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Bright and bold? Or subtle and soothing? Let your color dreams run wild at Rose Talbert, a locally-owned paint manufacturer with two retail locations in the Midlands. Their paint experts can mix and match any color of your choosing— just bring along your inspiration! If you’re undecided on which color works best in the space, they will guide you in selecting not only the right color, but the perfect finish for the wall based on the way you utilize the room. The biggest question is: What room will you transform with a fresh coat of paint first?

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It's time to truly get into the holiday spirit by learning about the many nonprofits working for the betterment of our local communities. 46 Camp Cole, Page 49

A gathering of minds From fine local restaurants through mesmerizing event venues to award-winning hotels, Columbia's hospitality scene is calling your name. Southern Way Catering, Page 58


COVER: Not your typical gingerbread house, that's for sure! To get a print of this festive twist on the South Carolina State House, visit Warning: The foil details are too pretty to eat.

I N T H I S I S S U E Your list of favorite small businesses and organizations is about to get longer with the biggest ever Fig Columbia guide to priceless presents and rousing cheer. Inside, you'll find shining examples of how to experience the ultimate winter escape locally by gifting, giving, and gathering with yours!


A joy to behold The end of the year never looked so enchanting with a myriad of gifting options for everyone on your list— yourself included! Prepare to be overwhelmed by unmatched quality and variety from our local entrepreneurs as you contemplate Columbia's nature, source quality ingredients for your homemade dishes, and wrap up your shopping trips with a heart-warming meal enjoyed with your loved ones. We hope you're ready to welcome your next gift obsessions as you flick through the pages of our Gifting, Giving, and Gathering issue! 20



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Gearing up for the holidays in

Columbia Growing up, my sister and I used to play board games at our grandmother's house during the holidays, our favorite being CandyLand. We'd lay on the floor wrapped in blankets, with our stomachs full from the delicious family Christmas meal, nibbling on our dessert of homemade peppermint patties and lady fingers, with the smell of the coffee percolator heating up in the kitchen and the laughter and chatter of family we love in the living room. It was warm and perfect.

Dress from Monkee's of Columbia, earrings from A Little Happy Shop

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Thinking of this season and Columbia, I'm reminded of this beloved childhood memory. I feel like our wonderful small business community is CandyLand. We've all had to navigate the dark Licorice Lagoon, go back to square X, and wade through the molasses swamp. We didn't give up, despite the obstacles along our path. We all kept showing up day in and day out, regardless of supply chain disruptions, hiring challenges, and overall hardship. Although the setbacks were plentiful, the blessings found in 2021 have been abundant. Our resilient community has continued to rally and the future is bright. This holiday season, let's take delight in our city.

We can purchase outfits fit for Queen Frostine and King Kandy from our clothiers and boutiques; we can snack on both healthy and indulgent treats that would make Gramma Nutt proud from our local restaurants, bakeries, and shops; and we can unlock our inner fitness warriors to be able to navigate the Licorice Lagoon and avoid becoming Plumpy the Plumpatroll with the help of our wellness community. Let's not forget about our nonprofit community, one that has done an incredible job of taking care of others during some of the toughest times we've faced. It's now our turn to take care of them, as we pour out our gratefulness into these foundations in the form of volunteer hours, supplies, and monetary donations. As I close out this letter, I invite you to join me in thanking BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina for being our 2021 Small Business Champion and making it possible to include so many small businesses in our issues throughout the year, and to Nephron Pharmaceuticals for making our Holiday Restaurant Guide possible. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. BRYNLEY FARR & THE FIG TEAM



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IF THERE’S ONE THING THAT NEPHRON PHARMACEUTICALS OWNER AND CEO LOU KENNEDY IS PASSIONATE ABOUT, it’s supporting the local community in any capacity that she and Nephron Pharmaceuticals can. Whether it's through the production of life-saving medicine used in our hospitals, administering COVID-19 vaccines, hosting a COVID-19 testing site, expanding job opportunity via new product lines, selecting contractors that are from Lexington or Richland counties, or simply buying from small businesses here in town, she puts local at the forefront of her mind when making decisions. “We love the local businesses right here in Columbia,” said Lou. “I’m always encouraging folks to support local restaurants and local businesses, and to keep these establishments up and going. It was so important to us during the height of COVID-19 that we were having

catered lunches from local restaurants and caterers for 50 people or more every single day rotating through our departments.” Supporting local goes beyond the act of purchasing direct from a small business in town. It can come in all forms, including easing the pain brought on by a global pandemic. Nephron Pharmaceuticals is well-versed in how COVID-19 affects people and the medicine needed to help battle it. They are a leading manufacturer of generic respiratory medications, producing affordable, high-quality inhalation solutions and suspension products that treat respiratory conditions. They have also expanded their West Columbia campus over the last 18 months to fulfill additional ways responding to COVID-19, hiring new employees along the way.

“There are so many things that I’m excited about,” said Lou. “I can’t pick just one! We’re about 2-3 weeks away from moving into our new vaccine wing, and that’s something I’ve been excited about: being a part of helping us be a solution to the COVID-19 response and making sure that we’re doing our part for the community and the country. I’m excited about the chance to get the Nephron Nitrile Glove plant opened. We’re also moving into a new injection molding business to make the components that we use and fill right here at Nephron, and the list goes on.” In addition to the new vaccine wing that will provide life-saving vaccinations and the glove plant that will help shore up the country’s dependency on foreign manufacturing for basic medical supplies, Nephron Pharmaceuticals is also working to get at-home testing kits into households across the country and throughout our community.

“We are happy to have been chosen by two different at home test kit companies to kit the product right here at Nephron,” Lou said. “So when you buy an at-home test kit later this year, you might likely receive a kit kitted with parts made here and kitted here, too.” With all the ways that Nephron Pharmaceuticals is leaving a lasting, positive impact on the response to COVID-19, there is one milestone that gives Lou the most pride. “If you ask me now to summarize the last 18 months, I would say that I’m very proud that we reached our 100% fully vaccinated goal here at Nephron,” said Lou. “It’s a safe place to work. It’s a great place to work. And I’m really glad that we were able to pull off our goal with minimal obstacles in less than one month. I think we were the first private sector business to announce we had a 100% vaccination goal, and we did it. That’s a cool deal.”

When she says that her company is 100% fully vaccinated, she’s not talking about a few dozen or even a few hundred employees. Nephron employs nearly 2,000 people—full time employees, part time employees, apprentices, and interns—and they're continuing to grow as they bring new business lines into their production facility. Each employee is vaccinated, and for Lou, that means Nephron Pharmaceuticals is putting their community first by doing their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It’s one of the many ways that Lou and Nephron Pharmaceuticals support the local community that they joined in 2014 when they relocated from Orlando, Florida. “We love the fact that we’re based in West Columbia, South Carolina,” said Lou. “Let me tell you why. It’s because it’s a business-friendly county. Our permits were passed in six days when

we first opened—a record! People know that the Southeast is truly a manufacturing-friendly place. What we’re also finding is that we have great talent coming out of all the higher education here in the state, as well as the high schools and technical colleges. That’s a great draw for us employers. We know that we’re going to have the right talent that we need at the right time when we’re ready to go launching new products, new divisions, and so forth. All of those reasons make me proud to have returned home. I never thought I would, but I’m so happy that I did.” For more information, visit or follow @nephronpharm on Twitter and Facebook.

It may be cold outside, but it’s warm and cozy in the hundreds of properties sold, rented, or managed by Wolfe & Taylor! The locally-owned real estate company on Pickens Street has stood the test of time, with a team that goes above and beyond to help you navigate Columbia’s sizzling hot market. They have knowledge you can trust and professionalism you can count on to make your relocation experience as enjoyable as sitting by the fire. If you want to show your family the way home, make Wolfe & Taylor the only two names you need to know. 10

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Screen printing and embroidery options with amazing details and great color schemes are just the beginning of the customer experience at Blazon. Durable textiles, state-of-theart machines, plus experienced print designers make this familyowned business your one-stop shop for personalized apparel and print. Whether you're looking to give your small business a vibrant makeover or order iconic products for your online shop, Blazon takes customization to the next level with all in-house production, quick turnaround, nationwide shipping, and uncompromising quality.

