The Lifestyle Issue ISSUE No 34 | SPRING 2022 Celebrating local shopping, dining, arts, events, and community
A catalyst for growth We've all introduced friends and family to the things that make Columbia a special place to personally call home, but who introduces our town to new companies and entrepreneurs as a great place to do business? That's where Columbia Economic Development steps in and shines. They serve as a catalyst for businesses, developers, investors, and partner agencies that are focused on growing our local economy and high-value industries. With the knowledge and resources to help businesses in any industry succeed, their team nurtures the growth and success of new business ventures that will ultimately make Columbia an even better place for everyone to call home.
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I N T H I S I S S U E Spring is a season to celebrate change, growth, and renewal. Explore the pages of our Spring 2022 issue to learn more about the local businesses and organizations dedicated to bringing vibrance and wellness to the city of Columbia!
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We spoke with Councilwoman Dr. Aditi Bussells on her vision and goals during her first year as an atlarge member, including the continued development of Columbia as a vibrant place to live, work, and play. 18
Meet our 2022 Social Mission partner, Able South Carolina! 56
Cola’s Health & Wellness
Looking for ways to stay fit and active in Columbia? We have got you covered! Whether you are fan of fitness classes or outdoor adventures, we have compiled a list of some of our go to spots in the city to keep you feeling healthy, energized, and ready to take on the day! 10 -2 3
Our Community Supporter: BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina 6 Events 40 Spotlight: Health & Wellness on Devine 50
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And of course great shopping, dining, arts, events, and community— as always. Keep Reading
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Here comes the
Sun Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here Here comes the sun do, do, do Here comes the sun
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And I say... it’s all right These lyrics came to mind as we began our photoshoots for our Spring Lifestyle issue. The festivities and cheer surrounding the holiday season had faded to memories and the Omicron wave brought more quarantining and uncertainty as we entered into January. Then we rounded out the month with Columbia’s first snowfall in 8 years and as breathtaking as it was to see our city blanketed in a layer of powder soft snow, it was a reminder of the cold and dreariness that come with winter. If there’s one thing that I know for sure, it’s that we’re all going to welcome and appreciate the sun this spring! It’s hard to believe, but it has been years since we’ve been able to gather and celebrate as we tend to do in the South in the spring. We’re delighted that with the coming of the new season we will be able to attend events that have
been on hiatus since March 2020, like St. Pat’s in Five Points, Steeplechase, and the Carolina Cup. We can’t wait to get back into the stands at Founders Park as we cheer on the Gamecocks to another win alongside a crowd at full capacity. Along with the sun and the warmth this year will come the sound of live music, cheers from the crowd, galloping horses, children’s laughter, friends catching up with one another, and the clink of glasses as we toast one another. With these events comes a reason to purchase that dress you can’t forget about or those shoes and accessories you’ve been eyeing at the local boutiques in town. In addition to events coming back, spring is a time for renewal. We’ve compiled wellness ideas to try like a renewal facial, outdoor mountain bike trails, meditation, plant-based menu options, and more, and we encourage you to try something new to renew your mind and body. We love our small business community and are honored that we get to work alongside the people that make our city tasty, beautiful, and interesting. Enjoy the sun, it’s going to be all right. WITH GRATITUDE, BRYNLEY FARR & THE FIG TEAM
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Making wealth management a walk in the park Managing substantial family wealth can be daunting, but it’s easier when you have a great team of professionals to coach you every step of the way. Since 1986, The Rast McFadden Wealth Management Group has been providing their clients the local expertise and global resources they need to address a wide variety of financial concerns. Just as you might need a trainer’s knowledge and discipline to achieve your physical fitness goals, The Rast McFadden team can help you and your family plan for financial health for years and generations to come.
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Seize the day! All of your 2022 fitness goals are still in sight—sign up for your first class at Basecamp to get on the right path towards achieving them!
Looking for a home base for your health and fitness journey in 2022? Owners Drew Mobley and Susanne Hicklin, along with their rockstar team of personal trainers and coaches, want to welcome you to Basecamp Fitness. No matter your level—if you haven’t worked out in years or if you’re a pro looking to add an extra boost to your workout routine— Basecamp provides classes and encouragement that will rocket you towards your dream goals.
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DYK: Coolsculpting Elite ® permanently eliminates up to 25% of treated fat cells in each session. About You Aesthetics is fortunate to have the only machine in the Midlands available for their patients to use.
A cool way to slim down The team at About You Aesthetics gets it. They know that you want to look as beautiful on the outside as you feel on the inside, and doing so often requires a comprehensive and customized course of action. Their clinical options now include Coolsculpting Elite ®, an FDA-cleared, noninvasive body contouring technology that targets the problem areas of fat that bother you the most. Slim down this spring and be ready for all of your lake days, special occasions, and vacations on your social calendar this summer.
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Your goals, your results As fitness trends come and go, Results Fitness has found one thing that has remained constant through it all: Weight training. Owner Robert Simmons and his team of personal trainers have taken a traditional workout of lifting weights and infused their own training styles and knowledge to design a workout that’s just the right blend of fun and hard work to yield measurable fitness results for you. You’ll also find an environment that is both encouraging and motivating at Results Fitness, and one that cultivates positive health and wellness routines that are easy to implement into your own lifestyle. Group Fitness Class X Personal Training
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Breathe in, breathe out Treat yourself to the ultimate gift of self-care by scheduling a massage therapy session at The Well LLC. Not only can regular massage therapy help release built up stress and promote relaxation, it is also proven to help improve range of motion and heal injuries living below the surface. The talented team of massage therapists at The Well offer a custom list of services designed to meet the varying health and wellness needs of their clients. Whether you are simply looking to unwind or target an underlying issue, book a session today with The Well LLC!
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A stitch of fashion Hit a hole in one this spring at Forest Acres Needlepoint where you can create your own hand stitched projects to display around your home or even incorporate into your everyday look. Not sure where to get started? They offer both in-person classes and everything you need to begin your own project!
