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Kick off your holiday shopping and fun at the Vista’s annual street party.


‘Tis the Season!


November 14-20, 2012 | | |

Whether this is your first or your 27th visit to Vista Lights, let this insert be your guide to everything Columbia’s historic Congaree Vista has to offer on Thursday night. Grab your friends and family and plan to join us for the best Vista Lights ever!


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Kick off the holidays in the Vista. November 15, 2012 n 5–9pm Join us for the 27th anniversary of Vista Lights.

Carriage Works carriage to ride into the Vista. Two horsedrawn carriages will run from 5:30–9pm; $3/adult, $2/child.

Eau Claire Marching Band


Rides will go to One Eared Cow Glass and up into the Vista to Gadsden Street.

underneath World of Beer canopy

The Christmas Tree Lighting at 7pm

The Next Door Drummers

Columbia’s kickoff to the holiday season will be held at 7pm. City councilman Brian Newman, along with Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet “Nutcracker” BonBons will light the tree in front of the River Runner Outdoor Center near the intersection of Gervais and Lincoln streets.


Thursday, November 15th from 5–9pm. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early, shop up an appetite and stay late. From watching glassblowing at One Eared Cow Glass to enjoying holiday festivities at 911 Lady Street to getting a start on your holiday shopping at The Backpacker, you’ll find something to make everyone happy at Vista Lights. And plan to stick around — just because the official celebration ends at 9pm doesn’t mean you can’t stay for more late-night entertainment and a nightcap.

The entire Congaree Vista community will take part, with Gervais Street closed to car traffic from Gadsden to Assembly streets, and Park and Lincoln closed from Lady to Senate beginning at 6pm. Galleries, shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs will stay open late, showcasing their best holiday wares, food and libations. See all the listings inside this insert.


Park and Ride Into the Vista Park for free at the SC State Museum and board the Columbia

Robert Gardiner Saxophonist Zach Bingham Brick patio at River Runner on Gervais 6–9pm At Lewis + Clark behind One Eared Cow Glass (1001 Huger) from 6–8pm

David Phillips Under the canopy by LongHorn, Gervais and Lincoln

Pete Holland Wayne Street outside the Backpacker

Anne Hightower-Patterson White Lincoln Street between the Peanut Man and Cupcake

Especially for Kids


Parking on the open streets is free after 6pm and in the lot behind M Vista. There’s more free parking until 1am Friday in the city garages on Assembly between Gervais and Lady; on Park behind the Hilton Columbia Center; and at Lincoln and Washington streets. Free parking with a shuttle at the Hertz parking lot, and parking for $5 in the SCBT lot at Pulaski and Gervais.

marching from Adluh up to the Christmas Tree for the 7pm lighting

Vista Lights Entertainers Vista Lights is full of fun — there’s something festive for everyone. Ride a carriage, take a photo with Santa, watch the artists painting, listen to live musicians all over our neighborhood, visit our art galleries and see their shows. Look for these entertainers and artists as you stroll around the Vista: MUSICIANS: Chris Condon Brass Duo

Vista Lights is as family-friendly as ever and this year, we’re so excited about Lincoln Street, also known as “Sweet Street”. Cupcake, The Peanut Man and Tutti Frutti have teamed up for Vista Lights and have gingerbread treats to offer kids of all ages. Whether it’s a special offer on gingerbread cupcakes at Cupcake, decorating a gingerbread ornament at The Peanut Man while grabbing a gingerbread lollipop, or having gingerbread selfserve yogurt at Tutti Frutti, stroll down Lincoln Street for a taste of the holidays in the Vista. But don’t stop there: make s’mores at Longhorn, try delicious holiday cookies at Liberty and visit with Santa at Marble Slab.


corner of Gadsden/Gervais near Ristorante Divino 6–9pm

November 14-20, 2012 | | |

yVista Holiday Tree Decorating Contest

Many of our retailers, galleries and restaurants have gone all out this year decorating Christmas trees for the holidays…let us know which one you like best! Vote online at or scan this QR code to go directly to the voting. Participating businesses include: Blue Marlin Cupcake Ellen Taylor Interiors & Design Eye on Gervais Lewis + Clark Liberty Tap Room Nonnah’s Nova Bella Salon Post No Bills SakiTumi The Peanut Man Wild Wing Café

The Perfect Pair: Brews and Food Budweiser and your favorite Vista restaurants have paired signature dishes with specialty brews for this evening. Be sure to stop by your favorites. See back of this insert for details.

