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Lexington Medical welcomes new physician to Lexington Family Practice Northeast

Dr. Jeremy Crisp (photo provided) Staff and patients at Lexington Family Practice Northeast were joined recently by a new member of the physician team: Dr. Jeremy Crisp. Lexington Family Practice Northeast is a physician practice in the Lexington Medical Center network. The practice offers comprehensive medical care for all age groups, individuals and families. Services include mobile mammography, cardiovascular ultrasound,…

Sears stores at Columbiana Centre to close in March

The Sears and Sears Auto Center stores at Columbiana Centre mall on Harbison Boulevard in Columbia will close in early March, according to a spokesman for the company. Howard Riefs, corporate communications director for Sears, said Thursday that the store’s lease was not renewed. “Store closures are part of a series of actions we’re taking to reduce on-going expenses, adjust…

City of Columbia offers workshop for businesses to learn about 2013 federal tax credits

The city of Columbia is offering a free workshop to inform businesses in the Columbia-Sumter Empowerment Zone about tax credits and incentives to help create jobs. Partnering with the Columbia Empowerment Zone Inc., the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and business tax credit adviser RetroTax, the city will educate business owners on various tax incentives available through the U.S. Department…

New Cayce restaurant serving up family-style favorites

Willie and Mary Robinson invite you to enjoy home-cooked favorites from their kitchen at Down Home Café in Cayce. (photo by Rachel Ham) With her husband, Willie, by her side, Mary Robinson has returned to the restaurant game and is dishing up Southern specials from hamburgers to gizzards to pork chops. Robinson first operated The Snack Box on Charleston Highway…

USC grad making Devine Street sweeter with Silver Spoon Bake Shop

This peach pie is just one example of the handmade cakes, pastries and desserts crafted at Silver Spoon Bake Shop on Devine Street. (photo provided) After satisfying sweet teeth in New York and Charleston, Erin Nobles is creating delectable desserts in the heart of Columbia. Nobles says her passion for baking started during the Christmas holidays of her childhood. Nobles…

Photo Gallery: Columbia Marriott unveils $12 million renovation

The Columbia Marriott on Hampton Street just got a facelift with the hopes of helping to recharge the Main Street district in the downtown area. The hotel, which opened in 1983, underwent a $12 million renovation to completely transform the look of the lobby space and to update all guest rooms and suites. “We felt it was beneficial to introduce…

Photo gallery: BlueCross BlueShield South Carolina BLUE retail store opens for business

BlueCross BlueShield’s newest retail store celebrated its grand opening Saturday with a prize drawing, an appearance from Santa Claus and visits from University of South Carolina mascot Cocky and Clemson University’s Tiger. The South Carolina BLUE retail store in the Columbiana Station shopping center is the third location in South Carolina. The other locations are in Greenville and Mount Pleasant….

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina to open new retail center in Columbia

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina plans to help Columbia residents better navigate the Affordable Care Act as it celebrates the grand opening of its retail center this Saturday. The health insurance carrier will open its third retail center to offer customers an in-person experience when choosing insurance. The center also will provide health and wellness programs. The South Carolina BLUE…

Local agency launches Pay It Forward Hiring Drive

A local staffing agency is encouraging people to provide gainful employment for someone this holiday season through a newly launched hiring initiative. Express Employment Professionals, located in Lexington, opened the Pay It Forward Hiring Drive this month with the goal of putting 100 unemployed individuals to work before the new year. The company is asking that hiring managers consider people…

Chick-fil-A to open new Lexington location in 2014

(logo courtesy of Chick-fil-A) A new restaurant will break ground in a matter of weeks in Lexington, and company officials expect the eatery to be open before the summer months. Chick-fil-A is coming to Saluda Pointe, which sits off of U.S. Highway 378 at Interstate 20. The restaurant will join Chili’s, Moore Orthopedics and Wingate by Wyndham at the development…

Minority enterprise agency encourages small, minority-owned businesses to sign up for transportation projects

As Richland County gets closer to releasing millions of dollars from the Transportation Penny Tax Referendum that was passed during the 2012 presidential election, small business owners, female business owners and minority business owners are encouraged to sign up for future projects. Photo courtesy of the South Carolina Minority Business Development Agency. The South Carolina Minority Business Development Agency Business…

Two Midlands funeral homes merge

Starting this week, two locally-owned Midlands businesses are merging services at one location. Greenlawn Memorial Park and Thompson Funeral Homes announced Monday that Greenlawn Funeral Home now will be known as Thompson Funeral Home at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Thompson Funeral Home at Greenlawn Memorial Park will continue to offer including funeral services, on-site crematory and permanent memorialization. “We understand how…

Carolina Reiki Institute hosting celebration of healing Saturday

Margaret Self gave her first session of Reiki therapy 20 years ago. Now, the owner of Carolina Reiki Institute is inviting people to learn more about the alternative healing method this weekend. Carolina Reiki Institute will host a drop-in celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Self said she wanted to mark her anniversary as a Reiki practitioner with…

M. Gallery Interiors relocates to West Main in Lexington

Mandy Summers, owner of M. Gallery Interiors, welcomes family and friends to the shop’s grand opening at its new location. (photo by Rachel Ham) Over the years, the building at 202 West Main St. in Lexington has housed a mattress store, an art store, a thrift store and more. These days, local shoppers can find all they need for their…

Bojangles’ opens second of three new Midlands locations

Springdale Mayor Pat Smith, Drew Kennedy (field representative for U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson), West Metro Chamber Board of Directors Chairman and Director of Community Outreach at Lexington Medical Center Connie Watson, Bojangles’ Unit Director Debbie Raybon, Bojangles’ Area Director Tina Glover, and Chamber President and CEO Gregg Pinner cut the ribbon on Springdale’s new Bojangles’ location. (photo provided) The Town…

Lexington Chamber welcomes new member Compton’s Kitchen

The staff at Compton’s Kitchen are all smiles as they celebrate joining the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting Tuesday. (photo by Rachel Ham) The past and present of Compton’s Kitchen came out Tuesday to the new Lexington location as the local eatery was welcomed into the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce. Current owner Martha Cooke was…

BANGS Shoes founder Hannah Davis mixes fashion, humanitarianism

Hannah Davis did not plan on becoming an entrepreneur. In fact, she wanted to go to medical school and even enrolled as a biology student at Clemson University. After a tough first course, the 25-year-old Columbia native quickly realized her career path would have to move in a different direction. That journey would take her to China and, eventually, the…

South Carolina Chamber offering Affordable Care Act seminar for employers

Midlands employers are invited to learn more about the Affordable Care Act at an upcoming seminar. The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce will host a one-day educational event Tuesday to answer questions regarding how the ACA will affect businesses. Discussions will begin at 8:30 a.m. and run through 4:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Columbia-Greystone at 200 Stoneridge Drive. Seminar…

Chicken Salad Chick now serving in Lexington

Chicken Salad Chick franchise owners Julie Beville (third from left) and Michelle Singleton (third from right) open their new store Tuesday in Lexington. (photo by Rachel Ham) If you’ve ever wanted to try 15 different flavors of chicken salad, a new Lexington business can grant your wish. Chicken Salad Chick, a Southern fast-casual restaurant with 11 locations nationwide, opened a…