What's Happening Around the Main Street District 

Construction has Begun on The Palms on Lady

The Arnold Companies, a Columbia-based commercial development firm, has begun construction on the first new residential tower in the central business district located at the corner of Lady and Assembly streets in downtown Columbia.  This block, which previously housed Moe Levy’s and Howards Sports, will soon be home to over 80 urban residences known as The Palms on Lady.
The luxury residential tower will boast first-class amenities including concierge services, covered parking for residents, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a Luxer package room, a tropical pool, a business center, and a luxurious top floor club lounge with a covered balcony.  In addition, there will be 2,801 square feet for future restaurant/retail space on the ground floor of the building. The developer expects to deliver the community in early 2022.
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80-plus Apartments Planned for Historic Downtown Columbia Building 

(Photo Credit: The Veterans Administration Regional Office on Assembly Street TRACY GLANTZ)
An international real estate developer is planning to turn the former Veterans Administration building at the corner of Assembly and Laurel streets into apartments.

Documents filed with the Columbia Board of Zoning Appeals show the five-story building will host apartments, commercial space, a rooftop bar, pool, and banquet area. Architect Scott Garvin, a leader in historic renovation projects in the city, said the building could house more than 80 apartments. 

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Welcome MOMS Bistro & Bar to 1734 Main Street!

Check out MOMS and let Chef Chris Hyler prepare you a delicious meal! They offer a nice variety of food items on their lunch menu as well as no extra charges for premium side items. Here’s just a sample of items on their menu: Fried Green Tomatoes, Pan Seared Scallops, Spicy Thai Shrimp, She-Crap Soup, Salads, Burgers, Wings, and Ribs. Yummy!  Open for lunch daily 11am - 3pm. Don't forget to check out their Sunday Brunch. They offer indoor/outdoor dining and curbside service. 

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City of Columbia Offers a SmartCard Parking Program

The contactless payment program aids in making on-street parking more accessible for the citizens of Columbia.  Smart Cards can be used in all City meters except those on five blocks of Bull Street from Lady Street to Laurel Street. To pay for parking with a Smart Card, a customer simply inserts it into the slot on the parking meter.

The meter will read the tiny microchip embedded in the card and the meter will show you how much money is left on the Smart Card.  Smart Cards are available for sale at the Parking Service Department's customer service office at 820 Washington Street, located in the Lincoln Street Garage. For additional information, please call 803-545-4015 or email
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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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Events & Specials This Month

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Mast General Store
1601 Main Street

Mast Store's Employee for a Week Sale

Monday, August 3 - Sunday, August 9

This event is eagerly awaited each year, and like so many other things in 2020, the Mast Store Employee for a Day event is going to be a little different.

First, to allow for more social distancing and time, they're extending the in-store only part to a week. So, from August 3-August 9, you can show this event on your phone to receive 25% OFF on up to SIX regularly-priced items* as an Employee for a Week.

Second, there are some great sale items on the floor, too! When you clock-in during the Employee for a Week sale, you can take an additional 10% OFF the marked sale prices.

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The Main Course
1626 Main Street

Enjoy Dueling Pianos!

Thursday, August 6
7:00 – 10:00 pm

The Rock and Roll piano show is a mobile, high-energy, singalong show, with lots of audience interaction. This event is free to the public! Featuring artist Greg Cloninger. 

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Mixology Class at the Main Course

Thursday, August 27
5:30 – 7:30 pm

Join the Main Course for their first mixology class and learn how to make your favorite drinks with in-house mixologist, Quinn Sellers.  You will learn how to build three classic cocktails, including the Classic Margarita, a traditional Old Fashioned, and a French 75. Learn the history behind these three cocktails along with some simple techniques and tricks to make these same drinks in the comfort of your home.

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The Grand on Main
1621 Main Street

Bourbon Dinner

Thursday, August 20
6:30 – 9:30 pm

Join the Grand on Main for a bourbon dinner! The dinner will consist of a starter cocktail and a delicious four-course meal tailored to the evening’s bourbon. Bourbon selections include Woodford Masters Collection and select pours from the Brown-Foreman line and will end with a specialty dessert. A whiskey ambassador will explain each bourbon.

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Puppy Paws & White Claws

Wednesday, August 19
6:00 – 9:00 pm

Bring your pup out and enjoy $20 seltzer buckets of your choice of five White Claw, Bud Light Seltzer, or Truly!  Enjoy live music by Jon Rooks!

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Trivia Night at the Grand on Main – Every Other Wednesday

7:00 – 10:00 pm

Enjoy themed trivia every other Wednesday night, and win a gift card to the Grand on Main.

