Between the unusually warmer temperatures + looming sense of uncertainty, it can be tough to feel festive right now. But, the return of Vista Lights next week might help peep your holly jolly mood.
Typically, this event closes down Gervais Street for one night where we gather to celebrate + support our local businesses.Like most things in 2020, this too will be a little different.
2019 Visita Lights Christmas tree | Photo via @COLAtoday
This is the 35th annual event forThe Congaree Vista Guild and this year it will be a week long event fromMonday, Nov. 16 – Sunday, Nov. 22.
For those who don’t know, Vista Lights is the annual open house style event where Vista galleries, shops and restaurants will showcase their holiday best. These businesses will follow COVID-19 protocols to help keep all guests safe but don’t just take our word for it, visit their websites + social media pages for updates and event information.
ProTip – The Vista tree,which is outside of River Runner Outdoor Center, will be lit all week for your holiday photos.
Columbia is also getting the gift of new art by the Vista’s Studio Arts District, located at 1001 Huger St.The newest public art piece, titled The Laborer by artist Mike Wsol, will be unveiled during the MASKerade event at Stormwater Studios, One Eared Cow and Lewis+Clark on Nov. 19 from 5-8 p.m.
If that doesn’t give you a sugar plum rush, plan to visit Santa at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Friday–Sunday for A Holiday to Remember.
This free event will include a designated kid zone, which will include a letters to Santa activity station, a holiday market, biergarten, performances + holiday concessions.
If you need a photo with the big guy,socially distant photos with Santa will be happening, complete with plexiglass protection. There will be other safety precautions in place, be sure to check them out here.
The holidays are coming and that just means we are that much closer to 2021. Columbia, get ready to support our local businessesnext week so we can make sure we will see them in the new year.
ComingSoon ○ Topgolfannounced that its Live Stadium Tour experience is coming to Williams-Brice StadiumApril 8-11, 2021. Williams-Brice will set up spacious hitting bays in the seating area of the stadium for guests to aim at targets on the field, which will be placed 60 and 140 yards from the tee box. Tee times can be reserved in one-hour increments beginning on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. at this website. (WIS)
Stat ○ 86.3%. The percent of unemployment insurance tax rates of SC employers that will remain unchanged for 2021. During an announcement with Gov. McMaster yesterday, officials from the SC Department of Employment and Workforce announced that there would be no flat rate tax increases for employers. (CRBR)
Announced ○ The COMETis seeking community input as it decides what a new bus network in Columbia could look like. The Reimagine The COMET project is a collaborative planning effort that incorporates community feedback to determine bus routes, schedules, and more, and will last for approximately two years. The first phase of the planning process, from Nov. 12 – Dec. 31, is to gather responses from riders and the general public. Stay up to date on this project here.
Edu ○ The SC Department of Education purchaseddigital learning resources from Discovery Education, a digital textbook + education resources company, to provide teaching and learning support during the COVID-19 for $15.3 million. All SC students and teachers will also receive access to Discovery Education Experience, a collection of professional learning resources and digital lessons. (CRBR)
Coronavirus ○ DHECurges South Carolinians to be positive you’re negative by getting tested regularly if out in the community often. It is also recommended to get tested before and after holiday traveling or events. For the complete list of Thanksgiving recommendations from DHEC visit this website. (Metro Columbia CEO)
Arts ○ A Light of Hope For Columbia community art exhibition, in partnership with Tapps Outpost,is openingtoday from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at 707 Saluda Ave. The exhibition will be on display until the end of the month.
Cause ○ After Friends of Fisher House raised thousands of dollars to build, furnish + staff a local Fisher House, construction was put on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Columbia Fisher House will provide free accommodations to families of veterans receiving treatment at the VA + is expected to have 16 fully furnished suites, a common area, a kitchen and a laundry room. Family stays, for one day or 30 days, will remain cost-free. Stay up to date on this project here. (ABC Columbia)
Award ○ Founder of Palmetto InfusionGary Cooper + CEO David Goodallhave been selected as winners of global professional services network Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year awards in the Southeast region. The Columbia-headquartered company has 22 clinics throughout the Southeast, which collectively have 300 employees and serve 8,000+ patients. View the full list of regional winners here. (CRBR)
Dish ○ You scream, I scream + South Carolina searches online for ice cream. But which is the most searched ice cream in our state? According to this article, peach ice cream is the most searched flavor. (Orlando Sentinel)
Holiday ○ Gov. Henry McMaster and Peggy McMaster will be celebrating the 54th annual Governor’s Carolighting and lighting the state Christmas tree on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 5:30 p.m. Due to COVID-19, the event will be limited to 125 people and masks will be required for everyone with social distancing guidelines in place.The event will be live streamed online on SCETV.(ABC Columbia)
Job ○ Do you want to be a part of the COLAtoday team? We’re looking for applicants for ourfall 2020 digital media internship. If you live and breathe all things Cola + have a knack for writing, fill out an application here.
