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A U.S. Army veteran named Louis Williams, Jr., started a tile business in Columbia in the early 1960s. He had a willingness to work hard, often spending those early days on his knees laying tile himself. He also had a vision for a new product that could change the industry. After a year and …

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It's been just over a year since Nothing Bundt Cakes opened at 4619 Forest Drive in the Cardinal Crossing shopping center. Owner Kandi Bubonic and her staff will soon be celebrating the store's first "birthday" with three days of giveaways, benefiting customers and one local nonprofit organization.

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Blythewood area residents will soon have the opportunity to tell the town what they think about its services and amenities — and what they’d like to see on the drawing board for the future.

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The importance of keeping good financial records and how to tap into local government opportunities highlighted the agenda for area small business owners at Tuesday’s monthly Northeast Connection and Small Business Breakout meeting.

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Like many small business owners, Angela Sellers struggled to get through 2020. The Fit Columbia owner found her ninth year in business a brutal one, battling like so many others to overcome COVID-19’s obstacles. Her way through it turned out to be an unexpected one: a bigger space.

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There will be a new restaurant coming to the corner of Gervais and Harden streets, scheduled to open in January. 5 Points Chicken & Grill will specialize in a variety of chicken boxes, but also offer other popular food items.

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Lizard's Thicket employees are preparing to serve thousands of customers on New Year's Day. According to Community Relations Manager Sara Krisnow, it's the local restaurant chain's busiest day of the year.

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There's a new tenant in the former Family Dollar space in West Columbia's Westland Square Shopping Center. Furniture on Sunset officially opened at the start of the month, and is locally owned and operated.

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Blythewood area residents should see construction on the long-anticipated widening project on Blythewood Road after the first of the year, according to Michael Niermeier, Richland County’s director of transportation.

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“A little bit of everything” is how Scott Derrick described the merchandise at Blythewood General Store, his newest venture that celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday.

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Laurent Prescelti, the French entrepreneur who brought Crepes and Croissants to Sumter Street in Columbia, is set to open a new cafe-style breakfast and lunch restaurant in the River District. The Hideout will feature espresso drinks, salads, croissant sandwiches, tartines, and quiches.