Best of Columbia SC 2022 - Service

Posted On July 2, 2022

Apartment Complex

Brookland Apartments


Situated directly across from the Riverwalk, Brookland Apartments feature unparalleled riverfront and city views coupled with a culturally rich environment. Whether you're admiring Columbia's skyline from the rooftop terrace, enjoying the park or relaxing in the saltwater pool, Brookland has something for everyone. Effortlessly fusing an active lifestyle with a riverfront location, Brookland is urban living redefined. Every residence at Brookland has been designed to deliver contemporary beauty with incredible functionality. 

Assisted Living Center

Still Hopes


Located two minutes from downtown Columbia, Still Hopes life plan community has beautiful apartments and free-standing cottages nestled on 44 wooded acres, a relaxing environment for engaged, independent senior living. As the only Episcopal-sponsored, non-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community in the Greater Columbia area, Still Hopes is there for you during every step of your retirement. Many levels of health care are available to provide peace of mind. Amenities feature the Wellness Center and rehabilitative services for speedy recoveries and Solutions for Living at Home services. 


First Community Bank


From its original banking locations in Lexington and Forest Acres, First Community Bank now offers more than 20 locations. Since its founding over 25 years ago by Mike Crapps and Jim Leventis, it has remained committed to its original emphasis on personal service with a full array of services from online banking and mortgage lending to financial planning and investment expertise. The bank operates First Community Financial Consultants, a financial planning and investment advisory division, and Palmetto South Mortgage, a separate mortgage division.




With two locations in Five Points and Lake Murray, you can benefit across the Greater Columbia area from Barre3 classes. A full-body balanced workout combines strength conditioning, cardio, and mindfulness that will leave you feeling balanced in body and empowered from within. Barre3 is designed to help you increase strength, reduce stress, improve balance, and build a mind-body connection. Expert instructors empower you to make each class your own by offering modification options for every move, allowing people of every fitness level to create sustainable change from the inside out. Inquire about the new client class offers. 


The Grand


For an energetic and exciting evening downtown, experience bowling at The Grand on Main Street. You and your team can make a strike in the boutique bowling alley while savoring cocktails, dinner and dessert. Once home to a 1900s vaudeville house and theatre, the building has been restored for contemporary fans to enjoy. A lower level has been transformed into a dessert and cocktail lounge called The Robinson Room, after the original owners. Limo service is available within a two-mile radius to make your experience luxurious.

Credit Union

Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union


Consistently voted the best in its category, Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union provides superlative banking and financial services with better rates, fewer fees and personalized service. Serving countless families since 1936, membership is open to residents of Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland or Saluda. Today, Palmetto Citizens is one of South Carolina's largest credit unions, with 14 locations serving over 77,000 members. 


Chesterbrook Academy Preschool


In choosing a daycare and preschool setting for children, it is paramount that children have a safe, nurturing and stimulating setting. Since 1995, Chesterbrook Academy Preschool has prepared children for elementary school and beyond by developing important academic, social and emotional skills. Education along with structured play encourages physical, mental, and emotional development with close personal attention to each child. Summer camps for ages five to twelve offer many options to keep youngsters excited and engaged. Campers enjoy field trips, sports and games, exciting STEM projects, arts, crafts, music, dance and drama. 

Day Spa

The Skin Studio


Enhance mind, body and spirit by treating yourself to the pampered and professional care at The Skin Studio, which prides itself in being a comprehensive aesthetic provider serving clients throughout the Midlands. Broad selections of services are available to enhance face and silhouette from trusted basic services such as waxing to advanced treatments and body contouring services that do not involve any surgery. Return to your activities right after your session. Even when you need multiple sessions, most treatments only take up to one hour. New clients are all eligible for a complimentary consultation.

Exercise Facility

Arena Athletic Club


The Arena Athletic Club fits fitness to your lifestyle. Experienced coaches and custom programs enhance your fitness journey. After spending time there, the Arena Athletic Club wants members to leave knowing they are a better version of themselves. The team cares about guiding and encouraging everyone to reach personal goals, with programs for everyone, regardless of age, gender or fitness level. 

Eyecare/Vision Center

Columbia Eye Clinic


For nearly 100 years, the physicians and staff of the Columbia Eye Clinic have had a commitment to providing the most advanced treatment options. It is the largest medical and surgical ophthalmology practice in the Midlands and one of the largest in the state with a team of 15 American Board of Ophthalmology certified specialists. Its expertly trained physicians use state-of-the-art equipment and technology to diagnose and treat virtually any eye condition quickly and accurately. There are convenient locations downtown, Richland Northeast, Lexington and West Columbia. 

