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Welcome to the Summer Small Business Issue of Fig Columbia! This is an issue unlike any other that we have produced. We honestly didn’t know if we’d be able to publish an issue this season. This issue, we’re focusing on the local small businesses that are championing, supporting, and believing in other small businesses in our community, including our own. We are overwhelmed with the support that we received to produce our 27th Fig Columbia. It was made possible through partnerships with Nephron Pharmaceuticals, WP Rawl Farms, Goings Law Firm, The Sweeten Group, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. These businesses specifically partnered with us to help the businesses that have been big Fig supporters throughout the years to help them get back on their feet. We’re also grateful for each of the small businesses that purchased a page with us! It’s because of small businesses championing one another that we’re able to bring you this issue of Fig Columbia. W I T H G R AT I T U D E , T H E F I G C O LU M B I A T E A M
Show your love for South Carolina, and for the hope and resiliency of our community with our Dum Spiro Spero t-shirts, stickers, and letterpressed cards and prints. Wear your shirt with pride, place your vinyl sticker on the door to your business, and put your sticker in a spot that you’ll see it every day. It’s our reminder to you that Columbia will be back, stronger than ever, because of the strength of our community. A portion of proceeds from our t-shirt and sticker sales will be donated to The One SC Fund: COVID-19 Response, a fund that will be used to respond to food, shelter, health, and nonprofit sustainability needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit figcolumbia.com to get yours today.
while we breathe, we hope If there is one thing that 2020 has taught us all, it’s that we’re stronger together and that together, we can get through even the biggest challenges. Flip through this issue to discover how small businesses are lifting one another up—from our Small Business Champions to the partnerships that different businesses have formed to support one another, it’s apparent that our community wholeheartedly believes that the small businesses found here are what help make Columbia so vibrant and beautiful.
In Your Own Words
How the CEO of Nephron Pharmaceuticals is working to improve the lives of her employees and our rural neighbors.
How the pandemic has affected our neighbors, and the positives people in our community have found throughout its duration.
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Eat and drink local this summer to support our local hospitality industry
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Spotlight: Salute from the Shore Take a trip to the coastline this July 4th to see the 11th Annual Salute from the Shore PA G E 6 3 Photo: Nephron Pharmaceuticals
ISSUE 27 / SPRING 2020 / COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA / THE DUM SPIRO SPERO ISSUE
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Welcome to the Summer Issue of Fig Columbia, an issue that we have completely dedicated to our resilient small business community. I want to first acknowledge the incredible business people that made this issue possible. Thank you, Nephron Pharmaceuticals, for being our Gold Champion and to Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Goings Law Firm, WP Rawl, and The Sweeten Group for being our Silver Champions. They, along with other small businesses, made this issue possible, and we sincerely appreciate their kindness and support! This letter comes to you from the desk of a small business owner, at a time when our state is cautiously reopening after nearly two months of staying at home. As I write this, Governor McMaster has already opened restaurants for both indoor and outdoor dining, and he’s just announced that spas and salons can open within the week. On March 18, we sent our ByFarr Design and Fig Columbia team of eight home to work remotely. It was a hard time as a business owner—I went through a few dark days. Days when I wondered if we’d ever come to work together as a team again. Would our business survive this? If we did survive, what would the “other side” of this pandemic look like? Could we keep our team employed, how long could we hang on? I talked with my other small business friends about what we were going through, and they shared my worries. I was scared. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. And then I read. I read history because I needed hope. One thing that hit me really hard was that in 1918, 102 years ago, the Spanish Flu Pandemic infected 500 million people around the world, just as WWI was ending. And then in 1929, the stock market crashed and kicked off the Great Depression. Right when our country was getting back on its feet, WWII began. Many lives were lost in all of these events and the world was changed forever. This gave me perspective, a lens to see that the beautiful humans that we call grandparents and great-grandparents have already experienced and survived extraordinary hardship. Not only did they survive, they thrived,
and it’s why we are here today! If they thrived through such hardship, I (we) have it within us to do the same today. We are incredibly blessed being able to live and work, even if it looks completely different from our familiar normal. As for me, I choose a positive outlook. This pandemic has made me realize what I was taking for granted—my health, our small business, my loved ones, teachers, medical staff, date night in a restaurant, shopping, State Park visits with my kids, visiting my grandmothers in person, watching a movie at The Nick, celebrating a wedding with family, for Malfunction Junction traffic, the challenge of finding a parking spot on Main or Devine on a busy day, the ability to go and get my hair cut at the salon, being surrounded each day at work by my team, and simply being around other people. According to sba.gov, there are 418K small businesses in South Carolina which makes up 99.4% of businesses and 46.3% of employees in our state. This edition of Fig Columbia is dedicated to each small business that is fighting and clawing for survival. We aren’t able to feature every small business in our area because unfortunately, many of them are still closed. However, we hope that this issue invigorates you to support the small businesses that you love in whatever way you feel safest doing so! We invite you to join the conversation on our social media channels and let us know the ones you love and the ones that our area simply couldn’t live without. We know that there are hard days ahead, and we can choose the perspective to also know there are hard days behind. Together we will thrive! Our state motto—Dum Spiro Spero or “While I breathe, I hope”—is incredibly fitting for this issue. B RY N L E Y FA R R & T H E F I G C O LU M B I A T E A M
WHEN SHE FINDS A CAUSE T H AT S H E ’ S PA S S I O N AT E A B O U T, Nephron Pharmaceuticals CEO Lou Kennedy doesn’t hold back. She dives in headfirst and begins brainstorming solutions and opportunities, she ignites conversations with decision makers, and she is relentless in her pursuit of solving the issue. Her problem-solving passion isn’t just limited to her work inside of her company or within the medical industry, either. She’s a champion for our Columbia community and beyond, and right now she’s fighting hard to get South Carolina back to normal as quickly and safely as possible. “Personally, as a business owner, I appreciate the way that Governor McMaster worded South Carolina’s Stay at Home Orders by saying that essential businesses would be able to continue working,” said Lou. “I told our employees from the beginning that COVID-19 was a respiratory distress issue, we make respiratory medicines, we are essential.”
Lou spent time in early May talking with officials at the University of South Carolina about the sanitizing practices Nephron is employing at their facility, which include fogging common areas, offices, and labs with hydrogen peroxide that will kill all germs and viruses for several hours. She hopes that the University can employ this practice to help students and professors return to the classroom feeling safe and secure on campus.