Getting Home Safely Checker Yellow will be stationed on Gadsden near Jimmy John’s as well as on Park Street near Lady Street from 8pm to midnight for anyone who needs a safe ride home. And with the folks at Budweiser paying the first $10 of the cab fare, how can you go wrong? It’s a public service provided by Budweiser of Columbia, Checker Yellow and Vista Lights. Some restrictions apply.




FREE PARKING after 6pm Wild Wing

Capelli Carolina Salon Mezza Imports

5 The Woody Vista Studios/ Gallery 80808

The Peanut Man

Lewis + Clark If ART Gallery Eye On 16 Gervais Post Sakitumi Cupcake 8 No Tutti Bills Gallery at Frutti DuPre Nova Bella Ellen Taylor Jason’s Deli 15 Interiors | | | November 14-20, 2012

City Art Blue Marlin


Anne HightowerPatterson White




Whit- Bella Ash Vista Bridal

Art Bar

2 14 River CHRISTMAS Runner 3 TREE STAGE 9 Carol Salsarita’s Saunders Pearlz LongHorn Gallery Nonnah’s TCBY Motor Supply David Phillips


ByFarr Carolina Gervais Liberty 12 Design & Wings & & Vine Tap Room Wet Willies Letterpress & Grill RibHouse PARKING Tsunami Hertz Jillian’s $5 Parking Lot FREE with Shuttle 1 Santa Claus at Marble Slab 9 Brian McCollough, violin at Nonnah’s 2 Christmas Tree Stage at RiverRunner 10 Steve Spurrier Show at Wild Wing 7:00 Tree Lighting with Councilman Newman, the Nutcracker Bon-Bons 11 Under the Sun 7–11pm & the Eau Claire Marching Band at Carolina Ale House Lewis One Eared + Clark Cow Glass 3 Bella Vista Bridal Fashion 12 Chris Compton 8:30–midnight Glass-blowing Shows at 7:05 and 8:05 at Wet Willies 7 demonstrations 13 Robert Gardiner, saxophonist 4 Cathy Jansen, vocals & guitar at 6–9pm underneath canopy at Regions Bank World of Beer 5 Line Dancing Lessons & DJ Streets will be closed 14 Zach Bingham, electric guitar Woody Windham at The Woody from 6–10 pm. Alcoholic 6–9pm at River Runner 6 The Mobros 7:30pm beverages are allowed in Columbia 15 Chris Condon Brass Duo at 911 Lady St. Music the streets until 8:30pm, 6–9pm corner of Gadsden/Gervais Festival 7 Next Door Drummers 6-8pm in front of Ristorante Divino as long as they are in a Association at Lewis + Clark, Huger location plastic cup. Thanks for 16 DJ and Artist in the alley outside Sakitumi 8 DJ B Sam at Post No Bills your cooperation!



Wild Hare Café


Pete Holland




until 1am


11 Carolina Ale House




Moore Photography, Fern Floral Design, Parkside Wedding Studio


LADY The Backpacker Quality Gear

Parking Garage

Parking Garage FREE




Kelly’s Deli And Pub

Parking Garage FREE until 1am

Midlands Astronomy Marble Mellow Club 1 Slab Mushroom

4 Mojito Regions Paul D. Sloan Tropical Bank Interiors Café

State House

Social Uncle Louie’s


Oyster Bar



Flying Saucer

World of Beer

Restaurants & Bars


SENATE Help keep your Vista clean. Please use the trash receptacles and ashtrays throughout the Vista. Remember: Butts are litter, too.

