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Local real estate adviser picked for city of Columbia Planning Commission seat

The city of Columbia has announced the newest member of the city’s planning team. Local real estate consultant Dale Stigamier was appointed to the city’s planning commission. He will serve a three-year term. Dale Stigamier. (photo provided). “I was very excited to have the opportunity to give back. I’ve been in the development business for my entire career,” Stigamier said….

Liberty Tax Service offers free tax preparation for police, EMTS, firefighters until March 3

Liberty Tax Service is honoring the work of public safety workers by offering free tax preparation to police officers, emergency medical technicians and firefighters. Individuals can get their taxes prepared for free from now until March 3 at participating locations in the Columbia area. Liberty Tax Service offers free tax preparation for public servant (photo provided). “This is just our…

Palmetto Baptist Parkridge open house set for March 1

Palmetto Health’s brand-new medical facility will be revealed to the public in less than two weeks. An open house at Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge is set for March 1, and residents are invited to drop in from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Palmetto Health personnel will be on hand throughout the day to give tours. Food will be available for…

Flaming Grill Supreme Buffet serves up global fare in Columbia

Flaming Grill Supreme Grill opened in Columbia in early January. (photo by Rachel Ham) Featuring cuisine from countries that span the globe, Flaming Grill Supreme Buffet has something for a variety of taste buds. Owner Jayden Chen and manager Kirby Cheong opened the restaurant in Columbia with the goal of providing a place where anyone can find an item he or she…

Providence Hospitals names interim CEO after George Zara’s retirement

Michael French has taken over duties as interim CEO at Providence Hospitals. (photo provided) Beginning Feb. 17, Providence Hospitals has a new interim CEO. Officials announced Monday that Michael French will serve in the position while the search for a permanent CEO continues in the wake of George Zara’s retirement earlier in February. French’s experience in the healthcare field spans…

Carolina Couture opens new location in downtown Columbia

Carolina Couture has dresses for many special occasions. (photo by Rachel Ham) Hundreds of sequins, yards and yards of tulle and nearly every color of dress imaginable fill up the showroom racks at Carolina Couture in downtown Columbia. Carolina Couture relocated from Lexington to 929 Gervais St. this January and features countless designers of formal wear, prom and bridal attire….

Bikram Yoga Columbia expands to Irmo

The business that brought famously hot yoga to the famously hot city has expanded into Irmo. Participants stretch their flexibility Saturday in a Bikram Yoga Columbia class at the new Irmo location. (photo by Allen Wallace) Bikram Yoga Columbia held a grand opening this weekend for its new location off Harbison Boulevard, at 1150 F4 Bower Parkway behind Wild Wing Cafe….

Books-A-Million on Forest Drive to close in March

Another chain bookstore in Columbia will be going out of business. The Books-A-Million in Trenholm Plaza at 4840 Forest Drive will close permanently March 15, according to employees at the store. The closing will leave the Books-A-Million in the Village at Sandhills as the only one in Columbia. The store’s Harbison Boulevard location was replaced last year by 2nd &…

North Columbia Business Association endorses Bull Street Development

Within the first few minutes after Veronica Rodriguez was recognized as president and chair of the North Columbia Business Association, Government Affairs Coordinator Donald Gist announced that the NCBA officially would endorse the Bull Street Development project. North Columbia Business Association Government Affairs coordinator Donald Gist announces the Bull Street endorsement. (photo by Kelly Petty) NCBA’s public endorsement of the…

New Hobby Lobby on Two Notch Road celebrates grand opening

Residents in Northeast Richland County welcomed the grand opening of Hobby Lobby on Monday morning. The 50,000-square-foot craft store is on Two Notch Road across from the Village at Sandhills and offers a plethora of crafts and home goods. Hobby Lobby opens on Two Notch Road. “We’re just happy to be here,” said manager Sarah Polley. Polley said it took…

North Columbia Business Association names Veronica Rodriquez president and chair

Veronica Rodriquez is the new chairman of the board for the North Columbia Business Association. (photo provided) The North Columbia Business Association announced at a Monday news conference that Veronica Rodriguez had been appointed president and chair of the board of directors. Established in 2008 by Executive Director Sabrina Odom, the organization seeks to unite all businesses in the North…

