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t wasn’t many years ago that the area known today as Northeast Columbia was sparsely populated and home to scattered farms and scrubland.

Today it is a vibrant part of South Carolina’s Midlands with commercial businesses of all sorts and enormously varied housing options spread over dozens of developments. The Northeast is a bedroom community to some extent, with many residents commuting to jobs in the center of Columbia or at Fort Jackson. But the dramatic expansion of the retail base in recent years and the growth of health care and other industries has created job opportunities on the more local level as well. This guide to Northeast Columbia is aimed primarily at new residents of the area, but it could also open the eyes of longer-term residents to the many changes that have taken place over the years. On the cover of this magazine it says “Free Times” Guide to Northeast Columbia. If you aren’t

familiar with Free Times … well, you’re missing a lot. Free Times is a free weekly newspaper (some prefer to call it a magazine) that since 1987 has been covering local news, politics, arts, culture, entertainment, restaurants, community events and lifestyle in Columbia and the surrounding areas of Richland and Lexington counties. It also offers daily news updates, event information and much more at free-times. com. This is the first edition of the Free Times Guide to Northeast Columbia. Whether you are a newcomer to the area or a longer-time resident, we hope you will find this publication interesting and helpful. We welcome your feedback. Charlie Nutt Owner and Publisher

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CONTENTS 6 U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson 6 Mayor Steve Benjamin 8 Mayor J. Michael Ross 8 Norman Jackson 10 History 12 Profile & Demographics 14 Clemson Sandhill Research 16 Federal/State Government 18 Local Government 18 Voting 18 Motor Vehicles 20 Map 22 Education & Libraries 24 Shopping 26 Fun & Fitness 28 Health 30 Restaurants 35 Sesquicentennial State Park 36 Neighborhoods 38 Marketplace Directory ON THE COVER: Top and left: Sesquicentennial State Park, photos by Perry Baker/S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Middle right: Solstice Kitchen and Wine Bar, photo by Jonathan Sharpe. Lower right: Village at Sandhill.

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Welcome to the Midlands from U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson Dear Friend, The Midlands of South Carolina is a fulfilling place to call home! We have an ideal climate — meteorologically the weather is temperate and the people are warm-hearted. Whether you are new to our area or just moving within the Palmetto State, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your family. I am glad you have chosen to be part of South Carolina’s Second Congressional District , which runs along I-20 and the suburbs of Columbia to the Georgiabordering city of North Augusta. I am here to serve and represent you. Since being elected to Congress in 2001, constituent service has and remains my top priority. Whether I am in Washington voting for limited government involvement in our day-to-day lives or meeting with citizens around the district, I strive to always be accessible to you. I want to take this opportunity to

make you aware of the variety of services our offices can provide you: • Assist with federal agencies, including Social Security and Veterans’ Affairs Provide assistance to obtain passports, visas and other documents. • Support nominations to U.S. military academies. • Provide information about Congressional internship and page programs. • Offer tour information for your family’s upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. • Assist with obtaining a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol.

my legislative activities in Congress, please visit my website at Here you can send an email, sign up for my monthly newsletter and inform me of issues important to you. I look forward to hearing from you and responding to your questions, concerns or suggestions. It is an honor to represent the people of South Carolina’s Second Congressional District. Welcome to your new home and please do not hesitate to reach out to the office if you or someone you know is in need of assistance. Sincerely, Joe Wilson U.S. Representative

• Provide information on legislative issues before Congress including taxes, national defense and small business.

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson: 1700 Sunset Blvd., (US 378), Ste. 1 West Columbia, SC 29169 803-939-0041; fax: 803-939-0078

Three different offices are open and ready to help you and your family. The Washington, D.C. office focuses on legislation and national politics. Two local South Carolina offices, one in the Midlands and another in Aiken and Barnwell, are available to help with casework and problems that families have with federal agencies. For a more detailed review of our services, including important phone numbers as well as a constantly updated summary of

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The Heart of a New South: A Message from Mayor Steve Benjamin Greetings, Columbia is many things. We are the largest city in South Carolina and our state capital. We’re home to over 130,000 citizens and a metro workforce of over 375,000. We’re home to Riverbanks Zoo, the South Carolina State Museum, a number of diverse colleges and universities including our state’s flagship University of South Carolina, and the largest U.S. Army training base in the world Fort Jackson.



Here we have all the benefits of a true 21st-century city. We have a thriving arts and cultural community. We have a growing economy and beautiful historic neighborhoods. We have three rivers running right through our bustling downtown and right beside the largest children’s museum in the Southeast. But, most importantly, we have heart. Here in Columbia we still slow down for funerals and gentlemen still open doors for ladies. We get to know our neighbors, we say hello when we pass on the sidewalk and we come together to make important decisions because here it doesn’t matter where you’re from or who your parents were. We are one city. We are one people. We are one Columbia. This is a great city because, while we have all the energy and activity you’d expect for a modern capital city, we still remember the two most important words in the English

language are “thank you.” So, as Mayor of Columbia, it is my great pleasure not just to welcome you to our fair city, but to also say thank you. Thank you for being a part of this wonderful community, this family and for helping make Columbia a city of heart and the heart of a new South. Welcome to Columbia and please don’t hesitate to contact our office if there is anything we can do to serve you. Sincerely, Stephen K. Benjamin Mayor of Columbia

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Welcome to Blythewood from J. Michael Ross, Mayor of Blythewood Welcome to Blythewood! Blythewood is a historic Southern town steeped in tradition, family values and hard work. We celebrate community with numerous town events each year in the areas of education, the arts, sports, family and community. The Blythewood area is home to several excellent, award-winning schools in the Richland School District Two area with five elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools. Blythewood is the home of the University of South Carolina equestrian team, winner of the national championship title in 2014. Our Bravo Blythewood and Blythewood Art Center support our artists, writers and musicians with a beautiful

gallery, classes and workshops and numerous events throughout the year, including J. Gordon Coogler Poetry Festival Week honoring our historic Blythewood poet. We have a beautiful, state-of-the-art events center, Doko Manor, which offers a great venue for family, business and cultural events. The amphitheatre and park surrounding Doko Manor has been the meeting place for many community events such as our annual Fourth of July party, Beach Bash and Jazz in the Meadow. The Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce hosts many business leaders to share their expertise with our community and supports graduating high school students with scholarships for college. Blythewood After 5 also brings business and community members together to network. Our Historic Society is equally busy presenting the history of the area and sharing historical information with students and families in our area. The Rotary Club and Lion’s Club are two very supportive clubs bringing support in many areas to the citizens of Blythewood.

Blythewood is the home of many historic churches attended by generations of Blythewood families, as well home to our favorite stores and family restaurants. Located along I-77 just 15 miles north of Columbia and about an hour south of Charlotte, Blythewood has always been attractive to families searching for the virtues of small town living. Our town celebrates community diversity and the unique contributions each of us can make. We have a big vision by anyone’s standards, with a detailed comprehensive, 10year plan to get us there. We welcome you to discover Blythewood and enjoy our warm friendly attitude toward life and each other. To learn more about Blythewood, visit or like us on Facebook, Blythewood Town Hall-Official Site. J. Michael Ross Mayor of Blythewood

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History of Richland Northeast and Blythewood By Salley McAden McInerney


f you’re digging into the history of the Richland Northeast area, you’ll hit sand. And lots of it.

