This month is filled with #mainsteats and tons of #mainstdistrict events and happenings along #mainstcolasc.  Come see what's in store!
MAY 2021

What's Happening Around the Main Street District 

City Center Partnership is Set to Renew Business Improvement District for Another 10 Years

Since the establishment of Columbia’s downtown Business Improvement District (BID) 20 years ago, countless property owners, businesses, individuals, and city leaders have worked on the revitalization of downtown and particularly - South Carolina’s Main Street District.  

To continue to attract new investment and to protect and maintain the existing investment downtown, property owners are proposing to continue assessing themselves to maintain the City Center BID, a private sector, self-help improvement district established under the South Carolina Municipal Improvements Act.

This would be the third renewal and the second 10-year reauthorization of the City Center BID, which was first established in 2001 and is managed by the non-profit City Center Partnership.  

We would love your support!  Look for our postcard in the mail or please email to show your support.

Check out the New Public Art at the Corner of Washington and Main Street

We are loving the new colorful parklet (decked out by Frankie Zombíe Art). The last year has certainly taught us how important green spaces and public parks are to urban life. This new parklet is located on Washington Street, in front of the Arcade Building. 

The City of Columbia received an AARP Community Challenge Grant to help enliven public spaces in Columbia and make them more accommodating for residents, businesses, and visitors of all ages. The parklet on Washington Street will serve as a pilot project to find new ways to provide areas of public seating and lively public spaces around Columbia. The City partnered with One Columbia to help find an artist who would design the parklet and create an eye-catching and vibrant space.  Having usable gathering spaces is critical to healthy and thriving urban environments!

Distant Dinner Party and Tour Exchange – Portland Maine

Thursday, May 6
7:15 – 8:00 pm

This spring, Main Street District is partnering with two fellow downtown organizations – West End Biz in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada) and Portland Downtown in Portland, Maine – to bring you a unique virtual experience.
As a guest of our Distant Dinner Party & Tour Exchange, you'll get to explore another city from the comfort of your own home! It's a free, fun, and a safe way to travel and to connect with others during this continued period of distancing.  On May 6, we’ll feature Portland, Maine. 
Click here for more information and to register for your Zoom link. 

Events & Specials This Month

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Happy Mother's Day!

Many of our Main Street businesses are offering treats & specials to celebrate the day. Treat Mom to brunch in the Main Street District or take her shopping in one of our many unique boutiques. We have something every Mom will love!
Mast General Store
1601 Main Street
(803) 771-2300

Here's a Mother’s Day Two-fer Gift Idea

When you purchase any YETI drinkware at Mast Store Online, they’ll fill it with an old-fashioned candy mix* FREE. Mom can enjoy her favorite coffee, tea, or other beverage at just the right temperature and savor a little something for her sweet tooth, too.
This offer is good at Mast Store Online only until Sunday, May 2. 
*Orders placed online will be filled with a fun Retro Mix including Caramel Bullseyes, Mary Janes, Tootsie Rolls, etc.

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Something Special Florist & Gifts
1546 Main Street

Order the Perfect Gift for Mother’s Day from Something Special Florist

Something Special Florist can send a wide variety of gifts to show your Mother how much you love her.  You can order a beautiful floral arrangement or a nice gift basket.  Give them a call, and they will be happy to deliver the gift to the door for you. Call 803-407-7123.
The Shoppes on Main
1604 Main Street

Searching for that Special Gift for Mom?

Stop by The Shoppes and check out the authentic pre-owned Louis Vuitton bags, organic skin care from Farm House Fresh, and an array of unique home decor that will make a perfect gift for Mom this Mother's Day.
Uptown on Main
1204 Main Street

You Can Always Find a Unique Gift for Mom at Uptown on Main

Check out some of Uptown’s new items!  Check out the array of Corkcicle products and all of the new colors of their Bogg bags.
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Sylvan’s Jewelry
1500 Main Street
(803) 779-2250

What is Better than Fine Jewelry and Flowers?

