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The Arts & Culture Issue Celebrating local shopping, dining, arts, events, and community ISSUE N o 36 | FALL 2022 City of Columbia

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IN THIS ISSUE Explore the vibrant arts and culture in our city. From a variety of magnificent pieces of art to entertaining theatre and dance performances and beyond, you'll find some of the most talented creators and their incredible creations right here in Columbia. Fig Authentic: Ija Monet Self-taught artist Ija Monet is brightening up the city by painting beautiful, colorful murals on building exteriors, inside businesses, and along alleyways. 30 Social Mission Read how Able South Carolina advocates for individuals with disabilities in the workplace and beyond.


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There's a quote that's applicable in all aspects of life, but even more so in today's world: "We only appreciate what we have when we lose it." One thing that we as a community lost for a couple of years, which I believe hurt us most in the fall, was gathering together in Fallperson.inColumbia, SC is overflowing with energy as the heat of the summer fades away, family vacations come to a close, and our city once again becomes a hub of activity. University of South Carolina students have arrived back in town, students of all ages have begun the new school year, Carolina kicks off a new season of tailgating and football at Williams-Brice, the South Carolina State Fair entertains us all for two weeks, local theaters offer us amazing live entertainment, the Columbia City Ballet and the Columbia Classical Ballet provide spectacular iconic shows to enjoy, the SC Philharmonic comes together for stunning performances, Soda City brings great artisans and makers to Main Street every Saturday morning, rooftops open up for evening drinks with friends, pumpkin patches and hay rides provide a memorable outdoor family activity, oysters begin arriving for oyster roasts, annual festivals take center stage, seasonal craft beers are brewed and poured at the local breweries... our city offers us a multitude of places and reasons for us to gather together. I don't know about you, but I am looking forward to doing as much gathering with friends and family as I can this season.


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At Fig, we're entering into this season with a deep sense of gratitude. We are incredibly lucky to live in a city that has passionate and talented people to organize, run, donate, and volunteer to make a thriving arts and culture scene for us to all to enjoy. This growing scene is attracting the best musicians, artists, actors, dancers, creators, and more to call Columbia home, and as they do so, they're bringing their incredible talents to town and making it a vibrant city. We look forward to you flipping through the pages of our fall issue and supporting our beautiful community. A new season also offers opportunity and growth, and with that, we want to introduce you to Ashleigh. She has been hard at work, carefully pouring over each page to ensure that we're showcasing Columbia in the very best light. She has begun to take over my role as Director of Fig and I could not be more proud of the work she has done. I will always be here as support, but I am excited as our team grows and we continue to serve our community well. She loves Columbia and the people in it, and I'm sure you'll enjoy her voice as well.

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With the arrival of fall comes the approach of the holiday and the Cotton Mill Exchange located inside the South Carolina State Museum is the perfect place to begin your search for heartfelt gifts for your loved ones. Peruse their shelves and you’ll find artwork by South Carolina for the home or books on the history of our state, and so much more. The unique products all represent the Palmetto State in their own ways, making them an excellent way to showcase your South Carolina pride.

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A home for your fitness journey Launch yourself into the last few months of the year with as much energy and excitement for your health and fitness journey as you have at the beginning of the year. Led by co-owners Drew Mobley and Susanne Hicklin, the highly trained and welcoming coaches at Basecamp Fitness will not only match the enthusiasm that you bring to each workout, but they’ll encourage it to grow as you see the results from the highly efficient group fitness classes. This team is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of their clients, and their commitment shows each day through the classes they coach. Their classes are designed to meet you where you are and to push you so that you continue make progress towards and meet all of your goals. Make Basecamp Fitness your fitness home this fall! Congratulations to Basecamp for winning the Free Times’ Best Fitness Studio in Columbia! 3009 MILLWOOD AVENUE #300 803.543.0594 BASECAMPFITNESS.COM

Columbia—Get ready to pedal and cruise your way around town this fall. Pedego is opening a new, locallyowned location just across the bridge in West Columbia. Say “Hello!” to fun and join the Pedego family for miles and and miles of adventures, both on the road and on the trails. With a full line of 16 different ebikes, you’re sure to find one that suits both you and your lifestyle. They make biking exciting and accessible for everyone! Stop by and test ride one to discover the excitement of Pedego. New location opening this fall at 521 Meeting Street in West Columbia!


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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Midlands Real Estate, an experienced team in the Midlands market for 7 years, now has the talents and knowledge of the Andrea Reynolds Team to service their clients as Andrea Reynolds becomes owner. Let their savvy real estate agents navigate you through the housing market as you and your family search for the next place to call home this fall. They love the thrill of finding just the right house for their clients, and they can't wait to show your dream home.

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Midlands Real Estate is opening up a new location on Devine Street! This fall, you can find them at 2720 Devine Street in the former Bohemian Home location.


A bright and colorful future for education The start of the school year brings a lot of new things to the day for teachers and students: New supplies, new book bags, new classes, new schedules, new things to learn, and for many, a fresh new coat of paint inside and out of their school. Rose Talbert Paints is a leading supplier of paint to the educational facilities in our community, including K12 school districts and our local university, the University of South Carolina. Let the paint experts at Rose Talbert Paints take you to school and educate you this season in everything you need to know for your next paint project! 2521 FOREST DRIVE, 803.799.7011 549 KNOX ABBOTT DRIVE, 803.796.6260 ROSETALBERTPAINT.COM 15 Residential and Commercial Products: Epoxies Exterior High Performance Interior Metal Primers OEM Primers & Finishes SchoolHighBrookland-Cayce This and above photo: Lakeside Middle School

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When planning a wedding or social function at the Lace House at Arsenal Hill, letting your imagination run wild is encouraged. The scenic, historical home is wonderfully customizable to allow you to create the event of your dreams. It brings a timeless elegance that, when combined with your vision and creativity, is guaranteed to produce a day you’ll never forget. No matter how extravagant your ideas may be, this unique venue will be the most magnificent backdrop. A party as unique as the venue Draw inspiration Gatsby-themed


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Hotel Trundle is spreading its wings and flying down Main Street to the new Flutter Wing, an extension of their award-winning boutique hotel. Located at 1544 Main Street above Drake's Duck-In, their new expansion will include 5 unique guest rooms, a stunning bridal suite, and an outdoor rooftop patio for guests to enjoy.


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Owners Marcus Munse and Rita Patel will put their architectural design and artistic stamp on every corner of the new Flutter Wing, utilizing local vendors and artists as they did in the flagship Hotel Trundle location.