The Grand has some fun themes coming up!
  • August 5: Greys Anatomy
  • August 12: Sex and the City
  • August 19: Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?
  • August 26: Game of Thrones
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Washington Street United Methodist Church
1401 Washington Street

WSUMC’s Drive ‘N Drop - A Supply Drive for Aldersgate Special Needs Ministry

Thursday, August 6 & Friday, August 7
10:00 am - Noon

Washington Street United Methodist Church (WSUMC) is collecting much-needed supplies for Aldersgate Special Needs Ministry. The drive will take place in the parking lot of the church. Volunteers will receive the items in a socially responsible manner by taking the donations directly from your car. Just drive through and drop off your gifts.  The Aldersgate Special Needs Ministry began at the 2003 South Carolina Annual Conference and provides homes for adults with developmental disabilities.  WSUMC will be collecting the following items for distribution at these homes. The items are listed by need.
  • Disposable Facemasks
  • Clorox/Lysol Wipes
  • Lysol Spray
  • Paper Towels
  • Liquid Antibacterial Soap
  • Bottled Water
  • Gloves
  • Toilet Paper
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Original Pine-Sol (Brown)
  • Tissue
  • Tri-fold Paper Towels
  • Trash Bags - 13 and 30-gallon size
  • Zip Lock Bags — quart and gallon size 
  • Dish Soap 
  • Dishwasher Pods
  • Sensitive Skin Laundry Detergent and Fabric Softener
Richland Library
1431 Assembly St
(803) 799-9084

Self-Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

(Photo Credit: Richland Library on Assembly Street ERIC BLAKE)
Richland Library Online
Thursday, August 6
Noon – 1:30 pm

Participants will understand the impact of the current situation on their mental health and well-being, gain insight into what self-care is and what self-care is not, and be able to take actionable steps to better manage stress and care for themselves now and in the future. 


Storytime in the Garden

Richland Library Online
Thursday, August 11
10:30 am – 11:00 am

Join Richland Library and Historic Columbia for virtual stories, songs, and a special craft.

Tune in to the library's Facebook Page.

Richland Library Shares Stories Over the Phone

Enjoy different folktales and fairy tales from Richland Library’s staff. Richland Library has a new option for families to add to their reading repertoire. They are offering stories over the phone. To connect, follow these three simple steps: • Pick up the phone • Call 803-799-9084 • Press "six" on the keypad.  Check back regularly to hear new stories! The library is updating the phone line every other week.
1515 Main Street
(803) 799-2810

ArtBreak with Dr. Todd Shaw

Sunday, August 9
3:00 – 4:30 pm

In celebration of Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite, the CMA welcomes Dr. Todd Shaw for a virtual lecture. As an associate professor of political science and associate director of African American studies at the University of South Carolina, Shaw researches and teaches broadly in the areas of African American politics, urban politics, and public policy as well as citizen activism and social movements.

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Retrospective of Black Is Beautiful by Izms of Art

Thursday, August 20
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Online Event

Live from the exhibition galleries, Izms of Art brings you “Retrospective of Black Is Beautiful,” a concert celebrating the themes in Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite. Enjoy virtual musical performances from BORN, K.Ford, and THE Dubber, who will debut singles off his album Southern Cachet. Free and suitable for all ages.

Broadcast Live on YouTube.
Let’s Cook Culinary
1305 Assembly Street

Artisan Pizza Cooking Class

Thursday, August 13
6:00 - 8:30 pm

Enjoy a hands-on experience! You’ll be cooking: Pizza with Cheese, Prosciutto, and Arugula - Mushroom Ricotta with White Sauce - BBQ Chicken with Cheddar. Bring your own wine and beer. 


Wild Women Ladies Night

Tuesday, August 18
6:00 – 8:30 pm

Enjoy a special chef demonstration.  The "Wild Women" class is a BOGO, so click "quantity 1" when registering (this is good for 2 people).

The Chef Will Be Cooking:      

- Vegetable Tart Tatin
- Chicken Tarragon with Roasted Potatoes
- Crepes with Fresh Berries and Cream
Miss Cocky Fashion Boutique
1450 Main Street

Miss Cocky Welcomes Back Students with Daily Specials

Monday, August 10 – Saturday, August 22
Enjoy daily specials for students and parents at Miss Cocky every Monday through Saturday.  Be sure to check out their Champion attire and new game day accessories!

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Sylvan’s Jewelry
1500 Main Street
(803) 779-2250

Looking for the Perfect Gift for Someone Special?

Do you know someone who has an upcoming August birthday? This peridot ring just might be the perfect gift!
Did you know you can stop by Sylvan’s Jewelers for a complimentary inspection and cleaning?

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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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