Business

Local plastic surgeon tapped to lead Palmetto Health Healing Waters; spa to open Jan. 15

Palmetto Health’s newest amenity for the community and hospital patients will be opening just after the New Year. The hospital system announced Palmetto Health Healing Waters, a 7,000-square-foot spa located on the Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge campus, has its grand opening scheduled for Jan. 15. Local plastic surgeon Dr. Peter Haines will oversee care as Healing Waters’ medical director. Dr….

Dollar General opens newest location in north Columbia

Dollar General opened the doors of its newest location in Columbia on Saturday. The retail outlet at 7925 Wilson Blvd. in north Columbia celebrated its grand opening with specials, free prizes and giveaways. Dollar General opens on Wilson Boulevard in North Columbia. (photo by Kelly Petty) “Dollar General is committed to delivering a pleasant shopping experience that includes a convenient…

Photo Gallery: USC graduate opens trendy clothing boutique for women of all ages

A University of South Carolina graduate has opened a boutique specializing in one-of-a-kind clothing for women of all ages. Elliott Bridgers, owner of Mainstream Boutique on Devine Street, said she hopes to bring affordable fashion and accessories to the Midlands market. “Mainstream Boutique is a multi-generational women’s clothing boutique,” she said. “So the women that shop here are in their…

Richland County opens Office of Small Business Opportunity to connect with local entrepreneurs

  Richland County on Wednesday fulfilled its promise to ensure small and local businesses have the opportunity to participate in the $1.07 billion transportation penny program when it unveiled the new Office of Small Business Opportunity. “Richland County Council created this office to ensure that we’d have the necessary programs available to assist small and local business so they would…

Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge debuts Back Porch outdoor space

An outdoor space designed to relax the mind and body was unveiled for the first time Thursday at a Midlands hospital. Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge staff and executives mill around the Back Porch outdoor space. (photo by Rachel Ham) Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge opened in March to serve the Irmo community, and officials cut the ribbon on the hospital’s final…

Palmetto Health Hospital named “Screening Center of Excellence” for lung cancer test

Palmetto Health recently was named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance. The medical center was one of 225 hospitals to receive the designation. “We are proud and honored to be working with Palmetto Health as a Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence. Their commitment to practice responsible lung cancer screening will lead to advancements in…

EngenuitySC report: Midlands poised to be “economically competitive” in Southeast

Columbia is poised to be an economically competitive city in the Southeast region, according to a report by EngenuitySC. USC President Harris Pastides announces the results of the 2014 Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report. (photo by Allen Wallace) “This report is what I hope becomes a catalyst for conversation across the Midlands region,” said EngenuitySC Executive Director Meghan Hughes Hickman. “It…

Women In Philanthropy names Paula Thayer program director to energize its outreach

A United Way of the Midlands partner organization dedicated to women and children has enlisted new leadership to promote its efforts. Paula Thayer has been named new program director for Women in Philanthropy and will work to increase membership and awareness of group’s mission. “I have long known the power of collaborative efforts in creating change in our world,” Thayer…

BB&T South Carolina president named Business Leader of the Year

One of Columbia’s own is being honored by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce for leading the way in bringing about positive change statewide. The Chamber announced Tuesday that Mike Brenan, president of BB&T South Carolina, is the 2014 Business Leader of the Year. He’ll be recognized at the 35th Annual Summit in November. Brenan’s involvement in the region encompasses being a past chairman…

Nordstrom Rack brings discounted designer brands to Columbia retail center

With about 60 shopping days until Christmas, Columbia residents flooded into the area’s newest retail destination Thursday afternoon for a special preview event. Dozens more waited excitedly in line Friday morning as Nordstrom Rack on Harbison Boulevard officially opened to the public. Shoppers quickly filled Columbia’s newest retail destination Thursday during a preview event. (photo by Rachel Ham) Nordstrom Rack…

Affordable Care Act consultant to lead free seminar for small business owners

Small business owners in Lexington and Richland counties are invited to learn how they can prepare their business for the impact of the Affordable Care Act at an upcoming breakfast seminar. Ted A. Kirchharr, Affordable Care Act consultant and author of “The Busy Business Owner’s Guide to Health Care Reform: What You Need to Know,” is stopping by Columbia next week…

