Best of Columbia SC Shopping & Services 2020

Posted On July 9, 2020

Carolina Allergy & Asthma Consultants
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Victims of allergies and breathing difficulties know all too well the problem of finding effective treatment for this widespread problem. At Carolina Allergy & Asthma Consultants, you will find four board-certified specialists along with their support staff. Hay fever, asthma, anaphylaxis, skin rash, –these are just a few of the manifestations occurring because of allergies. These consultants maintain up-to-date testing and treatment facilities to bring relief and serve at three convenient locations: Richland Medical Park, Palmetto Health Parkway, and Northeast Medical Center.

Apartment Complex:
700 Woodrow

Your apartment home in desirable Old Shandon brings comfort and convenience in a lovely setting. What’s in walking distance? Just about everything! Restaurants for indoor and outdoor dining, shops and services and a variety of churches, with sidewalks and a canopy of Columbia’s most imposing tree cover. 700 Woodrow is a refuge carefully crafted to suit the Columbia lifestyle. No lengthy commute or stressful parking issues, just time and space to create your own way of life.  

Appliance Store
Jeffers McGill Furniture and Appliances

Serving Columbia since 1961, these home-town experts are proud of the top-of-the-line appliances, bedding, and furniture they offer, including such names as GE, Whirlpool, Samsung, Amana, JennAir, KitchenAid, and others. Updating your home doesn’t have to be a whole-house onslaught; just start where it’s needed most, plan every step, and watch the attractive results. Jeffers McGill has the experience and know-how to make it all work for you.

Catalyst Architects

Main Street Lexington is home base for the gifted and accomplished architects at this firm. Now enjoying their 30th year in business, they look forward to another 30 of creating award-winning homes, offices, and ground-breaking designs for specialty purposes. Their projects range state-wide, but a partiality for the beach shows up in the notable homes at Debordieu and Pawleys Island on the South Carolina coast. Upstate, they won acclaim for a residence at Lake Keowee, and they’ve focused also on the Midlands’ Lake Murray. They brought their expertise to bear for the Lexington Main Street Ice House Amphitheater, and what about the prototype South Carolina Produce Stand which garnered the Palmetto Partnership Award presented by Governor Nikki Haley in 2010?   LEEDS certification tops their ecology resume.

Over the Mantel Gallery:  

Salvador Dali said: “A true artist is not one who is inspired, but who inspires others.”  Julia Moore, owner, and Julie Coffey, artistic director, put that belief into action with Over the Mantel Gallery in Columbia, convinced that Columbia’s continuing growth in diversity and aesthetics provides a fertile field for local artists.  OTM offers a variety of original creations from the vibrant art community of the Midlands, as well as including some work by artists from neighboring states. Oils and watercolors, abstract and representational, landscapes and flowers and sunsets are joined by designs in other media such as jewelry, sculpture, and glass.  OTM welcomes your visit and is open to commissioned projects as well.

Assisted Living Center
Still Hopes Retirement Center
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Talk about old age! Still Hopes is a property as old as Columbia itself, dating back to the early 1800s when this city was named South Carolina’s capital. Still Hopes now serves 400 residents on these wooded acres, offering comprehensive medical and lifestyle benefits within easy distance from the Vista and other urban benefits. Their Wellness Center sets a benchmark for upscale service, sporting a handsome swimming pool and complete workout facilities. “A Hub for Health” encapsulates the mission at Still Hopes, a faith-based community where life can be rich and full.

McDonnell and Associates P.A.

This professional group prides itself on multi-tasking. Since opening their doors in 2003 they have completed thousands of real estate transactions. They work with buyers and sellers, builders and homeowners, and large-scale developers, garnering praise for their expertise, up-to-date technology, and know-how. Mobile closings demonstrate their modern approach to streamlining the real estate sale process. McDonnell and Associates also offer their multi-state service in other areas of legal services, such as business and corporate law, personal injury, family law, and estate planning.

Midland Hearing Associates

This staff of audiologists and assistants offer complete services for the hearing-impaired, and your first contact there may not cost anything. A check of your hearing, and of any present hearing aids, is offered without charge at Midland. There’s even a $25 gift card to a local restaurant if you come in for a consultation. These professionals can determine the extent of your hearing problem and follow up with whatever it takes to make it better. Their latest innovation includes Tele-Health (on-line) consultation and Curbside service, limiting the dangerous Coronavirus personal contact. Many people suffering hearing loss put off professional help too long; don’t be a victim, sign on to improve your hearing. Three convenient locations in the Midlands.

First Community Bank:

Hometown service sets this bank apart from its big-corporate competitors; First Community was organized in 1995 by local businessmen to offer their neighbors an understanding of local problems. They’re still invested in making their expertise and resources available to folks looking for opportunity and help. Buying a house should be fun! Starting a business is an adventure! Securing your financial future can be an enjoyable challenge! First Community has the ability, the resources, and above all the people to partner with you in seeing dreams come true. Of course all the convenience and efficiency of modern technology is on tap, but most of all, your neighbors stand ready to provide answers for your questions, and solutions to your problems.