Friday, May 7 & Saturday May, 8

Sylvan’s is offering a free bouquet of spring flowers from Something Special Florist with a purchase of $299.00 or more.
Carolina Hair Studios
1537 Main Street

Treat Your Mom to a Mani-Pedi for Mother’s Day

Monthly special:  $30 pedicure/manicure with gel polish. 9:30 am - 3:00 pm only (Tuesday – Saturday). 
Book an online for appointment or call 803-779-5001.
The Grand
1621 Main Street

Mother’s Day Brunch & Dinner

Sunday May, 9
9:00 am
The Grand will feature a brunch menu and offer a gourmet omelet station with sides and a biscuit. Sip on a variety of build-your-own Bloody Mary's at the Bloody Mary Bar! If brunch isn't your thing, try the Filet & Lobster dinner with fresh flowers for your special lady. 
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Star Wars Trivia

Tuesday, May 4
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Join us for Star Wars Trivia and May the 4th be with you.
Prizes will be given to the winning team and best dressed character.
*80% of your party must be present to be seated. 
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Top Gun Trivia

Saturday, May 15          
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Grab your wingman and celebrate Military Appreciation Month at The Grand!
Re-live the life of Maverick, Goose, Charlotte, & Iceman at Top Gun Brunch Trivia.  DJ EZ will be playing the TG soundtracks and all the 80s greatest hits! Prizes will be awarded to winning team and best dressed. 
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Main Course
1626 Main Street

Mother’s Day Brunch

Sunday, May 9
9:00 am
Give the perfect gift on Mother's Day - a gourmet brunch buffet with a carving station and live music! Pair it with a delicious Mimosa.  Celebrate Mom with award winning songwriter and Pure Music Nashville Recording Artist, Rhonda Funk who was on the ballot for consideration for a Grammy nomination as "Best Americana Album of 2020" for her latest EP "Ain't Your Momma". Funk also won a silver for the ISSA 2020 USA Female Single of the Year. (11:00 am – 2:00 pm)
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The Main Course Presents Grey's Anatomy Trivia


Thursday, May 13
7:00 – 9:00 pm
How much do you know about Meredith, McDreamy, and all the other characters of Greys?  Bring your pup, quiz your knowledge, and enjoy a beer from Columbia Craft. 

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Pua Hana Luau Party

Saturday, May 29
5:00 – 9:00 pm
Experience a tropical paradise as we celebrate the beginning of summer on the Main Course’s outdoor patio. Keep calm and hula at Pua Hana Luau Party. Enjoy juicy pulled pork and spam sliders, coleslaw, pineapple spam rice, and more! Varieties of tropical beers and specialty tiki drink cocktails will be flowing throughout the night.  Live music, limbo contests, and lei swag is a must!
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Hampton Street Vineyard
1207 Hampton Street

Hampton Street Vineyard Chef Collaboration Dinner Series: Chef Marco Gibson

Monday, May 3
6:00 pm
Hampton Street Vineyard is excited to present the next Chef Collaboration dinner featuring their very own Chef Marco Gibson. HSV's Chef Christopher Holme and Chef Marco Gibson will be presenting a five-course tasting menu. Along with the food, there will be eight beverage pairings (i.e., cocktail, beer, and wine) chosen by Certified Sommelier Hernan Martinez.

