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 

Congratulations to All of the Businesses in the Main Street District!

Thank you to everyone who voted for the Main Street businesses in the Free Times Best of 2018 contest! Main Street Revitalization was named "Biggest Improvement in Columbia" for the 3rd time. (Also runner-up for "Best Use of Public Funds"). Congratulations to all of our Main Street District friends! Phil Blair, The Whig, Columbia Greek Festival, Tapp’s Arts Center, Columbia Museum of Art, Blue Sky, Columbia City Ballet, The Nickelodeon Theatre, The Grand, Lula Drake Wine Parlour, Zoe’s, Drip on Main, Sweet Cream Co., Cantina 76 – Main Street, Good Life Café, Villa Tronco, Al Amir, Bourbon, Uptown on Main, Soda City Market, The Cigar Box, Hotel Trundle, and Love Peace & Hip-Hop.  

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Welcome CARTER REALTORS to the Main Street District!

After many years of working with the largest residential real estate companies in the area, Tommy & Jennifer Carter have opened CARTER REALTORS at 1122 Lady Street. Tommy's sister and her husband, Tom & Margaret-Ann Ashburn, along with other agents, friends, and relatives who have worked together for many years, joined them as well. 

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City of Columbia Officials Announce Plans for a New Bike Share Program Called Blue Bike

The bike share program's lead sponsor is BlueCross BlueShield. Mayor Steve Benjamin and Mayor Pro Tem Tameika Isaac Devine made the announcement during a press conference and unveiling ceremony. The new initiative will provide an opportunity for citizens to rent a bike for a nominal fee in order to have access to transportation and/or for recreational purposes. The full launch for the program will be late September and multiple bike share stations will be installed in various areas.  

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Celebrate the City of Columbia’s PARK(ing) Day on Friday, September 28

PARK(ing) Day is an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists, and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places.   The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat.
Stop by the Main Street District booth on Friday, September 20th and pick up your FREE freeze pop!  We will be in front of 1441 Main Street from 10 am – 4 pm.  Enjoy the fresh air, and swing by and say Hello to our Yellow Shirts.  

Save the Date for City Center Partnership’s 17th Annual Celebration

We will be celebrating our 17th anniversary on Tuesday, November 13th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at The Grand. For more information, call 803-233-0620 or email

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 September 6 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

Columbia’s 32nd Annual Greek Festival

Thursday, September 20 – Sunday, September 23
Your favorite Greek foods, dancers, bands, and vendors are back this year!
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church welcomes you to their annual Greek Festival.  Go and enjoy the music, atmosphere, food, and drink, and learn a little about Greece.  This is your chance to be Greek for a week! 

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Jam Room Music Festival

Saturday, September 29
Noon – 10:00 pm

Enjoy live music and food by Village Idiot Pizza and The Wurst Wagen.  Ten+ beers on tap by The Whig.  Free admission. 

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Adopt a Duck Event for the 1st Annual Soda City Duck Race

Thursday, September 6
4 – 9 pm
Location: Shoppes on Main
Adopt a Duck for the Soda City Duck Race 2018. NextHome Specialists have partnered with Transitions by helping them raise money through a Rubber Duck Race.  The inaugural Soda City Duck Race will be used to help Transitions reach fundraising goals and bring together the community. Purchase your duck and WIN! Each duck is $5. Proceeds will benefit Transitions Homeless Shelter.
The race will take place on September 16th at the West Columbia Riverwalk and Amphitheater. 2-5 pm.

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

State House
Thursday, September 20
5:30 pm

Make plans now to attend the Cathy B. Novinger Butterfly Release on Thursday, September 20 at 5:30 pm.  This beautiful event honors and remembers those affected by ovarian cancer with the release of hundreds of butterflies.   Please download this PDF to find out how you can participate.

Mayor Steve Benjamin Invites You to Join the Festivities on Main Street

Friday, September 28
6:30 – 10 pm
1600 Block of Main Street

The City of Columbia is excited to host the 2018 United States Conference of Mayors Fall Meeting.  The meeting will convene mayors from across the country in Columbia on September 27th - 29th.  On Friday evening, the 1600 block of Main Street will be closed off for a community block party.  Enjoy live entertainment, food, and lots of fun! 
Richland Library
1431 Assembly St
(803) 799-9084

Gallery Opening Reception: Artist-in-Residence Miles Purvis

Tuesday, September 4
6 – 7:30 pm

Spend an evening with Richland Library’s new artist-in-residence, Miles Purvis. They are celebrating the opening of her solo exhibition in The Gallery.
The exhibit, titled Collate, features around 25 pieces that represent her interpretation of characters and personalities. If you can’t make it, don’t worry. The exhibit is on display through October 20.

Flu Shot Clinic

Wednesday, September 26
10 am – 1 pm

Richland Library is proud to provide FREE flu shots in partnership with Walgreens Pharmacy. Registration is not required. Just drop in during the designated time. The clinic is open to anyone, ages 12 and older. Those, ages 12-18, must be accompanied by an adult.
1515 Main Street
(803) 799-2810

Something’s Happening: The Big Art of Katie Pell

Major Exhibition
On View Until October 28, 2018

Katie Pell embraces the beauty in imperfection and the humor in insecurities, welcoming the downtrodden and enveloping them affectionately in oversized art. She engages an eclectic supporting cast to tell her story, including fallen rock angel Peter Frampton, Jesus of Nazareth, sensitive woodland creatures, and awkward teenagers. With a mix of hippie-era idealism, dark wit, and personal grit, Katie Pell reminds us that we are all performing our lives. We occasionally deserve a little luck and a standing ovation.