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ACE clear vision with LASIK Columbia Eye Clinic’s experienced surgeons can help you enjoy the active lifestyle you love without the hassle of glasses or contacts. Laser vision correction, including LASIK, is an outpatient procedure to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism and get you back to your busy life quickly. See if the precision of bladeless LASIK is Game, Set, Match for you! Call today to schedule a LASIK consultation at Columbia Eye Clinic and see if they can help you reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses and contacts.
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It doesn’t matter if you’ve been working out for years or it’s your first day at the gym, the personal trainers at Anytime Fitness are ready to jump in and offer you personalized coaching and support as you work towards your fitness goals. They’ll customize a training plan unique to you and your goals, and one that will progressively improve your strength and abilities as you strive towards greater fitness. Their personal training is about more than simply having a plan—it’s about having an accountability partner every step of the way to keep you challenged.
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Southern roots If you ask attorney Robert Goings, he’ll tell you that the biggest lessons he learned about practicing law were not ones he learned at law school. Rather, they came from growing up in rural Union County on his family’s farm, where both his grandfather and great grandfather spent their entire lives as farmers living off the land. It was there that the values of fairness, honesty, hard work, dedication, justice, and service to others were engrained in him, and it’s those same values that he centers his law firm, The Goings Law Firm, around. He and his team of attorneys and paralegals will always steer you in the right direction when it comes to legal matters pertaining to wrongful death, catastrophic injury, and workers’ compensation, and they’ll do so with the utmost compassion and respect for you and your family.
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Simple Kale Salad Recipe Servings: 4–6
Prep time: 10 minutes
Directions: • Massage kale with olive oil in a medium bowl. • In a jar with a lid, combine all the ingredients for the dressing. Shake well in the jar until emulsified. • Add the chopped almonds and grated cheese to the kale. • Drizzle the dressing onto the kale and toss everything together.
Ingredients: • 16oz Nature’s Greens Kale, chopped and stems removed • 1/2 cup chopped almonds • 3oz freshly grated parmesan cheese For dressing: • ½ cup olive oil, plus more for massaging kale • 2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed • Salt to taste
Shop Nature's Greens ® products in your local grocery stores like Food Lion, Walmart, and Lowes Foods and know that every time you do, you're supporting a local family farm right down the road in Pelion, SC.
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Where fresh happens 97 years. That’s how long Walter and Ernestine Rawl’s family has been dedicated to providing our community and country with fresh, wholesome vegetables from their family farm. They go beyond simply growing, harvesting, and distributing the produce—they provide you with healthy, delicious ways to enjoy it, too. Their website is filled with recipes that utilize Nature’s Greens, their line of convenient and easy-toprepare greens that are triple washed and ready to cook and serve. What’s for dinner tonight?
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Inspiration everywhere With each new season comes the energizing feeling of new possibilities. For Monkee’s of Columbia, it’s the chance to introduce fresh new finds, vibrant colors, and whimsical patterns into their exciting collection of women’s clothing and accessories. Whether you are shopping for an upcoming event, or simply looking to refresh your spring wardrobe, we guarantee you will find what you are shopping for at Monkee’s.
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Authentic | Leading the way through innovation and example improved infrastructure, we can better serve our residents and attract new businesses to our community.” Beyond that, Aditi wants to use her background in public health to improve not only our community’s health, but also the health of our economy. “It’s important for us to recognize that the well-being of our small businesses is deeply connected to the well-being of our neighborhoods and communities,” Aditi said. “When small businesses do well in Columbia, it results in more resources for our communities and our hard-working families. On the other hand, when people have access to resources that ensure their health and well-being, it strengthens our workforce, and thereby our economy.”
Authentic Dr. Aditi Bussells WITH A PHD IN PUBLIC H E A LT H from the University of South Carolina, a deep passion for the people and local businesses of our community, and a desire to see Columbia continue to be a thriving place for families to call home, Dr. Aditi Bussells was already serving our town well through her work as a public health researcher. Now, after being elected to City of Columbia Council as an at-large member, she’s ready to dive in and make an even bigger difference. “As we navigate out of this pandemic, now more than ever, it’s important to have a public health voice at the table,” Aditi said. “I’m uniquely trained in finding the root causes of problems using data and collaborating with
diverse communities and sectors. Through my involvement in various Columbia area initiatives and projects, I have proven my ability to energize and mobilize people of all walks of life to understand and develop bold solutions for the complex problems facing our community. That’s exactly what I plan to do in city government.” Specifically over the next year, Aditi wants to work closely with city staff and community leaders to improve city processes, streamline communications, and enhance customer service to allow our city government to be more responsive, accountable, and transparent. “It’s the foundation for change,” Aditi said. “My hope is that with an
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Many of those resources include outdoor green spaces that anyone can utilize. Personally, Aditi loves going on long walks with her dogs at Saluda Riverwalk because she enjoys the natural beauty found along the river, but she sees other areas that could benefit from improvement. “I’d love to see Finlay Park become a hub for all corners of our city to enjoy the outdoors, whether it is outdoor fitness classes, rock-climbing, or just being able to walk with your family,” Aditi said. “I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues on council to explore how best we can revitalize the beautiful park. I’ve always said that I want Columbia to be the best place to raise a family and open a business. I want people, particularly young people, to choose us over other places. Five to ten years from now, I envision Columbia as a vibrant destination to live, work, and play: a city that is safer, more equitable, and more competitive.”
Eight years. $15.9 million. By bringing our community together and helping local organizations amplify their fundraising, an annual event has brought philanthropy to life for everyone. THIS IS INVESTING FOR IMPACT.
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At Ben Lippen and beyond In a world that is ever-changing and presenting new challenges, Ben Lippen is equipping their students, faculty, and educational facilities to meet the new necessities for successfully preparing for life after Ben Lippen. With enrollment at an all-time high of 1,050 students, the private Christian school has increased its capacity for educating young minds with the opening of a third lower school location in Northeast Columbia, a new Arts & Sciences Center on their main campus, and The Crest Online, a new online school for part-time and full-time students. Give your child the gift of a Christ-centered education where they’ll be surrounded by teachers and friends who will support them every step of their academic journey.
