what: Strawberry Harvest
where: The Oak Table, 1221 Main St., 563-5066
Whether you’re eating them or smashing them into a cocktail, there’s no substitute for the flavor of a fresh strawberry. The year-round hothouse variety are never as tasty as those picked from a nearby farm during the local strawberry season that begins in mid-April and runs until June.
Oak Table head bartender Lauren Tebeau uses strawberries from Richland County’s Cottle Farms in this refreshing spring cocktail. Keeping with the local theme, she includes honey from Lexington County’s Bee Trail Farm and a sprig of mint from the restaurant’s patio garden. With a squeeze of lemon and a good shake, the cocktail is strained and topped with Charleston’s Cannonborough Beverage Company honey basil soda. Speaking of which, Oak Table is one of the few places in town where you can try Cannonborough’s naturally sweetened, preservative-free soda, which makes several appearances on the cocktail list, including the Spring Thyme and the Basil Ginger Lemonade. (Bourbon, which is now officially open, also carries Cannonborough, or you can pick up a growler of your own on Saturday mornings at Soda City Market.)
1 ¾ oz American Harvest Organic Spirit (aka, vodka.)
2 Cottle Farms strawberries
3 mint leaves
1 tsp Bee Trail Farm honey
squeeze of lemon
Muddle the strawberries, mint, honey and lemon juice. Add ice and vodka, then shake vigorously. Strain over ice in a rocks glass; top with Cannonborough honey basil soda and garnish with strawberry slice and sprig of mint.
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.
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.
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!
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!
SEARCH FREE TIMES
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
Click here for more real estate.
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.
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.
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.
Donate Plasma Today & Be Somebody’s Hero For Life. You could earn up to $400 a month! Program and fees vary per location. Contact your local center today. 803-736-5888. Click here for more info