Bringing floral dreams to life Creating stunning flower arrangements is truly an art, and Vicki Walker at Carolina Blossoms is the artist. She has a talent for capturing her clients’ visions and bringing them to life in a seemingly magical way. Dreaming of classical elegance? Or desiring something more whimsical and unique? No matter what kind of design you’ve thought up, Vicki and her skilled team can make it happen. And they’re not just limited to wedding design; they’re prepared to help you with your rehearsal parties, corporate events, and more! So for your next special event, trust Carolina Blossoms to provide you with a floral experience you’ll never forget. 1224 TAYLOR STREET HOTELTRUNDLE.COM803.722.5000


The Experience Columbia SC Convention & Visitors Bureau sales team recruits multi-day meetings and conventions to hotels and facilities in Richland County, Lexington County, and the City of Columbia. The CMCC sales team works to recruit multi-day as well as single day meetings, conventions, and events that will use the Convention Center to drive positive economic impact to the overall region. Both teams collaborate on business that could be a fit for the convention center in combination with area hotel rooms and/or hotel meeting space. ECSC Sports puts the region on the map as a premier destination for sporting events. From partnering with local organizations to grow a small road

race to hosting the first round of men’s basketball during NCAA March Madness, sporting events create economic benefit for the region by generating room nights, food and beverage sales, and associated tax revenues. The team focuses on traditional sports such as soccer, lacrosse, dance, tennis, and golf but also unique sports such as cornhole and pickleball, among others. Their marketing team manages and promotes the brand for each entity within their organizations. From earned media, social media, and websites to advertising placements, promotional items, and photo and video assets, their marketing team represents the brand that inspires travel to the Columbia region. If you see a feature article or NORA WHITE, Senior Sport Development Manager, Spikeball Inc.

“Scott and his team at Experience Columbia SC Sports were a great group to work with. It was easy communications to lock in an awesome venue as well as hotel block and dining/ entertainment options for our event. Columbia was a beautiful city and we can’t wait to go back.”

EXPERIENCE COLUMBIA SC’S MISSION is to drive economic impact to our local community by marketing and selling the region as a premier destination for meetings and conventions, tradeshows, special events, sports, and leisure travel. They work with our local hotels, restaurants, facilities, and attractions to share all of the unique ways to enjoy the Columbia region with potential visitors. Their three branches—Experience Columbia SC (the CVB), Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center (CMCC) and Experience Columbia SC Sports—each have a specific set of responsibilities related to promoting and marketing the Columbia region.

“We are eternally grateful for the hard work that the Experience Columbia SC team continues to put in year after year to expose visitors and tourists to the many wonders the Midlands region has to offer, which are essentially some of the same assets we use to attract development to our area. They have done a tremendous job in building our reginal brand and are continuously looking for new ways to innovate in the destination marketing field, which helps us in our role as economic developers to attract talent and grow the business community. We always welcome the opportunity to collaborate with their team because of their reputation to produce excellent results quickly, efficiently and effectively.”

earning GBAC accreditation and offering hybrid options to ensure that all attendees are safe and accommodated, to an Experience Columbia SC marketing team member crafting an Instagram story about one of the region’s numerous entertainment districts or bringing in influencers and travel writers to share Columbia’s tourism offerings, each department and position is vital to driving and keeping visitation to our community.

“During a year of such great uncertainty, Graduate Columbia had most appreciated our Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. They have worked tirelessly to not only bring back annual group business, but drum up new, innovative business that Columbia tourism so desperately needs. Their outside of the box ideas are one example of why they represent our wonderful city and Graduate Columbia is proud to stand by them and support their mission.“

RYAN COLEMAN, Director, City of Columbia Office of Economic Development

ad on the Columbia region in a lifestyle publication like Southern Living, Garden & Gun, or The Local Palate or an influencer post touting Columbia on Instagram, chances are Experience Columbia SC had a hand in hosting the travel writer or influencer, supplying content, or pitching the idea. They know how amazing our city is and love to share those tips and itineraries with publications, content creators, and their Theyaudiences.alsoknow how important local pride is in our community, and to tourism. Locals have an influence on how their friends, family, and colleagues perceive Columbia. This year is the fourth year of Experience Columbia SC’s Ambassador Program, where they

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team up with four of Columbia’s most impactful locals each year to share their favorite ways to enjoy the heart of South Carolina.

Their local marketing and advertising campaign features a combination of paid and grassroots efforts to envelop the local audience and bring them along as partners in our effort to improve positive perception of the Columbia region through paid advertising, brand activation, social media amplification, influencer marketing, and community partnerships.FromtheExperience Columbia CVB sales team attending 28 in-person tradeshows, to connect one-on-one with target planners to the CMCC

HOW THEY INSPIRE TOURISM: P Out-of-the-box meeting and events experiences P Recruiting a broad range of meeting and sporting events P Branding and Advertising P Earned media and influencer marketing P Social media P Robust website content EXPERIENCECOLUMBIASC.COM

HANDCRAFTED BY YOU Step inside artist Anne Bivens' studio, and learn the fine art and techniques of creating stunning pieces of jewelry using a variety of metals and natural stones. Anne incorporates her teaching experience with her passion for handmade jewelry into all of her classes and open studio days, ensuring each of her students leaves with not only a handmade creation, but knowledge they can build on to continue to make unique pieces of jewelry. 2-DAY WORKSHOPS: September 24-25 October DecemberNovember15-1619-2010-11 OPEN STUDIO DAYS: September 13, 17 October DecemberNovember18296,13 ANNEBIVENSJEWELRY.COM If you are interested in attending a class, text Anne at 803.968.4187 or email her at *Only 4 spots available for each class! INCREATIVITYTHESODA CITY In the following pages, you'll discover a wide variety of amazing artisans based right here in our Capital City. Their work includes beautiful handmade accessories, captivating theatre performances, impressive dance shows, exquisite artwork, and so much more. These creators and their businesses provide a foundation for the thriving arts and culture scene that Columbia residents have the privilege of enjoying. Take a look at what they have to offer, and you'll see just how talented these local artists are.