It’s an Open House Day every day at Ben Lippen! Call to schedule your tour, 803-807-4000.
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Fresh style is blooming Be the most beautiful bloom in the garden at every event on your spring social calendar with the gorgeous women’s apparel found at Tulip. Owner Suzie Baughman keeps her store filled with fresh arrivals for you to shop—dresses, tops, skirts, shoes, and more—all hand selected to reflect your sophisticated southern style. Infuse your wardrobe with the bright, bold styles from Tulip this season!
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Fabulous shoes to fill The perfect outfit is never complete without the right accessories, and no one knows that better than Blossom Shoes and Such owners Kimberly Stephens and Mason Peterson. Shop their fashion-forward collection of shoes, glasses, bags, and more, guaranteed to elevate your style to the next level. Who says the right accessories don’t make the whole outfit?
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The team behind the scenes It takes an abundance of creativity, outstanding problem solving skills, a flair for details and organization, and a touch of magic to transform blank canvases into spectacular event venues. Lead Planner Melanie Murphy and Planner/ Designer Ashly Gregor take the time to get to know both you and your event so that they can thoughtfully design an experience unlike any other. They’re here to help you enjoy your event to the fullest.
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Dining with a view Do you know what pairs well with a menu full of classic All-American cuisine? Stunning lakefront views. Liberty on the Lake combines the outstanding culinary delights that Liberty Tap Room is known for with breathtaking views over Lake Murray. Enjoy lunch on their outdoor patio and soak up the warm afternoon sunshine or bring the whole family for a relaxing dinner and catch a beautiful South Carolina sunset. Any way you want to enjoy it, Liberty on the Lake is the perfect destination for a wonderful dining experience.
Featured dishes: Seared Ahi Tuna Appetizer Spinach & Strawberry Salad Sweet Bourbon Glazed Salmon Sirloin & Coconut Shrimp Shrimp & Grits
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Are you looking to set sail on your next home buying adventure? Kate Sweeten and her team have connected over 600 families and individuals across the Midlands with great new homes. Not only will Kate help you navigate your wish list to find the perfect community for you and your family, she also has the expert knowledge and tools to guide you in prepping your current home to land the best possible deal. With the Sweeten Group, it’s all hands-on deck to help you find the home of your dreams.
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Ready for road trips The team at Scout & Molly’s believes that fashion should reflect your most confident and beautiful self. With their collection of bold and intricate designer pieces, you will find styles that wow no matter where your next adventure takes you. Need some fashion inspiration and guidance? Their talented team of stylists are available to guide your next shopping experience and maybe even help you step outside of your fashion comfort zone. Drive your fashion forward into the new season at Scout & Molly’s.
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All skin and beauty services come with a customized glam guide, complete with a list of product and routine recommendations to help you achieve your desired look.
Every trip to POUT starts with a friendly greeting, and a complimentary glass of Prosecco of course!
The new and improved POUT Have you visited POUT recently? Over the last year, the POUT team has successfully curated an exceptional customer experience both in-store and online—launching a new and fully shoppable website. While sharing their passion for elevated beauty, the POUT girls also subscribe to the Mamba Mentality: Continually striving to be the best version of themselves while serving and educating their tight-knit community of clients. Step into POUT and refresh your look and lifestyle. 2738 DEVINE STREET
From fairways to wedding days Southern Way Catering’s culinary team brings only the best to the table with exquisite Southern cuisine enhanced by impeccable fine dining service. Their menus focus on incorporating locally sourced ingredients and are handcrafted to meet your theme and budget. Southern Way has mastered the art of serving delicious food for you and your guests to enjoy. The only question is: What events are you inviting them to cater in 2022? Weddings Soirees Corporate Parties Sporting Events
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Don’t sweat, sparkle A vacation away from home doesn’t mean you need to ditch your routine, especially when you stay at locally owned boutique hotel, Hotel Trundle. Enjoy complimentary access throughout your stay to their beautifully designed fitness center. It’s fully equipped and allows you to keep crushing your 2022 fitness goals. Added bonus? Hotel Trundle is within walking distance of the best shopping and dining in the Main Street District—you can get all your steps in during your stay, too!
Spring into a new look Go out on the town this season in beautiful, fresh springtime colors compliments of the highly styled women’s apparel found at Westmore Land of Gifts. Owner Jessa Stewart has brought in the latest fashions for you to shop and create looks that not only reflect your own unique style but have you feeling fabulous, too!
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See your goals, clearly The team at ACE glass works to design and build custom solutions to fit any and all of your commercial, residential, and automotive glass needs. From the very first consultation to the final installation, their team keeps your project goals top of mind to deliver the quality and customer service that you deserve. Whether you are looking to make a show stopping first impression with your commercial storefront or finally install the glass shower of your dreams in your master bathroom, give the team at ACE Glass a call to get the job done right!
The next time you are crushing a workout at Jamie Scott Fitness in Columbia, be sure to check out the custom glass work provided by the ACE Glass team.
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Housed inside of Smoked is a Microbrewery operated by Peak Drift Brewing. You can try even more brews when a second brewery is opened on North Main Street.
Smoked is the newest pearl of Columbia’s fine dining scene, wrapped in a warm and approachable atmosphere. Sibling owners Greg and Sara Middleton dreamt of combining their loves of smoked meats and raw oysters into one unique culinary experience and succeeded with a menu of elevated southern classics. Dishes pair perfectly with fresh, imaginative libations and brews from the in-house microbrewery operated by Peak Drift Brewing. The world is your oyster when you sit down to dine at Smoked.