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Nephron made coming to work easier for their employees by offering childcare during the day for children that were no longer able to attend school. The childcare included teachers that would work on e-learning assignments from school in the morning, lunchtime NEPHRONPHARM.COM
If these children can’t go online and figure out how to become a pilot or a teacher or a microbiologist or engineer, how are we ever going to expect them to pursue that? They don’t even know about it. They have no introduction to it because they don’t have reliable access to broadband internet. L O U K E N N E DY
each day where the parents could sit down and eat with their children, and scheduled afternoon activities to keep the kids moving and active. It’s a program that Lou says she wishes she could offer all the time for her employees because of how successful it has been. As a result of the pandemic, Lou is also supporting as many locally owned restaurants as she can and is providing 50 meals every day to her team, making sure the meals are offered to different departments around the company on day and night shifts. She has ordered meals from Blue Marlin, Private Property, Hudson’s, The Kingsman, The Root Cellar, Cantina 76, and more for her employees to enjoy. Nephron has also opened the doors to their in-house pharmacy that is available for employees to shop, and they recently ordered new solar-powered sun umbrellas to add to the rooftop garden. Nephron has also purchased COVID-19 testing equipment—equipment that will test for the virus and equipment that will
telemedicine, but also for children and test for antibodies. This is equipment this e-learning platform that school that she wants to make available to the districts have had to shift to,” said Lou. local small businesses in our community so that they can help stop the spread of “South Carolina has 6% of school-aged the virus and get businesses back up and children that they haven’t even been able to contact or get a response from during running. this pandemic as schools have closed. “The faster we get businesses back They’ve just fallen off the grid. There’s open, the faster we can increase been no e-learning from them, and that’s our philanthropic donations,” said unfortunate. If we had greater access, we Lou. “As we’re profitable, we’re more could have avoided that.” philanthropic, and it takes more than just While the recent pandemic and school government to lift up our communities closures has shined a bright light on the and take care of our neighbors. It’s all discrepancy between urban and rural about public-private partnerships that broadband access, this is a project that are as creative and innovative as they Lou has been passionate about since are generous. The quicker we can get a meeting with US Rep. Jim Clyburn in business owners in the private sector 2019. He talked with her about children back to where we were in January, the more donations you’ll see, and that helps who lack access to reliable high-speed with philanthropy.” internet and who had to travel each day to find somewhere with WiFi where Specifically, Lou hopes to see those they could complete their schoolwork— philanthropy dollars go to helping find a whether that was a parking lot outside of solution for rural broadband access. a restaurant or inside of a coffee house. “We’ve got to increase rural broadband access not only for telehealth and Continued on next page
“I think it shined a spotlight on an issue we all probably knew that we had. We knew that there was somebody out in Saluda that couldn’t get connectivity, but what I think it brought into real laser focus is that there are kids off Two Notch Road that don’t have connectivity. There are kids in your child’s district or your child’s class that don’t have the same opportunities that you do because you have WiFi in your home. These children are having to go to a McDonald’s or Starbucks parking lot to do their homework.” The issue goes beyond the e-learning platform though, as South Carolinians in rural areas are falling further behind in healthcare, business, education, workforce training, and more without the reliable access that most urban households have. “The pandemic is what prompted everyone to start looking at the issue
with rural broadband access,” said Lou. “But I try to look at it from three ways. The first is telehealth and telemedicine. Second, we need to have a way for children to learn and to dream. Finally, as we find ourselves in this situation, think of the training that we could do for workforce development by leaving people home as long as possible, setting them up to do things before they even come to the workplace, and we could do e-learning and training.” Lou believes that now is a great time to make a move on increasing the broadband access because of the COVID-19 Funding Packages that are being discussed and implemented in our country. The problem has grown to the point that it needs actions and dollars now to begin to level out the field before the discrepancy between the haves and the have nots gets worse.
“I feel like absolutely the time has come, and I do agree with Congressman Clyburn. We have to look at it as infrastructure in this country meaning roads, highways, bridges, and connectivity. I really like when he says that and I fully support him. There’s more traction now, even more than last summer when Congressman Clyburn first brought it up to me. “If we don’t take care of our own, we may see an economy that is too hard to finally bring back,” Lou said. “If we don’t make sure that the underprivileged and folks that don’t have the same leg up that others do get access to a new way of life or progress or innovation, we might find that segment of our population grows rather than diminishes. It’s up to us to take care of our own and try to do this so that we can offer more to all Americans.”
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Craft and Draft owners, Andrew Johnson and Kellan Monroe, have made Craft and Draft your one stop shop for all things beer & wine. Both their market and taproom are filled with locally brewed beers from around Columbia and the Carolinas!
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The team at POUT is dedicated to not only developing the best skincare and makeup routine for women, but to providing exceptional service for all of their clients. Whether that’s advising on a new skincare routine, finding just the right grooming products, or bringing world-renowned makeup artists to town to educate you, they are here for you to help you achieve the look you want, not just one you’re told to desire.
“The pandemic pushed POUT to pivot in our approach and engagement with customers. Curbside and porch drop off have become the new norm for us, as it has for many other businesses. Zoom became a very useful tool for the POUT team during the pandemic, as video training kept us engaged with our beauty brands and up to date on both current industry trends and best safety practices for re-opening. We all needed hope and something to look forward to during the downtime. As the state opens for business, we look forward to seeing everyone again!” MELISSA BLANCHARD 2738 DEVINE STREET
“During this down time, we have been able to create an online store, which now allows us to serve our customers in the store and at home!” J U DY M I L L E R
Ready to go out on the town again? Stop by Monkee’s of Columbia on Devine Street where you can shop the family-owned store for an amazing outfit and then head to Main Street’s Lula Drake where you can sit back, enjoy a glass of wine from their curated wine list, and catch up with a friend.
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Take in the rooftop views over Main Street at Hendrix where you can enjoy a new curated menu by their new executive chef, Chef Michael Perez, featuring farm-to-table dishes from their sustainable, local, and ethically-sourced scratch kitchen and cocktails that employ fun twists on classic flavor. You can take in both the city and your dining experience in a whole new way from their location in the beautifully restored historic building at 1649 Main Street.
We’re all extremely excited to get back to the social energy of our business and to welcome our friends in our community back into our home again. As operators, it’s easy to get mired in the minutiae of our business day-to-day, but this pandemic has really uncovered how much we all thrive on the camaraderie and support of our community and our restaurant family. We are all re-energized daily by the people we serve and work with, and to lose that for an extended period of time has driven us all a little batty. We are just very excited to see everyone; we’ve missed you all! WA D E PE N L A N D
Relax with a cocktail and appetizer, and catch up with your friends on their rooftop this summer!
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Enjoy Saturday morning brunch at Original Pancake House complete with a short stack of homemade pancakes with fresh fruit or their famous Dutch Baby, and then stroll across Trenholm Plaza to shop for a brand new designer outfit and accessories at Scout & Mollyâ€™s.
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Both businesses focus on ethically sourcing as many local ingredients as they can, so not only are you supporting their locally-owned businesses, but you’re also supporting their locally-owned supply chain.