In 1791, President George Washington made a trip through the South. In late May of that year, he was in South Carolina, where he travelled through the northeastern section of what is now Richland County. The father of our country was not impressed. In the History of Richland County, author Edwin L. Green quotes from the president’s diary. Washington wrote that he and his entourage “made an early start” on May 24, had breakfast “at an indifferent house twenty-two miles from town, and reached Camden about two o’clock … The road from Columbia to Camden, excepting a mile or two at each place, goes over the most miserable pine barren I ever saw, being quite a white sand and very hilly.” Wade Dorsey, an archivist with the S.C. Department of Archives and History, says the road “from Columbia to Camden” Washington referred to was “through what is now the Fort Jackson area or the modern Two Notch Road.” Either way, think sand. Many millions of years ago, what’s now considered Richland Northeast — bound on the south by I-20, on the west by I-77 and on the north and east by the Richland County line — was a place of beach dunes separating foothills to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. Today, what’s left of those dunes can be found in the area’s geographical name — the Sandhills — and in the fine, white sand, which in some pockets of Richland Northeast reaches 300 or more feet deep into the earth. Reminders of that sand can also be found in the area’s prolific



growth over the past decades. “When I grew up out here,” says former Richland County Councilman John Monroe Sr., “land was cheap. It was $50 to $100 an acre. It was cheaper out here than in Lower Richland. The land out there was farmland. [The soil] was richer, so it was six or seven times more expensive. Out here, well, a rabbit would have to pack a lunch to cross this land it was so poor.” Monroe says early settlers in the area had to “scratch out a living” in the nutrient-needy soil. Consequently, not many people put down roots in the area. But rich, nurturing dirt was of no concern to developers who, in the late 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s, began snapping up generous tracts of cheap land for construction of sprawling subdivisions like Spring Valley, WildeWood, Woodcreek and the like. “When developers did Spring Valley,” Monroe says, “people thought it was crazy. The place was in the middle of nowhere. I mean, nobody lived out here.” But now, they do. According to Andy Simmons at the Central Midlands Council of Governments, there has been a population “explosion” in the area. Data from his office and the U.S. Census shows that in 1970, 7,646 people lived in the area. This year, that number is 107,598 and is projected to be 116,791 in 2019.

Blythewood — Created by a Rail Line Prior to the explosive growth, Monroe says “just poor, poor people lived out here. Country people, working people. Shoot,

The cemetery at the Sandy Level Baptist Church in Blythewood has graves of residents born in the first half of the 1800s.

growing up, I didn’t go into Columbia but about twice a year. My family grew cotton and corn. Most of our livelihood came from the farm. We had cows, hogs, and chickens.” Monroe says there’s no formal history of the area, mostly just folks’ memories. “I remember electricity coming to our house in 1947. It lit up the house one night and scared me to death.” Highway U.S. 1 — also known as Two Notch Road — was a two-lane thoroughfare which served Northeasterners like 1-95 does today. “The Yankees,” Monroe says, “would come and go. In the summertime, they’d be going north and in the fall they’d be going south.” More formal history can be found in the upper reaches

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of Richland Northeast, in the small, incorporated town of Blythewood. “A Time Line of Blythewood,” produced by local attorney and Blythewood Historical Society board member Bob Wood, says that in the 1850s, the area was “home to scattered plantations, farms, and forests of longleaf pines … Cotton, lumber, tar pitch, mineral spirits and turpentine were major products.” The loosely knit area became more centralized when, in late 1852, a railroad was completed from Columbia to Charlotte, N.C. A water tank was erected in the sleepy burg of Blythewood — then known as Doko — to supply water to the trains’ steam engines. “Blythewood is here because of the railroad,” says Jim McLean, a longtime resident.


“In the days of poor roads and horse and ox-drawn vehicles, the railroad was the lifeline of this village,” according to the Blythewood Scrapbook, compiled by the Blythewood Garden Club. “Cotton and other produce from the local farms and plantations were shipped from the depot … Of course, there had been settlers in the area for many years before the railroad came, but it is safe to assume that it was the depot and turn-out (side track for loading and unloading) which gave impetus to the development of the little town.” The Blythewood depot opened in 1870. “Every afternoon between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., the mail was dropped at the station,” the Scrapbook says. “The townspeople would come down to meet the train and socialize, whether they expected mail or not. Later the railway operated a passenger train, making a run to Columbia in the morning and returning to Blythewood in the evening … Although once the

town epicenter, the train service was discontinued, the depot fell into disuse and was demolished on June 30, 1968.” The railroad is now part of the Norfolk Southern railway system. It parallels Highway 21. Trains make daily runs, both north- and south-bound, through the original center of town, but they do not stop there. “Blythewood is still a rural place,” says Frankie McLean, president of the Blythewood Historical Society, “but we do have a town core.” For instance, Blythewood Town Hall is located near the center of town in the historic Hoffman House, built in 1855. There are several more historical homes and churches throughout the Blythewood area, and while other important structures have been lost, the town has since created an ordinance to protect historical places.

Post-War Growth “The business climate improved with the advent of World War II and afterwards,” the Blythewood Scrapbook says. “This growth continued in Columbia and the surrounding areas into the ‘60s and ‘70s. There were those who looked toward Blythewood as a good place to buy land on which to build a home that would offer plenty of acreage, privacy and peace.” The Scrapbook also credits Blythewood’s growth to access to I-77, in 1979, making the 12- to 15-mile commute to Columbia “more attractive.” In a book called Columbia & Richland County, copyrighted in 1993 and written by John Hammond Moore, the author expounds upon that same interstate and what he called “Richland’s northeastern quadrant.” And, like President Washington, Moore didn’t seem impressed. “There, lured by the accessibility promised by two interstates


(20 and 77), real estate moguls have sliced the sand hills and the first ripples of the Piedmont into ‘mini’ farms and housing lots. This is a region where, unlike the dogwood and the honeysuckle, signs bearing the words ‘For Sale – Residential Sites’ bloom year-round.” Many of the people buying those “residential sites,” Monroe says, have come from “places where they’ve been all jammed up. This is a lot less congested than Boston and those areas. They call their commutes a piece of cake, coming from where they were.”

Monroe, whose family has lived in the Northeast Richland area for almost 150 years, says he remembers when “it was all rural. I remember when there were no services, no nothing out here. But now we’ve got everything. As long as growth is orderly, and all the roads and infrastructure are put in, we’re going to be all right.”

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hen you ponder the impact of the Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center on Clemson Road, consider the peach. Each and every juicy orb that gets devoured around the globe can be traced back to the center where nematode-resistant guardian root stock was developed. “Every peach in the world is going to have genetic material from Sandhill peaches,” says the center’s director, Mac Horton. “The area was purchased [by Clemson University] from local farmers in 1922 and set up as a peach research center. The first building was built in 1928. In the early days, the focus was on peach agriculture. It was like a big peach orchard out here.” Horton says the center stopped growing peaches “about 1970.” It has since researched vegetables and other truck crops including watermelons, cabbages and tomatoes. In the early 1990s, the center focused its research on ornamental horticulture. “Everything from grass to flowers,” Horton says. In 2000, the center’s mission was once again changed. “Our primary focus is to work with the rural community and economic development,” Horton says. “We help communities find resources to do what they want to do, like revitalizing a downtown area.” The center is home to various programs including leadership development, agribusiness development, entrepreneurship and strategic planning. And of course, people can bring their gardening and soil questions to Clemson’s Cooperative Extension agents who work at the center. But perhaps the most compelling fact about the center is that it is a 600-acre tract of fields, long-leaf pine forests and lakes sandwiched between the suburban and commercial sprawl of the Northeast area.


