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The Arts & Culture Issue I S S U E N o 3 2 | FA L L 2 0 2 1 Celebrating local shopping, dining, arts, events, and community

Pictured: Bonnie Boiter-Jolley, Principal Dancer with Columbia City Ballet

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COVER: Columbia has everything you could want from an arts & culture scene, with public art, dance, theatre, visual arts, music, and beyond!

I N T H I S I S S U E Experience world-class arts and culture here in Columbia this fall. Our city is brimming with talented artists who are expressing their creativity in the most beautiful ways.

We sat down with Caitlin Bright to learn more about Tapp’s Outpost, and how she uses her role of Executive Director to uplift local artists and works of art. 50

Social Mission: Congaree Riverkeeper Our local waterways stay clean, safe, and beautiful enough to paint thanks to the tireless work of Bill Stangler and the team at his nonprofit, Congaree Riverkeeper. Trahern Cook


The Sound of Columbia Close your eyes and listen: our city has a natural rhythm and music all of its own, but if you listen closely, you’ll hear the unmistakable sound of our music scene. Musicians in our community are rising up to create new music for us to experience. Music that we can dance to, music that has us singing along, music that takes us back to a fun memory. Turn the pages of our Fall Arts & Culture issue, and learn about the musicians that play a part in creating the melodies that stream through Columbia and provide the music for our community. 45



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Pictured: Learn more about the upcoming Mahogany Music Festival at the Koger Center on page 20!

Our city is brimming with the excitement and the untapped potential that comes with the beginning of a new season. The summer heat is fading and the days are getting shorter, but our social calendars are filling up with both in-person and virtual events as we celebrate a new school year, the beginning of football season, and the return of live theatre and some of our favorite outdoor festivals. Ready or not: Fall is coming! As I think of fall and what the next season holds, my mind goes to the garden that my family and I have growing out in our yard. We’ll be ripping up our work from the summer, planting new seeds in early September, and harvesting our fall crop just in time for Thanksgiving. A lot of preparation, planning, work, and growth will happen before we’re able to enjoy the fruits of our labor. It’s the same way for artists when it comes to creating a new work of art, just on a much larger scale. Thousands of hours go into finding inspiration, sketching painting, playing, failing, learning, enduring pain, perfecting the process, and practicing over and over again to culminate in a single painting for us to enjoy, a ISSU E 32


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performance to see and listen to, a play for us to get lost in, or an architectural design that inspires. In this issue, we’re focused in on some of the artists that are helping to set the stage for Columbia’s music scene. They’re shaping it one performance and one new listener at a time. Every new fan, every new t-shirt sale, every record purchased… all of it makes a difference to our local musicians. When you support a local artist, you’re not just supporting a neighbor, you’re supporting a growing, vibrant arts scene in Columbia that we all want to see thrive. It’s one of the things that makes our city a beautiful place. We encourage you to be a champion for the arts this season. Find new artwork for your home, take in a theatrical performance or a ballet, listen to a new band, wear your favorite fashion designers, dive into an artisan culinary experience… enjoy the fruits of the labor put in by all of the creatives that call Columbia home. We know we will be! HAPPY FALL! BRYNLEY FARR & THE FIG TEAM

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Where beauty meets function Devine Street features a unique blend of upscale boutiques, eclectic pantry shops, and idyllic garden centers that have you covered with your soon-to-be favorite accessories for your home. Whether you’re looking to source delicious ingredients for your homemade meals or want to make your house and garden even more alluring, Devine Street will always amaze you with its unending, beautiful selections.

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Location: Drawing classes with James Busby

Create your own financial masterpiece Embrace both the art and the science of financial planning with the guidance of the team at The Rast McFadden Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley. With their vast experience in managing significant wealth, they will help you design a beautiful financial future that captures your values and potentially enriches your life.

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Fashion is art

From left : Charlotte in Oscar de la Renta and Jimmy Choo, Georgia in Raquel Allegra and Golden Goose, Stephanie in Alberta Ferretti and N.21, Brice in Michael Kors and N.21

The lines of fashion and art blur the moment you walk into Coplon’s in the heart of Forest Acres. Immerse yourself in over 10,000 square feet of imaginative fabrications, dramatic embellishments, and elegant silhouettes from the most coveted designers. Their hand-selected collections from Paris to New York paint a picture of international style. Let their personal stylists help you add a splash of chic to your fall wardrobe.


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Elevated dining and a skyline show Looking for something to spice up your date nights? If upscale dining and epic, wow-worthy skyline views of Columbia from Capital City Club's 25th floor don't do the trick, we don't know what will! With chef-curated menus and a 30-year history of excellence, the Club is much more than an elevated space for events and networking opportunities. Unlock a full range of world-class benefits by becoming a member today.

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A winning team is what sets this firm apart. The Goings Law Firm has earned a reputation as one of the pre-eminent litigation firms in South Carolina in the fields of personal injury, wrongful death, and workers compensation, as recognized by legal publications such as Super Lawyers®, Best Lawyers®, Martindale-Hubbell ®, and Legal Elite. This year, the firm’s founder, Robert F. Goings, was named one of the most accomplished attorneys in the State, as selected to the Top 25 of all attorneys in South Carolina, across all practice areas by Super Lawyers®. This team of accomplished attorneys and trusted legal professionals are there to help you and your family in times of tragedy that result in significant injury or death. ATTORNEYS: ROBERT F. GOINGS | CHRISTIAN E. BOESL | JESSICA L. GOODING | CHRISTOPHER M. PASCHAL

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Photographed at The Lace House at Arsenal Hill.

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Five Points Postcard Mural

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PLAN A DAY IN FIVE POINTS: Grab a cup of coffee Walk around and take in the public art like the Hootie & the Blowfish monument or The Hubbell Eat lunch with a friend Shop with the locally owned boutiques and stores

Papa Jazz Record Shoppe

Home Team BBQ

Dine at any number of amazing restaurants for supper

Discover Five Points—Columbia’s most creative, eclectic & funky village! It’s a village unline any other. With charm, diversity, culture, and class, Columbia’s oldest and most iconic neighborhood is a destination for locals and visitors alike. The village has a deep love and appreciation for supporting small business owners and artists—it boasts the highest density of locallyowned businesses in the city and has vibrant works of public art, including the iconic Five Points postcard mural and the new Blue Sky “Rubble Without a Cause” mural. Fuel up with a cup of coffee and put on your walking shoes: There’s an abundance of exploring, shopping, and dining to do in Five Points! #LOVEFIVEPOINTS | #SHOPFIVEPOINTS | #EATFIVEPOINTS I #PLAYFIVEPOINTS

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Off the walls and into your closet

Every outfit and accessory is an opportunity for you to express your artistic side. At Monkee’s of Columbia, mother-daughter owners Judy and Reece Miller believe in helping you explore and define your own unique look for any occasion. Paint your way through town this autumn as you bring a colorful splash to everything from gallery openings to football tailgates, date nights, soirées, and more.

Photographed in Over the Mantel Art Gallery located at 3142 Carlisle Street in Columbia. Visit the gallery Tuesday through Saturday, 11am–5pm, to view original paintings by over 30 Columbia-based artists along with select artists from around the Southeast.


