Business

University of South Carolina economists say state’s economy to remain strong in 2018

USC photo From Peggy Binette, USC Communications and Public Affairs Despite a tight labor market and a series of Midlands-area layoffs due to the recent shutdown of construction at the V.C. Summer nuclear facility in Fairfield County, South Carolina’s economy remains strong and stable. Palmetto State residents can expect that stability to continue in 2018, according to University of South…

Vickie Lovett’s Pretty Pictures Photography cuts ribbon at new location

The ribbon cutting ceremony for Pretty Pictures Photography was held Dec. 1. Pretty Pictures Photography and owner Vickie Lovett will operate in a studio withing the Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce building at 1006 12th Street, Cayce. Pictured are Vickie Lovett. Cayce Mayor Elise Partin, C-WC Chamber Board President Dondee Lewis, Bruce (Vickie’s husband) John Banks of the Chamber. also…

5 Points Association issues statement opposing fast food restaurant’s location

Statement below from Five Points Association The Five Points Association is opposed to the recent application made requesting a special exception for a fast food drive-thru (reported to be a Zaxby’s) in lower Five Points.  This possibility will lead to a tipping point in the history of Five Points – a significant head nod to how Five Points will develop in…

Nephron Pharmaceuticals expanding its Lexington County facility, adding 125 jobs

Nephron- ColaDaily photo. Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a manufacturer of sterile inhalation and 503B outsourcing medications, today announced a $12.5 million expansion to add 36,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The new investment is expected to create 125 new jobs by June. “The improvement of the facility will help us meet our commitment to solve the critical problem of drug supply…

Salsarita’s holds grand opening at Killian Road location

1/4Salsarita’s 1 4 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Salsarita’s 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Salsarita’s 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Salsarita’s 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Salsarita’s Fresh Mexican Grill held a grand opening Tuesday at its new Killian Road restaurant. As a part of the grand opening Salsarita’s gave customers a free chips and salsa with the donation of any…

Lake Murray Country Souvenir Shoppe holds ribbon cutting

1/5Ribbon cutting Lake Murray Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5Ribbon cutting Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5Ribbon cutting 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5Ribbon cutting 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5Ribbon cutting 4 Show Caption Hide Caption A ribbon-cutting at the Lake Murray Country Souvenir Shoppe was held Nov.  30th at the Lake Murray Country Visitors Center The Shoppe has souvenir items available…

Artists, food vendors celebrate Sustainable Midlands Holiday

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Holiday shopping is huge for small, local businesses

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Small Business Saturday is in Five Points Saturday

On Saturday,  the Five Points Association will be taking part in Small Business Saturday, the nationwide event celebrating small business.  In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need – getting more customers.  The single day has grown into a powerful movement and Five Points will be participating in a big way.  Businesses will be offering sales and specials in their stores…

Woodfield Systems USA, Inc. opening operations in Richland County, to create 50 Jobs

Woodfield Systems USA, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of bulk liquid and gas handling equipment, is locating a new manufacturing center in Richland County. With a capital investment of $1.5 million, the company is expected to create 50 new jobs. Woodfield Systems USA is a wholly-owned entity of India-based Woodfield Systems International, a premier design, manufacturing and sales organization, providing…

Photos – Christmas season is officially underway with Vista Lights

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SCE&G to cut utility rates by an average of $5 a month to appease angry rate-payers

Keller Kissam, SCE&G president of retail operations, and incoming president. (File photo)  SCANA announced, Thursday, that it plans reduce the utility bills of customers in the wake of its failure to complete the construction of two nuclear reactors. The giant power company also announced it will purchase a gas-fired power plant in place of the reactor-generated energy. “We’ve heard our customers’…

Rock, blues maven Elle King will headline Columbia’s Famously Hot New Year’s party

