How do you take something you do every day and make money from it? For Toni Tarbutton, that meant turning her juicing lifestyle into a business after buying mobile juice bar Gin’s Juice. Her new business venture also lets Tarbutton be able to interact more with the community. By Charnita Mack Nov. 23, 2015 For… Read More Avid juicer turns lifestyle into career
Vino Garage owner Doug Aylard took a chance when opening his first business in Columbia’s North Main district. Three years later, he’s thumbing his nose at the banks that snubbed him and hopes his success will attract more business to the area just beyond downtown.
The almost $650,000 that Columbia has spent to update the facades of over 24 businesses in the North Main area during the past three years has meant more business for owners like Mark Sills of Angelo’s Zesto and a more livable neighborhood.
After years of watching downtown Columbia’s revival, West Columbia is beginning to see shops move to its side of the Congaree River. The success of restaurants inside the “West Vista” around State and Meeting streets has been vital in attracting those new businesses.
Scott Mechling opened 5th Avenue Deli with a simple objective: Serve quality food while providing quality service. Mechling has done just that and found success along Rosewood when some businesses have struggled and closed.
Ron Kuhn, a lifelong racing fan, and his son, Ryan, always had dreams of clouds of smoke and victory lane. Spurred by their love for racing, the Kuhns took an empty lot and a warehouse near Seven Oaks and turned it into a remote control racer’s paradise.
Tracie Broom returned to her Columbia roots and helped create the Flock and Rally public relations and event-planning firm in the Olympia community. She came back from San Francisco, she says, because she sees a bright – and progressive – future for Columbia.
Columbia’s craft beer scene is scheduled to grow to three breweries by this summer. With less-restrictive rules on serving beer in tasting rooms and possible liberalization of the rules for brewpubs, South Carolina’s craft beer industry is starting to produce economic benefits.
Tim Smith has owned Papa Jazz in Five Points for over 30 years and has found himself right in the middle of a vinyl resurgence. We talk with him about the record store business and what he sees ahead. By Zach Newcastle May 6, 2014 Step into Papa Jazz on Greene Street, and the sea… Read More Papa Jazz owner Tim Smith helps revive analog in a digital age
Village Idiot owners Brian and Kelly Glynn reel college students in with pizza and beer – two late-night favorites. It’s not that simple, though, to avoid the fate of so many Five Points bars that are now just memories. The Glynns understand it takes more than just good food and cheap drinks to keep customers… Read More Village Idiot’s menu for success: Slice, pour, serve, entertain