Business

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…

Bartlett Financial expands presence on Main Street in Lexington

A Lexington-based small business that also happens to be family-owned-and-operated is expanding on Main Street. Bartlett Financial officials are not just building new space for themselves, however, but say they also are creating opportunities for other businesses. Barlett Financial staffers breaks ground on the first phase of expansion in Lexington. (photo by Rachel Ham) Founder Ron Bartlett and co-owner Heath…

Belk department store at Dutch Square Mall to close

Officials at Belk have announced the closing of a Columbia location. The store in Dutch Square Mall is shutting down in January. According to Jessica Graham, vice president of Communications and Community Relations, the 91 associates employed there were informed last week. Belk will be focusing “resources and efforts on the expansion and renovation of (the) flagship store at Columbiana Mall…

Small business owners learn about technology resources at Minority Business Roundtable

Ninety-five percent of South Carolina’s economy is small businesses, according to statistics from the state Department of Commerce. Small business owners from around the region heard Friday from national experts about technology that can help their shops and stores thrive. The Minority Business Roundtable was presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration and MasterCard’s Master Your Card program, an educational program…

Palmetto Health Baptist celebrates 100 years serving the Midlands

For the past 100 years, Palmetto Health Baptist hospital has lived out its mission of Christian service in the Midlands. Hospital officials and employees on Thursday celebrated the milestone by reflecting on the hospital’s history and revealing the contents of a time capsule that will be placed in the building’s wall. “The people of Baptist have always been focused on…

New local business hopes to reel fishing lovers into Five Points

The crowds at the recent Forrest Wood Cup and expo demonstrated the level of interest in fishing in the Columbia area, and a new local business is hoping to attract some of those lovers of lures to Five Points. Tomahawk Fishing Shop is open for business on Harden Street in Five Points (photo by Allen Wallace). Tomahawk Fishing Shop is…

City of Columbia announces new Main Street business loan program

Businesses in Columbia have an opportunity to join Main Street’s resurgence courtesy of a new program offered by the city. The Office of Business Opportunities on Tuesday unveiled its Main Street Capital program, which will offer loans to increase the number of retail stores in the district. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin speaks to a crowd about the new Main Street…

USC Press to offer books exclusively to The Nest shop on Main Street

The University of South Carolina is creating a greater presence on Main Street. The business district’s newest retail store, The Nest, now carries books exclusively published by USC Press. “Being able to offer such a large selection of top-quality regional interest books from USC Press in one convenient downtown location is a great opportunity for the booklovers of Columbia,” said…

Mellow Mushroom celebrates anniversary with a taste of 1974

It’s been a long time since customers could stop in for a $2.50 pizza or a 30 cent soft drink at a restaurant, but Mellow Mushroom locations in downtown Columbia and in Lexington will take guests on a trip back in time Aug. 20. Mellow Mushroom in The Vista will join in the chain’s 40th anniversary celebration Wednesday. (photo by Allen…

M Grille celebrates first anniversary with official ribbon-cutting

Many restaurants hold a grand opening ceremony on the first day of business or shortly thereafter, but one local spot’s owner chose to wait until her restaurant displayed its staying power. M Grille owner Michelle Wang cuts the ribbon with help from her husband at Tuesday’s ceremony, as her employees cheer her on. (photo by Allen Wallace) M Grille celebrated its…

City of Columbia, Chamber of Commerce partner to promote Business in Motion program

Officials in the City of Columbia’s Economic Development Department have partnered with the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce to reach out to the city’s budding business community. City officials announced the collaboration Monday as part of its Business in Motion program, which is designed to increase and retain the number of local businesses in the Columbia area. The City of…

Swamp Cabbage Brewing Co. opens to the public

Beer lovers who enjoy seeing how their beverage of choice is made have another local option. Guests sample the Swamp Cabbage brews at Sunday’s grand opening. (photo by Allen Wallace) Swamp Cabbage Brewing Co., which recently launched its line of drinks, opened its 921 Brookwood Drive brewery Sunday for public visits, tours and tastings; and more than 800 people came…

