. They want to see you succeed in growing all plants—from indoor tropicals to outdoor perennials and vegetable plants—which is why they offer their expertise and guidance through Ask the Gardener Happy Hours, Sip and Plant workshops, and every day in their garden centers. They invite you to drop in, shop, learn, and get growing!

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Stop by the Franklin Street location to sip and shop any day of the week!

Social Mission | Making a difference in the lives of others

Social Mission South Carolina Wildlife Federation

With many sun-soaked days ahead, there’s no better time to continue South Carolina Wildlife Federation (SCWF)’s spotlight as Fig’s 2024 Social Mission Partner. Since its founding in 1931, SCWF has pledged its time and resources to conserving and restoring the Palmetto State’s wildlife and habitats. Their mission is to connect people across the entire state through education and advocacy—discovering the unique ways in which we can contribute to protecting and preserving our beautiful state that many call home. This summer, SCWF has a list of jam-packed events that promises adventure, outreach, and community collaboration. Here are just a few ways that SCWF is involved with our local hospitality communities:


SCWF organizes multiple conservation dinners throughout the calendar year, with each unique course focusing on a specific species of feathered friends with six wine-paired courses. This year’s featured species include the Eastern meadowlark, the little blue heron, the Eastern screech owl, the brown-headed nuthatch, the red-winged blackbird, and of course, the roseate spoonbill, whose conservation story inspired this dinner series. With each course served, SCWF Industry Habitat Manager Jay Keck will dive into the fascinating story and history behind each bird and the vital importance of our conservation efforts. This past spring, SCWF hosted a dinner at Napa at Kingsley in Fort Mill, with a delicious menu created by Chef David Sears. From braised veal cheek, fricasse escargot, and smoked peaches, each course is meticulously created by the chefs for a five-star gourmet experience. With each dinner ticket purchase, you can help further SCWF’s mission in conserving the beautiful nature and habitats of the Palmetto State.


This beloved angling tradition hits the waters once again! Most of us spend many beautiful sunny days fishing on Columbia’s surrounding waters during the summer months, so why not make the time even more meaningful? “Plishing” is a combination of the Swedish word ‘plocka upp,’ which means to pick up litter, with fishing. If you’re a passionate angler, committed naturalist, or a bit of both—this challenge is for you. Wherever you set out on your next fishing adventure this summer, you can log the fish you catch as well as surrounding litter you pick up to win awesome prizes. The challenge lasts all summer!

WILD SUMMER NIGHTS ONLINE AUCTION Don’t miss out on SCWF’s Wild Summer Nights Online Auction this summer from July 19th through the 21st! This annual fundraising auction helps to support SCWF’s mission to further education, advocacy, and the restoration of our wildlife and habitats. Some exciting auction items you can look forward to are custom art, vacation trips, gift cards, and more. There is something for everyone to love!

COFFEE FOR THE BIRDS Something as simple as a coffee purchase can help to protect and restore our essential migratory songbird population. Birds and Beans coffee is grown organically by family-owned farms who are paid top dollar to grow sustainable coffee beans, and is bird-friendly and fair-trade! You can pay for a monthly subscription for a low cost, and it’s shipped directly to your door. You can even find Birds and Beans coffee at SCWF, the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, the Flora & Fauna Marketplace in Lexington, and more places in South Carolina!

Photo by Teresa Kopec Plishing challenge

Fiesta in style

Give your wardrobe and your confidence a boost this season with the latest fashion trends found at Scout & Molly's of Columbia. Their team of sophisticated women know how to style you from head to toe in looks that will carry you through any engagement on your calendar this summer. You'll never worry about being over or underdressed for the occasion—you'll always have the perfect outfit when you shop at Scout & Molly’s.

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Rehearsal dinners

Corporate events

Styled shoots

For all your special occasions

Be swept away by the Southern hospitality and refined elegance of Magnolia Way, a familyowned event venue tucked away just outside of downtown Columbia. The spacious location provides an alluring backdrop for you and your guests as you gather to sip, dine, and celebrate any and all occasions together. Let Magnolia Way set the stage for a celebration to remember!

Exclusive catering provided by the award-winning Southern Way Catering.


Everyday style, elevated

Stay cool and look even cooler this summer with chic styles from Slate on Devine. Their selection of fashionable brands includes pieces that are ideal for days on the beach, a date night out, brunch with the girls, and even mornings spent running around town in comfortable, stylish wear. Stop and shop—let them dress up your everyday look!

AGOLDE Citizens of Humanity Rue Sophie Steve Madden Pictured: owner Mollie Hobbs wearing top by Trina Turke, jeans by AGOLDE, and sandals by Dolce Vita.