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Plated to perfection Feast your eyes—and your taste buds—when you dine with Southern Way Catering. Every bite of each dish served is an experience carefully curated and presented by Executive Chef Michael Stuckey and his culinary team. Intimate affairs to grand galas, they’ll impress with their artistic, exquisite cuisine every time.

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Exploring Columbia’s art scene on two wheels Hop on and let’s Pede-go on an art tour of Columbia! Pedal—or cruise—your way through town as you take in the incredible displays of art that Columbia has to offer. Start your day on Main Street with Ija Charles’s mural of Black Wall Street and continue with stops at the Columbia Museum of Art to take in their galleries and The Nick to catch an Indie flick. Grab a bite to eat at Cola's before biking down into The Vista to Trustus Theatre for a play or musical. No matter where your art adventure takes you, your Pedego can get you there!

Take a trip to Aiken to visit the Pedego store and find just the right eBike for you!


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A clean slate Wipe your fashion slate clean and explore new, colorful ways to bring elevated fashion to your wardrobe this fall with unique gems you’re not likely to see at any regular women’s clothing boutique. From adding boho vibes to your style to combining patterns and colors that delightfully mesh, Mollie Hobbs and her fabulous team will inspire you to go beyond the fashion book and bring your closet to life with iconic pieces you can shop online or in-store on Devine Street.

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Snuggle into a staycation

Put on your pajamas and cozy up with your family in a plush, handmade-inColumbia bed for a fun twist on family movie night. Owners Marcus Munse and Rita Patel have dreamed and created the magical experience that is Hotel Trundle, with experience packages for you and your family to enjoy that only make your stay more out-of-this-world extraordinary. 1224 Taylor Street


It’s all in the details

Everything—from the selection of beautiful materials to the custom fitting and welding— happens by hand. Forget everything you thought you knew about jewelry, and say “hello” to stunning artisan masterpieces. Just like a painting that is both seen and felt, you can never have too much of it!

Located in the Shops at Cricket Newman Designs 803.237.0261


Delicate in size but colossal on style, Laura (Lola) Okoniewski's creations are the best way to add color to your greatest work of art.

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Painting the town Pantone Color of the Year or a paint color that perfectly matches your brand? Since 1919, locally owned and operated Rose Talbert has been Columbia’s residential and commercial paint supplier, providing a rainbow of paints for projects both large and small. All of their paint is produced right here in the Midlands, too! Rose Talbert has a palette to match every inspiration you can dream up—all you have to do is decide where in your home or business you want to freshen up this fall with a fresh coat of paint!

From left: Virginia Shropshire, Pope Walker, Bobby Walker

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Columbia’s top cultural district In the heart of downtown Columbia, you’ll find one of only eight formally designated South Carolina Cultural Districts: The Vista. The Vista doesn’t play second fiddle to anyone when it comes to arts and entertainment, as this designation highlights the district’s commitment to artistic entrepreneurship, to providing space for creative expression, and to preserving its cultural, architectural, and historical heritage. Art gallery openings, live theatre, orchestral performances, Broadway musicals, and new murals by local artists? The Vista has it all!

It’s music to our ears—the UofSC School of Music will host the Mahogany Music Festival to recognize contributions of classical artists of African descent, September 9–11, 2021. Highlights include concerts at the Koger Center for the Arts featuring Vanessa Williams and The Colour of Music Festival Orchestra. More information at


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A slice of fall

Decadent, delightful, and downright delicious— the fall dessert menu at Kaminsky’s Dessert Café is not to be missed this season. Prepared fresh daily by their team of pastry chefs, they have expanded their selection of cakes and pies to include the best fall flavors, including their new Pecan Pie Cake, Snickerdoodle Cheesecake, and Coconut Custard Pie. Our mouths are watering! Which new dessert are you trying first this autumn?

Order your fall desserts online now!

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Play your ace

ACE Glass is proud to have supplied and installed glass for the Koger Center for the Arts, including its lobby and glass walls.

If art is not what you see, but what you make others see, ACE Glass is in an artistic league of its own. With over 50 years of experience in the glass repair and replacement industry, and a philosophy of staying ahead with industryleading technologies, they have what it takes to give your vehicle, home, or business a much-deserved makeover. You'll never look at glass the same way again!


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You’re invited to learn more about how Heathwood’s unique campus enhances their students’ experience by joining them for their Virtual Open House, October 28, from 12pm–1pm. Register at

Not your average campus, not your average school With 122 acres and five distinct habitats, Heathwood Hall’s expansive green campus provides their students with an outdoor classroom unrivaled in the Midlands. From age 2 through 12 th grade, Heathwood students have room to roam, to learn, to explore. Their signature outdoor leadership program, PEAK, weaves curricular and co-curricular outdoor activities through each academic division. And in subjects from science to art, students gain a fresh perspective and a deeper understanding when they step out of the traditional classroom and into the natural world.

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Your skin is your canvas

With the combination of vast skincare knowledge and years of industry experience and training, the POUT estheticians arehere to enhance your skin’s natural beauty. Nicole, Christina, and Ashley will carefully curate an in-store treatment and at-home regime personalized to your skin type and concerns. Always on the forefront of trending services and innovative ingredients, POUT offers the latest in skin treatments, brow and lash services and more! Best of all, their team will ensure that what is suggested will transition perfectly from summer to fall. 24

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Art pictured: Emily Hudson

Setting the stage From the first act to the final bows, the team at By Invitation Only…Event Planning and Design will run the show to ensure your next event is a showstopper! Owner and Lead Planner/Designer Melanie Murphy and Planner/ Designer Ashly Gregor combine their meticulous planning, wildly creative ideas, and ability to seamlessly coordinate every last detail to create an extraordinary experience for you and your guests.

Location: Newberry Opera House; Photography: Joshua Aaron Photography


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Main Street’s main stage Slow, melodic jazz ballads or the energy of a rock band? The soulful sounds of a singer-songwriter or an evening of drag and dancing? The Main Course plays host to an upscale music hall featuring three different music stages for Columbia to enjoy. Dance all night in the Main Stage, sit down and enjoy a meal while you’re catching a show in the Venue, or relax outside under the stars as you see an up-and-coming artist out in the Courtyard Stage. Let the music guide you down Main Street to the 1600 block for an evening at The Main Course.


1624 Main Street


Pictured: Mike Stone Entertainment

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Spotlight Shannon Tallent A S A C O L U M B I A N AT I V E , Shannon Tallent has always found the culture of our community to be inviting. Wherever your interests lie, be they sports, arts, music, or food, she believes you can find a group to invite you in and collectively celebrate these interests together, a philosophy that also extends to our small-business community. “Over the last year, we’ve had to redefine how we go about our daily lives, as well as how we stay involved in the community and our shared interest groups,” says Shannon. “Now that Columbia is getting back to the ‘new normal,’ we may go back to some of our old ways of doing things. Since our personal culture has had to change, however, it is also very important that a company takes a look at how their business culture has changed.” With over 15 years of multi-industry human resources experience, she now brings her expertise working with apartment management companies, trucking companies, veterinarian offices, pharmacies, and many other businesses to assist local entrepreneurs in creating, developing, and implementing tailored employment processes that provide organizational structure for their business needs. “Businesses that have made modifications over the last year will need to continue to evolve and, therefore, the culture will evolve,” she explains. “Some employees will continue to work from home, while others will take on a hybrid model. Zoom happy hours and team building exercises may continue while holding some inperson events.” “The key is that businesses need to redefine their culture post-pandemic in order to attract and retain the best talent,” Shannon adds. “Do not lose out on talent because individuals have to come back to the office 100% or now have to wear business attire Monday through Friday when workout clothes were acceptable for a Zoom meeting last week. Now is the time to Redefine!”



