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State Museum transforming into “Museum of Oz” for Halloween

State Museum provided photo Lovers of the classic 1939 Judy Garland movie, The Wizard of Oz, should follow the “yellowbrick road” all the way to the South Carolina State Museum sometime between Sept. 29 and Nov. 4. The month-long Halloween adventure will offer various shows and events as the museum transforms into “The Museum of Oz.” The Wizard of Oz…

Crickentree homeowners meet to fight rezoning

Jeanne Reynolds photo About 70 residents of the Crickentree neighborhood packed Doko Manor in Blythewood Wednesday evening to hear plans to fight a rezoning proposal that could result in homes built in the middle of golf course property. Concerned Citizens of Crickentree organized recently to lead an effort to maintain the area’s current Traditional Recreational Open Space zoning. TROS zoning…

The Side Deck gaming cafe opens its doors in Lexington

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Independent workers share space, expenses in Blythewood CoWork Center

Mike Arndt, CoWork Center client. Jeanne Reynolds photos. Blythewood has hopped on the latest trend in the office space industry: coworking. Coworking spaces provide independent workers a professional business setting on a pay-as-you-go basis. It’s the fastest-growing segment of the office space industry, according to the Blythewood Chamber of Commerce, which operates the CoWork Center at 428 McNulty Street in…

Ribbon is cut at Moore Beauston & Woodham accounting

A ribbon-cutting and after hours event was held at Moore Beauston and Woodham accounting, tax and consulting services in West Columbia, Thursday. The ribbon-cutting was hosted by the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. The business cut the ribbon on its remodeled building at 150 North 9th St. Pictured are: Elizabeth Moore, Richard Skipper, C-WC Chamber executive director, Debra Moore,…

Developer shares details of West Columbia’s proposed Savage Craft Ale Works complex

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Cayce-West Columbia Chamber welcomes new members

Photo by Terry Ward. The Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce welcomed new Chamber members at its Breakfast Tuesday. The meeting was held at the Cayce United Methodist Church. Pictured are (right to left) : Suzanne Riley-Whyte of the Chamber; Marci Delaney, Spa 131; Paul Pope, Eye in the Sky Drone Serivces; Craig; Balch, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service; Dr. Sreekanth…

S.C. Small Business Administration offers help to entrepreneurs

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Rocket Fizz welcomes customers at grand opening with free samples and magic tricks

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Approximately 200 new tech jobs coming to Columbia’s BullStreet District

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“Sweet” Blythewood business leaders meet and greet over ice cream

Sweet Pea’s owners Susan DeMarco, Jamie Harkness Show Caption Hide Caption Blythewood After Five registration Show Caption Hide Caption Inside Sweet Pea’s Show Caption Hide Caption Inside Sweet Pea’s. Jeanne Reynolds photos. With one hand holding a plate of sweet treats and the other ready for shaking, 40 to 50 area business leaders crowded Sweet Pea’s Ice Cream Parlor at…

Blythewood couple share “first fruits” with community

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New brewery coming to River District, utilizing old City Hall building

Concept rendering of project as seen from Meeting Street toward Center Street. West Columbia provided image. The City of West Columbia announced the future addition of Savage Craft Ale Works to the West Columbia River District. The new brewery is scheduled to open in late spring of 2019, in the old Brookland Fire Station/City Hall building, at 430 Center Street….

Palmetto Pediatric Clinic to open in Blythewood

Palmetto Pediatrics photo from Facebook page. By Jeanne Reynolds Palmetto Pediatric & Adolescent Clinic plans to open a new facility in Blythewood by January. The town’s Board of Architectural Review has given conditional approval on plans for the building at 121 Blythewood Road. Architects, town staff, and the BAR’s chair or co-chair must still finish and approve final details of…

Palmetto Outdoor Center optimizes eco-tourism

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Black Rooster restaurant to open in Brookland development, according to post

A post appeared on the Brookland SC Facebook page Tuesday. According to the post, Black Rooster restaurant is going to open in Building One of the Brookland development in West Columbia. Post is below: Coming to Brookland this Fall: @blackroostersc! Local Columbia chef and restauranteur @kristianmn will be opening up his newest restaurant and rooftop bar in our Building One…

Nominate your non-profit to be a recipient of Dominion Energy’s $25,000 grants

(PR News photo / Dominion Energy) Dominion Energy is inviting non-profit organizations across the company’s footprint to apply for grants of up to $25,000 each to meet critical community needs.  The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation has pledged $1 million to help meet critical needs for food, housing, medicine or medical services. Last year’s Critical Community Needs grants helped 160 non-profits…

New Aloft hotel in Harbison welcomes visitors at ribbon cutting ceremony

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Small business optimism index nears record high

The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index has marked its second highest level in the survey’s 45-year history at 107.9.  It’s within 0.1 point of the July 1983 record-high of 108. The July 2018 report also set new records in terms of owners reporting job creation plans and those with job openings. A seasonally-adjusted net 23 percent are planning to create…

Fiberglass company coming to Midlands with 400 job openings, job fair Saturday

Photo from readysc.org/jushi There’s a new Chinese-based company coming to South Carolina, and they have chosen Richland County as their ground-breaking location. Jushi, a global manufacturer and promoter of fiberglass products is establishing its U.S. fiberglass manufacturing operations with an 80,000-ton production line. According to readysc.org, the first phase of the project is expected to create 400 new jobs and…

Camel rides on Main Street? MGC Law Firm holds fundraiser for Children’s Chance

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