Blazon is a proud partner of The Citadel Athletics and many small businesses in Columbia.

These and more branded items are available for purchase on Blazon's website.

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Joy to your financial future Wrap up your financial future, put a big bow on it, and give your family the gift of a lasting legacy. Now’s the time to sit down with The Rast McFadden Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley. They have years of experience helping families manage significant wealth over multiple generations. Let them help you get ready for 2022, and beyond. Wealth Management Financial Planning Executive Financial Services Endowments and Foundations Business Succession Planning Trust Services Philanthropic Management Estate Planning Strategies

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A champion for you Amidst the most traumatic and often tragic times in your life, when the rest of the world can seem cold and uncaring, the attorneys at Goings Law Firm are ready to hear your story and to take a stand for you and your family. Led by founding attorney, Robert F. Goings, the team fights for those that have been involved in catastrophic accidents due to someone else's negligence by navigating them through both the legal and insurance processes.

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Your home is more than just a building. It’s the place where you can hold onto all the sweet, sentimental memorabilia that provides a glimpse back into your personal history as you continue to shape your own future. Whether your heart is in Columbia or Lexington, Coker Day and his DayBreak team understand that where there’s home, there’s happiness. They’ve made it their mission for over twenty years to allow seniors to age gracefully in place with comprehensive assistedliving support that ranges from respite care all the way to hospital sitting. How can they be of assistance to your loved one?


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Enjoying Supporting Small and Saving Local W H AT I S T H E FA C E O F S M A L L B U S I N E S S I N C O L U M B I A ? Look no further than the Fig issue in your hands right now to see a varied and divergent array of locally imagined, locally inspired, locally crafted, and locally centered small businesses purposed to appeal to and directly meet the tastes and needs of our distinctive Midlands communities. What’s the magic formula for shepherding a small business in our great City of Columbia? Fig, the organic outgrowth of ByFarr Design, a locally owned company that truly exemplifies grass-roots ingenuity, is itself an illustrative model of successful small-business capability. The publication’s purpose, as well as its creative design, craft an engaging format that not only promotes our publicfacing small businesses, but highlights the unique individuals whose talents, savvy, and determination offer products and services that drive Columbia’s economic engine. ByFarr Design has worked closely with Columbia’s Office of Economic Development to create messaging in support of our Support Small Save Local initiative, a project designed to further awareness of the vibrant small enterprises propelling the resilience and growth of our business community. A diverse and revealing cross-section of the variety of our local businesses can be seen in the #SaveLocalColumbia video featured on In addition to the businesses featured in Fig and in the video, there are other local entrepreneurs who have been able to realize both national and international operations, including Van Robotics, REsimplifi, DESA, ValidID, and TerraStride. The City of Columbia’s Office of Economic Development has played a pivotal role in the development of all of these business, and many more as well. Economic Development continues to be available to assist businesses with site visits, finding buildings and acreage, accessing start-up or growth funding, negotiating incentive packages, workforce, logistics, and transportation expertise. Equally, they work with service providers and government offices in identifying new opportunities, customers, and business partners. The principal element of a thriving city is the diversity of its economic ecosystem. Small, locally grown businesses are the fabric and creativity that make our City of Columbia unique, successful, and attractive, and we anticipate further expansion of our small business potential and growth. I can’t wait to see all the new development in the coming years, and also look forward to the variety of commercial ventures that myself, and my family, can call on and support. With great thanks and boundless enthusiasm for Columbia’s continued prosperity,

Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin City of Columbia

The halls are decked, the rooms are filled with special made-in-Columbia touches, and Hotel Trundle is ready to celebrate the season and the new year with you. Enjoy a magical experience when you stay in the heart of Columbia’s Main Street district—just steps away from some of the best dining, shopping, and activities in town.

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At Heathwood Hall, we stand together. On the field, in the classroom, everywhere we go, and in everything we do, Heathwood Hall is a community, supporting each other, and lifting each other up, in mind, body, and spirit. Each Heathwood student, from age 2 through 12th grade, is surrounded by classmates, teachers, coaches, and mentors who walk alongside them every day.

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To you, it's another item marked off your long list of gifts to buy for family and friends this holiday season, but to a small business owner, your decision to shop with them and purchase something you might have otherwise been able to buy from a big retailer online means so much more than you can imagine. You're bringing more than just a smile to their face as they hand your beautifully wrapped gift to you to take home. The boutiques and stores around town have spent months dreaming of and finding just the right inventory to stock their shelves with for you to shop. They've chatted with you and gotten to know you over the years that you have shopped with them, and they know the type of gifts you're looking to find. They have decorated their storefronts with twinkling lights and selected a cheerful playlist to greet you and put you in the holiday spirit the moment you walk through their doors. These small businesses have added conveniences to their shopping experiences to make things easier for you: complimentary gift wrapping, free shipping, curbside delivery, curated holiday gift baskets, and more. The teams behind these businesses have poured their heart and soul all year long, and especially this season, into bringing the merriest and brightest items to Columbia for you to shop. This holiday season, we invite you to bring cheer to the small businesses around town by gifting and giving locally. Plan a day with your girlfriends, or one for you and your family, where you pop around town and visit each of the shopping districts to find special gifts for everyone on your list. Turn the pages of this issue to discover some of the great places to shop!

What happens when you combine a career in fine art and interior design with an abiding love for fashion and one of the largest brand repertoires in all of Columbia's women's boutiques? You got it right if you said Monkee's! Their team understands that a truly dazzling wardrobe needs to be tailored to your individual needs, and they don't overlook any detail to curate outfits that'll leave you turning heads wherever you go along your everyday runways. Now that is how you match styles! CeliaB Chocolat Blu Crosby by Mollie Burch GiGi NY Lele Sadoughi Marie Oliver Paige Shoshanna


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Make your yuletide stylish Believe in the magic of a customtailored garment that's expertly fit to you and your lifestyle. The menswear experts at BP Skinner clothiers have a sharp eye for style, quality, and comfort, and they'll have you impeccably dressed for every event on your social calendar this winter. Be both dashing and dapper in a custom suit that has been designed specifically for you, with handpicked details that define your personal style. Complete the look with a luxe shirt, pair of handmade Italian shoes, a belt, a tie, and a pocket square, all available to purchase and perfectly coordinate at their store.

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non(e)such Shop Columbia’s premiere boutique of heirloom home furnishings, tableware, and gifts for the newlyweds in your family.

Give your nervous system the gift it deserves, and treat yourself to trusted chiropractic care.


ANYTIME FITNESS For the fitness friend, grab a membership or personal training session to put in their stocking.

Finish off every outfit this season with just the right shoes and accessories.


BARRE 3 For the woman who loves an inspiring fitness community and workout, surprise her with a membership.

Clothing, footwear, and gear for the outdoor enthusiast's every adventure.



Celebrate sustainable and quality craftsmanship with clothing and gifts for the modern kid and mama-to-be.

Bold, bright, and timeless fashion for every event on the sophisticate woman’s social calendar this season.



Surprise the social fashionista with trendy, fabulous clothing and accessories fit for every social experience.

Classic and traditional boutique fashion and gifts perfect for every stylish little one on your list.



For the Lilly Pulitzer lover, find bright, colorful clothing, accessories, and hostess gifts.

Bringing beauty, strength, confidence, and relaxation to get you through the busyness of the season.

Fuel up for a day of shopping along Devine Street, and get started early: With over 70 boutiques, restaurants, health and wellness centers, this bustling shopping district just outside of downtown Columbia is the place to go for all of your holiday needs. They have something for quite literally everyone on your list! Shop local with these small businesses and discover the best gifts to wrap up for your loved ones this season.