Financial Advisor

Abacus Planning Group


Since opening in 1998, Abacus Planning Group has taken pride in being the financial advisory firm chosen by entrepreneurial families with shared assets such as businesses, commercial real estate, timber, intellectual property, oil and gas properties. The fee-only firm manages $1.7 billion in assets with a team of certified financial planners and charter financial analysts who lead you through the complexities of investing, taxation, and legal issues to reach your long-term goals. Client interests remain paramount whether recommending an investment, evaluating an insurance policy, or funding a charitable program.

Flooring Company

Palmetto Tile Distributors


For more than 30 years, Palmetto Tile Distributors have been recognized tile experts, consistently chosen as a leader in the field. Clients can expect the highest level of service possible as soon as they enter one of Palmetto Tile’s three family-owned expansive showrooms. Innovative edge displays and installations feature the most beautiful porcelain, glass and stone available anywhere, with expertly curated selections from across the country and from abroad. Palmetto Tile’s design team caters to the tastes of each client to create distinctive designs and unforgettable rooms.


Three Oaks Florist and Interiors


Browse Three Oaks Florist's breathtaking collection of florals, plants, antiques and gifts for all occasions at this West Columbia boutique. Three Oaks has a dazzling array from gourmet fruit baskets, decadent chocolates and candies to locally grown and handpicked plants to rejuvenate your environment home or office, not to mention the abundance of floral selections. As the artist Claud Monet famously said, “I must have flowers always and always.” Find your fancy at Three Oaks. Drop in, shop online or arrange delivery within 20 miles across the Midlands.

Frame Shop

The Frame Shop


For over 50 years, area residents have trusted The Frame Shop for custom framing and artwork needs. From classic pieces to sports memorabilia, the longtime owners appreciate how important it is to preserve important pieces of the past. No framing project is too small or too large for the team who work diligently to exceed your expectations. The skilled artisans take immense pride in completing each framing project with both a sense of immediacy and a customer-friendly approach. Simply put: if it fits in a frame, they can frame it.

Funeral Home

Thompson Funeral Homes


For seven consecutive years, Thompson has been voted “Best in Columbia” among funeral homes for the Greater Columbia area in Columbia Living magazine. With more than a century of experience in caring for families at a time of greatest need, Thompson provides affordable and customized options. Although staff are always available, pre-planning is encouraged, so families know important decisions have already been made. There are locations in Columbia, West Columbia and Lexington. 

Golf Course

Timberlake Country Club


In a picturesque setting on the shores of Lake Murray and meandering through the Timberlake Plantation community, Timberlake Country Club boasts a course designed by Willard C Byrd. There are several membership categories tailored to the specific options desired. Golf membership provides access to all amenities, while social membership allows use of the tennis courts, swimming pool, fitness area and social events. From young professionals and families to business leaders and retirees, everyone is welcome at Timberlake. 

Heating and Air

2nd Wind Heating & Air


Since 1985, 2nd Wind has been providing the Midlands area with quality HVAC products and superior heating and air conditioning technical service. It’s been selected over 30 times by multiple publications as the best heating and air conditioning company in the Greater Columbia area. Service is provided for all brands of central heating and air conditioning equipment, indoor air quality accessories and generators. Call 2nd Wind when thinking about replacing your existing equipment or seeking service for your current system. 

Home Audio

Legends Security & Sound


For Legends Security & Sound, your safety and peace of mind are the number priority as the leading provider of security systems and protection solutions across the Midlands. Locally owned and operated, it is one of the most trusted and well-known leaders in the alarm industry, serving hundreds of small businesses and even more homeowners for over 25 years. You can sleep well, knowing the safety of your home and business is safe.

Home Builder

Callaway Construction


Choose Callaway Construction for your commercial and residential construction or renovation project. Customer satisfaction is number one at Callaway where expectations are exceeded. Since 2005, the company has been serving the Greater Columbia area, including Gaston, Gilbert, Lexington, and Oak Grove. You will have an enjoyable building process and product that will stand the test of time. Attention to detail and overall experience will help bring your ideas to reality. Visit the website to view an extensive portfolio illustrating the company’s superlative projects. 

Home Cleaning Service

Deserved Comfort House Cleaning


A frequent award winner, Deserved Comfort House Cleaning has been chosen “Best Home Cleaning Service in Columbia” by the readers of Columbia Living magazine for five consecutive years. Serving the area since 1986, the locally owned and operated company offers general cleaning, hourly cleaning, customized cleaning and office cleaning. Staff members are fully insured and bonded, and clients are under no contractual obligation. Visit the website to learn about free cleanings for cancer patients. 