A custom-built and beautifully appointed fitness center, fully equipped with changing rooms, lockers and toiletries, Barre 3 is conveniently located on Devine Street in Shandon, not far from the University of South Carolina and Heathwood. Lauren Truslow will introduce you to the lifestyle which is committed to achieving and retaining natural fitness and good health. A full body workout uses only low-impact movements. A signature 3-step sequence provides balance and alignment. No need to get a baby-sitter; children are welcome at Barre 3, either signed into the Play Lounge or accompanying a parent in the fitness center.  

Bike Shop
Outspokin Bicycles

Owner Brian Curran, a proud graduate of the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, has been with Outspokin since 1982 and believes he has the best staff and the finest products of the cycling industry. All staff are active bikers, some Category 1 Road Racers and others recreational riders just out for an occasional spin. They understand every level of bicycling and enjoy helping others discover its pleasures. Their product line includes Trek and Saris and the incomparable Electra Townie, a high-tech gem. Outspokin is open for on-line shoppers and instore/curbside pickup; currently, repairs are scheduled by appointment only. This bike shop can provide just about anything needed to enjoy the sport, and if it’s not in stock, they’ll gladly order it for you.

Budget Blinds

If you have been thinking about transforming your home into something truly special, Budget Blinds is here to help. Their expert design team, paired with an array of stunning blinds, shades, shutters, drapery, and more creates the ideal home interior that complements any room, or an entire home. Their consultative process is designed around caring about you and your home. They make the entire experience easy and convenient as they bring the showroom to you with their free in-home design consultation. From those unique shaped windows to energy efficient treatments, and more, Budget Blinds does it all for you with style and service for any budget.

Mid-Carolina Marine

This boating business sits squarely in the heart of South Carolina boating country: just across the Congaree River from Columbia, and 20 minutes from Lake Murray. Of course, this state’s rivers, lakes and Atlantic Ocean just call out to all boaters to get on the water and Go! Mid-Carolina Marine is on hand to make that dream a reality, with a large inventory of quality vessels along with service and supply resources. Veteran boaters will recognize the brands Scout, Sportsman, Grady-White, Stingray, War Eagle, Dragonfly, Vexus, and Berkshire Pontoons. There’s always a stock of pre-owned boats for sale also, and Mid-Carolina prides itself on quality service and repair work. They’ve been in the boat business since 1979 and look forward to serving you for future fun on the water.

The Grand

Eat, Drink, and Be Grand! Date night with your special someone, group gathering for your buddies, or maybe corporate celebration of great employees, here’s where everyone can be accommodated for fun, food, and frolic. Bowling is just one of the fun activities on tap at The Grand. Plenty to eat and drink, on Main Street in the heart of Columbia’s nightlife scene. Plenty of parking nearby (street parking free after 6 p.m.) Whether it’s a holiday, a birthday, or just a fun evening on the town, you’ll find plenty of festivity at The Grand. If you’ve been promising yourself to give it a try, now’s the time.

Bridal Boutique
London and Lace

These wedding-dress specialists like to point out that the wedding gown is the single most important element in that mosaic of traditions that go into a wedding day. At London and Lace, your appointment ensures an uninterrupted concentration on you; your special gown will be hand-made, one of a kind, from only the finest natural fabrics such as silk and linen. It’s an enchanted environment for that once-in-a-lifetime moment that starts your married life. Easy to find on Devine Street in the Shandon neighborhood, London and Lace promises you an exceptional wedding dress as a worthy heirloom for future generations.

Bridal Registry

Brides of our region know they must be listed on the Non(e)Such registry. It’s a gift shop of premium quality, serving southern brides from their Devine Street corner since 1978. Classic and trendy tableware, linens and jewelry are just a few of the varied choices at this iconic Columbia shop. The bride may register for the beautiful selection and exceptional service at Non(e)Such, and also choose the bridesmaid gifts for that special day. Of course this gift shop offers many items for others, such as carefully curated antiques, accessories such as purses and hats and jewelry, along with whimsical decorations to enliven a home. Four decades and counting for Columbia’s premiere bridal registry shop!

Car Dealership
Jim Hudson Lexus

The Jim Hudson family has supported its community while representing the very finest in automotive dealership for many decades. During the Covid19 crisis, this civic-minded business donated more than a million meals to Harvest Hope in Columbia, and before that, big contributions to the Souper Bowl of Caring. “We believe our customers are as special as our cars,” says Hudson. This company strives to exceed expectations for service and create the best possible ownership experience for Lexus buyers. New or used, purchased or leased, they stand behind the quality automobiles offered and promise first-class service for the lifetime of the car.

Fields Chiropractic:

Fields Chiropractic is dedicated to helping patients recover from injuries, with the latest in chiropractic equipment and an experienced staff. Chronic pain can be debilitating, and Fields offers relief for young and old, to overcome the hardship and get back into active daily life in the best way possible. Andrew Fields, FNP, NP-C, holds a master’s degree from Samford University and is a partner at Fields Chiropractic, 3930 Devine Street, Columbia.  

