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Who is City Center Partnership and the BID?

City Center Partnership (CCP), a private non-profit organization, manages downtown Columbia's 36-block Business Improvement District (BID), which is bounded by Elmwood, Assembly, Gervais, and Marion Streets. All members of the BID (property owners) contribute to the expense of the supplementary services provided by a special BID or "beautification" fee added to the property tax rate.

Services provided by CCP include maintenance, sanitation, security, homeless outreach, promotions, office tenant, resident, retail recruitment and retention, and advocacy for the area at a level above and beyond what is provided by the City and County. CCP distributes this monthly eNewsletter to promote and inform the community on what's happening in downtown Columbia!


Looking for something to do on the weekends?

Visit City Center Partnership's website to find out who is open.

New Hours for Soda City! 

Soda City on Facebook

1500 Block of Main Street

Stop by the market every Saturday. They're open 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.   

Special Events at Uptown

1204 Main Street

Patricia Moore-Pastides Book Signing

Thursday, August 12 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
She will be at Uptown signing copies of her new book, Greek Revival from the Garden.

Whispers Butterfly Release
Friday, September 27 | 5:30 p.m.
State House Grounds

The South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Society, Riverbanks Chapter, will host its annual Whispers Butterfly Release, in honor and memory of those impacted by Ovarian Cancer.  Uptown will donate a portion of sales on Friday, September 27 to support this organization.  Please “Shop for a Cause” on September 27 and support this worthy organization!  Read more...

The end of the year is quickly approaching and it is time to plan how to thank those clients and friends who have supported you and your business throughout the year.  Uptown has many great gift ideas, including many SC produced products, that will make your company stand out. They can create the perfect gift basket and offer many products that can be customized with your company logo.  Contact Uptown now to plan the perfect gift!

Join Villa Tronco at the italian festival!

1213 Blanding Street

September 28th - Italian Festival, from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. @ Robert Mills House and Gardens & Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens. Sign up for the Bocce Tournament (2 p.m.) on

September 9th is Paint and Wine Night!

Monday Night is Pasta Night
Tuesday Night is Discount Wine Night
First Thursday of every month is the Palmetto Opera

Something Special Florist Hosts Fall Open House 

Something Special
Florist website

1546-C Main Street

Fall Open House

Thursday, September 5
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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Printhouse Plus provides cutting edge technology with exceptional service

1301 Laurel Street

Printhouse Plus
has been Columbia's printer for over 25 years. They offer full color digital printing, offset printing, graphic design and promotional products.  Read more...

Fancy That! Bistro & Catering

Fancy That! website

1212 Hampton Street

They will be open until 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday Nights.

Free chips when purchasing bottles of beer ($2.00) and glass of wine ($3.00) & $2.00 chili dogs.  Be sure to call and ask about their tailgating menu!

Capitol Places offers Move to Main Street Special!

1530 Main Street

Check out City Center Partnership's Facebook page and Twitter feed for the latest news happening around downtown Columbia!
CCP Twitter feed

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What's Happening
First Citizens Cafe' Opens in Historic Brennan Building in Downtown Columbia

First Citizens celebrated the grand opening of a new coffee shop on the first floor of the recently-rehabilitated Brennen Building. The First Citizens Café, located at 1210 Main Street in downtown Columbia, opened to the public Monday, August 26, and features locally roasted coffee, pastries from various local bakeries, free wireless internet and an outdoor patio.  Read more...

Congratulations to Main Street & Downtown Businesses!  

Free Times’ Readers voted the Best of Columbia in the following categories:

• Biggest Improvement in Columbia: Revitalization of Main Street.
• Best Local or Regional Museum: Columbia Museum of Art
• Best Dance Company: Columbia City Ballet
• Best Take Out Food: Miyo’s
• Best Taco: Cantina 76 (Coming soon to Main St.)
• Best Asian Restaurant: Miyo’s
• Best Chinese Restaurant: Miyo’s
• Best Sushi: Miyo’s
• Best Bar to Go to with Only $10 to Your Name: The Whig
• Best Margarita: Cantina 76
• Best Law Firm: Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough
• Best Real Estate Agency: Russell & Jeffcoat
• Best Local Website-News:
• Best Local Website-Music and Entertainment:


The Holidays are Just Around the Corner! 