UPLIFTING ARTISTS The visual arts serve as a reflection of the world around us. They foster an understanding of history, culture, and the experiences of others that would otherwise remain undiscovered. Stormwater Studios seeks to bring the value of the arts to light in Columbia by supporting local artists and providing a venue for community gathering. By offering studio and gallery space to artists, hosting a variety of exhibitions, and presenting community events and experiences, Stormwater Studios is becoming the premier locale for promoting, appreciating, and participating in the arts in Columbia. Join Healing Icons as they present a special community experience: The Mystical Arts of Tibet, a Healing Sand Manadala at Stormwater Studios December 13–17 Featured art, clockwise from left: Pat Gilmartin, Eileen Blyth, David Yaghjian 413 PENDLETON STREET 803.661.9357 STORMWATERSTUDIOS.ORG

3101 MILLWOOD AVENUE 803.771.8080 MYMADPLATTER.COM 1607 MAIN STREET 803.254.8234 NICKELODEON.ORG Ceramics Glass Fusing Clay Impressions ARTFUL MEMORIES For Margaret Nevill, owner of The Mad Platter, art has been a way to forge connections with her community and reflect upon her travels and experiences. The Mad Platter is a place where families, friends, and loved ones can come together to create both personal art and precious memories that they will treasure for years to come. After all, making memories is what art is truly all about.

Pictured: Sumner Bender (top center) with Nickelodeon Staff and Board Members SUPPORT THE NICK BY PURCHASING A MEMBERSHIP THIS FALL.

A NIGHT AT THE CINEMA Led by new Executive Director, Sumner Bender, The Nickelodeon is roaring back to life post-pandemic as they welcome all in our community to their theater. You can support them as they expand their daily offerings and open for more days each week by purchasing a membership. Memberships range from student levels all the way up to a community patron level, and with every membership comes great perks that all cinephiles will love. Catch a new Blockbuster release or soak in an artistic feature that encourages you to reflect as their theater opens their doors seven days a week once again.

OVER A CENTURY AT CENTER STAGE For more than a century, Town Theatre has brought community produced, directed and performed shows to center stage in the heart of Columbia. It holds the designation of being the longest running community theatre in the United States offering home grown entertainment to tens of thousands each year. In addition to the main stage show calendar, Town Theatre is well-known for its summer blockbuster as well as high quality youth theatre productions which are the product of its popular educational program. Town Theatre is proud to be OF the community, BY the community, and FOR the community. 103 years and going strong! SEASON 103 THE MUSIC MAN Sept. 9-25, 2022 A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL Nov. 25-Dec. 18, 2022 THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG Jan. 27-Feb. 12, 2023 THE ALL NIGHT STRUT March 10-26, 2023 GREASE May 12-28, 2023 Photo from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, performed July 15-31 2022 1012 SUMTER STREET 803.799.2510 TOWNTHEATRE.COM 23

Dancers of the Columbia Repertory Dance Company rehearse at the CMFA ArtSpace Black Box Theater, the area’s premiere boutique performance space.

701 GERVAIS STREET, SUITE 150–118 803.269.5946 VISTACOLUMBIA.COM As the home to a multitude of entertainment venues, art galleries, event spaces, and museums, the Vista is Columbia’s top arts and culture destination. Visit the district and you’ll find the largest children’s museum in the southeast, a hand-blown glass studio, first-class music venues, and so much more. One must-visit location is the Columbia Music Festival Association, a fine arts resource with a theater, three fully equipped dance studios, prop and set workshop space, costume storage, and professional meeting areas. CMFA prides itself on being an incubator for new non-profit arts groups in the city and supporting artists of all disciplines throughout the Midlands, as it has since 1897. Their mission is to educate, discover, develop, train, assist, present, produce and promote performing arts among the area’s citizens, and they invite you to join them on the journey.




2222 SUMTER STREET 803.931.3470 NOMAWAREHOUSE.COM NoMa Warehouse is more than an inspiring studio space and co-op for artists to create their work. Its mission goes beyond providing a one-stop-shop for customers to shop locally produced art. It’s also a community spot where all artists, neighbors, and visitors alike are welcome to gather together as they shop, hang out, drink, and support the artists that call NoMa Warehouse home. There’s something for everyone here, and everyone is invited.

COMING LATE 2022: Gather Garden. NoMa Warehouse will be putting a spin on the traditional Biergarten later this year as they continue their offerings of events that bring people together to connect with their community. SHOP, SELL,



Owner and Co-Founder Leslye Young launched SY the Label in 2021 with the goal of bringing people comfort and confidence through clothing. She is working towards producing a full line of ethically manufactured apparel by 2032 while continuously carrying her signature collection of eco-friendly fabric options. The brand fuses athleisure and lifestyle to create dynamic, comfortable clothes for any occasion to give you that relaxed, body-positive feeling at work, home, or play. From joggers to pullovers to crop tops and more, each piece is designed with versatility in mind to provide all-day comfort. When you’re wearing SY the Label, you’re dressed and ready for whatever life throws your way while feeling your very best.Shop SY the Label online or in store at NoMa Warehouse and The Collective. SYTHELABEL.COM 803.237.0261 SUGARANDLOLA.COM SUGARANDLOLA

Laura Okoniewski, also known as Lola, has spent years refining her jewelrymaking craft. In fact, she's been creating sustainable, long-lasting, classic pieces of jewelry since 2008. Sugar & Lola became a full-time endeavor in 2018, and Lola has dedicated herself to designing fabulous pieces for customers to wear and enjoy ever since. Lola and her shop manager, Joelle Patton, would be delighted to help you find the perfect piece at her store at 2850B Devine Street.

WORKS OF ART Show off your style with a beautiful work of art by Jordie Handmade. Founder Margaret Jordan handcrafts each handbag, clutch, wallet, and tote using only the finest Italian leather and sustainable fabrics. Her fall collection is filled with rich, earthy tones, exotic animal prints, and striking textures, each piece accented with a matching leather tassel or wristlet strap. There’s no doubt you’ll feel classy and fashionable while carrying one of these gorgeous designs on any occasion out on the town. CRICKET NEWMAN DESIGNS, COLUMBIA ROSE ARBOR FABRICS, PAWLEYS ISLAND JORDIEHANDMADE.COM Photo taken at City Art. Artist: Patton Blackwell, Luminous Abstracts 2301 N BELTLINE BOULEVARD 803.834.3819 FORESTACRESNEEDLEPOINT.COM TELL A STORY THROUGH STITCHING Create your own work of art using a needle and thread as your medium at Forest Acres Needlepoint. Follow the direction of their hand-painted canvases and allow their experienced team to guide you through the process of telling a story through stitchwork. Take a chance on yourself and explore your creative side— maybe you’ll end up finding your passion! Forest classesNeedlepointAcresoffersforalllevels.Visittheirwebsitetoviewthescheduleandsignup!


