Business

Officials: Decker Center to be catalyst for international corridor

More than 100 residents came out Thursday night to get a first look at the future Decker Center. Richland County Council members Jim Manning, Gregory Pearce and Kelvin Washington held a community meeting to unveil plans for the the facility, which county staff has called the center of redevelopment for the Decker Boulevard International Corridor in the northeast. Rendering of…

Newfangled Consignments opens in West Columbia

A downtown spot in West Columbia once bustling with people and cars has been transformed into a place where people can discover unique and affordable finds for their homes. Newfangled Consignments can help you give your home a fresh look. (photo by Rachel Ham) Karen Hoover opened the doors on Meeting Street this week after months of renovation and collecting just…

Photo Gallery: Columbia senior care community celebrates grand opening

The Crossings at Columbia, an assisted living and memory care community, celebrated its grand opening Thursday. “The residents that are here already and the ones that will be moving in in the future are just special to us,” said Susan Vrbas, vice president of operations for Harmony Senior Services, the Virginia-based company which owns and operates The Crossings. “They’re a…

Freeway Music grooming future rock stars, classical musicians at two new locations

Lexington’s Old Mill shopping center is a little more rock ‘n’ roll these days with opening of Freeway Music’s new location. Freeway Music has arrived in Lexington. (photo by Rachel Ham) The locally owned music instruction studio welcomed the first students in late August. Freeway Music Lexington, in Suite A-2 in the Old Mill, is a place of hard work and dedication…

Midlands business community welcomes Fort Jackson’s new commander

The Midlands business community hosted a breakfast Wednesday morning to welcome Fort Jackson’s new leader to the city. Maj. General Roger L. Cloutier, Jr., commanding general at Fort Jackson, speaks to the crowd of business professionals and elected leaders. (photo by Rachel Ham) The Columbia Chamber partnered with the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center and the Midstate…

Goodwill breaks ground on new retail store, Job Connection center in West Columbia

Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina is expanding its presence on Sunset Boulevard with a new store in West Columbia. Goodwill’s new location will feature a clearance center in addition to traditional retail space. (photo by Rachel Ham) Company leaders broke ground Tuesday morning across from Fred Anderson Toyota where a 35,000-square-foot facility will be built. Once the store opens in…

Columbia City Council finance committee considers $100 cap on business license fees

Columbia City Councilman Cameron Runyan is not waiting for re-election to fulfill one of his recent campaign promises. The one-term at-large leader is fighting to reduce the cost of a business license fee in the city in an effort to keep businesses on this side of the Congaree River. “We survived without taxing small businesses that are trying to put…

Wells Fargo, Habitat for Humanity volunteers hammer first nails at local mom’s new home

Richland County resident Brittany Adams looked around at the houses she helped build with Habitat for Humanity and then grabbed a hammer for the “first nail” ceremony on her very own home. First day on site includes a race to see who is the fastest with a hammer and nail. (photo by Rachel Ham) The mother of 7-year-old La’nyiah began volunteering…

New restaurant on North Main Street to feature Midlands-inspired cuisine

North Main Street continues to expand and grow with a new restaurant that looks to celebrate Midlands cuisine. Rendering of the War Mouth, which will be at 1209 Franklin St. in the Cottontown neighborhood (photo provided) Former Free Times state government reporter Porter Barron and Charleston chef Rhett Elliott have teamed up to open the War Mouth, an eatery that will…

Photo Gallery: Georgia couple opens Top Dawg Tavern in Village at Sandhill

  A husband-and-wife team of entrepreneurs have brought their Georgia homegrown restaurant business to Columbia. Brett and Renee Summers have opened Top Dawg Tavern in the Village at Sandhill. The couple opened their first restaurant in March 2013 in Bethlehem, Georgia, to develop a family-owned business that would allow them to spend time with family. Renee Summers comes from an…

Palmetto Health adds Tuomey Healthcare reps to board of directors

Palmetto Health and Tuomey Healthcare System are making progress on their future partnership. The healthcare systems are now joined through their boards of directors. Members of Palmetto Health Board of Directors and Palmetto Health’s two sponsoring boards, the Richland Memorial Hospital Board and the Baptist Healthcare System Board, unanimously voted Tuesday to make Tuomey a member of Palmetto Health. This decision…

Columbia athletic store starts students ‘out on the right foot’ with new running shoes

Thirty-three Wood Elementary School students arrived at Girls on the Run practice after school Thursday not realizing a big surprise was in store for them. Through a grant from Fleet Feet Sports, the Columbia Fleet Feet location is outfitting each girl with a new pair of perfectly sized running shoes. Girls had their feet measured so their new shoes allow…