“I am most grateful for our community and the giving spirit everyone had during a difficult time. We had so many folks contact us wanting to donate to not only healthcare workers, but many others in need. It was a wonderful experience to have the opportunity to serve such a generous and caring “We are so thankful community during a time to have such an amazing of uncertainty.” community that continues to support us even through GREG MARTIN uncertain times. Our Community & Small Business Partners are foundational to everything we strive for as a Socially Responsible business.” BE ACH LOVEL AND
Primal Gourmet owner, Greg Martin, and Loveland Coffee owner, Beach Loveland, have paired up this season to bring you the best prepared meals and most flavorful coffee in one spot. Shop local at either Primal Gourmet location to pick up your fresh meals for the week and a bag of coffee or Loveland Coffee’s signature cold brew. LOVELAND COFFEE: DRIVE THRU: 7001 ST. ANDREWS RD PRIMAL GOURMET: 6903 ST. ANDREWS RD, STE 3
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I am most grateful for the team I have around me. I can’t imagine facing the challenges we have faced with another group of individuals. They were so strong and well prepared. C O K E R D AY
No matter what is going on in the world—from natural disasters to pandemics—the team at Daybreak Adult Care Services is your reliable source for in-home care for seniors. They will keep your senior family members happy and safe in their current environments, and will go above and beyond to ensure they maintain their level of independence.
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Global Impact —
Local Solutions … We’re in the midst of a global crisis, but we realize it is also a local crisis. And because we are right here in South Carolina, we see the local impact. From the onset of the pandemic, we have been helping in every way we can. We offer options that may help keep you and your employees covered. We’re working to maintain access to health care. We’re helping local government agencies, hospitals and doctors get necessary supplies and equipment. And we are supporting organizations that provide food and necessities to underserved, disadvantaged and high-risk populations. Looking forward, we know we will survive this crisis. And we will do it the same way we’ve survived the others we’ve faced. Together.
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Freshen up your look and get back to your life—from the office to your weekend adventures—with the expertise from Circa Barbershop and Granger Owings. Their classic take on a barbershop paired with the modern, comfortable style of men’s clothing pairs together to create one unforgettable style for you. Complete your shopping experience with a cup of locally roasted coffee from Indah, located in the same storefront as Circa and Granger Owings!
“We are so grateful for our team and our loyal clients. We love having the opportunity to make people feel confident and comfortable with the way they look. We are so excited to get back to work.” DR GRANGER
“We are so grateful for our special clients and friends. Your loyalty and continued patronage has meant the world to the entire Coplon’s team. We look forward to the opportunity to thank each and every one of you in person soon. Stay strong Columbia!” BRUCE GREENBERG
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Since 1980, Coplon’s has traveled the world to bring the most exclusive designers and exciting clothing, shoes, and accessories to Columbia. It is their passion to showcase these treasures to you in their 9,000 square foot store on Forest Drive. An exceptional, personalized shopping experience is a tradition like none other at Coplon’s. Experience it for yourself in-store or online, with a private shopping appointment, or at-home closet visit. Coplon’s is also proud to offer curbside service, local delivery, and beautiful wrapping for all your gift-giving needs. 4825 FOREST DRIVE
C O R O N AV I R U S . C O V I D -19 . PA N D E M I C . S O C I A L D I S TA N C I N G . C A N C E L L E D . W O R K F R O M H O M E . C D C G U I D E L I N E S A N D R E C O M M E N D AT I O N S . FA C E M A S K S . 6 F E E T A W AY. S E L F - Q U A R A N T I N E . S TAY AT H O M E . W A S H YO U R H A N D S . H E A LT H C A R E H E R O E S . P O S T P O N E , D O N ’ T C A N C E L . At the beginning of 2020, these were all words and phrases that didn’t quite fit into our everyday vocabulary. We began to hear them on the nightly news and to see them on social media from our friends living on the West Coast and in places like New York. The reality of each one of them hit us in early March as schools, businesses, restaurants, salons, and state parks began to close their doors and gates and as we retreated to our homes to work, to care for our children, and to do our part to stop the spread.
Though we were social distancing from one another, our community felt more accessible and closer together than ever before. You could catch up with the zookeepers at Riverbanks Zoo from your living room; Trustus Theatre broadcasted plays from previous seasons for date nights at home; barre3 brought their barre workouts from the studio to your impromptu at-home gym; your favorite restaurants provided curbside pick-up; and local breweries and bottle shops opened up for to-go beer orders.
Businesses shifted their operations overnight. As physical doors closed, virtual ones opened up in the form of online shopping, e-learning sessions, live streams of theatrical performances, online workout sessions, and more.
As bleak, dark, and unending as the pandemic has seemed at times, we have also seen the light of hope, promise, and community shine through brighter than ever.
It has been beautiful to see how Columbia and our neighbors have responded to taking on a new challenge unlike anything we’ve ever faced before. Our community was tested five years ago with the Thousand Year Flood and out of it came incredible acts of kindness from strangers, an appreciation for neighbors helping neighbors, and a deep sense of gratitude for those in the service industry like firefighters and police officers. We thought we were resilient then, but it’s unlike the resiliency that we’re seeing in our community now. Columbia, as it has throughout its history, will survive this and will be stronger because of it. Why? Because while we breathe, we hope.
WE REACHED OUT TO OUR READERS AND OUR FOLLOWERS TO HEAR STR AIGHT FROM OUR N E I G H B O R S H O W T H E PA N D E M I C H A S A F F E C T E D T H E I R L I V E S A N D W H AT T H E Y W E R E M O S T LOO K I N G FO RWA R D TO G E T TI N G B AC K TO WH E N IT WA S SA FE TO D O SO.
“I’ve always supported local, but the pandemic has made me realize how much more small businesses need our support.” CHRIS M.
“I’ve made sure to order from businesses, and do it now, that I think contribute something to the local scene that we would lose if they went belly up. Like bookstores and local growers and good artists. The same goes for art galleries, too. I even paid my hairdresser for a future hair cut.” WIM R.
“I’ve realized how dependent we are on our community as a whole to be successful for us to succeed. It’s so beautiful to witness this strong sense of community during such an uncertain time.” SHELBY H .
“I wish there were more connected networks to make it accessible to all. I have loved our produce box drops near our neighborhood because it makes it easier for us to support local businesses when we have small children at home and more limited funds and busier schedules.” L AUR A
“I’m excited for the laser shows at SC State Museum! I love the music and lights!” JOHN Z.
“The state of our environment is so much better!” DONNA
“I have seen people take a step back from their busy schedules as we’ve had to spend more time at home—there have been more family meals together at the table, more time spent outdoors walking around neighborhoods and in backyards, and more time connecting as a family.” RILEY M.
“I’ve enjoyed seeing the energetic way businesses and individuals have been creative in keeping on with providing curbside and delivery services, as well as using technical and video communication to remain in contact with their customers.” CHRIS
“I can’t wait to get to a Fireflies baseball game— baseball, food, and beer, need I say more?” ROBIN S.
“I miss sitting in local coffee shops, like Indah and Cool Beans, and can’t wait to get back to them.”
“I enjoyed seeing so many people take this time to slow down and cherish the simple things again, like going for a walk, playing in the yard, or riding bikes as a family. It was refreshing to see so many people outside in our neighborhood! REBECCA
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“I miss attending live performances at both film and performance theatre—the Nick and at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College. The Nick has some of the most interesting films and Harbison Theatre is the location for some awesome concerts.” CHRIS M.