Take a drive down I-20 to Camden where you can immerse yourself in the arts as you explore their newly designated cultural district, anchored by The Arts Center of Kershaw County. Walk through downtown and pop in and out of galleries and artist studios, catch a live performance, interact with public art, experience a museum, and dine on regional fare. Camden has become a hub that celebrates the culture, history, and heritage of Kershaw County, and they're breathing new life into all the wonderful qualities that make Camden an amazing city.




NEW MURALS ARE SPRINGING UP ALL AROUND COLUMBIA. They are brightening up building exteriors with vibrant colors and stories. You’ll find them inside local businesses as owners commission statement walls for their customers to enjoy. Previously unremarkable, dimly lit alleyways are finding new life with artwork. Muralists are leaving their mark on Columbia with each project they complete, and they are creating pieces of art that our entire community has the benefit of enjoying.. “I love the art scene in Columbia because it’s giving creativity and an open mind to the next generation,” said local muralist, Ija Charles. “The art here gives the city such positive vibes

Interactive Art Park in West Columbia, located in the parking lot behind the businesses at the corner of Meeting Street and State Street. Her piece there, Full of Life, showcases all the fun outdoor things that children can enjoy here. That mural was the start of many more throughout town. To date, Ija has completed 20 murals in and around Columbia!Herfavorite mural that she has completed is Cayce Wonders.

“I like working large,” Ija said. “The bigger the project, the better. Murals, busses, it doesn’t matter to me.” Ija’s first mural in town was at the

artist and muralist who is only 25 years old, Ija has been painting murals around town for three years. Her portfolio is filled with murals, but she’s also painted Mardi Gras floats in Louisiana, has created live paintings at events like weddings, and paints smaller scale commissioned projects in her studio. The best projects though, in her mind, are the big ones.

Commissioned and painted in 2020, Cayce Wonders depicts the history and beauty that is found in Cayce, as seen through a young girls’ eyes. Her hair is filled with what makes Cayce unique—it’s history, a bridge from the Timmerman Trail, and architectural Leading the way through innovation and example

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Follow along with Ija on Instagram @ija_monet to stay up to date with where she’s painting around Columbia and beyond.

Creating the mural allowed Ija to research and discover Cayce, and she enjoyed the opportunity to learn about a town she previously didn’t know much about despite having grown up in is my expression,” Ija said. “That’s the same look I get on my face when I reflect on all the great things you can find here.” Ija draws inspiration from another wellknown muralist in the city, Blue Sky. When she was younger and growing up in Columbia, her mom would take her to go and see his murals. She loves all of his work, especially Tunnel Vision.



ARTWORK: Cayce Wonders: 2018 State St, Cayce

The Palms on Main: 1155 Lady St

Generational Wealth & Excellence: 1815 Gervais St Full of Life: 425 Meeting St, West Columbia


Ija’s magnificent, larger-than-life murals have done more than simply provide a beautiful work of art for us to enjoy. She’s already inspiring the next generation of artists with her talents. “It feels good to leave my mark on Columbia,” Ija said. “I’ve always been told that you have to leave South Carolina to be inspired and to create beautiful artwork, but that’s not true. My community has shown me otherwise. I love when younger kids come out to my murals and they want to show me their artwork, or they’re sitting there sketching. I wish I had experiences like this when I was younger! It means a lot to me to be able to inspire the younger generation to create their own artwork for our city.”

Tunnel Vision, a mural that has been a part of Columbia’s art scene since 1975, was one of a handful of public art pieces before muralists began splashing the town with their imaginations and beautiful colors. There’s one area of town though that’s untouched that Ija has her eyes on. “My dream location would be a bridge,” Ija said. “There are so many great ones, and it doesn’t matter to me which one.”

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Abstract Art in Gold Frame Dream A Little Art, Leah Greiner Richardson— find at The Collective IG: @dreamalittleart Butterfly Soda City Entomology—find at Soda City IG: @sodacity.entomology CITY OF ART WHAT OUR LOCAL ARTISTS BRING TO THE TABLE SOME PLACES TO FIND LOCAL ART AROUND COLUMBIA • Soda City Market, Open Saturdays from 9 am –1 pm rain or shine • The Collective • NoMa Warehouse • One Eared Cow Glass, a glass blowing studio • Stormwater Studios • The Cotton Mill Exchange at South Carolina State Museum • City Art • Columbia Museum of Art Each year we are blown away by the incredible works that our local artists and artisans bring to the table. Their passion is expressed through a variety of mediums, but translates just the same. In Columbia, you can find local artwork almost everywhere you look; from your favorite boutiques, to the rows of vendors that line Soda City every Saturday. We encourage you to stop and explore all of the places that hold our local artists near and dear to their hearts. Pottery Revisionist Studio, realist wood, ceramic, and polymer sculptures by Caroline Clark in Camden, SC—find at Soda City IG: @revisioniststudio Small Water Color Painting and Notebook Jessica Ream, bookbinding and painting—find at The Collective, NoMa, and Indah Coffee IG: @jessream

Gamecock Sticker Summer Doodles, trendy art, and paint classes— find at Soda City and A Little Happy IG: @summerrdoodles Watercolor Art Gracie Langdon, Watercolor Artist— find at The Collective IG: @gracelangdonart Glass Leaves One Eared Cow Glass, handblown glass art— find at 1001 Huger Street IG: @oneearedcowglass

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Put a pop of fun and a splash of spunk into your home this fall with the interior design expertise and guidance of Aston Moody. She has a colorful, inviting approach to interior design that you see in each space she creates for her clients. The focus is always on reflecting personality and infusing joy—two things that every space in your home should do! Aston is based out of Columbia, but will travel for projects and utilizes Edesign for interiorvirtualdesigns.

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COLUMBIACHORALSOCIETY.ORG HARMONIOUS ART UPCOMING EVENTS THE MUSIC OF JOHANNES BRAHMS Sunday, October 30 Shandon United Methodist Church THE MUSIC OF JOHANNES BRAHMS Friday, November 4 Location TBD, will be announced on website THE BIG GRAB YARD SALE September 9-10 1001 N Firetower Rd, Blythewood

The Columbia Choral Society was originally formed as the Shandon Choral Society in 1930 with just 40 voices. Now the Columbia Choral Society averages 50 to 70 voices as they work to stimulate and broaden the interest in great music throughout our community by performing the world’s best choral works. They have taken their talented vocals to local community events like Fireflies baseball games and Soda City Market on Saturday mornings, as well as to perform alongside world renowned musicians in the SC Philharmonic and at Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival. No matter where you catch one of their performances, you’re in for a harmony of stellar musical gifts.

