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 

Market on Main Opening in November at 1320 Main Street

Market on Main will bring a combination all-day restaurant, small marketplace, bar, event space, and outdoor dining to the area when it opens in November.  It will feature an 18-tap self-pour beer, wine and kombucha wall, a 20-foot LED screen for outdoor viewing of sporting events and movies, an outdoor cooking area and patio, and an elevated stage for local artists.

Originally slated to only be in the space occupied by the recently torn-down House of Fabrics building, the plan has now expanded to include the space vacated by Zoës Kitchen in the adjacent Meridian Building.  

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New Residential Tower Planned for Lady Street

The Arnold Companies, a Columbia-based commercial development firm, announced plans to build the first new residential tower in the central business district of downtown Columbia, located at the corner of Lady and Assembly streets.

The spot previously housed Moe Levy’s and Howard Sports. It will be converted into 83 urban residences known as The Palms on Lady.

Amenities for the new development will include concierge services, covered parking for residents, a fitness center, a Luxor package room, tropical pool, business center, and a luxurious top floor club lounge with a covered balcony. There will be 2,801 sq.-ft. for future restaurant/retail space on the ground floor of the building.
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Welcome Newsome Law to the Main Street District!

Newsome Law, a solutions-focused tax, estate and trust firm, has relocated to a new office at 1501 Main Street in the TD Bank building on Boyd Plaza, across from the Columbia Museum of Art in downtown Columbia.

 “We looked at properties for about a year,” says Billy Newsome. “Main Street is thriving, and so are we. We decided to go with this location for the same reason that I tell my clients they should choose an attorney – comfort, familiarity, and trust. I practiced law on this street for 25 years, and we plan to be here for many years to come.”

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Save the Date for City Center Partnership’s 18th Annual Celebration

We will be celebrating our 18th anniversary on Monday, November 18th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at The Columbia Museum of Art. For more information, call 803-233-0620 or email RSVP by November 11.

The City Center Partnership is Proud to Report the September Numbers from Our Yellow Shirt Team

Hospitality Assists - 993
Trash Removed - 10,312 lbs
Complimentary Shuttles Given - 1609
Since 2002, CCP’s Yellow Shirts have been providing public safety and improving the cleanliness of the Main Street District.    The ambassadors maintain contact with businesses and provide information to visitors, shoppers, workers, and residents; and provide cleaning services for the 36-block district.   In 2008, CCP launched its complimentary shuttle, which has increased in popularity over the years.   

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 am to 6:00 pm, and Thursday–Saturday 9:00 am to Midnight. Best of all, the route is FREE! Look for a Soda Cap type sign to board this service.  
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Events & Specials This Month

 Join us for First Thursday on Main on October, 3 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

The 30th Annual Famously Hot South Carolina Pride Parade & Festival Returns to Main Street

Parade: Friday, October 4
7 – 8:30 pm
Festival: Saturday, October 5
Noon – 10 PM

The new nighttime parade will continue down Main Street for its 3rd year on Friday, October 4 from 7 – 8:30 pm.  Now 30 years strong, the Festival returns to Main Street for a day of family-friendly fun, live entertainment, vendors, and more!  All activities are free!

Gamecock Tipoff Heads to the Soda City Streets

Friday, October 18
Beginning at 6:30 pm
Hampton Street & Boyd Plaza

Gamecock basketball is right around the corner, and South Carolina Athletics is excited to announce the 2019-20 Gamecock Tipoff.  The event, which features both the Carolina men's and women's basketball teams, will be held on Hampton Street and Boyd Plaza (in front of the Columbia Museum of Art) in downtown Columbia.  At the free event, fans will be able to get an up-close look at the Gamecocks, enjoy food and games, and also have an autograph session with the teams.   

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The Jam Room Festival Returns to Main Street

Saturday, October 26
Noon – 10 pm
Corner of Main and Hampton

Enjoy festivities beginning at 10am and music starts at noon. 
Mimosas and Beermosas starting at 10am. Featuring a beer garden with over 10 beers on tap and food trucks all day.

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Celebrate Restaurant Week in the Main Street District – October 10th - 20th

There's a new reason to LOVE Restaurant Week Columbia! After you eat a delicious Restaurant Week special, grab your #Passport2Yum and get it stamped at participating Restaurant Week hot spots for your chance to win restaurant gift cards. The more stamps you collect, the more times your passport will be entered to win. Check out the website below and start planning your Restaurant Week.  Ready, Set, Reservation! 

