Entrepreneur Jennifer Early sells her homemade juice to a customer on March 3 at the Soda City Market. Her food truck has been parked on the same street for the past year to provide the citizens of Columbia, South Carolina a cheaper and healthier alternative to their normal commercialized drinks. “I think our juice provides people with something different that they haven’t tried,” Early said. “We give the option to bring your kids over here and try something they don’t even know you put kale in and they drink it and love it.” Photo by Emma Ramsay.
Pleasant Hill middle schooler, Rajit Jain holds a pretzel him and friends made for their ‘Trendy Teen Products’ stand during the Macaroni Kids children’s fare on March 3. ‘Trendy Teen Products’ started to provide Pleasant Hill students with scholarships to study abroad, however according to Jain, it has turned into something much more than that. “It was initially created to help out students pay for a study abroad trip at our school,” Jain said. “I just think it’s so fun to make food, and when you see kids doing it and being entrepreneurs it’s so inspiring and refreshing.” Photo by: Emma Ramsay.
Eight-year-old Jackson Smith eats several free samples of freshly popped kettle corn. Even though some may say this is unhealthy, Smith believes its benefit outweighs any cost. “Honestly, I don’t think there is such thing as eating too much sweets because it gives you energy,” Smith said. “If you’re going to PE, you’ll have a whole lot of energy for it and if you’re going to dance, you’ll have energy for it. You can’t do it without the sweets.” Photo by: Suncana Pavlic
Soda City Market frequent customer Black Copeland watches as his favorite food is prepared. His promotion of the Avocado toast goes beyond its taste benefits. “Avocado toast is one of my favorite foods and depending on your mood you can put whatever you want on it. It brings me happiness and its healthy,” Copeland said.” There is something about if you’re tired, you kind of have to ask yourself ‘have you eaten today’ or ‘what have you eaten’? And food would fundamentally change the world, if we ate the right stuff.”Photo by: Suncana Pavlic.
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“ Co-Owner of Columbia Exotics, Lane Crenshaw holds an Iguana during the Soda City Market on March 3. Crenshaw brings out animals to raise awareness to the public about this mistreatment and misconceptions of exotic animals. “People often times see these animals and are like ‘oh my god, I want it’, when in reality people don’t do their research and they don’t realize that some of these lizards need UV bulbs and without them they develop something called metabolic bone disease,” Crenshaw said. “It causes major health issues, people don’t know this and pet stores don’t always explain this. So we come out here and try to bring a little bit of awareness. ” Photo by Emma Ramsay.
On March 3, Run Hard, an annual event composed of a marathon, half-marathon and relay, took place in Columbia, South Carolina where many participated in the event. Runner Steve Nicholson believes that running benefits more than just hisbody. â€œMy friend signed up for his first half (marathon), and I signed up to support him. (Running) keeps my heart fit, it keeps my mind fit. I always feel 100 percent better after running,â€? Nicholson said. Photo by Emma Ramsay.
Author Jakayla Green promotes and sells her first book at the Macaroni SC Children’s Fair. Just 10 years old, she used this book as an outlet to cope with her parents separation. “I wanted to write a book because I love to read and I just wanted my book to be on the shelf so I decided to write one,” Green said. “It helps me because it makes me feel like I am not the only girl who went through it. I think the importance of writing is just write what you want. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just write your heart out. I have a lot on my chest and I just like to get it off.” Photo by Emma Ramsay.
Parents watch their children dance as Violinist LaRon Herst plays covers of popular Disney themed songs like ‘Let it Go.’ After 19 years of playing, Herst continues to perform at the Soda City Market as a way to calm down the stressful atmosphere and add to the positive aroma. “I love the emotion people can feel from the type of song you’re playing.,” Herst said. “Playing or listening (to music) is very meditative and it calms your mind. It’s a stress reliever. Stress causes a lot of issues so if you can find something that can keep you calm and in a state of gratitude, I think that is ideal.” Photo by Suncana Pavlic.
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