Best of Columbia SC Service 2021

Posted On July 12, 2021

Apartment Complex

Vista Commons


Modern AND timeless? With the added asset of luxury. Vista Commons offers all this and more, in Columbia’s most convenient location, just off Gervais Street in the Vista. Just footsteps from your door are a plethora of restaurants and night life as well as upscale retail. And within the Commons itself: spacious apartments, a fully equipped fitness center, a sparkling outdoor pool with fire pit and barbecue equipment, along with a business center and storage units. Did we mention covered parking? And the residents revel in its quiet atmosphere, while still neighboring on the busy Vista. 

Assisted Living Center

Wellmore of Lexington


A resort-like atmosphere with luxury amenities may convince you that Wellmore is not a retirement home but a vacation retreat. It’s a complete facility, with handsome apartments, an elegant dining room, indoor heated pool, and fully equipped exercise room. Conveniently located next to Golden Hills Golf Club, Wellmore provides a secluded retreat just minutes from the shopping and dining of downtown Lexington. Independent living, assisted living, full nursing care, memory care – all are available at Wellmore, a desirable place to spend your later years. 


First Community Bank


The word “Community” was important to Mike Crapps and Jim Leventis when they established First Community Bank in 1995. Their goal was local and personal service to their neighbors, and now, 26 years later, First Community proudly stands with 21 locations (nearby!) and more than 250 employees, living out that dream. This bank offers full service, including on-line banking along with both personal and business financial planning expertise, as well as the usual bank programs such as checking and mortgage lending. They’re close by and ready to help. 




Owner Lauren Truslow wants to share the advantages of barre3’s commitment to strength and cardio conditioning with everyone. This Devine Street fitness center has found its niche with all who want to improve their well-being and create balance in everyday life. It’s easy, convenient, and conducive to an improvement in health and fitness – something you’ll want to build into your schedule for regular appointments. Bring the children along! They’ll have playtime in a safe and supervised environment while you stretch your horizons.


Stars and Strikes Family Entertainment Center


Stars and Strikes in Irmo is a recreation center with plenty of wholesome fun for all ages, and it’s now open full-time again as Covid cases subside. Birthday parties, corporate gatherings, family activities – there’s plenty of entertainment for everyone here. Bowling, arcade, bumper cars, yes! Watch for Spark Augmented Reality and other novelties that make this a one-of-a-kind adventure. Hi tech has invaded the world of gamesmanship, so prepare to be surprised. Stars and Strikes also emphasizes support for local charities, such as Ronald McDonald House, and an annual party for foster families. 

Credit Union

Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union


Non-profit and community-service-minded, this financial institution serves, educates, and supports local citizens. Going far beyond checking and savings accounts, they offer mortgage and vehicle loans, credit cards, and educational resources for financial skills. Unusual: Youth (up to 12 years old) and Teen (13-17 years old) accounts include free advice and support, classes to develop financial literacy, and even quarterly dividends. Careful money management can turn youngsters into solvent adults, and Palmetto Citizens helps them get there. Offices and ATMs throughout the Columbia area.


Chesterbrook Academy Preschool


Since 1995 this center for preschool development has offered its services to toddlers from 18 months to pre-K in the Midlands. Education along with structured play encourages physical, mental, and emotional development with close personal attention to each child. Summer camp is a special attraction which includes arts, science, nature, swimming, and games for youngsters 5 to 12 years old. Watch your child thrive under the expert leadership at Chesterbrook. 


Blue Lavender Spa & Medical Aesthetics


Health and beauty are the motivating forces behind Mia Bingenheimer’s spa services. This Clemson graduate attends workshops and seminars regularly to stay up on the newest technology, techniques, and trends. Skincare, massages, and cosmetics are offered while special attention has been paid to COVID-19 protocols to assure safety for all. If a special event is on your calendar (Wedding? Prom? Gala?) Mia would love to do an expert make-up application for the occasion. 

Exercise Facility

Orangetheory Fitness


The goal at Orange Theory: “A longer, more vibrant life” for anyone, achieved under the guidance of a diverse staff of coaches. Not just exercise, this physical fitness studio uses a heart-rate model of five zones to plan and oversee your fitness routine, culminating in The Orange Zone for top achievement. Highly trained coaches monitor your progress in cardio, strength, and stamina routines, for results you can see and feel. This franchise organization aspires to be the global leader in heart-based interval training. Two Midlands locations: 4708 Forest Drive, Columbia and 5230 Sunset Blvd., Lexington.

Eyecare Vision Center

Sansbury Eye Center


Sansbury Eye Center is a local, family owned and operated eyecare facility that has been serving the Columbia area since 1973. Each of their eye centers includes an eye clinic that provides a complete range of optometric services including comprehensive eye exams and contact lens fitting, a large optical department providing a selection of over 2,000 frames, and an on-site spectacle lens laboratory that can provide 1 hour service when needed on a large percentage of prescriptions. 

