REI was one of the newest additions to BullStreet in 2020 + since we have been spending more time outdoors lately, a question about the outdoor-centric co-op was submitted to our 21 Questions for 2021 – a list of questions we’ll be covering this year that you sent our way.
Just in case you don’t know,Columbia’s REI store (2300 Bull St.) is a one-stop-shop for outdoor enthusiasts. If there is anything you need for camping, climbing, cycling, hiking, or paddling, this is the place for you. They also provide a complete bike shop and if you have never stopped by, you can take a virtual tour here.
When you visit the store in person, there are COVID-19 precautions in place, including limited capacity, face masks and social distancing. Currently, all classes and events are paused until it is safe to do so.
Until we can gather again in real life, there are a number of virtual offerings that are available to check out. Today, you can sign up for a personal one-on-one virtual outfitting with an expert to help get ready for your next big adventure. During the call, you can ask questions about the type of gear you might need, get advice for an upcoming adventure, or prepare for a new outdoor activity you haven’t tried yet.
Appointmentsare availableseven days a week and you can sign up for one here.Not sure what to expect or the types of conversations you can have? Here are few ideas.
Send this to your wilderness buddy and plan your next big adventure together.
Weather ○ 49º | Showers | 60%chance of rain
Coronavirus ○ South Carolina’s schools will receive~$900 million in one-time federal grants to help reopen schools + improve classroom safety for students, teachers, and staff. $846 million has been directed to public schools and $40 million for private schools. (The State) ○ Pine Ridge Middle School in Lexington School District Two will return tovirtual learning this week for two weeks after more than 5% of students tested positive for COVID-19. District officials are planning to go back to in-person learningon March 1. (WIS)
ComingSoon ○ B. Shine Skin Studio is comingto Richland Street on the same block as femme X COLUMBIA and Spotted Salamander. The new esthetics studio is expected to open this summer.
Announced ○ femme X Columbiaannouced that the co-work space has been rebranded to Common 1501. The property will offer a combination of private offices, flexible workspace, and meeting space and femme X Columbia will become a membership-based platform to support women in business.
Biz ○ Midlands-based transportation company C&S Tours will offera new venue tour experience for local couples who are wedding planning. The first tour is scheduled for March 7 and will stop at four venues that will be styled with five to seven vendors. View the full schedule here. (Cola Daily)
Development ○ Lexington Medical Centeris opening a new 225,000 sqft medical center this March in the Northeast, at Clemson and Longtown Roads. The healthcare facility was originally expected to open last fall and will offer limited services in phase one, including urgent care, X-rays, MRIs, and more. (Cola Daily)
Arts ○ The Cayce Arts Guildis hosting its first group show at the Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community through March 26. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the artwork can only be viewed online by the public. The exhibit includes 46 art pieces created by 18 Guild members and can be seen on the Guild’s website and Facebook page. 🎨
Number ○ $50 million. The amount that Wells Fargo has invested in six Black-owned banks nationally. One of the banks selected is Optus Bank, which is located in Columbia. (Midlands Biz)
Cause ○DYK that peanut butter is one of the most frequently requested items by pantries and Harvest Hope clients because it is kid-friendly, shelf-stable, and protein-rich. Harvest Hope Food Bank’s annual fundraiser Spread the Love is happening now and the community can help by donating jars of peanut butter. This year, the local food bank hopes to collect 15,000 jars to help those facing hunger. Community members looking to support can drop off donations at the locations or order through the Amazon Wishlist. 🥜
WaterCooler ○ Last week, the Columbia Firefliesofficially signeda 10-year deal with the Kansas City Royals to become a Low-A affiliate through 2030. Read more about it here. ⚾ ○ Gamecock footballhas a newthree-star commitment as a walk-on from Colin Henrich, who is the son of a former Gamecock football player Chuck Henrich from the 1990s. The Gamecocks offered a spot previously in 2018 + Henrich played last season at IMG Academy. (The State)
Listen ○ On Feb. 17,Historic Columbiawill launch a four-part podcast series,Historically Complex, with UofSC associate professor of architectural history Dr. Lydia Brandt. Each episode (~10 minutes long) will highlight State House monuments and will be availablehere. 🎧(The State)
Benedict College alumna + civil rights leader Septima Poinsette Clark will be featured on a collectible coin from the US Mint.
The $1 coin highlights Clark and three Black students carrying books with the American flag behind them. The back of the coin features the Statue of Liberty. This coin is part of the American Innovation collection in the mint’s H.I.P. Pocket Change kids’ series.
#DYK that your photo could be featured in our newsletter? Just use #COLAtoday on social media.
Dish ○ Mobile Food Monday: Boudin Bros | Mon., Feb. 15 | 5-8 p.m. | Curiosity Coffee Bar | Free | Come hungry and celebrate Fat Tuesday a day early with Cajun cuisine. ⚜️
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.
Ting Mobile is now offering customers a series of plans starting at as little as $10 per month for unlimited talk + text. With no contracts and no commitments, customers can enjoy the same nationwide coverage as other carriers, including LTE and 5G coverage.
The biggest difference? More money in your pocket — plus an award-winning customer support team. Bonus: Bring your phone or buy one from the Ting Shop and get a $25 service credit.Ⓟ