Plus, an Italian wine and grocery store is coming soon.
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Q+A with Seth Rose: What’s next for the Pope-Davis Tire building?
An exterior image of the Pope-Davis Tire Building in Columbia, SC.
What do you think should move into the Pope-Davis Tire building on 1531 Taylor St.? | Photo provided by NAI Columbia
Seth Rose, a local attorney and elected official representing Columbia’s State District 72, recently purchased the property adjacent to his law office: the Pope-Davis Tire building. His goal? “To create something fun that enhances Columbia’s cultural and commercial offerings, improving walkability in an area dominated by vehicle traffic.”

Rose is working with NAI Columbia to find the perfect tenant, and we want your help, too. What would you like to see move into this Taylor St. space? Read on to learn more about Rose’s vision for the property, and be sure to vote below.

1. What kind of tenant do you envision for the space?

The Pope-Davis Tire building is well-known and sits on a busy road with high visibility. I’ve invested in it, including putting on a new roof. It’s also next to the historic Robert Mills House and Gardens. I envision a vibrant restaurant like Leon’s in Charleston, that would excite Soda Citizens.

2. What kind of atmosphere or vibe does the space have?

The building, which has served automobiles since 1947, has a light industrial vibe with exposed brick, metal-framed windows, and lots of natural light from the storefront windows on Taylor Street. The steel structure on the corner provides a covered outdoor space for an indoor/outdoor experience, which is vital for a thriving business, as we saw during Covid.

3. What kind of feedback have you heard from locals about the types of businesses they’d love to see move in?

Everyone who walks through this building thinks it’s incredible. Mayor Rickenmann thinks it’s a cool spot. My neighbors, many of whom are lawyers, want a nearby place to eat. There are numerous law firms around with no convenient options for lunch or happy hour.
What would you like to see move into the Pope-Davis Tire building?
A. A fun restaurant with outdoor dining
B. Something activity-based like a bowling alley
C. A cozy cafe or bakery
D. Other
Tuesday, June 11
  • 8th Annual Taste on the River | Tuesday, June 11 | 5:30-9 p.m. | Stone River, 121 Alexander Rd., West Columbia | $100 | Celebrate the vibrant food scene in the Midlands while supporting the ongoing beautification efforts in West Columbia.
Wednesday, June 12
  • Morning Blend: A Jazz, Soul, and Coffee Series | Wednesday, June 12 | 7:30-10:30 a.m. | Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St., Columbia | Free | Celebrate Pride month as the Kyle Bryant Trio plays jazz music written + performed by LGBTQ+ musicians and Preach Jacobs spins soul, funk, and R&B DJ sets.
Thursday, June 13
  • Mental Health Film & Panel | Thursday, June 13 | 6-8:30 p.m. | The Nickelodeon Theater, 1607 Main St., Columbia | $8 | Join The Nick for a screening of the film “Clean, Shaven,” followed by an engaging discussion aimed at destigmatizing mental illness.
Friday, June 14
  • Midlands Youth Queer Prom | Friday, June 14 | 7-10 p.m. | Hampton-Preston Gardens at Historic Columbia, 1615 Blanding St., Columbia | Free | Midlands Queer Prom provides a space where attendees can express themselves authentically, free from judgment.
  • 2024 Southeastern BBQ Showdown | Friday, June 14-Saturday, June 15 | Segra Park, 1640 Freed St., Columbia | $37-$50 | 30 BBQ teams from across the competition BBQ world will cook and provide samples.
Saturday, June 15
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💫 Add to cal: A stellar symphony of lights and sound
Four people sitting inside a planetarium watching lasers.
Enjoy special shows featuring lasers choreographed to timeless hits inside the museum’s Planetarium. | Photo courtesy of the South Carolina State Museum
Friday Night Laser Lights — a cosmic concert where lasers dance to iconic music — returns to the South Carolina State Museum’s Planetarium on Friday, June 21 from 6-10 p.m.

The extraterrestrial event in the 55-ft digital dome features new and favorite shows, including Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Elton John, and The Eagles.

Pro tip: Guests can grab a drink from the cash bar + enjoy tasty bites from local food truck, Cheese and Thank You.
News Notes
  • Dominion Energy changed access rules to the Lake Murray Public Park over the weekend. Visitors must now enter by vehicle, and pedestrian access is prohibited. The park will close to additional visitors when at capacity due to safety + traffic concerns. (WLTX)
Coming Soon
  • Chefs from Terra, Enzo’s, and Bar Gran Sasso are opening Alimentari Don Luigi, an Italian wine and grocery store, on Thursday, June 20 at 612 Whaley St. The store will feature over 120 Italian wines, pasta, sauces, snacks, and more. (The Post and Courier)
  • The USA 2024 women’s basketball Olympic roster was announced, and A’ja Wilson is on the list. The team is made of 12 women + they will be playing for the eighth consecutive gold medal in Paris. (Bleacher Report)
  • No. 19 — that’s the ranking Columbia received on Wallet Hub’s Best Cities for Staycations list. Wallet Hub compared over 180 cities across 42 metrics — like proximity to day trips, museums, parks, and more — to find the most wallet-friendly staycation locations.
Soda Citizen
  • Grant McCloskey — Beverage Director at The Hollow restaurant in The Vista — took home first place in the second annual Capital City Cocktail Competition, put on by Bubblee Mixologist. Congrats, Grant.
  • Ray Tanner has a huge advantage going for him in the USC baseball coaching search. Go beyond the scoreboard and behind the scenes of the South Carolina Gamecocks with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcasts.
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    SC Juneteenth Freedom Festival events
    The African American History Monument at the State House depicts scenes of “Africans’ and African Americans’ enslavement, emancipation, struggle for civil rights, and contemporary achievements.” | Image via @capehartj
    Wednesday, June 19 is Juneteenth. The holiday, also referred to as Emancipation Day, celebrates the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation + commemorates the liberation of enslaved people throughout the US.

    Every year, Columbia hosts the SC Juneteenth Freedom Festival (SCJFF) and we’re breaking down how you can get involved leading up to the festival, taking place this weekend.

    Event lineup

    SCJFF Money Money Tuesday | Tuesday, June 11 | 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. | 6319 N. Main St., Columbia | Free | The SCJFF has partnered with local financial professionals to provide financial advice.

    The SC Juneteenth Black Historical Film Showcase: “Mosiah the Movie” | Wednesday, June 12 | 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. | 6319 N. Main St., Columbia | Donations welcome | Director Jirard Brown will host a Q+A after the film.

    Click the button below for details on the Juneteenth Freedom Festival Night Parade + the 8th Annual SC Juneteenth Freedom Festival.
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    Looking for ways to stay cool this summer? A new Italian Ice shop opened in Northeast Cola (4508 Hard Scrabble Rd.) Try something off of Jeremiah’s Italian Ice’s menu or order a personalized treat, mixing its gelati, Italian ice, ice cream, and garnishing with your favorite toppings. Check out @living_cola’s reel for a sneak peek.
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