Military veterans bring new business to Columbia

When Marcus Scarborough completed his service with the U.S. Navy, he decided to take on corporate America. Scarborough stepped into the world of entrepreneurship after four years working in marketing and recruitment for a financial banking institution then selling medical devices. Scarborough, a former nuclear submarine officer and now owner of Save-A-Lot on Harden Street, is one of several of…

Freight brokerage firm to create 100 jobs in downtown Columbia

A Cincinnati-based freight brokerage firm is setting up operations in downtown Columbia and bringing 100 new jobs. Total Quality Logistics is making an $565,000 investment that will establish a logistics and sales operations office in the Bank of America Financial Center at 1901 Main St. “We have experienced great success in South Carolina with our Charleston office. We’re excited to…

Photo Gallery: New dance studio opens in the Vista

  People are captivated with getting down on the dance floor, which is apparent by the popularity of shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With The Stars.” A local dance instructor has opened a new studio in the Vista to teach the professional movers and those with two left feet how to move. “I want people…

Chick-fil-A breaks ground on new location at Killian Crossing development

Chick-fil-A is bringing its popular chicken strips and Polynesian sauce to northeast Columbia. Restaurant officials and Richland County leaders broke ground Thursday on the new location in the Killian Crossing development off Interstate 77. Along with the Chick-fil-A mascot, Richland County Council Chairman Torrey Rush (center) and owner and operator Aaron Jackson (right) celebrate Chick-fil-A’s newest location on Clemson Road….

Hot Shots Archery combines elements of dodgeball, paintball

There’s a new game in town intended for kids and adults, and it combines elements of archery, dodgeball and even paintball. Hot Shots Archery combines dodge ball, archery and paintball all into one. (photo provided) Josh Rivers brought Hot Shots Archery Games to the Columbia area with his wife and co-owner, Christina. Rivers said he owes the inspiration to an infomercial. The…

Golden Hills Country Club unveils renovated, ‘more playable’ golf course

Golfers are back on a Lexington course after it underwent extensive renovations designed to improve the experience for both amateurs and professionals. Golfers enjoy the scenic views at Golden Hills. (photo by Rachel Ham) Golden Hills Golf and Country Club unveiled its new greens in early August after 11 weeks of construction. Every one of the 18 holes received at…

Lexington family aims to ‘breathe life’ into Main Street building with family-friendly eatery

Jason and Milana Frye know “everyone loves a good dog” and have brought all-American flavors to Lexington’s Main Street with a brand-new restaurant. The husband-and-wife duo took up residence in a family-owned building that has been a barbershop, print shop and more over the years. With help from Jason’s mother, Joann, they’ve transformed it into the retro-style Top Dogs. Jason…

More jobs coming to Lexington County with Shaw Industries expansion

More than 50 new jobs are coming to Lexington County through an expansion at Shaw Industries. Company officials announced Wednesday plans to add capacity to the existing carpet fiber operation for nylon and polyester production with a $45 million investment. Shaw is the world’s largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floorcovering provider. The plant on St. Andrews Road will feature new polyester extrusion operations to…

Cromer’s celebrates 80 years of being ‘guaranteed worst in town’

  Cromer’s is as much a part of Columbia’s food culture as it is a testament to the success of a locally grown and owned product. The family-owned business, known for the “guaranteed worst” roasted and boiled peanuts, is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year with a special event this Saturday. Julian Cromer founded Cromer’s in 1935, and the Lexington…

Local manufacturing facility to produce 2,400 military firearms at Columbia factory

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson was in town Monday to announce a contract between the U.S. Department of Defense and Columbia’s FN Manufacturing. The contract will authorize the local facility to produce more than 2,000 M240B medium-size machine guns for military use. The contract will secure more than 400 jobs at the factory. (photo by Ali O’Hara) “I am humbled and inspired by the people…

County-approved Costco site plan waits for OK from state

Costco is a step closer to breaking ground on a Columbia location. South Carolina Department of Transportation officials are reviewing an encroachment permit application from Costco to ensure the store’s site plans comply with the agency’s road requirements. Richland County officials approved Costco’s plans to set up shop on Piney Grove Road in the Harbison area this week. The national warehouse…

Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson says Costco should go in Dutch Square Center

The best place for Costco to set up shop in Columbia is Dutch Square Center, according to Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson. Dickerson represents District 2, which includes the Broad River Road and Harbison communities where officials with the national membership retail warehouse club want to set up shop. The councilwoman said she emailed County Administrator Tony McDonald three months ago…