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Sip, savor, stay a while For Hendrix’s Executive Chef Frank Bradley, using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients has never been culinary trend, it’s been a way of life. Growing up on a 2nd generation family owned farm in Columbia, SC, Frank was used to gathering for regular family fish fries and oyster and pig roasts all sourced from the ingredients grown and raised on the farm. His love of the culinary arts took him from Columbia to Atlanta to Charleston and finally back to Columbia where he led the kitchen teams and menu direction for several popular downtown Columbia restaurants. Now he brings his culinary talents to Hendrix, a casual yet elevated dining experience with a spacious and lively rooftop bar. Come enjoy a unique twist on classic Southern fare, expertly enhanced with the flavors of the season.
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With leathers and hides from Italy, designs cut by hand, and stitches sewn one by one, you can count on every single bag created by Jordie Handmade to be completely custom made. Owner and maker Margaret Jordan focuses on creating a collection of essential bags that work for everyday life while also incorporating in sustainable fabrics that reflect timeless fashion. Shop with her to find the perfect bag for you, and if you don’t find it, relax: Jordie Handmade does special orders as well! Jordie Handmade is exclusively offered in the Shops at Cricket Newman (803.834.7992) and may also be found at Rose Arbor Fabrics in Pawleys Island (843.449.7673)
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Colors of the year Your next special occasion look awaits, exclusively at Coplon’s.
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A paint for every occasion
Dress your home or business in its Sunday best this spring with a fresh coat of paint! The experts at Rose Talbert Paints have generations of experience backing their perfectly formulated paint and stain options and they know the right product for every job. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a paint to refresh the exterior of a historic building or a paint color to exactly match your child’s favorite sports team in his bedroom update, they are capable of handling every kind of paint request. Visit either their Forest Acres or Cayce location to shop a full line of their locally made paint, plus all the tools needed to get the job done.
First Presbyterian Church in downtown Columbia recently repainted their historic facade with the guidance of Rose Talbert Paints. They matched the exterior color perfectly and suggested a paint formula that would hold up well in the sun and heat of Columbia’s summer days.
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Find your next family heirloom Over the past 36 years, the curators of McIntosh Cottage Antiques have developed wonderful relationships with shops and dealers all around Europe to bring the most beautiful French and English antiques to Columbia. Come shop the latest addition to their worldly collection, Pyrenees pottery.
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Outside of Columbia, you can find McIntosh Cottage Antiques at Low Country Walk Antiques (St. Simons Island, GA) and in Madison Markets (Madison, GA).
Always & forever Sugar & Lola owner, Laura “Lola” Okoniewski, is always on the lookout for new inspiration that she can incorporate into her jewelry line. So when she was introduced to “forever bracelets”—a unique jewelry trend taking place in cities like New York, Boston, and LA—she immediately knew it was something that needed to be offered in Columbia. Forever Bracelets are a clasp free, stylish, and chic dainty bracelet that are hand welded around your wrist. They offer a simple elegance that is comfortable and long lasting and are the perfect way to celebrate sisterhood, motherhood, and lifelong friendship. Stop by Sugar and Lola today to see the beautiful selection of chains and charms available to create your next favorite, forever accessory!
All Forever Bracelet fittings require an appointment. To schedule your Forever Bracelet appointment, text or call 803.237.0261 or DM @sugarandlola.
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Look and feel your best The experience at BP Skinner Clothiers is as personalized as the custom garment that you are creating when you sit down with their menswear experts. They will meet in their store or at a convenient location for you to help define your style based on what you do and how you prefer to dress. From there, the customization begins as you select everything from fabrics to buttons. The options are limitless, but their experts will advise you on the best options that will have you looking and feeling your best this spring.
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Life, well traveled What was the last purchase you made for yourself that changed your life? For many, that purchase could come in the form of a Pedego, a state-of-the-art electric bicycle that combines the thrill of riding a bike with the benefits of easy and effortless electric riding. Pedego ebikes are designed for people of any age to enjoy life on the go without the worry of having to make frequent stops to rest or tire from long trips. Most ebikes feature 2 built in ride assist options, so you are in control of your speed, effort, and exertion throughout the entirety of your journey. Pedego gives you the freedom to stay active, connected, and well travelled, no matter where your next adventure may be!
To find the perfect Pedego for you, visit your local Aiken retailer today!
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All dressed up & everywhere to go Shhh... Do you know where to find the best fashion in town for every event on your social calendar this spring? Not only does Slate on Devine have a brilliant collection for you to shop each season, but the shopping experience comes paired with owner Mollie Hobbs and her team who will expertly guide you into finding the pieces that will highlight you and your style the best. Your girlfriends will be green with envy over all of your gorgeous outfits this spring until you share your shopping secret with them!
Steeplechases to PGA Tour events and birthday parties to concerts, Slate on Devine has all the apparel, shoes, and accessories you need.
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One stop shop In their newly expanded shop on Forest Drive, Kudzu Bakery & Market provides all the essentials needed to host your next event. Having grown from a bakery to a full-service market, Kudzu’s attention to design and taste pairs beautifully with a wide variety of entrees, breads, desserts, appetizers, wines, and accessories. Make Kudzu Bakery & Market your one-stop shop for all your hosting needs.
Play me your favorite style With clothing and accessories that are ideal for playing, learning, and everything in between, Marigold Modern has thoughtfully filled their store with sustainable fashions for your teens. Owner Louisa Vann has carefully sourced each brand based on the care that they put into the production of their line, and over the years, has developed lasting relationships with each one. With Marigold Modern, you’re not just shopping local, you’re shopping sustainably, too. It’s a win-win that everyone can love.
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DYK: The team at Kudzu Bakery personally tries, tastes, and uses 95% of the products that they sell prior to putting them on their shelves. Each item is handpicked based on taste, quality, and value.
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Good days ahead It’s been said that money can’t buy happiness, but we beg to differ! Wander inside A Little Happy shop in Five Points and find bright, cheerful, and fun gifts that will bring a spark of joy to your life. Owner Ashley Lindler opened up her shop in a time when we all needed an extra boost of happiness and in the nearly two years since then, she’s curated her store to offer a bit of everything that you and your besties will love. Embrace the movement to focus on your mental health and this spring, bring more happiness into your life with A Little Happy.
