We’re in the midst of Black History Month. This morning, we want to take the opportunity to amplify influential voices within the local Black community.
We’ve rounded up the social media pages of a few local, Black individuals who are currently making their impact on Columbia. If you don’t already, we recommend you give these guys + gals a follow.
A. Nicole | @carbsncabernet This account will give you all of the Columbia lifestyle feels from the eyes of a local mom and nurse.
Aryanna | @roseandchambray If wine and pretty colors are your thing, you’re going to want to give this account a follow. According to her bio, Aryanna “pairs wine with bright outfits in pretty places.”
Ashley Marie | @prissy_with_pearls Ashley’s Instagram account is full of glamorous fashion and style inspiration.
Crush Rush | @crushrushsc Local photographer and former Richland Library artist-in-residence Crush Rush delivers gorgeous photography that’ll make you (even more) proud to call Cola home.
Dawn Staley | @dawnstaley Does she really need an introduction? Gamecock Women’s Basketball coach Dawn Staley is the energy we all need to brighten up our day.
Send this list to your friends who already spend too much time on social media.
Weather ○ 63º | Showers | 70%chance of rain
ComingSoon ○ Cantina 76 chef David Grillois moving on to new adventures + opening a fast-casual burrito restaurant on Forest Drive. Boca Grande Burritos is expected to open in early April and will offer a variety of meat options, including housemade chorizo, chicken, pork, shredded beef, and more. (Post and Courier)
Edu ○ Dent Middle School in Richland School District Two has been added to the National Schools to Watch list. The school will be used as a model across the country for its academic, parent and community involvement, and professional development approaches. (Cola Daily) ○ Last week, local private school Ben Lippen announced an expansion into Northeast Columbia. This fall, 4K through second grade students will go to school at the Sandhills Community Church + over the next three years, third and fourth graders will move to the Northeast location as well. (Soda City BizWire)
State ○ South Carolinians who are struggling to pay their rent or mortgage due to the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for assistance through SC Housing. The program has $25 million available to those in need. Find more application details here. (WIS)
Number ○ $39,981,327. The amount that Gov. Henry McMaster announced has been awarded to South Carolina by the US Department of Education for non-public schools. The Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools program provides assistance to address needs from COVID-19, including PPP, testing, improving ventilation, and technology to implement remote learning.
State ○ With recent severe winter weather across the country, Gov. McMaster is requesting an extensive evaluation of SC’s public + private power grid and its ability to tolerate extreme inclement weather. (WCBD)
Community ○ The Upper Pine Grove Cemetery — a historic African American cemetery originally built in the 1800s in Irmo — recently underwent a renovation after its overgrowth caused many to not know about its existence. Upon cleaning up the site, community members now know of 32 individuals buried in the cemetery, including some born before the Civil War. (The State)
TryThis ○ Calling all history buffs who love a good sneak peek: Historic Columbia is hosting a behind-the-scenes tour of the under-construction Smoked space (a Reconstruction-era building originally home to Erhlich’s Shoe Store from 1868-1924) on Thurs., Feb. 25. Learn more. Ⓟ
Coronavirus ○ ICYMI, Nephron Pharmaceuticals recently opened a new COVID-19 vaccination site in West Columbia in partnership with Dominion Energy, offering Moderna vaccines to eligible SC residents. To make an appointment, call 803-381-1045. Ⓟ
Travel ○ Ready to travel (with safety in mind)? Consider a ~2.5-hour road trip to Beaufort, SC to dine outdoors with a view, stroll or bike past historic mansions, and feel that coastal breeze.Pro-tip:Peep their Instagram to kickstart your travel bug, then snag a great rate on downtown accommodations. 🌴 Ⓟ
Dish ○ Daily Harvest helps busy folks stock their homes with clean, delicious food built on real fruits and vegetables. Choose from more than 80 chef-crafted recipes delivered to your door and ready to enjoy in minutes. Get $25 offyour first box with code 6AM. Ⓟ
Click the button below for local resources regarding the coronavirus.
Check out this new mural the Columbia Chamber is rocking in their downtown office courtesy of artist Lacey Hennessey.
How many landmarks can you count? We see UofSC, the Lake Murray Dam, Ft. Jackson + Riverbanks Zoo, just to name a few.
#DYK that your photo could be featured in our newsletter? Just use #COLAtoday on social media.
Talk ○Ask the Expert: How to Network| Mon., Feb. 22 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn the tips and tricks needed to foster relationships to advance in your career. Register for the Zoom link. 🤝
Learn ○Sip & Snip @ Krafty Draft| Mon., Feb. 22 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Krafty Draft Brew Pub, 269 Charter Oak Rd., Lexington | $60 | Learn the art of floral arrangement while enjoying drinks and snacks. Tickets can be purchased by calling 803-567-2812.
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.