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.
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
Now Hiring in the Vista!
Hickory Tavern is opening mid-December and looking for bartenders, servers, hosts and kitchen staff. Apply in person: Click for details!
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.
This Week @ Social
Edward Shouse performs Friday the 21st, and on Saturday Absolut Vodka presents A Night in Sweden, with specialty Absolut drinks and live music by Christian Slick. Follow us!
Make Your Own Beer and Wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop: 736 St. Andrews Road.
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.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
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