North Columbia Business Association encourages residents to shop local during Autumn Week

The North Columbia Business Association is kicking off the fall season by inviting the community to shop local during Autumn Week. Businesses in North Columbia will be opening their doors to customers with specials and deals from now through Friday.

“With the changing of the seasons, upcoming holidays and consumers looking for shopping bargains, NCBA and its members want to share our plans for Autumn Week in North Columbia,” said Sabrina Odom, executive director, “Our North Columbia businesses have many specials and activities planned for the week along with our annual meeting.  We encourage everyone to just follow the pumpkins to shop locally.”

Participating businesses will be identified by a bright orange pumpkin in their storefront. The association encourages residents to “follow the pumpkins” as they shop throughout North Columbia. Patrons can purchase items and services from places like Carolina Kernels, Vino Garage, First Citizens Bank, Angelos Zesto’s, North Main Street Bakery and Rose of Sharon Gift Shop.

The association also will be celebrating their efforts to support the small business community with their 2014 annual meeting Thursday. The free event will feature guest speaker Mel Wallace, the South Carolina State Regional Director of the Small Business Development Center.

The business association will wrap up Autumn Week on Friday with a fall festival featuring a pumpkin patch, face painting for children and other activities. The festival will take place at 2720 North Main St.

Autumn Week is part of the association’s mission to introduce the greater Columbia community to the businesses and neighborhoods along North Main Street, Monticello Road and Fairfield Road.

Recently the city received a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant to complete improvements on North Main Street as part of the Seamless City Revitalization Project.

Odom said the project will be beneficial for the North Main Street corridor, but it can affect businesses.

“They usually suffer with streetscaping because its hard to get into the business,” she said. “We’re going to be marketing our small businesses so people will not forget they are here. We need you to support them so they can stay here.”

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