Copper Canyon Soap Company Opens on Main Street
North Carolina-based handcrafted soap company has opened a location on Main Street in the 1500 block. The plant based soap, bath and candle company makes every item in-house daily.  Shop products here.
Good Life Café Moves to Taylor Street
Good Life Café has officially moved from Main Street to Taylor Street and is open for business with new décor and an expanded menu. Follow them for updates.
Mid-Century Modern Building Available for Development
1801 Assembly is a 5-story, retro mid-century building located in downtown Columbia. The building is eligible for several tax credits and plans have been approved to convert the existing office building into new apartments with amenities including a rooftop pool, speakeasy bar in the basement, health club, and restaurant. Learn more.
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.
Office Condo Available at 1116 Blanding Street
NAI Columbia has announced an office condo opportunity in close proximity to beloved MSD restaurants like Hendrix, Smoked and Ambrosia. Learn more.
The Main Street District Welcomes New Operations Supervisor
Since the promotion of Adrian Nelson to the Director of Operations for the Clean & Safe team (those friendly "Yellow Shirts" giving you a wave), his previous role has been filled. The MSD team is excited to announce Adam Boulware as the new Operations Supervisor. Adam was a Yellow Shirt Ambassador for several years before taking a job at the University of South Carolina. The MSD team is excited to welcome him back almost eight years later!
New Flowers in the Main Street District 
Did you know there are 150 hanging flower baskets in the Main Street District? The Yellow Shirts replanted and rehung each one at the end of April. Follow us to keep up.
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.
The Market at Richland Library
The Market at Richland Library takes place from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. every Wednesday through August 2023. Visitors to Richland Library Main can shop seasonal fruits and vegetables along with decadent treats and handmade crafts from local artists in the foyer of the library, adjacent to the main gallery and Rambo’s Fat Cat Biscuits. Learn more.
First Thursday on Main Presents "May the Fourth Be With You" | May 4
It’s a special Star Wars edition of First Thursday on Main. Enjoy a free show with special guests from the SC Philharmonic playing selections from Stars Wars, followed by neo-soul and funk band Stankface. Bonus points if you come donning your favorite Jedi robes!  Find out more here.
Art Blossoms at Columbia Museum of Art | May 11-14
Mother’s Day weekend the museum will once again be home to four dazzling days of flowers and art for Art Blossoms. The CMA transforms with floral creations that bring new interpretations to world-class works of art beloved by visitors. Several events are now open for registration, including favorites like tastings, art classes, and the Mother's Day brunch. Find the details here.
Smoked Oyster Series | May 10
Enjoy an intimate evening cozied up to the oyster bar at Smoked to indulge in an array of gourmet oysters, wine pairings, and educational details. Get tickets here.
ColaJazz Loft Session at The Pastor's Study | May 15
Settle in for a true jazz listening room experience at the historic Pastor’s Study above Lula Drake Wine Parlour on Main Street. Tickets include wine, beer and light snacks. Get your tickets here.
Eric Clapton: Across 24 Nights | May 17 & 21 
In 1990 and 1991 Eric Clapton played 24 nights at the Royal Albert Hall performing with different line-ups and sets featuring Blues, Rock, and a full Orchestra. The performances have become legendary to Eric Clapton fans. Take in these performances on the big screen at The Nick - two nights only. Learn more.
The Mark Rapp Group at The Joint | May 20
Head to The Joint at 1710 for an evening of hip and sophisticated jazz by The Mark Rapp Group, accompanied by drinks and delicious food. Learn more about the group here.
French Caribbean Dinner at Hampton Street Vineyard | May 30
Join Hampton Street Vineyard for a four course Caribbean dinner and beverage pairings by advanced sommelier, Jonathan Lopez. Get Tickets.
Healing Trauma Women's Group at Corazon Holistic Health | Wednesdays
Designed to support trauma education for women, this group connects members with each other and helps members understand the body's response to trauma. Meets weekly on Wednesdays. Find out more here.
Find More Events
10% off at Uptown Gifts | May 1-7
Enjoy 10% off your entire purchase at Uptown Gifts on Main by using the code CRANE at checkout. Expires May 7. Start shopping online.
Half-off Original Margaritas at Cantina 76 | May 4
Stop into Cantina 76 during First Thursday on Main for half-off original margaritas and live music!
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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