Business

Kirkland’s to celebrate grand opening this weekend as Rosewood Crossing development rebuilds

A set of national chain stores and local retailers near Fort Jackson Boulevard are rebuilding two months after the floods damaged several businesses around the Cross Hill area. But the area also continues to grow. PetSmart, Michael’s and Marshall’s are being rebuilt after suffering interior damage from the floods. (photo by Kelly Petty) Kirkland’s is celebrating its grand opening from 8…

Riverbanks Zoo official requests $700,000 from Lexington County fund balance for improvements, repairs

South Carolina’s biggest tourist attraction is in the midst of a major overhaul, and the October flooding led to some unexpected project costs. Riverbanks Zoo President and CEO Satch Krantz requested permission from Lexington County on Tuesday to dip into the zoo’s savings. Lexington and Richland counties approved a $32 million bond in 2012 for Destination Riverbanks, a multi-project expansion at…

Donation boosts efforts to help seniors recover from floods

Senior Resources’ ongoing flood relief efforts have received a boost from a local insurance agency. (L-R) WoodmenLife Regional Director Don Molineu, chapter treasurer Cathy Meetze, past-president Dale Eargle, and secretary Libby Bedenbaugh with Senior Resources’ Director of In-Home & Community-Based Services Anne Shissias and Executive Director Pam Dukes (photo provided) The Columbia chapter of WoodmenLife donated $500 to provide non-perishable food items…

“On time and on budget” developers say as Spirit Communications Park takes shape

Columbia’s minor league baseball stadium is moving toward completion in time for the spring season. Elected officials and community leaders gathered Thursday to take a tour of Spirit Communications Park in the Bull Street development. “This is going to be second to none,” said Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. “Most of the people in this region for the first time will…

Midlands-based fitness club rebrands, expanding into West Columbia

A local fitness franchise has rebranded and will add a sixth location in West Columbia. New signs are up at the MUV Fitness, formerly Gold’s Gym, on Columbiana Drive in Irmo (photo by Allen Wallace). Five Gold’s Gym locations in the Columbia area, owned and managed locally by St. Andrews Fitness Corp., made the change Tuesday to MÜV Fitness. John Burriss, Sr., president…

Local developer plans next hotel across from Lexington Medical Center

The West Columbia area is getting a new hotel in 2016. Working with NAI Avant, Solara Hospitality has purchased three acres of land across from Lexington Medical Center to develop a 108-room hotel. Managing partner Clancy Cipkala also manages the Residence Inn by Marriott on Lake Murray Boulevard and the TownePlace Suites by Marriott on Columbiana Drive. The $12 million hotel planned for…

USC economists give optimistic prediction for Columbia area in 2016

Columbia’s biggest economic assets are the state government headquarters, the University of South Carolina, Fort Jackson and the capital city’s quality of life, according to USC economists who say the area’s economy is strong and likely will continue to improve. The manufacturing industry has played a key role in statewide economic growth, but major manufacturing plants have gone to the…

West Columbia’s Brookland development begins to take shape

  There are a few more details to hammer out, but the proposed 4-acre development at the corner of West Columbia’s State and Meeting streets, named Brookland, is starting to take shape. West Columbia City Council members gave initial approval to rezoning the land, which is being developed by Estates & Companies, during Tuesday’s council meeting. Requirements for the site…

Locals invited to ‘Paint 5 Points’ with 10 local artists this week

Five Points’ 100th birthday celebration rolls on this week with champagne toasts and local artists. The “Paint 5 Points” local art initiative culminates at the “Paint 5 Points Champagne Bash & Art Auction,” a ticketed event at The Gourmet Shop during Five Points’ annual free celebration “A Starry Night” on Thursday. Festivities run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Works like…

Local businesses gear up for post-Black Friday sales with Shop Local Saturday

Black Friday is the day that big box stores rack up huge profits, but businesses around Columbia are hoping to attract customers during Shop Local Saturday this weekend to support the small shops that boost the Midlands economy. “We know the big guys,” said University of South Carolina retail professor Marianne Bickle. “It’s the small and medium-sized guys who are…

Report finds many dangerous toys on shelves

Finding the right gift for kids can be a challenge, but finding safe gifts for them can be tricky as well because looking for warning labels isn’t always enough. Dangerous and toxic toys still can be found on America’s store shelves, according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s 30th annual Trouble in Toyland report, released in a partnership  with Palmetto Health…

