Business

Boat company to relaunch in Newberry County

A boat company will build a new manufacturing facility in Newberry County, which is expected to bring 238 jobs to the area. Sea Pro Boats will invest $5.5 million in a 200,000-square-foot building in Whitmire, which will house the company’s headquarters as well as its manufacturing operations. The new facility is expected to be operational later this year, with hiring to…

Mother-daughter business uses ‘Guns ‘N Lipstik’ to empower women

Armed with guns and a little lipstick, Donna Broome and Candice Ivy are educating and empowering local women. The mother-daughter duo recently launched a gun safety course for women and have plans to reach teenagers with a new abuse prevention course this fall. Inspired by personal events, they said they want each person who walks through the doors at Guns ‘N…

Persona Pizzeria to serve up handcrafted pies on Columbia’s Main Street this fall

A California-based pizza company soon will offer handcrafted pies in downtown Columbia. Persona Pizzeria is slated to open this fall in a cozy spot on Main Street across from the South Carolina State House. Persona Pizzeria serves up handcrafted pizzas with fresh ingredients. (photo courtesy of Persona Pizzeria) “The next big slice of the fast-casual restaurant market is coming from…

More restaurants set to open in the Vista this fall, early next year

The Vista will add a Mexican restaurant and a fondue restaurant to its growing list of dining options over the next few months. City Bar and Fondue and Atlanta-based Tin Lizzy’s Cantina are set to open locations at Vista Station on Gervais Street, in what is being redeveloped to become West End Alley. Construction is underway at Vista Station. (photo…

Greater Irmo Chamber names new president, opens new office

The Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce has a brand-new office and new CEO to welcome visitors to the town and support local businesses. Kerry Powers is staying local to lead the Irmo Chamber. (photo provided) Kerry Powers, former associate publisher for Free Times Media, recently was named the chamber’s next president and CEO. She will replace outgoing president and CEO Tiffany…

Kroger breaks ground on new store in northeast Richland County

Businessmen and elected leaders broke ground Tuesday on the spot where a 124,000-square-foot Kroger Marketplace will be constructed, the first of its kind in South Carolina. Development officials and elected leaders celebrate the groundbreaking for the Kroger Marketplace. (photo by Kelly Petty) “I think that the customers here in this part of the county are going to find this to be…

Charleston-based restaurant coming to downtown Columbia

Charleston’s King Street Public House will be renovating and moving into the old McCrory building at Main and Taylor streets in downtown Columbia with a few changes and additions to the menu. Main Street Public House is being marketed as a casual dining experience with pub-style food options. The restaurant is expected to hold a grand opening in early December. The…

Southern Squeezed owners bring fresh juice to Columbia

  A husband and wife who decided to quit their jobs in pursuit of fresh juice have opened a new business downtown. Saket and Katie Munshaw are the owners of Southern Squeezed, a juice shop that serves up healthy fresh-pressed drinks. “We saw that Columbia didn’t have a dedicated juice shop,” Saket said about their decision to set up shop in…

Dunkin’ Donuts to open this fall in Lexington

Coffee and doughnut lovers will have a new place to pick up their favorite treats in Lexington in a matter of months. Tilson PR Senior Account Executive Maru Bazua, who represents Dunkin’ Donuts, said a new location of the Massachusetts-based doughnut shop is under construction. Dunkin’ Donuts is tentatively scheduled to open in early November at 1120 West Main St. The…

Developer to refurbish Columbia historic fire station in the Vista

A Virginia-based development firm is giving the historic Columbia fire station in the Vista a face-lift and bringing restaurants, shops and office space to the downtown business district. Construction already has started on the structure that originally was built in 1949. Rendering of the historic Columbia fire station. (photo provided) “It’s a fabulous piece of property and we’re thrilled with what’s going…

Kroger to break ground on new marketplace concept store off Killian Road

The Killian’s Crossing development off Interstate 77 near Blythewood will break ground next week on its first major project. Kroger officials have announced construction will begin on The Kroger Marketplace at Killian Crossing on July 21. The new location is a unique concept for the grocery retailer. The Marketplace will be a 124,000-square-foot multi-department store that is new to the…

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…