Elle King will perform live at S.C.’s largest New Year’s Eve party, the free Famously Hot New Year celebration in downtown Columbia,. on Dec. 31. She is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist and banjoist famous for her hit single “Ex’s and Oh’s,” and internationally renowned for her unique sound encompassing rock, soul, blues and country. Since #FHNY is on a Sunday night this year, we’re encouraging visitors to make a long weekend of it!  www.famouslyhotnewyear.com…

Minnie’s Auto Service has female customers in mind

1/5Minnies 5 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5Minnies 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5Minnies 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5Minnies 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5Minnies 4 Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan There’s a car repair shop in Columbia that recently opened. And this one isn’t like any you’ve seen before. Minnie’s Auto Repair, at 6220 St. Andrews Rd….

S.C. Secretary of State Mark Hammond announces Scrooges and Angels for 2017

South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond announced Thursday the Scrooges and Angels lists of 2017. Ten Angels as well as one Honorary Angel were recognized at a press conference and honored with a reception in the Secretary of State’s Office following the announcement. The Angels honored represent organizations that exemplify charitable giving in South Carolina. Representatives from all organizations…

Richland County leaders visit China to forge international economic development relationship

1/31 of 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/32 of 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/33 of 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Richland County Council’s Joyce Dickerson Richland County officials met with Chinese business leaders in late October to build upon the international relationship forged when a top manufacturing company selected Richland County as the home of its first American production…

Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club conducts vision screening at Cayce Elementary

1/3Lions sight screening 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Lions sight screening 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Lions sight screening Show Caption Hide Caption The Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club conducting Vision Screening at Cayce Elementary School in Lexington School District Two on Nov. 8,9,and 10. The Lions Club screened 1,050 students during the three day screening. The school nurses, Mrs. Sturkie…

Groundbreaking for Sonny’s SportsPlex Indoor Courts Facility held in Northeast Columbia

Rendering of Sonny’s – Submitted Hill Construction and Talmage Architects joined the owners of Sonny’s SportsPlex to officially break ground on Sonny’s SportsPlex. It’s an indoor courts facility that will offer league play, open gym and personal training. Sonny’s is expected to open in the Spring of 2018. The Northeast Columbia facility will give youth around the state the opportunity to…

Vista Lights, holiday open house, kicks off Thursday, with new features

The 32nd annual Vista Lights, the Congaree Vista’s signature open house, kicks off the holiday season on Thursday (Nov. 16) from 5-10 p.m. with artistic performances, live music, dancing, shopping, dining and the annual Vista tree lighting at 7 p.m. “We’re so excited about what our Vista Guild members and neighborhood shops, galleries, restaurants, retailers and businesses are doing this…

Chapin Marching Band’s Holiday Market is Nov. 18

The Chapin Marching Band is having a Holiday Market with more than 70 local crafters and vendors. There will also be a huge silent auction. Five food trucks will be on-site too.  along with 5 food trucks. The Holiday Market will be held at the Chapin High School Nov. 18th from 9 a.m.until 4 p.m. There will be something for everyone.

West Columbia’s Zesto, to Pete Manos from Gus, the tradition endures

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Columbia’s Laura Derrick is 2018 South Carolina REALTORS President

Laura Derrick Laura Derrick, Realtor at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Columbia, is South Carolina REALTORS 2018 president. Derrick was inaugurated in a ceremony at the association’s September annual meeting at the Greenville Hyatt Regency Hotel. Her term begins this week. As SCR president, Derrick’s goal will be to focus on SCR’s strategic plan, which is rooted in the protection…

Lizard’s Thicket reopening Elmwood location, Saturday, after extensive renovations

Lizard’s Thicket  plans to reopen its completely renovated 818 Elmwood Ave. location, Saturday, after five months of it being closed. Lizard’s Thicket is a 40-year-old, collection of family-owned and operated restaurants specializing in traditional Southern food.  There are  15 locations in South Carolina. Renovations to the Elmwood Avenue store included and an updated the exterior and interior and: o   Increased parking o   Upgraded…

Cats on display at new Cat Cafe, opening Friday in River District

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