Lexington Cardiology welcomes interventional cardiologist

Dr. Robert Leonardi is the newest face at Lexington Cardiology. (photo provided) Lexington Cardiology has 11 board-certified cardiologists with the practice’s latest addition, Dr. Robert A. Leonardi. A part of the Lexington Medical Center network of care, Lexington Cardiology has offices in downtown Columbia and West Columbia. The practice offers cardiac consultation and evaluations, echocardiograms, nuclear stress testing, vascular studies,…

The Balance Institute staff enjoying new home, planning to expand services

New faces are always welcomed by Liana Marconyak (from left), Debra Gallup and Jan Shaw at The Balance Institute. (photo by Rachel Ham) More than a decade after first opening the doors of The Balance Institute, founder Jan Shaw and her team still are helping residents feel their best. More services and benefits for clients are on the horizon for…

New Academy Sports + Outdoors to create more than 100 jobs

Hiring will begin in a few months for another new store coming to the Harbison area. Academy Sports + Outdoors has started to build on Park Terrace Drive in Columbia. Senior Communications Coordinator Eric Herrera said the 71,000-square-foot store is slated to be open by summer of 2014. The Columbia location is expected to generate about 150 jobs. Hiring will take…

Prudential Midlands Real Estate earned Angie’s List customer service award

The agents and staff members at Prudential Midlands Real Estate have helped hundreds of families find homes since the agency set up shop in 2006. Thanks to the superior feedback from those customers, Prudential Midlands Real Estate has earned its first Angie’s List Super Service award. An online database of consumer ratings, Angie’s List allows people share their experiences with…

Belk at Columbiana Centre announces plan to expand into former Sears space

Belk will invest more than $6 million into its flagship store in Columbia starting this fall. As announced by the company Friday, the existing Belk store at Columbiana Centre will be remodeled and eventually will expand into the former Sears. Plans are to relocate the men’s apparel and shoe departments into the space previously occupied by Sears. When the renovations…

Nordstrom announces new Harbison store to open this fall

Less than a month after Barnes & Noble closed its doors in Harbison, a new store has announced it is moving into the space. Seattle-based Nordstrom revealed plans Tuesday to open a second South Carolina store at Harbison Court in Columbia. Nordstrom Rack is scheduled to open this fall. Also opening this fall will be a Greenville Nordstrom Rack location….

Lexington Medical welcomes new physician to Lexington Family Practice Northeast

Dr. Jeremy Crisp (photo provided) Staff and patients at Lexington Family Practice Northeast were joined recently by a new member of the physician team: Dr. Jeremy Crisp. Lexington Family Practice Northeast is a physician practice in the Lexington Medical Center network. The practice offers comprehensive medical care for all age groups, individuals and families. Services include mobile mammography, cardiovascular ultrasound,…

Sears stores at Columbiana Centre to close in March

The Sears and Sears Auto Center stores at Columbiana Centre mall on Harbison Boulevard in Columbia will close in early March, according to a spokesman for the company. Howard Riefs, corporate communications director for Sears, said Thursday that the store’s lease was not renewed. “Store closures are part of a series of actions we’re taking to reduce on-going expenses, adjust…

City of Columbia offers workshop for businesses to learn about 2013 federal tax credits

The city of Columbia is offering a free workshop to inform businesses in the Columbia-Sumter Empowerment Zone about tax credits and incentives to help create jobs. Partnering with the Columbia Empowerment Zone Inc., the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and business tax credit adviser RetroTax, the city will educate business owners on various tax incentives available through the U.S. Department…

New Cayce restaurant serving up family-style favorites

Willie and Mary Robinson invite you to enjoy home-cooked favorites from their kitchen at Down Home Café in Cayce. (photo by Rachel Ham) With her husband, Willie, by her side, Mary Robinson has returned to the restaurant game and is dishing up Southern specials from hamburgers to gizzards to pork chops. Robinson first operated The Snack Box on Charleston Highway…

USC grad making Devine Street sweeter with Silver Spoon Bake Shop

This peach pie is just one example of the handmade cakes, pastries and desserts crafted at Silver Spoon Bake Shop on Devine Street. (photo provided) After satisfying sweet teeth in New York and Charleston, Erin Nobles is creating delectable desserts in the heart of Columbia. Nobles says her passion for baking started during the Christmas holidays of her childhood. Nobles…

Photo Gallery: Columbia Marriott unveils $12 million renovation

The Columbia Marriott on Hampton Street just got a facelift with the hopes of helping to recharge the Main Street district in the downtown area. The hotel, which opened in 1983, underwent a $12 million renovation to completely transform the look of the lobby space and to update all guest rooms and suites. “We felt it was beneficial to introduce…