Business

Tomlinson’s Wholesale Warehouse expanding into Lexington

Tomlinson Sales Co. is expanding into Lexington with a Tomlinson’s Wholesale Warehouse. (photo provided) An in-progress development in Lexington has added a new store. Representatives with Tomlinson Sales Co. confirmed the company will construct a Tomlinson’s Wholesale Warehouse on Sunset Boulevard. The store will be adjacent to the Sunset Village development on the former Corley Mill property. Tomlinson’s has nine locations in…

Lexington family opens new pizzeria focused on locally grown ingredients

Ian and Cassie Walls cut the ribbon on their brand-new pizzeria in Lexington on Thursday. (photo by Rachel Ham) Produce grown in the Midlands and around the state is being turned into family-size pizzas at a brand-new eatery in Lexington. The Walls have opened their first restaurant, Knead Pizza, just down the road from Lexington High School. Ian and Cassie…

Photo Gallery: Local brewery’s Broad River Red Ale to be sold in bottles for first time

A local ale popular with many bar customers now will be available for those sitting in armchairs rather than on bar stools. River Rat Brewery’s Broad River Red Ale will be available for sale in bottles beginning Friday. (photo by Allen Wallace) River Rat Brewery employees spent Wednesday bottling 300 cases of the brewery’s Broad River Red Ale, which will be…

Future business leaders learn entrepreneurship basics at S.C. Chamber event

Hammond High School senior Kelvin Obioha (left) and Spring Valley High School senior J. Anthony Bennett learned skills to help them be successful in the business world. (photo provided) South Carolina’s next generation of business owners, company executives and idea-rich innovators converged in the Upstate last week for an annual tradition. South Carolina Business Week brought together dozens of local…

Local businessman Jim Reynolds awarded Order of Palmetto

State Sen. John Courson (left) presents local businessman and education and workforce development advocate Jim Reynolds with the Order of the Palmetto. Also pictured is Midlands Technical College president Sonny White (right). (photo provided) An active member of the Midlands community has been given South Carolina’s biggest award. Jim Reynolds, CEO of Total Comfort Solutions and longtime Midlands Technical College…

Lexington Medical Center network of care welcomes 2 new physicians

Dr. Eva Imperial will care for local patients through Spring Valley Family Practice. (photo provided) Two area physicians have joined new medical facilities in the Midlands but will still be caring for patients of all ages. Dr. Eva Imperial has set up shop at Spring Valley Family Practice, while Dr. Jennifer A. Greene will practice at Carolina Women’s Physicians. Both offices are…

Newberry professor’s BizCamp sets out to teach young adults fundamentals of business

A group of Midlands students gathered at the Richland Library this week to learn the fundamentals of business ownership. Newberry College professor Paul Smith teamed up with Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union to host the third annual BizCamp to teach young people entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Ethan Jones, Magjoly Miller and Ch’nyah Tucker are students in the BizCamp program this…

Dutch Fork High School grad launches own creative brand

Dutch Fork High School graduate Joshua Smith showcases one of his 3-D art designs. Smith also creates and sells apparel and jewelry. (photo provided) Joshua Smith could spend his first summer after graduation by the pool or hanging out with friends. The Dutch Fork High graduate instead is pushing forward with the launch of a business powered by his own…

Trade magazine recognizes Palmetto Health for use of technology

Palmetto Health Hospital has been named one of the “most wired” organizations for the seventh time by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. The hospital is one of only six health care providers in the nation and the only Midlands medical center to meet the criteria for the recognition. “We use technology to help physicians and team members provide the highest…

Lexington Medical Center’s Otarre Pointe medical building entering home stretch of completion

Construction is in full swing on the interior and exterior of Lexington Medical Park – Congaree. (photo by Rachel Ham) Dust is flying, paint brushes are rolling and large air conditioning units are being lifted onto the roof as Lexington Medical Park – Congaree takes shape in Cayce. Lexington Medical Center broke ground at the brand-new medical office building last June,…

Roses Discount Store coming to St. Andrews

Local shoppers will have another option for discovering savings later this year as a new store comes in the Columbia area. Roses Discount Store is headed to St. Andrews Road near the Interstate 26 ramp, behind Cycle Gear Columbia. Company officials said the store is slated to open in November, depending on construction delays. The discount store sells an array of…

Richland County recognizes local businesses as part of new small business program

Richland County’s newest Small Local Business Enterprises division kicked off its efforts Wednesday by recognizing the first group of 22 small businesses that have qualified for projects and contracts with the county through the new program. A small business owner takes notes in the Small Local Business Enterprises class upon certification (photo provided). “We’ll do everything we can to ensure…

New dental office opens in Lexington area

Family Dental of Lexington is now open on Sunset Boulevard. (photo provided) A brand-new facility in the Lexington area is providing dental care to residents one tooth at a time. Dr. Perry Joiner and the staff at Family Dental of Lexington opened a new full-service practice June 26 and already have more than 130 patients registered for a visit. Joiner…

Black Bean Co. serves up ‘energy food fast’ in The Vista

Columbia’s farm-to-table movement is here to stay. Charleston-based Black Bean Co. has brought its farm-fresh and fast service concept to The Vista, adding to the district’s growing number of dining options. “We’re not fast food. We’re energy food fast,” said Marketing Director Benjamin Fleming. Black Bean Co., named for the superfood, was started by Ellis Grossman in 2010. The 28-year-old…

Medical device firm plans $1.4 million expansion in Richland County

A $1.4 million investment and 50 jobs is coming to Richland County as a local medical device manufacturing company expands its operations. Rhythmlink International LLC will grow its design and distribution facility on 1140 First St. South in the Columbia Industrial Park to make room for a new automated packaging line. RhythmLink’s international headquarters in Columbia (photo provided) “After careful…

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…