This month is filled with #mainsteats and tons of #mainstdistrict events and happenings along #mainstcolasc.  Come see what's in store!
JULY 2019

What's Happening Around the Main Street District 

Here's a Great Guide on How to Spend a Full Day on Main Street!

"It’s no secret that Columbia’s Main Street has grown tremendously over the years, from art + music venues to restaurants, entertainment and a new rooftop bar + views (lookin’ at you, Hendrix). To give you an idea of the district’s growth over just the past five years, Soda City Market – held each Saturday on Main – saw a total of 160 vendors in Feb. 2014. Fast forward to this past February, which saw 459 vendors on the street. 

Once you digest those numbers, we’ve got something even sweeter for you: a guide on how to spend a full Saturday on Main StreetWe’re talking 12 hours. And never running out of things to do."

If you want more reminders about everything that’s happening on Main Street, follow the Main Street District on Facebook!

Congratulations to Good Life Café for Being Named the Best Vegan Restaurant in SC by Bear Plate!

Earlier this year, Bear Plate reached out to their readers on social media asking them to vote for their favorite vegan or vegan-friendly restaurants. According to Bear Plate, they received over 3,000 votes. Congratulations to Good Life Cafe for being named the best vegan restaurant in South Carolina!

One of the Many Reasons We ❤️ Our Yellow Shirts!

"I am a federal employee at the Strom Thurmond Federal Building at 1835 Assembly Street. Yesterday, I dropped off my son at the daycare center like I normally do, and when I returned to my vehicle, a 2017 Honda Accord, it wouldn't start. My first instinct was to call the dealership since this is a fairly new car. They gave me the number to roadside service and told me I simply needed a jump start. They placed me in the queue and gave me a 60-minute window of wait-time. So, I thought of contacting what we affectionately call the "Yellow Shirts", and my call was taken immediately.

Mr. Herman Green was dispatched to meet me, and he provided a jump-start. I can't be more grateful for the quick service. He came within 10-15 minutes, and I was able to get on my way. Roadside service ended up calling me back sooner than expected, but Mr. Green had already taken care of me. I just wanted to say thank you so much for the service, and kudos to Mr. Green for quickly assisting me.
" -N. Hayes
Special Note: The Yellow Shirts have offered 2,268 assists so far this year!

Take the FREE Soda Cap Connector!

This fun and festive service connects many popular downtown Columbia destinations, including West Columbia, Cayce, the Main Street District, the Vista, Five Points as well as Segra Park, Allen and Benedict Colleges, and the University of South Carolina. Service operates every 30 minutes on three routes, Sunday–Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Thursday–Saturday 9:00 a.m. to Midnight. Best of all, the route is FREE! Look for a Soda Cap type sign to board this service. 

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Welcome Bauknight Pietras & Stormer to Main Street!

After more than 23 years on Gervais Street, the firm is relocating its rapidly growing public accounting and tax consulting firm to the TD Bank building at 1501 Main Street.  Bauknight Pietras & Stormer, P.A. will occupy the entire sixth floor of the seven-story Class A office building, a total of over 20,000 square feet. The firm, which has nearly 50 CPAs and a total team of 70, has a tentative move date of July 15. 

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Events & Specials This Month

Join us for 1st First Thursday on Main on July 4th. Looks like many of our normal participants are taking time to be with family and friends and celebrate America! Come down to the Main Street District for drinks, dinner, and fun if you’re around!
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 @FirstThursMain
1710 Main Street

Open Blues Jam Session

Every Thursday: July 4, 11, 18 & 25 
Calling all musicians! On Thursdays, The Joint will be hosting an open blues jam session for those musicians interested in performing on their stage, and for those that want to come out and support our local talent. 

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Featuring Live Jazz at The Joint

Saturday, July 6
8 -11 pm

Enjoy an evening of live music with The Robert Gardiner Quartet!
Robert Gardiner-saxophone
Amos Hoffman-guitar
Reggie Sullivan-bass
Brendan Bull-drums
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Natural Desire is back at The Joint!

Saturday, July 13
8 – 11 pm

Enjoy live entertainment, craft cocktails, and an excellent menu selection.
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1626 Main Street

Tokyo Joe is Back at 1626 on Main

July 5
8 – 10 pm

Enjoy a night of rockin' music!  A full dinner and bar menu will be available for purchase. 

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Brunch with Brent Lundy

Sunday, July 14
10 am – 2 pm

1626 on Main welcomes you for their weekly brunch buffet and live music series! Enjoy a full buffet for $14/person (not including beverage), Mimosas and Bloody Mary's are always available for additional $. Live Music by LundyMusic.
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Live Music with Elliott and the Untouchables

Saturday, July 27
8 – 10 pm

Enjoy a night of Blues at 1626 with Elliott and the Untouchables. As always, 1626 has food and drinks available for purchase while you enjoy the show!   