“I’ve seen true rest for those who are never given a vacation. I’m finally getting to do what I want to do because of the sabbatical from what I have had to do. It’s an opportunity for deep healing. There’s been a wide access to the arts and community treasures like the zoo, and it yields participation, inclusion, and a buy-in for all, not just those who can afford to buy tickets or memberships to everything. There’s been neighborly creativity and inclusiveness, and respect for seniors, teachers, and service workers has been restored.” MICHELLE
In Columbia, food brings us together. It brings us together inside of restaurants, on Saturday mornings on Main Street, outside of breweries, at tailgates in the fall, in our homes with our family and friends, and even on the cityâ€™s most iconic bridge for a beautiful seated supper of over 1,400 people. Columbia has a growing, vibrant food and drink scene with new restaurants and breweries popping up all the time. Itâ€™s such a huge part of our culture and itâ€™s why our summer issue of Fig has always been dedicated to celebrating the incredible restaurants, bakeries, and breweries that have made their home here in our city. As we go to print, the food and hospitality industry is slowly beginning to reopen their doors. First with the ability to host customers on outdoor patios and then moving to welcoming customers back inside their dining rooms for the first time since March 18. These local entrepreneurs and their teams have spent the last two months quickly adjusting to online sales, curbside pickup, contactless delivery, and more to be able to keep their business and their livelihoods afloat. They have been innovative and have come up with the most creative solutions to continue providing their food and drink to our community, and our community responded in kind with overwhelming support.
We’re hopeful that every restaurant and brewery reopens this summer. Here is a list of restaurants that are currently operating in one way or another for you to either pick up an order to go, dine outside, or dine inside. Please note that this list is not all-inclusive as restaurants are opening back up each day and unfortunately, does not include every restaurant in town: 929 Korean
Crave Artisan Market
Ally & Eloise
Drake’s Duck In
Blue Flour Bakery
Dukes Pad Thai
Gervais & Vine
Good Life Café
The Gourmet Shop
Columbia Craft Brewing Co
The Grand on Main
Craft & Draft
Henry’s Restaurant & Bar
Silver Spoon Bake Shop
Market on Main
Il Giorgione J’s Corner Restaurant & Bar Kaminsky’s Kao Thai Liberty Taproom
The Original Pancake House
Thirsty Fellow Pizzeria
A Peace of Soul
Pita’s Mediterranean Restaurant
Salty Nut Café
Terra Tombo Grille Twisted Spur Brewing Village Idiot Pizza The War Mouth The Well Café Za’s on Devine
Our city’s restaurants need your support! We encourage you to support them in whatever way you feel is safe for you and your family. That can be buying a gift card for a future date night, picking up a to-go order, dining on an outdoor patio, or dining inside the restaurant. However you choose to support these businesses is greatly appreciated by the owners and their teams!
“When I walk into my business right now, it’s so empty and quiet. I will cherish every noise when we get to open back up. The silence, loneliness, and emptiness of all my businesses has been a constant reminder to me of what this pandemic has done to our state’s economy and especially to the small business community. I want to open the doors, hear the noise, and see our businesses filled with people. I can’t wait to get back to normal!” L AUREN TRUSLOW A locally owned business dedicated to creating a safe, clean, and enjoyable space for you, the Nail barre brings a relaxing space for you and your girlfriends to freshen up your nails, have a relaxing pedicure, and receive a glowing spray tan, all while sipping on a glass of bubbly. 3006 DEVINE STREET
2900 DREHER SHOALS ROAD THENAILBARRE.COM
â€œWe have had to adapt to the many opportunities brought on by COVID-19. We are proud to say, with social distancing and requiring some team members to work remotely, our operation did not skip a beat. We owe a great deal of gratitude to our family of employees for making that happen! As we begin to navigate our way out of the pandemic, we have identified a task force to review all of the changes made within our organization and recommend if they should stay long term. We do believe positive changes were made that might be here to stay.â€? CHRISTINE JACKSON
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With humble beginnings as a local small crop farm in the early 1920s, WP Rawl has invested 95 years into farming, harvesting, and feeding first the local community, then the region, and eventually our entire country. Their family-owned business has been feeding us fresh, delicious greens and specialty vegetables for generations and will continue to do so for generations to come. Safety is at the forefront of everything that happens on their farm beginning with field safety operations and continuing through packaging and processing operations. Every green and vegetable that leaves the farm for consumption has been carefully grown, harvested, washed, processed, packed, and distributed to deliver the highest quality and safest food possible to your plate. Food safety is their highest priority and their team rises above the standards every day for us.
Their world-class, complimentarywith-each-dish collards are grown right down the road at WP Rawl Farms! Blue Marlin, with its low country cuisine flavored with the Cajun and Creole influence of the Louisiana Delta, features locally sourced ingredients whenever they can throughout their menu.
“The relationships I have created with my employees going through this crazy time has shown how much I count on them and they count on me beyond being their manager.” MAEGAN HORTON, EXECUTIVE CHEF
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Providing general contracting and construction services for over 35 years, Fitts & Goodwin has developed a culture of strong commitment to providing quality construction, on-time delivery, and achievement of owner satisfaction on a wide array of projects throughout the Southeast from Louisiana to Maryland. With their extensive design/build experience, they can tailor any project and any building to fit your needs, from food processing facilities to athletic facilities.
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EdVenture is a place where children can be anything, even a collard farmer!
“We are so thankful for the never ending support from our community of customers and no matter what, our commitment to food, family, and fellowship will always be our number one priority. See you soon!” TRIP CHALK
With a deep appreciation of their Southern roots and a love of food, family, and fellowship, Private Property infuses together an incredible dining experience that features enticing entrées and an elegant atmosphere. They bring authentic flavors and locally grown ingredients—including greens from WP Rawl located just down the road from their restaurant—to the table in a dining experience you won’t soon forget. 220 WEST MAIN STREET, LEXINGTON
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“From our family to yours, thank you. Thank you to our employees who’ve weathered this pandemic and the rapid changes we faced as true teammates. Thank you to our loyal customers for the honor of serving your family at breakfast, lunch, and supper through the good times and the hard. And for the generosity you’ve showed our employees in this time, we are forever grateful. Whether you’re enjoying Lizard’s Thicket around one of our tables or around your table at home, we don’t take the privilege of serving your family for granted. Y’all come!” T H E W I L L I A M S FA M I LY
At Lizard’s Thicket—family and great food go together hand-in-hand to create an authentically Southern experience. Founded over 40 years ago in 1977 by Anna and Bob Williams, the restaurant today is operated by Anna and Bob’s children and grandchildren, and Anna’s recipes are still at the heart of every plate of home cooked goodness that is served at any of their fifteen locations. From left: John Williams, Bobby Williams, Robert Williams, Sara Krisnow, Matthew Williams, Jimmy Williams, Mark Williams. LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE MIDL ANDS!