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COTTONTOWN ART CRAWL March 12th Spring is the perfect time to stroll the streets of historic Cottontown and take in— and take home—the local arts scene. cottontownartcrawl.com
ST. PAT’S IN FIVE POINTS March 19th St. Pat’s in Five Points is back and better than ever as it celebrates 40 years of all things green and Gaelic with live music, libations, and more. stpatscolumbia.com
COLUMBIA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL March 30 - April 3 Explore Columbia’s growing culinary scene by attending some of this year’s ticketed events designed to showcase the Midlands finest chefs, restaurants, wineries, and breweries. columbiafoodandwinefestival.com
SOUTH CAROLINA FOOD TRUCK & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL April 9th Eat, drink, and be merry while you savor over 30 of South Carolina’s finest food truck offerings along with national, regional, and local craft beer. Enjoy lawn games and live music as you work up an appetite for more street fare. foodtruckfestivalsofamerica.com
AAP SC PICKLEBALL OPEN April 14 - 17 DYK: Pickleball—a paddleball sport that combines elements of badminton, table tennis, and tennis—is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation? The Tennis Center of Camden will host this professional Pickleball tournament near the shops and restaurants of Broad Street, so plan to make a day of it and you may be inspired to pick up a paddle yourself. usapickleball.org/event
TARTAN DAY SOUTH March 31 - April 3 Don your tartan, assemble your clan, and gather to watch traditional Highland Games, listen to the pipe bands, sip scotch, and honor the Celtic heritage of the Midlands.
GOVERNORS CUP RUNNING FESTIVAL April 22 - April 23 Lace up your running shoes and hit the road for the annual Governors Cup Race. Events range from the Mile on Main to a Half Marathon, and it is a fantastic way to see the city on foot and the courses wind their way through neighborhood streets.
THE CAROLINA CUP April 2nd It’s off to the races as Springdale Race Course once again hosts the inimitable Carolina Cup, an afternoon of steeplechase horse racing and lavish tailgate parties. The only question now is: What will you wear?
JAZZ FEST April 23 Enjoy an evening under the stars as you take in the vibrant improvisations of Jazz, Soul, and R&B at the 3rd Annual Jazz Fest in North Springs Park, all while supporting the Richland County Recreation Foundation.
Y’ALLMART SPRING SHINDIG March 27th If you have an appreciation of the unique and locally created, crafted, and curated, head over to New Brookland Tavern for Y’all-Mart, a y’allternative flea market for Southern eclectic folks.
COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL April 2 - 3 Celebrate the various cultural heritages represented throughout SC by experiencing the sights, sounds, and tastes of over 100 international communities all in one place.
You can now shop Gardener’s Outpost in Cottontown! Visit their second location in Columbia located at 1211 Franklin Street to shop for your garden and yard.
Where botany meets beauty Let the grass and plants be greener in your yard this spring as you unlock your inner green thumb and achieve the garden oasis you’ve always dreamed of for your home. At Gardener’s Outpost, not only can you find sustainable, organic, and local gardening products, but you’ll also have the opportunity so soak in all the knowledge required to care for your new botanical finds. Their team provides you with reliable advice that will keep your plants green and thriving, even as the heat of summer rolls in.
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Creating community At NoMa Warehouse, you’ll find a community of creatives and local shops that call the open air space on Sumter Street home. It’s here where artists find dedicated time and space with the resources, connections, and environment that they are looking for to enhance their skills and grow their art as they participate in cultivating a rich and diverse community of friends and supporters. It’s also where 8 new full-time anchor vendors have found a place to call their own where they can create and sell their wares. NoMa Warehouse is filled with local artists and entrepreneurs that believe at the heart of it all we’re all better together.
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Steel Garden Plant Shoppe
A Peddler’s Emporium Yellow Roman Candle
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In Hammond’s Upper School, a total package experience awaits you and your high schooler. There’s a challenging academic program that’s led by caring teachers who invest in every student they teach and a variety of extracurricular activities from music and drama to sports and academics that will give your child the well-rounded education they need for college and beyond. Take the next step and connect with Hammond this spring as you prepare for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year.
See for yourself the excellence found at Hammond by scheduling a tour with their Admissions Office this spring.
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Sit & sip awhile Every Southern hostess knows that the best way to greet a guest at your home is with a refreshing drink, and what better way to serve it than in a fun hand-blown Estelle colored glass? Blush Boutique is filled with fun and fabulous drinkware like Estelle, accessories, and home decor that not only make hosting a breeze, but make gift giving easy, too. Because after all, every Southern guest knows you never show up empty handed!
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Excelling in academics, succeeding in life Preparation for the world past high school goes beyond a successful and rigorous academic curriculum led by an experienced team of teachers. It’s about nurturing the holistic formation of a student and caring about a child’s physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. At Cardinal Newman, students grow into mature young women and men who are ready to enter the world as faith-principled leaders that are committed to redefining excellence. Set your child up for a bright future—It all starts at Cardinal Newman!
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DEVINE STRE ET 1 Healthy teeth, healthy gums, brilliant smile! Dr. Natalia Antley and her dedicated team of dental hygienists and staff are in business to provide you with the best in class dental care and customer experience.
2 Keep your eyes clear, healthy, and focused on the future with the eye care services offered at Devine Eyes.
3 Learn the basics of makeup 101, get those Instagram worthy brows, or book skin care needs to achieve the ultimate healthy glow. Whatever your skin care needs are, the POUT girls are ready to help!
4 Take your training to the next level! With customized one-on-one training sessions, group fitness classes, and state-of-the-art equipment, get ready to crush your goals inside of the gym and see your results outside of the gym.
6 If you are experiencing back pain, neck pain, tightness, or headaches, you may benefit from a visit with Dr. Tracy Young, who has been serving the chiropractic needs of the Columbia community since 1993. Sometimes life just needs a little adjustment!
5 Release the built-up tension and stress with a relaxing massage at Stacey O. Studio. Stacey and her team offer a variety of services from massage therapy to esthetics to help you look and feel your best.