Clothing - Kids
Duck Duck Goose

“It’s the cutest!” say the shoppers who touch base at Duck Duck Goose for children’s wear. The list of name brands is staggering, including The Proper Peony, Little English, James and Lottie, Bella Bliss, and dozens more. Besides the captivating clothing, this shop offers shoes, toys, baby equipment, books, and other sought-after goodies for the little ones.  Free shipping on orders over $75, and free local delivery in the Columbia area. Gift cards and a gift registry provide convenience for all so if a baby shower is on your calendar, connect with DDG! In person is fun (at 2800 Devine Street) and on-line is easy.  

Clothing – Men
BP Skinner Clothiers:

This respected and popular men’s clothing established was started in 2012 and earns a reputation for high quality and good service. Well-known brands such as Bobby Jones, David Danohue, Eton, Hagen, Oxford and others are displayed. In addition, custom-made clothing is offered by appointment, assuring first-choice fabrics and perfect fit. A staff member will come to your home or office to carry out a “closet makeover,” reviewing your current wardrobe and recommending needed changes. Whether it’s business attire or casual outfits, these folks know their product and can help you put together the right clothes for any occasion. They’re conveniently located in The Vista, at 1003 Gervais St.

Clothing – Women
Just The Thing

Mother-Daughter duo Terri and Tracy preside over JTT, in the dual stores at 2732 and 2734 Devine Street. They like to think of their establishment as a candy store for trendy women – of any age, any style, for any occasion.  Complete outfits or an add-on blouse or skirt, gifts for other style-enthusiasts, and accessories of all kinds to finish off the look – that’s the mission of JTT.  Brands such as Lilla P and Joseph Ribkoff along with others; scarves, jewelry, handbags, and assorted items for home décor, at reasonable prices with a few upscale temptations. This mother and daughter want their clients to leave looking fabulous and happy!

Consignment Clothing
Roundabouts Consignments

A complete consignment service seasoned through 17 years of serving South Carolinians in a department-store atmosphere. These folks bring a professional approach to consignment shopping, recently upgraded with additional cleaning and health practices to overcome the Covid19 threat. The spacious store on Polo Road re-opened June 1. Some things remain the same, such as the thrill of the hunt and the satisfaction of passing along first-class merchandise. Others, different: masks for staff and customers, plexiglass barriers for protection, and shorter hours in order to accommodate an extra cleaning schedule. Roundabouts maintains up-to-date information on its Website such as which brands may be accepted and which may not, and the strict requirements for like-new condition. As always, the selection of items is varied: Furniture, clothing for men and women and children, jewelry, antiques, sporting goods, toys and games.

Consignment Furniture
Main Street Home

Two locations: The Big Purple Warehouse at 214 Bickley Road in Lexington, and The Store at 7740 Broad River Road in Irmo. This local establishment offers a huge variety of new and consignment furniture, including samples and closeouts at bargain prices. The Covid19 emergency disrupted everyone’s schedules, but these folks have always operated with varying hours for sales at both locations. It pays to check the Web site for special times, especially at The Warehouse. You’ll find gift items and accessories such as lamps and vases and figurines, in an inventory which varies from week to week.

Credit Union
Palmetto Citizens Credit Union

This resource for locals thinks “Full.” That is, a full array of services being sure to include information, advice, opportunities, and support. Money management depends heavily on knowing your situation so that planning is realistic; Palmetto Citizens offers a staff with the knowledge and experience to help your financial planning. Of course, all the necessary technology is on tap as well. Fourteen Midlands locations with ATMs make access easy for account holders. During the Covid19 pandemic, services have been restricted to drive-up only, so from your car you can consult or authorize transactions during business hours. Don’t overlook the Rewards program, which provides points for bonus gifts.

Cadence Academy Preschool

Three locations in the Midlands offer premiere childcare service designed to enhance children’s learning while preparing them for elementary school. The “learn by doing” system is fully embraced, with exploration into such activities as puppetry, story-time, and gardening for 3- and 4-year-olds. The teachers at Cadence promise that your children will sing, skip and count their way into learning. 450 Columbiana Drive, Harbison; 1130 Sparkleberry Lane, Columbia; and 5307 Sunset Blvd. Lexington stand ready to join you in quality childcare.

Day Spa
Metabolic Medical Center & Spa

The late Dr. Douglas Jones developed this metabolic approach to weight-loss while working with diabetic patients in 1995. Weight control not only improves diabetes, it enables good health and stamina for all. Information about healthy diets along with needed vitamins and other supplements helps the Center’s clients achieve realistic goals. This Center is conveniently located at 3608 Landmark Drive, just off Beltline Blvd. in Forest Acres.

Dentist Adult
Dr. Nicholas Gee

Dr. Nicholas Gee DMD graduated from the University of South Carolina Honors College and the Medical University of South Carolina. He joined his father’s dentistry practice in 2005 and took it over when his father retired in 2012. Dr. Gee and his staff want all patients to have a positive experience and a successful outcome and are dedicated to serving the Midlands community in dentistry. His office is in the Middleburg Office Park on Forest Drive, at 1701 St. Julian Place, Columbia

Dentist Pediatric
Children’s Dental Group

Experience in treating children’s dental care is an important element in this professional office.  Every treatment room has a TV with child-appropriate entertainment, and monthly games and prizes keep youngsters wanting to return. Same-day service is offered, that is, more than one procedure can be performed at a sitting, therefore fewer trips to the office and hours away from school. Sedation dentistry is available here also, and minors are eligible for care until age 21, allowing for a long-term relationship with the doctor. 7201K Broad River Road, Irmo.