Did you know? Pedego bikes are built to last! Many Pedego owners have had their ebikes for over 10 years, which is why Pedego keeps replacement parts in stock for every single ebike they've produced since 2008.

Easy, breezy pedaling

Ready, set, Pede-go! Sunny summer days are ahead, and so are all the trips that you can dream of on two wheels. Take a Saturday morning ride to Soda City and shop fresh, locally grown produce. Enjoy the longer daylight hours to hop on your bike to your favorite spot to dine. Pedego makes biking around town a breeze—you can pedal yourself or add a boost with the pedal assist throttle. Your ebike will get you anywhere you're going this summer!


See education in a new light

Choose a school environment that will not only challenge your children academically but will foster their curiosity and love of learning for a lifetime. A Ben Lippen education extends beyond traditional academic standards to include biblical understanding, artistic expression, and sportsmanship. It is this holistic education paired with a multicultural learning environment that helps students grow to reach their full potential. Ben Lippen equips students to pursue excellence in the four A’s: Academics, Arts, Athletics, and Attitude (spiritual life).


Dino-mite smiles for everyone

It's hard not to look forward to your next appointment with your orthodontist when it involves dinosaurs, volcanoes, and Dr. Jernigan! Jernigan Orthodontics has created an atmosphere in their office that is cheerful and inviting to patients of all ages coming in for braces. They pair their infinite knowledge and expertise with a love for over the top decorations to set patients at ease from the moment they walk in the door. The only thing brighter than the decorations inside the office?

The beautiful smiles on every patient's face after they successfully complete their orthodontics journey!

Jernigan Orthodontic’s office is always decorated in an exciting theme—catch their Jurassic Park theme before it becomes extinct later this year!


Carefree without glasses or contacts

LASIK is just one of many surgical options to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia—age-related inability to focus at near distances requiring the use of reading glasses.

Even if you have been told in the past that you are not a candidate for vision correction surgery, you now may be able to reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses or contacts.

Schedule a consultation with a specialist to discuss a personalized treatment plan to meet your lifestyle and vision needs.


Ready, set, glow up!

Look and feel confident in your skin this summer with the ultimate duo: VirtueRF Microneedling and CoolPeel, a winning combination that’ll have you glowing all summer long! When used together, these treatments target multiple layers of the skin, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles to even skin tone and improve skin laxity. With minimal downtime, it won’t be long before you’re back to soaking up those summer rays. Experience the magic of VirtueRF Microneedling, the ultimate skin rejuvenation treatment, paired with CoolPeel for that extra summer glow!

Call or text now to book your free patient consult and feel good inside and out this summer!

Clockwise, from back left: Katie Watson, CRNA; Aimee Gondi, CRNA; Julia Trippe, CRNA; Melony LaMotte, RN

Ready for renovation

Gateway Supply Co. showrooms present a diverse array of timeless home pieces seamlessly integrated with the latest modern trends. The experienced teams at their Columbia and Lexington showrooms are always here to help you find the right solution for your kitchen or bathroom project. Whether you’re going through a major renovation or just need a replacement in a pinch, you can find whatever you need at Gateway Supply Co.

Showers Tubs Sinks Faucets And more!

Level up your fitness

Level Fitness owners Hannah Buckner and Lilly Greenhalgh took their passion for fitness and their desire to create the perfect workout studio experience to create Forest Acre's newest spot to get your sweat on. Alongside their team of highly trained and experienced instructors, they offer low impact, high intensity Lagree, Pilates, and yoga classes that are designed to help you build strength and confidence. It's a workout experience unlike any other—their inclusive, uplifting classes will take your fitness to a new level.

Lagree Pilates Yoga Private groups Events

Beating the heat

Sun dress season has officially arrived. Cool off this summer with a touch of pink perfection with this signature Lilly Pulitzer shop. Pink Sorbet offers a wide selection of dresses, accessories and stylish sets just in time for your beach vacation and girls' night out.

Pictured, from left: Liza Hunter, Wythe Hunnicutt, Amy Cavanna, Alina Craft, Anna Stiglbauer, and Sophia Comose enjoying charcuterie from Abundant Graze on Saluda’s rooftop.

Bringing colorful creativity home

Everything in your home should tell your story, or so believes Aston Moody Interior's founder and principal designer, Aston Moody. She and her team will invest in their relationship with you, connecting with you on a personal level to design a space that is functional and fabulous while reflecting your own style. They do so by pulling together bold colors and beautiful decor that layer in seamlessly with the special pieces that are sentimental to you and your family. Sit down with Aston this summer to learn more about how she can work her magic on all of your interior spaces.