Number ○ 9. How many Nephron Pharmaceuticals employees recently earned Lean Six Sigma green belt certification(a method aimed at reducing waste + improving efficiency)after completing courses at UofSC’s Darla Moore School of Business. Learn more.Ⓟ
DealOfTheDay ○Sunday is the last day to get your business’s deal in our Black Friday email. Submit it here and use code NOV27DEAL to save $175.
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You can tell a lot about a person by what their favorite Thanksgiving side dish is. According to this website, South Carolina’s favorite is mac and cheese.Since physical gatherings may not be possible in the upcoming holidays, we’ve decided to help our community share food + come together virtually.
We’re working on compiling recipes from our readers + creating a COLAtoday cookbook to share with our community in time for the holidays. If you have a perfect pumpkin pie recipe, go-to green bean casserole or favorite holiday flavor, we want to hear about it. Send us an email with your recipe (and photos if you have any) to be included in our cookbook
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Show ○ Battle of the Bands | Fri., Nov. 13 | 5:30-10 p.m. | Icehouse Amphitheater | $8 | Local bands will take the stage to compete for a cash prize – hosted by Mitchell Lee, 2017 contestant on The Voice. 🥁 ○ Henry Cho| Fri., Nov. 13 | 7-10 p.m. | The Senate | $100+ | As seen on The Tonight Show, The Late, Late Show and more, reserve a table to hear this talented comedian. 🎟️
Active ○ FT5K Turkey Trot| Fri., Nov. 13-Sun., Nov. 15 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | $10+ | Get your miles in for a cause + support University of South Carolina’s Dance Marathon, benefitting Prisma Health Children’s Hospital. 🏥
Saturday ○ Dueling Pianos Dinner Show |Sat., Nov. 14 | 7 p.m. | The Senate | Free | Reserve your table for this sing-along, clap-along, unique musical event where the audience gets to request the songs. 🎹 ○ Soda City Boxer Bash |Sat., Nov. 14 | 12-4 p.m. | Hunter Gatherer Hangar | Free | Pups, food trucks, vendors + more. 🐶 ○ Toys for Tots Ride|Sat., Nov. 14 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | 190 Pontiac Business Center Dr.| Free | For all bikes, cars, trucks, slingshots and trikes, donate a toy for a child in need to support the cause. 🎁
Sunday ○ David Nail | Sun., Nov. 15 | 6-11 p.m. | The Senate | $100+ | Tickets include reserved table, food from Tin Roof available for purchase + a full bar selection. 🎤 ○ Gypsy Jazz Sunday ‘Vieille École’|Sun., Nov. 15 | 4-7 p.m. | The Hanger at Hunter Gatherer | Free | Grab your table early for two bands Flat Out Strangers + Hot Club Noir plus try a limited very special beer that will be in house. 🎷 ○ Words Matter: The Power of Positive Self Talk| Sun., Nov. 15 | 10-11 a.m. | The Well Collective | $11 | Examine your thoughts, shift your perspective + reframe negative thoughts with this class. 🙌
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.
Morning, Cola. We hope you have your coffeeready, because we’re about to ask you to put your thinking caps on again and #BeTheBroker. The location: 1310 Lady St., one block away from Main St. and situated on the corner of Lady St. + Sumter St.
While the upper floorsare becoming The Lady – a new downtown apartment community with 109 one- to three-bedroom apartments available beginning January 2021 – the ground floor contains 3 retail spaceswhich are available for lease via Trinity Partners.
Rendering of available spaces in 1310 Lady St. | Image provided by Trinity Partners
Before we ask you to #BeTheBroker, you’ll need more details.
Here’s what we know aboutthe 3 retail spaces at1310 Lady St.: ○ Space 1: 1,612 sqft., faces Lady St., ideal for a high-end salon/spa ○ Space 2: 2,200 sqft., available for lease, faces the corner, boasts historic interior + exterior design and high ceilings, ideal for a high-end marketplace or restaurant ○ Space 3: 500 sqft., available for lease, faces Sumter St., ideal for a seasonal or annual popup store ○ All 3 share a prime downtown location surrounded by hotels, apartments, restaurants + retailers
Here’s the backstory + more context on the space: “Phase I of the 1310 Lady redevelopment is approaching completion with the apartments about ready to begin leasing. The majority of interest we’re seeing so far (for the available ground floor spaces) are restaurant or specialty retailers seeking a downtown location with a unique design concept connected to a solid consumer base. The complex vision checks all these boxes – it’s a sophisticated architectural blend of the modern + historic, with luxury apartments atop and the energy of Main Street, USC and The Vista mere steps away. Finding the right fit for the ground floor spaces will be pivotal to bringing the building back to life.” –Williams Mills, Trinity Partners listings broker
Here’s where you come in, Cola. What businesses do you think would be the perfect fit for these spaces?Click here or below to comment on Trinity Partners’ Instagram post and let us know. (Bonus points for tagging the businesses you’d like to see move in.) Ⓟ