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1515 Main Street
(803) 799-2810

Family Fun Night

Friday, July 12
5 – 8 pm

Head down to Boyd Plaza for an evening of outdoor family fun. Columbia Children’s Theatre presents The Commedia Pinocchio, an original adaptation of the beloved tale performed in the traditional style of commedia dell’arte, with lots of physical comedy, audience interaction, jokes, and surprises. Come early or stay late to enjoy design challenges, games, and art activities. Food is available for purchase from Cha Cha’s Food Truck. Show starts at 6:00 p.m.  Free
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A Midsummer Night’s Camp Party

Friday, July 26
 7 – 10 pm

The CMA is celebrating summer with a camp party for adults! Enjoy live music, guided gallery “hikes,” souvenir stations, a sleepaway camp-themed Soda City Story Slam hosted by What She Said Project, snacks, and a cash bar by The Whig. Ages 18 and up. 

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Tapp's Arts Center
1644 Main Street
(803) 988-0013

Skyline Follies: An Unusual Belly Dance Show

Saturday, July 27
7 – 11 pm

Join Tapp's Arts Center as they celebrate the 3rd  anniversary of Tiny Coven, Columbia's weirdest belly dance company. Enjoy the cash bar and partake in the after-show revelry as they transition from showcase to outright dance party. 

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The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

The Nick Features The Little Rascals

Saturday, July 13
1 – 3 pm

Mischievous youngsters Spanky and Buckwheat lead an anti-girl organization, and they pick their buddy Alfalfa to represent them in the all-important soapbox car rally.  $5 kids tickets!  

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Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Church

Wednesday, July 24
6:30 – 8:30 pm

'Electric Church' presents the legendary guitarist in full flight and in front of the largest US audience of his career at the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival. This critically acclaimed film combines original 16mm multi-camera footage of Hendrix’s unforgettable performance with a documentary about his journey amidst civil rights unrest, the relenting toll of the Vietnam War, and a burgeoning festival culture that drew young people together. 

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Richland Library
1431 Assembly St
(803) 799-9084

Learn Freely Fest

Saturday, July 27
10 am – 2 pm
(Age Recommendation: Children/Teens/Adults)

Choose from more than a dozen fun and informative sessions – from making crafts, playing games, and getting active to exploring library resources and picking up some good-to-know life skills.

Pigskin Poets

Friday, July 19
2 – 4:30 pm
(Age Recommendation: Children/Families)

Location: Drew Wellness Center – 2101 Walker Solomon Way
It’s time for Gamecock football! The UofSC football team, cheerleaders, and Cocky are taking the field with Richland Library for an afternoon of stories, games, and autographs. The celebration will be led by popular storyteller Darion McCloud.
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio

Bastille Day Brunch Class 

Sunday, July 14
Begins at 11 am

Let’s Cook Culinary Studio is featuring a special Sunday morning demonstration class in celebration of Bastille Day. Come on out and celebrate this special French holiday! Registration is $40.
Featured Items:  
  • Chilled Tomato Soup
  • Cheese Biscuit
  • Eggs Benedict with Crab and Hollandaise Sauce
  • Roasted Rosemary Potato
  • Crepes with fresh Peaches and Cream
1649 Main Street

Rooftop Yoga at Hendrix

Saturdays, July 13, 20 & 27
9 am – 10 am

Join resident yogi, Amber, for an all levels, 1-hour pre-brunch flow. One free Hendrix mimosa or cup of Indah coffee included. $12. Pre-registration recommended. Bring your own mat and please arrive 10-15 minutes early. Contact AMBER@UNAPOLOYOGIC.COM to register and with any questions.
Seven Doors Salon
1419 Sumter Street

Enjoy a Lunch Break Facial for Amazing Skin!

Do you only have 30 minutes during your lunch break? Do yourself a favor – You can plump, tighten, tone, or detoxify the skin for only $45.  For an additional $10, enjoy a Yam and Pumpkin peel for a deeper exfoliation.  This is great for sun-damaged skin! Call 803-254-1507 today and schedule your appointment!  

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Uptown on Main
1204 Main Street

Uptown’s Gambler Sale is in July!

Are you feeling lucky? It's Uptown’s annual Gambler's Sale - select items 25% through July 11th.  Check out their deals – but don’t wait too long!
Washington United Methodist Church
1401 Washington Street

It’s Music Mania at Washington Street Methodist Church!

July 15 – 19
8:45 – 11:45 am

Summer Music Camp for Ages 4 to Rising 6th Grade

Activities will include drumming, singing, xylophones, tone chimes, crafts, snacks, special guest musicians, and more!  It will conclude on Friday, July 19 with a mini-musical performance for parents and friends at 10:30 am in Threatt Hall. The cost to attend is free, but a $20 donation to help cover the costs is greatly appreciated. Registration is limited to the first 50 campers and will be open until space is full. To register your child, please visit Donations should be made to WSUMC. 

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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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