Stop by...

• Uptown on Main
• Mast General Store
• Circa 1332
• Granger Owings Classic
• King’s Jewelers
• Columbia Museum of Art Shop
• Over the Top Boutique

And many more…
Download our new map for a complete listing of our downtown destinations!  

Jam Room Music Festival & Bicycle Events

Saturday, September 21 | Noon – 10 p.m.
Corner of Main and Hampton Streets. For more information, visit the festival's Facebook page.

Also, check out Jam Room Music Festival Bicycle Events on Saturday, September 21. Read more on the event's Facebook page.

27th Annual Greek Festival

Thursday-Saturday, September 19-21 | 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Corner of Sumter & Calhoun Streets. For more information visit

South Carolina TourdeCure Rooftop Celebration 

Friday, September 27
For more information, contact Tim Goldman at 803-546-0116.

Downtown's Only Elementary School Turns 100!

First Thursdays on Main banner

On the First Thursday of each month, businesses in downtown Columbia keep their doors open late, offering a mix of specials, events, entertainment and more!

First Thursdays on Main is Columbia’s monthly art crawl and streetfest hosted by the Main Street merchants on the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. This event showcases the revitalized Main Street community and includes our merchants from the Capital to City hall.

Additional information can be found at

first thursday

Downtown Events
this Month

1515 Main St
Columbia Museum of Art September Events

Wayne White presents: Beauty is Embarrassing
Friday, September 13 | Screening at 6:30 p.m. | Presentation at 8 p.m.

Emmy award-winning artist Wayne White follows up a screening of his autobiographical documentary Beauty is Embarrassing with a Tedx-style talk about his latest work and what it means to follow your passion. Raised in the mountains of Tennessee, White started his career in New York City as a cartoonist. He quickly found success as one of the creators of Pee-wee’s Playhouse, which led to more work designing some of the most iconic images in pop culture. Cash bar provided by The Whig and musical enlightenment capturing White’s journey from the South to Hollywood provided by the GCSPS. $20 / $16 for members / $5 for students. Posters for Beauty is Embarrassing will be available.

CMA Docent Corps Tag Sale
Saturday, September 14 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Come and shop for a variety of items including decorative statues,  books, and display items from the Museum Shop. Presented by the CMA Docent Corps. Cash or Checks accepted. All proceeds benefit the Constance Myers Fund for art education. Admission to the sale is free.

Contemporaries Oktoberfest
Thursday, September 25 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Join the Contemporaries on Boyd Plaza at their annual membership drive as they welcome fall with beer, brats and fun! $15 / Free for Contemporaries members.

1431 Assembly Street
Affordable Care Act Forum

Thursday, September 12 | 6:30 p.m.
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law.  According to the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services, this law expands health coverage and puts in place comprehensive health insurance reforms. 

Richland Library is proud to provide a connection for area residents who are seeking information about the Affordable Care Act.  The library is working with a large number of community partners and will be offering additional forums and useful information in the coming months.

1644 Main Street
Happy Hours at Tapp’s

Wednesdays 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.


First Baptist Downtown Columbia’s Profit & Loss Luncheon Series

Wednesdays, September 4 – October 23

1607 Main Street
Nickelodeon September Events

The Nickelodeon Celebrates its First Year on Main Street
Thursday, September 5 | 6 p.m. kickoff

They are throwing a public birthday party to celebrate one year in their new home.  The night will feature a free cake, music Elim Bolt and the Moustache Brothers, a beer garden from the Whig, cake eating contest, and more!  The party starts at 6 p.m. in Boyd Plaza on the 1500 block of Main Street.

The Nickelodeon Kicks off its Fall Family Fun Day for Kids Series
Saturday, September 14 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

September’s event will look at some of the very cool and exciting jobs that exist in the world. We’ll watch two short films, including a short documentary about Kirk Lombard: renowned Clam Harvester, haiku master, and sea forager.