“We’re a 600-acre jewel of natural environment sitting in the midst of all this development,” Horton says. “Every kind of wildlife that we have in South Carolina, we have here. Bobcats, skunks, raccoons, possums. All the venomous snakes. Timbers. Rattlers. Cottonmouths. We have coyotes. We have alligators in all three of our lakes. We have red-tail hawks. Nesting ospreys. Mississippi kites. The occasional bald eagle. We have an endangered species of tree — the Eastern white cedar. We have found two species of plants that have never before been reported in South Carolina.” And while Horton emphasizes that the area is “not a park and is not designed to be one,” he also says Sandhills is the only one of Clemson’s five research and education centers around the state that is accessible to the public. Walking is a popular activity at Sandhill and the Spring Valley Rotary Club has initiated a threeyear project to make the area more user-friendly, including mapping and marking the walking trails that traverse the area. “We wanted to do something that would really help the community and have a long-lasting effect,” says Jed Shropshire, a Rotary Club member and leader of the project. “Since February, [the club] has placed two large informational signs in kiosks, one at the Clemson Road entrance of the property and one at the lake behind the Lake House,” Shropshire says. “A third, similar sign was placed at the Children’s Garden. These three signs have a large image of the property showing hiking/ educational/exercise trails, roads, lakes, landmarks, buildings, etc. We also placed two large educa-


Jed Shropshire (shown here with his golden retriever Guinness) coordinated the first phase of a three-year project by the Spring Valley Rotary Club to provide signs like this to enhance the visitor experience at Clemson University’s Sandhill Research and Education Center at Clemson and Two Notch roads.

tional signs on plants and animals that are indigenous to the property. In addition, we have marked over six miles of trails with 15 informational and directional signs to help hikers and pleasure walkers.” “Our goal in Phase Two,” Shropshire says, “is to develop a multi-terraced amphitheater below the Children’s Garden and overlooking the main lake at the center.” Stan Perry, director of special projects at the center, says on any given day you’ll find people walking, running, bicycling, walking their dogs, flying kites, Frisbees and radio-controlled airplanes. He is quick to emphasize that dogs should be kept on leashes due to all three lakes at the center being home to alligators. And swimming is not allowed. Signs posted at the lakes send a clear message: “NO SWIMMING — DON’T FEED ALLIGATORS.” “A dog looks like a hotdog on a stick to an alligator,” Horton says. Perry noted that there are lots of organized activities at the center. The Sandhill Farmers Market is open to the public Tuesday afternoons, beginning at 2 p.m., from May through November. Anglers can purchase memberships to the Sandhill Fish Club to fish the lakes at the center,

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though no more memberships are being accepted this year. The 2015 fishing season opens next March and applications will be available online in February. School children visit the center to see crops and other aspects of agriculture during October. The popular Haunt — including a corn maze and hayrides — will be held Oct. 23 through Oct. 25 and Oct. 30 through Nov. 1. And on the last Saturday of April, the annual Sparkleberry Country Fair, celebrating the history and culture of the Richland Northeast area, is held to raise scholarship and grant funds for schools in the area. The center is open from dawn to dusk. The front gate, located across from the Village at Sandhill, normally closes at 6 p.m. In 2001, after 400 acres of the center’s property was sold for development of the Village at Sandhills, Horton says Clemson University and the center made a commitment to the Richland Northeast community called the Sandhill Covenant. In part, it reads, “that we are stewards of nature’s blessings entrusted to us at this place” and that “the natural, physical and cultural histories of Sandhill are worthy of our protection as trustees in order for us to embrace the future.”




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Sen. Timothy E. “Tim” Scott Washington Office: 167 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 202-224-6121 Local Office: 1301 Gervais St., Suite 825, Columbia, SC 29201 803-771-6112

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264 Harbison Blvd 10136 Two Notch Rd Expires 12/31/2015. Offer may not be used in conjunction with any other discount or sale. Not applicable to prior purchase or giftcards. Valid only at Columbia locations.

Local Government Richland County Government Portions of the region known as Northeast Columbia are within the Columbia city limits or the town limits of Blythewood, but the majority is an unincorporated area of Richland County. Don’t let the ZIP codes fool you. The Town of Blythewood, for example, covers approximately 10 square miles, but the postal code covers an additional 70 square miles surrounding the town. Portions of the City of Columbia in the Northeast have a ZIP code that identifies the area as Elgin, Kershaw County. Richland County Council is an 11-member body elected to oversee the operations of the county government. Members of the council for 2014 are: District 1: District 2: District 3: District 4: District 5: District 6: District 7:

Bill Malinowski Joyce Dickerson (vice chair) Damon Jeter Paul Livingston Seth Rose L. Gregory Pearce Jr. Torrey Rush

Clark Farley Insurance Agency, 8313 Two Notch Road, has been in the Northeast since Clark Farley founded the organization in 1975. The agency now has more than 11,000 customers and has offices in Camden, Lugoff, Florence and Sumter.



District 8: Jim Manning District 9: Julie-Ann Dixon District 10: Kelvin Washington District 11: Norman Jackson (chair) The boundary lines of the districts can be confusing. The best way to determine which district a particular address is located is to go to the county’s website at, use the pull-down menu for Government and click on County Council. There is a “Find My District” button on the right-hand side. Richland County Council generally meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. The meetings, which are open to the public, are held at on the second floor of the Richland County Administration Building at 2020 Hampton St., Columbia.

Taxes Richland County Treasurer’s Office oversees county taxes. Treasurer: David A. Adams 2020 Hampton St. at Harden Street Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Telephone: 803-576-2250 Fax: 803-576-2269 E-Mail:

Property Taxes Go to and click on Property Value and Tax Estimates to determine the information for a particular piece of property.

Law Enforcement Richland County Sheriff’s Office provides law enforcement services throughout the county with more than 700 uniformed officers operating from several substations. Sheriff Leon Lott 5622 Two Notch Road 803-576-3000

Columbia City Government Columbia has a mayor-council form of government, with an elected mayor, two at-large members and four members representing individual districts. The mayor casts one of the seven votes on the City Council. City Manager Teresa Wilson is appointed by the Council and is the chief administrative officer. The members for 2014 are: Mayor Steve Benjamin At-large: Tameika Isaac Devine and Cameron Runyon

District 1: Sam Davis District 2: Brian DeQuincey Newman District 3: Moe Baddourah District 4: Leona Plaugh

Sam Davis and Leona Plaugh are the two members of City Council whose districts include some portions of the Northeast. Maps showing the districts are on the city’s website. Work sessions of the City Council are at 2 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at City Hall at the corner of Main and Laurel streets. The main Council meetings are at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays at City Hall. The main number for city government is 803-545-3000. The official city website is

Town of Blythewood Government The town is governed by a mayor and four members of the Town Council. The town administrator is Gary Parker. Those serving on Council in 2014 are: Mayor J. Michael Ross Council members Edward Baughman, Robert Massa (mayor pro tem), Robert Mangone and Tom Utroska.


Motor Vehicles

There are three ways to register to vote: • Online: • In Person: Board of Voter Registration, 2020 Hampton St. Columbia, SC 29202. 576-2240. • Or download a registration form at Click on Government, then How to Vote.) Send it by mail, fax or email.

Vehicle Registration: You have 45 days to apply after moving to the state. You must first pay the vehicle property tax. See “Taxes” section on this page. Driver’s Licenses: You can drive on a license from another state for up to 90 days. When moving within the state, you have 10 days to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Department of Motor Vehicle Offices: Open Mon-Tue-Thu-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wed 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Blythewood: 10311 Wilson Blvd., 896-9983. Columbia: 228-A O’Neil Ct., 419-9403. Instructions, forms and fee schedules are at





Weekdays when Richland School District Two is out for full day, open 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. $6.00 admission and $2.00 skate rental. (Ages 4 & under at any session, admission $4.00, which includes skating and SoftPlay, our indoor playground--ball pit, tunnels and slides for ages 8 & younger only) Tuesday evening 6:30–9:30 p.m.