Brunch Saturday & Sunday Lunch Tuesday–Friday Dinner Tuesday–Sunday

The Main place to be Soak in and experience the lively atmosphere of Main Street from the heart of the district at Market on Main. Grab a table with friends in their outdoor venue, order up one of their gourmet dishes along with a refreshing beverage, and settle in for an afternoon or evening of fun. Local bands and solo artists regularly take the stage in the evening, and Soda City’s Big Screen keeps patrons up to date on the latest sports happenings. Market on Main has a little bit of everything for everyone!


1320 Main Street #150


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Spurs up for great style Score a touchdown this fall with your wardrobe, and allow the menswear experts at BP Skinner to guide you in selecting the best fabric, fit, and details for your custom garments. Finding the right style that distinctly identifies you and suits your lifestyle has never been easier. BP Skinner Clothiers makes the process simple as they provide you professional and individual attention, exceptional service, and outstanding quality from initial consultation through your final fitting.

From Left: Josh Colvin and Brent Skinner

1003 Gervais Street, Suite A



If shoes are your weakness, you’re in the right place

Shoes Handbags Accessories

Stop in to the Columbia outpost of Blossom Shoes and treat yourself to a major closet upgrade. With styles from designers such as Kate Spade, Jeffrey Campbell, Pelle Moda, Dolce Vita, Vintage Havana, Hammit Los Angeles, Hobo the Original, and so many more, you are sure to find the perfect accessories for any outfit. Owners Kimberly Stephens and Mason Peterson believe that your shoes and accessories are the most exciting part of your ensemble. Come let your wardrobe Blossom!


2850 Devine Street, Suite B

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Named one of Martha Stewart Weddings' Top 33 Floral Designers in the Country!

Open weekdays 10am–6pm

An eye for detail Large, attractive leaves or colorful, whimsical flowers? Up to you when decorating your fall tablescape with Fern's painterly floral designs! Owner and Artist Sarah Swinson Shell and her team have reinvented this art form that's been passed down through generations in her mother's country garden, creating arrangements that are seasonal, whimsical, and oh so ethereal! Floral fans will also love Fern's Thursday Flower Bar and Botanical Workshops, designed to bring you a garden-inspired experience right in the heart of Devine Street

2855 Devine Street




Coker Day is pictured here in front of “Tunnelvision,” a trompe l’oeil mural by Blue Sky on the wall of the former AgFirst Farm Credit Bank in Columbia, at the corner of Marion and Taylor Street.

Spotlight Coker Day and DayBreak Adult Care Services DayBreak Adult Care Services was founded by Coker Day in 2002 to offer seniors in Columbia, Lexington, and Aiken the one thing they value the most—their independence. Through their comprehensive in-home, assistedliving programs led by the most dependable caregivers, seniors can hold onto all the sweet, sentimental pieces that provide a glimpse back into their history as they dip their brushes in quality of life to paint their own future. With additional programs that go from respite care to hospital sitting, the DayBreak approach to adult care is anything but traditional. “Daybreak focuses on keeping seniors happy and safe in their current environments,” 32

says Coker. “Going above and beyond is our standard, not an exception.”

service to make the Midlands a better place to live in for all of its residents.

Long-term care and Coker go back a long way. “I grew up around the senior care industry,” he said. “My mother was a director of nursing at a local facility, where I spent countless hours as a child. Prior to founding DayBreak over twenty years ago, I got my degree in Business Administration from The Citadel and worked for a long-term care software company.” When he’s not collaborating with the Caregiver Coalition of the Midlands or supporting the Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter, he continues to find creative ways to combine his experience overseeing automated business operations with his passion for

To commemorate DayBreak’s 20th anniversary, Coker’s team is matching up to $20,000 in donations to Palmetto Place until the end of the year, and you can help them celebrate 20 years of commitment to our community by giving our children and youth #AHomeBuiltOnHope. To have your donation matched, simply visit, click “donate,” and be sure to choose “DayBreak Match” after you enter your donation amount.

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I love this gym! The coaches are knowledgeable and attentive. The staff are friendly and encouraging. The sessions are challenging and just long enough to get you a good sweat without taking up your whole day. I especially like that the coaches give you options that either push you or accommodate limitations so that every fitness level can get an ideal workout. There is a great family vibe without pretension. Can’t recommend this gym highly enough. JASON H. I can’t say enough about how amazing Basecamp Fitness is! The local owners and coaches have created an atmosphere at Basecamp of inclusion, positivity, accountability, and fun! Every time you walk in, you’re greeted with a smile.

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Forget sticking to unsupervised, one-size-fits-all exercise plans, and see the power of workouts supported and surrounded by expert coaches at Basecamp Fitness. They will make you fall in love with your body all over again and completely change your view of yourself—for the better! It's never been easier to embark on your fitness journey and start painting a new picture of yourself the way you really want it to be.


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Every workout counts, and every workout gets you one day closer to achieving your health and fitness goals at Anytime Fitness. Be #ColumbiaStrong with the amazing community found at their 24/7, state-of-theart fitness center. You’ll have strength in numbers thanks to both the friendly, motivating trainers and the supportive friends who are working out alongside you. Meet your goals together this fall and close out 2021 stronger than ever. Cardio Strength Training Functional Training Coaching Fitness Assessments 24-hour Access


2808 Devine Street


The art of play We suddenly feel like kids again! This February, JSA welcomed Bagel to our team! He’s cute, he’s cuddly, and he is ready to chat at your child’s next session. He works closely with Brooke Davis, LISW-CP, and Sheena Vallabh, LMFT, to reach all young ages with art and play. Brooke and Sheena pull out games, sand trays, puppets, songs, cards, markers, feathers, and sometimes... cookies to help children find tools to express feelings they might have no words for and to highlight strengths they already own. Art and play help with the next steps, too... understanding, accepting, and healing. At the end of each session, everyone gets to play with Bagel. “This is the most important part,” he says. We just might agree, Bagel!


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130 Gibson Road, Lexington



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There's plenty of good housing in the greater Columbia area—if you know where to look! Whether you have your eyes on a cozy home designed with small family units in mind or a luxury property that's fit for royalty, Kate Sweeten and her team prove that elevating daily living to something more beautiful is an art form in and of itself. From a comprehensive marketing plan through staging all the way to closing, The Sweeten Group offers the best in Southern hospitality, all while helping clients buy or sell homes in record time. Your house-hunting and selling just got a little sweeter!

Photo location: One of Kate's favorite places to recommend to clients is Private Property, a Lexington restaurant that boasts some of the best Creole and Cajun-inspired dishes and drinks in the Midlands.


955 East Main Street, Suite R, Lexington


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A history of serving Southern charm

Your wedding or event will come alive at The Lace House at Arsenal Hill, a historic threestory property surrounded by lush gardens and scenic fountains that’s set amid the Governor’s Mansion Complex. With unique architectural details that date back to 1854 and an experienced team of event professionals led by Karen Hedgecock, you can rest assured that your guests will find the experience as charming as you imagined.