When it comes to advocating for disability rights and justice, Able South Carolina is not only leading the charge in our state, but their efforts are also causing major ripple effects nationwide and beyond. Whether it is speaking out for fair employment and housing opportunities or standing up for equal access to transportation and educational opportunities, Able South Carolina is helping individuals with disabilities build confidence, community, and connection, and encouraging them to always be their own Eightadvocate.yearsago,


Advocacy Day for Access & Independence was created as an initiative in the State Plan for Independent Living in 2014 . That first event brought three hundred South Carolinians together and was an opportunity to speak openly about the everyday challenges faced by those with disabilities. Over the years, Advocacy Day has created many more conversations surrounding disability rights and forged deeper connections between law makers and community members. To date, this single day event held each April welcomes members from over 30 participating organizations across South Carolina to the State House and addresses systemic “barriers” in place against individuals with disabilities.

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One major topic of conversation in recent years has been a focus on employment barriers and the persistence of subminimum wage payments to people with disabilities. Even with the passing of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, meant to protect individuals with disabilities from employment and wage discrimination, there is still a loophole to be found. The Fair Labor Standards Act, established in 1938, has allowed employers to pay their workers less than minimum wage if it is deemed their productivity at work may be impacted. Facilities called “sheltered workshops” or “employment training centers” are often hubs for this behavior and employees with disabilities are paid only pennies on the Angeladollar.Greene, worked in a sheltered workshop for 21 years between

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In 2015, Angela moved to a new agency that allowed her to explore her creativity and talents rather than try and fit her into a box. Now she works at the University of South Carolina as a dining room attendant, is working towards her GED, and is a founding member and current secretary of IMPACT SC. Angela shared her story to an attentive crowd this April during Advocacy Day for Access and Independence as she and several others spoke about their unfair treatment during employment and the importance of dismantling subminimum wage. In May of 2022, Able South Carolina was able to celebrate a major legislative milestone when the bill to end subminimum wage in South Carolina was signed into law by Governor Henry McMaster. The passing of this bill makes South Carolina only the twelfth state nationwide and third in the Southeast to break away from federal law, signifying one of the biggest changes in disability rights in the state to date.

1994 - 2015. She had a Monday – Friday schedule and was paid only $3.00 per hour. “If I could put into words my experiences in a sheltered workshop, what words would they be? Undervalued, not appreciated, low expectations, no potential,” said Angela. “I always believed that community employment was possible, but I didn’t always have the support to achieve employment.”

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“Ending subminimum wage is finally employment justice for people with disabilities!” Said Kimberly Tissot, President, and CEO of Able South Carolina. “We are thrilled by the result, ensuring that people with disabilities are valued and equal members of South Carolina’s competitive workforce.” While Able South Carolina has achieved many incredible feats in their activism over the past several years, they know there is still much to be done and many more areas for improvement. They continue to focus on their mission to equip, educate, and advocate for individuals with disabilities and aim to serve as a place for individuals to come together and make our state a more inclusive place for everyone.


Children are our future, and that’s why Hammond School is focused on thinking ahead. From the very first day a student walks through Hammond’s doors through their complete journey at the school, they’re nurtured with a well-rounded education in preparation for success in higher education and the world beyond. The campus boasts 110 acres with 85 classrooms, four art studios, three music studios, two dining halls, two gymnasiums, and multiple academic enrichment centers. This allows them to provide rich offerings in academics, sports, and the arts to ensure that students are ready for whatever the future holds.

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Each piece found at McIntosh Cottage Antiques is handcrafted and tells a beautiful, unique story that reflects both time and continent. Sourced from Europe, you can find pieces like this English Carved Oak Chest, circa 1800, that features hand cut dove-tailing, brass pulls, and hand carvings. Everything here is a work of art.

It’s officially time to get into the school spirit, and Westmore, Land of Gifts and Apparel is here to help. Whether you’re a Gamecock or a Tiger, they have the stylish women’s clothing, fun and festive earrings, and tailgating accessories you need. Just stop by their St. Andrews Road store and Jessa and her team will guarantee you’re prepped and ready for game day. Need a charcuterie board for your tailgate? Luzianna Purchase next door (location of picture) offers great snacks! Cheers to football season 7011 ST. ANDREWS ROAD WESTMORE_LANDOFGIFTSWESTMORELANDOFGIFTS.COM803.497.3336WESTMORELANDOFGIFTS Every piece is a work of art

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SERVING SOUTH CAROLINA, NORTH CAROLINA, AND GEORGIA 803.904.5801 SOCOPOWER.COM 43 Beautiful art is found in more than just art studios and galleries around town—We see it every day in the natural beauty that surrounds us in the Midlands. SoCo Power is a South Carolina solar-based company that is providing the service of clean renewable energy to businesses, commercial spaces, and residents in order to reduce our carbon footprint and keep our environment healthier for future generations. Their team works to find new solutions and to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to solar-based technology, and the provide routine maintenance, service diagnosis, and uninstall/reinstall services to keep your solar panel installation running smoothly for years. Introduce the SoCo difference to your home or office this fall—Your children and grandchildren will thank you! The SoCo difference If you are interested in learning more about SoCo Power’s services and how making the switch to solar can benefit you, scan the QR code below or visit their website at Pictured:socopower.comScottTruitt & Cody Coker

Did you know that in addition to real estate sales, Wolfe & Taylor offers professional rental property and HOA management? For assistance with your property, give their team a call

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The real estate agents at Wolfe & Taylor have a winning playbook to help you successfully navigate the local market, whether you are buying or selling a home. Led by Dana Wolfe and Steve Taylor, their experienced group of professionals boasts decades of knowledge of Midlands communities, from downtown to Lake Murray and beyond. This season, the agents at Wolfe & Taylor can get you ready to cheer on your favorite team from your new home!

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Established in 1964, Ace Glass has been a cornerstone of the Columbia community for over 50 years. Through the decades of serving clients with outstanding glass installations and top-notch customer service, the business has never left the Price family's capable hands. Ace Glass is now owned and operated by its third generation of Price glass experts, and the fourth generation is already watching and learning until it comes time for them to join the family business!