ONLY $2.00 admission and $2.00 skate rental

Friday evening 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

(Top 40 Night) $8.00 admission and $2.00 skate rental

SATURDAYS WE HAVE THREE SESSIONS 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (a 2-hour session geared toward the younger

skater) admission $4.00 (includes skate rental and for children 8 & under also includes SoftPlay, our indoor playground) Group instruction for beginners available from 10:00 a.m. til 10:30 a.m. (included with $4.00 admission) 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. $6.00 admission $2.00 skate rental 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Hip Hop, R&B, Rap) $8.00 admission and $2.00 skate rental SUNDAY 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. $6.00 admission and $2.00 skate rental

LOTS OF SKATING FUN AND GAMES races, limbo, cha-

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AFTER SCHOOL CARE TIL 6:30 P.M. FOR THE Richland District Two SCHOOLS FOR AGES 12 & UNDER: Snack, Study Period

(staff assistance available), recreation time; planned activities, including skating, crafts and games. Outdoor and indoor playgrounds. Available when school is out for full day from 6:30 a.m. til 6:30 p.m.; also available when school is out for half day. FANTASTIC SUMMER CAMP Pontiac Preschool @ Skateland for ages 6 weeks to 4 years. 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Excellent curriculum to ensure your child is ready

for kindergarten. Experienced and dedicated staff.

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Private schools St. John Neumann Elementary School (Catholic) Grades: NS-6 721 Polo Rd., 788-1367

Spring Valley High School is one of five high schools in the Richland Two district.

Cardinal Newman High School (Catholic) Grades 7-12 4701 Forest Dr., 782-2814


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Public Schools: Richland Two School District Northeast Columbia is primarily covered by the Richland Two School District. It was formed in 1926 when Dentsville School opened with a principal, five teachers, five classrooms and an auditorium. Today, Richland School District Two has “more than 27,000 students enrolled, with 60-plus native languages spoken and 66 countries represented,” according to Theresa Riley Stephens, public information officer. Richland Two has 19 elementary schools, seven middle schools, five high schools, five magnet centers, two district-wide child development centers and two alternative schools. Buses travel 12,509 miles per day, and more than 21,000 meals are served daily, Stephens says.

“The focus of the district has always been on quality education,” Stephens says. “In 1991, Richland Two introduced its first magnet, The Learning Collaborative (TLC), a program for motivated and high-achieving students at Dent Middle School. Over the course of the past 20 years, the magnet offerings have grown to 37 unique and dynamic programs aimed at engaging all types of learners.” Richland District Two claims 678 National Board Certified teachers — which puts the district first in the state and twelfth nationally, Stephens says. The district superintendent is Dr. Debbie Hamm. More information on the district:

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Intelligence Refined Academy A new preschool program for ages 6 months through 5 years. 9354 Two Notch Rd., 865-6945 Spring Valley Early Leaning Academy Preschool program 9161 Two Notch Rd., 736-1501

Spring Valley Early Learning Academy, 9161 Two Notch Road, now has a baby unit in addition to its preschool programs.

Libraries Richland Library Blythewood 218 McNulty Rd., 691-9806 Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Richland Library Northeast 7490 Parklane Rd., 736-6575 Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Richland Library Sandhills 1 Summit Pkwy. at Clemson Rd. 803-699-9230 Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m.



Intelligence Refined Academy, 9354 Two Notch Road, is a new preschool program for children from 6 weeks to 5 years.

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All three branches are part of the Richland County library system. The main branch is located at the corner of Assembly and Hampton streets in downtown Columbia. Main branch hours are Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun 2-6 p.m. A public referendum in November 2013 provided funding for a multiyear upgrade of the system, including an expanded Sandhills branch. Books, audio and other material can be reserved online and be delivered to any branch. The main branch also has a business and job center. More information is available at


Roof Jewelers, 6829 Two Notch Road, is a third-generation family business serving Columbia since 1943. It has been at this location for 30 years.

Daff-A-Deals, 10171 Two Notch Road, specializes in fine consignment clothing in mint condition for children and maternity wear, plus gift items, paintings and furniture pieces. Here Lyn Robinson, mother of shop owner Kahl Sanders, is surrounded by some of the featured items.


Many of the larger chain stores are in malls or large strip centers. The Village at Sandhill at Two Notch Road and Clemson Road is a planned community with upscale stores, restaurants, movie theaters and luxury condos and apartments, all surrounding the picturesque Town Center. The stores are a mix of large retailers (including Belk, JC Penney, Rooms To Go and Academy Sports) and specialty stores (such as Books-A-Million, Victoria’s Secret and Panera Bread). Target, Kohl’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bed Bath and Beyond, Hobby Lobby, Lowe’s and PetSmart are among the stores along Two Notch Road in strip centers.


ommercial and housing development are relatively new in Northeast Columbia. While the roots of the town of Blythewood go back to the first half of the 19th century, most of the remainder of the Northeast was primarily farms and scrub well into the second half of the 20th century. Without a true town center for the Northeast, much of the commercial development moved north from Columbia along Two Notch Road into the Sandhills and eventually Elgin in Kershaw County. Two Notch is the name of the local portion of the historic U.S. Route 1 that runs 2,369 miles from the Canadian border in

Maine to Key West, Florida. Where the name “Two Notch Road” originated is a matter of some speculation, but the generally accepted theory is that the road in Colonial times was marked on trees and posts with two notches or blazes. Today, Two Notch Road is lined with commercial and retail establishments.

Once Upon a Child, 10136 Two Notch Road, next to the Kroger supermarket, defines itself as the nation’s largest buyer and seller of brand-name new and gently used children’s clothing, toys, books, equipment and furniture.



Columbia Place at 7201 Two Notch Road is anchored by Macy’s and Sears stores. But small locally-owned businesses thrive in the Two Notch area, too. Roof Jewelers is a thirdgeneration family business that moved from downtown Columbia to 6829 Two Notch Road three decades ago. Another locally owned business has stretched out to Two Notch Road — but from the north instead of the south. Newman Furniture was founded in 1948 in Camden (Kershaw County) but now also has a store at 2931 Two Notch Road/Route 1 just south of Elgin.

Abbey Carpet & Interiors, 8102 Two Notch Road, sells flooring of all kinds: carpet, hardwood, laminate, vinyl and tile, plus rugs in traditional Oriental and contemporary design.

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Newman’s Furniture, 2931 Route 1 (the continuation of Two Notch Road), just south of Elgin, has been a family-owned business since 1948. In addition to mattresses and a full range of furniture, the store is known for its large selection of recliners and reclining sofas.

Commercial development continues west from Two Notch on Clemson Road. As it heads generally toward Blythewood, Clemson turns into Killian Road. The area along Killian

Road near the intersection with Interstate 77 has become the home for several major auto dealers, including Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Buick, Hyundai, Acura and Volkswagen.

Columbia Shelving & Mirror, 1211 Oakcrest Drive, offers products that include shower enclosures and doors, blinds, shutters, roof gutters, garage doors, mirrors and custom shelving and closets.

New Market Shoppes & Fine Consignment

Don’t Miss Our Big Semi Annual Sale • Sat Oct 11, 9:30am-5pm We want to thank our loyal moms & moms to be for allowing us to cater to them for the last 12 years & for shopping at our local small business. *watch for the arrival of Sarah Louise

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Fun & Fitness T here’s plenty to do in the Northeast. Here is a sampling.

Fourth of July fireworks. The Village at Sandhill puts on a show each year, preceded by music and family activities during the day.

Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. One of the best family friendly bargains around. See details on p. 37. www.southcarolinaparks. com/sesqui.

Hiking. Good bets are Sesquicentennial State Park (see story on p. 37) and the nature trails in the Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road. The Spring Valley Rotary Club is involved in a project to map and sign the trails.

Movies. Regal Sandhill Cinema 16 is at 450 Town Center Place in the Village at Sandhill. IMAX and RPX. 803-736-1896. Sandhill Farmer’s Market. Open each Tuesday 2-7 from May through November at the Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road across from the Village at Sandhill. You’ll find fresh local produce, meat, fish, eggs, baked goods, plants, flowers and more. The market often features live music and demonstrations. Sparkleberry Country Fair. It’s held each spring at the Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road across from the Village at Sandhill. A bargain at $5 per car load, and all the proceeds go to local schools in the form of scholarships and grants. Rides, games, demonstrations and displays.