Pictured in the home of client and local muralist Marian Pouch.

Lift your skin, lift your spirit

Stacey O. Studio offers rejuvenating services for your mind, body, and spirit. Whether you immerse yourself in the restorative benefits of a massage or experience a customized facial, your beauty, strength, and confidence will soar. Pictured is Esthetician Sarah Mechelke, Stacey O. Studio team member of five years, performing the new Lift and Tone Microcurrent Facial.

Holistic facials
Chemical peels Microcurrent and LED
Massage therapy Cranial sacral therapy Green beauty products

When you’re a mom on-the-go, finding time to cook nutritious meals for yourself and your family can feel like an uphill battle. Seeking support to help balance your new schedule and lifestyle is essential. Enter Bornwell Boutique Newborn Services, Soulshine Pelvic Health and Wellness, and Todd Counseling who combine their comprehensive, holistic approaches to infant and maternal support to provide new families just what they need in the early postpartum days. Together, they cover everything from night feedings and lactation consulting for your newborns to nutrition, support groups, physical therapy, and mental health therapy for moms. Their team of expert providers know every beautiful and stressful side of motherhood, and stand ready to provide you with a wealth of knowledge and resources to thrive, making these three businesses the favorite choice of support for busy moms.


Perinatal Mental Health Specialist at Todd Counseling, LLC 864.567.1685

EMILY MIDDLETON, RN, BSN, IBCLC Newborn & Lactation Consultant with BORNWELL Boutique Newborn Services



Dr. Meghan Davidson, PT, DPT


Care and convenience

Pictured, from left: Meghan Davidson, Sarah Todd, and Emily Middleton at Kudzu Bakery.

Finding the perfect home

For over ninety years, Bollin Ligon Walker Realtors has been a trusted partner in helping families throughout the Midlands discover homes that epitomize the perfect home ownership experience. With a dedicated team of seasoned professionals who possess an in-depth understanding of the industry, they have garnered decades of demonstrated success in providing homeowners with unparalleled client satisfaction. Whether you're in the market to purchase a new home or sell your existing property, Bollin Ligon Walker boasts a time-tested reputation for excellence that instills confidence in every client they serve.


A slice of downtown life

Feast your eyes on the fabulous, fashionable finds from Monkee's of Columbia.

Mother-daughter duo Judy and Reece have filled their boutique with the most chic clothing, shoes, and accessories to create stunning outfits this summer. Whether you're headed out for a gourmet experience on the town or packing your bags for tropical vacation, you know that Monkee's has what you need to look incredible everywhere you go.

Alden Adair Frances Valentine S/W/F Lele Sadoughi Julie Vos Marie Oliver Corey Lynn Calter Pictured: Owners Judy and Reece enjoy drinks at The Gourmet Shop in Five Points with their family.

Who says antique finds have to be kept indoors? McIntosh Cottage has all the unique essentials for dining al fresco when the weather beckons you outside. Owner Elizabeth Sheehan and her daughters enjoy the warm days by breaking out a beautiful quilt and an antique basket, perfect for holding all of their picnic necessities. Create your own similar special summer memories by shopping with McIntosh Cottage where you’ll find just the right pieces

MCINTOSHCOTTAGEANTIQUES.COM 75 Sweet savory memories 4505 FOREST DRIVE 803.738.1520 FORESTLAKETRAVEL.COM Pura vida! Life is short, book the trip.

Southern summer hosting

Whether you want to host intimate gatherings or lively soirées, Strobler Home Furnishings offers a wide range of outdoor furniture options to suit your space and style. From poolside teak dining sets to cozy lounging arrangements, they carry it all. Not sure where to begin? Their talented design team is available to work closely with you to bring your vision to life.

76 4721 FOREST DRIVE 803.790.6300 STROBLER.COM Home furnishings Design consultations Accessories Gifts And more!

Redefining home

It's true: buying and selling a home can be as easy and relaxing as floating on Lake Murray on a warm summer's day when you work with Mackey Realty. As a boutique, full-service brokerage firm, their agents are highly invested in providing an elevated, tailor-made approach to the world of real estate for all of their clients. They aren't like other realtors you've worked with before. Mackey Realty is comprised of experienced agents that will take the time to get to know you, will advocate for your best interests, and will guide you in finding the best home for you and your family in the Midlands and beyond.

The doors are open on Mackey Realty’s new office location in downtown Columbia! Visit them at 911 Lady Street, Suite G.