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Beauty.Confidence.Strength. Fresh fall decor With her deep commitment to clean beauty and immense care for each client, owner Stacey Overstreet desires to make people look and feel their best. The services she and her talented team perform are designed to provide real results and every treatment is customized every time. She strives to help her clients achieve long-term skin health through the use of exclusive products and advanced esthetic techniques. When you visit her peaceful Devine Street spa, you’re sure to feel the Stacey O. difference. The studio offers facials, massages, cranial sacral therapy, and more. Stacey O. Studio is the only location in Columbia for Epicuren Discovery, Odacité and Kypris skin care products, as well as Intraceuticals Oxygen Facials. 2911 DEVINE STREET 803.741.8687 STACEYOSTUDIO.COM 2855 DEVINE STREET 803.767.8506 FERNSTUDIOFLOWERS FERNSTUDIOFLOWERS.COM Transform your tablescape with Fern Studio’s newly expanded retail section. Now, in addition to flower bundles and arrangements, shop their selection of vases, glassware, candlesticks, and other accessories sure to elevate the table at your next gathering. Drop by their Devine St. store to explore the fragrant blooms and styling extras. As always, they offer flower arrangements and bundles for pickup or delivery to the downtown Columbia area. Visit their website or stop in the shop to place your order. Visit Fern on Devine Street on Monday from 10 am –4 pm andbouquets,fromTuesday–Friday10am–6pmtoshoptheirFlowerBar,premadeandnewretailsection!


The perfect plant display Gardener’s Outpost is known for their selection of luscious plants and their effective lawn and garden consulting service, but the garden center also offers a lovely array of decor items to spruce up your home. With their wide variety of pottery options in different colors, textures, and finishes, you’ll find a plant display to fit the aesthetic of any space. Choose from pottery in bright, lively shades to complement your fresh greenery, or in cooler, moodier tones to bring in the fall season. And if you’re unsure of what the best plant and pot combination may be, just ask their friendly team to help you decide! The pottery range at Gardener’s Outpost includes durable powder-coated terra cotta, painted Spanish terra cotta, traditional pottery, hand thrown pottery by local artist Kyle Smith, and more.


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RECENT OUTCOMES: $13,500,000 jury verdict against a drunk driver $11,250,000 settlement for wrongful death in a car collision $8,350,000 settlement for police officer injured in car collision $5,625,000 settlement for truck collision Past results do not guarantee success or a similar outcome in future cases. Each case is evaluated and resolved on its own merits.

Founded with the intent to protect the values of hardworking South Carolinians and to fight for fairness and justice, Goings Law Firm proudly represents those in need of legal counsel after injury. The firm's track record of success, their devotion to legal excellence following a serious injury or death of a loved one, and passion for helping others have proven to be a winning combination. A standard of excellence

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Welcome to 3030 Devine Street, home of Palmetto Facial Plastics and Susan Steiner Skin! The two women-owned businesses recently opened in this space and are ready to receive new patients. Susan Steiner offers a clinical approach to skincare treatments to help clients achieve natural, longlasting results, while Dr. Helen Moses of Palmetto Facial Plastics specializes in surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation as the only female facial plastic surgeon in the Midlands. The services provided by both women are incredible additions to Columbia's skin health sphere, and they're eager to help you achieve your treatment goals at every age—and the best part, all under the same roof!

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Walk inside Metropolis Salon's new location in the Vista, and immediately feel at home as you're surrounded by a community that believes in everyone looking and feeling their best and most beautiful. Co-owners Gregory Garrett and Jeremy Searson, alongside their team of stylists, meticulously researched and designed every detail of their space to be welcoming, luxurious, and comfortable for all clients. Schedule an appointment and experience the magic that comes when you pair their dazzling new salon with the incredible talents of their team. Whether you're coming in for extensions or you're changing up your look with a fresh new color, Metropolis Salon is your haircare destination. New address, same gorgeous hair 1215 WAYNE STREET 803.764.5738 METROPOLISSALONSC.COM VISIT THEIR NEW LOCATION, WHERE COMFORT MEETS LUXURY 16 hair and makeup stations 6 wash stations A spacious color bar An amenities bar with complimentary beverages Gathering room for team training and bridal parties

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Autumn has arrived, bringing along with it the bold patterns and gorgeous hues that are synonymous with the season. That brilliance is reflected in the gorgeous fashion and statement pieces that Monkee’s of Columbia has for you to shop in their store. Get ready to sport a breathtaking look everywhere from the tailgate to a fancy night out!


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The fit and feel of a custom suit is something that every man should experience, or so believes BP Skinner Owner and menswear expert Brent Skinner. At his menswear store located in The Vista, Brent and his team work with clients to build custom wardrobes that uniquely suit and fit each client’s lifestyle. Whether you’re throwing touchdown passes in WIlliams-Brice like Gamecock football player Spencer Rattler on Saturdays in the fall or working in a traditional office setting, you can find the fabrics and style you need this season at BP Skinner Clothiers. A custom fit for game day

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A fresh start this fall

After a busy summer season, fall feels like the ideal time for a fresh start. The kids are going back to school and adults are able to settle back into a regular pattern of life. Why not take advantage of the opportunity to begin new habits by getting into a healthy routine? One way to do this is to simply add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Don't worry so much about what foods you might need to take out, but instead focus on what you are able to add in to your daily meals. Add a handful of kale to your pasta sauce, serve a salad as a side with dinner, or sneak some greens into your morning smoothie. By making small changes, you'll see a big difference over time.

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Sarah Todd, MSW, LISWCP, is the founder of Todd Counseling, LLC, a space to help new parents navigate the complexities of pregnancy, and postpartum with an integrative whole-person approach to therapy in a welcoming and judgment free environment.

They believe that birth can be better and their goal is to strengthen our community by using their unique disciplines to improve the birth experience of their clients. They use an integrative mind and body approach to perinatal support by helping educate and prepare clients through chiropractic care, pelvic floor work, mental health services and newborn care education and sleep support.

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The MarterniTEAM hosts a birth education event called “Nested”, which is a unique communitycentric event focused on elevating the perinatal experience by providing educational breakout sessions and showcasing small local businesses that meet the needs of growing families in the Midlands.

This MaterniTEAM of four industry professionals will help expectant mothers build a better birth.

Emily Middleton, RN, BSN, IBCLC is a Registered Nurse and Lactation Consultant who founded The Latch RN to provide Prenatal Education, Lactation Consulting, and Newborn Night Care to growing families. Her and her team of experienced and professional Night Nurses and Doulas ensure that families are well prepared, supported and rested during the newborn stage of parenthood.

