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Multiple Checkers & Rally’s locations coming to Columbia area

Checkers-food Show Caption Hide Caption Checkers_Prototype_DriveThru_28 Show Caption Hide Caption Checkers_Prototype_Night_Front_08 Show Caption Hide Caption Photos provided. Officials from Checkers & Rally’s, a nationally known drive-thru restaurant, have announced the franchise will be opening multiple locations in the Columbia area. According to Director of Franchise Development Robert Bhagwandat, the organization is interested in utilizing space in some of the Midlands’…

New Planet Fitness opening near Blythewood

Planet-Fitness-interior Photo provided. Show Caption Hide Caption Planet-Fitness-exterior Photo provided. Show Caption Hide Caption New-Planet-Fitness-site Show Caption Hide Caption Planet-Fitness-sign Show Caption Hide Caption Jeanne Reynolds photos. The Midlands’ newest Planet Fitness location will open in May at the intersection of Clemson and Hardscrabble roads. The 23,000-sq-ft. gym is under construction in The Crossings shopping center at the location formerly…

Lexington Chamber honors locals at awards luncheon

The Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center honored local businesses and professionals at its annual Chamber Awards Luncheon Tuesday afternoon at Lexington Church of Christ. The ceremony allows members to nominate fellow members to be recognized for outstanding leadership within the community. Attendees also celebrated the Chamber’s 60th “birthday” at the event. (left to right) GLCVC Board Chair Troy Simpson,…

Lita’s Treats expands from Dutch Square Mall to Killian Road

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Third Lexington 7-Eleven to hold grand opening with reduced gas prices, giveaways

Grand opening of the first Lexington 7-Eleven in December. Karamie Sullivan photo. 7-Eleven representatives are inviting Lexington community members to sip, snack, and join the fun at the convenience store’s grand opening Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m. This is the third 7-Eleven, partnering with Applegreen USA, that has opened in the area since December.  There will be one more…

New Lexington Tutoring Academy incorporating physical activity into teaching methods

Lex-Tutoring-Academy-4 Show Caption Hide Caption Lex-Tutoring-Academy-1 Show Caption Hide Caption Lex-Tutoring-Academy-3 Show Caption Hide Caption lex-pic-1 Show Caption Hide Caption CPR-photo Show Caption Hide Caption Lexington Tutoring Academy’s facility. Photos provided. A new business has opened in Lexington that offers a wide variety of tutoring options to aid students in the learning process. Lexington Tutoring Academy is locally owned and…

Comet Executive Director John Andoh addresses Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Breakfast

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Riverbanks Zoo announces names of newest lion cubs

Photo from Riverbanks Zoo website. Riverbanks Zoo representatives announced the names of the two newest lion cubs Monday morning on their Facebook page. They were born in October to mother Lindelani, and father, Zuri. According to the announcement, the cubs have been named Cleopatra, and Suki: “These sisters have already begun to live up to their names. Cleopatra, means father’s…

Buttercream Dreams offering specialty sweets in West Columbia

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93.1 The Lake’s Brent Johnson announced as 2019 Shamrock Parade Grand Marshal

Brent Johnson (right) was announced as the Shamrock Parade’s Grand Marshal at a Wednesday luncheon. Photos provided by Lexington County Blowfish. The Lexington County Blowfish hosted a “Shamrock luncheon” Wednesday to announce several additions to the organization’s Shamrock Parade and Festival. The event will be held March 9 from noon until 5 p.m., with the parade at 2 p.m. The…

New 100-acre venue space unveiled in Lexington

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First responders hit the court to celebrate Black History Month

Mayor-Benjamin-at-game Show Caption Hide Caption BHM-game-1 Show Caption Hide Caption BHM-game Show Caption Hide Caption BHM-game-2 Show Caption Hide Caption BHM-game-3 Show Caption Hide Caption Allen Wallace photos. The competition on the court was fierce, but ultimately all the players were on the same side Sunday as state officials and first responders from Columbia and Richland County joined other members…

New Chapin business to offer sweets, sandwiches in historic building

The soon-to-be S&S Destination. Karamie Sullivan photos. Chapin residents may have noticed recent changes to the small structure on the corner of Chapin Road and Old Lexington Highway. The brick building has remained unused since it was Trucky’s Wheels years ago, but recent renovations have been taking place. Local resident Jaime Bohnke purchased the building six years ago, and said…

Transitions Homeless Center unveils plaques to honor long-time donors

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New family entertainment center to open in Irmo

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South Carolina Philharmonic to perform Star Wars-themed concert

S.C. Philharmonic graphic. The South Carolina Philharmonic is gearing up for their upcoming show: Star Wars with the S.C. Phil. The concert debuts May 22 at 7 p.m., and will feature music from the entire Star Wars saga, and will be accompanied by lighting effects choreographed to the music. The Koger Center lobby will provide entertainment for event-goers before the…

Newest Hampton Inn & Suites in Columbia offers modernized rooms and architecture

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Developers unveil new plans for controversial Crickentree redevelopment

Developers present plan Show Caption Hide Caption crowd at developers meeting Show Caption Hide Caption County Council member Joyce Dickerson addresses crowd Show Caption Hide Caption A large crowd was in attendance at the developer’s meeting. Jeanne Reynolds photos. Representatives from investment firm ECapital unveiled a revised proposal for a housing development on the former Crickentree golf course property before…

Families get opportunity to spend night inside State Museum this weekend

SCSM graphic. The South Carolina State Museum is giving families a chance to experience a night inside the museum Friday. Guests will be able to explore the entire facility including the new Hall of Heroes exhibit and a variety of programs geared toward astronomy. The night will also include special shows in the planetarium and the 4-D theater. Participants can…

New boutique, beauty supply store open in Blythewood

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Za’s on Devine to host live jazz nights with themed cocktails

Za’s bar area. Photos provided. Za’s Brick Oven Pizza will be adding something new to the restaurant beginning February 9 – but this addition is more about sound than taste. Known for its wood-fired pizza and Italian-inspired classics, the locally-owned neighborhood restaurant and bar will soon be offering a weekend attraction: live jazz nights. Za’s will host a jazz night…

Panera holds grand opening, presents $3,175 check to Serve & Connect

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Bruegger’s Bagels closes after truck crashes into restaurant

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New tea and coffee shop coming to downtown Columbia

sweetwaters-1 Show Caption Hide Caption sweetwaters-4 Show Caption Hide Caption sweetwaters-2 Show Caption Hide Caption sweetwaters-3 Show Caption Hide Caption Photos from Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Park St. Facebook page. It’s not here yet, but it will be soon. Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea was founded in Michigan in 1993, and now will be opening its first South Carolina location in…