Columbia Skin Clinic

The largest and most experienced dermatology practice in the Midlands. Latest innovation: Telehealth Services, for making appointments and other easy communication. These skilled physicians can treat all manner of skin problems, such as acne or scarring or skin cancers. They are fully equipped to do Mohs surgery, as well as the IPL, Intense Pulsed Light treatment for cosmetic improvement. Their lab work is done in-house, at their Histology Lab. They serve also at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Four locations: Forest Drive Columbia, Irmo, Lexington and Camden.

Dive Shop
Scuba John’s Dive Shop

Welcome to adventure! The trainers at Scuba John’s are passionate about their calling and believe you will be too after a few sessions. With Lake Murray and other waters so close at hand, there’s no reason to postpone your diving adventure any longer. These skilled divers pride themselves on personal attention in small groups, so that novices can have the best possible experience. Flexible scheduling allows them to accommodate your plans for the most convenient time. Scuba John’s sells new and used diving gear and will help you choose the right equipment for your activity.

Exercise Facility
Athletes Arena

If you discovered this fitness center when it opened in Irmo in 2005, you’ve had 15 years of professional service in health, exercise, and general wellness of the body. But hey, if you didn’t get involved back then, it’s never too late. Don’t be put off by the “Athletes” designation; the Arena offers a high-quality fitness program geared to each person’s ability. Young and old, strong and weak, men and women and children find what they need to develop healthy lifestyles guaranteed to be never boring. Maybe you don’t even know what Crossfit means? You might be hooked on it at first attempt. Just think how satisfying it will be to watch your physical achievements improve steadily! “Everyday Life” is a sport we all take on, and feeling your best is a big step up toward winning.

Financial Adviser
Edward Jones

At Edward Jones, we work with you to understand why you’re investing and your financial priorities. You’ll experience the convenience of working with one dedicated financial advisor, utilizing an established process to create personalized financial strategies, backed by advice, tools and resources to help you reach your goals. And, we’ll continue to partner together to help your strategy stay on track. We offer a comprehensive line of financial solutions and services in addition to the traditional investments you expect from a financial advisor.

Lake Murray Hardware and Outdoors

Start with bait and batteries, because there’s a huge variety of both at LM Hardware and Outdoors. Batteries: different sizes, different cycles. Bait: worms, crickets, herring, minnows and more. Oh, and everything else for the boater and hunter, such as life jackets, guns, ammo, equipment, accessories. They like to say: “Everything you need for the outdoors, without going into town.” This expansive center has been serving the Lake Murray community since 1996; even the teen-agers who work there know the area, the lake, and the needs of local sportsmen. Owner Anderson Coleman features ornamental pieces from the Knotty Pine Metal Shop; just stop in and look it all over. 1323 Dutch Ford Road, Irmo – a stone’s throw from the lake.

Flooring Company
Palmetto Tile and Distributors

Prepare to be dazzled! Three South Carolina showrooms display a handsome collection of all varieties of tile, including glass, ceramic, and porcelain, some made in USA and others imported from Europe. This is a family-owned business which knows its neighbors and the South Carolina way of life, and can provide beautiful tile for every use. Don’t make any decision on flooring or any other tile usage until you’ve reviewed the collection at Palmetto Tile. You owe it to yourself!

Blossom Shop

Nothing says “Thinking of You!” like fresh flowers. Blossom Shop has been serving the Midlands from its distinctive corner location in Five Points since 1948 and has earned a reputation for dependability and beautiful floral arrangements. They offer same-day service and delivery in the Columbia area. Fresh flower arrangements are their specialty, but Blossom Shop also offers plants, dried and silk arrangements, and European dish gardens. They’re proud to carry out your wishes for special flowers and colors or will plan the arrangement to fit the occasion. Weddings and funerals are served completely and promptly. Show you care when you can’t be there!

Elite Framing

Framing is an art, and anything special enough to be framed deserves creative and professional mounting. That’s the philosophy at Elite Framing, now celebrating 25 years in business at Five Points. Paintings (oil or watercolor or other) and photographs are just the beginning, these framers handle diplomas and certificates, medals, collections, and just about any kind of memorabilia. It’s very satisfying to enjoy just the right mat and frame for that special piece. This small staff has remained open through the Covid19 Pandemic and can take on your challenge.

Funeral Home:
Thompson’s Funeral Home:

The important and necessary service which takes place at the end of life has always faced challenges, never more than during the worldwide Pandemic of Covid19. Thompson’s has always risen to the challenge and continues to adapt to special needs and considerations of Midlands families dealing with death.   When personal contact is not part of the planning process, Thompson’s can consult with you on the phone, through the Internet, and via drive-thru which includes face-to-face meetings from your car. Earlier plans for funerals may have to be discarded; Thompson’s can arrange alternative services to suit your preferences. Their professionalism can help navigate uncharted waters and bring you comfort. Choose Thompson’s for peace of mind.

