This month is filled with #mainsteats and tons of #mainstdistrict events and happenings along #mainstcolasc.  Come see what's in store!

What's Happening Around the Main Street District 

Topgolf is Coming to Main Street!

A Topgolf Swing Suite facility is set to open this fall in The Venue on Main, which is directly behind Michael's in the 1600 block of Main Street. The property will be known as The Venue on Main Topgolf Swing Suite.
A Topgolf Swing Suite lets customers take swings in golf simulator "bays," while also offering lounge seating and a full food and drink menu. The Main Street Swing Suite will have five different bays. 
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Congratulations to the Prioreschi Family for Celebrating 20 Years on Main Street!

Congratulations are in order for our friends and Main Street pioneers, Capitol Places. In July 1998, they bought the Kress Building and began the visionary process of bringing apartment living to downtown Columbia. Twenty years on Main Street! Thank you for helping create an exciting and vibrant neighborhood to live, shop, work, and play!

City Center Partnership is Pleased to Announce a New Bike Repair Stand is Up on Main Street

Thanks to What’s Next Midlands and the Cola Town Bike Collective, Midlands cyclists need no longer worry about being stranded by a flat tire or minor mechanical mishaps.  The project is supported by many local organizations and businesses, including City Center Partnership. 
“We are proud to support and help fund the bike repair station for the Main Street District,” said Matt Kennell, President and CEO of City Center Partnership.  “This is one of many great efforts to ensure that Columbia becomes one of the top bike-friendly cities in the country.”

Congratulations to CCP Board Members – Rita Patel & Melanie Huggins

Twenty-two women — in professions from airport services to library science — have been named the 2018 Women of Influence by the Columbia Regional Business Report.  Included in this list of remarkable women are City Center Partnership Board members: Rita Patel, co-owner of Hotel Trundle and Melanie Huggins, Executive Director of Richland Library.  Congratulations to everyone!

The awards reception will be held on Thursday, August 9th at noon at DoubleTree by Hilton Columbia.

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Main Street Rotary Club Members Highlight Main Street District for Foreign Dignitary

Members of the Main Street Rotary Club (MSRC) of Columbia assembled to highlight the revitalization of the Main Street District to visiting Consulate-General of Japan, Mr. Takashi (Thomas) Shinozuka, who is also a fellow Rotarian from Atlanta Rotary Club.  Mr. Shinozuka was in Columbia to meet with Representative Joe Wilson. 
(The hosting group included the following members of MSRC: President Matthew Morrison, Karel Givens, Jeremy Becraft, Scott Middleton, and Patricia Junqueira.) 

Happy 1-Year Anniversary on Main Street to Miss Cocky!

Miss Cocky offers a unique collection of fashionable game day pieces that are fun, festive, and affordable.  Stop by on First Thursday and wish them a Happy Birthday!  Check out all of their new garnet and black apparel. Plus there’s a secret sale – it’s never a First Thursday without a secret sale at Miss Cocky! Located at 1450 Main Street.

Palmetto Health Named a Finalist for the International Hospital Federation Award

Palmetto Health is one of three health systems in the United States to be named as a finalist for the International Hospital Federation (IHF) Award program. The award recognizes innovation, excellence, outstanding achievements, and best practices of hospitals and healthcare organizations. Palmetto Health is a finalist in the Corporate Social Responsibility category and was recognized for “Our Tithe: A commitment to caring for our community.” Applications came from 33 countries and 118 organizations, with only 27 health systems around the world selected as finalists. 

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Need a Lift around the Main Street District?

Take a spin in CCP’s FREE shuttle! Enjoy a friendly ride with Darlene or with one of our other Yellow Shirts. Just give us a call at 803-309-7758. Monday through Sunday, 7:30 am to 11 pm. We will take you anywhere and pick you up from anywhere in the Main Street District!

Events & Specials This Month

 Join us for First Thursday on Main on August 2nd from 6 to 10 pm. From the State House to the gallery at City Hall, enjoy art, entertainment, shopping, dining, and all that the Main Street District has to offer!   

To see a complete lineup of special events happening this month, visit  For more information, please email or “Like” First Thursday on Main Facebook page at or follow FirstThursdayonMain @FirstThursMain
1400 Block of Main Street

The Main Street Latin Festival is Back on Main Street this Month!

