Five Points

Hundreds celebrate at Statewide Black History Parade and Festival

Next City event is Feb. 20

It was a day of celebration of commemoration, with a theme of unity. Hundreds of people of many races gathered Saturday in Columbia’s Five Points for the 13th Annual Statewide Black History Parade and Festival. Buffalo Soldiers. (Photos by Allen Wallace.) “Black history is everyone’s history. We’re all one country and we have to work together if we’re ever going…

Police on the hunt for Five Points bandits

Columbia police are looking for two suspects after a robbery in Five Points on Tuesday night. The incident took place at the Jimmy John’s sub-sandwich shop at 2015 Devine St., where “the smells are free,” but the cash in the register is most definitely not. Surveillance photo of alleged suspects (Photo provided) Employees at the restaurant told police two men…

Five Points celebrates Col. Jack Van Loan

Statute of Van Loan and new art project dedicated at Centennial Plaza for Veterans Day

Five Points on Friday celebrated Veterans Day with a tribute to a veteran and war hero who has become known as “the unofficial father of Five Points,” Col. Jack Van Loan. Col. Jack Van Loan (seated) is surrounded by Rep. Joe Wilson, Five Points Association Executive Director Amy Beth Franks, Richland County Councilman Seth Rose, Mayor Steve Benjamin, S.C. Department…

Columbia groups take steps to honor Prince

The Purple One is getting the royal treatment thanks to the Richland Library and the Five Points Association. Richland Library has assembled a collection of purple-colored children’s books to honor Prince. (Photo provided) Library cardholders can access the music of the late rock, soul and funk artist Prince through their online digital media service Hoopla. Hoopla is a free mobile…

Five Points district featured on ‘Travels with Darley’

Five Points, the bustling business district that was once a wetland for Rocky Creek branch, continues to celebrate its centennial with a new promotional video and spot on a PBS television series. Andy’s Deli is featured in the Five Points Association’s new promotional video. (photo provided) The Five Points Association announced last week that the neighborhood would be featured on…

Band lineup, new attractions announced for St. Pat’s in Five Points

Bands from Charleston, Athens, Nashville and New Jersey will come together in Columbia on March 19 to headline the 34th annual St. Pat’s in Five Points festival. The headline acts, announced Thursday night, are Drive-By Truckers, Shovels & Rope, Old Dominion and The Front Bottoms. They’ll be joined by 16 other bands at four outdoor stages for the day-long event, which…

Spa, yoga studio planned as part of future Five Points development

A future mixed-use development in Five Points is a step closer to becoming a reality. Columbia’s board of zoning appeals approved a parking variance request from developers, which will kick off the construction process. The property at the corner of Harden and Pendleton streets sat vacant for nearly eight years before it was purchased by developer Richard Burts and his…

Locals invited to ‘Paint 5 Points’ with 10 local artists this week

Five Points’ 100th birthday celebration rolls on this week with champagne toasts and local artists. The “Paint 5 Points” local art initiative culminates at the “Paint 5 Points Champagne Bash & Art Auction,” a ticketed event at The Gourmet Shop during Five Points’ annual free celebration “A Starry Night” on Thursday. Festivities run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Works like…

Local businesses gear up for post-Black Friday sales with Shop Local Saturday

Black Friday is the day that big box stores rack up huge profits, but businesses around Columbia are hoping to attract customers during Shop Local Saturday this weekend to support the small shops that boost the Midlands economy. “We know the big guys,” said University of South Carolina retail professor Marianne Bickle. “It’s the small and medium-sized guys who are…

Local Cola: Thanksgiving weekend edition

The weekend following Thanksgiving is one of the busiest of the year for shopping, and locally owned businesses are hoping to see more of the dollars spent this weekend stay in the Columbia area. Shoppers in Five Points (photo by Allen Wallace) Small Business Saturday originated in 2010, and the event created by American Express has grown each year. Many…

Goat’s in Five Points goes ‘back to basics’

  Walk into Goat’s in Five Points and you might believe you’ve stepped into the former Goatfeathers, the three-decade-old establishment that offered an alternative to the typical college bar fare in the district. But blink and you just might miss the changes. Olando “Opie” Patterson has taken command of the spot after it closed a year ago and pumped new…

Temporary surface lot at former Exxon gas station in Five Points to open around Thanksgiving

Visitors to Five Points soon will have more places to park as Columbia Parking Department officials plan to raze the Exxon Mobil gas station at the corner of Harden Street and Saluda Avenue and turn it into a surface lot. Parking Services Director John Spade said the city is leasing the property where the gas station currently stands from local…

Police identify suspects in Harden Street stabbing

Columbia police have identified two men wanted in connection with a stabbing investigation. Surveillance photos of the suspects (provided) Jeremy Alan Asbill, 27, will face charges of attempted murder and breach of peace of a high and aggravated nature once he is arrested. Christopher Eugene Fuller, 26, will face a charge of breach of peace of a high and aggravated nature. Investigators…

JerryFest in Five Points postponed

Organizers of JerryFest in Five Points announced Thursday that the event will be postponed until Oct. 25. The decision was made in the interest of public safety, according to organizers, with forecasts calling for heavy rain and potential flooding in the Columbia are this weekend. JerryFest, originally scheduled for Sunday, will begin at 3 p.m. Oct. 25. No changes in the…

Part of Harden Street to close Monday morning

Some drivers going to or passing through Five Points Monday can expect delays due to a construction project. The southbound lanes of Harden Street will be closed to through traffic from Gervais Street to Senate Street from 8:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. A South Carolina Department of Transportation crew will be working on the excavation and installation of a drainage structure. A…

Five Points, Devine Street businesses work to keep people shopping local during tax-free weekend

South Carolina’s tax-free weekend sends shoppers flocking to stores each year, and a group of Columbia business owners have joined forces in an effort to keep as many of those dollars in town as possible. Shoppers were greeted warmly at The OOPS! Co. (photo by Allen Wallace) Devine Street and Five Points merchants teamed up for the second annual Summer Sidewalk…