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Sunrise 7:16 a.m. | Sunset 6:01 p.m.

🎶 Waitin’ all day for a Sunday night
Order 12 dry rub wings from Home Team BBQ | Photo by @hometeambbqcola
Whether you’re rooting for the Chiefs or the 49ers, pull up the lever on your recliner or get the gang together and preorder from these four places to enjoy local grub for the Super Bowl.

Grab local game day grub

Home Team, 700 Harden St., Columbia
  • Take a look at Home Team’s catering options. The Family Style Combinations serve 10 guests or more and Boxed Meals are made to serve 20 guests or more. Pro tip: If you want to be the hostess of the mostess, you can look into full-service catering, made to serve a minimum of 50 guests.
Hudson’s Smokehouse BBQ, 4952 Sunset Blvd., Lexington
  • Take a look at the full catering menu, but for a football game, the Tailgate Menu may fit your needs for hosting the Super Bowl. Tailgate packages range from ~$35 to ~$130 and feature fried catfish, BBQ, smoked chicken, and sides.
Lowes Foods, 4711 Forest Dr., Columbia + 5222 Sunset Blvd., Lexington + 2440 Augusta Hwy., Lexington
  • Create the perfect grazing table with a variety of trays — including veggie, sandwich, dessert, meat + cheese or fresh-fried boxes of chicken.
  • Preorder the Super Bowl Party Wings & Things package for pickup this Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The package is designed for 6-8 people and includes: two dozen jumbo chicken wings, a trio of sauces, ranch dressing, pimiento cheese, hummus, green tehina, whipped feta, crudités, crostini, chocolate espresso brownies, and chocolate chunk cookies. Limited quantities are available and cost $110.

Watch the big game on a big screen at Market on Main’s patio | @marketonmaincolasc

Want to go out for the game instead? City Editors Sam and David recommend these three local spots, featuring viewing parties, numerous screens, good food, and cold drinks.
Where are you watching the Super Bowl?

We shared some of our local recommendations for where you can watch the big game. Now it’s your turn.
Thursday, Feb. 8
Friday, Feb. 9
Saturday, Feb. 10
  • Pups & Pints Adoption Event | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 12-3 p.m. | Bierkeller Columbia, 600 Canalside St., Columbia | Free | Bring a leash, drink a pint, and speed date with the pups.
  • 14th Annual Mardi Gras Columbia Festival | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 12-7 p.m. | City Roots, 1005 Airport Blvd., Columbia | $10 | Celebrate Mardi Gras with Krewe de Columbi-Ya-Ya at this annual parade and festival.
  • Gamecock Men’s Basketball vs. Vanderbilt Commodores | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 1 p.m. | Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St., Columbia | $20-$55 | Root for the Gamecock Men’s basketball team as they take on the Vanderbilt Commodores inside of Colonial Life Arena.
  • Portugal Wine Tasting | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 3-4 p.m. | Hampton Street Vineyard, 1207 Hampton St., Columbia | $33 | Taste six wines highlighting classic regions with associated grape varieties and styles.
Wednesday, Feb. 14
  • Amore Under the Stars | Wed., Feb. 14 | 6-10 p.m. | South Carolina State Museum, 301 Gervais St., Columbia | $80.00 | This unique Valentine’s Day experience features champagne, stargazing, an exclusive laser show, and more.*
Saturday, Feb. 24
  • Sea & Sand Festival | Sat., Feb. 24 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Folly Beach , Center Street, Folly Beach | $10.00 - $15.00 | Enjoy a weekend full of family-friendly events including live music, a surfboard painting contest, sand sculpting competition, and more.*
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3 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Main Street District
Two people doing a cheers with champagne glasses in the Main Street District.
Get bubbly with your one and only or your girl friends this Valentine’s Day in the Main Street District. | Photo by Melissa G Photography
Love is in the air, COLA. There’s something for everyone in the Main Street District this Valentine’s Day. Here are our recs on what to do:
  1. Date night: Sip + savor with a rooftop dinner at Hendrix and a night cap at Kao Thai.
  2. Galentines: Get creative with a candle making class at Copper Canyon Soap Company, followed by drinks and appetizers at Robinson Room.
  3. For the fam: Enjoy kid-friendly meals at Cantina 76, followed by bowling night at The Grand.
News Notes
  • $880,000 — That’s the amount the SC Department of Commerce granted 15 statewide projects with its 2024 Relentless Challenge. The grants support entrepreneurship by fostering sustainable ecosystems + addressing high-growth entrepreneurship, access to capital, collaboration, and more.
  • Columbia Fireflies individual game tickets for all 66 home games go on sale to the public today at 10 a.m. Prices start at $6 per game. Pro tip: Early purchasers can save $2 per ticket. Don’t forget, opening night is Tuesday, April 9.
  • USC’s baseball team ranked No. 12 in the Baseball America preseason Top-25 poll, one of eight SEC teams in the top 25. They also ranked No. 13 in Perfect Game and No. 25 in D1Baseball. Carolina opens the season on Feb. 16 against Miami (Ohio) at 4 p.m. (Gamecocks Online)
  • In case you missed it, investment in water and sewer infrastructure was approved during the most recent City Council meeting. This includes improvements to Water Treatment Plants, asphalt paving restoration for roads, upgrading a wastewater pumping station, and more. Catch all the highlights.
  • South Carolina Ballet is holding auditions for its 2024-2025 season on Saturday, Feb 24 + Saturday, March 9 at Columbia Conservatory of Dance. Strong pointe work is required and its repertoire will include “Romeo and Juliet,” “Giselle,” “Dracula,” “The Nutcracker,” and more.
  • Calling small business owners — Dominion Energy SC is offering small businesses and nonprofits a 95% incentive, (up to $6,000,) for energy efficiency upgrades in lighting and HVAC systems through the Small Business Energy Solutions Program. Eligible projects must be completed by Oct. 31.
🥬 Composting 101
A heap of tomatoes and vegetation in a dark brown wooden bin outside.
One person’s organic trash is another’s compost treasure. | Photo by Eva Bronzini via Pexels
Ready to begin composting? We’ve got the dirt on how to get started, plus the best compost bin for your needs.

What is composting?

Composting is the process of decomposing organic matter — like leaves, food scraps, and yard trimmings. You reap what you sow: The result is a dark, nutrient-heavy material, like soil, that you can use to enrich your lawn or garden.

How do you get started?

Find a dry and shady spot in your backyard to build your compost pile. Be patient — composting can take several months.

If you don’t want a pile of decomposing waste in your backyard, try a compost bin. Here’s some options we’ve bin eyeing:
  • For beginners | Try it out before you commit. This bin is easy to clean and is perfect for collecting scraps on your counter.
  • For style icons | Composting, but make it cute. Just don’t mistake this odor-free bin for your cookie jar.
Click the link below to read how the City of Columbia, Richland County, and Lexington County encourage residents to compost + more tips.
The Buy
The Giving Heart pillow — a cream, knitted, heart-shaped pillow that’s weighted to replicate the feeling of a real hug. It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for loved ones who deserve some extra coziness and care.
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The Wrap
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From the editor
Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse, now called Braza Do Sul, just rebranded after over a decade. Despite the name change, The State reported that the restaurant promises the same quality, service, and culinary excellence. Located at 410 Columbiana Dr., it offers rotating menus of pork, lamb, beef, and more, served tableside.
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