Business

Chick-fil-A – West Columbia closing for upgrades, beginning Friday

Starting Friday  (July 12) Chick-fil-A West Columbia will be closed to make way for some major improvements in the kitchen and drive-thru. These enhancements include canopies, fans, and a brand new kitchen. A Chick-fil-A West Columbia Facebook message reads: “Don’t worry, we won’t stay away too long! In the meantime, visit our Saluda Pointe location just 4 miles away. –…

Historic elementary school converted to town homes, behind-scenes tour to be held

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Greater Lexington Chamber’s Business Lexpo takes over Riverbluff High School

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Jim Hudson Automotive donates funds to Harvest Hope for one million meals

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Original Tony’s still planning to open this month after vehicle runs into building

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Columbia rivers are the epicenter of eco-tourism on July 4th

Palmetto Outdoor photo. The Fourth of July weekend is a boon for eco-tourism, locally. “It’s our busiest day of the year,” said Michael Mayo, owner of Palmetto Outdoors. “The volume will be tremendous.” Much of the Palmetto Outdoors activity takes place at the West Columbia Riverwalk. The river tubing and kayaking provider, said Mayo, is a great example of the…

Black Rooster to open in 2-to-3 weeks, now hiring staff

Opening day is getting closer. Black Rooster is a restaurant at the northeast corner of the Brookland development in West Columbia. It will be opening in two-to-three weeks. Chef and Bourbon restaurant-owner Kristian Niemi first announced, in 2018, his plan to open a rooftop restaurant and bar in the Brookland development. He said the new venture would overlook the Congaree…

Young entrepreneur launches painting business to service West Columbia, Lexington

Business owner Caitlin Qualman. Drew Hill photo. Caitlin Qualman is a 25-year-old who hails from Wisconsin and even went to school there. However, about two years ago she made the move to South Carolina, and is about to launch her own business in the Midlands. In her words, she “always hated the cold,” and “really loved the Carolina(s) area.” She…

Backstreets Grill opens in former Dianne’s on Devine location

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Nephron Pharmaceuticals President – CEO Lou Kennedy honored as Health Care Entrepreneur of the Year

Nephron Pharmaceuticals President and CEO Lou Kennedy. Nephron Pharmaceuticals President and CEO Lou Kennedy has been honored by Ernst & Young as Health Care Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southeast Thursday during a gala at the Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta. Kennedy, who is Chairman of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and a nationwide leader in health care. She…

North Columbia businesses encouraged to donate objects to time capsule project

North Main Street, Columbia. Karamie Sullivan photo. The North Columbia Business Association and Studio 2LR are seeking contributions from businesses and individuals in the Cottontown area for a special project. The NCBA Time Capsule has been created to help build the community and unify businesses in the area. “Our goal is to capture and preserve the unique images of the…

West Columbia’s Terra to close for renovations

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Possible hepatitis A exposure at northeast Columbia Hardee’s, says DHEC

Customers who ate at a northeast Columbia Hardee’s between June 4 and June 20 may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control. DHEC notified the public Monday that an employee of the Hardee’s at 451 Killian Road, tested positive for hepatitis A. Currently, DHEC is working with Hardee’s to investigate…

Carowinds to offer free admission for military

Photo from Carowinds website. The Carolinas’ shared theme park, Carowinds, is about to offer a special deal for members of the military. According to Director of Communications Lisa Stryker, Carowinds will soon allow free admission for active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps with valid military I.D. The free admission…

Sunrise Artisan Bath and Body moves to new location in Five Points

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Yummi Crab seafood restaurant opening in northeast Columbia

Wei Long Qui, Yummi Crab’s general manager. Jeanne Reynolds photos. Northeast Columbia residents will have a new, unique option for seafood this summer when Yummi Crab restaurant opens in the Village at Sandhill. The new restaurant will offer a variety of seafood including shrimp, clams, mussels, crab legs, crawfish and lobster tail. After the seafood is boiled, general manager and…

Riverbanks Zoo unveils new farmyard attraction

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New northeast Columbia chamber promotes business growth

Ron Harvey speaks on business development Show Caption Hide Caption Mike Bell, CCNC chairman Show Caption Hide Caption Attendees at Columbia Chamber Northeast Connection meeting Show Caption Hide Caption Jeanne Reynolds photos. Dozens of northeast Columbia entrepreneurs gathered at Converspace in the Village at Sandhill Tuesday morning to network and pick up tips on how to grow their businesses. The…

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month continues with cornhole tournament

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Father’s Day is special for Sen. Nikki Setzler’s family, and local businesses, too

Father and Sen. Nikki Setzler, with wife Ada Jane, and the whole Setzler family. Sunday is Father’s Day, and that offers the opportunity to show appreciation for the men who mean so much in our lives. The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. But it was not until 1972–58 years after…

New wellness and healing facility cuts ribbon in Cayce

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Building begins on Lexington Medical Center Northeast

Rendering of Lexington Medical Center Northeast. Lexington Medical Center broke ground this morning for Lexington Medical Center Northeast, a new 225,000-sq.-ft. medical facility the hospital is building in northeast Columbia at the intersection of Clemson and Longtown roads. The new facility will open in late 2020 and provide patients with urgent care and imaging services including MRIs, CT scans and…