Financial Advisor

Abacus Planning Group


A search for a suitable financial advisor involves high standards such as integrity, thorough training, and accountability; Abacus Group sets these factors at the top of the list, along with their interest in personalizing their services to you. Each individual has varying goals for financial security, and at Abacus you will find planners who can lead you through the complexities of investing, taxation, and legal issues to move toward your long-term goals. Let Abacus assist you with life’s changes by assuring a solid foundation for lifelong peace of mind. 

Flooring Company

Palmetto Tile Distributors


Palmetto Tile has been a leader in tile and stone installations in the Midlands for many decades. They offer a full slate of premier tile and stone products, from the U.S. and abroad. Their web site displays the many patterns and styles to choose from, and you can enjoy an eye-popping array by visiting to the studio. ECO (green) building stands high at Palmetto Tile; they can provide recycled ceramics which are environmentally friendly.  Some of the name brands: Crossville, Florida Tile, American Olean. 


Lake Murray Flower Shoppe


Lynda Boham has put her 35 years of experience to work in offering skilled and beautiful floral designs for every occasion. Lake Murray Flower Shoppe is headquartered on Main Street in Little Mountain, and they offer same-day (within four hours) delivery throughout the Chapin and Lake Murray area. Floral arrangements for special occasions such as birthdays, Mother’s Day, and Easter are created to be fresh and beautiful. In addition, you can sign up for classes in floral design, paying for the materials and learning how to create something special. Gift items such as baskets and wreaths are available also. 

Funeral Home

Thompson Funeral Home


Thompson Funeral Home offers complete services for every level of funeral, from the simplest ceremony to a full program which might include video, music, storytellers, and a catered reception. Veterans are honored with special moments, and every service focuses on relationships. This experienced staff can guide you through all the intricacies of funeral planning, and they encourage everyone to engage in pre-planning, which lessens the stresses at end of life. A recording of the occasion along with a memory book will provide continuing memories for surviving family members. Two Midlands locations: 845 Leesburg Road (Greenlawn Park), Columbia and 4720 Augusta Road, Lexington.

Golf Course

Golden Hills Golf & Country Club


A rural oasis in the midst of traffic-heavy Lexington, Golden Hills offers a rolling landscape, several lakes, luxurious living and an escape from the urban rat-race. Since 1988 golfers have enjoyed the beautiful course and its relaxing clubhouse, along with outdoor swimming pool and wading pool as well as lighted tennis courts. The spacious clubhouse can accommodate large or small gatherings, such as wedding receptions, business conferences, a family reunion. And where else do you find a Scottish Tavern on premises? You owe it to yourself to check out Golden Hills. 100 Scotland Drive.

Heating and Air

Midland Air Service Experts


An air-conditioning breakdown in the midst of scorching summer heat can be disruptive, stressful, and an unexpected expense for the family budget. Midland Air Service has been selling, installing and repairing HVAC units for 66 years. With an unparalleled crew of trained workers, they can get you up and running quickly, and with an easy-to-handle payment system called Advantage: fast, secure, confidential. You can depend on enjoying the best and most reliable service anywhere; they promise 100% customer satisfaction. 714 South Lake Drive, Lexington.

Home Audio

Integrated Media 


Enjoy modern conveniences at home when you choose Integrated Media for home theater and smart home system installation. With a smart home installation, homeowners can control the following from their smartphone: lighting, thermostat, sound systems, televisions, security cameras, and alarm systems. Imagine adjusting your thermostat from the couch! With locations in Chapin and Myrtle Beach, Integrated Media serves a large part of the South Carolina while paying attention to the details and treating every home as if it were their own. 

Home Builder

Callaway Construction Co.


Callaway Construction has been building products and relationships that they are proud of since 2005. Specialty areas are commercial and residential construction and renovation. They serve the greater Columbia area to include Gaston, Gilbert, Lexington, and Oak Grove too. Customer satisfaction is number one at Callaway where they want to not just meet but exceed expectations. View an extensive portfolio of their work online. 

Home Cleaning Service

Deserved Comfort Housecleaning


Locally owned and operated, Deserved Comfort Housecleaning has been serving the greater Columbia area since 1986 and celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. Cleaning services offered include general cleaning, detailed/custom cleaning, hourly cleaning, customized cleaning, and office cleaning. Weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly schedules are available as well as “as needed” and “one time” cleanings. Staff members are fully insured and bonded, and clients are under no contractual obligation. View their website to learn about free cleanings for families battling cancer. 