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Relax and refresh

Get your skin and body summer-ready with the help of About You Aesthetics! Choose from a variety of services, like CoolSculpting ® to freeze unwanted fat and HydraFacial™ to boost hydration and refine texture. Whether you find yourself relaxing by the pool or enjoying sunny outdoor excursions, the team of skincare experts with About You Aesthetics will transform your skin and body to create a glow that comes from within

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Call 803.978.9128 to book your appointment today!

Pictured: Claire Ott, Lauren Coggiola, Dieter.

The power of curiosity

At Hammond, the teachers and staff believe that the future is in the hands of their students. Their job? To make sure each student is ready. That's why they embrace the power of curiosity, the belief that experience is a brilliant teacher, and that human potential is boundless. Hammond commits to giving their all—and giving back. They bring together the brightest independent minds and challenge them to think in new ways using cutting-edge technology in a place that wraps them in love and support.


Family fun

The school year is almost over! Now is the perfect time to explore new hobbies that will keep the whole family active this summer. Break Point Cola in Five Points has everything a budding pickleball or tennis enthusiast could want— paddles, rackets, apparel and more. Come out to this colorful storefront for excellent products and expertise. Break Point Cola is friendly and family-owned!


The hottest place in town

It's hard to consider the possibility that there's somewhere hotter than Columbia on a summer afternoon, but have you been to HOTWORX yet? Their infrared saunas get cranked up to between 120-130 degrees for your workout. The goal is to embrace the heat for an efficient workout. The warm temperatures raise your core body temperature to speed up your metabolism; the infrared energy activates your body's regenerative process; and the workout itself increases your heart rate to maximize the number of calories you burn. Turn up the heat on your fitness this season!

If you want your skin smooth and wrinkle-free in time for summer, then you want the experts with About Face Aesthetics and their brand new resurfacing technology, Tixel ®. This groundbreaking device uses a heated metal plate to create micro-channels in the skin, encouraging collagen production and reducing textured, wrinkled skin. Book your appointment with the wonderful team of skincare professionals at About Face Aesthetics, and they will transform your skin to glow from within!

Book your appointment for Tixel ® by visiting

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The beauty and wellness industry is always expanding, and so is Southeastern Esthetics! Their brand new nail salon opens up a world of possibilities for their students and clientele alike, with recent graduate Candace Ravenell being the perfect example. Candace learned not only fundamental and specialty techniques through the Nail Technology program, but professional skills as well. Southeastern Esthetics empowers, educates, and encourages each student; striving to create the best possible experience for everyone who walks through their doors.

Visit to enroll today, or book an appointment with one of their students and licensed supervisor!

Candace Ravenell

Electrifying events

You can feel the energy humming in the space as soon as you step inside the old SC State Hospital's central power plant. The potential is there at Central Energy, an 8,000 square foot location in the heart of the BullStreet District, and it's ready to bring life to your event. The modern, flexible space lends itself to hosting gatherings of all kinds and all sizes, and can be tailored to suit any theme. Power up your next event by hosting it at Central Energy.

84 2030 GREGG STREET 803.760.7505 CENTRALENERGY.NET Weddings & receptions Corporate events Galas & parties Luncheons
Top and bottom left photos by Joshua Aaron Photography Junior League of Columbia’s centennial luncheon POUT 20th anniversary gala

Now Open in Forest Acres

Find quality care close to home at Lexington Medical Center’s new, state-of-the-art medical office building in Forest Acres. Lexington Family Practice Forest Acres provides comprehensive primary care, including same-day sick and urgent appointments, and South Carolina OB/GYN Associates Forest Acres offers a wide range of obstetric and gynecologic services to care for generations of women. This facility also has a variety of imaging services available.

5143 Forest Drive, Suite 200

Columbia, SC 29206

(803) 314-9120 •

5143 Forest Drive, Suite 100

Columbia, SC 29206 (803) 254-1300 •


A decade of dreamy vacations

Close your eyes and imagine: if you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? What is the bucket list trip of your dreams? Where’s that one spot you’d love to celebrate an anniversary or momentous occasion? The premium travel concierge of Two Sisters Travel is celebrating 10 years of planning spectacular trips around the globe for their clients to experience the most incredible places and adventures. As the wanderlust of summer sets in, give them a call—they’ll plan a one-ofa-kind trip tailored perfectly to you.

86 803.687.8991 TWOSISTERSTRAVELCO.COM Scan QR code to start planning your dream vacation!

Capturing every angle

Give your guests the red carpet photography and videography experience at your next event, and invite them to capture memories in a new way with Picture This 360° Photos. Husband and wife team, Randall and Lekisha Fulwood, bring the party with them wherever they go as they turn the simple idea of a keepsake photo from your event into an interactive, playful experience with their photobooth set ups. You and your guests will end the evening with plenty of photos and videos to share and enjoy for years to come.