Roller skating. Skateland at 800 Brookman Road, Pontiac. Rental skates. Birthday parties too. CrossFit, 4507 Hardscrabble Road. CrossFit is a general strength and conditioning program. Guidance on proper nutrition is part of the service offered. Specialized training is also available.

ball courts. Another Gold’s Gym is at 450 Killian Road. YMCA. The Jeep Rogers Family YMCA at Lake Carolina, 900 Lake Carolina Drive. The full range of individual and family activities and programs you would expect from a YMCA.

Planet Fitness at 9714 Two Notch Road at Polo Road. Fitness and exercise equipment plus hydromassage, massage chairs and tanning. Open from 5 a.m. Monday through 9 p.m. Friday, then weekends from 7 to 7.

Rice Music House in the Village at Sandhill hosts a free concert series.

Gold’s Gym, 226 Forum Drive in the Village at Sandhill. Fitness and exercise equipment, plus a lap pool and two racquet-

Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center, 306 Flora Drive, offers comprehensive programs (social, recreational,

CrossFit Blythewood, 4507 Hard Scrabble Road offers individual conditioning and training as well as nutrition information and specialized instruction. Also serving the Northeast at 938 Broad St., Lugoff/Camden.


Ricochet Custom Golf Carts at 10601 Two Notch Road (just north of the Village at Sandhill) customizes, sells, rents and services carts for all uses. Brynn and Milee, pets of owners Stephen and Debbie Rioux, seem doggone happy with this one.


athletic, educational and cultural) based on Jewish values, tradition, heritage and culture. Golf courses. They are in abundant supply. If you know someone who is a member, there are private clubs like Columbia Country Club, Windermere, WildeWood and Woodcreek Farms. One of the best courses open to the public is Cobblestone Park Golf Club in Blythewood, formerly known as the University Club — home course for the University of South Carolina teams. Cobblestone offers daily fee-based play as well as memberships.

Planet Fitness, 9714 Two Notch Road at Polo Road, is open from 5 a.m. Monday through the week to 9 p.m. Friday, then 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Health Palmetto Health ( is the largest health care provider in the Midlands. The 1,138-bed system includes five hospitals locally: Palmetto Health Richland, Palmetto Health Baptist, Children’s Hospital and the Heart Hospital in Columbia and the newly opened Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge in the Irmo-Harbison area. Main number: 803-296-CARE (2273). Providence Hospital ( at 2435 Forest Drive was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Augustine in 1938. It is particularly known for its cardiovascular and orthopedic services. A branch in the Northeast at 120 Gateway Corporate Blvd. was formerly known as Providence Hospital Northeast but now is the Providence Orthopedic Hospital, a 74-bed specialty hospital. Main number: 803-256-5300. KershawHealth ( at 1315 Roberts St. in Camden provides a broad range of health, wellness and medical services at locations all across the Kershaw County area. Lexington Medical Center ( is headquartered in Lexington County west of Columbia. The main campus is at 2720 sunset Blvd., West Columbia. Main number: 803-791-2000.

Dr. Robert H. Ellis Jr. checks patient Airiana Andersen under the spotlight at Drs. Ellis, Green & Jenkins, Pediatric Dentistry, 8905 Two Notch Road. The practice has been at the location for more than 25 years. Dr. Ellis’ daughter, Dr. Amy Green, and son, Dr. Robert H. Ellis III, are also dentists in the practice, along with family friend, Dr. John Jenkins.

Dr. Andrew G. Gambrell owns Farrow Road Dental Group, 9020 Farrow Road. It is a full-service practice with general dentistry, restorative work and cosmetic dentistry, including the Invisalign product that is used in place of traditional wire braces.

Doctors Care has three offices serving Northeast Columbia: 10040 Two Notch Road, 4621 Hard Scrabble Road and 1060 Highway 1 South, Lugoff. The offices are open late and on weekends providing family care and urgent care services.

Dr. James Swick II and staff member Pam Stiver review a patient file at SmileCare, 9353 Two Notch Road. In addition to general dentistry, SmileCare services include root canal therapy, orthodontics and dental implants. Dr. Susan Claytor-Caldwell and Dr. Randy Colby with patients Madeleine Dhara, Brock Jackson and London Clow at Medical Park Pediatrics, 120 Highland Center Drive, Suite 100, at the intersection of Farrow and Hard Scrabble roads. They offer services from newborn to college-age. Photo by Austin Price



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*Doctor on call 24 hours a day *Parents are always welcome in the treatment room *Gentle, caring and patient staff *Digital x-ray technology *Movie Room and Game Room

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Family Friendly -Welcome Children, adolescents, as well as senior citizens At Apex Eyecare we are committed to helping you achieve your best vision possible. We offer comprehensive eye examinations as well as specialty care. We are dedicated to caring for your eyes providing the latest technology in diagnosis and treatment in a comfortable state-of-the-art eye care facility.

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Complete Eye Care Exams Contact Lenses Glasses Glaucoma Testing

Eyewear: Coach, Michael Kors, Ray Ban, Oakley, Kate Spade & many more name brands

Restaurants Albert’s Deli

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

7358 Parklane Rd., 736-2639

202 Grace’s Way, 419-8889

You can order from the menu or have them build a sandwich to your taste. Hot entrees some nights. Full-service catering available. ¢.

A popular Pennsylvania-based chain that makes all its ice cream locally in-store. Popular flavors include Chocolate Raspberry Truffle and Peanut Cookie Dough ice cream. Offers waffle cones, sundaes, cakes and pies, shakes, smoothies and more. ¢.

Arirang 1943 Decker Blvd., 790-5506

You’ll feel right at home in this Korean restaurant, where the staff will take charge as if they were your own mom. Serves up such delights as pork belly grilled right at your table, plus Korean classics and banchan — and cold beer, of course. ¢-$. Beef O’Brady’s 4561 Hard Scrabble Rd., 699-9687

From the Philly cheesesteak to the roast beef garlic melt to the corned beef Reuben and a full line of deluxe burgers, you won’t be hurting for red meat options here. There are wings too, and wraps featuring shrimp and chicken, but “beef” is in the name for a reason. Served in a family friendly setting peppered with sports memorabilia and TVs. ¢. Big-T Bar-B-Que 1061 Sparkleberry Ln., 788-4295

Big T’s turns out some of the best barbecue in town. Pit-cooked pulled pork is the standout, served with hot or mild, slightly sweet mustard-based sauce. The sides are first-rate. Friendly people, generous portions. Top it all off with some homemade chocolate cake. ¢ Blue Fin 461-4 Town Center Place 865-7346

Seafood restaurant and bar. Dine indoors or out in the center of the Village at Sandhill. $-$$. Bobby’s House of Pizza & Subs 2112 Clemson Rd., 699-3311

Bobby’s attracts a loyal following with a more extensive menu than most neighborhood pizza joints, including pizzas with gourmet toppings and several Greek offerings. The bruschetta and garlic-and-oil glazed calzones are standouts. All menu items can be ordered for takeout. ¢-$.