“We have all heard the oftstated adage that ‘home is where your heart is.’ For our family, Columbia is where our heart lies. The solidarity with which our small, tight-knit community has responded to the uncertainty of this pandemic is a reflection that we are all in it together. We feel blessed to be surrounded by businesses and people that have a heart for each other and a deep-rooted love for this City that we all call home.” ROBERT GOINGS
Pictured, from left: Robert, Grayson, Rebecca, and Madeleine Goings wearing Duck Duck Goose, LaRoque, and BP Skinner Clothiers. Rebecca and Robert’s hair by Process.
At the family-owned Goings Law Firm, attorney Robert Goings spends his days fighting for and supporting the rights of our neighbors in our community when it comes to personal injury, wrongful death, and workers’ compensation. Outside of the office, Robert and his family support our community through shopping and dining at the local boutiques, shops, and restaurants around town. As small business owners themselves, they are champions for small business in Columbia!
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“Our team is extremely grateful for the abundance of support that we have received from the community, and we’re thankful to be able to create custom masks to help our customers safely return to work.” BRENT SKINNER
Brent and Marlo Skinner, of BP Skinner Clothiers, love Il Giorgione and Monica and George Kessler, of Il Giorgione, love the Skinners! Put on your custom BP Skinner sport coat, tuck in your coordinating pocket square, and take your significant other out on the town for an amazing date to Il Giorgione where you can enjoy their delicious hand-pulled mozzarella and their lovingly made, authentic Italian pasta. Personalized Service Custom-Made Suiting Wardrobe Consulting Casual Menswear & Accessories
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“I have sat back during this experience and thought to myself every single day how fortunate I am. I have a husband that is truly my best friend, our two girls that are happy and healthy and have been a TOTAL trip throughout all of this (albeit some days were NOT blissful), a home that I love, and coworkers that were always more concerned with each other’s well-being rather than making money and getting back to work too soon. My parents are healthy and well. What more does one really need? ” BARRI THOMPSON Since 2006, Process owner and stylist Barri Thompson has been crafting and fine-tuning a luxurious salon experience that focuses on creating beautiful hairstyles that are easy to maintain and that inspire confidence in her clients. She and her team have cultivated a positive and supportive environment that will have you feeling great from the moment you walk through the door until long after you leave.
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“I am so thankful for the support of the local community, it has been so gratifying to see so many businesses come together to encourage one another.”
LaRoque’s flagship store is located right here in town on Devine Street, but you can find her pieces sold across the country in stores and boutiques in almost all 50 states!
With creative energy fueled by her love for travel, art, and details, AnnaBelle LaRoque designs the most sophisticated women’s clothing collections that feature whimsical, bold, and timeless pieces perfect for every occasion. Her thirteen years in business have resulted in devoted customers that she adores spending time with in the shop as she helps style them for each season’s busy social calendar. 2816 DEVINE STREET
Place your order now to surprise that special someone in your life! Plus once they open again for normal hours, visit Fern on Thursdays for their Flower Bar!
When Fern Studios owner Sarah Shell opened up her daily flower shop, our community welcomed her newest venture with open arms and an abundance of support. Her fresh blooms and stunning arrangements have been a bright light in a season of unknowns, and her small business has brought colorful happiness to homes and businesses throughout our town.
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“I am most grateful for the local community and their unwavering love and support. We’re so appreciative to our customers for being patient and flexible, and for embracing our local delivery option while continuing to support us during this crazy time. Our team has used this time to improve our internal dynamics and processes so that we can work more efficiently and offer even better customer service to our customers. We can’t wait to see friendly faces back in our shop soon!” SARAH RAMA
Celebrate the birth of your best friend’s child, a summer getaway to your family’s favorite beach house, or your little one’s birthday with a new outfit, toy, or personalized gift from Duck Duck Goose. Their children’s boutique has timeless, heirloom clothing as well as styles for everyday wear, so that your child can celebrate the big milestones and the slow, summer days around the house in style. 2800 DEVINE STREET
At Fig Columbia, we are proud to be able to better way to serve than by nursing?” a whole have seen an incredible response lift up the voices and the stories of those in The nurse works at a local hospital in the from the community that brings positivity our community that are making a profound Intensive Care Unit, a department that not to the work that they do day in and day out. impact through the work that they do on a only sees the sickest of the sick patients, “The celebration of nursing has been daily basis. Doctors, nurses, and healthcare but even more so with the onset of the amazing,” the nurse said. “It does tend to professionals have all been instrumental pandemic. She and the team that she works be this unseen profession, purely because in the fight against COVID-19 and for with are fighting on the very frontlines of being seen was never the point you know? our team, we believe wholeheartedly in the battle against COVID-19 in our state. You don’t get into nursing because you highlighting the incredible work that they “The first COVID-19 patient we actually had want to be thanked, you get into it because do through our Fig Authentic piece. We you have a servant’s heart and now it’s was where we all realized that we were had the opportunity to talk with one of dealing with something entirely different,” coming into light what we actually do. these healthcare heroes, a nurse in the ICU, Every single nurse that I know, not just on the nurse said. “The human body can about what has been like to work in her usually compensate for illnesses for a little my floor, is amazing and I’m thankful that profession during this time. She requested they are getting recognition.” while, but this first patient—and many to remain anonymous for this piece since then—decompensated so much Our community has stepped up in amazing because, as she reminded us, those that go faster than anything we’d ever seen.” ways to show their appreciation for into healthcare have a servant’s heart and nurses. From sending thank you cards they aren’t looking for special recognition The pandemic has taught her how to and dropping off meals to donating blood, not only care for patients, but how to or praise. We have honored her wishes she says that each kind gesture is truly care for their families as well. Hospital and ask that you consider the healthcare appreciated by the nurses and doctors at policy doesn’t allow for family members industry as a whole when reading. the hospitals around town. There’s even a to visit their loved ones while they are Nurses have always served a critically way for you to show your appreciation for being treated in the hospital, so it’s up to important role in caring for and keeping all of the important work that they do that nurses like her to be the family’s link to our community safe, but this spring, their doesn’t take any extra effort on your part. the patient. She takes the time in her shift profession was thrown into the spotlight to call and update family members, even if “Be kind to nurses, you know, they are as these men and women became the there isn’t a big change in their condition. working long hours and picking up more frontlines of fighting a global pandemic. shifts just to help out,” the nurse said. As a nurse in the ICU, she sees first-hand With their passion to help people, they “They’re navigating uncharted territory. how terrible COVID-19 is and she provides work in a profession where they float care for the patients in our community that They’re carrying a heavier burden than seamlessly in and out of rooms as they have been affected the most by it. Her job they might ever let you know. The things see and tend to patients, often going that we see, take care of, and have to is essential, and it unfortunately comes unseen and underappreciated. The reality process are hard and often times we feel with emotionally and mentally tough times. of COVID-19 and how it has so deeply like we can’t talk with anyone about it “This pandemic has been a really dark affected our world has shown us all just because we don’t want to weigh anyone how incredible these healthcare heroes are season to walk through, and my family else down either. And please, don’t treat and friends have been great at keeping me for the jobs that they do. the nurses that you see out and about grounded,” the nurse said. “The support “I have always loved helping people,” said like they are dirty; it’s hurtful. We have so the first year nurse. “Even when I was little, that they have given me has really just been many policies in place that prevent us from this light for me over the past couple of I was my mom’s little helper either doing contracting COVID-19 when taking care of months.” the dishes or helping her water flowers. those patients, and we change our scrubs Plus, a lot of my family is in healthcare so it Despite the darkness surrounding the and shoes before we go anywhere. A little just naturally flowed that way for me. What pandemic, she and the nursing industry as kindness goes a long way.”
