Best of Columbia SC Services 2019


700 Woodrow 


The 700 Woodrow complex features chic, urban rental units in the historic District of Shandon, one of Columbia's most sought-after neighborhoods. Live a life of ease and convenience cradled amongst the finest boutiques, eateries and outposts the city has to offer. Satisfy your senses as you hear the wind blowing through the trees or the greeting of a fellow neighbor passing by as you enjoy a fresh cup of coffee. 


Atria Forest Lake 


Atria is a vibrant community where older adults experience healthier, happier, more meaningful lives, trading in loneliness for the company of neighbors, inactivity for movement, and boredom for purposeful engagement. People instantly feel welcome as they recognize the effort to put quality first. The emphasis is on doing everything possible to ensure an excellent living environment for its residents. 


First Community 


The bank behind your business, First Community knows what it’s like to put heart and soul in the success of your business. In 1995, the bank was founded on the belief that local business owners deserved a different kind of banking partner, one who truly understood their concerns and would invest in their long-term growth. It offers a continuum of services designed for client professional and personal financial needs. 


Pure Barre 


Pure Barre is dedicated to supporting clients in achieving their best condition. Consisting of 45-50 minute total body workouts, Pure Barre is a fusion of barre and interval training designed to elevate your heart rate, build strength and rev up your metabolism. Small group classes and programs are available to the public regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.


The Grand 


The Grand boutique bowling alley, restaurant and bar is your destination for fun, food and activity. Make plans to relax after work and meet your friends and coworkers for drinks and games indoors or on the plaza. A piece of history on Main Street where fun meets and mixes with something grand. Come to eat a good meal, play games or sit and relax with friends; make your time a grand experience.


Palmetto Citizens 


Offering a full menu of services and resources, Palmetto Citizens is also focused on community-oriented relationships. There are personal and business objectives offered to customers, as well as help in home and car buying, money management, retirement planning, and fraud prevention. Clients can take advantage of special perks like a rewards program. There are numerous locations in and around Columbia.


Big Blue Marble Academy 


Offering your child a global education that prepares them for a world that becomes more interconnected every day. The academy provides a broad approach to learning by pairing a curriculum of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics (STEAM) education with a second language option. A great after-school program with a pick-up from multiple locations. 


Metabolic Medical Center & Spa 


Metabolic Medical Center & Spa guides, motivates, and educates clients to lasting weight loss and a happier and healthier lifestyle. The center combines the medical model with the point of view of a lifestyle management coach, which is more outcome and goal oriented. Established 20 years ago by the late South Carolinian physician Douglas J. Jones, Jr., M.D. 


Athletes Arena 


Athlete’s Arena offers training programs for anyone and everyone, regardless of age, gender, skill level, or athletic or fitness goals. Core programs are designed for youth, middle school, high school, collegiate and elite athletes, but beyond sports, it also equips adults and ‘industrial athletes’ for the everyday sport of life. A fitness program for everyone in the family!

Funeral Home

Thompson's Funeral Home 


Thompson’s is about much more than just arranging burial and memorial services. It is about building relationships with families, celebrating active and retired servicemen and women, offering community events such as conferences and coffee/conversation opportunities, and providing counseling. For those who want to plan ahead, there are professionals to guide step-by-step through the process of arranging for end of life. 


Oak Hills Golf Club 


Nestled in the Midlands, Oak Hills Golf Club is one of the most recognized and respected golf clubs in South Carolina where the sport has a $2.9 billion impact. Situated on 160 picturesque acres, the course is challenging for golfers of all skill levels. The amenities include a 5,000-square-foot clubhouse with a professional catering staff to pamper visitors from casual to formal dining. 


Mack Heating & Cooling 


Heaven forbid your AC conks out this summer, but when you need service you can count Mack Heating & Cooling for a speedy and professional job. From its West Columbia headquarters, Mack maintains a team of technicians qualified to repair, maintain, or even install a broad array of heating and air conditioning products. You’ll like their policy to never start work without your approval. 


Sawgrass Custom Builders 


Blythewood-based Sawgrass Custom Builders advises customers to call and let them show you how to “Live Different!” Owner Melvin Coggins and his associates have more than 15 years of experience and make it their job to help make your ideas for custom building and renovations a reality. The company offers interior design, home construction and green construction as well as other services.  


Deserved Comfort House Cleaning 


Since 1986, locally owned Deserved Comfort House Cleaning has been offering superior house cleaning services at affordable rates in the Midlands. Free phone quotes for weekly, bi-weekly or monthly appointments. Not just another maid service, staff members are fully Insured and bonded. You deserve an immaculate home, so call and you’ll have a sparkling house in no time! No contractual obligation. 




The security and safety of your home, family and business are among your greatest concerns. Sonitrol South Carolina is the experienced industry leader, providing state-of-the art residential and commercial security systems in South Carolina since 1978. With cutting-edge detection systems from audio to wireless, suiting nearly every budget, Sonitrol has a security solution for all.


Lexington Medical Center 


Lexington Medical Center, a consistent consumer favorite, has won top national recognition for patient satisfaction. With its Duke Health affiliated heart and cancer programs, the 485-bed hospital in West Columbia anchors a network that includes 70 physician practices. Lexington Medical Center just completed the largest hospital expansion in South Carolina history with the construction of a new patient care tower. 


Aloft Columbia 

Enjoy an exceptional stay at either of two locations in the Vista and Harbison. For instance, Aloft Columbia Downtown, a hip new hotel in the buzzing Congaree Vista, offers easy access to businesses, government offices and cultural hotspots. The Harbison location offers stunning natural beauty not far from downtown. Breeze into any Aloft room, featuring an ultra-comfortable signature bed, walk-in shower, custom amenities and more.