7 Feel your most beautiful with the stateof-the-art skin care services provided by the team at Essential Face. With a wide variety of minimally invasive skin care procedures, Essential Face has the tools and the skilled technicians to help you achieve your desired esthetic goals.
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8 Breathe, stretch, and balance your body in 2022. Barre3 offers classes that combine strength conditioning, cardio, and mindfulness for an invigorating workout that will leave you feeling empowered and ready to take on your day.
Get the smile you have always dreamed of with University Dental. Their office offers routine, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. Let your confidence show in your smile!
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Classically Carolina Located only 40 minutes outside of downtown Columbia, the city of Camden is brimming with historic charm, local shopping boutiques, and an exciting calendar of events. Perfect for a change of scenery or a weekend trip away, Camden has so much to offer, so let the adventure begin!
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STAY: Recently welcomed as members of Select Registry's Distinguished Inns of North America, The Four Oaks Inn is a charming Bed and Breakfast that will transport you to a backdrop that feels straight out of a movie. Built in the 1860s, this historic plantation-style home features 3 elegant and inviting guest suites, a resort style pool, and all of the special touches of Southern hospitality to make sure your stay is relaxing and restorative from check in to check out. EAT: Stop by Sam Kendall's for a mid-day cocktail and a refreshing lunch break, or cap off your full day of exploration with dinner in their laidback but lively atmosphere. They offer a wide range of menu items suitable
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Sixth Annual Irish Fest March 2–5
for any palate as well as an extensive wine, beer and cocktails list. Be sure to try their famous Mint Julep cocktail! PLAY: Whether you are in town to see one of the nationally recognized horse races, or you simply want to catch a glimpse of the historic grounds, there is always something exciting to see at Springdale Race Course! On non-race weekends visitors are welcome to attend early morning thoroughbred workouts and training sessions. The grounds also feature the National Steeplechase Museum, the only museum in the U.S. solely dedicated to the sport's history and its athletes. The Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday between 10AM and 4PM. SHOP: For the ultimate equestrian shopping experience in Camden, make sure to add The Tack Room to your weekend itinerary. Located on Broad Street, The Tack Room offers a wide variety of equestrian supplies, tack, and apparel. They also offer a selection of home goods, decor, and gifts to serve as the perfect memento to your trip!
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Revolutionary Run Half Marathon & 5k March 26
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APP South Carolina Pickleball Open April 14–17
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Drinks on us Gather around the racetrack with your friends and raise your glasses high—Black Tie Bartending is here to craft a luxurious cocktail experience for you to enjoy wherever you are celebrating this spring. They have perfected the classic cocktails and have put new spins on old favorites to bring you the best bartending experience in the state, complete with beer and wine service. Mint Juleps to Arnold Palmers, Black Tie Bartending's staff will quench your thirst with extraordinary drinks.
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In addition to Nephron Nitrile, Nephron has also begun producing at-home COVID testing kits in their sterile medical manufacturing facility, providing part time job opportunities for dozens of neighbors in our community who are looking for additional income and work experience.
Fig Spotlight: Nephron Pharmaceuticals In July 2021, Nephron Pharmaceuticals owner Lou Kennedy took the stage outside of their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in West Columbia and promised our community that her company would be at the forefront of providing more American made medical equipment for our hospitals and healthcare workers to use. And if there’s one thing Lou Kennedy does well, it’s fulfilling promises and overdelivering on what she sets out to do. Nephron Nitrile, housed in the new Kennedy Innovation Center at Nephron, will open its doors later this year as they begin to produce medical grade gloves. The spinoff company began as a response to the unprecedented global pandemic as Nephron dreamed and explored all of the ways that they could help Americans, but it’s legacy will be one of bringing over 250 jobs to our community and providing a path towards eliminating our country’s reliance on foreign sources of PPE.
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On the move There’s a different energy around Columbia—can you feel it?
The sun is rising on a new season and with it comes warmer temperatures, extended daylight hours, vibrantly green leaves on the trees, and bold blooms popping up out of the ground. The streets are filled in the early morning hours with runners tackling every distance from 5K to full marathons in the busy spring road race season, highlighted by the Governor’s Cup. Fitness classes are breaking free of their traditional studios and moving outdoors for a fresh spin on their routine. Kayakers are paddling along our local waterways and Dreher Island is filled with camping tents every weekend.
It’s a season to be active and to be outside! As we take a look at health and fitness in this issue, we want to introduce you to three fit and fun lifestyles around Columbia that are waiting for you to explore this spring.
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Tasty as Fit
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We know just how busy life can be as a young professional in Columbia, especially when you’re working and raising a family of your own. Time is precious and you’re always on the hunt for ways to be more efficient with how you spend your days. You’re in luck! There are local entrepreneurs who have dreamed up businesses to fit the active and healthy lifestyle that you’re after.
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There’s an abundance of gyms around town that offer group fitness classes that are perfect for you, no matter your current fitness level. Schedule in 30 minutes at Basecamp Fitness where you’ll activate muscles you didn’t know you had in their quick high intensity workouts. Meet with the trainers at Results Fitness who will take your goals and your schedule, and will come up with a plan for you that will get you where you want to be. Love, challenge, and build your body at Temple Columbia.
Jamie Scott Fitness
When you’re short on time but still looking to eat healthy, you can drop by any number of Columbia restaurants that cater to providing exceptional meals quickly. Tasty as Fit is a grab-n-go spot that focuses on a plant-based, gluten-free menu where all items are made fresh by hand daily. Boost your immune system and promote natural healing when you stop by Lil Duck Kombucha for a freshly brewed gallon of their popular kombucha. Having a busy lifestyle isn’t a problem—it offers you ways to get creative with how you build health and fitness into your days, and Columbia has plenty of businesses to help you along the way.
