Business

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….

Todd & Moore celebrate 70th anniversary

A Columbia business that first opened its doors during World War II will celebrate its 70th anniversary Thursday. Todd & Moore Sporting Goods has been locally owned and operated since it first opened as Todd’s Sporting Goods on South Main Street in 1944. Thursday’s celebration will be an all-day event at the 620 Huger St. store with special sales and giveaways…

Skyaa’s Caribbean Restaurant dishing up island-inspired flavors in Cayce

Skyaa’s Caribbean Restaurant is serving up the best of chef Skyaa Gauntlett’s dishes in Cayce. (photo by Rachel Ham) Tonya Hamilton and Rashad Savoy have launched their first restaurant with a family friend manning the kitchen. The partners opened the doors of Skyaa’s Caribbean Restaurant, Bar and Grill last month and on Friday were welcomed into the West Metro Chamber…

Lexington Medical Center’s cardiac rehab manager accepted into national medical fellowship

Lexington Medical Center employee John Leech has been accepted into the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. (photo provided) A Lexington Medical Center employee who aids patients making significant lifestyle changes in order to improve their health has been accepted into a prestigious national organization. John Leech, manager of the hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program, has become a Fellow of…

Lizard’s Thicket restaurant on Beltline Boulevard to close for renovations

A Columbia restaurant that has been open since 1982 will be getting a face-lift. The Lizard’s Thicket at 402 Beltline Blvd. will close for several weeks for renovations beginning Aug. 3. Lizard’s Thicket will announce plans for the grand reopening of the Beltline location later in August. “We have so many long-time customers that love the Lizard’s Thicket Beltline location,…

Chef Mike Davis looks back, honors inspirations as Terra celebrates 8th anniversary

Many things have changed over the past eight years in the Midlands, and many businesses have come and gone, but Chef Mike Davis’ Terra has remained. Davis will celebrate the restaurant’s eighth anniversary this week by paying tribute to some of the people who, as he puts it, “shaped us to become what we are today.” Terra celebrates its eighth anniversary…

Midlands Convention Bureau hires new director of communications

The Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism recently hired its newest spokesperson. The organization selected Andrea Mensink to be director of communications. The Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism has hired Andrea Mensink to serve as director of communications. (photo provided) “We could not be happier to have Andrea join our team,” said Bill Ellen, president and CEO…

Tomlinson’s Wholesale Warehouse expanding into Lexington

Tomlinson Sales Co. is expanding into Lexington with a Tomlinson’s Wholesale Warehouse. (photo provided) An in-progress development in Lexington has added a new store. Representatives with Tomlinson Sales Co. confirmed the company will construct a Tomlinson’s Wholesale Warehouse on Sunset Boulevard. The store will be adjacent to the Sunset Village development on the former Corley Mill property. Tomlinson’s has nine locations in…

Photo Gallery: Local brewery’s Broad River Red Ale to be sold in bottles for first time

A local ale popular with many bar customers now will be available for those sitting in armchairs rather than on bar stools. River Rat Brewery’s Broad River Red Ale will be available for sale in bottles beginning Friday. (photo by Allen Wallace) River Rat Brewery employees spent Wednesday bottling 300 cases of the brewery’s Broad River Red Ale, which will be…

Future business leaders learn entrepreneurship basics at S.C. Chamber event

Hammond High School senior Kelvin Obioha (left) and Spring Valley High School senior J. Anthony Bennett learned skills to help them be successful in the business world. (photo provided) South Carolina’s next generation of business owners, company executives and idea-rich innovators converged in the Upstate last week for an annual tradition. South Carolina Business Week brought together dozens of local…

Local businessman Jim Reynolds awarded Order of Palmetto

State Sen. John Courson (left) presents local businessman and education and workforce development advocate Jim Reynolds with the Order of the Palmetto. Also pictured is Midlands Technical College president Sonny White (right). (photo provided) An active member of the Midlands community has been given South Carolina’s biggest award. Jim Reynolds, CEO of Total Comfort Solutions and longtime Midlands Technical College…

Lexington Medical Center network of care welcomes 2 new physicians

Dr. Eva Imperial will care for local patients through Spring Valley Family Practice. (photo provided) Two area physicians have joined new medical facilities in the Midlands but will still be caring for patients of all ages. Dr. Eva Imperial has set up shop at Spring Valley Family Practice, while Dr. Jennifer A. Greene will practice at Carolina Women’s Physicians. Both offices are…

Newberry professor’s BizCamp sets out to teach young adults fundamentals of business

A group of Midlands students gathered at the Richland Library this week to learn the fundamentals of business ownership. Newberry College professor Paul Smith teamed up with Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union to host the third annual BizCamp to teach young people entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Ethan Jones, Magjoly Miller and Ch’nyah Tucker are students in the BizCamp program this…

Dutch Fork High School grad launches own creative brand

Dutch Fork High School graduate Joshua Smith showcases one of his 3-D art designs. Smith also creates and sells apparel and jewelry. (photo provided) Joshua Smith could spend his first summer after graduation by the pool or hanging out with friends. The Dutch Fork High graduate instead is pushing forward with the launch of a business powered by his own…

Trade magazine recognizes Palmetto Health for use of technology

Palmetto Health Hospital has been named one of the “most wired” organizations for the seventh time by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. The hospital is one of only six health care providers in the nation and the only Midlands medical center to meet the criteria for the recognition. “We use technology to help physicians and team members provide the highest…

Lexington Medical Center’s Otarre Pointe medical building entering home stretch of completion

Construction is in full swing on the interior and exterior of Lexington Medical Park – Congaree. (photo by Rachel Ham) Dust is flying, paint brushes are rolling and large air conditioning units are being lifted onto the roof as Lexington Medical Park – Congaree takes shape in Cayce. Lexington Medical Center broke ground at the brand-new medical office building last June,…

Roses Discount Store coming to St. Andrews

Local shoppers will have another option for discovering savings later this year as a new store comes in the Columbia area. Roses Discount Store is headed to St. Andrews Road near the Interstate 26 ramp, behind Cycle Gear Columbia. Company officials said the store is slated to open in November, depending on construction delays. The discount store sells an array of…

Richland County recognizes local businesses as part of new small business program

Richland County’s newest Small Local Business Enterprises division kicked off its efforts Wednesday by recognizing the first group of 22 small businesses that have qualified for projects and contracts with the county through the new program. A small business owner takes notes in the Small Local Business Enterprises class upon certification (photo provided). “We’ll do everything we can to ensure…

New dental office opens in Lexington area

Family Dental of Lexington is now open on Sunset Boulevard. (photo provided) A brand-new facility in the Lexington area is providing dental care to residents one tooth at a time. Dr. Perry Joiner and the staff at Family Dental of Lexington opened a new full-service practice June 26 and already have more than 130 patients registered for a visit. Joiner…

Black Bean Co. serves up ‘energy food fast’ in The Vista

Columbia’s farm-to-table movement is here to stay. Charleston-based Black Bean Co. has brought its farm-fresh and fast service concept to The Vista, adding to the district’s growing number of dining options. “We’re not fast food. We’re energy food fast,” said Marketing Director Benjamin Fleming. Black Bean Co., named for the superfood, was started by Ellis Grossman in 2010. The 28-year-old…

Medical device firm plans $1.4 million expansion in Richland County

A $1.4 million investment and 50 jobs is coming to Richland County as a local medical device manufacturing company expands its operations. Rhythmlink International LLC will grow its design and distribution facility on 1140 First St. South in the Columbia Industrial Park to make room for a new automated packaging line. RhythmLink’s international headquarters in Columbia (photo provided) “After careful…