803 Richland Street



Delivered to your door At home or on the go, the team at Primal Gourmet is making the ability to enjoy fresh, healthy, and locally sourced meals easier than ever. They strive to be a resource for everyone in our community, and through their new Homebound Program, they’re now able to serve those that aren’t able to physically visit a pick-up location or stop by the Primal Gourmet Market. With menus specially designed for senior citizens and homebound patients, they are delivering tasty meals all across the Midlands.


725 Meeting Street, West Columbia


Family-owned and family-grown It’s been all about family and fresh produce from the beginning. In 1925, the late Walter and Ernestine Rawl planted their first crop farm, and in the 96 years since then, it has grown into a bountiful family-owned business that harvests outstanding greens and speciality vegetables. Today, WP Rawl is still a “family farm” as they have nine family members working on the dream that was started several generations ago. It does not matter how much produce they yield from their fields (and it’s a lot!) or how many stores their greens are featured in, their farm still continues to cultivate a close-knit culture of family with their 650+ team members.

MINI COLLARD QUICHE Looking for an easy tailgate snack to whip up for a morning tailgate this fall? These Mini Collard Quiches are perfect! They’re delicious and you can have them ready for the tailgate in no time. Find this recipe and many more at W H AT YO U N E E D Pastry sheet 1 teaspoon garlic 1/2 cup cheddar 4 ounces Nature’s Greens® Collard Greens 1/4 cup milk 3 medium eggs 1/2 cup ham, chopped salt & pepper W H AT YO U D O 1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. 2. C hop collards, onion, and ham. Grate cheddar cheese. 3. Whisk eggs with milk and garlic. 4. U se a cup to cut out circles of pastry dough and place dough into muffin tin cups. 5. L ayer in cheese, ham, collards, egg mixture and cheese. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 6. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Recipe courtesy of Little Learner.

Pictured: Josh Hall, Agricultural Operations Manager

824 Fairview Road, Pelion



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The best thing to compliment your beautiful smile and gorgeous dress on your big day? Fabulous hair. process. has an entire bridal team, led by their Bridal and Special Events Coordinator, that is ready to bring complete concierge service to you and your bridal party. On site, in the salon, out of town, out of state—their team is there for you from your trial runs and scheduling to coordinating with your vendors to make sure you and your squad are ready to go where you need to be on your wedding day.


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Your body, your temple If skin concerns like scars and deep wrinkles are dimming your shine, it's about time you pay a visit to the doctor-led team with About You Aesthetics in West Columbia. Their state-of-theart laser resurfacing treatments, including CO2, get to the bottom of the issue to help improve both skin texture and appearance. And did we mention their female wellness programs and non-invasive CoolSculpting methods? Glowing skin and a healthy body on the horizon!

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A symphony of style

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Owner Amanda Gunn orchestrates the impeccable pairing of designer clothing, accessories, and shoes that will allow you to hit all of fashion’s high notes each season. Whether you’re headed out for a late night at New Brookland Tavern to catch the latest local band or you’re spending an evening at the Koger Center with the South Carolina Philharmonic, Scout & Molly’s has just the look you need.

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Wear your own masterpiece

Step inside Anne Bivens’s jewelry-making studio in Columbia and learn your own artistic craft as she takes you through each step of creating one-of-akind jewelry from scratch. UPCOMING WORKSHOPS: S E P T E M B E R 1 0 -12 | O C T O B E R 8 -1 0 N O V E M B E R 5 -7 | D E C E M B E R 3 - 5 FIND ANNE’S WORK:

Sandpiper Gallery in Sullivan’s Island, SC; Edward Dare Gallery in Charleston, SC; Rutledge Street Gallery in Camden, SC; Sumter Gallery of Art in Sumter, SC You can also purchase Anne’s jewelry on her website,

Let your creativity shine

With over 500 pieces of pottery in stock and a literal rainbow of colors to choose from, Mad Platter has all of the supplies you need to create your next work of art—all you need to bring is your imagination. Artists of all ages can pick up a paint brush, tap into their inner creativity, and design their own piece of pottery. Mad Platter will finish up each piece by firing and glazing it, bringing to life unique pottery for you to proudly display and use. Discover your artistic side and get creative in their studio this fall.


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L I S T E N C L O S E LY. . . Everybody’s got a story about the first concert that they ever went to, and around Columbia, you’ll often find that those stories include a local band or artist and a hidden hole-in-the-wall venue that you’d only know about if you were a local. As Columbia grew, so did the music scene around town. You could catch live music almost every single night of the week from shows at New Brookland Tavern to live music at Halls Chophouse, an outdoor music series at the West Columbia Riverwalk and Amphitheatre, upand-coming artists at local coffee shops on Friday nights, and more. Everywhere you listened—music. When the pandemic’s reach made it to our community, the music scene, alongside the rest of the city, shut down. There were no street performances during Soda

City Market. There was no jazzy trio livening up the lobby at Hotel Trundle on First Thursday. Instead of having multiple stages rocking with music throughout the day and into the evening, Five Points was silent on St. Patrick’s Day for two years in a row. Weekend nights were much quieter, less lively as we missed out on our favorite musical acts taking stage around town. As our city has opened back up over the last few months, live music is dashing back into our lives in new ways. Our favorite bands, solo acts, and combos are digging deep to create ways to bring us live music in safe environments. Columbia’s local music scene is rebounding, and coming back stronger than ever with a robust variety of unique artists who all bring their own signature sound to town. The venues around town

have opened up their doors, stages, patios, rooftops, and sidewalks to create space for musicians to share their musical gifts with our community. Are you in the mood to catch up with friends as live music plays in the background? Columbia’s got it. Want to spend the night dancing away to upbeat tunes? There’s a venue for that, too. Ready to enjoy the outdoors with your family and hear great live music? You already know—there’s a spot in town just right for that. Listen closely… and you’ll hear the sweet sounds of Columbia’s music scene turning it up a notch as we head into the fall. Who are you hoping to catch live this season? Turn the page as we introduce you to six local bands who are creating a name for themselves around town. 45

Photo by: William Uzzell

ADMIRAL RADIO G E N R E : Folk/Americana B A N D M E M B E R S : Coty Hoover and Becca Smith INSTRUMENTS:

Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica, Tenor Ukulele Y E A R F O R M E D : Late 2018 WH E RE TO S E E TH E M LIV E TH I S FA LL:

Palmetto Bluff Chapel Concert Series, Indah Americana Fest, Charleston Library Society, Christmas at Red Bank, and a very small, listening-room experience for the release of their EP of songs from the public domain, which will be called From The Vault.

“What makes Columbia’s art scene special is our grit. We’re a bit unpolished, unfinished, and scrappy. We create art in the nooks and crannies of our city where there wasn’t any before. Our favorite part of this scene is its people, by far. The embrace of community in our city is unparalleled. Of course, a band can never truly express their gratitude for people showing up to shows, listening online, buying merch, spreading the word to friends, and all of those other traditional forms of support, but a person can also help our scene by engaging in our local arts and culture as much as possible. Whether it’s heading down to the record shop, strolling for a cup of coffee, or listening to live music at dinner before heading to a flick on Main Street, our art scene is undoubtedly intertwined. By supporting our art scene in any capacity you’re able to, you are inevitably lifting all of us up.”