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Enlightened Yogis Azalea Coffee Bar
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Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park
State House Grounds
Good Company Yoga Studio Fire The Well, LLC
Breathe in. Breathe out. Close your eyes and feel the stress begin to dissipate as you begin your yoga flow. A practice that benefits both your mind and body, yoga is an ideal way to get intentional movement into your day. The best part? Yoga can be done by yourself in your house, in a group class at a local studio, in the morning before your day begins, at lunch for a quick break from work, or in the evening. Start your day strong with an early morning flow class at a local studio, like Studio Fire, where you can spend an hour aligning your mind and body for the day ahead. Enjoy a Sunday morning at The Well, LLC with their popular Yoga & Mimosas class where you can relax and unwind with a deep stretch and a refreshing drink. Take advantage of the beautiful spring weather in Columbia and take your yoga practice outside! Many studios offer outdoor classes when the temperatures are just right. Soak in the peace that surrounds you on the banks of the river at Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park or enjoy a sunrise yoga session on the State House Grounds as you watch the Main Street District wake up around you.
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Outdoor Adventurers With state parks and national parks, rivers and a lake, greenways and trails that traverse the state, Columbia is brimming with an outstanding selection of outdoor places to play and explore by land and water. Drop your paddleboard or kayak in the river and paddle to your heart’s content. It’s easy to find a quiet cove on Lake Murray, or a peaceful passageway under the canopy of loblolly pines and cypress trees in Congaree National Park. Want to explore the water in a more leisurely way? Floating down the river in a tube is a popular activity in summer and provides a refreshingly cool way to beat the heat. For the walkers, runners, and bikers, there are a variety of trails and greenways around town that are calling your name this spring as the days get warmer and the sun stays out longer. Get your long runs in as you prepare for the Governor’s Cup on the greenways. Take your bike out to Peak to hop on the Palmetto Trail where it crosses the Broad River. Take a long walk with your family through Sesqui State Park on a weekend afternoon. The biggest question for you this spring: What natural outdoor resource will you take enjoy first?
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Mast General Store REI River Runner Outdoor Center
Dreher Island Harbison State Forest Lake Murray Palmetto Trail Three Rivers Greenway Saluda Shoals Park Sesquicentennial State Park
New gate, same tradition Put on your finest spring attire, plan a delicious menu with your favorite tailgate foods, and gather your friends for an afternoon at the racecourse: Aiken’s Steeplechase returns this year! Steeped in tradition dating back to 1930 when the inaugural race was run in Hitchcock Woods along the Aiken Hounds draglines, Steeplechase is the event of the season in Aiken. Thousands of spectators throughout the state and beyond travel to enjoy the socializing and camaraderie, and they stay for the fine athleticism displayed on the course. Witness the power and elegance of the thoroughbred racehorses and their riders as they race at great speed and fly over fences. The legacy lives on this March and you’re invited to attend. Aiken Steeplechase Saturday, March 26 Gates open at 8am Aiken Steeplechase Racecourse
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Easygoing elegance Grand Southern elegance awaits you at The Willcox Hotel in the heart of downtown Aiken, South Carolina. Originally constructed in 1898 in the height of the Winter Colony days, The Willcox retains all of its historical charm with the added touches of modern conveniences that make every stay relaxing and rejuvenating. Spend your morning in their Spa, enjoy lunch outside in the warm sunshine, take a stroll down Laurens Street to shop the local boutiques, and retire in the evening to their lobby, affectionately known to the locals as Aiken’s Living Room. Your next vacation is just down the road at The Willcox!
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Social Mission | Making a difference in the lives of others Kimberly Tissot
Social Mission: Able South Carolina E A C H Y E A R , Fig Columbia partners with an organization that makes our surrounding community a better place to live. For 2022 we are proud to support and share the mission of Able South Carolina, a Center for Independent Living that provides resources, support, and empowerment for people living with disabilities. Able South Carolina stands to break down any misconception that people living with disabilities are incapable of leading fully independent, successful, and enriched lives. Their mission is centered on the belief that individuals with disabilities have the right to guide and direct their own lives. And they don’t just serve their mission on the behalf of others, more than half of their staff members and board of directors are living with disabilities.
Her career has been one of service, With an array of transitional living mentorship, and activism, and includes services, employment programs, and the leadership efforts behind several peer empowerment groups, Able progressive statewide initiatives in South Carolina has not only created a South Carolina. community of support, they have also led the charge to be at the forefront “Our work addresses the barriers that of disability activism and leadership, prevent individuals with disabilities from both in South Carolina and across the achieving their dreams,” Kimberly said. national stage. They work closely with “Whether this is for equity and inclusion local governments and policy makers to in their school, in their workplace, or in promote equal opportunities and access their community, we seek to challenge for all members of our community. the stereotypes that often create barriers for individuals with disabilities.” President and CEO, Kimberly Tissot has spent almost 12 years of her career with To learn more Able South Carolina, driving forward about Able the message of independence and South Carolina acceptance for all. programs and
“With one in three individuals across South Carolina having a disability, our work directly impacts you, your family, or someone you are close with,” Kimberly said.
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New beginnings in 2022 Jill Smith + Associates Counseling is growing! With new team members and a new location in Lexington, 2022 is off to a great start. Nicole Tank and Maggie Shumpert are two of the bright new faces on the team. Nicole works with all ages out of the downtown Columbia office while Maggie works with children and teens out of their new Lexington office. Fresh perspectives bring a new energy to the company, especially as both Nicole and Maggie are determined to learn, grow, and train. This is why Jill Smith started her business—so therapists could be stronger together. Good psychotherapy is complex work and requires deep dives into theory and practice. It requires humility and knowing that there is always more to learn and to teach. They love it. Can you tell?
