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 

City Center Partnership’s 19th Annual Celebration is Going to be Virtual this Year!

Please join us on Monday, November 16 at 4:00 pm.  Please RSVP by Thursday, November 12 by emailing us at or visiting .  We will send you a link to the Zoom meeting and a complimentary Main Street District mask.  Things are a little different this year, but you will be excited to hear what is in store for Main Street in 2021!

Over $200 Million in New Construction is Going on in the Main Street District

Despite the pandemic, over $200 million of construction is taking place in the Main Street District.  Listen to City Center Partnership’s CEO and President Matt Kennell’s interview to find out more!  

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Oliver Gospel Roastery & Café Opens in the Main Street District

Oliver Gospel Mission is extending its services through the opening of a coffee shop in the Main Street District.  Each purchase will benefit those in need of food, shelter, and a fresh start. The Oliver Gospel Roastery & Café offers in-house roasted coffee by the bag and coffee and espresso-based beverages.
The roastery & café is located at 1120 Taylor St. (across from Mast General Store). Hours of operation for the roastery are Monday – Friday, from 7 am - 6 pm, and Saturday from 8 am - 6 pm.

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Former National Guard Armory in Downtown Columbia is Becoming a Boutique Hotel

A building in the Main Street District that served for almost 60 years as South Carolina’s first National Guard Armory is slated to be converted to a boutique hotel. 
A three-story, 34-room hotel is planned at 1219 Assembly St., in a building likely most recognizable for its large “Hussey Gay Bell” logo. It is located beside Cola’s restaurant.  The $7.7 million project is dubbed the Armory Hotel, according to the zoning application.

Welcome Alpha One Fitness to the Main Street District

We are excited to announce the opening of Alpha One Fitness, a fitness boutique, located at 1534 Main Street.

Alpha One Fitness has a variety of classes that are suited for all fitness levels. The classes include Barre, yoga, interval training, and recovery. To provide members with the ultimate Alpha One Fitness, they have partnered with Clean Juice to provide organic cold pressed juices, wraps, and salads.

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Update on Intersection Projects on Main Street

The 1700 block of Main Street remains open as crews have begun the crosswalk renovations at the intersection of Main and Laurel Street.  The City of Columbia has placed signage at the intersection letting patrons know that businesses are still open and that parking to local customers is available. 

Events & Specials This Month

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The Joint
1710 Main Street

Featuring Sam Edwards at The Joint

Saturday, November 7
8:00 – 11:00 pm
Beloved bassist Sam Edwards returns to Columbia and headlines at The Joint. Come enjoy this amazing jazz talent!
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Washington Street United Methodist Church
1401 Washington Street

Washington Street United Methodist Church Hosts Sunday Dinner on the Grounds

Sunday, November 8
4:00 – 5:00 pm
The Sunday Dinner Mission team of Washington Street United Methodist Church (WSUMC) will hold a socially distanced Dinner on the Grounds in the parking lot of the church.  A pre-prepared, pre-packed takeaway barbeque dinner from Billy G's Carolina BBQ, as well as an ice cream treat from DEA’s Ice Cream Truck, will be served to the people who are experiencing food and shelter insecurity in our community.  Masks and social distancing will be required by all in attendance. Flu shots will be available from the Health Departments. SWAG bags will be provided for guests, which will include hygiene products and blankets. 

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Good Life Café
1614 Main Street

Vegan Harvest Dinner

Thursday, November 12
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Join Good Life Café for a specialty Vegan Harvest Dinner, prepared by Executive Chef James Scott. Tickets are $50 and limited! Get them before they are gone!
Check out the Menu:
  • Opening Spiced Cider Cocktail
  • First Course - Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Cream Cheese
  • Second Course - Mixed Greens, Fresh Figs, and Goat Cheese Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Third Course - Vegan Steak, Savory Sweet Potato Mash, and Swiss Chard
  • Fourth Course - Toffee Cake, Caramel Glaze, and Rum Maple Ice-Cream
1601 Richland St
(803) 252-7742

Historic Columbia’s Behind-the-Scenes Tour Series Continues with an Exclusive Look at 1544 Main Street

Image by Russell Maxey, Courtesy of Richland Library
Thursday, November 12
6:00 – 7:00 pm

Home to Drake’s Duck In 1544 Main Street has been reinvented several times by various owners who have used it as a millinery store, bookstore, and multiple shoe stores. Its second story, soon to be rehabilitated for commercial use, offers a glimpse into years past when it was filled by Bronson and Miller’s sign store and Darling Beauty Salon.