Home Security

CPI Security Systems


Since 199,1 CPI has offered dependable, full-service home security systems, starting with friends and neighbors in the Carolinas, and growing to become a multi-national, highly honored company with more than 750 employees. They’ll work with you to customize the right combination of protective devices for your situation. Motion sensors are just the beginning. How about door sensors, window, glass-break, and even water sensors? They’re there for any emergency. Buy peace of mind from the best of security systems.


Lexington Medical Center


Lexington Medical Center’s mission is the same as it was when they opened their doors in 1971: to provide quality health services that meet the needs of the community. The 557-bed nonprofit hospital anchors a health care network that includes five community medical centers and employs a staff of more than 7,000 health care professionals. It has one of the busiest Emergency departments in South Carolina, treating nearly 100,000 patients each year. The hospital delivers more than 4,000 babies each year and performs mor than 25,000 surgeries. Lexington Medical Center has a reputation for the highest quality care made possible by a dedicated, talented team of health care professionals and staff. 


A Loft


Located on Lady Street, A Loft is just a 10-minute walk from the South Carolina State Museum, a mile from the Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park, and 7 miles from the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. This trendy and contemporary hotel offers guests warm rooms, a colorful bar, terrace, and fitness room. Rooms feature an “ultra-comfortable” signature bed, walk in shower, 50” LCD TV, and connectivity station. Guests step out the door to the Congaree Vista and are met with countless dining and entertainment options. Recommend this Columbia favorite to visiting guests or book yourself a weekend staycation. 

Insurance Provider 

Giles Insurance Agency


The Giles family has been helping South Carolina families meet their insurance needs for almost 50 years. Winston Giles started the agency in 1965 and his sons Craig and Brad took over in 2001. This independent agency represents the best insurance companies offered through the independent agency channel, allowing their clients the opportunity to choose the policies best suited to their needs. The companies they represent all have A.M. Best financial strength ratings of A or higher as well as strong ratings by organizations such as J.D. Power and The Better Business Bureau. They offer policies for auto, home, commercial, renters, landlord, condominium, motorcycle, wedding, and recreational vehicle insurance. Get a quote online.

Kitchen/Bath Remodel

Hazelwood Construction


Quality. Commitment. Craftsmanship. These are the values that Hazelwood Construction was founded on in 1966. Now, with 55 years of experience, they are the local leader in residential and commercial projects, home renovation, interior design, remodeling and custom cabinetry, as well as kitchen and bathroom transformations. Their team of professionals goes above and beyond to make sure projects flow smoothly to completion, delivering a finished product that clients love. They even have a staff designer that offers full-service design, including hourly in-home consultations. Schedule a consultation online. 

Landscaping Services

Southern Magnolia


Southern Magnolia is a landscape designer offering professional landscaping services in Lexington and Columbia all while striving to build quality relationships with their clients. Their experienced crew is armed with the best equipment and a desire to please. Check their Facebook page for photos of their work. Their commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction is evident there, as is their genuine passion for the job they do. 


Lake Murray Marina


This is a marina with a multitude of amenities close by, including Better Boat Rental as well as Lake Murray Boat Club. Marina Bay apartment living features Liberty Tap Room on the Lake. Lake Murray Marina prides itself on providing the very best in customer service, whether it’s boat slips, year-round gas dock, ship store, and other marine services. An added bonus: the most gorgeous sunsets on Lake Murray! You don’t have to wonder how to enjoy Lake Murray; just step into Lake Murray Marina and choose what excites you most.

Mortgage Company

New American Funding 


When it comes to mortgages, for most of us, so many questions, so many decisions, so much uncertainty! New American Funding has the answers, the advice, and the help you need, no matter what the issue may be. Getting pre-qualified for a home purchase? Looking to refinance an existing mortgage? Struggling to avoid foreclosure and stay in your home? There are many possible solutions and New American can explain them all. There’s even an app for that at MyMortgage.com. 


Columbia Museum
of Art


The Columbia Museum of Art is a center point of the local and regional cultural scene. Their mission states a commitment to the concept of the 21st-century museum, defined as being inclusive and participatory: “We believe that art is meant to be experienced, not just seen.” Rotating exhibitions draw curious crowds. Recently, “The Imaginative Worlds of M.C. Escher” was a success. Upcoming exhibits include “The Ironic Curtain: Art from the Soviet Underground” and “30 Americans.” In addition to rotating exhibitions, the CMA has a fantastically diverse permanent collection of art with one of the largest international collections in the southeast. 

New Neighborhood

Woodcreek Farms

What’s not to love about Woodcreek Farms? 2,300 acres of woodlands, streets, and neighborhoods, with lakes and parks and miles of trails. Price ranges for homes range from medium to high-end, all within the award-winning Richland School District 2 zone.  

