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Photo Gallery: Greater Lexington Chamber honors ambassador, businesses of the year

Hollywood stars will be walking the red carpet this Sunday, but Thursday night was time for Lexington County businesses and volunteers to shine. The Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center recognized two businesses from its more than 1,000 members and two individuals from among its hundreds of volunteers during the annual awards banquet. Added to the group of honorees for…

Walmart to boost employee minimum wage to $10 per hour

All Walmart employees in the Midlands will earn at least $10 per hour by Feb. 2016, the company announced Thursday. Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon said all hourly associates at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores who are not already making $9 per hour will get a raise to that level by April 2015, and to $10 per hour by…

Pura Wellness Spa combines traditional spa services, medical treatments

The Vista continues to grow with another business making its home in the business district. Pura Wellness Spa opens this month and touts a total-body wellness experience in a unique spa setting. Pura Medical Director Dr. Debra Mitchell (photo by Molly Harrell) “Pura is a game changer for aesthetic wellness. We take a comprehensive approach to treating skin, body, and mind. Our…

Buddy’s Saucy Dogs dishes up flavors for every ‘breed’

A brand-new business in Lexington is asking one simple question to help you decide what to order: “What’s your dog?” The first customers decide which dog to choose. (photo by Rachel Ham) Owner Jeffrey Zona cut the ribbon on Buddy’s Saucy Dogs on Friday and immediately had a line of people ready to taste one of his kitchen’s gluten-free hot…

Walmart Neighborhood Market coming to Knox Abbott Drive in Cayce

Cayce residents soon could have a new option for grocery shopping on the city’s main thoroughfare. Walmart has proposed to bring a Neighborhood Market store to Cayce as a way to expand its brand with a smaller footprint. The store won’t carry the full selection found at Walmart Supercenters but will still have everyday necessities.   A Walmart Neighborhood Market is…

New Starbucks set for spring opening at Saluda Pointe in Lexington

Officials at Starbucks Coffee Co. have confirmed a new location is coming to Lexington in a matter of weeks. Starbucks will be a part of the Shops at Saluda Pointe at the Interstate 20 and Sunset Boulevard interchange. Neighboring restaurants and businesses include Chick-fil-A, Moore Center for Orthopedics and Chili’s. The location follows a Starbucks that opened on Sunset Boulevard in…

S.C. Small Business Chamber President tapped for SBA regional regulatory board

The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce’s president and CEO has been selected to serve on a regional board to assist owners with compliance issues. The Small Business Administration selected Frank Knapp Jr. to serve on the Region IV Regulatory Fairness Board. “As a small-business owner for more than 20 years and co-founder of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber…

Panera Bread in Columbia’s Vista scheduled for spring opening

A trio of franchise owners are expanding the Panera Bread brand into downtown Columbia, and people won’t have to wait much longer to pay the restaurant a visit. Panera Bread is moving into the former Bluestein’s Wholesale Dry Goods, a landmark in the Vista for decades where people could buy items ranging from socks to souvenirs. Franchise owner Bo Gdovin said he…

Lexington Medical Center CEO announces retirement

Lexington Medical Center won’t have its veteran leader at the top when the calendar changes to 2016. President and CEO Mike Biediger has announced his retirement after 25 years of senior leadership at the hospital and plans to step down in December. He is just the third CEO is hospital history. Lexington Medical Center President and CEO Mike Biediger is…

New orthopedic urgent care center opens in northeast Columbia

Midlands residents now can access a new clinic to treat sprained ankles, muscle pulls, fractured bones and skin lacerations. Moore Center for Orthopedics has expanded its services in the northeast with the opening of one of South Carolina’s first orthopedic urgent care centers. Moore Convenient Care will treat and diagnose bone and muscular injuries and conditions without an appointment. Moore…

Lexington County-based signage company to build new plant in Gaston, create 105 jobs

A South Carolina-based company is expanding its operations with a new plant in Gaston. Officials with The Fitts Co. Inc. announced they are investing $4.2 million into the Gaston area with an office and manufacturing facility. Officials anticipate hiring 105 people during the next five years. The Fitts Co. was founded in 1998 in Lexington County and provides businesses with specialty items…

Dynamic Health and Fitness serving more of Lexington area with cross-county expansion

Dynamic Health and Fitness has a second location just in time for its second anniversary of being in business. Dynamic Health and Fitness CEO Matt Mollohan cuts the ribbon on his second location. (photo by Rachel Ham) The locally owned health club first launched on Longs Pond Road in Lexington in late 2012. One year later, owners Matt and Nikki Mollohan renovated…