Participating Restaurants in the Main Street District:
  • Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse
  • Michael’s Café & Catering
  • The Venue on Main – Top Golf
  • The Grand
  • The Joint at 1710 Main
  • Halls Chop House 
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1515 Main Street
(803) 799-2810

Van Gogh Makes His Debut at the Columbia Museum of Art on October 4th

(Van Gogh Exhibit: October 4 – January 12, 2020)
Van Gogh and His Inspirations is an original exhibition organized by the CMA that brings the work of one of the most beloved artists in the world to Columbia, South Carolina, alongside a variety of handpicked paintings and drawings that shaped his vision.

From 2001 to 2010, as Steven Naifeh and Greg Smith researched their New York Times bestseller Van Gogh: The Life, they built a collection of over 30 works by artists who influenced Van Gogh’s aesthetic thinking. These works join loans from 12 museums across the U.S. to explore the artistic evolution of Van Gogh through the lens of the artists who inspired him. 

This exhibition also brings 12 paintings and drawings by Van Gogh, including an outstanding painting of flower fields from the National Gallery of Art, a sensitive painting of a peasant weaving from The Boston Museum of Fine Art, and the world-famous self-portrait from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

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Washington Street United Methodist Church

Washington Street United Methodist Church Hosts Blessing of the Animals at the Topgolf Swing Suite Patio

Saturday, October 5
10 am – Noon

Washington Street United Methodist Church (WSUMC) will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals at the Topgolf Swing Suite patio, located at 1624 Main Street. The public is invited to attend. All animals must be leashed or in a crate, or carrier.
The Reverend Patricia Parrish, senior pastor of WSUMC will preside over the event.
Richland Library
1431 Assembly St
(803) 799-9084

Happy 12th Anniversary Let’s Cook Culinary Studio!

Thursday, October 10
6:15 pm – 8:45 pm

Join Let’s Cook Culinary Studio at their 12th Anniversary Class.  Featuring food trivia, food demo class, door prizes, and the announcement of this year’s 2019 Artichoke of the Year award. Class is open to the public and members. Registration is $45 for non-members and $40 for members. 
Menu featuring:
  • Shrimp Ceviche with Roasted Corn Salsa
  • Jalapeno Biscuit
  • Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom and Yukon Mash Potato
  • Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream
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Happy 11th Anniversary Uptown on Main!

Uptown on Main
1204 Main Street
To help celebrate Uptown’s anniversary, purchase $75 in Nora Fleming products and receive a FREE storage box.  Offer good beginning 10/1/2019 while supplies last.

Shop for a Cause at Uptown Benefitting the 2019 Walk for Life 

Friday, October 11 – Saturday, October 12
A portion of their sales during these days will benefit the Walk for Life. 
Visit for more information on the Walk for Life.
Sylvan’s Jewelry
1500 Main Street
(803) 779-2250

Sylvan’s Annual Estate Event

Wednesday, October 16 -  Saturday, October 19
10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Shop Sylvan’s largest collection of one-of-a-kind estate, vintage, antique, and retro jewelry at the fall Estate show.  Featuring hundreds of pieces from the Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco, and modern periods.  There’s every style from every decade starting at $250.00.   

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Sylvan’s Annual Trade-in Event

Thursday, October 17
10 am – 5:30 pm

Bring in your diamond jewelry, precious colored-stones, and designer jewelry or your Swiss timepieces that you no longer wear and let their experts make you an offer to apply toward something new and stylish!
Sylvan’s will be introducing the fabulous Lagos jewelry line at the event. 

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Richland Library
1431 Assembly St
(803) 799-9084

Breaking Barriers Employment Fair

Friday, October 4
9 am – Noon
United Way of the Midlands and Richland Library are hosting the fourth annual Breaking Barriers Employment Fair at Richland Library Main.

With a focus on helping individuals with barriers to employment, the Breaking Barriers Employment Fair is geared to individuals who are disabled, homeless, have criminal backgrounds, lack transportation, or other issues.

The event will feature employers who are currently hiring positions for this group and other organizations that provide employment resources and job skills training. Please register for this event.  Contact is Monica Hudgens at or 733-5489.