DEVINE EYES Gift yourself the best vision possible and clearly see the holiday joy this season.

PALMETTO WINE SELLERS Offering a personal way to shop a highly curated wine collection—you’ll never show up to a party empty-handed again.

Learn more about these businesses and other members of the Devine Street Association on their website! #devinestreet

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Walk inside Blush Boutique and Home, and be amazed by the assortment of gifts and home decor that owner Stephanie Niemeyer has curated for you to shop this holiday season. You'll easily find gifts for every woman on your list, and if you're having trouble choosing just the right one, Stephanie and her team are on hand to guide you towards the best options. An added bonus? Blush Boutique and Home carries an abundance of lines from South Carolina creatives and makers—you're truly shopping local!


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Whether you’re hitting the road this holiday season to spend time with family in the mountains around a crackling bonfire, or you’re going for glitz and glamour for a night out on the town, Slate on Devine is the place to shop for your outfit. They have filled their shelves with everything you could want—the best designer clothing, shoes, jewelry, and accessories—to utilize as you pull together an incredible look perfect for the occasion. Not sure where to start? Mollie Hobbs and her team at Slate are here to guide you in making your selections.

Have a fashionable friend? Give the gift of Slate this holiday season! Pick up a beautiful new garment or a gift card to surprise her with.

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Close out the year and begin the new one as the strong, brave, gorgeous woman that you are with an added boost of confidence thanks to the incredible designer apparel and accessories of Scout and Molly's of Columbia. Owner Amanda Gunn has scoured the latest fashions and trends, along with timeless pieces, to fill her boutique with everything you need to create outfits that make you stand tall and proud, and ready to conquer whatever comes your way. Holiday parties and girls weekends, date nights and road trips—every outfit you need is in one spot at Scout and Molly's. An Orijinal Look Budha girl CeliaB Farm Rio Karlie Koch Lionette NY Marie Oliver Mignonne Gavigan Milly Misa Los Angeles SAYLOR Sheila Fajl Sheridan French

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Grab your shopping list and hit the town—local shopping awaits, and your Pedego eBike is ready to get you from store to store as you find the best gifts for the special people in your life. Stack your gifts up and strap them down on your rear rack, or tuck them safely inside your handlebar basket, as you pedal—or cruise—your way back home after a successful day of shopping.

Drive down to Aiken to visit the local Pedego store and find just the right eBike for you!

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With outfits comfortable and stylish enough for your road trips to visit family and gorgeous dresses that meet every event on your social calendar’s dress code, Pink Sorbet is your place to go for bold, beautiful, and timeless attire this winter.

2726 Devine Street

Hello, Devine Street! Laura “Lola” Okoniewski has moved her chic jewelry line to a shared space with Blossom Shoes in downtown Columbia on Devine Street! Shop her modern take on artisan jewelry at this ultra convenient location, and while you’re there, book your appointment for a welded forever bracelet or her twice-monthly ear piercing parties. From delicate designs to statement hoops, you can find all of your super stylish holiday gifts at Sugar & Lola!




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Get your foot in the door of Blossom Shoes and Such, and let your wardrobe flourish with your choice of designer pieces that push fashion forward at every budget and style. Whether you’re going for an urban or a dramatic feel, bringing home beautifully curated selections by Kimberly Stephens and Mason Peterson is the only winter-proof way to add a touch of glamour to your style. 2850 Devine Street, Suite B




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More than shopping and dining, the Vista is a hub for arts and entertainment. There are 21 public displays of art to discover, 9 galleries and studios to explore, and upand-coming artists to experience for the first time all throughout the district. Plan an afternoon to stroll through downtown Columbia to see for yourself!

With farm-to-table dining experiences, boutique shopping, educational adventures, and lively entertainment options, Columbia's historic Vista district is the place to go throughout the year, but especially during the holidays. By day, shop the locally owned small businesses in the district that have curated their storefronts to feature the best clothing, shoes, outdoor gear, and more. Spend the afternoon playing with your littles at EdVenture, or learning and exploring in the SC State Museum. In the evening, allow the twinkling lights strung from the trees to guide you towards fantastic dining, events at the Koger Center, plays at Trustus Theatre, and enjoyable nightlife. Make plans to support local as we close out the year, and experience all the wonderful things that the Vista has to offer!

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Also located at: Rose Arbor Fabric Pawleys Island Sara & Beth Gifts Georgetown

Everything about the purses and wallets from Jordie Handmade is beautiful and one-of-a-kind, from the craftsmanship behind each piece to the handbags themselves. Meet owner and maker, Margaret Jordan, who handcrafts her collection of essential bags and accessories one by one here in South Carolina. Her quality and craftsmanship are unmatched, and her limited-run designs ensure that you have a unique piece to call your own this holiday season and all year-round. 34

Inside the Shops at Cricket Newman Designs, 2710-C Gervais Street

Welcome to the land of high-end women's clothing, accessories, and gifts without the high-end price. Walk in, and let Jessa Westmoreland Stewart add life to your style and style to your life in her modern boutique atmosphere with down-to-earth charm in Irmo, where you can find fashion as unique as you. Wear it, love it, be your beautiful best! 7011 St. Andrews Road 803.497.3336 westmore_landofgifts westmorelandofgifts Your one-stop shop for women's apparel and gifts for every occasion celebrated its grand opening in Irmo's Murraywood Centre on June 11, 2020! Visit them Tuesday through Friday, 10am–5:30pm, and Saturday, 10am–2pm.

Cricket Newman Designs is ready to help you prepare for the holidays. Whether you are looking for holiday décor or the perfect gift, the knowledgeable staff will provide a shopping experience that delights. With gifts for everyone from neighbors and teachers to the most special person on your list. Christmas shopping is quick and stress-free. Enjoy their curated selection of gifts, many of which are ethically and locally made—at a price point for every budget. While they custom wrap your selections, treat yourself to fresh seasonal flowers and plants waiting to be arranged for your holiday gatherings. No time to stop by? Give them a call, they deliver fresh flowers and plants daily. 803.834.7992 2710C Gervais Street Monday–Friday, 10:00am–6:00pm Saturday, 10:00am–5:00pm theshops_cricketnewmandesigns

Support local this holiday season, but make it a scavenger hunt in Five Points! Put on your walking shoes, and explore Columbia’s most eclectic village, home to over 100 businesses to help you find everything on your shopping list with ease and convenience. Then head off to one of their unique outdoor events or eateries to gather, unwind, and celebrate as you enjoy live music or share a meal with family and friends. Are you keeping up? Be sure to also look out for all the public art pieces dotted all around the village! Whether you’re a local, a transplant, or a visitor, the rewarding offerings in Five Points are as diverse as the bright communities of small-business entrepreneurs it connects.

SAVE THE DATE! Festivus December 3–5 Winter Sidewalk Sale February 11–13

SHOP LOCAL THIS HOLIDAY SEASON: 2G's Clothing Company, 5 Points Tobacco, Bank of America, BB&T now Truist, Blossom Shop, Bluetile Skate Shop, Coastal Carolina National Bank (CCNB), ColaKicks, College Mart, Corbeau, Crowntown Cannabis, Cycle Center, Edible Arrangements, Ever Row, Food Lion, Gentleman's Closet, Gibson's, Good for the Sole Shoes, The Gourmet Shop, Highlife Smoke Shop, Loose Lucy's, Men’s Wearhouse, Natural Vibrations, Office Depot, The Oops Company, Papa Jazz Record Shoppe, Pet Supplies Plus, Purple Haze, Re-Invintage, Revente, Sid & Nancy, Sunrise Artisan Bath & Body, TD Bank, Vestique, Walgreens

DYK that Gibson's is the oldest retail establishment in Five Points? Save the Date for their Holiday Open House on November 18!



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The new Gardener's Outpost location is set to open in November at 1211 Franklin Street.