Bose announces 300 job cuts with Blythewood plant shutdown

About 300 Bose employees will be laid off as the global audio manufacturing company announced Thursday it would close its operations in Blythewood. The plant will operate until September 2015. “Our rapid global growth requires us to keep pace with our customers, dealers, distributors, resellers and stores, and serve them as efficiently as possible,” said Bryan Fontaine, executive vice president of…

Palmetto Health receives national award for providing healthy community initiatives

Palmetto Health has received the 2014 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service after being named a finalist in 2010 and 2011. The Midlands hospital system beat out finalists from Michigan, California and Pennsylvania for the national award, which recognizes healthcare organizations providing innovative programs designed to improve the health and welfare of their community. The Foster G. McGaw Prize is sponsored…

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia names new leader

The Midlands chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has a new leader at the top. The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia board announced Wednesday that Cristy Marshall has taken over as president and CEO. She will head up the organization that matches children from around the Midlands with adult mentors. Cristy Marshall is the new president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of…

Security Federal Bank breaks ground 4th location in Ballentine

Residents in Ballentine will have a new option for banking as Security Federal Bank celebrated the groundbreaking of their newest location off Dutch Fork Road. The newest branch is the fourth branch in the Midlands. Officials from Security Federal Bank break ground on the company’s newest location. (photo provided) “Obviously, the Ballentine community is growing and expanding and we hope…

Special patients get sneak peek of Palmetto Health Healing Waters spa

Officials at Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge think a hospital visit doesn’t have to be a stressful, unfamiliar experience, and they designed the facility to put people at ease. Adding to the hospital’s homey feel, complete with “family rooms” and an outdoor “back porch” is Healing Waters Spa, and the first on-site hospital location will open Thursday. Palmetto Health Healing Waters staff give a unique,…

Midlands plant lands $84 million military contract

A Columbia plant has won a large governmental contract to manufacture weapons for the United States Army. The local plant will be building the M240 style of machine guns. (photo provided) FN America announced this week that it was awarded a new indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, or IDIQ, contract from the Department of the Army. The company, which is based in Virginia with a…

9 Round franchise owner expands into Lexington

Liz Johnson and Lia Akhtar of 9 Round have a solution for working moms with tight schedules, those who find it difficult to stick to a workout regimen or those who just want to try something new to get their hearts pumping. Lia Akhtar (right) gets a 9 Round member ready for kickboxing. (photo by Rachel Ham) Akhtar, who also…

Richland Library offers job seekers fresh start with new clothes

Job seekers visited Richland Library’s Business and Job Center on Thursday to get a fresh start in the workplace with new clothes. The library held its first-ever “The Open Closet” event to give visitors an opportunity to find outfits for interviews, business meetings and social networking. Career coaches Iris Abney (left) and Slyvie Golod (right) look over an outfit (photo…

Lexington Medical Center Irmo recognized for excellence in patient experience

Feedback from residents has allowed Lexington Medical Center Irmo to be named one of the best care experiences in the country. The community medical center’s Ambulatory Surgery department won the prestigious Guardian of Excellence and Beacon of Excellence awards for patient experience from Press Ganey. The national organization tracks and ranks patient experience and helps healthcare professionals improve their care….

Grow Financial credit union opens on Devine Street

Tampa-based Grow Financial Credit Union continues to expand in South Carolina with the opening of a branch on Devine Street. The banking institution will provide Midlands residents a tech-savvy banking experience focused on its mantra of “Grow the Greater Good.” “Putting a branch here in the heart of Devine Street in Shandon, we want to be able to be here…

Nominees sought for 2015 Greater Lexington Chamber business people of the year

Business owners who are making a positive impact in Lexington County could be among those honored at the upcoming Greater Lexington Chamber Awards Night. Chamber staff are seeking nominations for awards to be handed out Feb. 19. Chamber members and local dignitaries will celebrate 2014 and the best of Lexington County starting at 6 p.m. at the Lexington Municipal Center….

Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia announces name change

The Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia, an organization that has a more than 50 year history in Columbia, now has a new name. The organization now will be known as the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina, a change that was approved earlier this year by the Board of Directors of the Association and by the National Association…

Lexington businesswoman expands vision to create haven for global, local artists

One local woman, after a year of successfully operating a small business in downtown Lexington, has launched another venture to showcase the hard work of creative artists and and inspire new ones. Karen van Heerden teamed up with Lexington interior designer Kelli Limehouse last year to create a trio of businesses at a single location on Main Street. In addition to Limehouse’s…