Business

Plato’s Closet opens new location in northeast Richland County

Plato’s Closet, a national retail consignment shop for teens and 20-somethings, on Thursday launched its second location in the Midlands. The store at 10136 Two Notch Road in Sparkleberry Square sells gently-used brand-name clothing and accessories at a discount. Plato’s Closet has a large selection of clothing, shoes, jewelry and handbags. (photo by Kelly Petty) “Plato’s Closet fills a distinct niche in…

Photo gallery: Healing Touch Spa celebrates grand opening

Healing Touch Spa in the St. Andrews Shopping Center off Interstate 26 celebrated its grand opening Monday. Owner and certified massage therapist Erica Doyle expanded her business to the Columbia location after opening in Aiken three years ago. Doyle graduated from Aiken Technical College in 2008. “I just like to be pampered myself,” Doyle said. “I started at home and…

Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce reaches 1,000 members

Representing one of the state’s fastest-growing counties, the Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center hit a major milestone this fall. Membership now includes more than 1,000 businesses and organizations representing everything from specialty boutiques to restaurants with locally sourced ingredients to hotels serving visitors to Lexington County. Chamber officials said the membership total remained at about 800 until the early 2000s…

Sew Suite Studio brings crafting headquarters, expertise to Lexington

Crafters of all levels of experience, young or old, can get their supplies, lessons, fresh ideas and expert advice from a one-stop shop in Lexington. Sew Suite Studio and Becky Robinson are one of the newest members of the Greater Lexington Chamber. (photo by Rachel Ham) Becky Robinson of Sew Suite Studio celebrated her Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center…

Registration open for small business seminar for contracting, construction industries

The Minority Business Development Agency Business Center has partnered with local minority-owned professional services firm DESA Inc. to launch the first-ever business seminar to connect small business firms in construction and engineering and gain information to improve their businesses. “After years of hosting SC MED Week, which was geared towards minority businesses, we decided to offer a seminar that would…

Local plastic surgeon tapped to lead Palmetto Health Healing Waters; spa to open Jan. 15

Palmetto Health’s newest amenity for the community and hospital patients will be opening just after the New Year. The hospital system announced Palmetto Health Healing Waters, a 7,000-square-foot spa located on the Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge campus, has its grand opening scheduled for Jan. 15. Local plastic surgeon Dr. Peter Haines will oversee care as Healing Waters’ medical director. Dr….

Dollar General opens newest location in north Columbia

Dollar General opened the doors of its newest location in Columbia on Saturday. The retail outlet at 7925 Wilson Blvd. in north Columbia celebrated its grand opening with specials, free prizes and giveaways. Dollar General opens on Wilson Boulevard in North Columbia. (photo by Kelly Petty) “Dollar General is committed to delivering a pleasant shopping experience that includes a convenient…

Photo Gallery: USC graduate opens trendy clothing boutique for women of all ages

A University of South Carolina graduate has opened a boutique specializing in one-of-a-kind clothing for women of all ages. Elliott Bridgers, owner of Mainstream Boutique on Devine Street, said she hopes to bring affordable fashion and accessories to the Midlands market. “Mainstream Boutique is a multi-generational women’s clothing boutique,” she said. “So the women that shop here are in their…

Richland County opens Office of Small Business Opportunity to connect with local entrepreneurs

  Richland County on Wednesday fulfilled its promise to ensure small and local businesses have the opportunity to participate in the $1.07 billion transportation penny program when it unveiled the new Office of Small Business Opportunity. “Richland County Council created this office to ensure that we’d have the necessary programs available to assist small and local business so they would…

Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge debuts Back Porch outdoor space

An outdoor space designed to relax the mind and body was unveiled for the first time Thursday at a Midlands hospital. Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge staff and executives mill around the Back Porch outdoor space. (photo by Rachel Ham) Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge opened in March to serve the Irmo community, and officials cut the ribbon on the hospital’s final…

Palmetto Health Hospital named “Screening Center of Excellence” for lung cancer test

Palmetto Health recently was named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance. The medical center was one of 225 hospitals to receive the designation. “We are proud and honored to be working with Palmetto Health as a Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence. Their commitment to practice responsible lung cancer screening will lead to advancements in…

EngenuitySC report: Midlands poised to be “economically competitive” in Southeast

Columbia is poised to be an economically competitive city in the Southeast region, according to a report by EngenuitySC. USC President Harris Pastides announces the results of the 2014 Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report. (photo by Allen Wallace) “This report is what I hope becomes a catalyst for conversation across the Midlands region,” said EngenuitySC Executive Director Meghan Hughes Hickman. “It…

Women In Philanthropy names Paula Thayer program director to energize its outreach

A United Way of the Midlands partner organization dedicated to women and children has enlisted new leadership to promote its efforts. Paula Thayer has been named new program director for Women in Philanthropy and will work to increase membership and awareness of group’s mission. “I have long known the power of collaborative efforts in creating change in our world,” Thayer…

BB&T South Carolina president named Business Leader of the Year

One of Columbia’s own is being honored by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce for leading the way in bringing about positive change statewide. The Chamber announced Tuesday that Mike Brenan, president of BB&T South Carolina, is the 2014 Business Leader of the Year. He’ll be recognized at the 35th Annual Summit in November. Brenan’s involvement in the region encompasses being a past chairman…

Nordstrom Rack brings discounted designer brands to Columbia retail center

With about 60 shopping days until Christmas, Columbia residents flooded into the area’s newest retail destination Thursday afternoon for a special preview event. Dozens more waited excitedly in line Friday morning as Nordstrom Rack on Harbison Boulevard officially opened to the public. Shoppers quickly filled Columbia’s newest retail destination Thursday during a preview event. (photo by Rachel Ham) Nordstrom Rack…

SC Works to host job fair Tuesday

Job seekers are invited to meet representatives from dozens of local companies that are hiring now. SC Works is hosting a job fair Tuesday at the National Guard Armory on Bluff Road. Employers from the University of South Carolina, Aflac, Michelin, Home Depot and numerous other companies will be taking applications and talking to interested candidates from 9 a.m. until…

USC’s international business alumni mark 40th anniversary of groundbreaking program

The University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business 40 years ago embarked on a new venture that would recognize the importance of international business in its curriculum. The school today has expanded international business into a top-ranked program that has a global reach and national recognition for shaping South Carolina’s economy. International Business professor Andrew Spicer speaks about the…

Lexington Medical Center welcomes 2 new doctors

Physicians specializing in family medicine and obstetrics recently joined the Lexington Medical Center network of care. Dr. Daniel Shumpert is on board the staff at Lexington Family Practice-Irmo, which provides a range of care to patients from babies to seniors. Shumpert is a magna cum laude graduate from the University of South Carolina. He completed his family medicine residency at AnMed Health in Anderson…

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…