Business

Lexington couple’s Main Street shop offers unique gifts amidst antebellum charm

Whether they’re looking for a wedding present, something to outfit the family’s new addition or a “just because” gift, people browsing the selection at 210 Shoppe + Studio are a part of 160 years of Lexington history. Jill and Wayne Rogers purchased the house at 210 West Main Street after several years of admiring it from next door where Wayne has…

Lexington Medical Center plans 2-phase expansion

More than 101,000 people walk into the emergency room at Lexington Medical Center. Physicians there perform more than 23,000 surgeries, and more than 3,500 babies are born there each year. Those numbers continue to grow as does Lexington County’s population, and hospital officials are preparing to meet demand with a two-phase expansion. Lexington Medical Center officials plan to add on to the…

Village Idiot celebrates 25 years in Five Points

Many businesses have come and gone in Columbia since 1990, but the Village Idiot Pizza and Pub has held steady in Five Points for two-and-a-half decades. The Village Idiot is celebrating 25 years in Five Points. (photo by Allen Wallace) Co-owner Brian Glynn said the 25th anniversary of the restaurant’s arrival in Five Points is “a milestone we had to…

Starbucks, Salsarita’s coming to West Columbia development

New restaurants are coming to West Columbia to join a growing area of commercial development. The city has received plans for two new restaurants. (photo by Rachel Ham) Donna Smith, West Columbia’s director of economic development, confirmed Friday the city has received plans for a joint development housing Starbucks and Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina. The site on the corner of Chris Drive…

Developers plan hotel, apartments on site of former Kline Iron and Steel property in the Vista

A group of Greenville-based developers unveiled the initial plans for a potential mixed-use development at the tip of the Vista that would offer housing and store space near the State Museum. A rendering of the potential development at the corner of Huger and Gervais streets. (photo provided by JDavis) The 6.5-acre vacant lot sits at the corner of Huger and…

Church works to convert Columbia Soundstage nightclub into new meeting space

A Columbia church is converting a local nightclub into its new Sunday gathering space. Midtown Fellowship’s downtown campus has outgrown is home on Devine Street, and the pastoral team elected to purchase and renovate an existing facility instead of building new. They settled on Columbia SoundStage, formerly a music venue and nightclub, on the corner of Blanding and Barnwell streets. Columbia SoundStage as…

Bank of America donates $75,000 to United Way of the Midlands for homelessness programs

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has donated $75,000 to the United Way of the Midlands to support the nonprofit’s efforts to end homelessness in Columbia. Senior Vice President and Credit Products Officer at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Michael Thacker (left) and President and CEO of United Way of the Midlands Mac Bennett (photo provided) “Reducing homelessness is one…

New Panera Bread set to open Monday in the Vista

People in downtown Columbia can grab breakfast, lunch or dinner at Panera Bread’s new location in the Vista starting Monday. Panera Bread opens soon in the Vista. (photo by Rachel Ham) The restaurant is being managed by Southern Bread LLC partners Bo Gdovin, Richard Connolly and David Smith. Gdovin said opening day will be Monday. The former Bluestein’s Wholesale Dry Goods on the…

Business owners, residents invited to 2015 Business Lexpo trade show

Lexington County residents will have access to a variety of local businesses at an upcoming trade show hosted by the Greater Lexington Chamber. The 2015 Business Lexpo begins at 11 a.m. July 16 at Radius Church on Main Street, and people are invited to check out vendors with services ranging from chiropractic care to home improvement to graphic design. The…

Lexington Medical Center names next leader

Board members at Lexington Medical Center found the hospital’s next president and CEO from within the current administration. Tod Augsburger is the hospital’s fourth CEO. (photo provided)Hospital officials announced the promotion of Tod Augsburger on Monday after board members unanimously approved the hire June 25. Augsburger has been senior vice president and chief operating officer of Lexington Medical Center since November 1999. Augsburger…

Columbia retailers adjust strategies to stay relevant, compete with online, big-box stores

Homegrown retailers are taking advantage of Columbia’s population boom to launch their startups as the downtown area is re-energized with the addition of several new businesses. At the same time, small business owners face challenges competing with internet retailers and sustainable big-box stores in the growing market of youth-driven, tech-savvy consumers. “The market does look good and is promising, however there are challenges…

Chapin coffeehouse expanding to Vista

Columbia’s Vista district already has a Flying Saucer, a Rocketman and a Wild Hare, and soon it will have a Wired Goat. The Wired Goat Café is heading across the river from Chapin, where it has been owned and operated by husband-wife duo Steven Grigsby and Jessamine Stone since August 2013. The coffeehouse will continue to serve customers in Chapin while the…

Community health center opens new offices to serve Eau Claire residents

  The North Main Street business district in the Eau Claire community is taking shape as several new businesses find a home in the neighborhood. The Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers celebrated a ribbon cutting Friday for two new medical offices to serve the growing population. “It’s a continuation of the efforts to attract nontraditional businesses and to make sure that folks have…

West Columbia’s State Street becoming shopping destination with new merchants, free Saturday events

State Street not only boasts two new locally owned businesses, but the area is also attracting more visitors and shoppers this summer with a series of free, family-friendly events. Karen Cotran of It’s The Little Things and Mark Plessinger of Frame of Mind joined the growing downtown business sector with both stores celebrating grand re-openings in early May. Formerly housed on Meeting Street…

North Columbia Business Association to host Fish Fry Social fundraiser for literacy program

When Sabrina Odom, executive director of the North Columbia Business Association (NCBA), founded the Buddy and Benjamin Literacy program in 2010, her goal was to improve literacy in the community. Since then, her mission has grown to include making sure local elementary school students have access to books at home. North Columbia Business Association’s annual Fish Fry Social. (photo provided) “We…

Sun Solutions printing to expand with more jobs, new facility in West Columbia

A West Columbia-based business is expanding and bringing new jobs to the area. Sun Solutions, a commercial printer founded in 1983, soon will begin construction on a new 105,000-square-foot facility on Old Dunbar Road in West Columbia. The company offers services like vehicle wraps, promo items, digital printing and direct mail marketing. Vice President of Business Development Jacob Cook said Sun Solutions…

More jobs coming to Lexington County Amazon plant

Amazon is continuing to expand its workforce, and the Lexington County plant is among those adding new positions. The company announced intentions to fill more than 6,000 full-time jobs across its U.S. fulfillment network to meet growing customer demand. People hired will be responsible for picking, packing and shipping customer orders. Officials said Amazon will add more than 200 full-time jobs at…

Local flooring retailer honored for support of injured soldiers through Tunnel to Towers Foundation

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and Building for America’s Bravest will present catastrophically injured soldiers and their families with keys to brand-new Smart Homes tailored to their needs this year. Local retailer Wayne Kirby was honored Thursday for his stores’ part in making the homes possible. Wayne Kirby (center) is joined by his Lexington staff and Ret. Lt….

Site plan approved for Walmart Neighborhood Market in Cayce

The Cayce Planning Commission unanimously approved a site plan for a Walmart Neighborhood Market grocery store and gas station to be built at the intersection of Knox Abbott Drive and Charleston Highway. Cayce’s new Walmart Neighborhood Market will stand at the intersection of Knox Abbott Drive and Charleston Highway, and developers have requested a traffic light for the intersection. (photo…