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Cantina 76
1301 Main Street
(803) 764-1769

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Cantina 76

Wednesday, May 5 

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner!  Celebrate the occasion with 1/2 priced house Margaritas, $2.50 Coronas & Corona Lights, and Don Julio Tequila specials (at the outside bar) all day long. They are also featuring live music from Jon Rooks (12:00 – 3:00 pm) plus free Cinco de Mayo swag!
Thursday, May 6
6:00 pm
Enjoy live music from Marcus Gullen and standard 1/2 off Original House Margaritas.
The Joint
1710 Main Street

Celebrating Miles Davis in May

Every Saturday in May
9:00 pm – 12:00 am

May is the birthday month of the great Miles Davis. Every Saturday, the Joint will explore his original compositions and immense contributions to jazz music.
Mark Rapp: trumpet
Amos Hoffman: guitar
Sam Edwards: bass
Brendan Bull: drums
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Bourbon & Blues at The Joint

Friday, May 7
7:00 pm – 2:00 am

The Joint @ 1710 Main presents a night of Bourbon and Blues with award winning, touring artist Will Freed. Start your night in the lower level with an exclusive Bourbon tasting and heavy appetizers. Go down the Rabbit Hole and taste four labels while enjoying a private performance or join everyone in the evening on the main level with special bourbon craft cocktails and the Blues.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
1900 Main Street


Saturday, May 22
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox community is excited to announce Greek-to-Go, a takeout Greek food. Enjoy authentic Greek meals and pastries available through the drive-thru event.
The drive-thru will be in the church parking lot on the grounds of the cathedral. Entrance will be from Richland Street into the parking lot with exit onto Main Street and Calhoun Street. Ordering and pick-up will be on-site only from the comfort and safety of your car. They are unable to take call-in or accept pre-orders.
1515 Main Street
(803) 799-2810

Jazz Al Fresco

Friday, May 7
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
The Pete Neighbour Quintet performs swing music for the modern era in a free outdoor concert celebrating spring, and with it the return of outdoor seating for our downtown community on Boyd Plaza. Drop by any time during the concert to enjoy the music. Bring your lunch — or better yet, support our Main Street neighbors and purchase your food from them. In partnership with ColaJazz Foundation. Free. Seating is limited. Face coverings required when not eating and while inside the museum.
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Trivia Night at the CMA

Tuesday, May 25
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Join us on Boyd Plaza to test your art smarts and general trivia prowess on topics and themes emerging from the CMA collection and beyond. Hosted by CMA staffers Wilson Bame and Dana Witkoski and featuring a special guest. Prizes for first, second, and third place, and most creative team name.
Registration required as space is limited to ensure physical distancing. Beer and wine available for purchase. Face coverings required while not at your seat and while inside the museum. 6-person table: $60 / $48 for members, 4-person table: $40 / $32 for members. 
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Richland Library
1431 Assembly St
(803) 799-9084

Farmer’s Market at Main is Back!

Richland Library is excited to share the return of their Farmers Market from 10 am – 1 pm, Wednesdays in the Plaza at Richland Library Main. Pick up some fresh produce from local vendors while accessing the library.

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Let’s Talk Race

Thursday, May 13
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Age: Adults
Richland Library is inviting community members to take part in honest and courageous conversations. Members of the Let's Talk Race team plan to introduce a variety of topics that are gripping news headlines across the country and examine them through the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion. 


Evening Arts: Angela Easterling

Friday, May 21
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Age: Teens & Adults
Listen to rootsy, refreshing and homespun tunes with singer/songwriter Angela Easterling and her partner Brandon Turner. It’s not quite country and not quite folk - but all together, unique and engaging. Watch the performance online by tuning into the library’s Facebook Page.
1213 Blanding Street 
(803) 256-7677

Broadway Al Fresco

Thursdays - May 20 & 27
6:00 pm

Broadway show starts at 6:00 pm and reservations are required. Call (803)-256-7677 to place a reservation for these evenings. 
Hotel Trundle
1224 Taylor Street

Check out all of Hotel Trundle’s Experience Packages

Hotel Trundle is celebrating its birthday by adding a new experience package, the Birthday Package.  You can check out all of their experience packages online featuring Movie Night In, Classic Night Out, Artsy Package, Brewery Package, Foodie Package, and more!  Sign up for their emails and follow @hoteltrundle on Instagram to stay up-to-date on all of their specials.
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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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