Do you think this second fall is going to stick around? We all know the weather in Columbia can feel a bit like whiplash. One day is 45º and the next it’s 80º.
So, in an effort to not let the colder weather hold you back from supporting local restaurants, we’ve rounded up a list of outdoor spots, which will keep you warm no matter the temperature. We’re forever grateful for these spots for keeping us out of the cold while we enjoy our meals + company outdoors.
The local temps this week range from 50-70º, so bookmark this list for those in-between days and send it to the group chat to make your weekend plans.
Did we miss your favorite winter patio? Let us know by replying to this email.
Weather ○ 67º | Sunny | 0%chance of rain
Biz ○ Face shields from the local production company Z-Verseare now available for purchase on Amazon. Since the start of the pandemic, the company has produced more than four million face shields and there are four models available + replacement shield options. (Metro Columbia CEO)
Development ○ The South Carolina Department of Transportation is collectingpublic input for replacing the Blossom Street Bridge, located between Gadsden + Huger streets, in downtown Columbia. The bridge must be replaced and carries traffic over multiple rail lines. Public comments will be accepted until Dec. 16 and construction on this bridge is expected to begin in 2023-2024. (WLTX)
WaterCooler ○ Former Gamecock Football quarterbackConnor Shawhas been selected to fill in as quarterback coach by interim head coach Mike Bobo. Shaw will be a 10th assistant coach and will remain on through the end of the season. (The State)
Listen ○ Are murder mystery podcasts your favorite? A recent episode of My Favorite Murderhighlights the survival of Columbia-native Kara Robinson. Listen to episode 248 – Congratulations, Smarty here.
NowOpen ○ On Saturday, European Foodsopened in the former Crown Jewel formal dress shop, located at 5495 Sunset Blvd., Suite A, Lexington. The owner got the idea after working as a cashier at the now-closed European Market. The store will be open from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sundays. (Cola Daily) ○ The West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater, located at 109 Alexander Rd.,is now open after being temporarily closed due to flooding.
Ranked ○ No. 12. The national ranking of Dorothy Hutchins, fourth grader at Leaphart Elementary School, for her age group after winning the United States of America Track & Field Cross Country Junior Olympics South Carolina State Championship. She will compete again in Kentucky at the nationals Dec. 12-13. (Cola Daily)
Arts ○ The HOPE for Columbia art installationhas moved to 1441 Main St. to make room for the holiday decorations on the First Citizens Green Space. The art was created by local artists Danny Harrington + Brandon McIver and was originally installed in June. (Midlands Biz)
Vote ○ Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is nominated for USA Today’s 10best list for the Best Zoo Lights category. Cast your vote here by Dec. 7.
Award ○ Senior Resources, Inc.was recognized as the Outstanding Philanthropic Large Nonprofit + the Outstanding Fundraising Executive Large Nonprofit during the 2020 AFP Honors National Philanthropy Day Awards. The organization was selected for its commitment to meet the needs of all senior citizens when the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, which prompted an increase in demand for resources by over 500%.
Holiday ○ Richland County Recreation Commission is hosting its annual Breakfast with Santa event Dec. 5 + 12 at St. Andrews Park, located at 920 Beatty Rd., from 9-11 a.m.Guests can take photos with Santa, participate in arts and crafts activities and breakfast will be served. Registration is now openand space is limited.
Drink ○ Are you holiday ready?Bottles offers a wide selection of food-friendly wines, craft brews, spirits + more – plus expert recommendations, like these holiday picks – so you can stock up for the season and be ready for dinners, drinks, gift-giving + anything else the holidays bring. 🍷 Ⓟ
Dish ○ Feast your eyes on this (dare we say perfect?)charcuterie board, created by The Gourmet Shop for (super lucky) Devine District residents. (Can we move in now?) 👀Ⓟ
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Vista Lights returns this week, and yes, we mean the whole week (Nov. 16-22). To celebrate and help spread some holiday cheer, Art Bar is giving us the gift of a free metal TOBOR Art Bar Christmas ornament, with a $10 purchase.
Snag of these one-of-a-kind ornaments for your tree while supplies last.
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Film ○ Jurassic Park| Tues., Nov. 17 | 7 p.m. | Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center | Free | Bring the family to watch this classic on the big screen in a cove. 🍿
Arts ○ ArtBreak with Dr. Dinyar Patel |Tues., Nov. 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn the history of modern India from a former assistant professor of history at UofSC. 🧑🏫
Talk ○ Military Outreach Group|Tues., Nov. 17 | 2-3 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Columbia Chamber partners will discuss military related issues + events happening in the community. 💪
Outdoors ○ Botany Walk on the Historic Horseshoe |Tues., Nov. 17 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | UofSC Herbarium | Free | Meet on the steps of McKissick Museum and learn about the greenery on the Horseshoe. 🌷
Learn ○ Winter Birds|Tues., Nov. 17 | 2-3 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join the South Carolina Wildlife Federation to discuss sparrows around the state + how to attract more birds to your feeder. 🐦
FeaturedEvent ○ RunRA, A Rheumatoid Arthritis Research Study | Open now, 50 participants max | Virtual | Free, Register | Prisma Health and UofSC researchers are seeking patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis to be a part of a new study to improve communication between physicians and patients. If you are interested, you can complete this form for more details. Qualified participants will be compensated. Ⓟ
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 – Kayla here. Is it just me, or are there *way*nicer apartment options in this city than there used to be? (It’s not just me. There are, and one of them is Brookland.)
I recently got to mask up, bust out of my home office and live a day in the life of a Brookland resident, enjoying everything from its swank amenities to its vibrant surroundings (think: the Riverwalk, State St., WECO Biergarten and more). Here’s how it went + how you can #TryThis.
Experience: A day in the life of a Brookland resident
Brookland’s clubhouse is open to residents 24/7 | Photo by the COLAtoday team
○ After sending some emails and finishing my vanilla latte, I was craving some fresh air. Lucky for me (and anyone who lives at Brookland), the Riverwalk is literal steps away. ○ Al-fresco lunch, anyone? Walking worked up an appetite, so I called Primal Gourmetto put in an early lunch order, which I enjoyed back at the river.
Roasted chicken, butternut squash, mac and cheese + a dreamy view | Photo by the COLAtoday team
○ It was 70 degrees outside and I had a free couple of hours ahead, so why not walk down Meeting St. and grab a beer at WECO Bottle and Biergarten? Ⓟ