Business

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…

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…

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…

Greater Columbia Chamber CEO retires; board urges support of strong-mayor referendum

Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Ike Mcleese announced his retirement Wednesday after 19 years at the helm of the business organization. McLeese suffered a heart attack in September and had been away from the Chamber since. McCleese plans to remain a consultant for military affairs within the Chamber. The board of directors now must find someone to…

Amazon to hire thousands of seasonal workers in South Carolina

Applications are now available for new jobs being offered by Amazon this year, and many are open to local residents. According to a news release issued Tuesday, the company is set to create more than 70,000 positions across the United States. The jobs are said to be full-time seasonal positions at the fulfillment centers. Amazon representative Nina Lindsey confirmed that…

Stone River celebrates successful first month with Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting

Stone River Co-owner Chris McCutchan and General Manager Jay Beneventano get a little help from their families to cut the ribbon on Thursday. (photo by Rachel Ham) After sitting empty for nearly four years, the former New Orleans Riverfront Restaurant has been given a facelift and new life. This summer, the space was transformed into the Midlands’ newest restaurant and…

Chicken Salad Chick to open second South Carolina location in Lexington

After a successful launch in Greenville, Chicken Salad Chick is coming to Lexington next. As announced by company President Kevin Brown, the Southern fast-casual restaurant is slated to open its doors in the Midlands in October. “We are so excited to add this new location to the growing Chicken Salad Chick community throughout the Southeast,” he said. “It has been…

Local business brings new take to bow ties

A local business got its start thanks to a special request from a 7-year-old.   Jenny Kinsey of Tight Lines Y’all shows off a “3N1” tie. (photo by Allen Wallace) Tight Lines Y’all launched this summer, and its clothing line centers on locally made, patent-pending “3N1” bow ties. The inspiration came when Terry Jones’ son asked to have dinner at…

West Columbia business recognized as top specialty retailer

Sewing machine experts agree: A West Columbia shop is one of the best in the business when it comes to customer service and industry knowledge. At the annual Baby Lock Dealer Convention in St. Louis, the gathering of hundreds heard the announcement that Creative Sewing Machine Center of West Columbia had won the award for the top Single Location Retailer…

Bi-Lo buys 22 Piggly Wiggly stores, 6 in Midlands

Several Midlands Piggly Wiggly stores soon will become Bi-Lo locations. Bi-Lo announced Thursday that it’s buying 22 Piggly Wiggly stores in South Carolina and Georgia. Local stores included are 4711 Forest Drive in Columbia, 760 U.S. Highway 378 and 4360 Augusta Road in Lexington, as well as stores in Prosperity, Bamberg and St. Matthews. All employees at the existing Piggly Wiggly stores…

465 laid off at Savannah River Site

More than 450 employees at Savannah River Site were laid off Thursday by the company that manages radioactive waste programs at the site. The company, Savannah River Remediation, sent a memo to all employees reading in part “I regret that we have to take this step, but I encourage you to avoid the distractions that these workforce changes can cause.”…

Marco’s Pizza now open in Cayce

An Ohio-based pizza chain opened its fourth Midlands location this week, and hundreds of people already have enjoyed the fare. Marco’s Pizza in Cayce celebrated its grand opening Monday. To mark the occasion, the eatery gave away 100 free pizzas Monday and Tuesday. Trey Boyd, manager for the new location, said people couldn’t wait to taste the made-from-scratch slices. “People…

Irmo hotel expansion to include new Zoe’s Kitchen

A third Zoe’s Kitchen location is coming to the Midlands as Irmo’s Residence Inn by Marriott expands. The hotel recently broke ground for the construction of the Hotel Shoppes next to the Residence Inn at 944 Lake Murray Blvd. Zoe’s Kitchen is the first business to sign on to occupy the multi-unit building. Zoe’s already has locations on Main Street…