Sheriff’s department, local business owners want you to ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department Project HOPE, short for Helping Our Precious Elderly, is teaming up with Home Instead Senior Care, Chick-fil-A and Pink Sorbet for Be a Santa to a Senior to provide gifts to seniors who otherwise might not receive any this holiday season. People are welcome to stop by Chick-fil-A at 229 Bush River Road or Pink Sorbet at 2726 Devine…

Local Cola: Thanksgiving weekend edition

The weekend following Thanksgiving is one of the busiest of the year for shopping, and locally owned businesses are hoping to see more of the dollars spent this weekend stay in the Columbia area. Shoppers in Five Points (photo by Allen Wallace) Small Business Saturday originated in 2010, and the event created by American Express has grown each year. Many…

Lexington’s Saluda Pointe gets area’s 2nd Barberitos location

Barberitos has announced its second Midlands-area location just a few weeks after opening near the University of South Carolina campus. The eatery is taking the last spot in Lexington’s Saluda Pointe development near Interstate 20, which also is occupied by Starbucks and Chick-fil-A. District Manager Lucas Messick said Barberitos is on schedule to open in mid-January. “Lexington is a growing town…

Fireflies open for business in Columbia’s Vista

The Columbia Fireflies have yet to take the field, but team management is hoping to see their merchandise under lots of Christmas trees this year. Columbia Fireflies President John Katz cuts the ribbon at the team’s retail store Tuesday as other team staff members watch. (photo by Allen Wallace) The team hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday for its retail…

Publico Kitchen and Tap adds twist to Mexican fare

Five Points has welcomed a new eatery that’s offering up a twist on Mexican street tacos with a side of craft brew. Publico Kitchen and Tap, which opened earlier this month, is occupying the space of the former Garibaldi’s Italian restaurant on Greene Street in the heart of the district. “We want to show Columbia something different,” said co-owner Michael…

Cayce City Council moves forward with construction of Walmart Neighborhood Market

Preparation continues for a new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Cayce. City Council members approved a bid Wednesday for the intersection improvements designed to ease traffic flow at the development. Construction firm DBS Corp. was awarded the bid for the intersection project that includes realignment of Charleston Highway and Knox Abbott Drive and a new traffic signal. City Manager Rebecca Vance said…

USC student wins $5,000 in 2015 Ignite! Ideas Contest

  An idea launched in 2013 at the University of South Carolina took home the top prize at Wednesday’s Ignite! Ideas Contest. University of South Carolina student Vincent Felix won $5,000 to support his startup, Mr. Penguin Designs, over two other finalists. The big reveal was made Wednesday night during the annual celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation at the new…

Inaugural Small Business Service Day brings business owners together to improve North Main corridor

  Members of the North Columbia Business Association rolled up their sleeves this week to beautify storefronts along North Main Street, and Wednesday marked Small Business Service Day, the first of its kind in Columbia. “As small business owners, we work 24 hours a day and we don’t have that many employees, and there are things that we would like…

Lexington Planning Commission approves bigger site plan for proposed Hobby Lobby, grocery store

Members of Lexington’s Planning Commission on Wednesday morning approved a new site plan for a proposed Hobby Lobby, and those plans now include a grocery store. What grocery store would you like to see in Lexington? (click for larger) Atlanta-based S.J. Collins is developing 29 acres at Sunset Boulevard and Hope Ferry Road behind Walgreens with 131,000 square feet of…

Background screening company to add 91 jobs to new Richland County operation

One of the oldest and largest background screening companies in the nation plans to add 91 new jobs over the next five years as part of its $2.7 million investment to expand its operations into Richland County. General Information Services Inc. initially announced its expansion into a 57,000-square-foot office building at 1001 Pinnacle Point Drive just off Interstate 77 near Farrow…

‘Eat with your head and your heart:’ Barberitos grand opening to benefit Sexual Trauma Services

Barberitos’ slogan is “Eat with your head,” but on Monday, the restaurant’s first Columbia location will add “and your heart” to the message. The Lincoln Street Barberitos will host a grand opening Monday (photo provided). Monday’s grand opening of the Barberitos at 650 Lincoln Street near the University of South Carolina will include food and drink specials, and 15 percent of…