Home Security

Vivint Smart House


Better home protection starts with smarter prevention. With Vivint Smart House Security, you have powerful peace of mind. Every Vivint home security system features exclusive Smart Deter technology, engineered to intelligently identify and deter real threats, using light and sound to scare away lurkers before they become burglars. Combine an array of products for thorough coverage unique to the needs of your home. Visit the website to explore the options and start the selection process. 


Lexington Medical Center  


A thriving regional healthcare hub, the 557-bed Lexington Medical Center complex anchors a vast network of care. With its commitment to excellence, it has earned many accolades such as the Summit Award from Press Ganey for outstanding patient satisfaction and excellence in quality of care. To qualify, a hospital must rank in the 95th percentile or above in patient satisfaction for a minimum of three consecutive years. For the past ten years, LMC also has won the Consumer Choice Award from National Research Corporation.


Hotel Trundle


Wrapped in color, creativity and charm, Hotel Trundle is a 41-room jewel resulting from the combination of three historic buildings into one - the first of its kind in   downtown Columbia. Trundle has rewritten the rules of southern hospitality with a unique blend of curated guest experiences and services in an eclectic, 20s-era Art Deco style. Truly a handcrafted treasure for a glamorous getaway, husband and wife team owners, Rita Patel and Marcus Munse, have created an independent, boutique with a peerless guest experience.

Insurance Provider

Giles Insurance Agency


For almost 50 years, the Giles family has been helping South Carolina families meet their insurance needs. Winston Giles started the company in 1965. His sons, Craig and Brad, joined him in the late 1990s. Winston retired in 2001 and the brothers took over ownership. Craig Giles opened the Giles Independent Insurance Agency in 2012 to provide clients a greater choice of companies and policies to meet their needs, all representing the best in the field. 

Interior Designer

LGB Interiors


LGB Interiors designers do it all - from one room to an entire residence to a boutique hotel. Owner Linda Burnside and her team provide unmatched concierge service for luxury interior design, new construction, and remodeling, both nationally and internationally. They manage every detail from design concept to project completion, creating a gorgeous setting tailored for you and your lifestyle. Full-service and turn-key, superior yet down-to-earth assistance is what you’ll receive for your dream interiors.

Kitchen Bath Remodel

Hazelwood Construction


Established in 1966 with over 55 years of industry experience, Hazelwood is committed to quality and craftsmanship. Expert designers bring a wealth of knowledge to the table for your residential and commercial design needs. Full services encompass hourly in-home consultations to more complicated designs, resulting in floor plans, elevations and complete finish specifications. No matter how big or small the project, Hazelwood will exceed your highest expectations in creating your functional and aesthetic visions.


Midlands Landscape and Lawn


With more than 25 years serving both residential and commercial clients, fulfilling your visions with their results is what they do best. Midlands Landscape transforms all your outdoor spaces into something you love. Beyond those dimensions, the Lexington-based company builds a trusting relationship with you to accomplish your vision and exceed your expectations. 


Lighthouse Marina


Located on beautiful Lake Murray, Lighthouse Marina is your most convenient access to a calming, capitol city getaway. It provides the perfect setting for boating, personal watercraft, wakeboarding, water sports, sailing, Bass and Striper fishing and family fun. Enjoy the full-service marina with a private boat ramp, dry stack storage, gated covered and uncovered wet slips, gas station, bathhouse, pump out service and on-site boat service and sales. New pontoons available for weekend and daily boat rentals. 

Mortgage Company

Lending Path Mortgage


Lending Path Mortgage is a full-service mortgage lender offering a suite of loan products, including those for first-time homebuyers (FHA loans), veterans (VA loans), new construction, and conventional loans. With one application, you’ll have access to all loan products, even customized options to meet your needs. Loan officers guide you through the mortgage maze with ease. Get started on the path to home ownership today with a prequalification letter from Lending Path.




Edventure opened in 2003 to serve new generations of lifelong learners. When children play at EdVenture, they can assume the roles of firefighters, grocers, farmers, chefs, astronauts and others as they learn more about their world. Located on the banks of the Congaree River, it has welcomed more than three million visitors and has expanded to other communities, including EdVenture Hartsville and EdVenture Myrtle Beach.