The best of days are spent in the garden, especially when you can rely on the husband-and-wife team with Gardener’s Outpost to help you landscape yours. Randall and Carol Isherwood are now extending the love for sustainable, organic, and local they’ve become known for at 709 Woodrow to a brand new location in Cottontown this November! Let them brighten up your front or back yards as you plant the seeds of a greener future with botanical varieties, supplies, and materials that dot eye-catching beautification over your outdoor spaces, all without losing a single bit of functionality. You may never want to go indoors again—unless you also got them to design your indoor garden for you! 709 Woodrow Street



Soirées to attend and holiday festivities to host, but not sure what to wear? Keep your personal style blossoming throughout the winter months and add color to your wardrobe with the assistance of owner Suzie Baughman and her boutique, Tulip. She's hand-selected fashionable women's apparel for you to shop, and will create an outfit for you that makes you feel confident, stylish, and beautiful as you head off to every event this season.

Crosby by Mollie Burch Emily McCarthy Joy Joy/Jade Karlie Kerisma Southern Tide Tyler Boe & more


5175 Sunset Boulevard, Unit 5, Lexington


Bring beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces into your home this season—pieces that would have a multitude of stories to tell if only inanimate objects could talk. McIntosh Cottage Antiques has come to Columbia, bringing with it high-quality, carefully curated French and English antiques, and a team that is dedicated to helping you find the perfect piece.

The little sunshine in your life deserves an equally bright wardrobe complete with hand-picked garments that merge modern edge with classic appeal. Ella Claire & Co features clothes and accessories from the finest children's brands to dress sizes newborn to tween from head to toe with new arrivals always incoming. Better yet: You get to broaden your shopping experience from the comfort of your browser without compromising on any of the personal touches you need to help the littles grow with style!

Brown Bowen & Co. Hayden Girls Le' Za Me Lullaby Set Lulu Bebe LydaBaby Me & Henry Prodoh Set The Oaks Vignette Wee Ones Bows Zuccine Kids @ellaclaireandco 714 Beltline Boulevard


4825 Forest Drive


Pictured: Stephanie wearing Carolina Herrera

The Cotton Mill Exchange, South Carolina State Museum’s 4,000 square foot gift shop, is filled with unique, special gifts that represent the best culture and art that the Palmetto State has to offer. Linens and jewelry, decorative items for your home and office, gourmet food, and more have been sourced from the Low Country, the Upstate, and everywhere in between to bring you a stunning collection to shop in one place. Support local by shopping local—not only are all of your purchases directly supporting South Carolina artisans and makers, but proceeds from the gift shop help fund the mission of the Museum! The Cotton Mill Exchange is open Tuesday–Friday 10am–5pm Saturday 10am–5pm Sunday 12pm–5pm Unable to stop by and shop in person? Check out their selection of gifts available to shop online!

301 Gervais Street



Holidays Are Here! Find the perfect gift for everyone in your family! Shop new and modern styles by Barbour, Kinross, Peter Millar and more this holiday season! Select Barbour bestsellers online with Free Shipping.

Looking for a winter adventure? If the City of Camden doesn't put a spell on you with its historic Southern charm and sui generis small businesses, we don't know what will. Literally everything you need to enjoy a change of scenery, attend one-of-a-kind events, and shop unique finds you won't likely spot anywhere else is just one car trip away. No, it's not too soon to start planning your weekend getaway!

Shop Small Saturday November 27

Kershaw County Tinsel Trail November 30

Camden Tree Lighting & Shopping Stroll December 2

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Country Christmas Shopping December 4

BROAD & VINE You may need wine for this conversation! Owner Laurie Parks invites you to a new kind of drinking experience on 1025 Broad Street, where you can find more wine on tap than any other bar in South Carolina. We'd also clear some space in your wine rack to take some of their bottled selections home! LOOPY LEMON CAFÉ Over on 611 Rutledge Street, you can find an eclectic café full of amazing people, local artwork, and a menu that is nothing short of a fresh fusion of global and Southern cuisine. Think sandwiches, sides, salads, brunch classics, and oh so fresh drinks and cocktails! Crazy delicious is the only appropriate adjective here. RUTLEDGE STREET GALLERY While on Rutledge Street, make a stop at 508 to find some eye candies in the form of art representative of a range of mediums and traditions, from landscapes and realism paintings all the way to abstract and conceptual

sculptures. Monica, Macy, and the local artists who exhibit with the sister duo also offer workshops you won’t want to miss out on! PINK STABLE Something for you, something for the baby girl, and something for all your girlfriends! Shop trendsetting clothing, accessories, shoes, and home goods on 1032 Broad Street to find your inner diva or help women of all ages unlock the Goddess in them with the best of Southern style. We hope y'all are ready to become the talk of the town! VICTORIA SUSAN WEARABLE ART/ RUTLEDGE EXCHANGE 411 Rutledge Street is home to two unique businesses that provide wearable art and vintage accessories. United by their love of all things original, their space is a unique mix of clothing, jewelry, antiques, and the best gift items! While rooted in tradition, they also embrace modern trends, including quite a selection of aromatherapy.

In May of this year, our community showed our local nonprofits just how much we love them and support the impactful work that they do for our neighbors during Central Carolina Community Foundation's annual Midlands Gives. This day of giving encouraged over 21,000 donations to be made to 479 different nonprofit organizations, totaling a record breaking $3,343,033. Midlands Gives unites us around an 18-hour online giving challenge, but can you imagine the difference we could make if we gifted like we did May twice a year, with the second coming during the holiday season? Open your hearts this December, and make it a personal goal to discover a nonprofit that speaks to you and your family. No matter what your interests are or what causes you are passionate about, we know there is a local foundation that could use your assistance in meeting their mission goals this year. Decide as a family how you'd like to support them as we close out 2021 and ring in 2022. Will you volunteer your time? Will you make a monetary donation in someone's honor as a gift? Will you shop for and gather needed supplies? Flip through the next few pages to meet several local nonprofits and let their stories and missions inspire you this season.

‘Tis the season to find a cause greater than yourself and leave a lasting mark on our community! At Original Design, lasting change starts with an authentic, year-long program aimed at helping children live healthy and honorable lives. The program is driven by a non-profit team of local leaders, volunteers, and generous partners who are on a mission to connect our city's youth with lifechanging resources and opportunities. 1-on-1 Intentional Mentoring Sports + Wellness Skills Sessions Life Skills Development Volunteer & Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Original Design is the result of Jay Urich’s passions and dreams of providing our underserved youth with resources, opportunities, and supportive relationships that allow them to be successful in all aspects of life through faith, sports and health education. Visit their website to learn more about their mission and how you can get involved today!


Wheelchair Ramps Weatherization Roof Repairs/Replacement Interior/Exterior Painting Kitchen & Bath Exterior Repairs

Thanks to the continued investment of time and resources from community members, non-profit Home Works of America is able to provide health and safety repairs at no cost to seniors in need while mentoring our youth in the process. The emotional, physical, and financial burden on elderly, low-income homeowners living with unhealthy homes is one that they are honored to alleviate through year-round compassionate construction.

Mr. H is a Korean War veteran whose plumbing system had failed. He lives alone in Columbia and had been forced to walk to the corner gas station to take care of all his personal hygiene and cooking needs. During several Home Works repair days with student and adult volunteers as well as a local plumbing company, the fresh water supply and drain lines in his bathroom and kitchen were restored. This past Christmas, Mr. H cooked in his kitchen for the first time in more than 3 years! He also received repairs to his front and back entrances that will help with daily mobility for years to come. 48

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With a charitable gift to Home Works, you will help to save a house and give legacy to families. Donate, volunteer, or apply for assistance at

Hip, hip, hooray—Camp Cole is ready to play! For over a decade, two families dreamed together of creating a safe, accessible, and inspirational gathering camp and retreat in Columbia where groups could connect, share, encourage, and shine. In June of this year, that place became a reality as Camp Cole opened their doors to their first summer of camp. The camp is a place that creates special experiences for deserving kids who might not typically be able to attend camp, and it brings together a community of volunteers who are passionate about providing those experiences. It's a place where everyone can shine.

