Business

Columbia organization marks 50 years of support, education for women in construction industry

People who’ve shopped at a new retail store, dropped their children off at a new school or worshiped in a new church are connected to five decades of history in the Columbia area. Members of the local chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction are celebrating the organization’s 50th birthday this year, and the women hold key positions at…

Marketing veterans bring Flaire to Columbia’s Main Street

Columbia’s newest Main Street business officially opened its doors Thursday evening. Flaire Inc. Executive Director Sarah Lewis (left) and CEO Jenifer Maldonado Wells welcomed guests like Hal Stevenson to their new office Thursday. (photo by Allen Wallace) Flaire Inc. has made its home in a loft-style office suite at 1537B Main St. and welcomed visitors with refreshments and live music during…

Marshall’s to open new location near Fort Jackson later this month

Officials with Marshall’s, a national discount retail clothing and goods store, announced a grand opening Aug. 20 for a new location at Rosewood Crossing. The store is relocating from Parklane Road to Rosewood Crossing on Fort Jackson Boulevard. “The new Columbia store will be stocked weekly with a new, fresh assortment of the brand name and designer merchandise that our…

Columbia Metropolitan Airport sees growth, becomes more energy-efficient

The administration at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport has been busy the past few years, reducing the facility’s debt and increasing the number of passengers. Airport officials have reduced the facility’s debt by about $23 million, from around $74 million to about $51 million, over the past five years, according to airport officials. “This has allowed us to solidify relationships with our…

Corner Bakery Cafe looks to Columbia, Irmo, Cayce for new locations

A fast casual franchise with restaurants in 21 states could be coming to Columbia and Lexington County next. Corner Bakery Cafe could be coming to your town. (photo by Craig D. Blackmon) Corner Bakery Cafe has announced plans to expand into the Southeast, specifically the areas of Birmingham, Charleston, Charlotte, Columbia, Jackson, New Orleans, Raleigh and Tampa. Company spokesperson Jason Gilbreth…

Columbia Small Plate Crawl seeks restaurants to participate in fall foodie event

Columbia restaurants have a chance to show off their culinary skills in the first Columbia Small Plate Crawl this fall. The event gives foodies a chance to sample dishes from local spots while helping those businesses attract new diners. Roderick Weaver, bartender at Husk in Charleston, will be the guest judge for the Six & Twenty spirits challenge. (photo provided)…

Goodwill plans new West Columbia store

Goodwill Industries has announced plans to construct another store in Lexington County. The new location for the Upstate/Midlands chapter will be on the West Columbia end of Sunset Boulevard, near the intersection of Klapman Road. The first customers shopped at the new Lexington store on Sunset Boulevard in May. Crystal Hardesty, director of marketing and public relations for Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands…

Columbia Chamber names Gov. Nikki Haley Ambassador of the Year

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce will honor Gov. Nikki Haley with one of its highest awards at the business organization’s 113th Annual Gala. Gov. Nikki Haley (photo provided) Haley has been named 2015 Ambassador of the Year by the Chamber for her efforts to promote the greater Columbia area and attract business to the state. “Governor Haley’s leadership this past…

Boat company to relaunch in Newberry County

A boat company will build a new manufacturing facility in Newberry County, which is expected to bring 238 jobs to the area. Sea Pro Boats will invest $5.5 million in a 200,000-square-foot building in Whitmire, which will house the company’s headquarters as well as its manufacturing operations. The new facility is expected to be operational later this year, with hiring to…

Mother-daughter business uses ‘Guns ‘N Lipstik’ to empower women

Armed with guns and a little lipstick, Donna Broome and Candice Ivy are educating and empowering local women. The mother-daughter duo recently launched a gun safety course for women and have plans to reach teenagers with a new abuse prevention course this fall. Inspired by personal events, they said they want each person who walks through the doors at Guns ‘N…

Persona Pizzeria to serve up handcrafted pies on Columbia’s Main Street this fall

A California-based pizza company soon will offer handcrafted pies in downtown Columbia. Persona Pizzeria is slated to open this fall in a cozy spot on Main Street across from the South Carolina State House. Persona Pizzeria serves up handcrafted pizzas with fresh ingredients. (photo courtesy of Persona Pizzeria) “The next big slice of the fast-casual restaurant market is coming from…

More restaurants set to open in the Vista this fall, early next year

The Vista will add a Mexican restaurant and a fondue restaurant to its growing list of dining options over the next few months. City Bar and Fondue and Atlanta-based Tin Lizzy’s Cantina are set to open locations at Vista Station on Gervais Street, in what is being redeveloped to become West End Alley. Construction is underway at Vista Station. (photo…

Greater Irmo Chamber names new president, opens new office

The Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce has a brand-new office and new CEO to welcome visitors to the town and support local businesses. Kerry Powers is staying local to lead the Irmo Chamber. (photo provided) Kerry Powers, former associate publisher for Free Times Media, recently was named the chamber’s next president and CEO. She will replace outgoing president and CEO Tiffany…

Kroger breaks ground on new store in northeast Richland County

Businessmen and elected leaders broke ground Tuesday on the spot where a 124,000-square-foot Kroger Marketplace will be constructed, the first of its kind in South Carolina. Development officials and elected leaders celebrate the groundbreaking for the Kroger Marketplace. (photo by Kelly Petty) “I think that the customers here in this part of the county are going to find this to be…

Charleston-based restaurant coming to downtown Columbia

Charleston’s King Street Public House will be renovating and moving into the old McCrory building at Main and Taylor streets in downtown Columbia with a few changes and additions to the menu. Main Street Public House is being marketed as a casual dining experience with pub-style food options. The restaurant is expected to hold a grand opening in early December. The…

Southern Squeezed owners bring fresh juice to Columbia

  A husband and wife who decided to quit their jobs in pursuit of fresh juice have opened a new business downtown. Saket and Katie Munshaw are the owners of Southern Squeezed, a juice shop that serves up healthy fresh-pressed drinks. “We saw that Columbia didn’t have a dedicated juice shop,” Saket said about their decision to set up shop in…

Dunkin’ Donuts to open this fall in Lexington

Coffee and doughnut lovers will have a new place to pick up their favorite treats in Lexington in a matter of months. Tilson PR Senior Account Executive Maru Bazua, who represents Dunkin’ Donuts, said a new location of the Massachusetts-based doughnut shop is under construction. Dunkin’ Donuts is tentatively scheduled to open in early November at 1120 West Main St. The…

Developer to refurbish Columbia historic fire station in the Vista

A Virginia-based development firm is giving the historic Columbia fire station in the Vista a face-lift and bringing restaurants, shops and office space to the downtown business district. Construction already has started on the structure that originally was built in 1949. Rendering of the historic Columbia fire station. (photo provided) “It’s a fabulous piece of property and we’re thrilled with what’s going…

Kroger to break ground on new marketplace concept store off Killian Road

The Killian’s Crossing development off Interstate 77 near Blythewood will break ground next week on its first major project. Kroger officials have announced construction will begin on The Kroger Marketplace at Killian Crossing on July 21. The new location is a unique concept for the grocery retailer. The Marketplace will be a 124,000-square-foot multi-department store that is new to the…

Lexington couple’s Main Street shop offers unique gifts amidst antebellum charm

Whether they’re looking for a wedding present, something to outfit the family’s new addition or a “just because” gift, people browsing the selection at 210 Shoppe + Studio are a part of 160 years of Lexington history. Jill and Wayne Rogers purchased the house at 210 West Main Street after several years of admiring it from next door where Wayne has…