G E N R E : Alternative BAND MEMBERS:

Tyler Watson: Singer/songwriter Y E A R F O R M E D : Originally as Watson Village in 2016, 2021 as Tyler Watson

Photo by: Savannah Bockus



New Brookland Tavern, Main Course, Art Bar

“All of the shows in Columbia are so much fun! One of my fondest memories is when The Week Sisters played at The WarMouth. They’re this true South Carolina gospel group and the way they sing makes me feel so uplifted. I felt lucky to have had the opportunity to witness that. I go and see live music in Columbia any time I’m able, and I appreciate all of them. Most of these artists do it out of love, so if you want to support local art, show some love, and buy something they made.” 46


Dylan Dickerson: Vocals, guitar Cam Powell: Bass Alex McCollum: Guitar, Vocals Richie Harper: Drums Y E A R F O R M E D : 2012 WH E RE TO S E E TH E M LIV E TH I S FA LL:

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“I think the most special part of the Columbia music scene is its total lack of pretentiousness. It’s a scene that isn’t wrapped up in ego, and I love that about it. I just like being a fly on the wall here and doing anything I can to help build the scene a little. The community can support local artists in a ton of different ways. See a show, buy a record, choose your own adventure… but I think the best thing to do is just listen to the ridiculously good music that this town has to offer. That’s the end goal: for music to be heard and for art to be seen.”

OPUS & THE FREQUENCIES G E N R E : Alternative-Pop/Rock BAND MEMBERS:: Tony Opus: Keys, guitar, sax, vocals Jesse Tortorella: Percussion Kirk Barnes: Lead guitar Steven Tapia-Macias: Bass Joud Satme: Sound Tech Y E A R F O R M E D : 2018 WH E RE TO S E E TH E M LIV E TH I S FA LL:

New Brookland Tavern, Jake’s, The Black Rooster, The Grand on Main, & Main Course “Columbia’s music scene is special because there is a real comradery amongst fellow musicians that is really encouraging, especially when you’re first starting out. There is also a great deal of cross-pollination between bands and artists from different genres that is really exciting and exposes audiences to distinct flavors of music from diverse local acts. We played a show with H3RO, Rex Darling, Death Ray Robin, and Milo The Great recently, and it was a great example of how bringing different genres and audiences together can foster a diverse, kick-ass music scene.” 47


Zach Seibert: Singer/songwriter Todd T. Hicks: Pedal steel player John Furr: Guitar Stan Gardner: Drums Jim Taylor: Bass Y E A R F O R M E D : 2017 WH E RE TO S E E TH E M LIV E TH I S FA LL:

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“I’ve lived in quite a few places and I’d say that I’ve never been somewhere that was so supportive musician-wise. Most of the bands really want to see each other succeed, and that’s across genres. They spur one another on by coming out to see each other’s shows and by buying one another’s records. There’s usually some weird animosity and jealousy that comes with the music bubble a locale creates but Columbia by in large, as I’ve experienced it, isn’t like that. We celebrate one another’s successes, that way everybody wins. If you’re out hearing live music that speaks to you the listener, then go tell the musician how much you enjoyed it. You’d be surprised how many musicians leave the stage disheartened by their performance—we are artists after all.”

S TA G B R I A R G E N R E : Space-Folk / Indie-Rock BAND MEMBERS:

Alex McCollum: Vocals, guitar Emily McCollum: Vocals, guitar Roger Caughman: Guitar Cam Powell: Bass Brendan Bull: Drums Y E A R F O R M E D : 2012, reformed in 2018 after 4-year hiatus WH E RE TO S E E TH E M LIV E TH I S FA LL:

The Senate

“Our favorite memory from a show here in Columbia was in 2018. After a 4-year hiatus, Stagbriar returned to the stage to headline New Brookland Tavern’s ‘Skanksgiving.’ Having the crowd enthusiastically sing along to songs you never thought you’d play live again was the kind of reassurance we needed to give the project a fullsend effort and record a second record in 2019. It sounds simple… but you can best support local musicians by buying our stuff, coming to shows, and telling your friends. Spotify listens will never pay the bills, but come to the show and buy a couple of t-shirts and a record. Local bands thrive on merch and ticket sales. Those dollars will mean so much more to a local band than any major label or download service.” 48

Don’t forget to support your local venues! NEW BROOKLAND TA V E R N New Brookland Tavern, Columbia’s oldest continuously running music venue, is the main hub for local artists of all genres of music to showcase their talents. Their shows range from open-mic nights to national shows, and everything in between. If you are in the mood for a smaller, more intimate setting and a strong sense of community, look no further than State Street. New Brookland Tavern is just the venue for you! UPCOMING SHOWS:

T H E S E N AT E The Senate, formerly known as Music Farm, is Columbia’s primary spot for nationally and regionally touring musicians. Its schedule stays packed with a variety of brands and solo artists, and its location in the middle of the historic Vista District gives audiences plenty of options for dining both before and after shows. The space is also available for group parties and functions, accommodating anything from corporate networking nights to weddings and receptions. UPCOMING SHOWS:

9/7—The Queers w/ Don’t Panic, Soda City Riot, Longshot Odds 10/16— Local H w/ Radkey 10/20— Jon Spencer & The HITmakers w/ TBA

9/16—Colony House w/ Vacation Manor 9/17—Boy Named Banjo 9/20—Charlie Crockett 9/22—Moon Taxi 9/23—Susto w/ Stagbriar, Cry Baby



If you’re looking for a more avant-garde vibe, Art Bar is the place for you. This staple of Columbia’s night life hosts all manner of events, from themed shows to comedy and karaoke. Art Bar’s intimate atmosphere appeals to Columbia’s most creative and eclectic citizens, with a unique scene that’s hard to find elsewhere. Escape the ordinary and find your home for live music with Art Bar.

The Joint @ 1710 Main is Columbia’s new go-to spot for all things jazz. In the same location as the former “Mac’s on Main,” which hosted such legends as B.B. King and Ray Charles, it’s crafted after the traditional jazz halls that were popular in the heartland of the United States in the 1940s. Patrons can expect a warm, inviting setting, where they can also partake in The Joint’s seasonal tapas dishes.


9/4—Brandy and the Butcher w/ Trash room, Firenest 9/11—Abrevity & TBA 9/18—Hold Fire, Wombat Junction & TBA 9/25—David Lee’s GBV, The Myster Plan, Choir of Babble, Whaleboat


Live Jazz/Blues weekly Thursday–Saturday

O T H E R G R E AT P L A C E S T O S U P P O R T L I V E M U S I C : Halls Chophouse, Hendrix, Indah Coffee, Main Course, Market on Main, Black Rooster, Steel Hands Brewing, Savage Craft, Tin Roof, Chayz Lounge, The Grand, NoMa Warehouse, and First Thursdays at the Columbia Museum of Art. 49

Authentic | Leading the way through innovation and example are still struggling to make it to the next year due to the curtailment of funding and sales revenue, Caitlin highlights the importance of thinking outside the box, building community relationships, and continuing to produce a number of high-quality arts experiences in an inclusive and welcoming space for Columbia’s unique creators. “Columbia is filled with thinkers and dreamers,” Caitlin reflects. “The arts community is unique in that the makers in this community are somewhat sheltered from the scope and trajectory of global art trends, meaning that even though the work and projects they create might resemble something that has been presented somewhere else, it’s derived from the perception, exposure, and interaction of our immediate community, and so it tells a beautiful story about community specifically for Columbia.”

