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Cooperative Ministry comes under new leadership

The Cooperative Ministry recently named Beth Irick as its new executive director. Irick is a veteran of the nonprofit sector, bringing 20 years of experience to the leadership position. The Cooperative Ministry’s new Executive Director Beth Irick (photo provided) The Columbia native graduated from Columbia Junior College with a degree in retail management and later studied leadership at the University…

North Columbia Business Association encourages residents to shop local during Autumn Week

The North Columbia Business Association is kicking off the fall season by inviting the community to shop local during Autumn Week. Businesses in North Columbia will be opening their doors to customers with specials and deals from now through Friday. “With the changing of the seasons, upcoming holidays and consumers looking for shopping bargains, NCBA and its members want to…

USC alumna opens barre3 fitness center that mixes yoga, Pilates, ballet

Staying fit can be tough as the holiday season approaches. But the founder of Columbia’s newest fitness center has folks “shaking and quaking” to achieve sleek dancers’ bodies in just 60 minutes. Barre3 combines ballet barre, yoga and Pilates to create a low-impact workout that strengthens and tones the body. “I wanted something that would age well with me,” said…

Local mom opens ‘working boutique’ in Lexington as DIY haven

A newly opened Lexington business not only sells one-of-a-kind home accents, but owner Sarah Cornett has the expertise and tools to help people create their own original pieces. Rustic Chic Interiors is now open in Lexington with unique furniture and its own line of paint. (photo by Rachel Ham) Cornett is a self-described “junker at heart” and spends her days…

Sales to Service Auto opens in West Columbia

A Midlands family has opened up a brand-new small business in the West Metro community to offer the full auto service experience. STS Auto Sales and Repairs celebrates its first month of business with the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber. (photo provided) The Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce held a grand opening celebration for Sales to Service Auto Sales and Repairs…

Palmetto State Armory donates AR-15 rifles to Lexington County Sheriff’s Department

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department has two powerful new tools for use in its mission to protect and serve after a donation from Palmetto State Armory. Lexington County Sheriff Lewis McCarty (right) and Operations Chief Carl Young try out newly donated AR-15 rifles Wednesday at Palmetto State Armory Wednesday. (photo by Allen Wallace) The local business gave the department two PSA…

Several Midlands businesses earn honors with Palmetto Vision Awards

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce recognized top businesses and individuals in South Carolina during the first Palmetto Vision Awards ceremony. Several of the evening’s honorees have ties to the Midlands and received awards for diversity and training the next generation of workers. The Manufacturer of the Year in the small/medium category is MTU America Inc., headquartered in Aiken. According to company…

Palmetto Health joins forces with Healing Waters for new spa location

Patients at one of the Midlands’ newest hospitals will see more services arrive in just a few weeks. Opening to the public and patients is a new spa at Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge in Irmo made possible through a partnership between Palmetto Health and Healing Waters, an award-winning spa and plastic surgery clinic. Select amenities offered at the 6,931-square-foot spa will be…

Senior Resources unveils new website for organization’s rebranding

Senior Resources Inc., an advocacy group and program provider to hundreds of senior citizens in the Midlands, unveiled the rebranding of its organization and new website Wednesday. The changes are all apart of the nonprofit’s goal of advancing its mission of “empowering seniors to remain healthy and independent.” “We are excited to reveal our new image because it does a…

Bartlett Financial expands presence on Main Street in Lexington

A Lexington-based small business that also happens to be family-owned-and-operated is expanding on Main Street. Bartlett Financial officials are not just building new space for themselves, however, but say they also are creating opportunities for other businesses. Barlett Financial staffers breaks ground on the first phase of expansion in Lexington. (photo by Rachel Ham) Founder Ron Bartlett and co-owner Heath…

Belk department store at Dutch Square Mall to close

Officials at Belk have announced the closing of a Columbia location. The store in Dutch Square Mall is shutting down in January. According to Jessica Graham, vice president of Communications and Community Relations, the 91 associates employed there were informed last week. Belk will be focusing “resources and efforts on the expansion and renovation of (the) flagship store at Columbiana Mall…

Small business owners learn about technology resources at Minority Business Roundtable

Ninety-five percent of South Carolina’s economy is small businesses, according to statistics from the state Department of Commerce. Small business owners from around the region heard Friday from national experts about technology that can help their shops and stores thrive. The Minority Business Roundtable was presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration and MasterCard’s Master Your Card program, an educational program…