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Mirrors surround us—in public restrooms, in our cars, in our homes, and in the world around us. You find your reflection everywhere. Women often allow the mirror to win by letting it define what it is they don’t like about themselves. Instead of being critical, the women at Moxie Moment decided to make the mirror and their own reflection a reminder of who they are— strong, beautiful women who wake up daily to take on the battles of the world no matter how difficult those battles might be. Moxie Moment has developed reusable, inspirational reminders—stickers that can be placed on the front door of a small business, a busy mom’s mirror, the face shield of a front-line worker—with the goal to encourage and motivate. Want daily encouragement? Follow Moxie Moment on Facebook & Instagram (@moxiemoment) Want to gift someone encouragement? Visit the Moxie Shop to purchase reusable static cling stickers for the brave women in your life!
Please note: the models for Moxie Moment are not registered nurses, but are standing in for the community of healthcare workers that we are uplifting through our Fig Authentic.
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“The pandemic has caused us to constantly consider the safety of others. We’ve always been safetyconscious, but now it is more intentional and our team has enacted sanitation protocols for both our buyers and our sellers. It is a privilege to say this, but I have appreciated the way that the pandemic has slowed down life. No extracurricular activities, no traffic, fewer obligations, more family time.” K AT E S W E E T E N
Pictured at Blush Boutique in Lexington From helping her clients find the right place to call home to supporting local small businesses, Kate Sweeten and The Sweeten Group invest in our community daily. She loves to see our small business community thrive just as much as she loves expertly guiding her clients through the home buying and selling process. Kate knows that our community needs both great neighbors and great small businesses, and she does what she can to help both!
955 E MAIN STREET, SUITE R, LEXINGTON
“We are grateful for our faith. Faith that Jesus is in control and that He will provide. We’ve taken a leap of faith in our business by diving into e-commerce—yay! We are especially grateful for you— our community and customers whom have breathed life into our small businesses and have given us the support and hope to keep faith through it all.” A SHLEY POWELL With a brilliant green thumb, an eye for aesthetics, and the ability to seamlessly weave plant life into any space, Magnolia Thyme breathes life into businesses and homes around Columbia. Owner Ashley Powell believes that plants provide a therapeutic, hope-providing, and life-giving essence to the community—things that everyone could use in their life!
Visit one of Ashley’s favorite local coffee shops, Blūm Coffee, and see her work in person with their maintenance free moss art (pictured). 803.722.0156
“We are humbled by the intentional support of our incredible community. It means the world to us as we weather this storm. One silver lining of the pandemic is a robust new website allowing us to better serve our customers from a distance. We are so excited for the day when we can hug our Pink Sorbet family, and in the meantime, we will continue to offer curbside pick-up and complimentary porch drop offs! Thank you for keeping local businesses here!”
Matt, owner of Pelican’s Snoballs, serves up these fun summery treats all season long!
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Shop Pink Sorbet 24/7 with their new online shop, shoppinksorbet.com!
The colorful, sunny Lilly Pulitzer clothing and accessories at Pink Sorbet pair perfectly with the flavorful icy treats from Pelican’s Snoballs. It’s a sweet match that’s hard to beat on a warm summer day! Family owned and operated, Pink Sorbet has grown throughout the years and now offers online shopping to customers right here in Columbia and around the country.
2726 DE VINE STREET
“We are most grateful for our dedicated staff, our loyal clients, and that we have had the ability to help contribute to our community and its essential workers during the pandemic. Our staff rallied together to support Southern Way, its clients, and the community.” B R I T TA N Y S T U C K E Y
Host your family and friends in an outdoor wedding ceremony overlooking the pond, enjoy cocktails and exquisite bites to eat inside the historic house, and dance the night away under the stars and the Spanish moss-draped trees. The Millstone at Adams Pond has as much Southern charm as it does historic appeal, and while it’s located just outside of downtown Columbia, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported straight to the low country the moment that you arrive at the front gate. Owned and operated by Southern Way Catering, clients and guests of Adams Pond have the opportunity to dine on Southern Way’s exceptional cuisine at all events. 5301 BLUFF ROAD
“Poverty does not stop during a pandemic.” JOE HUGGINS
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AT F I G , W E B E L I E V E I N T H E P OW E R O F A C O M M U N I T Y that works together to identify needs and find solutions—one that creates connections and is passionate about helping its neighbors. For our 2020 Social Mission Partner, we’ve chosen Home Works of America, an impactful non-profit whose good works contribute to our thriving, local community. Like every other business and non-profit, when the pandemic hit our state, Home Works of America had to find a way to shift their mission work and find unique ways to be able to continue to serve those in our community that need their help. “Unfortunately, poverty does not stop during a pandemic,” said Joe Huggins, Executive Director of Home Works. “Folks still need home repairs and home repair is healthcare. Your health is more often than not dictated heavily by your home environment.” Because Home Works primarily works with elderly homeowners, many of whom are in high risk categories, they shut down their home repair operations on Friday, March 13th. 4X0
develop with the homeowners as they work to repair the home. “One positive thing that I see as we go through this pandemic is our volunteers turning around and checking in on our homeowners, even if they worked on their home two or three years ago,” said Joe. “It’s amazing. It proves the strength of the relationships that are made when you serve with Home Works. It’s not just a one day or a one-week event. It’s a relationship that’s made that will last years.” Many of the volunteers are even going beyond just calling and checking in on the elderly homeowners that they worked with—they’re going to the grocery store for them, picking up necessary medicines, and trying to be the hands and feet for those that can’t get out and do it on their own.