Buffalo Wild Wings 10056 Two Notch Rd., 865-5222

You’ll see the commercials. You know what to do: Watch sports. Eat wings. Drink beer. ¢-$. Calypso Caribbean Grill 4760 Hard Scrabble Rd., 865-4111

Fresh, fast-casual Caribbean food, including roti (wraps), jerk chicken, salads and more. ¢. Carolina Wings & Rib House 240 Blythewood Rd., 714-0181

The restaurant delivers what its name promises — succulent baby back ribs and great wings, served with a wide variety of sauce options. Portions are generous and can be washed down with one of the many different beers offered. The Northeast location has a nice deck out back. ¢-$. Carrabba’s 200 Grace’s Way, 865-5688

Offers quality Italian dishes including chicken, veal, pasta, seafood and pizza that’s wood-fired in a brick oven. Plenty of salads, desserts and more to tempt the appetite. $. Chen’s 9810 Two Notch Rd., 699-6080 9003 Two Notch Rd., 788-2848

This is a Chinese restaurant that serves traditional combination platters and wing specials. Its vegetable menu includes tofu substitutes and comes with a large serving of white rice. ¢ Crossings Deli 8604 Farrow Rd., Ste. F, 736-4446

Railroad-themed deli serves up the classics —Reubens, pimento cheese sandwiches, meatball subs, tuna melts and homemade soups — to legions of office-dwelling BlueCross and Carolina Research Park employees. Try adding grilled chicken to the deliciously fetaladen Greek Delight pita. $.

Henry’s Restaurant & Bar is at 111 Sparkleberry Crossing at Clemson Road and Sparkleberry Lane. It features burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, salads and appetizers, plus it has a kid’s menu. Henry’s has another location at 2865 Devine St.


Harbor Inn

7621 Two Notch Rd., 865-8322

7375 Two Notch Rd., 462-3498

Fast, casual Italian food in a family-friendly setting. ¢.

Fire station-themed deli featuring enticing hot and cold selections and combos. Soups, salads and a children’s menu are also available. ¢.

Your favorite seafood platters come fried or broiled, with familiar sides like hush puppies and slaw. The Land and Sea special pairs crab legs with a ribeye, and the Specialty of the House mixes fried flounder, deviled crab, shrimp, oysters and stuffed clams. Lunch and express menus available. ¢.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries


460-2 Town Center Pl., 788-6200

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Firehouse Subs 10136 Two Notch Rd., 419-8161

Made with fresh-ground beef, offered with a dozen different toppings and with the perfect amount of grease moistening the bun, these are what burgers in heaven must taste like. The fresh-cut fries are great, too. Grab a handful of napkins and enjoy. ¢.

A comfortable, classy neighborhood bar with delicious burgers, fried pickles and tons of drink specials. Try the Big T burger: a huge, juicy double cheeseburger between two grilled cheese sandwiches. The Sunday brunch rocks. ¢-$. What the symbols mean: ¢ Avg. entrée less than $10 $ Avg. entrée $10-15 $$ Avg. entrée more than $15

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Breakfast Night

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7358 Parklane Road• 803.736.2639

Julep’s Bistro 120 Sparkleberry Crossing Drive Columbia, SC 29229 803.419.7200 Restaurant Hours: Monday-Thursday 4pm — 10pm Friday 4pm — 11pm Saturday 11am — 11pm Sunday Funday Brunch 10am — 2pm Other Services We Offer

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Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles 110 Columbia NE Dr., 834-7948

Chicken and waffles! And not just any old iteration of this soul food classic — Kiki’s offers a red velvet waffle if you’re feeling fancy. Also try the shrimp and grits. ¢ Korea Garden 2318 Decker Blvd., 760-3888

Traditional Korean foods, from spicy stews to bi bim bap, from the owners of the former DJ House. Beer and wine available. $ La Isla Bonita 1701 Percival Rd., 596-6244

Quaint restaurant that serves traditional Puerto-Rican cuisine. Dishes include Mofongo, Cuban sandwiches, empanadas and a pastry of the day. Little Pigs 4927 Alpine Rd., 788-8238

Julep’s Bistro (formerly Mint Julep) is at 120 Sparkleberry Crossing Drive off Clemson Road. The menu offers salads, appetizers, seafood, steaks, chicken and pizza. They also do catering. There’s usually live music beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

Hola Mexico 9009 Two Notch Rd., 834-3014

Classic Mexican-American restaurant combination plates and favorites, from flautas to chilaquiles to enchiladas and more. $. Hooters 7711 Two Notch Rd., 419-3456

Home of the Hooters Girls ... you didn’t really think “Hooters” was referring to owls, did you? Beyond the buxom servers, Hooters is mostly known for its wings; the menu also includes sandwiches, hamburgers and seafood. ¢-$. Inakaya Japanese Restaurant 224 O’Neil Ct., 699-2626

Elegant seating where outstanding sushi, sashimi and other Japanese cuisine take center stage. Popular with families and large groups for their spectacular Inakaya Boat Specials. Good variety and value. $. JP’s 4 Corners Signature Southwest 150 Forum Dr., 865-1001

A new restaurant in the space formerly occupied by Arizona in the Village at Sandhill. “4 Corners” refers to the spot where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah meet in the Southwest. The menu



includes a wide variety of dishes with a hickory-grilled flavor. $. Jersey Mike’s 136-3 Forum Dr., 865-8004

Amazing spread of lunch buffet offerings including yams, corn, baked beans, fried okra, onion rings, hush puppies, green beans and more. The three varieties of barbecue are nothing to sneeze at, either. Just stellar local barbecue beloved by regulars. ¢. Lizard’s Thicket 10170 Two Notch Rd., 419-5662 7620 Two Notch Rd., 788-3088 711-1 University Village Dr., 451-8400

This sub shop sailed in from the Jersey Shore, where the chain started in 1956. It offers the usual cold sub choices plus hot options like the Meatball & Cheese, the Philly cheesesteak and the Bar-BQue Beef Sub. ¢

Meat loaf, fried chicken, mac and cheese, fried okra. Good lord, what more could you want? A true local institution that thrives on the meat-and-veggies formula. This is what Southern cooking is all about. ¢.

Jin’s Hibachi & Chinese

Marble Slab Creamery 471-C Town Center Pl., 419-8300 Founded in Houston, more than 250 Marble Slab Creamery locations dot North America. Ice cream is made on site daily, with flavors ranging from Vanilla Cinnamon to Dark Chocolate with Butterfinger. Servers mix ice cream with candy, nuts or other assorted toppings on a frozen marble slab. ¢.

4435 Hard Scrabble Rd., 788-3339

Serving Hibachi lunch and dinners, Jin’s also features a full Chinese menu with everything you’d expect, including specialties and combinations. ¢-$ Julep’s Bistro 120 Sparkleberry Crossing Dr., 419-7200

Swanky but chill bar and bistro, with a diverse menu featuring seafood, pizzas, small plates and steaks. Live entertainment some evenings. Try the Mint Julep pizza. $. What the symbols mean: ¢ Avg. entrée less than $10 $ Avg. entrée $10-15 $$ Avg. entrée more than $15

Marco’s Pizza 4561 Hard Scrabble Rd., 419-3700 10254 Two Notch Rd., 764-7227

Chain pizza joint serves up, well, pizza — but also wings, salads and meatballs, as well as CinnaSquares and CheezyBread. Delivery available to some areas. ¢-$.