Authentic Caitlin Bright Since 2011, the role of Tapp’s Outpost (formerly Tapp’s Arts Center) in Columbia’s arts ecosystem has been to nurture emerging and underrepresented artists in our community. Whether it’s building temporary floating walls for an exhibition or music performance, or blowing up baby pools for a fashion shoot, the fearless Outpost team led by Executive Director Caitlin Bright accepts whatever adventure presents itself. Having lived and worked extensively with artists and arts organizations all over the world—including Brooklyn, NY; Venice, Italy; and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba—Caitlin’s personal and professional trajectory can be 50

described as a fluid mix of experiences guided by a constant love for creative production. “My experiences and opportunities in the beginning were mostly because I had an adventurous spirit, negotiated my fears to the possibility of failure (an inevitability for all of us in life), and probably in large part simply due to the beautiful naivety of youth letting me dive head first into unfamiliar worlds,” she notes. “I have never said ‘no’ to an opportunity just because it wasn’t exactly what I thought art production was ‘supposed’ to be, and that has built an eclectic repertoire to draw from, which has turned into an asset in helping artists today.” At a time when local arts organizations

Caitlin’s sense of adventure reflects not only on Tapp’s vital role in the local arts community, but also in the way she experiences Columbia. “Outside of work, I like to have miniadventures, so this means lots of river trips, roller coasters, and travels,” she goes on to say. “I also love Five Points’ entrepreneurs! Sunrise Artisan Bath and Body, Papa Jazz, Loose Lucy’s… these are all amazing spaces run by amazing people. Foodwise, I love Pho Viet, Black Rooster, Chubby’s Burgers… Columbia does not lack in flavor!” “We love art and understand the power of culture in a thriving city,” Caitlin adds. “We would love to encourage Fig readers to dare to be bold and adventurous, go into unfamiliar territory—whether it’s the theatre, an art gallery, or a rock concert/rap show/jazz performance—and celebrate the multifaceted wonderment that is Columbia, South Carolina!”

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NoMa is a one-stop destination for vintage collectables, home and fashion finds, funky artworks, and learning experiences in Cottontown. In addition to creating a co-working community for local artists, creators, and craftspeople, Mazie, Beth, and Cara also organize the ultimate Friday night hangout with the NoMa Flea, a fun artisan market to help you hunt down hidden gems from the makers themselves. We’ll take one of everything, please!

The NoMa Flea Artist Co-Op Shared Workspaces

Sellers Featured: Melrose Housewares (fan/tray/decanter), Kiroka Essentials (candle), From Dust Pottery (candle stand), GoGo and Gadget (glasses), Easel Cathedral (warehouse painting), J Thomas Woodworks (coffee table), Anton and Maxine (Beth’s Dress), Tabatha Ott (Cara’s earrings), A Little Happy Shop (Mazie’s earrings) From left: Mazie Cook (Founder, Creative Director), Beth Lawson (Owner, Executive Director), and Cara Lawson (Finance Director)

2222 Sumter Street



So much love to go around Wellness and well-being go hand in hand, which is why Shawn, Nicole, and their certified team connect you with a network of local health and feel-good practitioners at The Well. From the moment you schedule your first yoga session, you’ll feel cared for and empowered to lead a healthier life filled with self-love. If you already like Sister Sundays or Sunrise Yoga, you’ll also cherish their massage therapy and chiropractic services. The quality and variety you’re looking for, plus a practical, holistic approach to a well-rounded you!

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The rooftop and skyline views give it glamour, but it's the quality and creative details that have us sold. From the food textures to the presentation, you’ll love all of Executive Chef Frank Bradley's tasteful creations at Hendrix. If you haven't experienced the colorful ways this team furnishes a table yet, you're doing dinner wrong.

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Photo location: If Art Gallery

The art of seeing clearly Whether you’re looking at a beautiful painting or gazing at an aweinspiring sculpture, you deserve to enjoy the finer things in life without the hassle of glasses or contacts!


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Social Mission | Making a difference in the lives of others That’s when Congaree Riverkeeper, our river watchdog, steps in, monitoring and cleaning up our waterways from trash and debris, reporting and holding polluters accountable, and promoting sustainable water policies. “Congaree Riverkeeper has been working to protect the Broad, Lower Saluda, and Congaree rivers for more than 12 years, with a variety of programs that go from cleanups and water quality monitoring to river patrols and water policy work,” adds Bill Stangler, Riverkeeper’s Executive Director. “The basic, fundamental idea behind our nonprofit, however, is that these rivers belong to each and every one of us. And, as more people get to experience our waterways and see how amazing they are, I know they’ll want to join the fight for clean water and healthy rivers.”

Social Mission Congaree Riverkeeper T R A H E R N C O O K , also known as Easel Cathedral, has mastered the art of plein-air paintings like few other local artists. Made in the open air, outside the confines of studio walls, and reminiscent of French impressionism, each of his artworks tells a story of life moving all around him in an experiential style that reflects the water, air, greenery, sunlight, shade, and delight of the space-time fraction it was created in. He’s often visited by his muses at the Congaree River, whose 689-sq. mi. watershed is intrinsically tied to Columbia’s history and its current natural landscape. Home to a diverse ecosystem, including migrant and resident birds, fish and mussels, and threatened and endangered flora and fauna species,

the Congaree River is, in fact, the result of a merging of the Broad and Saluda rivers just above the Gervais Street bridge in Columbia. The Congaree and its satellite streams are also classified as “freshwater” by the Department of Health and Environmental Control, which means they are suitable for human recreational purposes, industrial and agricultural uses, and drinking (after treatment), as well as for the survival and propagation of indigenous aquatic animals and plants. With 28 domestic, industrial, and municipal wastewater dischargers, however, plus 20 surface water withdrawers in numerous locations along the Congaree River, water quantity/quality and aquatic life are always under imminent threat in the South Carolina Midlands. 1001 Washington Street

Wondering how you can be a good steward of the Congaree to ensure it remains a source of creative inspiration for Easel and everyone in Columbia? You can make a difference by lobbying your legislators, volunteering at Congaree Riverkeeper to clean up the rivers, becoming a Riverkeeper member, or donating to the cause. Your support helps keep Bill and his team on the water, at the State House, and at the courthouse, fighting for clean water and healthy rivers. Learn more about Congaree Riverkeeper, the work that they do for the rivers that flow through the Midlands, and how you can make a donation, whether it’s monetary, supplies, or volunteer hours, by visiting or by following them on social media (@congareeriverkeeper).



Home is where the art is Columbia’s real estate market is as intricate and detailed as hand-blown glass artwork, and the brokers, agents, and managers of Wolfe & Taylor are here to help you find your own pièce de résistance to call home in the Midlands. Since 1945, Wolfe & Taylor has been a leader in our local real estate market as they have developed lifelong relationships with generations of clients. They put their skill and expertise to use to find you your dream house—a place where both your family and your art collection will feel at home.

