Ike McLeese, president of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, suffered a mild heart attack, the Chamber reported. He is expected to be back on the job in four to six weeks. — Dan Cook
Online Job Listings Up in August
Online advertisements for South Carolina job vacancies rose by 2,500 positions in August, according to a report from a New York-based trade group. The Conference Board reported that online postings rose 4.4 percent in August, resulting in 59,100 vacancies. Of that total, 32,500 of the jobs were new, a 12 percent increase over July. — Elwood Hamilton
South Carolina Recognized in Recent Building Code Report
South Carolina was one of only a handful of states commended recently by a national policy group for improvements to its building codes. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) gave the state high marks for updating its codes using industry standards with a special emphasis on improved wind damage provisions. — Elwood Hamilton
2AM Group to Open Production Facility in Richland County
Spartanburg-based logistics and manufacturing supplier 2AM Group is investing $500,000 to establish a Richland County production facility, the state Commerce Department reported. “We look forward to adding these new jobs to our existing growth, and having the opportunity to bring citizens from the Columbia and Blythewood areas into the 2AM family,” said 2AM Group President and CEO Artie Perry. This is the company’s fifth location in South Carolina; it is expected to create 100 jobs over the next three years. — Elwood Hamilton
Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
With big savings from July 31st-August 2nd, you can afford handcrafted quality. Free bed frame and pillows on any Full, Queen, or King set $599 and above! Click for locations and hours.
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
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U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com
Real Estate Spotlight
Concord Park From the $150’s. Off 12th St. Extension. 803.419.2227. mungo.com
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WATERFORD APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Prime location, and plenty of space. Live large at Waterford Apartments. Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 1340 Longcreek Dr., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
ST. ANDREWS COMMONS APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Close to everywhere YOU WANT TO BE! 1200 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
GABLE HILL APARTMENTS 1, 2 & 3 BR’s available with many amenities. Surround yourself with Southern comforts at Gable Hill Apartments! Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 310 Ross Rd, Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
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