Palmetto Health Baptist celebrates 100 years serving the Midlands

For the past 100 years, Palmetto Health Baptist hospital has lived out its mission of Christian service in the Midlands. Hospital officials and employees on Thursday celebrated the milestone by reflecting on the hospital’s history and revealing the contents of a time capsule that will be placed in the building’s wall. “The people of Baptist have always been focused on…

New local business hopes to reel fishing lovers into Five Points

The crowds at the recent Forrest Wood Cup and expo demonstrated the level of interest in fishing in the Columbia area, and a new local business is hoping to attract some of those lovers of lures to Five Points. Tomahawk Fishing Shop is open for business on Harden Street in Five Points (photo by Allen Wallace). Tomahawk Fishing Shop is…

City of Columbia announces new Main Street business loan program

Businesses in Columbia have an opportunity to join Main Street’s resurgence courtesy of a new program offered by the city. The Office of Business Opportunities on Tuesday unveiled its Main Street Capital program, which will offer loans to increase the number of retail stores in the district. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin speaks to a crowd about the new Main Street…

USC Press to offer books exclusively to The Nest shop on Main Street

The University of South Carolina is creating a greater presence on Main Street. The business district’s newest retail store, The Nest, now carries books exclusively published by USC Press. “Being able to offer such a large selection of top-quality regional interest books from USC Press in one convenient downtown location is a great opportunity for the booklovers of Columbia,” said…

Mellow Mushroom celebrates anniversary with a taste of 1974

It’s been a long time since customers could stop in for a $2.50 pizza or a 30 cent soft drink at a restaurant, but Mellow Mushroom locations in downtown Columbia and in Lexington will take guests on a trip back in time Aug. 20. Mellow Mushroom in The Vista will join in the chain’s 40th anniversary celebration Wednesday. (photo by Allen…

M Grille celebrates first anniversary with official ribbon-cutting

Many restaurants hold a grand opening ceremony on the first day of business or shortly thereafter, but one local spot’s owner chose to wait until her restaurant displayed its staying power. M Grille owner Michelle Wang cuts the ribbon with help from her husband at Tuesday’s ceremony, as her employees cheer her on. (photo by Allen Wallace) M Grille celebrated its…

City of Columbia, Chamber of Commerce partner to promote Business in Motion program

Officials in the City of Columbia’s Economic Development Department have partnered with the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce to reach out to the city’s budding business community. City officials announced the collaboration Monday as part of its Business in Motion program, which is designed to increase and retain the number of local businesses in the Columbia area. The City of…

Swamp Cabbage Brewing Co. opens to the public

Beer lovers who enjoy seeing how their beverage of choice is made have another local option. Guests sample the Swamp Cabbage brews at Sunday’s grand opening. (photo by Allen Wallace) Swamp Cabbage Brewing Co., which recently launched its line of drinks, opened its 921 Brookwood Drive brewery Sunday for public visits, tours and tastings; and more than 800 people came…

Aircraft Maintenance Services expands operations to Richland County airport

The Jim Hamilton-LB Owens Airport is expanding its capabilities in aircraft maintenance and repair. Camden-based Aircraft Maintenance Services has relocated its headquarters to the airport. Owens Field Airport welcomes Aircraft Maintenance Services to relocate its headquarters to the airport. (photo provided) “It’s long been a goal of mine to return to CUB where I worked as a mechanic many years…

Palmetto Health Foundation vice president earns national honor

Palmetto Health Foundation’s vice president of public relations is one of 15 people nationwide selected for induction into the Public Relations Society of America’s College of Fellows. Amy Coward of Palmetto Health Foundation (photo provided) Amy Coward officially will be inducted later this year in Washington, D.C. Coward has been with Palmetto Health Foundation since 2005 and served as chief…

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce throws support behind Gov. Nikki Haley

South Carolina’s leading business organization has taken a side in the gubernatorial contest between current Republican Gov. Nikki Haley and her Democratic challenger state Sen. Vincent Sheheen. Gov. Nikki Haley (photo by Allen Wallace) Haley spent Thursday traveling to four cities across the state with representatives of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce to accept the organization’s endorsement of her…

Todd & Moore celebrates 70 years in Columbia

It was Monday, August 7, 1944. World War II raged in Europe, as the Germans fought to repel the Allied invasion, which had come just two months and a day before. On the home front, IBM unveiled the first program-controlled calculator, and in Columbia, a locally owned business — then called Todd’s Sporting Goods — opened its doors for the first time….