From left: Dana Wolfe, Steve Taylor Photo taken at One Eared Cow Glass


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Creativity, service, and value

Shirts Sweatshirts & Hoodies Hats Masks Flags Mugs Totes Earbuds Popsockets Journals Bluetooth Speakers And much more!

These words represent Blazon’s philosophy to bring you marketing solutions with branded promotional products and apparel. They are passionate about connecting your brand or message to your students, staff, or visitors. Screen printed and embroidered apparel along with promotional products are areas where they can assist you in creating valued promotions while helping you build brand identity and awareness. Let them bring creativity, service, and value to your school or program by getting your quote today!

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An old-school method using modern technology! Most tee shirts you see every day are decorated by screen printing, which is the best way to go if you’re looking for quality and quantity at a great price. With screen priting, your shirts pass under a customized series of ( you guessed it) screens, which will each apply a different color onto your tees. The fewer the colors and screens used, the more affordable your shirts become.

For a truly personalized feel, you absolutely can’t top the look of custom embroidery. They do all of their embroidery in-house using industryleading equipment and experienced staff to ensure the highest level of quality control.

Promo Items Whether it’s for an upcoming trade convention, school function, or business promotion, they’ve got everything you need to help you spread your message at an affordable price. Custom printed mugs, pens, coolers, bluetooth speakers, bags, backpacks—the list of items they can provide is huge, and they’re always adding more.

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The whole event & installation package With comprehensive audiovisual solutions and partnerships with the most iconic event venues in town, Adam Vance and his team provide high-quality sound, lighting, projection, equipment rentals, installations, and more to bring in unique hues and colorful accents to your event. Intertwined with over 40 years of experience, this artful combo is guaranteed to both dazzle and strike the right note with your guests to deliver the ultimate audiovisual experience. Antique collections, modern A/V systems! Experience the SCSM with a unique twist provided by Sound & Images, which recently became a South Carolina Museum Foundation community partner to provide exclusive A/V and installations support for their major quarterly events. Help support the SCSM yourself by making a tax-deductible donation to the South Carolina Museum Foundation!

Karen Hall and Kelsie Crocker with South Carolina State Museum; Adam Vance, Lauren Sherr, and Casey Welch with Sound & Images

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THE COTTON MILL E XCH A NG E I S OPE N Tuesday–Friday, 10am–5pm Saturday, 10am–5pm Sunday, 12pm–5pm

Unable to stop by and shop in person? Check out their selection of gifts available to order online!

The South Carolina State Museum explored every last corner of our state—from the Upstate to the Lowcountry—to find the best local artisans who have used their talents and local resources to create a variety of beautiful, useful gifts and products. They have curated their collection inside The Cotton Mill Exchange, a 4,000 square foot museum gift store, and are ready for you to come shop. Everything you find inside represents something unique about our state, and makes for the perfect accent for your decor or gift for a friend. 301 Gervais Street



Perennial blooms

The vibrant colors and fabulous fashions are continuing to bloom at Lexington’s newest women’s boutique, Tulip. Owner Suzie Baughman has brought the best clothing and accessories to her shop, and is there to guide you in creating a new look that will make you stand out at everything from an afternoon at the art museum to the premiere of the latest play at the local theatre. Hit your social calendar in style and make a statement this fall with Tulip!

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Stylishly sustainable

Opening on September 21!

At the heart of every piece of children’s clothing that comes into Marigold Modern, you’ll find not only sustainable craftsmanship, but exceptional quality. The two are intricately woven together by artisans around the world to create an inspiring collection of children’s clothing unlike anything else you can find locally. Your child is ready to step onto the stage and shine this school year in a look that is entirely their own. Bobo Choses Rylee & Cru

Create your own handmade artwork this fall with the arrival of Forest Acres Needlepoint, a new local needlepoint shop. Jo Ann and Kenzie are bringing unique, hand-painted canvases to their store along with the thread and accessories you need to get stitching. New to needlepoint or looking to improve your skills? They offer classes, too!

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At first blush

Step inside of Blush Boutique and fall in love with the bright color and happiness that fills the shelves in the form of unique gifts and accessories. Owner Stephanie Niemeyer and her daughter Samantha have curated a collection in their boutique that highlights the creatives and makers across the state of South Carolina, and one where you can find just the right gift for every woman and occasion in your life. Treat yourself or treat a friend—we know you’ll find something amazing at Blush Boutique!


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Where curiosity meets creativity

All the world’s a stage, and Hammond School effectively prepares its students to step into the spotlight as they use their talents and creativity to express themselves through their art. Students are immersed in the arts from their first day pre-kindergarten, and are encouraged to grow their skills and discover what they are most passionate about through a multitude of experiences, classes, camps, and workshops offered through their senior year of school. They graduate with a strong background in the arts— music, dance, theatre, visual—whatever medium a child wishes to explore, Hammond is there to guide them.

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Bringing your brand to life

There’s more to every small business than the goods and services that they sell, and there’s more to every brand than exceptional design and marketing. The team at ByFarr Design House intuitively understands this and they walk alongside entrepreneurs to bring their vision to life as each entrepreneur looks to growing their small business towards a successful future. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our community, and ByFarr Design House uses their talents and expertise to help those businesses have a bright future so that our community succeeds.



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With Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, not only would you be hosting your event in the most unique venue in town, but also a significant portion of the proceeds from your event venue rental and catering go towards helping protect endangered animals and their habitats around the world.

The wildest party in town

Don’t forget to add Winnie, Kande, and Fred to your guest list! Home to more than 2,000 amazing animals, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will set the most exotic backdrop for your next event. Party in Ndoki Lodge as you overlook Riverbanks’ newest exhibit featuring three white rhinos, or gather in the Botanical Garden to take in the beauty of their magnificent blooms. There’s an extraordinary experience awaiting you and your guests! 66

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Ben Lippen Theater: Climbing the Mountain During a year that threatened the private school community with challenges, uncertainty, and loss, Ben Lippen Fine Arts experienced tremendous growth across the board! Specifically in the Theater Program, the 2020-2021 academic year brought an increase in community engagement, artistic achievement, collaboration, and student enrollment.

In August 2020, Mr. Brandon Yoder joined the Falcon Family as the Middle & High School Theater Teacher. Under Mr. Yoder’s leadership, the Fine Arts Department presented a winter performance of The Sound of Music, featuring 91 middle and high school students, and a spring performance of Willy Wonka Kids, featuring 37 lower school students. Together, these two productions sold over 2,100 tickets and presented messages of hope, endurance, and honesty to the Columbia community. In addition to increased engagement with the Columbia community, the 2020-2021 school year brought new artistic achievement to Ben Lippen Theater. With an increased emphasis on musical excellence, the performances of The Sound of Music included accompaniment by the first pit orchestra in the school’s 80-year history. Members of the pit orchestra included local professionals, under

the direction of Mr. Christian Sarazen, Middle & High School Band Teacher at Ben Lippen. Complementing the orchestra were nearly 150 hand-sewn costumes shipped from across the country, multiple set pieces shipped from across the state, and twelve state-of-the-art headset microphones provided by a generous donor.