Furniture Store
Whit Ash Furniture

Whit Ash fills an entire Vista block with thousands of home furnishings, and for 50 years has convinced homeowners that you need look no further. Every style of furniture, indoor and outdoor, along with mattresses, rugs, lamps, and accent pieces are available; delivery can be had for South Carolina and its two closest neighbors, North Carolina and Georgia. Surprisingly, you’ll even find a selection of jewelry too. Interior Design services are on hand for those who appreciate some expert help in making a choice. Whit Ash has earned its reputation for quality products and service. Make shopping for furniture a pleasure with your trip to 919 Gervais Street.  

Wingard’s Market

When Judson and Marjorie Wingard decided to start rooting azaleas in the 1950s, they had no idea of starting a dynasty. Those green thumbs gave rise to Wingard’s Market, and now, seven decades later, the second generation of Wingards officiate at the thriving garden shop on North Lake Drive in Lexington. Your resistance will be sorely tested as you try to decide among the gorgeous flowering plants and trees in the spacious greenhouse and on the grounds. Don’t leave without visiting the gift shop and the produce store. Wingard’s can furnish gardening advice and supplies for everyone, year-round. It’s a local treasure.

Gibsons Gift Shop

For 65 years savvy Columbians have shopped at Gibsons on Saluda for distinctive and beautiful gift items. Just browsing there is enough to whet the appetite, and if you need special gifts for a special occasion, there’s not a better selection anywhere. Dining items, of course: chinaware, silverware, glassware, and beautiful linens. Kitchen pieces: aprons and mitts, gadgets and cookware. And so much more, such as tabletop accent pieces, artwork, frames, novelty shirts. Gibsons has earned its reputation as the go-to gift shop for discriminating shoppers.

Cobblestone Park Golf Club

This beautiful course is a crown jewel for golfers, as well as tennis players, fitness buffs, and others just partial to enjoying life. The recently-opened 28,000-sq-ft clubhouse features Alexander’s for fine dining and special events. The 27-hole golf course offers views of wooded hills and lakes, all this within an easy drive from downtown Columbia to suburban Blythewood. The huge gym is suitable for aerobics, gymnastics, and dancing, with a drop-down screen for movie nights.  Seven tennis courts and a swimming pool add to the options for recreation at Cobblestone.  The restrictions of the Covid19 Pandemic have closed some facilities, but golf is carried on with careful registrations and scheduling.

Heating and Air
Cool Care Heating and Air

Keeping Columbia comfortable in this Famously Hot climate is not exactly an easy assignment, but owners Teresa and Kenny Wardlaw have mastered the art at Cool Care and promise satisfaction on every job. They promise to meet the highest standards for quality and service, providing state-of-the-art training for employees and a commitment to solving a customer’s problems at a fair price. Now in their 20th year, Cool Care has built a reputation for dependability and good service.  They don’t close out a job until everything is done right.

Home Accessories
Carolina Pottery

While Americans were house-bound during the Pandemic, Carolina Pottery in West Columbia kept its doors open and its service going. With hours of unscheduled time on your hands, what better undertaking than crafts and projects you’d thought about for years and never had the time? For 37 years this reservoir of supplies and inspiration has provided the paper, cloth, ribbon, wood and metal for DIYers, and plenty of tutorials to support your creativity. Pillows, candles, wreaths, flags, even tobacco baskets – endless possibilities for freshening the home décor. Furniture and rugs and cookout essentials in abundance embellish the patio. It’s all there at Carolina Pottery.

Home Audio
Upstairs Audio & Video

This is a treasure house for Columbia A/V aficionados. For 45 years they’ve been fine-tuning their skills in selling, servicing, and repairing the finest of audio-visual equipment. Previously-owned items available, too, and there’s even a museum displaying outmoded electronics. Upstairs prides itself on a complete array of listening and watching, commercial and residential, conference rooms, stadiums, large or small, they can advise and repair and install and upgrade equipment to fit the needs. Thought turntables and needles were obsolete? Upstairs has a complete inventory of them. Top brands, knowledgeable vendors, and service second to none. Treat yourself to a visit.

Home Builder
Mungo Homes

Michael Mungo started his home-building business in Irmo in 1954. Today his sons Stewart and Steven continue the business which has grown into a multi-million-dollar operation over several states. Mungo Homes has won dozens of awards locally and nationally for their commitment to quality and their service to community. Two years ago the company became part of the Berkshire-Hathaway family of companies, but the brothers are still in charge of supplying their neighbors with upscale, state-of-the-art housing. On-line or in person, shoppers can check out Mungo homes for the right choice; this builder offers service throughout and after the sales process.  

Home Cleaning Service
Deserved Comfort Housecleaning

These energetic cleaners want to give you back your time for spending with your loved ones and doing things you like. They’re proud to have won awards as well as long-time customers during the 34 years they have been on the job. Marlo and her mother started it, originally serving just Irmo and Cayce, but they’ve grown and spread out across the Midlands. Insured and professional, they can supply a phone quote for your home, promising high quality, and dependability, with no contractual obligations.  

Home Security

Sonitrol was founded more than 55 years ago, with the goal of reducing false alarms and increasing intruder arrests. With services across the continent, including Columbia, Sonitrol offers cutting edge security to fit the unique needs of each home, business, and even schools. Their products and services include video surveillance, fire detection, network protection, and more. They offer a free consultation to prospective clients. Visit their website or call to set up an appointment.

