Today we’re talking love stories, Cola love stories that is. Y’all were kind enough to share your first date stories, engagement tales, and other scenes that could’ve been plucked straight out of a Columbia movie with us, and we’d like to share them with you while love is still in the air.
Without further ado, here are three times that cupid visited Columbia.
Crashed into love: “I moved to Columbia for a job in 2016, 👔 and she moved here to finish her degree at @uofsc …We met at @ViveChurch and hit it off right away. 💒 Our first date was at @pawleysfrontporch5pts then Sesquicentennial State Park, 🦆and then over to Harbison because we didn’t want the date to end. It was late but we made one final stop at @kaminskysvista 🍰 We were married in 2018 and we are now expecting our first child in the Summer. 👶🏻 Now days, you can catch us at the Riverwalk, at @sodacitysc market, at @lizardsthicket 🦎 or riding @bluebikesc around town 🚲” – @palmermsmith
“I was 15 years old out riding around in a car full of girls and we were in a wreck at the corner of Trenholm Rd and Pinebrook. This cute guy who lived on Pinebrook ran out to check on us because he heard the wreck. He then asked someone at the scene what my name was and began calling me……… 4 years dated, 31 years married, 3 children and 1 grandchild later!!!!! That’s my love story❌⭕️❌⭕️” – Angie M.
“On our first date at Uncle Louie’s in the Vista my (now) fiancé noted that my voice was really familiar to him…turns out he’d been listening to my radio show on @wuscfm for years! 📻 Third date was Jim Clyburn’s Fish Fry 🐟 at @scstatemuseum – a year later we got engaged at the State House 💍 We live in the @mainstcolasc and we’re getting married in May at @historiccolumbia Seibels House 🌸 rehearsal dinner at @huntergathererbrewery Curtiss Curtiss-Wright Hangar ✈️ So much Columbia love ❤️” – @megnolia12
Share these love stories with your significant other for some fun, Cola-themed date night ideas.
Weather ○ 47º | Scattered showers | 50%chance of rain
City ○ Columbia City Council approved a plan for $1.5 million in upgrades to Hyatt Park(950 Jackson Ave.), which is located between the Earlewood and Eau Claire neighborhoods. The upgrades will include a new splash pad, playground, band stage, walking trails and boardwalks, and restoring a stream that runs under the park. Construction is expected to begin in March + be completed by the end of the year. (The State)
Announced ○ Richland Libraryis now offering mobile self-checkout at each location. Customers are able to use the feature by scanning a QR code with their phones + logging into their Richland Library accounts. (Soda City BizWire)
Coronavirus ○ Prisma Healthis reducing its number of vaccination sites by half (from 12 to six) in an effort to better manage their vaccine administration. The reduction will take three weeks + Richland and Baptist Parkridge will move their services to Gamecock Park and Baptist Columbia, respectively, on Feb. 22. (ABC Columbia)
Edu ○ A classroom at the Richland Two Institute of Innovationis designing and printingface shields, mask supports, and special cameras to assist teachers with online learning. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the classroom has produced 150+ shields and cameras + has set up a spreadsheet for the district to make requests when PPE is needed. (Post and Courier)
UofSC ○UofSCannounced its partnership with the Battelle Savannah River Alliance to assist with research innovation and workforce development. The university will help bring advancements in national security, energy and environmental research both nationally and internationally.
State ○ Last year, South Carolina exported $30.3 billion+ in sales, according to the SC Department of Commerce. The state led the country in exports of tires and completed motor vehicles + ball and roller bearings. (CRBJ)
Apply ○ Applications for the next South Carolina Poet Laureateare currently being accepted by the South Carolina Arts Commission. The position will be appointed by Gov. Henry McMaster + applications will close March 19.
Number ○ 450. The number of bagged lunches donated by the students of SkillsUSA Center for Advanced Technical Studies to the Pack-a-Smile program at the Ronald McDonald House of Columbia earlier this week. The meals will go to families with a child in the hospital. (ABC Columbia)
Correction ○ If you’re a Veteran (65 years or older) and trying to make a vaccine appointment, here is what you need to know. The correct phone number to contact the vaccine hotline is 803-776-4000, dial 1 ext. 2873 (CURE) to schedule a vaccination for the vaccination event at the Colonial Life Arena on Mon., Feb. 15. Hotline hours are from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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Last month, we told y’all about a new secret menu item at Bojangles called The Uva + named after local sports reporter Mike Uva. What began as an accident has become a praised combination of a cajun filet, pimento cheese, and Bo Berry biscuit.
Yesterday, the fast food company released an advertisement for the biscuit(you’ll want to give it a watch here). Better yet – 30 local Bojangles locations will promote the item with signs featuring our local sports reporter.
Mike, we thank you.
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Drink ○ Valentines Black Tie Wine Tasting| Fri., Feb. 12 – Sun., Feb. 14 | 6:30-8 p.m. | The Blended Bakery | $50+ | Enjoy an elegant evening with your loved one dining on a four course meal + wine pairings. Formal attire is required. 🍷
FeaturedEvent ○ Valentine’s Week Special| Fri., Feb. 12 – Sun., Feb. 14 | 11 a.m.-11 p.m. | The Grand on Main | $35 | Need dinner plans for Valentine’s weekend? Check out the delish prix-fixe menu at The Grand on Main. Ⓟ
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
ICYMI, Lowes Foods openedKnock Knock Spirits directly next to its Forest Dr. store last March — and the craft liquor store is continuing to offer special, locally-focused collaborations.
Their newest collaboration is a product of their partnership with Virgil Kaine, a whiskey company based in Charleston: a hand-selected, limited-edition blend of Virgil Kaine’s Ribbon-Rail Rye, exclusive to Knock Knock Spirits.
Find the hand-selected batch of Virgil Kaine’s Ribbon-Rail Rye exclusive to Knock Knock Spirits next to Lowes Foods on Forest Dr. in Columbia | Photo provided
How did this collab come to be? David Szlam, Founder + CEO of Virgil Kaine, says Knock Knock and Virgil Kaine’s partnership began with tastings, but has grown into new territory.
Virgil Kaine works on a special whiskey about once per year — and with Ribbon-Rail Rye, theywanted to develop a super-sippable rye whiskey without too much spice, and a nice cherry flavor. A big fan of chocolate-covered cherries, Szlam wanted to bring a chocolate flavor into the blend. Enter: Revelry Brewing’s chocolate malted porter barrels, into which the blend went.
Virgil Kaine made eight total barrels of the infused whiskey and held threebarrels back for special retail partners — oneof which went to Knock Knock.Ⓟ