Be a reason others can shine. Support Camp Cole this year!



Listening. It’s where all progress begins. Committed people putting their ears in the right places to learn what our region needs most. Then comes the leveraging of data, networks and alliances for maximum philanthropic impact. This is Central Carolina Community Foundation. This is investing for impact.

Aided by a 2019 Connected Communities Grant, The River Alliance created unique recreational access throughout Cayce, Columbia and West Columbia, including miles of ADA accessible trails at its “12,000 Year History Park”.

Social Mission | Making a difference in the lives of others

Learn more about Congaree Riverkeeper, the work that they do for the rivers that flow through the Midlands, and how you can help to foster their mission by visiting or by following them on social media (@congareeriverkeeper).

Social Mission Congaree Riverkeeper THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, we have highlighted the work done by our Social Mission partner for 2021 to keep the Broad, Lower Saluda, and Congaree rivers healthy and our waters clean. As a small-but-mighty nonprofit organization led by Bill Stangler in conjunction with a board of directors and a team of volunteers, Congaree Riverkeeper needs your support to keep watching over our waterways. Thankfully, there’s a lot you can do to ensure they can continue to protect our most treasured natural resource. If you don’t engage with the river watchdog of the Midlands yet, the first steps to contribute to their mission are signing up for their e-newsletter, following them on social media, and taking action when they ask. “Of the

things people can do to help, I think the most impactful are to keep informed and be attentive,” says Bill. “We want people to be engaged in river issues, watching out for our calls to action and being vocal advocates when we need them. And we always need more eyes (and noses) on and around the water letting us know about issues.” Ready for the next step? River and stream clean-ups are their most common volunteer activities. By signing up to get your feet wet in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere, you can help to steer the Midlands’ rivers clear from trash and debris, giving Bill’s team the bandwidth they need to build legal cases and work on more complex policy issues outside the water. Armed with awareness about our river levels 1001 Washington Street

and water quality, as well as detailed information from Riverkeeper’s reports and updates, you can additionally call and email our legislators, submit comments on policy decisions, and advocate for our rivers at public meetings, committees, and hearings. If volunteering time to serve Congaree’s cause is not an option for you at present, a monetary donation also makes it possible for them to continue their nonprofit work in our community at a time when public funding and sponsorship opportunities are still curtailed. Whether on a one-time or recurrent basis, your gift ensures that our rivers will remain the pristine resource we rely on for recreation and drinking water. In the end, the health of our rivers affects us all.



We don't know about you, but we're ready to get dressed up in our most fabulous attire, put on our dancing shoes, and party the evening away in style! Gatherings and celebrations have been few and far between over the last 18 months, and we're excited to turn the page as we get back to safely celebrating with those nearest and dearest to us. A wedding and reception for a close college friend? Count us in. Honoring a sweet mama-to-be and her little one on the way? You know we'll be there. A fundraiser for a local nonprofit making a lasting impact in our community? We're ready to help raise money. Ringing in a milestone birthday with jubilant cheers? We'll bring the party hats. A corporate gala to send the year off in style? We can't wait to raise our glasses and toast the year's accomplishments. Who's more excited than we are about the return of a full social calendar? Columbia's event industry professionals. These professionals have walked alongside us as we navigated cancelled celebrations, postponed events, and the switch from in-person to virtual gatherings, all with a smile on their face and armed with impressive solutions to still make every occasion grand. Now is their time to shine as we return to in-person events. Meet a handful of these professionals as you turn the page, and discover a team of vendors that can help you make every gathering a momentous occasion.



701 Whaley Street #104




Now booking 2022 events!

Did you know? When you book an event at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, a significant portion of your event's proceeds goes towards supporting animal conservation, helping protect endangered animals and their habitats around the world.

500 Wildlife Parkway


Walk down the aisle surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the botanical gardens; mingle with the flamingos as you welcome your guests; get the party started with the penguins of Antartica; have your first dance overlooking the African savanna grasslands with white rhinos looking on... the possibilities are endless for your wedding and reception at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden! Skip the traditional venues, and give your big day a unique spin by hosting your guests and saying your vows in the wildest spot in town. Their event team makes the planning as easy as possible as they guide you along through selecting your vendors, planning your menus, and setting the stage for your day. Say "I do" to the zoo!


To host your special occasion inside a historic mansion or on their grounds? You decide when you choose The Lace House at Arsenal Hill as your event venue. It offers three floors brimming with classic interior design and architecture amidst scenic garden backdrops across the SC Governor's Mansion Complex. Good luck getting your guests to leave!

Work with their experienced team of event professionals and partner vendors, and they will ensure your every need is met. Pictured: Sarah Truel and Leah Doyon in the Camellia Room, one of the suites a wedding party can enjoy while getting ready for the ceremony.


803 Richland Street


Mix one part innovative, fresh ingredients with two parts of your beverage of choice, and add in a healthy pour of highly trained, professional bartending experience. Shake everything together in a cocktail shaker, pour into your favorite glass, and serve. It's the recipe for the best cocktail crew in town: Black Tie Bartending. You and your guests will be as amazed by their handcrafted specialty cocktails as you are by their ability to keep drinks flowing and the lines short throughout your entire event.

Now booking 2022 events! Corporate Gatherings Weddings Private Soirées


The culinary team at Southern Way Catering brings the fire when it comes to innovative dishes that will stun and impress your guests at your event. Paired with their flawless service and their knack of creating just the right menu for the occasion, Southern Way is the only way when it comes to your holiday cuisine.

Now booking for 2022!


100 East Exchange Boulevard



Working with By Invitation Only...Event Planning and Design is about creating a style, a design, and an experience that will shine from the invitation suite all the way to your sparkler exit. It’s so much more than a process of setting meetings, picking linens, and balancing the budget. Lead Planner Melanie Murphy along with Planner/ Designer Ashly Gregor bring your event to life with experience, care, and a love for creating the “impossible.” From the first sketch to your wedding day first look, your dream wedding will be your reality.

Attire: Coplon's Makeup: Jamie Tran Beauty Photography: Joshua Aaron Photography

701 Whaley Street #104



Weddings Flower Arrangements Wrapped Bouquets Botanical Workshops

2855 Devine Street 803.767.8506


At Fern Studio Flowers, owner and floral designer Sarah Shell designs and handcrafts splendid floral creations reminiscent of of the most delightful, vibrant Southern gardens you have ever seen. With arrangements grand enough for weddings and receptions, and some intimate enough for setting your table with for the holidays, she and her team are adept at picking just the right blooms and arranging them just so to create an extraordinary garden-inspired experience.

Weddings Private Parties Corporate Events

Florals by Cricket Newman

Just a short jaunt from downtown Columbia, but well worth the drive!

We've saved you a seat at Wavering Place! Come sit and take in the sun and scenery at your next gathering. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this awe inspiring venue always engages guests with its abundant natural beauty and notable history and architecture. This lovely, private setting never disappoints, so pull up a chair and let's get this party started!

Sound & Images is a proud Crestron dealer

No job is too big or too small for Sound & Images! Your local audiovisual equipment and rental service provides creative A/V solutions that range from TV installations all the way to elaborate conference room systems to help drive a better employee and customer experience for your business. In addition to commercial installations, they can pull off virtually any event, whether in the middle of a sports field or in a convention center, all with unparalleled audiovisual quality and craftsmanship to improve your guests’ experiences. With over 40 years in business, let your sole-source provider of audio and video in the Midlands bring your ideas to life with custom-tailored solutions you can unlock by getting a quote today!