New Neighborhood

Woodleigh Park at Lake Carolina


Woodleigh Park at Lake Carolina is part of a master-planned community with a private 200-acre freshwater lake, six miles of shoreline, and 30 miles of winding bike trails. Residents also enjoy a dog park, multiple swimming pools and tennis courts. Lake Carolina is home to its very own Town Center, award-winning schools and a new YMCA. Distinctive neighborhoods like Woodleigh provide a sense of community and the best in resort-style living.


Pediatric Associates


Pediatric Associates is a team of pediatric professionals who provide full and complete care for your children while maintaining old-fashioned values. The practice began in 1946 as one of the first pediatric practices in Columbia. Today, patients are served by beloved physicians Dr. C. Guy Castles III, Dr. Joe B. Castles III, Dr. Anoosheh Moghbeli and Dr. David L. Bowen, supported by a 30-member staff. While dedicated to preventive care, every effort is made to see your sick child the same day the call is received.

Pest Control

Clark’s Termite & Pest Control


As a family business, Clark’s Termite & Pest Control has grown rapidly across the Midlands with offices in Greenville, Charleston, Sumter and the newest location in Lexington. In 2008, founder Joe passed the torch to his son, David Clark. The knowledgeable staff includes its own entomologist with more than 30 years of experience in the structural pest control industry. With Clark’s, you get more than a guarantee. You get peace of mind knowing highly trained professionals are standing behind their promise.

Pet Groomer

Little Barks Grooming & Boutique


Your cherished pooches are in pampered hands at Little Barks Grooming & Boutique in Irmo. Grooming is provided for all breeds who can enjoy a full spa and skin care menu along with ozone therapy. A certified safe salon, well-trained staff have CPR and First Aid certification. Led by a mother and daughter team who share more than 20 years of experience, Little Barks provides luxurious and loving safe care for fur children.



A.P. Plumbing

When you need a plumber, you want someone experienced, reliable, reasonable and prompt.  A.P. Plumbing LLC gives the best quality of work with reasonable pricing, using the upfront and honest approach. A.P. Plumbing never sells you on what you don’t need, but only advise you. A.P. Stands for Anthony Penwarden, your go-to local plumber.

Pool Company

Lanier Pools and Spas


For more than 20 years, Lanier Pools and Spas has served homeowners and business owners throughout the state from the home office in Columbia and a second location in Myrtle Beach. From construction and installation to maintenance and leak solutions, Lanier keeps more than 5,000 established clients cool in the summer and relaxed in a pool or spa. Lanier pledges service quality to ensure each project is a pleasant and memorable experience. 

Private School

Ben Lippen


Ben Lippen School has more than 900 students in grades pre-K3 through 12th grade, with approximately 80 international students who live on campus and attend the high school. Founded in 1940 by Columbia International University, its first location was an evangelical boarding school for boys near Asheville. In 1980, Ben Lippen moved its high school program to its current location in Columbia with a lasting commitment to be the premier Christian school in the Southeast.

Salon Women

Salon 561


You'll find the spirit of the traditional salon with a fashionable finesse radiating at Salon 561, a modern space filled with artists specializing in the latest hair trends and services. The newly renovated studio on Meeting Street in West Columbia is easily accessible from Columbia, Lexington and surrounding areas. Whether you’re getting ready for a night on the town, heading to a special event, or just want to make heads turn as you walk down the street, Salon 561 provides a range of services to help you achieve the look you want. 

Salon Men

Metropolis Salon


Metropolis is much more than a hair salon with an immaculate, modern, and elevated workspace offering the best contemporary trends in a comfortable and luxurious experience. Inspired by travels to New York, owner Gregory Garrett ensures a satisfying outcome, where every client is treated as a special patron. Since 2014, Metropolis has been at the vanguard of Columbia’s downtown revitalization, providing skilled stylists for custom hair color and styling, personalized hair extensions, luxury texture treatments and exquisite cosmetic and makeup services. 

Tax Preparation

Robert Keisler CPA


For years, Certified Public Accountant Robert A. Keisler and his expert team have been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. The firm’s expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as audits, financial statements, and financial planning. Every client is assured the close analysis and attention they deserve. They help clients maintain financial viability in the present, while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals.

Wedding Reception

Twelve Oak Estate


Since its opening in 2018, Twelve Oak Estate wedding and special event venue in Lexington has hosted some of the most beautiful celebrations in the region. Elegant views and settings are evident from the moment you arrive. The estate’s grand manor is centered on over 100 acres featuring large pastures, stables and a private airplane hangar. The unique venue offers stunning southern charm and beautiful spaces to create your perfect day.