Dr. Shelly Jones, DC has over 35 years of experience in the Chiropractic field. She currently serves patients through her family practice, Chiropractic Wellness Center Inc, located on Forest Drive. She is Webster Technique Certified to care for women during pregnancy and post-partum, and provides pediatric care for newborns and children of all ages.

Dr. Meghan Davidson, PT, DPT is the owner of Soulshine Pelvic Health and Wellness. Soulshine helps people manage pregnancy and postpartum and heal from pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction with a total body treatment approach.

Their next Nested is September 10 from 10 am –1 pm at FemmeXColumbia, and tickets are available via Eventbrite.

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Thrivingcreativitythrough Sandhills is a place for students to develop their creative spirit and discover the joy in learning. The school strives to help kids master their learning differences, and they do this by investing time and resources into areas where these bright, talented students can truly thrive. Through the exploration of art, drama, music, and athletics, children are able to find their passions and advance their potential. The diverse lineup of extracurriculars at Sandhills School gives students with dyslexia incredible ways to shine.


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The 1600 Block of Main Street just got more electric with the addition of a golf training academy open to the public with amenities you won't find anywhere else. The open floor layout with two side-by-side simulators allows golf pros to maximize sessions with more repetitions and more hands-on learning. Doc Griffin, Master Fitter, on the 4th floor is equipped with the latest technology for high-quality knowledgeable golf fitting service. The Academy features more interactive gaming experiences with the Oculus, Nintendo Switch, and Skeet Ball making this space the ultimate gaming experience on Main Street.

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Blush Boutique and Home has expanded! Owner Stephanie Niemeyer has done a fantastic job of renovating the store to double the amount of retail space she has available. The new addition allows for extra room for shopping and mingling, and Stephanie has decorated the walls with magnificent new murals by local artist Shields Catone. If you haven't yet had the chance to check out the expansion, you simply must stop by. After all, the boutique now holds twice the amount of home decor, gifts, and accessories available for your perusal!

Clockwise from top left: Southern Cypress Tattoo, Loose Lucy’s, Swiff, Immaculate Body Piercing.

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In the iconic, one-of-a-kind Five Points district, you’re free to be you—no matter who you are or what you do. The charming neighborhood is a place to celebrate authenticity and express yourself. Start by sharing your art on your sleeve with a tattoo from Southern Cypress Tattoo, or personalizing your piercings at Immaculate Body Piercing. Maybe it’s time to update your wardrobe to reflect your true style through the diverse selection of clothing stores, like Swiff. Or work towards turning your home into your own personal oasis with art, decor, incense, and more at Loose Lucy’s, the resident mom-and-pop hippie shop. As you explore Five Points, take time to explore yourself, too.

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On Devine Street, supporting local art is a crucial part of everyday life. Here is what three Devine Street Association members have to say about the importance of featuring Columbia artists in their places of business.

Supporting local artists

Alison Pearson, Branch Manager, First Palmetto Bank

Carol Isherwood, Owner, Gardener’s Outpost


“Art provides a connection to the community by providing inspiration to others and flows funds back into the local economy. ”

Lola Okoniewski, Founder and Designer, Sugar & Lola


“As a creative, I get the most enjoyment when my jewelry finds its forever home. Honestly, there’s nothing better. ”

“ It's important to support local artists not only from an economical perspective, but as a part of the well-being of our culture and community as a whole. ”

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Spotlight The Heath & Wellness Center at Nephron

WHEN IT COMES TO INNOVATION, Nephron Pharmaceuticals is an industry leader. The corporation is a top manufacturer of respiratory and 503B outsourcing medications, and they are one of the largest blow-fill-seal manufacturing companies in the world. Production occurs locally in West Columbia at their 700,000+ square foot facilities, and they have recently unveiled yet another cutting-edge addition to the company: the Nephron Health and Wellness Center, powered by Marathon Health. The brand-new health center was designed with the primary goal of improving employee wellness by providing primary care and acute health services. Through a partnership with healthcare company Marathon Health, the center is staffed with a medical doctor and a nurse practitioner to carry out this initiative. And perhaps the best part of the project is that it is onsite at Nephron, giving employees easy access to this valuable resource. As Marathon Health representative Vincent Pascual mentioned, "In many cases, people won't seek healthcare for various reasons. This makes it easy for them. Not only is it onsite, it is an added benefit at no cost to employees, confidential, quiet, easy to get an appointment, and has a welcoming Theseatmosphere."elements remove many of the common barriers that prevent people from seeking healthcare. Nephron believes in the importance of wellness, and they strive to ensure their employees understand its value as well. This project allows them to do that in a way that is convenient and usable. Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy recently announced William Harman, MD, as the wellness center doctor. He is board certified in family medicine with over 20 years of comprehensive healthcare experience. He has worked in-patient medical care, broad ranging urgent care, and most recently more than 10 years of office-based familyoriented primary care with a focus on collaborative physician-patient relationships. Dr. Harman believes that preventive medicine is the cornerstone of a patient’s overall well-being.

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Dr. Harman is passionate about offering comprehensive family-centered medical care to patients of all ages. He is excited to join the Nephron Pharmaceuticals Employee Health & Wellness Center Powered by Marathon Health.

The Health and Wellness Center is available to all Nephron employees who are eligible for benefits. Additionally, their family members have access as a part of their insurance plan. It is a family practice, so the facility can serve a wide range of ages to help as many people as possible. And while the project mainly assists Nephron employees and their families, it also indirectly contributes to the good of our community, country, and world.

"The life-saving medications we produce are vital to so many people across the community, and the work of Nephron employees is the reason those people are able to get what they need. The healthier our employees are, the better they can do the work that must be done to get these medications to the people who need them."

There is no doubt it will still have a positive impact on the health of our society overall. But in order to truly reap the benefits that the project offers, the employees must put it to use. There are a multitude of potential opportunities for growth within the center, depending on people's needs. Because of its close proximity to the Nephron facilities and its limited patient base, not to mention the ease of access, the Health and Wellness Center staff have the opportunity to build real relationships with the people they treat. As the doctor and nurse practitioner get to know their patients, they'll gain entry to a ore detailed view of their health. And from there, they can determine whether additional services should be added to their current offerings of primary and acute care. The possibilities include physical therapy, mental, occupational, and behavioral health services, and beyond. The more employees use the center, the more resources will become available to Employeesthem. are encouraged to visit the Health and Wellness Center for whatever needs may arise. They are certainly able to utilize its services in the case of illness. However, it was designed to promote proactive healthcare. The center does not simply exist to take care of the sick or respond to disease, but also to advocate for health to avoid sickness altogether whenever possible. "Nephron is a leader in the industry of preventative care and quick access," said Vincent Pascual of Marathon Health. "This facility provides that for their employees." In the creation of this project, one of the goals was to give employees health education and preventative care to support overall wellness in everyday life, not just when they are dealing with illness. This could look like educating people on how to manage preexisting medical conditions, helping them

Dr. Harman grew up in Lexington County and is a graduate of Gilbert High School and Clemson University. He earned his medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia and completed his family medicine residency at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. He and his wife have been married for 20 years. They have a daughter who will enroll at Clemson University Honors College this fall and a son who attends Lexington High School.