Lexington Medical Center

This thriving medical center was born on the cusp of its home county’s phenomenal growth spurt, in 1971. The numbers are eye-popping: 508 beds, 6,500 health care professional employees, 3,300 babies born each year, 23,000 surgeries per year, and satellite centers all around the county. Commitment to community service shows in education and information actions and in the Foundation, which backs up that commitment with funding. The cardiovascular and oncology care centers are affiliated with Duke Health, and Lex Med has won awards at every level for its professionalism and outstanding care.

Hotel Trundle

A little gem in the heart of Columbia. At 1224 Taylor Street, an easy walk to everything Main Street and Vista, so museums and shopping and sightseeing are at hand. Guests rave about its facilities, comfort, and hospitality. Fitness center, continental breakfast and free WiFi top the list of amenities. Honeymooners should ask for the Unicorn Suite. This welcome addition to Columbia’s downtown hospitality is only two years old; give it a try!

Insurance Provider
Lourie Life and Health

Joel Lourie and his team stand ready to explain, consult and assist you  in navigating the complexities of health insurance. It’s a necessity in today’s world but sometimes hard to understand; that’s why this agency specializes in making the facts available to everyone. Joel says, “Everybody has an opinion, but we have the facts. We’ll help you figure it out. We’re not here just to sell you something. We care about you.”

Interior Designer
LGB Interiors

Linda Burnside travels extensively, always with her camera at her side, and this international savoir-faire shows in her creative designs. She likes to call it a Destination project, whether it’s new construction or a remodeling undertaking. Her imprint has occurred on hotel design as well as whole-house planning. She’ll do one room or many, brand-new or make-over, helping you express your own lifestyle with flair. (Ask her about her visit to Egypt during the Arab Spring!)


Steeped in a 122-year tradition, but priding itself on keeping up with the times, Sylvan’s is a name long recognized in Columbia for its commitment to quality. The iconic clock on the corner of Main and Hampton streets invites you into the display rooms of fine jewelry and watches. This vendor was in the hands of the Sylvan family for eight decades before being sold to Arnold Schiffman of another family jeweler tradition in Greensboro NC. Their service remains the same: sales and service of the very best, including estate jewelry and watch repair.  

Kitchen/Bath Remodel
Palmetto Construction and Renovation

Jim Evatt says, “Let’s build something!” He’s there with a professional crew to make your dreams come true. Renovation of kitchens and baths are the most-requested projects, but adding extra rooms, decks and patios, modernizing existing space are visions they have brought to reality. Commercial facilities can benefit from this service, also, improving and expanding existing space for better traffic flow. The satisfaction of each customer is their ultimate goal. Free quotes up front to get things started, then on to completion of your vision.

Landscaping Services
Hay Hill Services

This well-established Columbia company does not settle for less than complete realization of the client’s vision, for landscaping, irrigation, lighting, even masonry and concrete. Plants may be the key, but design and accessories can make the difference. Adding a fountain or a patio turns a yard into an outdoor room with a view, that homeowners can enjoy for a lifetime. They do not leave until every detail is satisfied. There’s a reason local residents and business owners come to Hay Hill first, when quality matters.

Ferguson Gallery

Lighting is crucial to the usefulness and beauty of home or business, and Ferguson offers expertise across the spectrum. Chandeliers, sconces, recessed lighting or track, indoors or out—review this gallery on-line for a complete display of the trendy or the classic in lighting. Fans are a popular accessory when planning lighting, and Ferguson can coordinate that benefit also. They’re located at 820 South Lake Drive in Lexington, with a professional staff to help you choose just the right equipment for your space.

Pink Lingerie Bar

A large selection of glamourous items in satin, lace, even fur and tweed. Not just nightgowns and tony underwear, also dresses, jumpsuits, body suits. And this Bar also carries a complete assortment of creams and lotions for men and women. A long-established Columbia vendor – check it out!

Columbiana Centre Mall

Columbiana Centre has always been a cut above the usual shopping mall, with its impressive design and extensive collection of shopping destinations. It was closed for a while during the recent pandemic, but most of the resident vendors are now open again. With Dillard’s and Belk as anchor tenants at each end of the mall, the halls feature jewelers such as Jared’s and Kay and Zale’s, along with trendy fashion shops for men, women and children. The Food Court functions as a center of activity and includes the Children’s Place with a Gymboree. Plenty of free parking and a centrally-located site, this mall attracts customers from all of South Carolina.

Nautical Boat Club

Here’s the alternative to the expense and hassle of owning a boat: two Lake Murray locations where you enjoy all the pleasure and none of the responsibilities of being an owner. A wide selection of lake vessels, a marina to supply essentials, food choices at hand with free picnic areas – just sign up for membership and prepare to relax! This club system invests in brand-new boats every few years, and offers full insurance and maintenance services. What do the riders have to do? Gallivant around the lake and enjoy life. It’s called carefree. One Nautical is located at the site of the former Lake Murray Sailing Club, near Chapin, while the other is across the lake on Hwy 378 in the Leesville area. Both easy to reach and enjoy. You’ll wonder why you ever thought you wanted to own a boat.

