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Meet your new year’s resolutions in Columbia, SC

The biggest step in completing your New Year’s resolution? Show up.


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Looking to meet your New Year’s resolution in Columbia? From feeling fit to finding more family time, check out our local resolution recommendations below.

  • 4 Paws Thrift Store, 304 12th St. | See the weekly sales happening now through the end of the week and proceeds benefit abused, abandoned, and rescued pets.
  • Habitat Restore, 2814 Augusta Rd. | Habitat Restore is all about sharing home goods for a fraction of the cost. With new items added daily, shop here to help support the building of affordable homes in the Midlands.
  • Oliver Gospel Thrift Store, 10012 Two Notch Rd. | Every purchase at this thrift store helps fund job training and supports those experiencing homelessness in Columbia.
  • Thrift Avenue, 1217 Sunset Blvd. | This thrift store supports rescued animals from PetsInc and takes donations.
  • For a full list of thrift stores in the Soda City check out our round-up here.


  • Athlete’s Arena, 3541 Dreher Shoals Rd., Irmo + 2829 Millwood Ave. | Offers personal training, fitness classes + Crossfit and is designed for youth, middle school, high school, collegiate, and elite athletes.
  • Cottontown Crossfit, 2202 Sumter St. | If you’re looking for small class sizes that put your safety first and mobility-focused workouts, give this gym a try.
  • Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way | Located just off Harden Street outside of Five Points, The Drew offers affordable memberships with amenities like an Olympic size pool, basketball courts, and class workouts.
  • Fit Columbia, 2121 College St. | This studio offers a balanced approach to sustainable fitness and life enhancement through strength + mobility training, and yoga.


  • BNI (Business Network International) South Carolina Midlands | This business referral organization can help you build a structured, positive, and professional referral program.
  • Everplay Sports and Social Club | Do you miss playing the organized sports you played as a child? Join the Everplay league to play kickball, volleyball, or a variety of other sports.
  • Podcast Brunch Club | Share your love of podcast in this community of engaged listeners discussing a new theme at each meeting.
  • Silent Book Club | Gather at the Graduate Hotel on the USC campus, grab a cocktail, and settle in for an afternoon of reading with friends.
  • If you’re looking to get plugged into a local online community, check out our round up of local Facebook groups to join.


  • All Good Books, 734 Harden St. | Opening soon in Five Points, Columbia’s new independent bookstore will be a place for readers in the community to gather, read, meet authors, and discuss their favorite books.
  • Ed’s Editions, 406 Meeting St. | This local bookstore caters to the community and collector and has wide variety of hard to find, out of print, used, and rare books.
  • Richland Library, various locations| Get that resolution started with a library card. Pro tip: There’s a whole lot more than books to take advantage of with your card.
  • Books written by local authors | Start with a book that’s near and dear — literally. Check Columbia Economic Development | Before you start your business, learn about why Cola is great start something or expand — from our large talent pool and infrastructure, to our central location in the state. out our list of books written by authors with ties to Columbia.


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