This month is filled with #mainsteats and tons of #mainstdistrict events and happenings along #mainstcolasc.  Come see what's in store!
JULY 2018

What's Happening Around the Main Street District 

A New Restaurant with Rooftop Seating is Coming to 1649 Main Street! 

Hendrix will be a chef-driven restaurant opening in the upper floors of the former Hennessy's building at the corner of Main and Blanding streets, according to a news release. The historic building has been undergoing renovations by the Garvin Design Group since early 2017, with Scott Garvin returning the façade to what it looked like in 1941.

Set to open later this year, Hendrix will offer dinner, Saturday and Sunday brunch, and bar hours just in time for the 2018 football season.

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Congratulations to Matt Kennell and Mayor Steve Benjamin!

Congratulations to City Center Partnership’s CEO and President, Matt Kennell for receiving the Milton Kimpson Community Service Award.  We also want to congratulate Mayor Steve Benjamin for receiving the Hyman Rubin Distinguished Service Award. 

The awards were presented at the Community Relations Council’s 54th Anniversary Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on June 27th.

City Center Partnership Continues to Invest in the Beautification of Main Street

CCP has purchased several new trash receptacles to help maintain the cleanliness of our Main Street District neighborhood. 
You will also notice our newly purchased planters outside of Columbia City Hall. These self-watering planters are larger and save up to 80% in labor and other costs connected to the traditional containers.   

Welcome God’s Blessing Café to the Main Street District!

Stop by God’s Blessing Café at 1801 Main Street for a delicious lunch!  You might find anything from fried chicken, rice and gravy, green beans, meat loaf, mac & cheese, to homemade peach cobbler and bread pudding.  Check out their Facebook page for daily specials!

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Family Circle Magazine Lists World Famous Hip-Hop Family Day Among Top 50 Family-Friendly Festivals in the Nation

Held on Columbia’s Main Street during the second weekend in April, this annual festival recently celebrated its sixth year with an all-female lineup headed by the legendary MC Lyte. Offering an unforgettable day of fun for all ages, World Famous Hip-Hop Family Day gathers the community together.  With 16,000 in attendance for 2018, the free festival’s attendance has grown exponentially from 4,000 in its inaugural year. Over 40 percent of attendees come from outside of Columbia, SC. 

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Congratulations Drew Painter for Being Recognized as 2018 S.C. Outstanding Young Banker!

First Community Bank announced that Drew Painter, Columbia Regional Market President, has been named the 2018 S.C. Outstanding Young Banker by the South Carolina Banker’s Association.  He received the award – the highest honor presented in South Carolina’s banking industry – during the SCBA’s annual meeting in June.  Past recipients include many prominent South Carolina bankers, including First Community Bank CEO, Mike Crapps.

The City of Columbia and Richland County Want Your Input on the Proposed Road Diet Plans to Accommodate Bike Lanes

Before work gets underway, City and County representatives wish to receive input from residents and businesses located on Calhoun Street from Wayne Street to Harden Street and Hampton Street from Main Street to Harden Street.
The proposed improvements would reduce four lane sections of the road (two travel lanes each way) down to three lane sections (one travel lane each way and a center turn lane).  The improvements would also remove parking on the north side of Calhoun from Lincoln to Sumter and the north side of Hampton from Main to Harden to allow adequate space for the bike lanes.
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Need a Lift around the Main Street District?

Take a spin in CCP’s FREE shuttle! Enjoy a friendly ride with Darlene or with one of our other Yellow Shirts. Just give us a call at 803-309-7758. Monday through Sunday, 7:30 am to 11 pm. We will take you anywhere and pick you up from anywhere in the Main Street District!

Events & Specials This Month

 Join us for First Thursday on Main on July 5th 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
Tapp's Arts Center
1644 Main Street
(803) 988-0013

Songversation Presents: Singer/Songwriter, Jon Rooks

Tuesday,  July 10
7:00 pm

Jon Rooks is a performer who uses looping technology to play multiple instruments at once combining guitar, piano, harmonica, beatboxing, and vocals to emulate a full band. Being a soulful vocalist and musician, Rooks is most often compared to artists like Justin Timberlake or Ed Sheeran. Stylistically, Rooks takes elements of soul, acoustic, and modern R&B as well as world music influences to create a synthesis of sound to which he refers to as Black Eyed Soul.
1607 Main Street

The Nickelodeon Kicks off July in “Everything is Better in Technicolor”

The Nick brings dazzling film classics back to the silver screen, including Hitchcock's The Birds, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Wizard of Oz, and more! All of these screenings and many more can be found at
The Wizard of Oz – July 8 & 9.  Tickets and Showtimes
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – July 15. Tickets and Showtime
The Birds – July 22 & 23.  Tickets and Showtimes
1515 Main Street
(803) 799-2810

Behind the Scenes at CMA

Thursday, July 19
6:30 – 8 pm

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the second phase of the CMA’s renovations with Executive Director Della Watkins. Refreshments will be served. Members only. Registration is required as space is limited. Renew your membership today and see the transformation in person. Closed toed shoes required.
Richland Library
1431 Assembly St
(803) 799-9084

Binge Watch: Stranger Things

Saturday, July 7
10 am – 5:30 pm

(Teen Center)
Age Recommendation: Teens
It's 1983, and a boy goes missing in this retro supernatural favorite. First-time viewers and long-time fans, join Richland Library in the Upside Down for a binge session with pizza and snacks.