Businesses & Galleries Hilton Columbia Center

Tin Roof

Parking Garage FREE until 1am

November 14-20, 2012 | | |

Checker Yellow Cab Stands Street Closed/ Pedestrians Only Plein Air Artist Location Entertainment



What’s going on during Vista Lights? BUSINESSES & GALLERIES The Backpacker Quality Gear 1215 Wayne St. | 799-7571

The Backpacker will be open until 9pm with 20% off all regular-priced merchandise ALL DAY LONG. From 6–9pm we will have yummy food and drink for our patrons. Bella Vista Bridal & Wedding Boutique 929 Gervais St. 251-3336

“7th Annual Bella Vista Bridal Fashion Show” will feature the Southeast’s best bridal fashion, in front of its brand new location. This year’s show will feature bridal fashions from Bella Vista Bridal’s own design team as well as top international designers. Two shows at 7:05 and 8:05pm — each lasting 30 minutes— on a 30-ft. stage covering the 1000 block of Gervais. ByFarr Design & Letterpress 504-1/2 Gervais St. | 609-0590

This new design shop located in the Vista will be giving letterpress demonstrations and making wreaths. Come by and enjoy a hot apple cider and hot chocolate bar and BBQ and peach cobbler provided by Hudson’s. Park free and take the Hertz shuttle into the Vista. Carol Saunders Gallery 922 Gervais St. | 256-3046

Celebrating 28 years in the Vista, this lovely store is filled with art, jewelry, and accessories. Carolina Imports Quality Wood Furniture 705 Gervais St. | 748-9889

Will be open the night of Vista Lights until 9pm and will have coffee and cookies. Capelli Salon 701 Gervais St. | 661-8968

Will be offering mini cupcakes, coffee and wine and cheese, as well as drawings for free haircuts. City Art Gallery 1224 Lincoln St. | 252-3613

of the sales to Walk for Life Breast Cancer. Cindy Saad sets up in the front of the main gallery with glamorous handmade jewelry.

Glass) will exhibit ceramic sculpture by Marilee Hall and new work including a robot arm floor chandelier.

Columbia Music Festival Association

Midlands Astronomy Club

914 Pulaski St. | 771-6303

Corner of Assembly and Gervais

Featuring members of Anne Brodie’s ballet company dressed in costume to promote their upcoming performance of “The Nutrcracker.”

The South Carolina State Museum and the Midlands Astronomy Club bring more bright lights to this festive event with Planets for the People.�Join us for free up-close looks at Jupiter and its Galilean moons. Note: This program is dependent on weather.

Ellen Taylor Interiors and Design y 807 Gervais St. Suite 100 | 758-1007 Open until 9pm. Come see our tree! Eye on Gervais y 1219 Lincoln St. | 799-2020 This trendy shop will be open until 9pm, offering 20% off eyeglass frames and lenses. Step stylishly into 2013 in a new pair of Gucci frames — stop by during Vista Lights for the Gucci trunk show. The Gallery at DuPre 807 Gervais St. | 546-1143

Featuring Infrared Visions: The Curious and the Sublime by artist James Henderson. SC photographer and filmmaker Mushroom, James Henderson James Henderson uses the rapidly vanishing infrared films as well as digital capture to record the world in a way that cannot be seen with the unaided human eye. The Gallery at Nonnah’s y 930 Gervais St. | 779-9599 Meet our artists and enjoy Brian McCullough playing violin. if ART Gallery 1223 Lincoln St. 238-2351

Featuring 18/100 Southern Artists The if ART Contingency through November 17. An exhibition of the 18 artists from if ART Gallery who are included in the new book 100 Southern Artists. Lewis + Clark y 1221 Lincoln St.