Mortgage Company
Mortgage Network Inc

Although this company serves in many states and is headquartered in Mass., it emphasizes local service throughout the mortgage process; you’ll be dealing with your neighbors to get it right. Buying a home should be a happy adventure and having experienced financiers to guide you through the process provides reassurance and comfort. Mortgage options are many: terms, payments, rates, closing costs, short- or long-term? At Mortgage Network everything is available and can be arranged to suit your situation. Don’t worry about the Dos and Don’ts, just put yourself in the hands of the professionals and enjoy your new home.

Motorcycle Sales
Columbia Powersports Center

Family-owned since 1976, this Center offers sales, service, advice and help to everyone who wants a sports vehicle for fun. Whether you’re shopping for a vehicle, looking for a special part, or in need of sports vehicle service, these folks are here to help. They offer gently-used as well as new products, including name brands such as Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, CAN-Am, and Sea-Doo. Get out there and have fun on the open road, the backlanes, or the water; your support staff is available any time. 3750 Fernandina Road, Columbia.

Columbia Museum of Art

Take a new look at art! Columbia Museum of Art is open again, after the enforced closings of recent months, and until September proudly features the photography of Kwame Brathwaite in the show “Black Is Beautiful.” Decades ago, this camera artist coined that phrase to describe his work and to display the black men and women who modeled fashion. Membership at the CMA includes free admission to the galleries and some special events, and a discount at the gift shop which features the handiwork of local artists.  CMA is a Main Street treasure for all.

New Neighborhood
Courts of Arcadia

A gated community just off the beaten track but close enough to it for convenience, The Courts of Arcadia is tucked into the choice residential area of Arcadia Lakes in the North Trenholm area. All the amenities of Forest Acres are close at hand, but you’ll feel secluded in the comfort of a brand-new, state-of-the-art home zoned for Richland District Two schools. Lots are available for those who want to start their new home from scratch. Condos and townhouses part of the plan, also. You owe it to yourself to give it a look.

Midlands Orthopedics

This medical practice offers the full spectrum of musculoskeletal and neurological care, with four locations in the Columbia area: Downtown Columbia, Providence Northeast, Irmo, and Lexington. In addition to its surgical teams, Midlands staff includes pain management specialists along with MRI capability, occupational therapy, and a variety of outpatient options. Their hospital affiliations include Providence, PHBaptist, and PHBaptist Parkridge.

Outdoor Furniture
Casual Living

Outdoor living is a lifestyle, a hobby, and in balmy South Carolina, a year-round indulgence for all. At Casual Living, furniture, rugs, cushions, firepits, and everything else for outdoor entertainment stands ready to enable your outdoor enjoyment. What if you don’t know how to plan all this? This store has been serving South Carolina for many decades and the staff knows how to navigate the tricky waters of selection. Many manufacturers claim weatherproofing and durability, but not all of them live up to the promise. The consultants at Casual Living have the experience to zero in on the right products for your purposes and advise you in making your choice.

Outdoor Outfitters
Barron’s Outfitters

Charlie Barron decided in 1947 to share his love of the outdoor sporting life with his neighbors, and now, seven decades later, that community service continues going strong. These guys are knowledgeable and helpful, advising you on rugged outdoor clothing, hunting and fishing equipment, luggage, coolers, and to make your pennies count, the Bargain Barn for extras.

Carolina Pediatrics

With two locations in the Midlands, these pediatricians and their staff serve children and their parents for every medical need. Their standard is a personalized, up-to-date system of care that recognizes the importance of parental involvement and full understanding of every process. Among their specialties there’s a focus on asthma, obesity, allergies, and developmental disorders such as cerebral palsy.

Pest Control
Clark’s 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
Carolina Paws Grooming Salon

Happy pets and customers are the goal of every transaction at this conveniently-located dog grooming service, 1647 Budon Court, just off Forest Drive near Richland Mall. They’ve built a loyal customer base for more than 12 years, with excellent service and competitive pricing. Nail trimming and skin conditioning can be included in the grooming appointment. In addition, day care as well as boarding is available for your dogs. You’ll be glad you found them.

Lazy Creek Pet Store

Pawsitively Everything Your Pets Need Under One Woof! At 134 Innkeeper Drive, Lexington, and 351 E. Church St., Leesville, make it a habit to depend on Lazy Creek for all your pet supplies. Complete nutrition items, of course, and also toys, beds, crates and so much more. In-store or curbside service, this vendor is locally owned and operated, and chooses wholesalers who are local also.  A reliable resource for everything pet-related.

Pilates Studio
Fit Columbia

Not a franchise, Fit Columbia is independently owned, and focuses on helping Columbians to better health and fitness through carefully planned exercise. No contracts or monthly fees, each participant receives a monthly evaluation and plan for improvement. Whether cardiovascular or muscular, yoga, Pilates, dance, acrobatics or stretch therapy, experienced trainers will work with you at your own pace. 2002 Blossom Street in Five Points.

Plastic Surgeon
Lexington Plastic Surgery

Dr. Todd Lefkowitz and his staff stand ready to improve beauty and function when any restorative surgery is needed. Reconstructive facial and body treatments help a person regain confidence and full use of their natural abilities. Why not let them assess your problems and offer skills to bring your life to its full potential. Plastic surgery is not just for women; anyone with disfigurement problems can benefit from these modern skills.

