Business

City officials want to empower residents financially with Bank On Columbia

Officials with the city of Columbia are making it their mission to pull thousands of residents out of the cycle of bad money management. Community Development officials unveiled their new Bank On Columbia program to build financial literacy. “This program has the ability to end generational poverty. I really believe that,” said Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine. TD Bank joins South…

Michelin, Midlands Tech team up for job fair

Locals wanting to explore a new career option are invited to Midlands Technical College this month for a unique job fair. Michelin and Midlands Tech have teamed up to showcase the highly-sought manufacturing jobs available at Michelin and dispel some myths about working in the industry. Midlands Tech is welcoming people to the Batesburg-Leesville campus so Michelin can connect directly…

First Uniform medical apparel store opens at Palmetto Health Baptist

First Uniform, a retailer of medical uniforms and accessories, has opened a new shop at Palmetto Health Baptist. This is the second location in Columbia for the Charlotte-based company. First Uniform offers a wide selection of uniforms, shoes and accessories. (photo by Kelly Petty) “We look at ourselves as, we provide a service and a benefit to the employees,” said…

Brookland development remains on hold in West Columbia

A much-debated downtown development in West Columbia was back on the table Tuesday, but City Council members held off on taking a vote. Resident Dick Moons asked council to consider carefully how they develop prime real estate in West Columbia.(photo by Rachel Ham) City Council and developers from Estates & Companies have been working for several months to create the…

Moe Baddourah steps into USC teaching position as Moe’s Grapevine closes

New Year’s Eve marked one door closing and another opening for Moe Baddourah. The restaurateur spent the last few hours of 2015 preparing meals and serving customers in his beloved restaurant Moe’s Grapevine. Baddourah, who also serves as the District 3 representative for Columbia City Council, has decided to close Moe’s Grapevine after 10 years to accept a teaching position…

Palmetto Health, Tuomey Healthcare finalize merger

Palmetto Health is beginning 2016 with a new partner in medicine. The healthcare system has finalized a partnership with Tuomey Healthcare, officials announced Friday. With completion of the negotiations, Tuomey Healthcare System becomes Palmetto Health Tuomey. Tuomey Regional Medical Center, Tuomey Medical Park, a cancer treatment center, an outpatient surgery center, and the Bell Women and Infants Pavilion make up…

Eggs Up Grill expanding to Lexington this spring

A popular breakfast spot in Columbia is headed to Lexington next. You can find breakfast all day at Eggs Up Grill. (photo provided) Eggs Up Grill will open on Columbia Avenue in the Lexington Village shopping center this spring. Owner Drew Hampton, who opened the Columbia area’s first Eggs Up Grill last fall, is planning for a late February or…

Lexington business owners, police team up to combat DUIs

A lifesaving program in Lexington is going strong thanks to the support of the local business community. “Be a friend” this New Year’s Eve. (photo provided) The Lexington Police Department has brought back its “Be a Designated Driver, a Friend for Life” program this December by asking people to be responsible during holiday celebrations like New Year’s Eve parties. More…

Area banks donate to ‘plant it forward’ for flood-affected farmers

Farmers in the area who lost crops during the October flood can apply for a new aid program. South Carolina Advocates for Agriculture, a 501(c)(3) organization, has set up Plant It Forward South Carolina through a partnership with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, Clemson University, South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation and Palmetto Agribusiness Council. Plant It Forward is designed…

FEMA recovery stations still open, shorten hours for Christmas

Disaster recovery centers in Lexington and Richland counties are still open to help people file for aid before the deadline, but hours are shortened this week and next for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. FEMA and the Small Business Administration have extended the filing deadline to Jan. 4 since the original extension, Jan. 3, falls on a Sunday.  4,807…

Bake shop owners share memories, advice from kitchen

Columbia-area bake shop owners have had a busy couple of weeks measuring, mixing, pouring, baking and decorating hundreds of holiday treats. When not creating something tasty for hungry customers, they enjoy making Christmas memories in the kitchen and revealed a few tricks of the trade used in their own homes. Sweet treats heading out the door at Silver Spoon Bake…

100 new jobs coming to West Columbia as Akebono Brake Corporation expands

A Japanese-based automotive braking system manufacturer is expanding its operations in Lexington County with a $40.5 million investment. Akebono Brake Corporation’s expansion will add an additional 100 jobs. “Akebono’s continued investment in our West Columbia facility is a win-win for the company and our local community,” said the company’s West Columbia plant manager, Fred Ulep. “We look forward to expanding…

West Columbia development in limbo as developer, city debate issues

Excitement has been building in West Columbia over a proposed multi-million dollar development, but things are on hold now while the developer and city council hash out a few key details. Estates & Companies has been working for several months to reach an agreement on the four acres at the corner of State and Meeting streets, a development called Brookland…

‘Better than before’ — Lexington’s Old Mill merchants fight to rebuild after flood

  The historic floods that hit South Carolina are two months passed, but the lingering effects still greet small business owners as they go to work each day at Lexington’s Old Mill. Nearly all of the affected stores and restaurants are back to normal, but their scenic surroundings have a long road ahead yet. Old Mill’s co-owner Laban Chappell was alerted…

Local Walmart employees finally see bigger paychecks

Walmart is pumping $52.8 million into South Carolina to start 2016. The company announced a nationwide $2.7 billion investment Monday as employees will receive pay raises and better training during the course of two years. Statistics provided by Walmart showed 34,500 South Carolina employees will receive a raise. The new full-time average hourly wage in South Carolina will be $13.53 an…

Crafty Feast returns with bountiful spread of unique gift ideas

The largest independent craft fair in the Southeast has returned to Columbia. Crafty Feast brings artisans together to showcase each person’s unique, 100 percent handmade work in a fun, relaxed setting. Organizers are planning for more than 110 vendors to arrive at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Throughout the afternoon Sunday, guests can shop in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere while listening to music by DJ…

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…