The Nick Hosts Extra Special Edition of Civil Rights Sundays
Sunday, September 15

This will feature footage from the USC Libraries' Moving Image Research Collections. You will get a chance to see archival footage of what the integration of South Carolina looked like, with a particular eye towards the integration of the University of South Carolina and Clemson. *Talkback panel to follow* Tickets are free but can be reserved at

1601  Richland Street
Greater Historic Columbia’s Scarecrows in the Garden Contest!

Registration open until Friday, September 27
$10 - families/individuals | $10 - classroom ("class crow")| $20 - businesses/organizations
Enter their "Scarecrows in the Garden" Contest and showcase your hand-crafted scarecrow. Historical, ghoulish, or traditional, all scarecrows will be displayed on the grounds of the Robert Mills House from September 29 through October 31.

Don't know how to build a scarecrow? No worries! Join HCF on Sunday, September 22 for the Weekend Workshop: Sculpting Scarecrows or pick up a to-go scarecrow kit! Download the registration form here.

Historic Columbia’s Happy Hour History Tours of Main Street
Fridays, September 20 and 27 and October 4 and 11 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Tour meets at SC State House on Gervais Street Side
$20 members / $25 non-members (includes two free beverages and appetizers along the way)
Columbia’s Main Street boasts architectural styles spanning three centuries that speak to the tastes, interests, and aspirations of persons living and working in South Carolina’s second state capital. This guided tour offers insight into the history of Columbia focusing on the progress seen through the life of its Main Street and downtown corridor. Participants will stop at local historic sites and receive two free beverages and appetizers along the way.  For reservations, call 803.252.1770 ext. 23 or email.

For more information, visit

Capital City Club website

1201 Main Street
Suite 2500
Toastmasters International Returns Every Monday!

Toastmasters International returns to The Capital City Club every Monday at 7 a.m. Join this dynamic group to enhance your presentation and leadership skills. Guests are invited to audit a meeting complimentary including breakfast buffet. RSVP to Lauren Ford at or call 256-2000 for more details.

Corporate Tuesday 
Tuesday, Sept 10 | 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Join Columbia Business Monthly Magazine's final Corporate Tuesday cocktail event at The Capital City Club. RSVP to The monthly cocktail event is complimentary with feature speaker and a great venue for networking with other business professionals.

Renaissance Foundation’s Second Annual Gospel Heritage Festival

Sunday, September 22
Koger Center of the Arts

The guest artist is Rev. Shirley Ceasar, “First Lady of Gospel Music” and now “Queen of Gospel”.  She has won or received 11 Grammy Awards, 13 Stellar Awards, 18 Doves, an RIAA gold certification, an Essence Award, McDonald's Golden Circle Lifetime Achievement Award, NAACP Achievement Award, SESAC Lifetime Achievement Award and is an inductee into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.   Tickets for the Gospel Heritage Festival Awards can be purchased at the Koger Center Ticket Office (803-251-2222), online at or by calling The Renaissance Foundation at (803-733-5634).

SC Pride Festival

Saturday, September 28 | Main Street
The WXRY Parade will kick off at noon down Main Street and the festival begins at 1 p.m. For more information, , including entertainment times, etc., visit

Join Rue77 in Support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's 'Out of the Darkness' Walk.

Join Rue77 on September 25 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm to eat, drink, and help support the upcoming local Out of the Darkness walk benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention! 

No cover and open to the public!

Rue77, a Classic Fusion Bistro offering a trendy but casual atmosphere with foods from around the world, is located in downtown Columbia at 1301 Assembly Street (corner of Lady and Assembly).  Part of evening proceeds from dining will go to directly benefit the efforts of the local Out of the Darkness walk and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention! To find out more about the local walk or Rue77, visit their website at

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 in October 2013, please email Lorri-Ann Carter at or call 803.779.4005.

City Center Partnership… Managing the Downtown Business Improvement District, Adding Value to Downtown Property, and Enhancing Quality of Life For All!

1201 Main Street, Suite 150 • Columbia, SC 29201 • 803.233.0620 • fax 803.233.0621 •

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