“The thing about shutting down is it’s both a blessing and a curse,” Joe said. “But it means that we have 25–30 houses ready to go as soon as we’re able to get back up and running. The materials have been purchased and the plans are there. We’re hoping that this summer, we have groups that have cancelled their further “My message to our team and to our volunteers right now is this: we’re going away mission trips might stay closer to home and serve with us in June, July, and to stand ready to go back to work as soon as we possibly can,” said Joe. August.” “That, and the Lord is going to provide Volunteering with Home Works will for our needs financially. Donations look differently when they go back to have been down, and a lot of grants work. All volunteers will be required and donors have redirected their to wear face masks, there will be no donations to the COVID-19 response— week-long overnight sessions, and each rightfully and understandably so—but volunteer will have to bring their own we’re probably down $50,000–$75,000 lunch each day rather than Home Works right now in April and May. We’re providing one. Joe is working with the depending on our key donors and Home Works board on new procedures possibly new donors to help us keep for what they can and cannot do, and our mission open and our important he expects that in-house repairs will work continuing.” be limited. Instead, they’ll focus on the Learn more about Home Works of outdoor repairs that they can do such as America, the work that they do, and putting on new roofs, painting, building how you can make a donation whether ramps and fall protection, weathering it’s monetary, supplies, or volunteer the house, and more. The one thing hours later this year by visiting their that won’t change for the volunteers? website homeworksofamerica.org or by The long-lasting relationships that they calling 803.781.4536. L E A R N M O R E A B O U T F I G S O C I A L M I S S I O N AT F I G C O L U M B I A . C O M
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An outdoor venue complete with a large screen for catching the game, a stage for a live band, an abundance of seating, outdoor tables for dining, a self-serve beer tap wall, an outdoor kitchen for grilling and smoking food, and window to inside bar, Market on Main has just opened up the ultimate patio you never knew you needed in the heart of Main Street. 1320 MAIN STREET #150
“It’s times like these that make you realize the value of relationships versus the value of a dollar. While we’re all in the same storm, we have to realize that everyone is positioned differently. As a business, we want to be sensitive to the health and well-being of not only our members, but also our community and neighborhood.” DREW MOBLEY
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From left: Carlee Sizemore of Bella Bridesmaids Andrew Johnson of Craft & Draft Drew Mobley of Anytime Fitness Craig Wyatt of Cantina 76 Angela Wyatt of Za’s on Devine Each of these small business owners proudly support all of the small businesses on Devine St, including being clients of Anytime Fitness. Up and down Devine Street, local business owners and their teams choose each day to shop the small businesses in their neighborhood and throughout our community. They stand together to support one another all of the time, but especially during the challenging and uncertain seasons. Anytime Fitness, with their team of personal trainers and the friendly faces you’ll recognize from your other favorite local businesses on Devine Street, are here for you this summer. Join their fitness family and discover what supporting local is all about!
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“It’s incredible to see all of Columbia come together to support each other through this crisis. Every business has been affected and yet, every business, without exception, has helped others. We will get on the other side of this with more grace, more friends, and more respect for each other.” JENNIFER SUBER
Just the Thing Whenever you’re ready to reconnect with the merchants on Devine Street, they’re ready and waiting for you. Implementing superb sanitation practices and offering a variety of options, from in-store/inrestaurant visits to curbside pick-up and local delivery, Devine Street businesses have your family’s best interests in mind.
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“Having been a part of a family business my entire life, I am proud to be enduring and maintaining my own during this unprecedented time, with my two boys in tow. Being able to teach them through daily actions is a gift, and this has only made me realize how important my actions are, not only for them, but for the community. Shopping local is important now more than ever, to keep small businesses strong and sound.” MOLLIE HOBBS
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With style that’s fit for women to wear from the office to social gatherings, date nights, and staycations in town, locally owned Copper Penny is more than a place to shop for the most beautiful outfits and coordinating accessories. Inside, you’ll find the confidence to tackle whatever life throws your way because the women of Copper Penny will help you define your style so that you look and feel your best wherever you go. COPPERPENNYCOLUMBIA
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“It has been refreshing to see folks reconnect with the outdoors. We have seen a huge uptick in the amount of folks riding bikes and we have had fun working on people’s old bikes and getting them back out on the road.”
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Plan an outdoor staycation at home with your family! Pedego offers the most comfortable, user-friendly electric bikes that can take you everywhere from the Riverwalk and Riverfront Park to the Palmetto Trail and Dreher Island State Park. The bikes are perfect for every ability level in your family, too! You can choose to pedal or use Pedego’s pedal assist and throttle technology to cruise around town. 4019 PAVILION PASS, AIKEN
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This summer, take the time to rest and relax with the things you enjoy the most. The team at Kirkland & King has all of your financial needs covered, from planning for the best future for you and your family to helping you steer your company in the right direction.
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â€œWith the onset of this pandemic, it became critical for us to embrace new technology in order to be able to continue to provide the service that our clients have come to expect. The addition of video conferencing, which had previously only been sparsely used, has been a tremendous win not only for us, but for our clients, and I feel it will be something that we continue to use going forward.â€? J O N AT H A N K I N G
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“Like Dorothy stepping out of the house in Oz, we have new awareness and a new appreciation of every aspect of life— from the way it feels to drive down a road to the joy of an open sign in a restaurant window. I love seeing how we are doing our best to gather, shop, share the same space, while still going slow enough to keep ourselves and others safe.”
No matter what season of life you’re in, the therapists at Jill Smith & Associates are here for you. They walk beside you as you grow, guiding with insights and suggestions to create a safe space where you explore and work through small ruts, difficult relationships, major crises, and loss.
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For 75 years, the brokers at Wolfe & Taylor have been finding you the perfect place to call home in your favorite Columbia neighborhoods from Shandon to Elmwood, Forest Acres to Main Street. Whether it’s professional property management or buying and selling a home, their brokers, agents, and managers are ready to meet all of your real estate needs. Let them find you a home where you can walk to your favorite restaurant!
“The shutdown has made us more mindful of supporting locally-owned businesses. Many people are struggling right now, so it’s even more important to shop local to keep our community strong. We are all in this together!” S T E V E TAY L O R
Dana Wolfe & Steve Taylor love to support the local restaurants in town, especially Five Points favorites Publico and Andy’s Deli. Not pictured: Jack Wolfe.
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Intimate rehearsal dinners Weddings & receptions Corporate Events Indoor/outdoor space Just outside of downtown Columbia sits the stunning Magnolia Way, a private event venue where you’ll find Southern hospitality and refined elegance amidst the 200 acre estate. Featuring a pond and a beautifully appointed replica of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, you’ll walk into the next chapter of your life in style.
“I am most grateful for the extra time I was able to spend with my family during the pandemic, and that my husband, children, granddaughter, and mother have all remained healthy. As a family, we have been able to enjoy Magnolia Way and work on a few projects as well as spend ample time continuing to make Camp Cole a reality.” 50
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“For our team, it has been a hard season of being unable to gather with our clients and their guests. We have always enjoyed providing exceptional bar service at a variety of events from weddings to corporate fundraisers and black tie galas. We truly miss our friends in the events industry, but we are looking forward to the day that we can gather, lift up our drinks, and say ‘cheers’ together again!” DANNY NODINE When you’re ready to gather with your family and friends again, Black Tie Bartending will be there to raise a glass with you. Give your guests the ultimate experience at your event—a perfectly curated bar featuring hand-selected beer and wine alongside handcrafted cocktails. Their elite and professional bartenders will keep the bar line short and the drinks flowing to ensure the fun doesn’t stop!