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9563 Two Notch Rd., 462-0882 252 O’Neil Ct., 865-0608

This Midlands barbecue institution pit-cooks its juicy pork, ribs, beef and chicken over hickory coals, and its Carolina Gold mustardbased sauce is legendary. The controversial Maurice Bessinger no longer runs the chain — the younger generation has taken it over, eschewing controversy and Confederate flags alike. ¢. McAlister’s Deli 119 Sparkleberry Ln., 788-7600

Specializing in gigantic spuds, signature gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts and sweet tea. ¢. Miyo’s 715 Fashion Dr., Ste. 1, 788-8878

Winner of many Free Times Best of Columbia awards for its Shanghai and Szechwan cuisine. Features both traditional and innovative dishes served in a comfortable, elegant atmosphere. Also features a sushi bar. ¢-$$. Moe’s Southwest Grill 470-1 Town Center Pl., 788-6639

With customizable menu options, eccentric style and unbeatable food, Moe’s adds some zest to the Tex-Mex cuisine. Cool menu names, fun atmosphere, kidfriendly. ¢. Montego Bay Caribbean Restaurant 7314 Parklane Rd., 708-8481

Just look for the big sign that says “MoBay.” If you’re craving jerk chicken, this is the place for you — but there are plenty of other Jamaican favorites as well. $ Outback Steakhouse 7611 Two Notch Rd., 788-9800

Popular Australian-themed steakhouse chain featuring Blooming Onion appetizers and all manner of salads, steak and chicken dishes. $. Panera Bread 931-6 Promenade Pl., 865-8640

Panera’s cornerstone is freshly made, all-natural artisan breads. Serves a variety of sandwiches and soups offerings in a comfortable, high-tech atmosphere. ¢. Peanut Man 471-11 Town Center Pl., 419-0705

If you love boiled peanuts, you’ll know that The Peanut Man’s groundnuts are the real deal. Add to that an array of sweet treats — candy apples, chocolate-covered



111 SPARKLEBERRY CROSSING, STE. 1 • 803.563.5674 Also visit our downtown location at 2865 Devine St.


Serenity Restaurant & Lounge 301 Rice Meadow Way, 736-8228

If you find yourself up north — like, north of Killian Road — check out Serenity, which serves robust meals and a daily meat-and-threestyle special. ¢. Solstice Kitchen & Wine Bar 841-4 Sparkleberry Ln., 788-6966

Albert’s Deli at 7358 Parklane Road offers a full range of deli sandwiches plus salads (that’s Albert’s Special Salad in the photo) and gyros, plus fullservice catering services. They have hot dinners on certain nights with offerings like lasagna, Mediterranean and Southwestern fare.

Want to know more about restaurants and nightlife in the greater Columbia area? 1) Read Free Times each week. 2) Pick up a copy of the quarterly Free Times Bites & Sights magazine. 3) Subscribe to the free weekly FT Nibbles & Sips email newsletter at pretzels, popcorn — and you’ll see why this Sandhill sweet shop was successful enough for its owners to open a new Vista location. ¢ Pho Viet 2300 Decker Blvd., 699-5959

Though it specializes in pho — the fragrant Vietnamese beef soup served with assorted beef cuts, fresh herbs, bean sprouts and other accompaniments — Pho Viet also serves spring rolls, chicken and seafood soups, rice bowls and noodle bowls topped with such Vietnamese favorites as grilled pork and shrimp. Jelly pearl drinks, soft drinks, tea and Vietnamese coffee comprise the beverage menu. ¢. Polliwog’s 10005 Two Notch Rd., 736-5775

You’ll find familiar choices at this state-of-the-art sports bar, including burgers and sandwiches, chicken fingers, wraps, appetizers, salads and wings — all presented with a green, local focus. ¢-$.

Quaker Steak and Lube 941 Spears Creek Ct., 563-5501

Twenty kinds of wings?! Yes, indeed. And if you’re not in the mood for poultry, the menu is packed with ribs, sandwiches, salads, soups, steaks and more. $. Red Bowl Asian Bistro 481-11 Town Center Pl., 462-9991

Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine. House specialties include spicy orange peel chicken, seafood double pan and spicy Thai green curry chicken. Full sushi bar and gluten-free menu available on request. $. Rush’s 10016 Two Notch Rd., 699-1376 2500 Decker Blvd., 736-0101

A locally owned chain serving better fast food than you’ll find anywhere else for the price. Great burger baskets, hot dogs, shakes, etc. Why give your money to conglomerates when there are locals ready to beat their prices, quality and service? ¢.

From the people who bring you Mr. Friendly’s and Cellar on Greene, Solstice presents an upscale dining experience with such dishes as seared diver scallops, beef tartare, in-house brined pork chops, South Carolina seafood and hand-cut steaks. Extensive wine list and elegant, yet cozy, atmosphere. $-$$. Stonefire American Grill 566 Spears Creek Church Rd., 419-2332

Upscale American classics — steakhouse-style burgers, prime rib, roasted chicken, grilled salmon and even a classic New England lobster roll — are joined by Southern favorites like fried green tomatoes and Lowcountry crab cakes. $-$$. Sumo 151 Clemson Rd., 788-2300

All the classic Japanese steakhouse trappings: big grills, chefs with big knives and a sense of showmanship, and a range of lunch and dinner stir-fry combinations that include steak, seafood and more. Kids’ menu, too. $$. Sweet, A Cupcake Company 480-6 Town Center Pl., 728-0657

Cupcakes! Coffee! Seriously, why aren’t you already in the car on the way to this place? ¢. Tap’s Pub 104-B Columbia NE Dr., 699-4657

Offers a vast array of combination and specialty platters. Happy Hour and lunch specials also available. ¢.

This patriotically themed pub offers entrees like Italian chicken giambotta or Appian Way porkchops in addition to pasta dishes, sandwiches, salads, soups, wings and appetizers. ¢.


Texas Roadhouse

San Jose Mexican Restaurant 4525 Hard Scrabble Rd., 865-0717 801 Sparkleberry Ln., 419-8862

10120 Two Notch Rd., 788-7808

Serving specialty pizzas for meat, veggie, pepperoni and sausage lovers and more. Calzones and stromboli round out the menu alongside sandwich selections and traditional Italian dishes like mussels marinara and eggplant parmigiana. ¢-$.

8304 Two Notch Rd., 788-5384

High-energy, casual Southwestthemed restaurant featuring handcut steaks, award-winning ribs and several made-from-scratch items such as salad dressings, bread, croutons, mashed potatoes and gravy. $. Tiffany Bakery and Eatery

fresh daily. One house specialty is the Spring Valley chicken salad, with white raisins, pecans and honey mustard dressing. ¢. Tokyo Grill 111 Sparkleberry Crossing Dr., 788-7288

Hibachi grill serving up quick entrees in varieties of shrimp, steak and chicken combinations. Also serves sushi, wraps, salads and soups. ¢-$. Travinia Italian Kitchen 101-A Sparkleberry Crossing 419-9313

A fine dining Italian eatery with a bit of Southern spice to give the menu a unique flair. Crab cakes are big and fluffy, entrees are excellent across the board and soups are particularly good. $-$$. Tsubaki 224 O’Neil Ct., 736-7474

Lively location features Columbia’s most authentic Japanese karaoke bar as well as several yummy entrees to put you in the singing spirit, drawing on French and Japanese favorites along with traditional bar food. Also serves sushi from Inakaya Restaurant, housed next door. ¢. Very’s 6729 Two Notch Rd., 788-6254

Delicious Philly cheesesteaks, plus old-school Northeastern cuisine from Italian subs and lasagnas to pizzas. ¢-$. Which Wich? 494-1 Town Center Pl., 227-2782

As the name implies, this place is all about the sandwich, with more than 50 from which to choose. Categories are simple: turkey, chicken, ham and pork, beef, vegetarian, Italian, “classics” and even seafood. Also serves breakfast sandwiches, “kidswiches” and cookies, shakes and malts. ¢. Wild Wing Café 780 Town Center Pl., 865-3365

First opened in Hilton Head, Wild Wing has become a national chain on the strength of its 30-plus wing flavors like Jalapeño Cheddar and Old Yeller. The overwhelming menu also offers appetizers like its Hot Shots in addition to soups, salads, wraps, ribs, skewers, sandwiches and a variety of platters. ¢.

8502 Two Notch Rd., 736-2253

Bread, cakes, pastries, quiches, soups, salads and chicken, all made



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Sesquicentennial State Park


t’s easy to miss the entry road to Sesquicentennial State Park on Two Notch Road — but if you do miss the park, you’ll regret it.

