Business

Columbia’s new ballpark hosting small business conference

Columbia’s fourth-annual Small Business Week Conference will be held May 5 in the city’s newest venue built in part by locally-owned small firms. Spirit Communications Park, home of the Columbia Fireflies, will host the informational event open to the public to provide resources about entrepreneurship and business. “We thought it would be a cool opportunity for people who have not…

Moriarty’s Irish Pub offers unique identity in Vista locale

Tucked in the old train depot in Columbia’s Vista is a new pub that celebrates one of classic literature’s most infamous characters. Moriarty’s Irish Pub opened last month with little fanfare, something owner James Pickle admits is a villainous thing to do. Even the idea for the pub was inspired by villainy, primarily Pickle’s desire to create a rivalry between…

Mother-daughter team bring entrepreneur award to Columbia

A Lexington-Richland District Five third-grader and her mother have been named an American Small Business Champion for creating an online business selling a unique hair-care product. Harbison West Elementary School student Gabrielle Goodwin and her mom, Rozalynn, are winners of the national award sponsored by Sam’s Club and hosted by SCORE, a national nonprofit organization previously known as the Service Corps…

Urban Cookhouse to open in Irmo before Columbia

There’s good news for those eagerly awaiting the opening of Columbia’s first Urban Cookhouse restaurant. A new one will be opening first in the nearby community of Irmo. A new Urban Cookhouse restaurant will take over this former Atlanta Bread location in Irmo. (Photo by Rachel Ham) Urban Cookhouse is coming to Lake Murray Boulevard in Irmo this summer, said…

Family time: Many employees enjoying more generous parental leave policies

Bank of America’s recent decision to expand paid leave for mothers, fathers and adoptees for up to 16 weeks follows a trend among businesses to respond to the diverse needs of their workforces, a University of South Carolina professor says. “What underlines a lot of these policy changes is a greater recognition and appreciation of diversity in the workplace,” said…

‘Frankenbrew’ promises new tastes for Columbia’s beer scene

The local beer scene continues to expand as a new brewery makes its home in the Cottontown district of North Columbia. The men behind Cotton Town Brew Lab have started converting a 12,000-square-foot space at 1223 Franklin St. into what brewmaster Matt Rodgers calls a “frankenbrew” brewhouse. “We’ve got different breweries we’re picking up our equipment from, and that’s the…

New barre3 fitness facility opening soon in Lake Murray

Lauren Truslow opened a barre3 studio in Columbia’s Rosewood neighborhood a little over a year ago. Since then business has been booming, so a second studio was added at the Rosewood location. But barre3 isn’t done growing in the Columbia area quite yet. Truslow plans to open another barre3 in Lake Murray late this summer or in early fall, with…

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands hires new director

A Columbia-based rape crisis center has named a new executive director, following a nearly four-month, national search. The nonprofit organization’s new leader is very familiar face. Mary Dell Hayes is the new executive director for Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands. (Photo provided) Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM) announced Thursday it has promoted Mary Dell Hayes to the executive director’s post,…

Tex-Mex restaurant finds new home in Cola’s Vista district

Owners of a Texas-based restaurant are making what they consider a sure bet on Columbia’s Vista business district. Houston Pizza Venture Restaurant Group is uprooting its popular eatery, Sure Fire Tacos and Tortilla Grill, and moving it from its current home in Killeen, Texas, to Gervais Street, thereby bringing the Tex-Mex cooking concept to the Midlands. Construction soon will be…

Head to toe: New Cola clothier to offer custom-tailored experience

A soon-to-open store in downtown Columbia promises to help the fashion forward as well as those who are clueless about clothes. Granger Owings Bespoke is scheduled to open March 30 at 1332 Main St. The specialty clothing shop, a subsidiary of the Granger Owings shop located directly across the street, will specialize in custom clothes for men and women. Granger Owings offers high-end men’s…

Batter up: Cola Fireflies hosting job fair Wednesday in Lexington

Those interested in working with the Columbia Fireflies during their inaugural season still have a shot, as the team is hosting a second job fair on Wednesday. The Fireflies, a new Class A minor league affiliate of the New York Mets, are looking to fill more than 300 season-long and part-time positions. The team’s job fair will run from 4…

Campaign to save Edna’s #1 shuts down

A campaign to save the popular Columbia eatery Edna’s #1 has been discontinued after “a misunderstanding.” Rachel Tyner, daughter of Marie Tyner, the restaurant’s former manager and operator, created the online campaign in an effort to revive the business, which is set to close at the end of this month after nearly 57 years of serving a menu heavy on…

New and improved? South Carolina Food Truck Festival tries again

The South Carolina Food Truck Festival is returning to Columbia on April 30, and the event will feature several large changes after setbacks during last year’s inaugural event. The primary difference for the 2016 festival is a change of venue. More than 10,000 people converged on the State Farmers Market last year for the inaugural South Carolina Food Truck Festival….

Mobile delight: West Cola home to new food truck court

A formerly vacant lot in West Columbia came alive Monday morning as the Hemi Food Truck Court opened for business at 728 Meeting St. Four eateries — Cupside Down Cafe, Brain Freeze Italian Ice, Carolina Cookin’ and Grill on Wheels — were available for Monday’s ribbon cutting, but that number is expected to grow for the grand opening event at 11 a.m….

Lexington mortgage banker joins Ameris

Ameris Bank Mortgage Services is bringing on a new team member to help grow the company’s Lexington market. Greg McCoy, who has long been part of the Lexington community, will be joining Ameris as a mortgage banker. Greg McCoy is joining Ameris Bank Mortgage Services to help grow the company’s Lexington market. (photo provided) “I am excited to join the…

Merger means big changes for Carmike Cinemas in Columbia

Columbia’s two Carmike Cinemas will have new owners by the end of this year, as the movie theater chain merges with AMC Theatres. AMC Entertainment Holdings announced the merger Thursday. The merger, which will be completed by the end of 2016 and is valued at $1.1 billion, will create the largest chain of movie theaters in the United States, company…

Local family aiming to make Cola residents ‘Del fanatics’

While growing up in California, Pranv and Shetal Patel loved eating tacos and burritos loaded with fresh ingredients. Now, as owners of the first Del Taco restaurant in South Carolina, they have brought those same tasty treats to Columbia. South Carolina’s first Del Taco restaurant has arrived in one of Columbia’s busiest shopping districts. (photo by Rachel Ham) The restaurant…