Saturday, August 25
11 am – 10 pm
1400 Block of Main Street
Celebrate and share the Latin culture through its foods, arts, dances, and music in a fun, family-oriented environment.  Free admission!
1607 Main Street

Join The Nickelodeon for the “Everything is Better in Technicolor” Finale

The Nick brings dazzling film classics back to the silver screen! On August 5th and 6th, watch The Godfather. Don't miss the Corleone family on the big screen!

Summer at the Nick marches on with the sultry Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, fantastical Yellow Submarine, and must-see music film, Dave Chappelle's Block Party. Come beat the heat with a movie and cold craft beer on Main Street! All of these screenings and many more can be found at
The Godfather – August 5 & 6.  Tickets and Showtimes
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – August 14. Tickets and Showtimes.
The Yellow Submarine – August 19 & 23.  Tickets and Showtimes.
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party – August 25.  Tickets and Showtimes
1515 Main Street
(803) 799-2810

The CMA is Closed for Renovations – Will Reopen on Friday, August 17

Due to renovations, the CMA is closed to the public. Museum staff are working and will be available on weekdays via phone or email. The CMA will reopen for visitors on Friday, August 17, with their newly installed collection galleries and two featured exhibitions.

CMA Opening of Featured Exhibitions and the Collection

Friday, August 17
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. 

Join the CMA and celebrate their transformation with a preview of Something’s Happening: The Big Art of Katie Pell, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Exposed, and the reopening of the collection.
At 6:00 p.m., artist Katie Pell discusses her work embracing the beauty in imperfection and the humor in insecurities. Limited seating available, first come, first served. At 7:30 p.m., Chief Curator Will South shares the thinking behind the new thematic installation of the collection and explores some of the conversations that it can spark. Cash bar. $15/ free for members.

The CMA is Accepting Nominations for its Enduring Spirit Awards

The Enduring Spirit Awards honor the outstanding achievements of African American women in the Midlands who are working to improve their communities. This year marks the second annual presentation of the awards.
The deadline for nominations is August 17, 2018. To nominate a deserving African American woman in your community, go to to complete an application form. Submit online or by mail to FAAAC at Columbia Museum of Art, P.O. Box 2068, Columbia, SC 29202. Questions about the awards may be directed to
Tapp's Arts Center
1644 Main Street
(803) 988-0013

The Writer’s Block Poetry Show

Tuesday, August 21
7:00 pm

The Writer's Block Poetry Show (TWBPS) is returning with a new home at Tapp's Arts Center!  TWBPS is a monthly open mic poetry show set to bring all disciplines of poetry and poetry lovers together. 
Doors open at 6:30 pm and the show starts promptly at 7:00 pm. Admission is $7.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased through Tapp's Arts Center. Beverages will be available for purchase.
Richland Library
1431 Assembly St
(803) 799-9084

End of Summer Bash, Featuring Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Saturday, August 18
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Age Recommendation: Children; Families

It’s time to celebrate the end of summer with Grammy award-winner Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. More Fraggles than Wiggles, more Soul Train than Thomas the Tank Engine, 23 Skidoo is equal parts Dr. Seuss and Dr. Dre. Classic hip-hop spiced with Motown, reggae, club thump, blues, and the occasional pirate shanty — it’s the perfect fun sound for the whole family.

Let’s Talk Race

Monday, August 27
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Age Recommendation: Adults

After hundreds of individuals engaged in the Let's Talk Race series over the course of 2017, Richland Library is bringing these facilitator-led conversations to the forefront again. In an effort to peacefully address the topic of racism, which has gripped news headlines across the country, these conversations plan to encourage members of the community to take part in this difficult and sometimes emotional dialogue.
1601 Richland St
(803) 252-7742

Historic Happy Hour & Water Balloon Battle

Friday, August 24 
5:30 – 7:00 pm

Using water balloons, guests will break into teams to learn about military tactics through history and battle on the grounds of the Robert Mills House & Gardens. After the water battle, relax with drinks and light appetizers on the grounds of the historic site. This popular event sells out quickly, so gather a group of friends and register today!
Masala On Main
1604 Main Street
(803) 799-6422

Masala on Main is Making Some Changes!  