Not-So-Spooky Halloween Stroll

Thursday, October 31
3 – 5 pm
Age Recommendation: Children & Families

Come dressed in your costume for fun and holiday-themed activities throughout the library. Then take a stroll in the Main Street District for some trick-or-treating at participating organizations.
  • Richland Library
    1431 Assembly Street
  • Carolina Hair Studios
    1537 Main St
  • East Bay Deli
    1426 Main Street
  • Indah Coffee
    1332 Main Street. (Arcade)
  • The COMET Bus
    COMET Central or visit the bus parked at the corner of Hampton & Main
  • Columbia Museum of Art Gift Shop
    1515 Main Street
  • Main Street Public House
    1556 Main Street
  • Mast General Store
    1601 Main Street
  • Nickelodeon Theatre
    1607 Main Street
  • 1626 on Main
    1626 Main
  • The Grand
    1621 Main
  • The Shoppes on Main
    1604 Main
  • Hendrix Columbia
    1649 Main
  • Columbia Arts Center
    1227 Taylor Street
  • Something Special Flowers & Gifts
    1546 Main Street
  • Franklin's Printing & Marketing
    1114 Washington Street
  • Capitol Places
    1350 Main Street
  • WXRY
    1338 Main Street
  • Uptown Gifts 
    1204 Main Street
  • Sylvan's Jewelry
    1500 Main Street

Ghoul's Night In: Movie and Treats

Thursday, October 31
6 – 8 pm
Age Recommendation: Teens

Spend Halloween in the Teen Center. Enjoy making gourmet caramel apples and watching a favorite Halloween movie, “Hocus Pocus.” Costumes are encouraged.
1208 Washington Street

A Free Times Halloween Party

Friday, October 25
7:30 – 11 pm

Trick or treat! It's officially fall which means the party of the year is right around the corner. Dueling DJs. Three open bars. Frights you will have to see to believe. There is a reason that this is the CAN'T-MISS Halloween party in the Midlands.  Be sure to snatch your tickets quickly. This party has sold out every year - don't be the only one in your crew without a ticket! 

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1601 Richland St
(803) 252-7742

Trunk or Treat

Tuesday, October 29
5:30 – 7 pm    
Parking Lot of the Robert Mills House - 1616 Blanding Street
Join Historic Columbia for a fang-tastic family event! Trunk or Treat is FREE and offers a twist on traditional Halloween fun for all ages. Community members, local organizations, and families will come together in a safe environment with decorated vehicles and trunks filled with candy for trick-or-treating. Don’t forget to knock on the door of the Robert Mills House, too! Kids get to trick or treat at the front and back doors of Robert Mills and enter the candy-corn guessing contest. 

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1626 Main Street

It’s a Halloween Party at 1626 on Main!

7:30 - 11:30 pm
Thursday, October 31

Dave from Partytime DJ's will be playing some Halloween hits and music. Enjoy a spooky photo booth where you can take as many pictures as you want and take them home with you!
Get ready to enter their Costume contest, which includes the following categories:
Scary, Funny, Best Couple or Group, Most Original, and Best Overall. All five categories will include a prize giveaway!
Here are the rules: NO WEAPONS of any kind and if you wear a mask it must be easily removable for Identification purposes.  All ages are welcome to come, but you must be 21+ to consume alcohol. You will be ID checked and wrist banded at the door. Specialty drinks, Jell-O shots, and spooky desserts will be available for purchase as well as a full dinner menu to choose from when you get hungry. Tickets are $10 in advance and/ or at the door!   

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The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

It’s a Halloween Party at 1626 on Main!

Thursday, October 31
8:30 – 10:30 pm

Join The Nick on Halloween for this Haunting Classic!  Found video footage tells the tale of three film students who traveled to a small town to collect documentary footage about the Blair Witch, a legendary local murderer. Over the course of several days, the students interview townspeople and gather clues to support the tale's veracity. But the project takes a frightening turn when the students lose their way in the woods and begin hearing horrific noises. 

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The Joint
1710 Main Street

Shagging on Main

Every Wednesday from 8 – 11pm
It’s Official! The Joint is celebrating South Carolina's original song and dance on Wednesdays, starting in October. Enjoy local live Beach Music, food and drink specials, and a Shagging good time. Details for live dance lessons coming soon.

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Good Life Café
1614 Main

Holiday Cooking Class

Wednesday, October 23
6 – 8:30 pm

Join Good Life Café for their holiday cooking class. Learn how to make incredible vegan dishes just in time for the holidays! They will be limiting attendees to 50, so please don't wait to register!  Please register at
East Bay Deli
1426 Main St
(803) 814-2277

East Bay Burger is Here

We know what you're thinking, a deli can't possibly make a delicious and tantalizing burger! East Bay Deli soon as you take a couple bites into their East Bay Burger, you'll be questioning everything else you thought you already knew too!   *Shown here with cheese for an additional charge.  
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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