Business

Brewery owners, Lexington officials laud impact of ‘beer bill’

Locals stop by River Rat Brewery on Shop Road to grab a pint during the grand opening. (photo by Rachel Ham) A law that could bode well for Lexington County’s recruitment of a major company also has positive implications for local, existing businesses and wholesalers statewide. Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill into law earlier this month that loosens restrictions…

Lexington Chamber honors three local residents at annual awards breakfast

Three active members of the Lexington County community recently were honored for their volunteerism and contributions to local schools, the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce and Chamber members. The Chamber held its annual awards breakfast on Tuesday, and announced Daisy Harman, Butch Hale and Ken Lake as this year’s winners. Daisy Harman was named the A.L. Harman Award winner for…

Motor Supply Co. Bistro highlights local farmers during Harvest Week

Motor Supply Co. Bistro is highlighting its most valuable asset this week: local farmers. The restaurant kicked off its sixth annual Harvest Week celebrating local farmers and highlighting the fresh produce, meat eggs and dairy that make up the restaurant’s farm-to-table menu. Chef Wesley Fulmer shares a laugh with family who came to support him for Harvest Week. (photo by…

Georgia company leases space in Cayce

A Georgia-headquartered company announced last week that it is expanding into Lexington County. Halco Lubricants will be opening its first South Carolina location on Frink Street in Cayce. Halco “distributes lubricants to the automotive, heavy duty, commercial and industrial markets” according to a description from the company. Halco will occupy 19,500 square feet starting this month. Company officials said an…

YMCA of Columbia names new youth program director for Lexington

Savanah Standifer has been tapped to coordinate and oversee programs for kids of all ages at the Lexington Family YMCA. The YMCA of Columbia hired Standifer as the new Youth Program Director for the Lexington branch. Most recently, she comes from the YMCA of Ponca City, Okla., where she has served as Youth, Family & Sports Director since 2010. YMCA officials said Standifer…

Local advertising group wins national award

The American Advertising Federation of the Midlands is the best club of its kind in the country for the third time in four years. AAF of the Midlands members accept awards at the AAF national ADMERICA conference Salute to Achievers Luncheon in Boca Raton, FL, on May 31 (photo provided). The Columbia group won the National Club of the Year…

Chicken Salad Chick opening this month in Harbison area

Chicken Salad Chick is expanding into the Harbison area a few months after openings its doors in Lexington. The new location is scheduled to open June 10 next to Outback Steakhouse. “We are so excited to continue expanding the Chicken Salad Chick community throughout the Carolinas,” said Kevin Brown, president of Chicken Salad Chick. “It has been such a blessing to see our…

Palmetto Place names officers, new board members

A local children’s shelter has announced a new slate of officers and board members for the 2014-15 term. Marie Dieckmann, Allyson DeHart and Rodney McClure have been elected as officers for Palmetto Place, while new board members Trevor Knox, Billy McGee and Shawn Skillman also will lend their expertise to lead the organization. Dieckmann will serve as president after several years as a board…

Palmetto Health announces plans for Blythewood Urgent Care closure

Some residents in the Blythewood area will have to seek medical care at a new place starting Friday. Palmetto Health announced that Blythewood Urgent Care is closing effective Friday. Dr. Michael Lawhead, emergency medicine physician at Blythewood Urgent Care, is relocating to Parkridge Urgent Care at 100 Palmetto Health Parkway, where he will serve as medical director. Palmetto Health officials said Blythewood…

Jamie Scott Fitness brings wellness, personalized training to Columbia

It’s 6:25 a.m. in the Cross Hill business district. A morning fitness class has 20 minutes left before the workout ends. Sweat drips off the brows of the participants — males, mostly in their 40s and 50s, between sets of squats, lunges and bicep curls. “50 seconds … 30 seconds … ,” the instructor says. Bottles of water are refreshing for…

Midlands mom turns couponing, sales expertise into career

Jenny Martin says she did not set out to start a business. “It was out of pure necessity,” the founder of SouthernSavers.com said of the origin of her interest in using coupons and tracking sales. Southern Savers founder Jenny Martin led a seminar on saving money Monday at the SC BLUE store in Columbia. (photo provided) Martin explained that eight years…