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“O ur hearts go out to everyone—we have all been affected during this time. As challenging as it has been for our event and equipment rental business to pause operations, we have been grateful for the extra time. The extra quality time to be with our families, to eat dinner at the table, and to even watch a movie at home together, all of which are impossible to do during the busy spring event season. We have also been thankful for the time to get out in our community to volunteer on a regular basis. Our team has been helping on the food distribution line at Harvest Hope Food Bank right down the road from us. There are some silver linings in what is a very troubling time for us all.” A D A M VA N C E
Take your office virtual with professional video conferencing equipment from Crestron and support from Sound & Images. Ranging from corporate offices to athletic venues and everything in between, Sound & Images is your sole source for commercial audio and visual needs in the Midlands and beyond. Their team of audio and visual experts is dedicated to helping you seamlessly incorporate technology into your space and will keep it running for years to come. Corporate offices Athletic venues Restaurants Hotels & more
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“We are most excited about welcoming visitors and event guests back into the Zoo & Garden!” MORGAN SCHAU, D I R E C T O R O F P R I VAT E EVENT SALES With a variety of venues to choose from, both indoor and outdoor, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is the perfect place to host your next event. From an intimate gathering in the Aquarium to the spacious and spectacular views of the Safari Camp, there’s something for everyone. A distinctive venue paired with exceptional bites from their in-house catering company is sure to wow guests of all ages. 500 WILDLIFE PARK WAY
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With a passion for beautiful, well-executed events and a love for their clients, owner Melanie Murphy and the team at By Invitation Only…Event Planning and Design can bring any event to life for you from intimate rehearsal dinners to grand black-tie affairs.
“As our lives have changed in so many ways during the past few months, the strength of the relationships I have established with many talented professionals over the years has given me so much hope and encouragement. I am honored to be working alongside wonderful creatives that care so much about our clients and the BIO team!” MELANIE MURPHY
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â€œI am most grateful for the relationships we have with our members, private event clients, staff, and community partners. This crisis has only served to strengthen the bonds we have in our community.â€? JAMES J. CORCOR AN, CCM GENER AL MANAGER
Located in the tallest building downtown, with soaring views over downtown Columbia and to the lake, Capital City Club offers world-class dining with an unbeatable panoramic backdrop for all of its members to enjoy. Members enjoy amenities such as dining, business services, and work spaces along with socializing with businessmen and women in Columbia that not only have high character, but who have made an impact in the Midlands.
With three membership options, you can choose one that fits your lifestyle and needs: My Club Capital City Club benefits My Community Local benefits My World Worldwide travel benefits 1201 MAIN STREET #2500
“As South Carolina reopens, the team at Stone River is most excited about being able to host weddings and events again. Our venue feels empty without the familiar laughter, dancing, and joy that normally fills the space this time of year!” HARLEE MILLER
Celebrations can take many shapes and forms, but the best ones are filled with joy as you’re surrounded by the people that you love the most. Stone River can’t wait to welcome you, your guests, and the incredible events industry back to their riverside venue to celebrate everything from milestone birthdays to weddings. Weddings & Receptions Corporate Soirées Rehearsal Dinners Conferences & Meetings
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“I have been grateful for every opportunity that I have had to get behind my camera so far, and I am looking forward to putting my photography skills back to work for Columbia’s small business community.”
Photographer Forrest Clonts has a keen eye for the small things and the ability to photograph even the tiniest of details to fully capture the entire experience, whether it be a new dish on your summer menu, a smoking cocktail, or the joy surrounding your event. FORRESTCSTUDIO.COM
Your voice matters On the Table, powered by Central Carolina Community Foundation, is a one-day opportunity to gather around the table and have a conversation with someone in our community. It’s your chance to build personal connections while at the same time exploring how we can work together to make our communities stronger and a more wonderful place to call home. On the Table conversations bring a diversity of voices to the discussion of who we are, our vision for the future, and what we can do to get there. Participants leave their conversations inspired to move beyond the table — to continue to connect with their neighbors, learn about issues facing our community, and take action to create change.
2 0 19 R E S U LT S 200+ conversations held in 1 day 2,160 participants made their voices heard 91% believe that people coming together from across the area is critical to developing solutions to community challenges 78% plan to build relationships with new people to help address local issues and challenges, and to make our community a better place to live
How can you ignite change in our community? Stay tuned for Central Carolina Community Foundation’s next On the Table event!
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“From healthcare and essential workers to small businesses, the resiliency we’ve seen around us has been absolutely inspiring. Our team at ByFarr is grateful for the meaningful work we’ve provided our clients during this time. With every challenge that this pandemic has thrown their way, we are proud to do our part to help as our clients strive and overcome.” L AUR A WINDHAM
Standing strong and standing together, the team at ByFarr Design House is here for Columbia. Their hearts beat for the small business community and they believe in working closely with local entrepreneurs—from boutique hotels to family-owned farms, custom clothiers, and general contractors—to tell their unique and personal story through design. 2112 SUMTER STREET
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Spotlight: Salute From the Shore Each July, families and friends gather up and down South Carolina’s coastline to celebrate Independence Day together. With their American flags, beach towels, patriotic themed attire, and their favorite beach games, they flock to the shores to spend a day in the sand and in the sun. In 2008, good friends Johnny Folsom and Toddy Smith were enjoying their beach vacation over the 4th of July holiday and thought about how they were enjoying time with family and friends while those in the military were currently away from home, defending our country. They decided that these soldiers needed to be honored, so they created Salute Fromthe Shore as a flyover of the South Carolina Coast to honor our military. “As you know, South Carolina is a very patriotic state,” said Cam Smith, one of the co-founders for SaluteFrom the Shore. “We figured the coast of South Carolina would be a great platform for an audience to gather and show gratitude to the military.”
For the last decade, Salute From the Shore has joined in on the annual 4th of July celebrations with their patriotic flyover and show their appreciation for active duty members, for veterans, and for their families. The flyover spans the entire South Carolina coast as it begins in North Myrtle Beach around 1pm on the 4th and continues down the coastline to conclude just outside of Bluffton. Everyone on the beach— whether you’re in Litchfield, Folly, Kiawah Island, Edisto, Sullivan’s Island, or anywhere in between—has a front row view to the incredible air show. It’s a tradition that has grown over the years as more and more families plan their summer vacations around being at the beach during the first week of July each year. This year’s Salute From the Shore looks to be one of the best ones yet. Two F-16s from Shaw Air Force Base and a C-17 from Charleston Air Force Base will take to the skies first as they start off the Salute shortly after 1pm on July 4th.
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Following them will be a fleet of really cool, civilian-owned and flown vintage airplanes. These planes fly slower than the military aircrafts and will extend the fun throughout the afternoon as they make their way down the coastline. This summer, book a beach house, condo, or hotel room along the South Carolina coastline and join in on the patriotic celebration with your family and friends as we #SaluteFromTheShore! To learn more about Salute from the Shore and how to donate to their mission, visit their website at salutefromtheshore.org.
S AT U R D AY, J U LY 4 , 2 0 2 0 B E G I N N I N G AT 1 P M Featuring F-16s from Shaw Air Force Base, C-17s from Charleston Air Force Base, as well as civilian owned & flown vintage aircrafts
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Fig is a hyper-local guide to shopping, dining, arts, and entertainment that brings both voice and vision to great small destinations. Our c...
Published on Jun 3, 2020
Fig is a hyper-local guide to shopping, dining, arts, and entertainment that brings both voice and vision to great small destinations. Our c...