Business

Time capsule to be introduced at Cottontown’s new construction celebration

Renderings provided. A new 2,500 sq.-ft. development will soon be coming to Columbia’s North Main Street area. Construction will begin Thursday for NOMA Station: a mixed-use development at 2430 Main Street in Cottontown. It is slated to accommodate two tenants. According to representatives from the North Columbia Business Association, the larger space is suitable for a restaurant, while the other…

Five Points Association donates $43,450 to local charities from St. Pat’s funds

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Panera’s Pieces of Hope campaign to benefit South Carolina Autism Society

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Dominion Energy updates Blythewood business leaders on transition

Aimee Murray conducting her presentation at the Blythewood Chamber breakfast. Jeanne Reynolds photos. Don’t watch your mailbox for a $1,000 check from Dominion Energy. The regional energy provider that merged with SCANA in January is now implementing an alternate plan that emphasizes longer-term rate relief. That was one of the reminders Blythewood business leaders heard from Aimee Murray, Dominion media…

Columbia resident to compete in regional chef battle after winning statewide competition

Brittiney Moore (right) with sous chef Jacquie Holloway. Photos provided. Brittiney Moore developed a love for cooking Southern food when she was in the third grade. She said her grandmother taught her much of what she knows. That love has since developed into a career – and now she can add “award winning” to her chef title. Moore was one…

Tiffany’s Bakery expanding to new location after 42 years

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Business is blooming at Blythewood High plant sale

Jeanne Reynolds photos. Spring and summer annuals, vegetables, herbs, ferns, hanging baskets and more were snapped up by area gardeners Saturday at Blythewood High School’s annual plant sale. The eagerly anticipated event is the result of a semester’s worth of work by approximately 50 students in the school’s horticulture class and Future Farmers of America club. “The sale is a…

New Starbucks coming to northeast Columbia

Future Starbucks location in the Spring Valley Commons shopping center. Jeanne Reynolds photo. A new Starbucks will soon be opening at 9007 Two Notch Road in the Spring Valley Commons shopping center in northeast Columbia. The 2,200 square foot location will employee approximately 45 people and offer a drive-through option for customers, according to a Starbucks spokesperson. The new store…

Vertical Roots coming to Columbia, growing local produce without soil

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State Museum offering $1 admission Sunday

South Carolina State Museum officials announced general admission will be only $1 for guests Sunday. Included in general admission, guests can explore the four floors of permanent and changing exhibits. It will also give families the chance to experience Hall of Heroes one last time, as the exhibit will be closing soon. The Hall of Heroes exhibit along with planetarium…

Columbia Lizard’s Thicket to close for extensive renovations

Photo from Lizard’s Thicket Facebook. Lizard’s Thicket, the 41-year-old family-owned Southern restaurant, will be closing its Broad River Road location for several weeks beginning Monday. The Williams family, which owns all 15 local Lizard’s Thickets, has decided to update their Broad River Road location as part of the plan to make improvements and upgrades to all of their restaurants. “We…

200-year-old historic Columbia home renovated into event venue

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$16,000 grant providing life-saving equipment for all Richland Library locations

Photo provided by Richland Library. Richland Library is receiving a more than $16,000 grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to purchase life-saving equipment for all locations. Automated external defibrillators and accessories will be installed in every Richland Library at the beginning of April. The AEDs will allow the library’s safety and security department to protect more than 40,000…

REI Co-op to open location in BullStreet District, selling outdoor gear

REI rendering provided. A new business is scheduled to open in the developing BullStreet District next spring. REI Co-op will be a 20,000 sq.-ft. store on the corner of Bull and Freed Streets, offering a wide assortment of outdoor gear, experiences and expertise to the Midlands. In addition to hiking, cycling, camping and paddling gear, the store will hold workshops…

Largest hospital expansion in state history completed at Lexington Medical Center

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Palmetto Experience holds ribbon cutting for river meeting facility, Thursday

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Publix to open a GreenWise Market in Lexington

Rendering of a GreenWise store in Florida. Publix is planning to open a GreenWise Market in Lexington. It will be one of several new locations throughout the South, according to SuperMarket News. Sized at around 25,000 sq.-ft., GreenWise Markets – similar to Fresh Market or Whole Foods stores- are aimed at customers focused on healthy lifestyles and “foodies” looking to…

Not your average tea: The Favored Life Kombucha Bar opens in Columbia

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Lexington Chick-fil-A reopening in new building after five month closure

Lexington Chick-fil-A Facebook photo. Lexington residents have been waiting for the return of the Chick-fil-A on Sunset Boulevard since it closed October 6. Now, after more than five months – the wait is finally almost over. Officials prepared customers for the closure in September: “It is with a mixture of great excitement and a little sadness that we announce that…

New cigar and wine shop to open in Blythewood

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