Small business owners learn social networking, branding at 2nd annual Small Business Week conference

The city of Columbia talked business Wednesday at the second annual National Small Business Week Conference. Business owners from across the Midlands and other parts of South Carolina gathered to network and pick up some tips on building their brand. “Small businesses have created 50 percent of the new jobs in the economy,” said Frank Knapp, president and CEO of…

Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce celebrates National Small Business Week

The city of Columbia and Greater Columbia Chamber kicked off National Small Business Week on Tuesday honoring what many call the backbone of the community. Columbia and Richland County officials celebrated National Small Business Week with the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce. (photo by Kelly Petty) “I believe that small businesses are the fabric of our community here in the…

Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative accepting applications for Bright Ideas grants

Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative has opened the application process for its Bright Ideas grant program for 2014. The goal of the Bright Ideas program is to energize innovative lessons by educators at local schools. Mid-Carolina awards approximately $16,000 in grants each October to educators who have innovative ideas for their classroom projects. Mid-Carolina Electric sponsors the Bright Ideas program to allow…

Photo Gallery: North Columbia Business Association kicks off National Small Business Week

Shops and businesses opened Monday along North Main Streetto kick off National Small Business Week in Columbia. It was a “Famously Hot” morning with temperatures headed toward the 90s as members of the North Columbia Business Association and Columbia Councilmen Brian Newman and Sam Davis gathered at Vino Garage to launch the week-long celebration of small businesses. “Small business is…

Photo Gallery: New Orleans-style cocktail bar Bourbon serves up classic American drinks

Longtime restaurateur and Columbia mainstay Kristian Niemi is set to let the good times roll on downtown’s Main Street with a brand-new cocktail concept in the historic Brennen building. Niemi and Columbia city officials celebrated the opening of Bourbon with a ribbon cutting Monday. “We are all excited about bringing another fantastic addition to Main Street,” said Columbia Mayor Steve…

Motor Supply Co. Bistro taps Wesley Fulmer as new executive chef

Motor Supply Co. Bistro is once again shaking up Columbia’s foodie scene with its newest Executive Chef Wesley Fulmer. New Executive Chef Wesley Fulmer at Motor Supply Co. Bistro (photo provided) Owner Eddie Wales has tapped Fulmer to bring his knowledge of locally grown ingredients and unique cooking techniques to the city’s best known farm-to-table eatery. Fulmer’s journey to the…

American Heart Association, American Stroke Association recognize Lexington Medical Center for exceptional care

Stroke patients are receiving top-notch care at Lexington Medical Center, according to findings by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The hospital picked up its fourth “Gold Plus” Quality Achievement award for stroke care from the two national organizations. The honor is given through the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke program and is the highest award conferred to hospitals…

Senior partner at McKay, Cauthen Settana & Stubley, P.A. named one of state’s best lawyers for 6th year

Local attorney Jay McKay was named a South Carolina Super Lawyer for 2014. (photo provided) Local attorney Julius “Jay” McKay II has been deemed one of the best practitioners in the state for the sixth consecutive time. McKay is the senior partner at McKay, Cauthen Settana & Stubley, P.A., a firm founded by his grandfather Douglas McKay in 1908. He again…

Palmetto Heath Foundation takes home public relations awards

A good public relations department is important to the success of any nonprofit organization. No matter how good the cause or how well-planned the fundraiser, getting the word out is crucial. Ashley Dusenbury (left) and Leah Peace of Palmetto Health Foundation public relations show off the department’s awards from the SC Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. (photo…

USC business students learn about global competitiveness with small-business project initiative

Part of the mission of the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business is to offer students experiences where they can apply classroom work in the real world. Professor Frank Rydzewski (from left), Thomas Deutinger, Dominic Freudensprung, Katerina Popova and Daniel Nagel worked on the small-business project. Also, pictured are Mark Myrick, sales manager with Jameson and Forrest…