Summer Portrait Series: Pet Portraits

Wednesday, July 18
2:30 – 4 pm

(Studio 220)
Age Recommendation: Adults
In this series of workshops, participants will improve their portrait drawing skills. Artist Gayle Sneed will show you how to draw your beloved pet, using colored pencils. Please bring an 8x10 COPY of your favorite furry friend. You won't want to miss this introductory drawing class.

Register Online
Carolina Hair Studios
1537 Main Street

Check out July Specials at Carolina Hair Studios

“Color Me Bad” -  20% off highlights including Balayage.
Keratin Treatments $175.00

Monday haircuts $15.00 before 2:00 pm.
Stop by and pick up your Downtown Employee discount card, and book online now to reserve your appointment at  Limited availabilities. 
Good Life Café
1614 Main Street

Grab Your Friends and Join Good Life Café for a Night of Ice Cream, Beer, and Trivia!

Tuesday, July 10
7 – 9 pm
Stop by Good Life Café and have fun at their inaugural Trivia Night!  Not only will they have questions designed to stump you and your table, but they’ll have a full vegan ice cream sundae bar for you to enjoy.

Enjoy Open Mic at Good Life Café 

Wednesday, July 18
7 – 10 pm

Do you like to perform?  Stop by Good Life Café and show off your talent!  They provide instruments and all levels of talent are encouraged to perform. 
Also enjoy a tap takeover from Birdsong Brewery.  
Seven Doors Salon
1419 Sumter Street

Don’t Miss Out on the July Facial Special at Seven Doors Salon

Experience immediate results with the Mangosteen Lactic Pro Peel Facial.  This Peel resurfaces and restores skin without irritation or downtime. This facial is designed to address the root causes of dullness, tired and uneven-looking skin. It minimizes pores, plumps skin and leaves you with a fresh, healthy glow.  You will be ready for any photo after this facial!  Results last 4-6 weeks and is for all skin types.  One hour.  Regularly $85.  Mention this post and save $10. 

Call 803.254.1507 to schedule your appointment!
Persona Pizzeria
1202 Main Street

Persona Pizzeria Offers Sizzling Specials in July

Wednesday, July 4th
Enjoy a delicious $4 Dollar 10" pizza with the purchase of a drink.
Sunday, July 29th
It’s National Chicken Wing Day! Enjoy a free 10" 1-topping pizza with the purchase of an order of wings. (Limit: one free pie per person regardless of wing order size). 
Blue Flour Bakery
1210 Main Street

Check out this Fantastic July Special at Blue Flour

Buy a Blue Flour mug or tumbler any day of the week and get a free drink of your choice.  Bring it back on Tuesday’s and receive a $1 coffee or tea, or a $2 latte or cappuccino. 
East Bay Deli
1426 Main St
(803) 814-2277

Beat the Heat of Grilling Out with East Bay Deli!

Summer is Here!  Let East Bay Deli do the work for you with their DELIcious party trays and DELIghtful Juniors­® desserts for your indoor and al fresco events!  See their full catering menu at
1332 Main St
(The Arcade Building)
(803) 828-4958

Stop by Pelliclaude and Check out New Artists and Items

Pelliclaude is expanding this summer!  Check out their featured artists and a new line of candles.  You can also shop their store online at  
Uptown on Main
1204 Main Street

Uptown’s Gambler Sale is in July!

Are you ready to GAMBLE? Uptown has to make room for new merchandise arriving soon.  Check out their deals - but don't wait too long!
Masala On Main
1604 Main Street
(803) 799-6422

Kick-off Your Season Right and Swing into Doctors Care for a $10 Sports Physical.*

Doctors Care is offering the lowest price on sports physicals this season. They’re ready to prepare your athletes for their seasons! Spring and summer seasons are very active, and the options to get outdoors and play are endless.
The goal of a sports physical is to maximize health and ensure safe participation in sports. They’re used to screening for a variety of medical conditions, the most important being musculoskeletal issues and cardiac conditions. If needed, the provider can give immunizations and discuss any health-related concerns you or your child may have. Get a sports physical today!
Doctors Care on Main is open Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
*Promo price for one-page, K-12 sports or camp physical. Valid through 7/31/18.
Washington Street United Methodist Church
1401 Washington Street

Washington Street UMC Continues Their PAUSE Gathering on Tuesday Evenings Through August 14th

Every Tuesday through August 14
6:00 pm.

PAUSE is a new opportunity to step back from the rush of daily life and gather with the hope that in the practice of mindful Christianity, everyone can connect with God and one another in fresh ways. PAUSE provides a chance to pray, read, reflect, journal, listen, and use the arts to be wholly engaged with God. To learn more about PAUSE, visit
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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