Masala on Main is now offering an Exclusive Main Street Membership for only $59 a month!  They have also partnered with 24/7 Fitness! So if you are interested in great yoga and overall fitness, give them a call, and they will fill you in on all the fun and fit details!  803.799.6422 or
1125 Lady Street

SWEAT into August with Thirsty Thursdays! 

Every Thursday – 5:30 pm

Join SWEAT every Thursday at 5:30 pm for a 45-minute indoor cycling class.  Stay after and cool down with a drink at the studio! 
SWEAT is a high intensity 45-minute indoor studio cycling class. Unlike traditional cycling or spin classes, added movements will work your shoulders, triceps, biceps, abs, and obliques, all while riding to the beat of the music. Through interval training and aerobic focuses, you will experience a calorie-torching, body-toning workout that feels more like a party.
Hotel Trundle
1224 Taylor Street
(803) 722-5000

Hotel Trundle Offers New Experience Packages

Sweet Stay Package – chilled champagne + complimentary Hotel Trundle wine glasses, a dozen roses in-room, macaroons from Ally & Eloise, night’s stay + free parking
Foodie Package – cooking class + dinner at Let’s Cook!, complimentary wine + wine glasses, dessert + nightcap at Lula Drake, night’s stay + free parking
Artsy Package – 2 tickets to Columbia Museum of Art, paint and pour class with Grapes & Gallery, 4-course dinner + drinks at Bourbon, night’s stay + free parking
Brewery Package – 2 tickets to Columbia Brew Bus tour, a snack at the second brewery stop, 2 burger + beer vouchers at The Whig, night’s stay + free parking
Read more about the experience packages at ColaToday or Book Online
Seven Doors Salon
1419 Sumter Street
(803) 254-1507

Check out Seven Doors Salon for Your Hair Care, Skin Care, and Makeup Needs

Seven Doors has offered hair care, skin care, and makeup services in the Main Street District since 2004.   Women’s haircuts are $35-$50.  Grey coverage begins at $60. Full highlights begin at $70. They also offer balayage, a free-form, hand painted highlight.  They specialize in color correction and transitioning hair from permanent color to natural hair color or grey.  Seven Doors is known for its holistic, organic facial treatments beginning at $70.  To see how they can help you, please call 803.254.1507 to schedule an appointment or consultation.
East Bay Deli
1426 Main St
(803) 814-2277

Beat the Heat of Grilling Out with East Bay Deli!

Let East Bay Deli do the work for you with their DELIcious party trays and DELIghtful Juniors­® desserts for your indoor and al fresco events!  See their full catering menu at
Mast General Store
1601 Main Street
(803) 771-2300
Cantina 76
1301 Main Street
(803) 764-1769

Mast Store is Hosting a Let's Taco 'bout Chacos with their Friends from Cantina 76 - Main Street

Thursday, August 2
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Cantina 76 embraces comfort & cuisine, just like Chaco is all about comfort and versatility! Chacos & tacos – they just sound good together. Try on a pair of Chacos during the Chaco/Taco event and then take a short walk down Main Street to enjoy a taco imagined just for you!
Washington Street United Methodist Church
1401 Washington Street

Washington Street UMC Continues Their PAUSE Gathering on Tuesday Evenings Through August 14th

Every Tuesday through August 14
6:00 pm.

PAUSE is a new opportunity to step back from the rush of daily life and gather with the hope that in the practice of mindful Christianity, everyone can connect with God and one another in fresh ways. PAUSE provides a chance to pray, read, reflect, journal, listen, and use the arts to be wholly engaged with God. To learn more about PAUSE, visit
Who is City Center Partnership and the BID?
In 2001, City Center Partnership was formed to manage the downtown Business Improvement District in the 36-block area bounded by Gervais, Elmwood, Assembly and Marion streets in Columbia, SC. The organization provides public space management, economic development, place management, marketing services, and public advocacy for the Main Street District.
The Board of Directors oversee 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.
If you are located in the downtown Business Improvement District (36-block area bounded by Gervais, Elmwood, Assembly and Marion Streets in downtown Columbia) and are offering any specials NEXT MONTH, please email Lorri-Ann Carter at or call 803.779.4005.
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