“Sesqui,” as it is known locally, is a treasure. The park is 1,419 acres of pine and hardwoods, meadows, creeks and lake — a place of fun and solitude only 15 minutes from the busy pace of downtown Columbia. Whether you visit for a day or camp overnight, whether you come alone or bring friends and family, Sesqui is a place of relaxation and quiet pleasure. The park provides kayak, canoe and paddleboat rentals; fishing; two nature trails; and a 6-mile bicycle loop for day-use recreation. A playground, picnic tables and pavilions are near the shore of the 30-acre lake in the center of the park. There is a retreat center complete with a kitchen and overnight, dormitory-style accommoda-

Sesquicentennial State Park 9564 Two Notch Rd., 803-788-2706 Open daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: adults $2; S.C. seniors $1.25, kids 15 and under free.

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tions, and there are individual camping sites. Sesquicentennial State Park was developed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a jobs program created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression. Some of the buildings constructed by the Corps are still in use in the park. The white stones that mark the park entrance were also the work of the CCC. The word sesquicentennial means 150, and the park is named for the 150th birthday of the City of Columbia in 1936. The park is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., but its hours are extended during Daylight Saving Time. The price of admission is a bargain at $2 for adults and $1.25 for South Carolina seniors. Children 15 and younger enter for free. You can bring the pets too. They are allowed in most outdoor areas, although they need to be on a leash no longer than six feet. For more fun for Fido, there is a twoacre fenced dog park for off-leash exercise. There’s a separate fenced area available for


Photos by Perry Baker/S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

smaller dogs too. Permits are $4 per day or $25 for the year (pro-rated). For using the dog park, you’ll need to show records proving your pet is spayed or neutered, plus current vaccination records for rabies, parvo and kennel cough. And believe it or not, they’ll take a photo of your dog for the records. Office hours are 11 a.m. to noon and 4-5 p.m. daily. The park offers a wide range of programs during the year. You can take a hike with a park ranger, go on an “owl prowl,” participate in a family fishing clinic, attend movie night or go on nature walks. The park entrance is at 9564 Two Notch Road. Phone: 803-788-2706. For more information, visit



Coldwell Banker United, Realtors serves Richland and Kershaw counties from its Northeast office at 566 Spears Creek Church Road.

Woodcreek Farms

Neighborhoods of the Northeast


ortheast Columbia offers a wide range of housing options to suit various lifestyles and price ranges.

Planned communities and large developments began springing up in the 1980s, with the pace accelerating in the 1990s. Although construction slowed during the national recession that began in 2007-2008, the neighborhoods of the Northeast have remained popular and growth continues. Some of the communities are gated. Many residents of the Northeast commute to other parts of Columbia and sometimes even farther west into Lexington County. Thousands of military personnel and civilians make the short daily trip to Fort Jackson, which is within the Columbia

city limits. Travel time to downtown is typically 20 to 30 minutes (considerably shorter than some of the commuting times from the suburbs to the west of the city). Following are some of the popular neighborhoods: Lake Carolina is a planned community with more than 30 neighborhoods. Prices range from the low $100s up to seven figures. There are waterfront homes, apartments, schools, nature trails and a town center.

Executive Construction owners Eddie and Shanna Yandle have been building homes in the Greater Columbia and Lexington areas for 25 years.

Cobblestone Park in Blythewood is one of the Northeast’s premier neighborhoods. The gated community is home to the championship-quality semi-private Cobblestone Park Golf Club. Spring Valley was the first gated neighborhood in Northeast Columbia. It has more than 1,000 homes, along with the Spring Valley Country Club. The Summit was developed in the 1980s. Homes ranging in price from the low $100s to $300s. WildeWood is a prestigious community with homes on wooded lots around WildeWood Country Club. Belleclave is in the same area as WildeWood and features large custom-built brick homes. Ashley Ridge was established in the mid-1990s. It has brick homes that range from the low $100s to the mid $200s. Woodcreek Farms is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the county with homes starting around the $300s and running into the millions. It has a mix of gated and ungated developments, many near its highly regarded golf course.

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Northeast Marketplace Directory BARBER Busy Bees Haircuts for Kids 10535 Two Notch Rd., Suite 160, Elgin 803-550-9466

FOOD AND DRINK Albert’s Deli 7358 Parklane Rd., Columbia 803-736-2639


Henry’s Restaurant and Bar

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111 Sparkleberry Crossing, Columbia 803-563-5674

10171 Two Notch Rd., Columbia 803-865-7640

Once Upon a Child 10136 Two Notch Rd., 107-A, Columbia 803-788-4320

DENTISTS Farrow Rd. Dental Group 9020 Farrow Rd., Columbia 803-419-5002

Drs. Ellis, Green & Jenkins Pediatric Dentistry 8905 Two Notch Rd., Columbia 803-788-9593

SmileCare 9353 Two Notch Rd., Columbia 803-788-5360

Julep’s Bistro 120 Sparkleberry Crossing, Columbia 803-419-7200

Travinia 101 Sparkleberry Crossing Rd., Columbia 803-419-9313

FLOORING/HOME FURNISHINGS Abbey Carpet Flooring & Design Center 8102 Two Notch Rd., Columbia 803-699-8000

FITNESS CrossFit 4507 Hard Scrabble Rd., Blythewood 938 Broad. St., Lugoff/Camden 803-600-5134

Planet Fitness 9714 Two Notch Rd., Columbia 803-764-2703

FUN Country Adventures Blythewood, SC 29016 803-754-4724 Private farm birthday party includes pony rides, hayride and petting farm. Fun for kids; stress-free for mom!

Skateland Family Fun Center

FURNITURE/ MATTRESSES Newman’s Furniture 2931 Highway 1 South, Elgin 803-865-9881


Doctors Care 10040 Two Notch Rd., Columbia 788-1153 4621 Hard Scrabble Rd., Columbia 736-8955 1060 Highway 1 South, Lugoff 803-438-9759

Intelligence Refined Academy 9354 Two Notch Rd., Columbia 803-865-6945

Spring Valley Early Learning Academy

Ricochet Custom Golf Carts 10601 Two Notch Rd., Pontiac 803-445-1843


120 N.Brickyard Rd., Columbia 803-788-1299


9161 Two Notch Rd., Columbia 803-736-1501

REAL ESTATE AND HOME BUILDERS Coldwell Banker United, Realtors 566 Spears Creek Rd., Elgin 803-788-2811

Executive Construction Columbia and Midlands, Elgin 803-748-1234

VISION Apex EyeCare 7499 Parklane Rd., Suite 160, Columbia 803-741-7177


Nationwide Clark Farley Agency 8313 Two Notch Rd., Columbia 803-788-4211

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Legends Security and Sound


6829 Two Notch Rd., Columbia 803-788-2644

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Medical Park Pediatrics

800 Bookman Rd., Pontiac 736-0606

1211 Oakcrest Dr., Columbia 803-227-4669

Dr. Michael McClay and his wife, Cheryl McClay (center), with their staff at Apex EyeCare, 7499 Parkland Road. The optometry practice offers comprehensive eye examinations and specialty care.


Palmetto Regional Emergency Hospital for Animals 10298 Two Notch Rd., Columbia 803-788-7387


We Care For Kids Medical Park Pediatrics &Adolescence Serving Columbia Since 1977 Dr. Susan Claytor-Caldwell and Dr. Randy Colby have a combined total of more than 40 years of experience in pediatrics — from newborn infants through college age patients. Dr. Claytor-Caldwell with patients Madeleine Dhara and London Clow.

Providing a full range of health services with cutting-edge medical care in a kid and teen friendly environment. We use our vast experience to personalize treatments for your unique child. We follow our patients from birth through college with services including: • • • •

Well and Sick Care Vaccinations Sports Physicals Weekend Sick Visits

• Adolescent and Teen Medicine • Travel Medicine • Chronic Illness

Dr. Colby with patient Brock Jackson.

Dr. Susan Claytor-Caldwell and Dr. Randy Colby with their Staff.

Medical Park Pediatrics & Adolescence

120 Highland Center Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, SC 29203 (Corner of Hard Scrabble and Farrow Roads, Northeast Columbia.)

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