Spring has sprung in the Main Street District! From development updates to red carpet parties, there's no shortage of news going on in the heart of downtown. Read this month's newsletter for a peek into the latest happenings.
Residential & Retail Development Announced at Corner of Elmwood & Bull Streets
Astral Development of New York announced the purchase of six adjacent properties that will make up a development of at least 200 apartments, retail space and parking. Read more here.
The Shoppes on Main & Good Life Café Announce a New Location
The Shoppes on Main, which is rebranding to Icon on Taylor, and Good Life Café are moving from their current location on Main Street to the 1200 block of Taylor Street in a renovated historic building next to Hotel Trundle. Stay tuned for updates on progress.
Restaurant Opportunity for Lease at The Palms
The Palms is a new mixed-use development with high-end apartments and amenities including a rooftop lounge, pet spa, business center and more. On the ground floor is 2,800 SF of raw space suited for a restaurant. See more details on the available space here.
Catch a Ride in the Main Street District Shuttle
Need to get from one end of the Main Street District to the other? Weather looking a little suspicious? Give us a call at 803-205-5245 and we'll give you a lift anywhere you need to go in the district. Current hours of operation are 7:30 AM to 11:00 PM, Monday - Sunday.
City of Columbia Parking Services Partners with American Heart Association 
Businesses can sponsor a parking meter in the Main Street District, Five Points or The Vista as a part of a special initiative to raise money for the local chapter of the American Heart Association. Sponsors may choose their meter location and will paint and/or decorate their meter, to be displayed during the month of April. Learn more here.
The South Carolina Philharmonic Presents One Night with Don Juan | March 11
With rolling premieres taking place across the nation, Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain Suite makes its South Carolina debut. This work draws on themes from Higdon’s opera, which is based on the award-winning book of the same name by Charles Frazier. Learn more here.
Annual Red Carpet Awards Party at The Nick | March 12
Take in the 95th Academy Awards at your local neighborhood theater with its own red carpet, live entertainment by Patti O’Furniture, an open bar with wine and local beers and delicious favorites from Hudson’s Classic Catering. Once the show begins, you'll view every memorable moment of the Oscars on the big screen. Get your tickets here.
St. Pat's Oyster Roast | March 16
Join Smoked for an all-you-can-eat Oyster Roast, a South Carolina Lowcountry Tradition. Enjoy a generous supply of oysters with all the fixings + Peak Drift beer or seltzer and live music. Get your tickets here.
ColaJazz Loft Session at The Pastor's Study | March 20
Settle in for a true jazz listening room experience at the historic Pastor’s Study above Lula Drake Wine Parlour on Main Street. The March band will be the Reggie Sullivan Group. Tickets include wine, beer and light snacks. Get your tickets here.
Columbia City Ballet's Studio 54 | March 24 & 25
Don your best 70's attire and get taken back in time to the dance floors of Studio 54 with the world premiere of this groovy performance. Get your tickets here.
Save the Date! First Thursday on Main | April 6
From extended hours and specials at retail stores and restaurants to free live music, First Thursday on Main brings an energy to the Main Street District that can't be beat. Enjoy live music on Boyd Plaza, live art demonstrations up and down Main Street and specials at participating businesses. Find out more here.
Rebecca Horne at The Pastor's Study | April 6
The Columbia Music Festival Association along with The Pastor’s Study will be presenting artworks by international award winning artist, Rebecca Horne. While viewing the art, open house refreshments will be available at Lula Drake Wine Parlour. Find out more here.
Find More Events
The Luck of a Client | March 1 - 31
Bring a friend and receive a credit at Carolina Hair Studios for the month of March.
Good as Gold Savings at Hotel Trundle | March 1 - 31
Enjoy $30 off your Hotel Trundle stay in June and July when you book your summertime travel by March 31st. Staycation anyone? See additional hotel offers here.
About The Main Street District

The Main Street District is a private, non-profit organization that manages the 36-block area bounded by Gervais, Elmwood, Assembly, and Marion Streets in downtown Columbia. The organization provides public space management, economic development, place management, marketing, and public advocacy for the Main Street District.
The Board of Directors oversees the organization’s mission — to focus on filling vacancies in commercial properties, retaining existing downtown businesses and recruiting new ones, expanding the downtown residential base, and creating a safe, clean, and friendly downtown environment.
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