Of the students involved in this year’s productions, nearly fifty percent were new to theater at Ben Lippen and have found a welcoming home among their castmates and crewmates. The Athletic Department was well-represented in the productions, as members of the football, basketball, soccer, softball, cross country, track and field, tennis, volleyball, swim, and cheer teams joined the cast or crew. The Fine Arts and Athletics departments work together closely to ensure that students can participate in both departments and, as a result, create a stronger and more unified school. Building on growth in community engagement, artistic developments, and student enrollment from the previous school year, Ben Lippen anticipates an ambitious 2021-2022 season. Middle school students will begin the year by presenting Disney’s Frozen Jr. from October 28-30. High school students will follow by presenting Disney’s Newsies from

February 10-12. Finally, lower school students will present Disney’s Lion King Kids from May 5-7.

The philosophy behind this growth is simple—Ben Lippen Fine Arts personifies the motto, “Better Together”. “Better” signifies our commitment to creating music, theater, and art of the highest quality for the glory of God. We teach our students that they are creators who reflect the ultimate Creator, and as a result, we seek to reflect Him well in our work. We practice, grow, and invest because we serve a glorious God. At the same time, “Together” reflects our department’s value of community. We teach our students that their music, art, and theater, are not simply for themselves. Rather, these products are gifts to be given away in service to those around them. We are thankful for God’s blessing on Ben Lippen Fine Arts. If you are committed to creating music, art, and theater of the highest quality and want to invest in the next generation of creators for the glory of God, we would love to connect with you. Visit to view donation membership levels, or email BLS Fine Arts Director Taylor Nelson at Taylor.

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THE NOMA FLEA Fridays, 6pm–9pm Start your weekends off right with a stop by The NoMa Flea! Shop and visit with local makers, artists, collectors, curators, tastemakers, storytellers, and more as you enjoy food, drink, and live music. nomawarehouse SODA CIT Y MARKET Saturdays, 9am–1pm No weekend is complete without a trip to Main Street for the weekly Soda City Market. Grab breakfast with a friend, shop beautiful handmade gifts and delicious food, and enjoy the beauty of downtown Columbia.

Fall Events


F I R S T T H U R S D AY O N M A I N The first Thursday of every month Celebrate the beginning of a new month each month this fall as you join in the fun on Main Street with their free First Thursday event. Extended shop hours, specials at the restaurants, and live music—what more could you want for an exciting Thursday evening out on the town?

Z O O FA R I September 17 It’s the wildest party in town! Riverbanks Zoo & Garden’s premier fundraiser features an opportunity to explore the zoo after hours, delectable cuisine, cocktails, and both a silent and live auction on rare and unusual items. J U B I L E E : F E S T I VA L O F B L A C K H I S T O R Y & C U LT U R E September 18 Bringing together musicians, artisans, and storytellers to celebrate South Carolina’s black history and culture, Jubilee is a free celebration that everyone can enjoy. Live music and entertainment, historic storytelling, marketplace vendors, a children’s area, and more await you at the Mann-Simons Site for the 43rd year of Jubilee. UOFSC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA September 28, October 26, November 30 Discover the latest symphonic talent this fall at the Koger Center for the Arts and enjoy live performances by the UofSC Symphony Orchestra.

M A H O G A N Y M U S I C F E S T I VA L September 9–11 Three days of diverse classical performances are coming our way this fall at the Koger Center for the Arts, thanks to a collaboration between the UofSC School of Music and Auntie Karen Foundation. The free performance on the third day will feature music honoring the 20th anniversary of September 11th.

JE RRYFEST October 3 Head to Five Points for a free family-andpet-friendly afternoon of local bands all performing Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead music. There will also be crafts, food, beverage, and merchandise vendors for you to enjoy. G R E E K F E S T I VA L September 16–19 Everybody say Opa! Travel to Greece and enjoy its food and culture as the Greek Festival returns to Columbia this fall at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in downtown Columbia. Experience the atmosphere, the authentic cuisine, the culture, and the traditions of Greece at this annual festival.

G R E AT A M E R I C A N W H I S K E Y FA I R October 8 The largest celebration of American and international whiskey in the Southeast, the Great American Whiskey Fair at 701 Whaley gives you the opportunity to taste a variety of whiskeys while talking with distillery owners, master distillers, blending masters, and brand ambassadors from around the world.

OK TOBERFEST COLUMBIA October 8–10 Incarnation Lutheran Church is welcoming you back this year for their Oktoberfest! Complete with German beer, two biergartens, homemade German food and treats, and lots of great live entertainment that’s perfect for the whole family. Prost! PA L M E T T O P E A N U T B O I L October 9 Who has the best boiled peanut in town? Spend an afternoon at the Palmetto Peanut Boil to find out! Originally a small backyard affair, the annual outdoor festival now draws thousands of attendees from all over the Midlands and includes live music, food, and kids’ entertainment.

P R I S M A H E A LT H FA M O U S LY H O T P I N K H A L F M A R AT H O N + WA LK FO R LI FE October 23 Join thousands of your neighbors this fall in the fight against Breast Cancer in person at Segra Park on October 23, or virtually anytime during the month of October. Proceeds from the 2021 event will fund a 10th 3D mammography unit for Prisma Health Breast Center!

A N A S TA S I A November 17–18 Grab a seat—Broadway returns to Columbia in November with the production of the new musical, Anastasia at the Koger Center for the Arts. Inspired by beloved films, this musical will take you on an epic adventure to find home, love, and family.

V I S TA L I G H T S Three, two, one… lights! Countdown to the start of the holidays in Columbia’s historic Vista district with live music, extended shop hours, and with the lighting of the holiday tree in the center of the Vista at the corner of Lincoln and Gervais.

H I S T O R I C C O L U M B I A’ S BLUEGR ASS, BIDDING & BBQ October 28 Support Historic Columbia’s educational programs and initiatives at their 17th annual Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ silent auction. Bid on a variety of exciting auction items while enjoying live music, local BBQ, and specialty drinks.

S O U T H C A R O L I N A S TAT E FA I R October 13–24 Get your fill of Ferris Wheel rides, beautiful local artwork, live music, your favorite fair foods, and more as the SC State Fair returns this October. B O O AT T H E Z O O October 20–30 Celebrate Halloween with your children this year at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden with their family-friendly spooktacular fest that includes a trick-or-treat trail and Mummy’s Eeeky Freaky Dance Party. ILLUMINIGHT GALA October 22 Uplift our community by joining local nonprofit Serve & Connect as they illuminate the positive changes and the impactful neighbors making a different in the Midlands.

DR ACUL A: BALLET WITH A BITE October 29–30 It’s ballet… with a bite! Join the Columbia City Ballet for this acclaimed Halloween production and after the performance on the 29th, celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Ballet at their annual gala. DEVINE NIGHT OUT November 11 Your favorite Devine Street Association shops, restaurants, and businesses are coming together to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with a day and night out on the town. Have your holiday shopping list ready—in addition to all of the holiday cheer, there will be lots of great specials for you to shop. A S TA R R Y N I G H T I N FIVE POINTS Bring the entire family out as Five Points lights up the night with starry skies, holiday music, and fabulous holiday specials at all of their stores and restaurants. You can visit with Santa, too! JUNIOR LE AGUE OF C O L U M B I A’ S H O L I D AY MARKET December 1–5 Save the Date for the best holiday shopping event of the year. Held at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds, Holiday Market is a four-day event that features nearly 170 merchants from around the Southeast to shop with for all of your holiday gifts.

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