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Photo gallery: BlueCross BlueShield South Carolina BLUE retail store opens for business

BlueCross BlueShield’s newest retail store celebrated its grand opening Saturday with a prize drawing, an appearance from Santa Claus and visits from University of South Carolina mascot Cocky and Clemson University’s Tiger. The South Carolina BLUE retail store in the Columbiana Station shopping center is the third location in South Carolina. The other locations are in Greenville and Mount Pleasant….

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina to open new retail center in Columbia

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina plans to help Columbia residents better navigate the Affordable Care Act as it celebrates the grand opening of its retail center this Saturday. The health insurance carrier will open its third retail center to offer customers an in-person experience when choosing insurance. The center also will provide health and wellness programs. The South Carolina BLUE…

Dynamic Health and Fitness celebrates first anniversary, future expansion

Dynamic Health and Fitness co-owner Matt Mollohan cuts the ribbon as the fitness center marked one year in business in Lexington. (photo by Rachel Ham) Just one year after opening its doors in Lexington, Dynamic Health and Fitness is ready to expand. Owners Matt and Nikki Mollohan and General Manager Jody Parks welcomed members of the Greater Lexington Chamber of…

Local agency launches Pay It Forward Hiring Drive

A local staffing agency is encouraging people to provide gainful employment for someone this holiday season through a newly launched hiring initiative. Express Employment Professionals, located in Lexington, opened the Pay It Forward Hiring Drive this month with the goal of putting 100 unemployed individuals to work before the new year. The company is asking that hiring managers consider people…

Chick-fil-A to open new Lexington location in 2014

(logo courtesy of Chick-fil-A) A new restaurant will break ground in a matter of weeks in Lexington, and company officials expect the eatery to be open before the summer months. Chick-fil-A is coming to Saluda Pointe, which sits off of U.S. Highway 378 at Interstate 20. The restaurant will join Chili’s, Moore Orthopedics and Wingate by Wyndham at the development…

Minority enterprise agency encourages small, minority-owned businesses to sign up for transportation projects

As Richland County gets closer to releasing millions of dollars from the Transportation Penny Tax Referendum that was passed during the 2012 presidential election, small business owners, female business owners and minority business owners are encouraged to sign up for future projects. Photo courtesy of the South Carolina Minority Business Development Agency. The South Carolina Minority Business Development Agency Business…

Two Midlands funeral homes merge

Starting this week, two locally-owned Midlands businesses are merging services at one location. Greenlawn Memorial Park and Thompson Funeral Homes announced Monday that Greenlawn Funeral Home now will be known as Thompson Funeral Home at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Thompson Funeral Home at Greenlawn Memorial Park will continue to offer including funeral services, on-site crematory and permanent memorialization. “We understand how…

Carolina Reiki Institute hosting celebration of healing Saturday

Margaret Self gave her first session of Reiki therapy 20 years ago. Now, the owner of Carolina Reiki Institute is inviting people to learn more about the alternative healing method this weekend. Carolina Reiki Institute will host a drop-in celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Self said she wanted to mark her anniversary as a Reiki practitioner with…

M. Gallery Interiors relocates to West Main in Lexington

Mandy Summers, owner of M. Gallery Interiors, welcomes family and friends to the shop’s grand opening at its new location. (photo by Rachel Ham) Over the years, the building at 202 West Main St. in Lexington has housed a mattress store, an art store, a thrift store and more. These days, local shoppers can find all they need for their…

Bojangles’ opens second of three new Midlands locations

Springdale Mayor Pat Smith, Drew Kennedy (field representative for U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson), West Metro Chamber Board of Directors Chairman and Director of Community Outreach at Lexington Medical Center Connie Watson, Bojangles’ Unit Director Debbie Raybon, Bojangles’ Area Director Tina Glover, and Chamber President and CEO Gregg Pinner cut the ribbon on Springdale’s new Bojangles’ location. (photo provided) The Town…

City of Camden looking to revitalize former Maxway Department Store site

Interested parties desiring to bring a portion of an historic city back to life are invited to work with officials in Camden. The city has sent out a request for proposals for the purchase and redevelopment of the former Maxway Department Store site. The property is on the corner of Broad and Rutledge streets in the downtown Camden. Featuring 265…

Lexington Chamber welcomes new member Compton’s Kitchen

The staff at Compton’s Kitchen are all smiles as they celebrate joining the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting Tuesday. (photo by Rachel Ham) The past and present of Compton’s Kitchen came out Tuesday to the new Lexington location as the local eatery was welcomed into the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce. Current owner Martha Cooke was…

