August 13 2022
Whether you’re shopping for new clothes at Swiff in Five Points and bump into The Swiff Bar, or you’re picking out a few indoor plants to spruce up your home at Gardener’s Outpost in Cottontown and spot the wine bar, there are several spots around the Soda City that offer the unexpected.
Maybe it’s the caffeine you need, something cold to beat the heat, or a tasty weekend treat while you browse the market, one of these will surely brighten your day. After-all, we do love a tasty beverage.
The wine bar is an unexpected feature in Gardener’s Outpost | Photo by COLAtoday team
Drip Coffee, 729 Saluda Ave. | Drip Coffee is one of Cola’s most well-known spots for coffee, but they also offer an extensive selection of vinyl records in the back. We think the Lavender Matcha Lemonade pairs well with record browsing on a hot day.
Gardener’s Outpost, 1211 Franklin St. | Since opening earlier this year, Gardener’s Outpost has transformed the garden center into a multi-purpose space hosting live music, yoga classes, and serving wine all-day from the bar inside.
Lowe’s Foods, 4711 Forest Dr. | You'll notice a convenient cupholder for your bev from the Beer Den, wine bar, or Boxcar Coffee as you grab your buggy at Lowe’s Foods. The grocery store offers daily specials and a rotating cast of beers on tap.
NoMa Flea, 2222 Sumter St. | Grab a cold beer from Charleston-based Westbrook Brewing as you browse through the market that takes place every Friday night from 6-9 p.m. + features a variety of local vendors.
Soda City Market, 1300-1600 Main St. | The weekly Saturday morning market on Main Street features more than six coffee vendors, along with a wide variety of other beverages. If your mood calls for bubble tea, lemonade, or kombucha, one of the ~150 vendors will have you covered.
Swiff, 736 Harden St. | The hip bar inside Swiff offers a variety of coffee beverages, beer, and wine. The store also offers after-hours events, including a brunch with endless mimosas on May 28.
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Soul Circle — Full Moon in Scorpio | Mon., May 16 | 6-9 p.m. | femme x COLUMBIA | $20 | An event of mindfulness with journal prompts + personalized moonscopes
The Wyeths: Three Generations | Now-Mon., May 30 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Asheville Art Museum, 2 S. Pack Sq., Asheville, NC | $25 (includes museum admission) | Explore a brilliant collection of 70+ paintings and illustrations by N.C., Andrew, Henriette, and Jamie Wyeth from the Bank of America Collection. 🖼️*
Tipsy Terrarium Tuesday | Tues., May 17 | 6:30-8 p.m. | PlantHouse Cola, 702 Cross Hill Rd. | $26 | You'll be able to select your succulents and decor to make a six-inch terrarium that is perfect to display at your home or office.
Research Roundtable: National Register | Tues, May 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St. | $5 | Purchase your ticket now for this discussion on preservation incentives.
Columbia Fireflies vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans | Tues., May 17 | 7:05 p.m. | Segra Park | $5+ | Enjoy $2 dollar drinks every Tuesday.
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Choose from a variety of local + domestic favorites. | Photo provided by Soda City Beer Garden
If Soda City Beer Garden’s 75 self-pour taps leave you saying “Ale yeah!,” their Happy Hour specials will make you even hoppier.
Selling beer by the ounce so you can sample your way through local, domestic + imported brews (there’s also wine and kombucha available), the beer garden’s Happy Hour happens 4-7 p.m. daily and offers half-price pours + 32 oz. to-go growlers.
Bonus: Enjoy it all surrounded by greenery with front-row views of Main Street.*
- 91º | Mostly sunny | 12% chance of rain
Mark Anthony Brewing cut the ribbon on its new $490 million, state-of-the-art brewery + packaging facility. The 1.3 million sqft complex off Shop Road will employ more than 300 people with production focused on White Claw Hard Seltzers. 🍺 (ABC Columbia)
The Southeastern Esthetics Institute Fountain of Youth Cafe is now open in the historic Fountain Room in the Tapp’s Building at 1644 Main St. The cafe will serve Starbucks beverages and sandwiches + breakfast biscuits from Mathia’s Sandwich Shop. There are also plans to bring back Tapp’s Fountain Room Original Cornstick recipe. 🌽
In November, Duke Energy will begin a drawdown of Lake Wateree — one of the Midlands' largest lakes — to complete Wateree Dam's required enhancements. Water levels are expected to drop 6-7 feet and will stay at that reduced rate for 14-16 months. 🌊 (The State)
One of the foremost innovators of funk music, George Clinton will join archivist + historian Tim Kinley at the Township Auditorium on June 8 for a Small Talk discussion hosted by Richland Library. George will share about his beginnings along with stories from his career. The event is free, but tickets are required and available at the Township Auditorium box office. 🎷
Gabrielle Goodwin, CEO of Confidence by Gabby Goodwin, was named the 2022 Young Entrepreneur of the Year by Small Business Administration South Carolina. This is her second time winning the award for her company GaBBY Bows, which patented the Double-Face Double-Snap Barrette. 🎀 (Carolina Panorama)
The Gamecocks Baseball team won two out of three games at home against Kentucky last weekend. Their record is now 26-24 so far this season, with UNC Charlotte coming to town on Tuesday. Grab your tickets here. ⚾ (Gamecocks Online)
Congratulations to the Gamecock Lacrosse club team who won the 2022 MCLA National Championship, defeating Georgia Tech 11-9 Saturday. This makes the squad back-to-back champions after winning the last tournament played in 2019. (USA Lacrosse Magazine)
Julian Phillips, a McDonald's All-American basketball player from Blythewood, committed to play college basketball at the University of Tennessee. Julian chose Tennessee over Auburn or the option to go straight to the NBA's G-League. 🏀 (CBS Sports)
In case you missed it, nonstop flights to New York City, Chicago + more are available from Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE). We’re already planning a summer trip to the Big Apple — explore all nonstop destinations to start planning your next vacay. 🛫*
- Areas of South Carolina broke a 14-year record high for average gasoline cost as fuel prices increase ahead of the summer travel season. The average cost of a gallon of gas in Columbia is $4.12, with the record high of $4.20 happening in Sept. 2008. (The State)
Palmetto Primary Care Physicians is hiring an experienced Physical Therapist in the Murrells Inlet area. Requirements include current South Carolina License as a Physical Therapist, current BLS, and two years experience in outpatient setting. Learn more + apply.*
You can’t do much about gas prices these days — but you can snag competitive rates, 100% financing options + the potential for 90 days with no payment when you refinance your current vehicle or purchase a brand new one with the help of AllSouth. Bonus: Apply online to save time before you even step foot on the dealership lot. 🚗*
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The Columbia Fireflies aren’t the only thing buzzing in the BullStreet District. Construction continues to zip along as buildings and parking garages rise from the ground, residents move in, and new businesses open. Be sure to pop into the recently opened Publico Kitchen + Tap located next door to Segra Park before your next Fireflies game.
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