Transforming Columbia’s skincare

Susan Steiner believes that beauty is finding confidence in your own skin. She feels privileged to help you along your skin health journey with the latest aesthetic treatments and products. One of the firsts to bring this cult-favorite to the Columbia market, Colorescience ® has been Susan's #1 go-to for sun protection and skincare for years. Their Face Shield Flex tinted mineral sunscreen, a social media sensation, is the ultimate shadeadjusting sun protection that will replace your everyday foundation. Their blush and bronzers are the perfect allin-one tint for all-around color and moisture. Combining Colorescience ® with Susan Steiner's skincare services promises to give your skin the ultimate summer glow.

833.436.0742 PICTURETHIS360PHOTOS.COM 360° video booth Photobooth iPad selfie station

Poolside luxury

Why not make your own backyard into a dream getaway? If you didn't already know, Crystal Pools is one of Columbia's premier, full-scale pool design and service companies. Infinity pools and lazy rivers alike are within reach with the expert team at Crystal Pools at your side. From design, construction, install, renovation, and service, Crystal Pools takes care of every last detail. All you have left to do is relax by your brand new pool all summer long!

out their portfolio of relaxing backyard pools! Lazy river pool in Chapin. Photo by Jimi Smith Photography.

JUNE 7-8, 2024

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 19th 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 pm . 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.




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Summer Events


Now through September

There’s no better way to spend a summer night than supporting Columbia’s very own baseball team! Come out to Segra Park on any of the Fireflies’ theme nights—like Star Wars Night and Halfway to Halloween—for an extra dose of fun.


Now through October

This summer, head down to the Rosewood neighborhood on the last Friday of every month for Columbia’s newest night market. Wander through Re • Find’s halls of vintage treasures, browse unique vendors and sample excellent food, all while getting to know your community better!


June 1

Rock out on Lake Murray’s waves at this year’s Drift Jam! Take your boat out to Spence Island for a lake day like no other, listening to awesome tunes alongside thousands of other music-lovers.


June 1

Be yourself and celebrate LGBTQ+ pride at this year’s Outfest! Columbia’s kicking off the first day of Pride Month with an epic block party in the Vista, complete with music, food, and more.


June 29

The Saturday before Independence Day, head out to Lake Murray for a fireworks show like no other! Whether you’re sailing on a boat or having a cookout on the shore, this one-of-akind view of fireworks over Columbia’s iconic lake simply can’t be beat!


July 4

Head out to Gilbert, South Carolina, and explore this fun-for-the-whole-family festival! In addition to all the peaches you can eat, you’ll find carnival rides, a car show and a fireworks show to round out the night.


July 4

With the coast only a two-hour drive away, there’s nothing stopping you from celebrating July 4 with Salute From the Shore. Go to any of South Carolina’s sunny beaches to see a military flyover and honor the day amongst family and friends!


August 2

Cool down from the August heat with chilled drinks from local and regional breweries! Riverbanks Zoo is back with its annual Brew at the Zoo event, a perfect time to hang out with friends and learn more about the amazing animals that call Columbia home.


August 3

Put on your running shoes and head over to Devine Street for a nighttime all-ages 5K! Be sure to stop by earlier if your child wants to participate in the Ice Cream Youth Run.


August 31–September 2

For Labor Day weekend, bring your family and head over to Chapin for their annual festivities! This year’s celebration is themed “New Frontiers” and features Taste of Chapin, a delicious way to learn about the area’s culinary offerings.


Redefining Columbia’s skincare

Three businesses are redefining what is possible for Soda Citizens’ aesthetic MedSpa experience: Nouveau Facial Aesthetics, Skin & Brows Redefined, and Refine Facial Aesthetics. Each business ensures you will both look and feel your best, promising a radiant summer glow. Book your appointment with this dream team today, and get your skin prepped for a sun-soaked summer!

Find all three fabulous MedSpas at 2100 North Beltline Boulvevard.

If you’re looking for dewy, supple skin this summer, you’ll want to book the HydraFacial™ at Skin & Brows Redefined. This cleansing and hydrating treatment is perfect for restoring moisture in the skin and leaving a fresh, youthful glow.

Get rid of that pesky underarm sweat once and for all with Nouveau’s latest service offering: Botox for hyperhidrosis. These injections are virtually painless and work to stop excess amounts of sweat production.

Say goodbye to unwanted dark spots and sun spots with Lumecca IPL from Refine Facial Aesthetics. After just a few of these laser treatments, you’ll notice a visibly more even skin tone and improved texture.


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