A sex toy store has filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Columbia, which is forcing it to close down. Shortly after Taboo opened in December of 2011, city officials hired an out-of-state attorney to revise the city's zoning laws, dramatically limiting where adult businesses can operate. Taboo was grandfathered in for two years, and after losing a recent appeal, its time in the former Taco Bell on Devine Street is coming to an end. The suit alleges that Columbia "has engaged in a series of shifting, arbitrary, and dilatory tactics to prevent vesting of the business license because the City objects to the plaintiff's use of the property to sell lawful adult material even though such material is protected by the First Amendment."
An Orangeburg man allegedly shot up the assisted living facility in which he dwells, according to the AP. He faces seven counts of attempted murder.
Rep. Mark Sanford is up to his old tricks. By which we mean sleeping on his Capitol Hill office futon.
Jonathan Pinson, the business partner of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, will head to trial March 20, in what promises to be a juicy, complex courtroom drama, John Monk reports.
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
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.
A Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Carnival
From 5-11 PM on December 31st on Main Street, enjoy rides, games, karaoke, food, drinks and more! More information here.
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.
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!
Ice Skate on Main Street
Columbia’s famously hot skating rink opens Thanksgiving Day! Additional information and discounts can be found here.
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