765-2405 City Art celebrates the season with This iconic Vista atel“Sticks and Stones” paintings by Yanko Slide Pane Fold 2009-2010, ier, one of the earliest mixed media on canvas Wanda Elkins Steppe and Jasper regalleries/businesses in the Vista, will be servlease party. Enjoy cocktails provided by ing hot wassail and cookies. Our other locaJasper’s “Econo Bar” and show tunes from tion at 1001 Huger (behind One Eared Cow Theater People. We will be giving a percent

Moore Photography Fern Floral Design Parkside Wedding Studio 911 Lady St.

We will be offering food by the Happy Cookers and beverages by Rosso Trattoria. Also featuring art by Whitney LeJeune. Have your picture made in our fun photo booth and enjoy complimentary manicures and makeup application by Occo Skin Studio. Columbia favorites The Mobros will play starting at 7:30. Nova Bella Salon y 801 Gervais St. | 779-9599 New to the Vista, Nova Bella will be offering light refreshments and discounted package gift certificates. One Eared Cow Glass 1001 Huger St. | 254-2444

The famous studio will be demonstrating the art of blowing glass through the evening. All ages are welcome to enter the artists’ studio to see how to form works of art from molten glass. Light refreshments. Enjoy Vista Lights 15% discount Thursday night only on all in stock merchandise — the perfect time and place to find a hand-blown, one-of-a-kind holiday gift for someone special. Make us your first stop for the night, or ride the horse-drawn carriage down to see us. Post No Bills 801 Gervais St. y (enter on Gadsden Street) | 254-4334 Join us for our 25th anniversary party featuring food, beverages and music by DJ B Sam spinning Top 40, dance and club music. Also, Tom Bagby photos with NYC skyline from 6:30-8:30. On your way out grab some food from the food trucks located outside Post No Bills. Regions Bank 1010 Gervais St. | 931-0700 Will be offering spiced/mulled cider, cookies, and music with Cathy Jansen. Stop by and support our angel tree for Sister Care and pick up a raffle ticket for $1 to win a Regions bicycle. | | | November 14-20, 2012

River Runner Outdoor Center 905 Gervais St. | 771-0353

Columbia’s best selection of kayaking and canoeing gear, as well as outerwear, footwear and Yakima car-top carriers. We are the proud provider of the Vista Guild Holiday tree, a Savannah Holly planted in 1994. Open until 8pm serving hot apple cider and sharing with you the Congaree Land Trust’s hand signed copies of their great new coffee table book, COWASEE BASIN, which would make an excellent holiday gift. SCBT 502 Gervais St. | 534-2175

Visit us at the bank for special food and beverages. $5 parking from 5-9 and FREE parking to all SCBT employees. Paul D. Sloan Interiors 1012 Gervais St. | 733-1704

Will be offering 10% off Mark Roberts Fairies and serving gingersnaps. Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 808 Lady St. | 252-6134

Open to the public 5–9pm. Offering great works of art by local artists, food and beverages (cash bar). Whit-Ash Furnishings, Inc. 919 Gervais St. | 779-5123

This surprisingly spacious store will be serving cheese, cookies, nuts and warm drinks until 8PM.

Jason’s Deli 823 Gervais St. | 540-1973 Come by for a hot coffee and try our pumpkin coffee cake. Jillian’s Columbia 800 Gervais St. | 799-7789

Offering crab cakes, ribs and our popular Gouda Mac & Cheese. Enjoy live music and half-price appetizers, $2.50 Coors Light, $4 Ketel One and $5 Crown Royal. Lady Antoinette’s Pastries, Cakes & Eats 929 Gervais St. | 400-8646

The Vista’s newest addition will feature a large array of delectable sweets with something for everyone. Try Crème Beignets that won “best sweets” at Viva La Vista.

Liberty Tap Room y 828 Gervais St. | 461-4677

Cupcake y 1213 Lincoln St. | 212-4949 Enjoy this kid-friendly shop famous for its delicious cupcakes. We will be featuring our special holiday gingerbread cupcake and during Vista Lights purchase 3 cupcakes and get the 4th free. Gervais & Vine 620-A Gervais St. | 799-8463

Join us for the always popular Beaujolais Nouveau Release Party. Live music, French food, French wine and “French Serving Maids.”