Aircraft Maintenance Services expands operations to Richland County airport

The Jim Hamilton-LB Owens Airport is expanding its capabilities in aircraft maintenance and repair. Camden-based Aircraft Maintenance Services has relocated its headquarters to the airport. Owens Field Airport welcomes Aircraft Maintenance Services to relocate its headquarters to the airport. (photo provided) “It’s long been a goal of mine to return to CUB where I worked as a mechanic many years…

Palmetto Health Foundation vice president earns national honor

Palmetto Health Foundation’s vice president of public relations is one of 15 people nationwide selected for induction into the Public Relations Society of America’s College of Fellows. Amy Coward of Palmetto Health Foundation (photo provided) Amy Coward officially will be inducted later this year in Washington, D.C. Coward has been with Palmetto Health Foundation since 2005 and served as chief…

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce throws support behind Gov. Nikki Haley

South Carolina’s leading business organization has taken a side in the gubernatorial contest between current Republican Gov. Nikki Haley and her Democratic challenger state Sen. Vincent Sheheen. Gov. Nikki Haley (photo by Allen Wallace) Haley spent Thursday traveling to four cities across the state with representatives of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce to accept the organization’s endorsement of her…

Todd & Moore celebrates 70 years in Columbia

It was Monday, August 7, 1944. World War II raged in Europe, as the Germans fought to repel the Allied invasion, which had come just two months and a day before. On the home front, IBM unveiled the first program-controlled calculator, and in Columbia, a locally owned business — then called Todd’s Sporting Goods — opened its doors for the first time….

Todd & Moore celebrate 70th anniversary

A Columbia business that first opened its doors during World War II will celebrate its 70th anniversary Thursday. Todd & Moore Sporting Goods has been locally owned and operated since it first opened as Todd’s Sporting Goods on South Main Street in 1944. Thursday’s celebration will be an all-day event at the 620 Huger St. store with special sales and giveaways…

Skyaa’s Caribbean Restaurant dishing up island-inspired flavors in Cayce

Skyaa’s Caribbean Restaurant is serving up the best of chef Skyaa Gauntlett’s dishes in Cayce. (photo by Rachel Ham) Tonya Hamilton and Rashad Savoy have launched their first restaurant with a family friend manning the kitchen. The partners opened the doors of Skyaa’s Caribbean Restaurant, Bar and Grill last month and on Friday were welcomed into the West Metro Chamber…

Lexington Medical Center’s cardiac rehab manager accepted into national medical fellowship

Lexington Medical Center employee John Leech has been accepted into the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. (photo provided) A Lexington Medical Center employee who aids patients making significant lifestyle changes in order to improve their health has been accepted into a prestigious national organization. John Leech, manager of the hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program, has become a Fellow of…

Lizard’s Thicket restaurant on Beltline Boulevard to close for renovations

A Columbia restaurant that has been open since 1982 will be getting a face-lift. The Lizard’s Thicket at 402 Beltline Blvd. will close for several weeks for renovations beginning Aug. 3. Lizard’s Thicket will announce plans for the grand reopening of the Beltline location later in August. “We have so many long-time customers that love the Lizard’s Thicket Beltline location,…

Chef Mike Davis looks back, honors inspirations as Terra celebrates 8th anniversary

Many things have changed over the past eight years in the Midlands, and many businesses have come and gone, but Chef Mike Davis’ Terra has remained. Davis will celebrate the restaurant’s eighth anniversary this week by paying tribute to some of the people who, as he puts it, “shaped us to become what we are today.” Terra celebrates its eighth anniversary…

Midlands Convention Bureau hires new director of communications

The Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism recently hired its newest spokesperson. The organization selected Andrea Mensink to be director of communications. The Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism has hired Andrea Mensink to serve as director of communications. (photo provided) “We could not be happier to have Andrea join our team,” said Bill Ellen, president and CEO…