The country club includes a Tom Fazio championship golf course, eight tennis courts, swimming pool with bathhouse, and ballroom plus back porch. Information is available for special terms for active or retired military. 

Pest Control 

Clark’s Termite & Pest Control


What’s Bugging You? Check with Clark’s and get it gone! Residence or business, indoors or out, building or landscaping, The Clark Advantage knows those critters and their habits, and can eliminate pest infestation anywhere. They handle mold and moisture problems, too, with a full staff of Green-Pro certified workers. A long-time fixture in the Midlands pest control market, Clark’s stands behind their work and prides itself on complete and safe treatment for all sorts of pest control.

Pet Groomer

Happy Pets Salon & Spaw


Happy pets bring happy owners, and after the careful and refreshing services at Happy Pets Salon and Spaw, everyone rejoices. Clean, sweet, trimmed, and ready for the next adventure – that’s the outlook for the lucky pets who get their shampooing and trimming done here. An expert staff can show off your pet to best advantage, reducing shedding and enhancing skin and coat, in a safe and friendly environment.

Pilates Studio

The Pilates Studio


Stretch… Bend… Flex… under professional supervision by highly trained instructors, at The Pilates Studio, Columbia. Their goal: satisfied customers doing customized workouts as a safe alternative to years of stress and wear and tear. Private or group sessions, in two convenient Midlands locations: 2824 Devine Street, Columbia, and also Lake Murray studio at 109 Old Rapids Road, Suite D, Lexington.


Knight’s Plumbing


In 1981 Dennis Knight started his plumbing business, with his wife Vonnie as office manager. Through the decades they established a reputation for excellent plumbing work, dependable service, and fair dealings. They can handle clogging, leaking, rusting, and other typical plumbing problems, and in addition, Knight’s sells water heaters with 15-year guarantees. Now, their son Kenneth has taken over the business, with the same high standards for service and customer satisfaction.

Pool Company

Griffin Pools & Spas


Professional in every sense, whether it’s design, construction, maintenance, or top-notch advice, Griffin Pools & Spas has the experience and know-how to set up the pool of your dreams. Custom design creates the right fit for your landscape, either in-ground or above-ground. These experts are just as determined as you are to get everything right and enable a lifetime of pleasure in your pool experience. In addition, they sell Bio-Guard products for satisfactory maintenance and cleaning. Start today for your ultimate pool adventure.

Private School 

Ben Lippen School


Ben Lippen School has more than 900 students in grades Pre-K3 through 12th grade, with approximately 80 of them being international students who live on campus and attend the high school. The school was founded in 1940 by the Columbia International University board of trustees and its first location was an evangelical boarding school for boys located on a mountain near Asheville, NC. The school became co-ed in 1952 and when a fire destroyed the main building in 1980, Ben Lippen moved its high school program to its current location in Columbia. Their mission is to glorify God by educated students from a biblical worldview. Their vision is to be the premier Christian school in the Southeast. 

Salon/Barber – Men 

Frank’s Gentlemen’s Salon


Old-school charm with a modern touch. Frank’s provides both, with the goal that every customer is a satisfied customer. The original “Frank” hailed from Greenville, and now has locations throughout South Carolina. Men who want the best in haircuts and grooming should make their way to the Vista in Columbia and settle in with Frank’s. 

Salon – Women 

Salon Oasis 

Located in Lowe’s Foods on Lexington’s Sunset Blvd., Salon Oasis features skill and experience in all types of hair care. Christina Marrone has worked in Florida, Wisconsin, and now South Carolina and specializes in exotic hair types such as Asian or Indian. She does hair extensions also, and coloring corrections to achieve the right blend. 

Tax Services 

McDonnell Tax Services


Family-owned since 2007, Rick and Michelle McDonnell can handle all the bookkeeping and tax filings for individuals, families, small or large businesses, and non-profits. Their motto is, “When it’s all about numbers, you don’t have to feel like one” and they focus on building long term relationships with their clients. They believe there is a benefit to the client in seeing the same tax professional from year to year. An inherent relationship builds and the tax professional becomes familiar with the client’s needs and is able to pick up on changes in the client’s life that could affect their tax liability such as having children or buying and selling a home. 

Wedding Reception

Capital City Club


Situated atop the tallest building in South Carolina, Capital City Club features stunning panoramic views, first-class amenities, and exceptional service. This combination creates an atmosphere of unparalleled excellence, perfect for hosting your wedding reception. With a clear view of the State House just across the street, they pride themselves on a sophisticated southern charm and offer setup and breakdown of the function space, customized menu planning, a choice of black or white table linens and napkins, mirror tile and votive candle centerpieces, and more. Call to schedule a consultation.