Superior Plumbing

When it comes to that basic residential need, plumbing, homeowners want a service they can trust and depend on. Superior promises to arrive promptly, keep your home clean, and finish the job on time and on budget. Their technicians receive ongoing training to stay up to date on today’s technology. They work with new construction and remodeling projects and install tankless water heaters.

Pool Company
Jack Oliver’s Pool, Spa and Patio

Let the outdoor living experts turn your space into fun headquarters for years to come. Jack Oliver’s crew will build your pool and/or patio with the latest energy-efficient technology, making the most of the terrain and space. They offer ongoing maintenance services so you’re free of all the work that goes into keeping up a pool. You can choose outdoor furniture and accessories such as grills there, also.

Private School
Ben Lippen School

A Christian school which goes beyond traditional academic standards to include Biblical understanding, artistic expression and sportsmanship, Ben Lippen’s reputation for excellence is well established. They offer a world view, preparing young people for service. Ben Lippen graduates have achieved 100% college acceptance, earning $6 million in scholarship money.

Real Estate Company
Exit Realty

These agents will help you buy or sell a home anywhere in the Midlands. They uphold a high standard of professionalism and transparency; your questions will always be answered honestly and openly. Every financial transaction at Exit Realty has a portion contributed to their charitable fund, and staff members help choose the charity where the money is donated. They’re helping build and improve the community which supports them.

Salon – Women
Cline’s Salon

The doors at 1237 Gadsden Street in the Vista opened in 1995; the salon has grown steadily over the years, and is now the go-to place for expert hair styling, color, cutting and other services such as makeup and waxing. You’ll notice the different atmosphere when you walk in: an antique theater bench for waiting, novelty chandeliers, and variegated works by local artists on the walls. Tammy Cline makes sure that everything’s there to make you feel good about yourself.  

Salon – Men
Circa Barber Shop

Two downtown Columbia locations, 1332 Main Street and 2238 in Cottontown where parking is easier. Haircuts for men with or without appointments, and quick service whenever possible. Let’s face it, one can’t always plan ahead and sometimes there’s a need to get the job done pronto; Circa will accommodate you with their very best.

Shoe Store
DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse

“In season – On trend!” That’s the promise of Designer Shoe Warehouse, conveniently located at 320 Harbison Blvd, close to Interstate 26. Thousands of shoes for men, women and children, easy to find and try, along with accessories such as handbags and jewelry. Plenty of testimonials from happy customers who are glad to find unbeatable prices along with a huge assortment of styles. Another of their slogans: “Designer shoes – Warehouse prices.” Head on over to see what’s setting the trends these days.

Salty’s Board Shop  

For everything beach or skate (and even more) Salty’s is the place to go. Beachwear of all kinds including hats and scarves, skate boards, footwear, surfing and paddling gear, sunglasses, and then there’s always a chance of snow so it’s covered too. Candles, flasks, hammocks, lanterns… the list goes on. They’re at 2712 Devine Street with everything for your outdoor adventures.  


For playclothes or dolling up, the founders of Vestique are way ahead of you. Everything can be viewed and ordered on-line, and in addition you can enjoy a visit at their Five Points location, 631 Harden Street. Along with the trendy skirts, tops, pants and dresses, they offer jewelry, handbags, and other accessories. There’s even a “Text and Shop” feature when you need to check the availability of an item, or ask for a Hold. And you’ll earn Points along the way as well.  Morgan and Caroline are there to help you make the right choices.

Tax Services
McDonnell Tax Services

Family-owned since 2007, Rick and Michelle can handle all the bookkeeping and tax filings for individuals, families, small or large businesses, and non-profits. They point out there are new benefits related to the Covid-19 Pandemic which may improve your tax status. For those whose incomes have been adversely affected by Covid, they can offer discounts and defer the fees. Just come on in and get the job done.

Courtney Smith

This Clemson graduate has a special interest in dermatology for animals, along with focusing on nutritional needs for companion animals. Like humans, they are to a large extent what they eat, and the right diet can make for good health. She works alongside Dr. Brian Gallery and Dr. Cara McKinnon, husband/wife owners of Blythewood Veterinarians, and a staff of assistants bossed by Walter, the Clinic Cat with strong opinions.

Wedding Planner
Joan Day Weddings

The logistics of putting together a wedding or an important corporate event can overwhelm the novice and result in a less-than-satisfactory event. Joan Day has the experience, the design know-how, and the creative itch that will assure a successful gathering for all. This full-service agency can handle every detail, or will serve in an assisting capacity just to help keep things on track. It’s Southern hospitality at its heartfelt best; her connections with vendors and suppliers can provide everything needed for the important occasion.

Wedding Reception
701 Whaley

Hark back to the grandeur of 1903 with a nostalgic reception at this restored community center in the heart of Olympia. The original hardwood floors and 17-foot ceilings were rescued from dereliction by imaginative restorers to create what has become one of Columbia’s most popular wedding and event venues. An impressive art gallery occupies the first floor; upstairs, the 2000-foot Olympia Room waits to host your big moment. Everything is there to make your wedding reception memorable.