A while back in this column, I mentioned a new craft beer store in the planning stages in the Rosewood area. Owner Andrew Johnson got in touch with me this week to let me know that he and his business partner Kellan Monroe have signed a lease for the beer store — with one small change. Instead of Rosewood, the new lease is at 2706 Devine St., between Salty’s Board Shop and Devine Foods (in the old Weather’s location).
Despite the change of venue, all their plans remain in place, including having a growler station and bar in the back to give customers a chance to try the beers on their station before filling up an entire growler, and to educate their beer palate.
“We also want to create a relaxed environment and allow customers to drink while they’re browsing the store,” Johnson says.
While this is a bummer for Rosewoodians, the Devine Street area is a really walkable section of town that should be a perfect spot for a craft beer store. In fact, here are future steps for an awesome Devine Street date night. (1) Taste olive oils and vinegars at Crescent Olive. (2) Walk down to the beer store to try some beers and pick up a beer that complements your olive oil selection.
(3) Make dinner with your spoils. (4) Win date night.
No word on an opening date yet, but On Tap will let you know as soon as we hear about it.
Hang Out in Five Points
Columbia is in that sweet spot right now where for the next month, we’ll have some Goldilocks-appropriate temperatures, so any excuse to enjoy the out of doors for the next few weeks is very welcome. Luckily for us, the Five After Five weekly series starts back this Thursday and runs through May 15. Each week, different bands play in front of the fountain in Five Points, and there’s lots of family-friendly stuff like hula-hoops and sidewalk chalk alongside the good music and good drinks. In fact, this year there is a little contest every week where if you buy a beer, you are entered for a chance to win $100. That’s a pretty good return on investment, if you ask me.
Celebrate Your Facial Hair
Hey, what’s that on your lip? Is it a totally awesome mustache and/or beard? Then you should check out the Midlands Whisker Society. The local group of beardos will be gathering this Friday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at the British Bulldog Pub to discuss all things hairy.
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!
Trustus Theatre Presents Evil Dead, The Musical
This musical version of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films promises to serve up more humor than horror. You can read more and purchase your tickets here.
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
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.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:
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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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.
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.
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