SC Works to host job fair Tuesday

Job seekers are invited to meet representatives from dozens of local companies that are hiring now. SC Works is hosting a job fair Tuesday at the National Guard Armory on Bluff Road. Employers from the University of South Carolina, Aflac, Michelin, Home Depot and numerous other companies will be taking applications and talking to interested candidates from 9 a.m. until…

USC’s international business alumni mark 40th anniversary of groundbreaking program

The University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business 40 years ago embarked on a new venture that would recognize the importance of international business in its curriculum. The school today has expanded international business into a top-ranked program that has a global reach and national recognition for shaping South Carolina’s economy. International Business professor Andrew Spicer speaks about the…

Cooperative Ministry comes under new leadership

The Cooperative Ministry recently named Beth Irick as its new executive director. Irick is a veteran of the nonprofit sector, bringing 20 years of experience to the leadership position. The Cooperative Ministry’s new Executive Director Beth Irick (photo provided) The Columbia native graduated from Columbia Junior College with a degree in retail management and later studied leadership at the University…

Lexington Medical Center welcomes 2 new doctors

Physicians specializing in family medicine and obstetrics recently joined the Lexington Medical Center network of care. Dr. Daniel Shumpert is on board the staff at Lexington Family Practice-Irmo, which provides a range of care to patients from babies to seniors. Shumpert is a magna cum laude graduate from the University of South Carolina. He completed his family medicine residency at AnMed Health in Anderson…

North Columbia Business Association encourages residents to shop local during Autumn Week

The North Columbia Business Association is kicking off the fall season by inviting the community to shop local during Autumn Week. Businesses in North Columbia will be opening their doors to customers with specials and deals from now through Friday. “With the changing of the seasons, upcoming holidays and consumers looking for shopping bargains, NCBA and its members want to…

USC alumna opens barre3 fitness center that mixes yoga, Pilates, ballet

Staying fit can be tough as the holiday season approaches. But the founder of Columbia’s newest fitness center has folks “shaking and quaking” to achieve sleek dancers’ bodies in just 60 minutes. Barre3 combines ballet barre, yoga and Pilates to create a low-impact workout that strengthens and tones the body. “I wanted something that would age well with me,” said…

Local mom opens ‘working boutique’ in Lexington as DIY haven

A newly opened Lexington business not only sells one-of-a-kind home accents, but owner Sarah Cornett has the expertise and tools to help people create their own original pieces. Rustic Chic Interiors is now open in Lexington with unique furniture and its own line of paint. (photo by Rachel Ham) Cornett is a self-described “junker at heart” and spends her days…

Sales to Service Auto opens in West Columbia

A Midlands family has opened up a brand-new small business in the West Metro community to offer the full auto service experience. STS Auto Sales and Repairs celebrates its first month of business with the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber. (photo provided) The Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce held a grand opening celebration for Sales to Service Auto Sales and Repairs…

Palmetto State Armory donates AR-15 rifles to Lexington County Sheriff’s Department

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department has two powerful new tools for use in its mission to protect and serve after a donation from Palmetto State Armory. Lexington County Sheriff Lewis McCarty (right) and Operations Chief Carl Young try out newly donated AR-15 rifles Wednesday at Palmetto State Armory Wednesday. (photo by Allen Wallace) The local business gave the department two PSA…

Several Midlands businesses earn honors with Palmetto Vision Awards

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce recognized top businesses and individuals in South Carolina during the first Palmetto Vision Awards ceremony. Several of the evening’s honorees have ties to the Midlands and received awards for diversity and training the next generation of workers. The Manufacturer of the Year in the small/medium category is MTU America Inc., headquartered in Aiken. According to company…

Palmetto Health joins forces with Healing Waters for new spa location

Patients at one of the Midlands’ newest hospitals will see more services arrive in just a few weeks. Opening to the public and patients is a new spa at Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge in Irmo made possible through a partnership between Palmetto Health and Healing Waters, an award-winning spa and plastic surgery clinic. Select amenities offered at the 6,931-square-foot spa will be…

Senior Resources unveils new website for organization’s rebranding

Senior Resources Inc., an advocacy group and program provider to hundreds of senior citizens in the Midlands, unveiled the rebranding of its organization and new website Wednesday. The changes are all apart of the nonprofit’s goal of advancing its mission of “empowering seniors to remain healthy and independent.” “We are excited to reveal our new image because it does a…