City of Columbia, Richland County post strong credit ratings

Standard & Poor’s, a leading financial services company in the U.S., announced it had upgraded the City of Columbia’s long-term rating on general obligation bonds from AA to AA+. It also gave an AA+ rating to the city’s long-term rating on its series 2013 GO bonds. The new rating indicates the city has a very strong capacity to meet its…

Trio of downtown Lexington businesses supporting women locally, globally

Visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee, shop for a Christmas gift and benefit a woman in need all at the same time in downtown Lexington. (photo provided) Walking into 121 East Main St. in Lexington, you maight not realize that you could walk out having given back to someone half a world away. The storefront is now home to…

BANGS Shoes founder Hannah Davis mixes fashion, humanitarianism

Hannah Davis did not plan on becoming an entrepreneur. In fact, she wanted to go to medical school and even enrolled as a biology student at Clemson University. After a tough first course, the 25-year-old Columbia native quickly realized her career path would have to move in a different direction. That journey would take her to China and, eventually, the…

South Carolina Chamber offering Affordable Care Act seminar for employers

Midlands employers are invited to learn more about the Affordable Care Act at an upcoming seminar. The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce will host a one-day educational event Tuesday to answer questions regarding how the ACA will affect businesses. Discussions will begin at 8:30 a.m. and run through 4:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Columbia-Greystone at 200 Stoneridge Drive. Seminar…

Chicken Salad Chick now serving in Lexington

Chicken Salad Chick franchise owners Julie Beville (third from left) and Michelle Singleton (third from right) open their new store Tuesday in Lexington. (photo by Rachel Ham) If you’ve ever wanted to try 15 different flavors of chicken salad, a new Lexington business can grant your wish. Chicken Salad Chick, a Southern fast-casual restaurant with 11 locations nationwide, opened a…

The Mamas & the Tapas offers new take on comfort food in The Vista

Like the group from which the restaurant’s name is derived, the crew at The Mamas & the Tapas are a bunch of young dreamers seeking to change how Columbia eats. The menu is based on comfort food — those staples reminiscent of home and mom’s cooking — but served in small sharable bites. The Mamas and The Tapas is the…

New businesses coming to vacant Kmart site on Garners Ferry Road

The old Kmart building at Garners Ferry Road and Fort Jackson Boulevard will have a new and very different look by late 2014. Rosewood Crossing site plan (photo provided) A Georgia-based developer is planning to turn the site into a shopping center featuring Marshall’s, Michael’s, Petsmart and other stores. The Fletcher Bright Co. announced the plan on its website and…

Lexington restaurateurs celebrate new eatery with The Crescent Moon ribbon cutting

Tom Shealy (second from right) and Jim Thompson (second from left) welcomed the Lexington community to their new restaurant, The Crescent Moon, on Thursday. (photo by Rachel Ham) Two Lexington businessmen have partnered to bring new flavors to the town by way of The Crescent Moon. Tom Shealy and Jim Thompson opened the restaurant together in June and celebrated joining…

Columbia planners ask for public input on Vista future

The people of the Midlands can help decide what the Vista will look like in the future. Columbia’s Planning and Development Services department is asking for public input on decisions that will shape developments to come in the area. Visitors to Friday’s public forum in the Vista consider planning options (photo by Allen Wallace) The department held two informal meetings…

Lizard’s Thicket unveils new website

Even a business built on Southern traditions has to change a little to keep up with the times, and while the food is still old-fashioned, Lizard’s Thicket’s newly updated website is anything but. Lizard’s Thicket was first opened by Bob and Anna Williams in Columbia in 1977. The business has grown to 15 locations in the Midlands and Florence with 700…

New Dunkin’ Donuts location opens in Cayce

Dunkin’ Donuts has opened its doors in West Columbia. Hours at the Knox Abbott location are Monday through Saturday from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. If your morning or afternoon commute takes you down Knox Abbott Drive, there’s a newly opened business on your route. Dunkin’ Donuts has expanded their presence in…

Local hotel executive named General Manager of the Year

Jeanette Lowicz (second from right) accepts her 2012 General Manager of the Year award at the Wyndham Hotel Group’s annual conference. She oversees operations at The Wingate by Wyndham Columbia/Lexington. (photo provided) Wyndham Hotel Group has selected a Midlands employee for an annual honor. As announced at the hotel group’s recent global conference, Jeanette Lowicz, general manager of The Wingate…