Wet Willies 800 Gervais St. | 252-9464 The ever-famous Wet Willies will be offering $3.25 premium liquor drinks, $2 import bottles and $1.50 domestic bottles from 5–8 pm. Bingo from 6-8:30 and live music by Chris Compton from 8:30–midnight.

The Woody 729 Lady St. | 252-9464 Entertainment by Woody Windham — DJ with free line dancing lessons, free soup samples and discounted wine.

Stop by for complimentary hot chocolate, build-your-own S’Mores, and beer and wine specials.

hot chocolate. Enjoy the Steve Spurrier show and holiday drink specials.

World of Beer

Marble Slab Creamery

902 Gervais St. Suite F 256-1126

1001 Gervais St. | 765-9100

Santa Claus is coming to Gervais Street! Visit him at the Marble Slab.

New to Vista Lights this year is World of Beer. Enjoy Sweet Water Festive Cask on their patio while playing fun games like cornhole and giant jenga. Ladies will get half off select drafts and wine.

Mezza Lebanese Bistro & Hookah Lounge Mezza will be offering Almaza Lebanese beer and Ksara wine. Sample artisanstyle Lebanese bread, enjoy Lebanese music and belly dancing.

Join us during Vista Lights for music by Under the Sun from 7–11pm.

Tutti-Frutti will be open until 11pm offering 25% off all self-serve frozen yogurt. Offering 14 flavors including gingerbread and eggnog and 51 different toppings.

LongHorn Steakhouse Lincoln at Gervais | 254-5100

Blue Marlin y 1200 Lincoln St. | 799-3838

710 Lady St. | 227-7157

Tutti-Frutti 1205 Lincoln St. | 260-1917

Wild Wing Café 729 Lady St. | 252-9464 y We will be serving Mrs. Claus cookies and

701 Gervais St. | 708-0236

Carolina Ale House

This fresh, fun and funky restaurant will be offering tempura asparagus with Asahi and Sapporo beer.

Sidewalk booth selling bratwurst, beer, wine and free sugar cookies for the kids. Come in out of the cold and enjoy our bar where most drafts are $2.75.


Stop by one of the Vista’s favorite places to eat and enjoy their famous shrimp and grits. Blue Marlin always goes all out with their holiday decorating — enjoy the festive setting.

TakoSushi 1115 Assembly St. | 771-711

The Peanut Man y 1215 Lincoln St. | 419-0705 Come by and see our vast array of candies and treats. For $2, get a gingerbread girl or boy ornament to decorate and a cute gingerbread lollipop and choice of tatoo. Sip on REAL hot chocolate and enjoy pumpkin spice pecans. Pearlz Oyster Bar 936 Gervais St. | 661-7741 Sidewalk booth selling food, alcohol and hot chocolate. SakiTumi 807 Gervais St. | 461-4677 Enjoy food and beverage samples, a DJ and and an artist painting, all in the festive alleyway.

Toasting marshmallows outside LongHorn (above) and photos with Santa at Marble Slab (right).

Salsarita’s/TCBY 916 Gervais St Located in the heart of the Vista, come in and taste two of our favorites at a special price of $3 for nachos and $5 for meat nachos.

yIndicates businesses that are participating in the tree-decorating contest. Be sure to vote for your favorite at November 14-20, 2012 | | |



THE PERFECT PAIR: BREWS AND FOOD. Your favorite bars and restaurants have partnered with your friends at Budweiser of Columbia to bring you these special beer and food pairings. Eat and drink up! Art Bar

1211 Lincoln St. | 929-0198


Hoegaarden Bottles

Blue 721-A Lady St. |


Shrimp Tempura with a Sweet Remoulade Sauce FEATURED BEER: Stella Artois Bottles FEATURED FOOD:

The Blue Marlin 1200 Lincoln St. | 799-3838

Shrimp & Grits FEATURED BEER: Stella Artois Bottles FEATURED FOOD:

Carolina Ale House 798 Lady St. | 227-7150

Fall Off the Bone Ribs FEATURED BEER: Southern Tier 2X Stout and Southern Tier Old Man Winter FEATURED FOOD:

Carolina Wings & Ribhouse 600 Gervais St. | 256-8844

BBQ Sandwich FEATURED BEER: Bud Light Bottles & Bud Light Pitchers FEATURED FOOD:

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium 931 Senate St. | 933-9997

Big, Soft, Salted, Buttered Pretzel FEATURED BEER: Widmer BRRR FEATURED FOOD:

Gervais & Vine

Liberty Tap Room & Grill

SakiTumi Grill & Sushi Bar

828 Gervais St. | 461-4677

807 Gervais St. | 931-0700


Stella Artois Beer-steamed Brats FEATURED BEER: Bud Light, Ultra, Magic Hat #9 Cans, Stella, Widmer BRRR, Winterhook, Kona Pipeline Porter Draft


LongHorn Steakhouse

Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina

902A Gervais St. | 254-5100

916 Gervais St. | 832-7586

Lobster-stuffed Filet FEATURED BEER: Michelob Ultra & Bud Light bottles


Mellow Mushroom



1009 Gervais St. | 933-9201 FEATURED FOOD: FEATURED BEER:

Mojito Tropical Cafe 1004 Gervais St. | 779-1717

Empanadas, Cuban Sandwiches FEATURED BEER: Bud Light & Michelob Ultra Draft with Kalik & Imperial Bottles FEATURED FOOD:

Monterrey Restaurante 931 Senate St. | 765-1465 FEATURED FOOD: FEATURED BEER:

620 Gervais St. | 799-8463

Duck Confit FEATURED BEER: Southern Tier Old Man Winter Draft FEATURED FOOD:


800 Gervais St. | 779-7789

Dippin’ Nachos FEATURED BEER: Stella Artois Draught FEATURED FOOD:

Kelly’s Deli & Pub 1001 Washington St. | 254-4464

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings FEATURED BEER: Stella & Widmer BRRR Bottles FEATURED FOOD:

Hey Dude Pizza Lionshead, Widmer OKTO


Fajitas Michelob Ultra Bottles, 32 oz. Michelob Ultra Draughts

930 Gervais St. | 779-9599


Crab Bites Bud Light Bottles

Oyster Bar 1123 Park St. | FEATURED FOOD: FEATURED BEER:



Peck of Oysters Stella Artois

Seared Tuna on a Wonton Chip and Teriyaki Beef Skewers FEATURED BEER: Kirin Ichiban, Firerock, Woodchuck Amber, BRR Draught, Pitchblack IPA

Nachos Widmer Rotator IPA



729 Lady St. | 727-3308

Dragon Roll 22-oz. Kirin Ichiban, Stella Artois Bottles


Uncle Louie’s 1125 Park St. Wet Willie’s FEATURED BEER:

Wild Hare

| 933-9833

Fatty Natty Bottles, Stella Artois Draught


800 Gervais St. | 779-5650

Bud, Bud Light, Ultra Bottles

902-B Gervais St. | 929-0374

Ribeye with baked potato and side salad FEATURED BEER: Magic Hat Heart of Darkness Bottles, Lionshead Draft FEATURED FOOD:


600 Gervais St. | 256-8844

Holy Jalapeno Burger Widmer Rotator IPA

World of Beer 902 Gervais St. | 256-1126 FEATURED BEER:

Goose Island Mild Winter

936 Gervais St. | 661-7741


Lobster Bisque Redhook Winterhook Draft,Widmer Rotator Falconers IPA Draft | | | November 14-20, 2012

Vista Lights 2012  

Kick off your holiday shopping and fun at theVista’s annual street party in Columbia, South Carolina.