A 108-bed boutique hotel is coming to the Vista, Jeff Wilkinson reported. "The Aloft hotel will feature hip, high-end contemporary furnishings and interior design, ground-floor retail space and a bar called WXYZ," Wilkinson wrote. Observers had long known a hotel was coming but hadn't known exactly what it would be. “It’s contemporary and artsy and interesting,” said Fred Delk, director of the Columbia Development Corporation. "It will be like nothing else we have in Columbia.”
South Carolina ranked No. 50 out of 51 in an education report released by the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (the report included the District of Columbia). The report looked at state standards; private, charter and online options; teacher quality; and home school regulations. The top three states were Massachusetts, Vermont and New Jersey; the bottom three were Louisiana, South Carolina and West Virginia.
Local supporters of Fort Jackson have launched a letter-writing campaign to show their support for the base. George Goldsmith, a retired general who leads a military committee at the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, said the Army is looking for evidence of support in the community. The campaign comes as the federal government reviews military bases throughout the country in an effort to consolidate.
The New York Daily News profiled a homeless man in Florence who sings for food.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
Hickory Tavern Is Now Open!
Find us on Facebook, Twitter (@TheHickoryTav), Instagram (@HickoryTavern), and visit our website for more info. 907 Senate Street in the Vista!
Ice Skate on Main Street
Columbia’s famously hot skating rink is now open! Additional information and discounts can be found here.
Going someplace cool this weekend?
Let The Backpacker help you go lightweight, comfortable and in style! Patagonia, Prana, Merrell, The North Face and more! Click for location, hours and more info.
A Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Carnival
From 6-11 PM on December 31st on Main Street, enjoy rides, games, karaoke, food, drinks and more! More information here.
New Year’s Eve at Social
Don’t miss this Black and White Affair featuring Kap Slap. Tickets available online!
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Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season:
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U.S. Security Associates
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