"Nephron is a large company, and we provide essential services," said Chief Clinical Officer Stephanie Simmonds.

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develop a plan for weight loss, devising a schedule to quit smoking, or simply performing regular checkups to ensure health. And when a patient is sick, rather than only prescribing medications, the medical staff is committed to digging deeper to understand the bigger picture behind the symptoms. In addition to the potential for expansion of services and the exceptional care that is provided, another benefit of employee use of the facility is that it can lead to improved company health. Nephron's partner for this project, Marathon Health, has the capability to identify and interpret data as an indicator of employee health as a whole. The staff at the Health and Wellness Center will pass along important statistics while keeping all confidential information private. Marathon Health will observe any data trends that become apparent and then present pertinent findings to Nephron. If any health risks to the employee population are brought to light, Nephron will be able to take the opportunity to make changes or provide additional resources to protect their staff. After all, they believe that their people are the key to their success. Their wellbeing is the top priority of this Theinitiative.implementation of the Health and Wellness Center makes it abundantly clear that the leaders at Nephron Pharmaceuticals truly care. They care for their community, desiring to have the best, healthiest team to produce essential medications for those in need. And they care about their employees-not simply for productivity's sake, but also because they value the community they have cultivated. Nephron has sponsored the Health and Wellness Center completely, meaning its services come at no cost to employees and their families. This is a very unique project; not every employer provides a healthcare center like this for their staff. And so this is yet another example of Nephron's innovation and ingenuity as a company and an employer.

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many different events coming up this fall,

AIKEN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA September 10, October 15 In September, world class pianist Nathan Lee performs, followed by violinist SooBeen Lee, who joins the orchestra for an October performance.

will make the perfect change of scenery or mini getaway! Plan your perfect day in downtown Aiken Fall events in downtown

EXHIBITION OPENING September 15, 6–8 pm , no cost New shows in the Main Gallery, Brooks Gallery, and Aiken Artist Guild Gallery. Exhibition runs September 15–October 20.


a class or some local art. Participate in the Downtown Aiken Fox Hunt! Visit the "I Love You" Wall (see opposite page!) Pop into Art & Soul in The Alley for a chance to gaze at and shop a collection of art from over 50 local artists! FOR

About 50 miles down the road from Columbia lies the charming city of Aiken, a vibrant community with a deeprooted passion for equestrian activities, golf, and the southern lifestyle. Visit Aiken and you'll find a wide range of cultural destinations for all to enjoy. Stop by the Etherredge Center and take in a symphony performance, go to the Community Theatre to catch a show, or explore the downtown district with live music each Thursday night at Amp the Alley. With so a trip to Aiken Aiken ARTISTS: Stop by Aiken Center for the Arts for MUSICIANS: Julliard School during Joye in Aiken

Enjoy live music in The Alley Stop by Vintage Music LLC for the best selection of guitars! Dance down the steps of the old post office just like Fred Astaire Enjoy a performance from top musicians, actors, and dancers from the

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After being virtual for the last two years, this annual event is returning to Segra Park. Walk or run the 5K on October 22 in recognition of breast cancer survivors, in remembrance of those we've lost, and in support of others who are fighting it now.

VISTA LIGHTS November 17 The Vista's signature open house marks the start of the holiday season each year with a tree-lighting ceremony and music and dance performances.



Weekly on Saturdays, 9:30am - 1:30pm

The SC State Fair returns for another year of fun. Get ready to take a ride on the Ferris Wheel with your Fiske fries and fresh squeezed lemonade in hand, then stop by the petting zoo and the variety of artistic displays. And don't forget to grab a bag of donuts for the road at the end of your visit!


OKTOBERFEST COLUMBIA October 7-9 Take part in an authentic German experience at Oktoberfest Columbia, hosted by Incarnation Lutheran Church. The event includes two biergartens, live entertainment, homemade food, sweet pastries, and a fun kinderzone.

Weekly on Fridays, 6pm - 9pm Kick off your weekends with a fun and funky shopping experience at the NoMa Flea presented by NoMa Warehouse. You'll connect with local creators, curators, tastemakers, storytellers, artists, craftspeople, and collectors while enjoying food, drinks, and live music.

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October 30, 3pm Watch as the Koger Center is transformed into the notable school of witchcraft and wizardry for an afternoon. The SC Philharmonic will be playing spooky melodies from iconic movies like Harry Potter, Jaws, Psycho, and Night on Bald Mountain to help you get in the Halloween spirit.

GREEK FESTIVAL September 15-18 Allow yourself to be transported to Greece while you savor authentic food, taste special desserts, shop with local vendors, and witness cultural events from the grounds of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral.



BOO AT THE ZOO October 20-30 Put on your best costume and visit Riverbanks Zoo & Garden for a family-friendly Halloween celebration. Kids won't want to miss the trick-ortreat trail, eeky freaky dance party, or any of the other surprises in store.


UOFSC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA September 22, October 25, November 29

Visit on Saturdays to peruse the wares of artists, crafters, performers, food growers, bakers, and makers. It's a great way to support the West Columbia community while shopping and exploring.

Join the UofSC Symphony Orchestra for live performances at the Koger Center to appreciate a variety of symphonic talents and magnificent classical music this fall.

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To the rest of the world, he is CammWess—the incredible singer who earned a spot as a finalist on Season 18 of The Voice. But at Heathwood Hall, he is Mr. Wesley—the caring, committed, and inspiring chorus teacher who helps each student find their own voice. Heathwood Hall’s faculty members are not only experts in their field, but also dedicated to knowing and valuing each student before them. In fact, 14 South Carolina (SCISA) Teachers of the Year have been named from Heathwood Hall in the last 21 years—far more than any other independent school across the state. Come see for yourself how Heathwood’s talented teachers create a transformative learning experience for students age 2 through grade 12. Visit or call 803.231.7719 to schedule a tour today.

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