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Representatives from the Lugoff-based Mason Investment Group announced the company has purchased a neighboring automobile dealership, Heritage Chevrolet Buick GMC. The new dealership will now be known as Lugoff Chevrolet Buick GMC. It will remain at its current location (825 Hwy. 1) in Lugoff.

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Kelly Holbrook, 29, and Hannah Bratcher, 27, were surrounded by friends and supporters as they cut the ribbon on their new business Tuesday in Columbia. The Well Collective is a collaborative space to energize the mind and body through holistic care. The space houses Studio Fire, The Well Ca…

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“Mix-Mex” has made its way to Lexington, thanks to a new restaurant holding its grand opening Friday on Old Chapin Road. Nooch and Lalo offers well-known American dishes infused with Mexican ingredients. Jose "Lalo" Parra along with his partner and co-owner Nicholas "Nooch" Kole decided afte…

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Blythewood will soon have a new restaurant and music school headquarters. Renovations are underway at the train depot building in Doko Park that will be home to the Doko Station Pub & Eatery and Freeway Music School.

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Panera Bread's largest franchisee, Covelli Enterprises, will salute those in uniform with free meals Monday, in honor of Veterans Day. The offer will be valid at 28 locations across South Carolina and Georgia, including Midlands locations.

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The City of West Columbia cut the ribbon on the much-anticipated Carraway Park at the Riverwalk, Monday morning. It's at 212 Hudson Street, and described as “A Place for All Children to Play Together.”

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A new Starbucks is being built in West Columbia in the Danwood Shopping Center. The store will be on Augusta Road near Sonic, and McAlister's Deli.

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The City of West Columbia has new and enhanced ways to pay utility bills and traffic citations. The new system gives the ability to view water and sewer account details and pay traffic and code enforcement citations online. There is also a new pay by phone option.

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The State Street Art Crawl (First Fridays on State) for October is Friday, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.The free event is hosted by State + Meeting and it’s on State Street, West Columbia.Rob Shaw Gallery and Framing is hosting Collections-A Multi Artist Show (with art by Lindsay Wiggins, Dylan F…

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The Blythewood Chamber of Commerce has relocated to 130 McNulty Street, across from the Blythewood Historical Society & Museum.

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The Blythewood Chamber of Commerce has relocated to 130 McNulty Street, across from the Blythewood Visitors’ Center.

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The Starbucks in Cayce is now open. The coffee store is on the property that was once the site of Kershaw Tire.

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S.C. Biz News recognized Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation as one of South Carolina’s top three fastest-growing businesses during a celebration last Thursday in Columbia. Nephron is outside of Cayce -in Lexington County’s Saxe Goth Industrial Park- and it has a West Columbia address.

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The City of West Columbia’s Public Parking Garage at 310 Court Avenue, near  State Street in the Brookland Development is now open to the public. There are street parking spots open too. 

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Woodridge Memorial Park held an Open House and Ribbon Cutting, Wednesday, at its 138 Corley Mill Road location with the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce. 

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Local Subway restaurants in the Columbia area partnered with Transitions Homeless Center to provide more than 250 dinners and resources to the center’s clients Wednesday. The event was part of Subway’s inaugural Day of Giving, aimed to assist people in need with a free meal and betterment op…

Subway employees were on site at Transitions Wednesday to prepare dinners for clients. Photos provided. Local Subway restaurants in the Columbia area partnered with Transitions Homeless Center to provide more than 250 dinners and resources to the center’s clients Wednesday. The event was part of Subway’s inaugural Day of Giving, aimed to assist people in need with a free meal…

Jennifer Wilkes, a State Farm agent. The River District Association held its Monthly Breakfast Meeting Wednesday, at the Blue Moon Ballroom, 554 Meeting Street, West Columbia. Makaela Randolph, a business consultant to the State Farm Insurance Co. was the guest and spoke about protecting a business from natural disasters, like hurricanes. The River District Association will feature a guest speaker…

Maybe it’s the view from the highest point of the Ferris wheel, or the way your stomach feels when suddenly falling dozens of feet on the Drop Zone – whatever the reason, thousands of people come to the South Carolina State Fair for the rides. This year, fair representatives announced that there will be seven new rides available to anxious…

A release below from Mary Beth Hill- Lexington One Communications Director. The Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees, Tuesday, accepted the administration’s recommendation to give final approval to purchase property for $1,594,575.00 ($47,500 per acre) for the purpose of relocating Lexington Middle School. The negotiated price is on the low end of the independent appraisals the district received….

The Palms on Lady – rendering provided. The Arnold Companies, a Columbia-based commercial development firm, announced plans to build the first new residential tower in the central business district of downtown Columbia, located at the corner of Lady and Assembly streets. The spot previously housed Moe Levy’s and Howard Sports. It will be converted into 83 urban residences known as…

Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy with District One representatives. Photo provided. Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation and CEO Lou Kennedy are continuing support of Lexington County School District One students. Kennedy recently donated $9,000 to the Lexington One Educational Foundation to cover course fees for students enrolled in Lexington District One’s Pharmacology course. The district offers the course at Lexington Technology Center and…

First three photos obtained from Graduate Columbia website. Other photos by Cola Daily staff. A new hotel held its ribbon cutting Wednesday at a familiar location. Graduate Columbia is a 116 room, three-story hotel in the space formerly occupied by The Inn at USC. According to Director of Sales Leanna Lee, Columbia’s location was the 16th Graduate hotel to open,…

I-26 SCDOT photo Sen. Nikki Setzler, of West Columbia, is co-chairing a panel that has been assembled to address congestion on South Carolina’s interstates. Senate Finance Chairman Hugh Leatherman issued a memo thanking members for serving on the special subcommittee. Setzler is the co-chairman of the committee with Sen. Thomas Alexander. In the memo, Leatherman explains the need to address…

Joseph Azar, longtime Five Points business owner. Well-known Columbia businessman and activist Joe Azar has died. Azar was the owner of Upstairs Audio for more than four decades, located at 746 Harden St. in Five Points. He was also known for his interest in local politics, having run for mayor and Columbia City Council. Azar was 67-years-old. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin…

Suzette Shirey and Leah Machino of Mardel. The Mardel Christian and Education Store held a ribbon-cutting and Grand Opening Monday morning. The new business is in the West Side Plaza next to Hobby Lobby, 2305 Augusta Rd. West Columbia. “It’s a great addition to the growing number of businesses in West Columbia,” said Richard Skipper, executive director of the Greater…