Commercial Installations Equipment Rentals Live Streaming Video Conferencing In-person, Virtual & Hybrid Events


1211 Virginia Street


From left: Casey Welch and Lauren Scherr

701 Whaley defies stereotypes when it comes to southern hospitality. Named by Southern Living Magazine as one of the ‘best venues to get married’ and listed on the National Register for Historic Places, its popularity has exploded since opening in 2008. While they have an open-door policy for all vendors, these industry leaders have an office on site: Built in 1918, the lovingly restored Pool is an exciting new event space that has been renovated with a glass floor, mezzanine, a brand new lobby, enormous skylights and an expansive courtyard. This amazing rental space brings a whole new meaning to “Pool Party!”

701 Whaley Street


Black Tie Bartending By Invitation Only Southern Way Joshua Aaron Photography Crisp Rentals PartyTime DJ's

You don't have to be a Member at Capital City Club to host your event with them! Start planning your next celebration with their Private Events Team today.

Elevate your event—both figuratively and literally—at Capital City Club in downtown Columbia. Situated atop the tallest building in the state, the Club boasts a rich history of providing not only phenomenal panoramic views of the city, but also an exquisite location to host your event. The Private Events Team will work with you to establish your event's style and taste, and will execute an exceptional event that will far exceed your expectations. Have a lot to celebrate in 2022? Capital City Club can't wait to host you and your guests at every celebration! 64

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A myriad of natural colors and botanical varieties can make even the most cavernous spaces feel insanely inviting! With a lifelong love for florals and nature, and years of event experience in her local floral business, Vicki Walker and her team can help you celebrate that special occasion that guests will remember for years. You can rest assured that your special day will be coming up roses when Carolina Blossoms designs the perfect balance of classic and contemporary for that added ambience.

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A large, black-tie gala or a private, intimate affair at Williams-Brice Stadium? Sign us up for both! Complete with exclusive catering provided by Southern Way, it's now officially the most wonderful time of the year.

For more information, or to inquire about booking: 803.576.8438






Stocking stuffers to self care, Pout has a gift for everyone on your list!


2738 Devine Street


'Tis the season to celebrate! The POUT girls have been busy elves all year long as they have brought new brands to their store to shop, introduced new services for their clients to enjoy, and have launched a new website that includes online shopping. They are on Santa's Nice List for sure this year with all they have done! For all things beauty and skincare related this holiday season, drop in and see the POUT team. They'll put in a good word with Santa for you... didn't you know he does his Christmas shopping with POUT? shop_pout

The holidays are already shining bright at process., where you come for the fabulous hair transformation and stay for the genuine team. Drawing from expert-approved products and the latest in hair research and technology, they don’t take shortcuts when it comes to giving you a look you’ll never regret. Whether you are in need of a full color transformation or just a trim, process. specializes in creating a curated experience for each individual client based on their needs and desires. Full-Service Salon

3143 Forest Drive

Weddings and Special Events


Go ahead, close your eyes and take a deep breath. Inhale. Exhale. Take a moment to reflect on all that you personally have been through—mentally, emotionally, and physically—over the last year and a half. It's been a doozy for all of us. As a community, we have worked tirelessly to keep small businesses afloat, we have adapted and learned how to provide schooling for our children at home, we have found new ways to gather and honor the momentous milestones in life, we have faced more things alone than together, and we have done it all with true Southern grace. One thing that has fallen to the wayside throughout it all? Ourselves. Allow 2022 to be the year that you find a reason to focus on both you and your health. Our health and wellness community will lift you up through every stage and season of life as you work towards the best version of yourself. Whatever path your journey takes you on, there's a supportive professional that will guide you through defining what that version of yourself looks like and the steps you need to achieve your goals. The only question is: When will you start?

From left: Ashley Foster, Dr. Kyllan Hutchinson, Lauren Coggiola, Susan Steiner

The secret to making health and wellness resolutions that stick and show in the new year may be having the doctor-led team at About You Aesthetics by your side. With a range of female-centered services, the latest cosmetic technologies, and a convenient location at Lexington Medical Center, they marry aesthetics and function in custom treatment plans that fit perfectly into your schedule and make you look as pretty on the outside as you feel on the inside. A consultation is the start of a new relationship with your body! Injectables Hydrafacial Coolsculpting Microneedling Skincare Treatments Laser Skin Services Laser Hair Removal Vaginal Rejuvenation

2728 Sunset Boulevard, Medical Park 1, Suite 202, West Columbia



Clear some space in your hectic holiday schedule, and make an appointment with owner Shawn Moore and her holistic-focused team to give yourself the gift of self-care. There isn't a health and wellness program you won't want to take part in at The Well! They offer a communal space where you can disconnect in order to reconnect, plus all the welldeserved experiences you need to reap the rewards of your hard work this year.


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Struggling to jump-start your weight loss journey? Some things are well worth leaving to the pros. Whatever your reason is for losing weight healthily and effectively, the team with Profile Plan has a personalized, science-backed nutrition plan for you, complemented by compassionate one-on-one coaching. Your health is more important now than ever - call today for your free consultation! Nutritional Program Free Consultation

Weigh Loss Program Health Coaching


1720 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo


4400 Ft Jackson Blvd, Suite 600C, Columbia • 803.542.9759 5232 Sunset Blvd, Suite G, Lexington • 803.756.3403 608 Long Point Rd, Suite D, Mt. Pleasant • 843.284.9654

Spotlight The Coaching Kiva H O U S E R E A DY ? S H O P P I N G D O N E ? Now where do you find yourself some perspective and self-healing? If you feel stuck in your personal, professional, and emotional life due to repeating patterns that prevent the start of something new or that full-circle moment in life, meet your new professional source of all-around advice. As a Ph.D. of Depth Psychology, instructor, and author with over 30 years of coaching experience, The Coaching Kiva (aka Dr. Lateefah Wielenga) can help you reconnect with your voice and find breakthrough answers to start building a better future for yourself and your loved ones.

Precious self-help gifts are on the way! Dr. Wielenga's books, "The Honey Jar: Tips and Tools for Couples Seeking Ways to Honest Communication" and "Sex, Love & Food: The Intricacies of What’s Delicious," are both available on Amazon or via her website.

Life Coaching Individual Coaching Couple's Coaching

Although Dr. Wielenga lived in Columbia over ten years ago, she recently decided to make it her permanent residence again in the aftermath of the global pandemic. “I came back to Columbia because I love it here,” said Lateefah. “It feels like home.” Originally from Cedar Rapids, IA, educational and professional opportunities have also previously taken her to California, where she worked as a part-time professor and an executive director at a nonprofit before beginning her work as a psychotherapist. When her clients began to request coaching, she then found a new call as a Transformational Life Coach with The Coaching Kiva. “A Kiva is ‘a large chamber, often wholly or partially underground, in a Pueblo Indian village, used for religious ceremonies and other purposes,’” Dr. Wielenga explains. “At The Coaching Kiva, we go deep and take the time to make the unconscious conscious. If you want to see changes in your life, you must be willing to honestly look at yourself. That can be a challenge. You’ll experience lifelong shifts if you decide to do the work.” If letting go, realizing your strength, and working on yourself sound like your idea of a smart way forward, schedule a free consultation with The Coaching Kiva today. With a qualified coach by your side, creating an incredible relationship and a joyful life fueled by knowledge, self-acceptance, and action are no longer beyond your grasp.

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1710 Richland Street, Suite B


Founder Leslie M. McKenzie, MSP, CCC-SLP

Setting children up for success during their formative years is one of the greatest challenges that parents face. If your children are faced with trying conditions that limit their physical, perceptual, and linguistic abilities, it can be even harder to find a good space, as well as the right human and material resources to help them thrive. It may take not only collaboration between your family and the professionals involved in your children's care, but also a roadmap tailored to their specific needs and laid out by skilled hands. If you're wondering what to do to make sure your children achieve balance in all areas of their lives, look no further. The therapists with Team Therapy, Columbia's family-centered pediatric clinic, will light the way to a brighter future where children can accomplish everything they set out to do.