Passport to Art:  That’s A Relief!

Sunday, September 9
Noon – 3 pm

The CMA collection is back! Come explore the new galleries and look at relief sculpture, which combines 2D art with 3D sculpture to create a picture that pops off the background. Then create your very own metal embossed piece. Tour at 1:00 p.m. This drop-in program for families features a new hands-on art project each month. Free.
1601 Richland St
(803) 252-7742

Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture

Saturday, September 22
11 am – 6 pm

Now in its 40th year, this free outdoor festival brings musicians, artisans, dancers, and storytellers together to celebrate South Carolina’s black history and culture on the grounds of the Mann-Simons Site. Jubilee is a celebration everyone can enjoy and features live music and entertainment, artist demonstrations, street vendors selling a variety of wares, products and art, historic storytelling and family-friendly activities. 

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Koger Center for the Arts

Dazzling Debussy

Saturday, September 29
7:30 p.m.


BARBER Overture to "The School for Scandal"

GERSHWIN Concerto in F
Gilles Vonsattel, piano

FRANK Mestizo Waltz from "Three Latin American Sketches"
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Uptown on Main
1204 Main Street

Book Signing with Aida Rogers

Friday, September 7
Noon – 1:30 pm

Stop by Uptown on Main and meet author, Aida Rogers.  She will be presenting her new book, State of the Heart, Volume 3 and signing copies.  Some of the contributing authors will also be attending the book signing event.  In this final volume of State of the Heart, 38 nationally and regionally known writers share their personal stories about places in South Carolina that hold special meaning for them. 

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Shop for A Cause at Uptown On Main! 

Stop by Uptown on Thursday, September 20!  A portion of their sales that day will be contributed to the Cathy B. Novinger Butterfly Release. For more information on the event or to purchase a butterfly for release, please download this pdf.

Are You Ready for Football Season?

Uptown has a great selection of clear stadium approved bags! Stop by Uptown and pick one up today!  (A must-have for Saturday game days).
Mast General Store
1601 Main Street
(803) 771-2300

Friends Day at Mast General Store

Saturday, September 8
9 am - 8 pm
The Mast Store is hosting volunteers from the Palmetto Conservation Foundation and will contribute 10% of the day’s sales to the organization.  To learn more about the Palmetto Conservation Foundation, stop by the Mast Store in Columbia.
1332 Main St
(The Arcade Building)
(803) 828-4958

Maya The Artist / Pet Portrait Pop-Up

Saturday, September 22
10 am – 2 pm.

Meet and shop with local illustrator Maya The Artist ( Maya Smith), as she re-introduces her playful pet portraits in a fun, pet-friendly pop-up.

Register for the chance to win a FREE portrait of your pet! 

*Winner will be chosen randomly at 1pm. Must be present to win.
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Ebenezer Lutheran Church
1301 Richland Street

SeptemberFest @ Ebenezer

Sunday, September 9
2:00 pm

Celebrate the start of school with games, food, crafts and even a bounce house! They ask that you bring much-needed books for classroom libraries at Logan Elementary School. The book lists are published on the Ebenezer Lutheran Church website under Events.
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio
1305 Assembly Street

New Classes Offered at Let’s Cook Culinary Studio

Daniela Savone will be hosting Tours of Italy with Daniela on Saturday mornings.  She will also teach Flavors of the Mediterranean on Thursday evenings.  The Tours of Italy is a hands-on participation class and Flavors of Mediterranean is a demonstration.
For a complete list of classes in September visit here.
Good Life Café
1614 Main
 (803) 726-2310

Trivia Night with an Ice Cream Sunday Bar

Tuesday, September 11
7-9 pm
Show off your knowledge at Good Life Café’s Trivia Night!  Enjoy adult milkshakes for $9.95, as well as other food and drink specials.
Main Street Public House
1556 Main Street

New Lunch Menu Available Now

Check out Main Street Public House’s new lunch menu!  They offer everything from soup and salad to tasty burgers and sandwiches.  Oh and don’t forget their delicious pizza!  
Seven Doors Salon
1419 Sumter Street


In 9 weeks
Detox, de-stress, “de-age” and “de-crepe” your skin by resurfacing, replenishing, re-plumping and rehydrating with Seven Doors’ customized 9-week facial program. 
This program includes four professional AHA Peel Facials (no downtime) with Patti Durkin, scheduled every 3 weeks for optimal results. The at-home regimen includes all Eminence Organic Skin Care products: cleanser, exfoliant, serum and moisturizer. Simply written instructions are included. 
Program begins week of October 1st and ends week of December 3rd.   

On December 13th  from 5:30pm to 7pm - participants celebrate their success stories and share experiences with food and drink. Door prizes will be given out too!  
Cost $500.
(Facials purchased individually total $340. Products total $202.)
Since Patti will be out of the salon from September 15th - 27th, please call her at 803.254.1507 by September 11th to secure your spot. Skin Care products will be given after first facial.  Package is non-refundable and non-transferable.
Carolina Hair Studios
1537 Main Street

Check out the September Special at Carolina Hair Studios

Highlights and Balayage - $125.00
Ask about their VIP cards for college students and downtown employees. Book online now to reserve your appointment. 
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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