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1213 Blanding Street 
(803) 256-7677

Broadway @ Villa Tronco

Thursday, November 12
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Enjoy a delicious meal while you soak in the sounds of Broadway under the stars.  Limited outdoor seating.  Please call for reservations at 803-256-7677.
The Main Course
1626 Main Street

Columbia City Ballet Performs at The Main Course

Friday, November 13
7:00 – 10:00 pm

Join the Columbia City Ballet and The Main Course for dinner and dancing from the professional company members of Columbia City Ballet!   This mixed rep series is unlike no other one. Tickets are $25 per person with a $10 food and drink minimum. All guests should order by 7:30 pm in an effort to offer an outstanding performance environment. 
Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

Celebrate Thanksgiving at the Main Course

Thursday, November 26
11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Let the Main Course do all of the cooking and enjoy a very special Thanksgiving dinner.  Your Thanksgiving feast will be $20 per person and you will enjoy free bays all day! Don’t forget to call to schedule your reservation as space will be limited.  Call today to make your reservation at (803)726-2230.
Hampton Street Vinyard
1207 Hampton Street

Enjoy Thanksgiving at Hampton Street Vineyard

Thursday, November 26
11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Check Out the Thanksgiving Menu:
($65 for Three-Course Menu)
  • First Course - Amuse Bouche
  • Second Course - Choice of Pumpkin Soup or Pear Salad
  • Third Course - Choice of Roasted Turkey, Fish du Jour, or Prime Rib
  • Includes sides for the table: Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, Sauteed Green Beans, Stuffing, and Gravy
  • Fourth Course - Choice of Pie or Ice Cream
  • Fifth Course - Petit Four
The Grand on Main
1621 Main Street

Friendsgiving at the Grand on Main

Thursday, November 19
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Join the Grand on Main for a special Friendsgiving Dinner! Ask your closest friends to enjoy a five-course meal with a wine pairing in the private 300 club space. Tickets are limited. Get yours today before they are gone! 

Disney Trivia Brunch

Saturday, November 21
11:00 am
Join the Grand on Main for its first Disney Trivia Brunch.  Disney costumes are encouraged! Best Dressed person wins a gift card. As always, there will be prizes for first, second, and third place winners. Enjoy brunch, specialty drinks, and a DJ as well. It’s one big brunch party you don't want to miss! 
Uptown on Main
1204 Main Street

Thanks and Giving at Uptown on Main

Monday, November 23 – Saturday, November 28

Uptown is supporting Harvest Hope by encouraging customers to bring in non-perishable foods.  Customers are asked to bring in two items in exchange for 10% off any one item (excluding Nora Fleming and Bogg Bags). With your help, Uptown hopes to have a sizeable donation to drop off to Harvest Hope on November 30!
1515 Main Street
(803) 799-2810

Arts & Draughts Goes Virtual

Friday, November 20
8:00 – 9:30 pm
For the first time this year, the Columbia Museum of Art’s popular quarterly party series Arts & Draughts returns, now as a COVID-safe virtual broadcast with pay-what-you-wish pricing.
Hosted by comedian Jenn Snyder, the event features musical performances, art activities, gallery tours, a cooking demo, and more with some favorite Columbia superstars. Attendees can watch anywhere with an internet signal or head to Curiosity Coffee Bar for a special outdoor viewing with limited seating. A video link and viewing instructions will be sent to you by 3 p.m. on the day of the event. Virtual tickets at
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Richland Library
1431 Assembly St
(803) 799-9084

Meet Author Jenny Lawson

Friday, November 6
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Jenny Lawson is the creator of the wildly popular blog The Bloggess and author of the bestselling book Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir.
During the program, she’s examining how to find humor in moments of pain and struggle by sharing personal experiences. While clinical depression, anxiety, rheumatoid arthritis, mild OCD, and trichotillomania (the urge to pull one's hair out) are all part of her life, Lawson is determined to be “Furiously Happy” in the moments when things are fine and to find joy.
Please register for this online program at or by calling 803-799-9084.

AiR Presents Artists Helping Artists

Wednesday, November 11 & Wednesday, November 25
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Local visual and performing artists are invited to join Richland Library's Artist-in-Residence (AiR), Crush Rush, in a bi-weekly, virtual meet-up to learn, share, empathize, and spark positive change for the lives and livelihoods of fellow artists who face the challenges of social injustice, racial inequity in the arts and creative entrepreneurship during a pandemic.  Please register for this online program at or by calling 803-799-9084.
East Bay Deli
1426 Main St
(803) 814-2277

Gift Card and Catering Season is Here

Purchase $50 worth of gift cards in any denomination and receive a FREE $10 gift card!  For your catering needs, they have party trays available for small gatherings to large events.  Sandwich trays, salads, soups, cakes, and more!  Visit to see their catering menu. A 24-hour advance notice is required.  Let East Bay Deli take some of the stress out of this holiday season...this year has been stressful enough! 
Carolina Hair Studios
1537 Main Street

Looking for More than Just a Job?

Carolina Hair Studios is an upscale hair, makeup, and nail studio located in the bustling Main Street District.  They are always interested in meeting talented new stylists and technicians. 

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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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