Congratulations on your growing family! As you research and prepare for the wild ride of parenthood and the arrival of your baby, it is normal to feel excited and, at times, overwhelmed. That is where Emily Middleton, also known as The Latch RN, comes in. Emily is a Registered Nurse and Lactation Consultant with two decades of hospital experience helping moms and dads prepare and care for their newborns. With The Latch RN, she is bringing comfort and calm into the prenatal and postpartum periods by supporting families with concierge mother/baby care that is comprehensive, evidence-based and compassionate. From helping you prepare for the birth you desire, to supporting you and your baby with day and night nursing services once you are home, Emily understands that every parenthood journey is unique, and her goal is to guide you as you learn, adjust, and confidently find your own way. Now booking clients for 2022! The Latch RN services are the perfect addition to your baby registry.

Prenatal Classes Childbirth Preparation

Lactation Consulting Postpartum Support

Registered Nurse, Lactation Consultant, Doula, Mother/Baby Concierge Nurse



Freedom from glasses and contacts Make it your New Year’s resolution to enjoy the activities you love without the inconvenience of glasses or contacts. Columbia Eye Clinic’s skilled, experienced physicians offer laser vision correction, including LASIK, using state-of-the-art technology to create a customized treatment plan to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The precision of bladeless LASIK allows you to enjoy clear vision and get back to your busy life quickly. Call today to schedule a LASIK consultation at Columbia Eye Clinic and see if we can help you reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses and contacts.


Why wait for January 1, 2022 to begin your journey to a fitter, healthier you? Get a head start on your New Year’s Resolutions early, and start your path towards better fitness with Anytime Fitness. Their knowledgeable and supportive personal trainers are ready to put a plan together that will fit your lifestyle and will guide you to meeting your goals. Start today, and look and feel your best throughout the holidays and into the new year!

Cardio Strength Training Functional Training Coaching Fitness Assessments 24-Hour Access

2808 Devine Street 803.546.8578

At Basecamp Fitness, Columbia's newest fitness studio, the workouts change every single day but the level of energy and enthusiasm that the coaches bring to each class never does. It's a quick dose of highenergy interval training that's easy to fit into your busy schedule ( yes, even during the holidays!) and the efficient workouts improve your level of fitness faster than you've ever experienced. Give yourself the gift of better health as you round out the year and begin the new one. Once you see what it's all about for yourself, you'll be hooked!


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Seize the day and start your 2022 out strong - try out a free class on Millwood Avenue!

As you send cheerful holiday cards and greetings to friends and family around the world, and as the joy of the season surrounds you, don't forget the most important person on your list this year: Yourself! Give yourself the gift of therapy and enter into 2022 with the hope of being able to grow, heal, or simply get to know yourself by working with the psychotherapists at Jill Smith and Associates Counseling. Jill and her team are licensed professional counselors that bring their warm personalities and vast experience to the room to make you feel at ease as you dive into nurturing your mental health. Let 2022 be the year you say "yes" to yourself, and invest in you!

1231 Elmwood Avenue, Columbia

THER APY FOR PEOPLE L I K E YO U Individual Psychotherapy Couples Counseling Children & Adolescents Family Therapy

130 Gibson Road, Lexington



This time of year is all about family and friends coming together, from near and far, to celebrate the season together. At the center of those celebrations? The meal! Whether you're gathering at the family matriarch's home for a home cooked meal accented by delightful treats prepared at a local bakery, or your planning a festive evening out on the town, you're in luck. Our restaurant scene is filled with outstanding locally owned restaurants that can't wait to serve you! The chefs in town are ready to rise to the occasion as you prepare to host your holiday meals. They have designed their seasonal menus to feature farm-to-table dishes, cuisine from cultures around the world, comforting and classic favorites, and new recipes you have yet to sample. Local restaurants are decking their halls with festive decorations as they pull out all the stops to make your their dining experience one to remember. Gather at our local restaurants this season to enjoy a delicious meal, to raise your glasses to the loved ones in your life, and to a brighter 2022. A special thank you to our Small Business Champions, Nephron Pharmaceuticals and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, for sponsoring restaurants in this section.

The way to our hearts is with world-famous, decadent desserts enjoyed in the Instagram-worthy ambience of The Grand's latest swanky dessert and cocktail lounge, The Robinson Room. We've already said our goodbyes to any self-control we thought we had after seeing the ultimate patisserie creations by Michelinstar culinary expert Rory Macdonald and Columbia's finest pastry chef, Lynn Fairweather. Don't even get us started on the rare and exclusive liquor pairings! Confirmed: Your afterdinner hour has been missing something this whole time if you're not eating and drinking Grand-flavored anything.

Reserve your table Wednesday–Sunday, 4:30pm–12am

1621 Main Street



Hosting your family for the holidays? If cooking a meal alone for a house so full of people sounds intimidating, take the guesswork out of meal planning with Primal Gourmet. You don't need to go easy on all the highly nutritious, conveniently heatable dinners designed by chefs and delivered by a dedicated team of food lovers to your door or in-store. Instead of presents this year, you might want to catch their dinner and market specials, changing daily to offer you the freshest bits of variety you need to spice up your home parties.

Meal Prep Doorstep Delivery Pickup Pre-orders Meal Plans Subscribe and Save Chef-Designed Menus

725 Meeting Street, West Columbia


Plant-Based Entrees Soups & Salads Smoothies & Bowls Desserts Fresh Juices & Elixirs Retail Curbside Pick-up Grab-N-Go Dine-In

Plant-based food lovers, rejoice! Curated by Columbia-native Emilie Blanchard, Tasty As Fit's wide-ranging menu features all the whole foods you need to indulge your taste buds with the highly nutritious and delicious experiences they deserve. If you think a meatless diet is synonymous with bland and boring, Tasty As Fit proves that thinking beyond animal-based ingredients can only add to your palate repertoire. From multiple shades of green to a full rainbow of meat-free colors, it's time to level up your clean diet game and create a healthy foundation that keeps you glowing from the inside out, year-round.

3001 Millwood Avenue



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If you're looking for ways to diversify your meals with umami-infused flavors in the heart of The Vista, we can offer some pearls of wisdom to help you achieve your New Year's resolution. Pearlz is here to add the right amount of seafood magic to your happy hour and dinner times in a both elegant and relaxed oyster bar atmosphere complete with live music performed right from their upstairs lounge. Between us, their daily specials are best enjoyed with your choice of libations that go from beer all the way to fresh cocktails. Just don't forget to save room for dessert! 82

936 Gervais Street



Red Velvet, Chai Tea, or Peppermint Hot Chocolate? Good luck picking just one of their dazzling, chefprepared cakes!

A night out in the Vista is not complete without rich desserts with a festive flavor from Kaminsky’s Dessert Café. Satisfying your sweet tooth never looked so good with a rotating selection of custom layered cakes, flavored cheesecakes, 10-inch pies, and classic favorites—not to mention coffee and hot-spirited specialties, cold beverages, and sundaes and milkshakes. Full beer, wine, and liquor selection as well? Sweet! Because sometimes you don’t want just plain chocolate for after dinner. 930 Gervais Street


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It's a season for bringing people together around great food, which, luckily for you, is exactly what the mother-daughterled business Abundant Graze does with their stunning charcuterie boxes and boards. Each one is curated by Peggy and Michelle to have the freshest seasonal ingredients that combine with one another for an out-of-this-world culinary experience. Welcome guests to your home with a grazing box to greet them as they settle in for their stay, or gift one to the best clients you've worked with this year. Grazing Boxes Workshops

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Every Southern hostess loves to greet a guest with an offer of something to drink and something to eat, and every Southern guest enjoys showing up with a small token for their hostess. Kudzu Bakery is here for both the hostess and the guest this holiday season with their selection of delightful homemade treats and an array of gifts to shop. Make every get together sweeter this year with their simply divine cakes, breads, pies, cookies, specialty items, and more.