Jill Smith with Nicole Tank (middle) and Maggie Shumpert (right) at Femme X. 1231 ELMWOOD AVENUE, COLUMBIA
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Holistic Health has come to Columbia! Corazon Holistic Health is an approach to life that considers multidimensional aspects of wellness. It encourages individuals to recognize and address the whole person. Their model includes onsite and Telehealth licensed professional counseling, nutrition, massage therapy, yoga, and meditation. Each individual receives an unique treatment plan that encompasses all of the components that will create a path to optimal health. Reach out today and let their dedicated team of professionals guide you to a sustainable plan for living your healthiest life. 1631 MAIN STREET 803.567.1217 COR A ZONHOLISTICHEALTH.COM
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Five Points—A Columbia Staple Since 1915 Evident by over one hundred years of longevity, Five Points’ historic legacy as Columbia’s original village neighborhood is still a prominent Columbia hospitality and retail district. Their village is the most unique in the Soda City and is a vibrant place to live, work, and play! Five Points is an artistic, creative, eclectic, and dynamic hub for students, young professionals, families, and seniors. Buzzing with small, local businesses that include shopping, dining, and services like dry cleaning, fitness centers, pest control, banking, and more, Five Points continues to be the ultimate destination for a fun shopping trip, a weekend brunch with friends, or an exciting night on the town. Explore all that Five Points has to offer today! #LOVEFIVEPOINTS | #SHOPFIVEPOINTS | #EATFIVEPOINTS I #PLAYFIVEPOINTS
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A celebration of life The team at DayBreak Adult Care Services understands that home is often the most comfortable environment for your loved ones to be. That is why their range of in-home care services are robust and completely customizable to best fit the needs of your loved ones, no matter what their needs are. From providing companionship and assisting with day-to-day activities to more intensive care for patiences living with Alzheimer’s and dementia, DayBreak’s dependable caregivers will be there for them, so that they can remain where they are most comfortable and happy, surrounded by the most precious memories of all their life moments.
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The Cedar Room featured here is a perfect getting ready space for weddings or VIP space for meetings.
Where southern charm meets rich history Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, The Lace House at Arsenal Hill provides an elegant setting for weddings, rehearsal dinners, corporate events, and more. From the unique architectural details found throughout the threestory historic home to the surrounding lush gardens with bubbling fountains, there are many ideal spaces for your next event. Whether you’re saying “I do” in the captivating, intimate walled Wedding Garden or hosting a gala or corporate event, your guests will enjoy one of the most picturesque spots in the Palmetto State.
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Classically chic Let the floral design of your wedding perfectly harmonize with your style: Classic, timeless, and oh so fun! Vicki Walker and the team at Carolina Blossoms can design your florals in a myriad of unexpected ways. Whether it’s classic and traditional or with a touch of modern, whimsy or chic, they will make sure your wedding is beautiful and a day to be remembered!
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Julia Strasburger & Rebekah Thomas, owners of Petal & Fern Custom Threads, are also the owners of The Collective, a Small Business Boutique located on Carlisle Street. The Collective is the perfect place to shop unique pieces from their Petal & Fern custom monogram and embroidery lines, as well as browse a thoughtfully curated collection of gifts and accessories from artists and local businesses in South Carolina. The Collective is your go to destination for outstanding customer service, community connection, and gifts guaranteed to make you the life of the party. Cheers!
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Dana Wolfe and Steve Taylor walk through one of Columbia’s treasured neighborhoods, Five Points, after dining locally at The Gourmet Shop.
Discover your neighborhood Finding the right house is about more than having the perfect floor plan or the right number of bedrooms. You want to find an area of town that feels like home to you, something the Realtors of Wolfe & Taylor truly understand. They have been a major part of Columbia’s real estate landscape for over 75 years and know the ins and outs of our varied and ever-changing neighborhoods. They will guide you in selecting the best place for you and your family at any stage of life, whether you are new to the Midlands or go back generations.
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Hand stitched in history Exhibitions at the South Carolina State Museum allow us to unlock and explore diverse stories told through a variety of mediums including recovered artifacts, artwork, photographs, and more. This spring, we encourage you to visit the museum to experience storytelling through a unique medium: Quilts. The current exhibition, Bindings and Betweens, features 43 handmade quilts, each with their own style, design, and history. As you explore this exhibition you will learn more about how the process of quilt making and the materials themselves relate to many of the cultural traditions found through out South Carolina history, dating back to the early 19th century.
The Bindings and Betweens exhibit is open now through May 8, 2022. Book your tickets today!
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Walk this way With just a short stroll down the Vista to the intersection of Lincoln and Lady street, you will find with the entrance to the Lincoln Street Tunnel. What once was a path for the eastbound Seaboard Air Line Railway, has undergone some major pedestrian friendly transformations over the past few decades. As of 2012, the Lincoln Street Tunnel was reopened for public access, allowing cyclists and pedestrians a safe and easy passage from the Vista to the Elmwood Park neighborhood. Come walk, cycle, and explore a historic pathway through the heart of the Vista!
1899: Construction begins on the Lincoln Street Tunnel 1983: Mayor Kirk Finlay Jr. begins the process to revamp the area between Assembly Street and the Congaree River, known today as the Vista 1991: The rail line is officially closed and tracks are removed. The Lincoln Street Tunnel is gated off. 2012: The Lincoln Street Tunnel becomes phase one of Vista Greenway Project, a rails-to-trails walk and bike path connecting the Vista at Lady Street to the Elmwood Park neighborhood. 2017: The Columbia Chamber’s Leadership Columbia Class of 2017 undertook the task of beautifying this gateway to the Vista Greenway to honor the strength, unity, and passion shown by the community during the 1000-year flood of October, 2015
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Blue Bikes SC are available alongside the path for easy travel. Be sure to make a stop at all of the vibrant murals added to the area in 2017 as a part of the Vista Greenway initiative.
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Creating a divine dining experience for club members is of utmost importance to executive chef Jesse Cepeda and the experienced culinary team at Capital City Club. With a focus on developing innovative seasonal menu options and refining classic Southern fare, your next networking lunch, happy hour, or catered evening social event is bound to be unforgettable. Want to know what will make the night even more memorable? While you sip and savor, take in the incredible 360° skyline views of Columbia from the Club’s 25th Floor dining rooms. Talk about elevated cuisine!
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Bringing the cover to life After sketching out the initial concept, they spend time refining the layout and capturing the details to provide an outline for the final illustration.
Once they finish the loose detailed layout, they refine each element and block in color to get a final composition. From there, they add in the fine details and textures to complete the piece.
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