LGB Interiors 


For a new home, a vacation house, an urban penthouse or a suburban enclave, LGB Interiors will create a look you'll cherish. One of the premier interior design companies in the state, the firm is also recognized for its work nationally and internationally. Knowing every project is unique, the company prides itself on catering to the needs and desires of each client. 


Hazelwood Construction 


Quality, Commitment and Craftsmanship are the values that have sustained Hazelwood Construction over its 63-years in business. Hazelwood is a Midlands leader in residential and commercial building, home renovation, remodeling and custom cabinetry, as well as kitchen and bathroom transformations.  Additionally, the company offers project management, interior design, space planning, and home inspections. 




The people at Lancescape have the right attitude about landscaping chores: “We do it, so you don’t have to,” they say. The company’s talented group of professionals provides comprehensive landscaping solutions for residential and commercial customers throughout the Columbia area. They’ll help enhance your property’s appeal and maintain a professional appearance year-around. 

Mortgage Company

Assurance Financial 


Founded in 2001, Assurance Financial was created to serve the loan industry a little differently with a full-service, in-house team with the flexibility to serve local areas and customers best. Servicing the loan from beginning to end saves the borrower time. State-of-the-art technology allows clients to submit a full application online, making the process go as smoothly as possible.


Columbia Museum of Art 


The CMA in the cultural heart of a revitalized downtown Columbia has a brand-new look. After more than a year and a half of intensive construction and transformation, the CMA is bigger, bolder, and better with a new layout, activities for all ages, themed collection galleries and a few surprises. Many programs are offered for free and the CMA collection is one of the most comprehensive and eclectic in the region. 

New neighborhood

Woodcreek Farms (Executive Construction Homes) 


The pleasures of this friendly, tight-knit community go well beyond the rewards of its picturesque setting. The unspoiled, natural beauty of Woodcreek Farms’ 2,300 acres, with its green open spaces and spring fed lakes, allows every resident to enjoy the freedom of the private community’s spaciousness. A series of 14 parks sprinkled throughout the neighborhoods, along with miles of nature trails, provide plenty of room to enjoy the surrounding beauty. 


Modern Exterminating Co. 


Whatever variety of pest or moisture issue you have, family-owned Modern Exterminating has a solution for it. The company has been a fixture in Columbia since 1955 and recently expanded its service area to include Orangeburg, Sumter, and Aiken. Modern continues to grow and expand with the recent purchase of Irmo-based Carolina Pest Control, in business for 30 years.  


Mill Creek Pet Food Center 


Locally owned Mill Creek says service is where they separate themselves from the competition with a guarantee of 100 percent customer satisfaction. With convenient locations on Millwood Avenue and Two Notch Road, animal lovers will find a full line of pet supplies for dogs, cats, birds, small animals and fish. You’ll also find dog grooming services to pamper your favorite pooch at both stores. 


The Pilates Studio 


The Pilates Studio opened in Columbia in the summer of 2005, with the intent of helping clients attain excellent results. Its goal is to meet specific needs based on a consistent flow of proper movement for the entire body. Owner Gary Davis was inspired by brother-in-law, Pierre-Etienne Liechti, a physical therapist and committed believer in the superiority of the Pilates. 


Freedom Plumbing 


An overflowing toilet, a broken water heater, or a burst pipe can really throw a wrench into things. It’s a comfort that you can count on Freedom Plumbing to repair or replace your problem 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Freedom strives to provide convenient, money-saving options along with a full-range of plumbing knowledge, technology, and hands-on know-how. 


Pete Alewine Pool & Spa 


Pete Alewine Pool & Spa is a family-owned and operated business with more than 35 years of history and experience in the swimming pool building industry. Every effort is made to ensure your construction, service and outdoor upgrade experience is as stress free as possible. The company values all its clients and looks forward to all the new families whose backyard dreams it can help bring to life. 


Heathwood Hall 


Founded in 1951, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School has long been known as a premier, independent school. Its tradition of academic excellence provides superb learning through many exemplary and distinctive programs. There is a rich array of extracurricular offerings that create ample opportunities for students to find and nurture their passions beyond the classroom. 


Keller Williams Realty 


As technology continues to transform the ways in which buyers search for homes and real estate professionals communicate with their clients, Keller Williams Realty’s agent-driven technology development group is on the forefront of advances that continue to sharpen its competitive edge. Serving the entire Midlands area, Keller Williams Realty offers residential brokerage and commercial brokerage services at a location near you. 


Southern Gentleman's Barbering Co. 


“Leave feeling better that when you walked in” is the promise that Southern Gentleman's Barbering extends to its well-groomed male clientele.  Southern styles itself as a premier men's barber shop offering all the classic services expected from a traditional barber shop, along with some modern updates.  


Austral Salon 


Stylists of Austral Salon take an innovative approach to hair and style, using on-trend techniques and natural, botanical products. They pride themselves on their professionalism and continuing education on the latest techniques that deliver the best results. Providing excellence one client at a time, they focus on an individualized approach to hair and style.


Joan Day Weddings


Southern tradition, style and grace is more than just a motto, it is Joan Day’s commitment to bring elegance, charm, and warmth to all events. Joan has been planning events in the Midlands since 2007, having begun serving as a planner near the nation’s capital from 1996. She primarily services the Midlands, Upstate, and Low Country areas of South Carolina, but will plan events out-of-state upon request. 


Stone River 


Stone River is a unique venue space with a spectacular view overlooking Columbia’s skyline and historic Congaree River. The Stone River team is gifted in hosting events like wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate events, holiday parties, and luncheons. A magical waterfront ceremony may be on the lawn facing the historic Congaree River or a romantic ceremony under the spacious pavilion will comfortably accommodate seated guests.