4600 Forest Drive


Authentic recipes from the heart of Italy. Fresh, hand-pulled mozzarella made daily. A relaxing ambiance that allows for the food and the conversation to take center stage. George and Monica Kessler have pulled together all of the necessary ingredients, added their own special twist, and have created a remarkable dining experience at il Giorgione. You'll feel as though you've escaped to a small Italian town for dinner without ever leaving Columbia. Gather at the table with your significant other, your family, or your close friends, and toast to an impeccable evening out. Reserve your table for your holiday celebrations—they book quickly during the winter season!

2406 Devine Street



Let the wafting aroma of the in-house roasted beans draw you to Sumter Street and inside Indah Coffee, where you'll find that the simple elegance of a patiently brewed cup of coffee is not a thing of the past, but a celebrated tradition. Owners Nick and Stefanie Hauser continue to develop their roasting craft and their brewing process as they ethically and sustainably source their beans from around the world to bring the most sensory-filled coffee experience to Columbia. Taste the difference yourself.

2238 Sumter Street


Think relaxed dinner restaurant, but with elevated indoor spaces and a dreamy rooftop bar. Forget outdated menus and impersonal service—imagine eclectic, chef-designed tastes and heart-warming customer experiences. Now head to Hendrix to immerse yourself in that vision of Main Street lifestyle and take your happy hour and fine dining to a whole new level!

1649 Main Street


A gathering place to greet friends, to explore and discover wines, to dine on small bites, and somewhere to share old memories while creating new ones.

1635 Main St #2817


After experiencing The War Mouth's fresh creations in Cottontown's oasis of respite and repast, we just know you won't want to start a war with anyone.

1209 Franklin


With French-inspired cuisine, an award-winning wine list, and the historic Sylvan building to call home, Hampton Street Vineyard has all of the ingredients to make an unforgettable evening out.

1207 Hampton St


It's always time for pizza, but especially when you're in the heart of Columbia's Cottontown and you can pick up a 13" made-to-order pie featuring fresh, unexpected ingredients from il Focolare

2150 Sumter St


Be still our meatless-loving hearts! This Food Network Top 20 vegan eatery serves up mouth-watering plant-based goodness for lunch and catering orders. Confirmed: Everything tasted surreal!

Santa isn’t the only one that deserves a bite of a delicious, baked-from-scratch Blue Flour Bakery cookie this year— treat yourself, your family, and those on your list to a custom sugar cookie (or two)! Owner Teri Pringle has perfected the recipe for her well-known and beloved sugar cookies, and each one is a true labor of love. Every sugar cookie created in her bakery goes through a three-day process that includes batter making, baking, and custom hand-decorating with royal icing and artistic detail. The end result is incredible!

Grab one of Blue Flour’s themed sugar cookies, and don’t forget to try the big cookies, mini cookies, and dessert bars, too! Share your love of Blue Flour with family and friends far away—they ship nationwide.

2338 Main Street 803.253.7889

7703 St Andrews Road, Irmo 803.407.3603

There’s always something cookin' at NoMa! Workshops, live music, the NoMa Flea... and now, a food hall! Come check out the space and enjoy multiple vendor options for lunch or as a snack.

2222 Sumter Street


Indulge your inner foodie with a combo of Middle Eastern and Greek cuisine at a modest eatery that has served Columbia since 1997! Just be sure to save room for the must-have piece of baklava.

Mediterranean Tea Room 2601 Devine Street


From tapas to cocktails, you just have to taste Ratio's seasonal food and drink options to fully understand what it means to add a Peruvian twist to classic, chef-driven cuisine!

566 Spears Creek Church Road 803.900.0081

In a sophisticated yet casual environment familiar to Columbia locals for decades, dine on the best new southern cuisine while drinking one of their over 300 selections of wine.

2001 Greene Street A


Raise your glass to traditions old and new at Saluda's Restaurant, where you'll find a bold menu that matches the vibrancy of the Five Points neighborhood that it calls home.

751 Saluda Avenue


Born from the love of an Italian family, Alodia's is well known for their unexpectedly wonderful Italian dining experience perfect for celebratory dinners and date nights alike.

Irmo & Lexington Locations

We can't say "no" to eclectic food, wine, spirits, and desserts in a swanky and relaxed atmosphere in Five Points. Did we also mention the most amicable staff?

2017 Devine Street

Talk about adding color to a meal with appetizers, stews, sautéed entrees, and a mouthful of side dishes that taste just like they were made in Korea! Admit it, you can't look away.

1943 Decker Boulevard



Let’s Meat Less expanded their Meatless Monday Columbia initiative to Benedict College in continuation of their mission to unite our community around this common good. It began with a spectacular tailgate-style launch party on Benedict’s campus on August 16, when students enjoyed free plantbased burgers, sausages, sides, and a performance by the Benedict marching band! Next in this partnership and with the help of Forward Food are the addition of plant-based soul food recipes and chef training for the BC dining hall!

Let’s Meat Less to do more good! If you want to be healthy, live longer, lessen your impact on the environment, and save some innocent animals, eat less animal meat and more delicious plant-based meals! You can start by participating in Columbia and Richland County’s own Meatless Monday! Non-profit Let's Meat Less is your official Meatless Monday ambassador and a resource for expert nutrition recommendations, recipes, and local restaurant information. Visit for more information, and follow along @letsmeatless.

As a University of South Carolina alumna, Let's Meat Less Founder Sue Doran, MS, RDN invites you to learn more about Gamecock Pantry, where she’s stocking the fridge with meat, milk, and eggs—all made from plants! Gamecock Pantry was created by UofSC students to provide food assistance for the Carolina community. Your contribution, whether volunteer work, food, or money, helps students in need.


For more information, and to learn how to get involved, visit

Dear Columbia, As producers of the magazine that you’re holding in your hand, we wanted to take a moment to share our gratitude with you. Thank you to every small business that put their faith in us to tell their stories through the photography, writing, and design of each issue this year. Thank you to those in our community who not just pick up our magazine to read, but also go out and support the businesses that they discover within these pages. It takes everyone to build the vibrant, beautiful city that we call home and we’re honored to work with so many people and businesses that play a vital part in doing just that. Our hearts have always beat for small businesses, and we’re passionate about working with entrepreneurs in a myriad of ways through and beyond the production of Fig Columbia. Through brand design and web development, paired with marketing and social media, our team is a one stop shop for everything a small business owner needs to define, promote, and grow their business. This holiday season, as you’re completing your shopping, dining out with friends, welcoming guests to your home, hosting family for special occasions, and planning for 2022, we hope that you keep local small businesses at the forefront of your mind. Your support means the world!


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2112 Sumter Street



Pictured at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, where they supplied and installed replacement glass for the gallery's front door.

Give your favorite sidelites, transoms, storefronts, entrance doors, curtain walls, and framing systems new life with ACE Glass, a third-generation family-owned business that makes glass repairing and replacement come to you anywhere in the Midlands. What’s more? They’ve extended their quick and efficient commercial services to help you achieve crystal clear views also at home and in your personal vehicle. Take a look for yourself at their public portfolio around town, then head over to their website to get a free quote today! X

Columbia, Lexington, and Irmo Locations


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Holiday magic comes in embroidered, screen printed, and promotional forms at SC Embroidery. If you’re a business owner, your to-do list for the season is not complete without ordering high-quality designs printed on your chosen mediums by an experienced team with complete attention to detail, quick turnaround times, and a flair for classic customization. We’re putting logos on anything and everything to decorate your offices, thank your valued customers, boost team morale, or even organize that special fundraising event! Screen Printing

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2 Mauney Court



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Give the gift of PLAY this holiday season. Memberships start at just $99! EdVenture Children’s Museum is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire children, youth, and the adults who care about them to experience the joy of learning.

Please consider EdVenture when planning your holiday gifts this year. We simply would not exist without contributions from donors like you.

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