JULY 2020

What's Happening Around the Main Street District 

Welcome Southeastern Esthetics Institute to the Main Street District!

City Center Partnership is pleased to announce Southeastern Esthetics Institute is opening a new 27,000 square foot school at 1644 Main Street in 2021. Southeastern Esthetics Institute is partnering with Sherer Architects to revitalize the historic Tapp’s Building and bring life back to the art deco design of its origin as Tapp’s Department Store. The company plans to bring back the iconic Fountain Room, which will be updated with a coffee shop and eatery for students and visitors. 

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Welcome Back Soda City Market!

The Soda City market has re-opened on Main Street. New safety measures have been implemented, which include social distancing, new spacing of vendors, and requesting guests to wear masks.  Soda City runs each Saturday from 9 am -1 pm.

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City Center Partnership Unveils HOPE for Columbia

City Center Partnership (CCP) unveiled its new art installation project called HOPE for Columbia at First Citizens Green space on Main Street.  Artists Danny Harrington and Brandon McIver were commissioned by CCP to create and install the piece. The art piece includes the HOPE letters and displays the Columbia Flag across them.  The HOPE art piece will remain in the space until November.

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Improved and Upgraded Comet Central Reopens Downtown with Mandatory Mask Requirement

The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) has reopened its downtown transit hub with capital upgrades and a mandatory mask requirement. The hub, now known as COMET Central, has been closed since late March when the governor’s state of emergency and COVID-19 safety precautions shut it down. Some of the many improvements to COMET Central include:
  • Installed security fence
  • Installed Short Story Dispenser, Little Free Library, rocking chairs, debit machine, ATM, vending machines, and change machine
  • New Pulse System
  • Increased cleaning and sanitizing of facility
  • Yellow Shirt ambassador onsite
  • Increased police support onsite
  • Additional security and janitorial services
According to John Andoh, Executive Director & CEO of The COMET, the organization will offer masks to bus passengers prior to boarding for those who do not have a face covering. Face coverings must be worn in order to access facilities as well.

Transitions is Celebrating Nine Years of Services!

Transitions held a party in celebration of nine years of service to the homeless men and women of the Midlands. Over 20 volunteers came to help make the day a socially-distanced success. All photos courtesy of Margaret DuBose.
Transitions certainly has a lot to celebrate:
  • Year to date they have helped 3,248 individuals, a part of the 13,000+ unique clients they have served since they opened.
  • Since opening, they have served nearly 2,000,000 meals.
  • Over 1,200 volunteers helped in their facility last year to teach classes, serve meals, and render needed support. 
  • They have grown to offer more specialized programs and services within their facility to meet the needs of different populations served. These include their youth program for individuals age 18-24 and the actively aging program for individuals age 62+. 

The City of Columbia and Parking Services Announce that Restaurant Takeout Only 15-minute Limited Parking Has Been Extended until August 1

In partnership with all businesses who are open – in specific capacities such as limited outdoor/indoor seating, curbside pickup, take out/to go, online, and phone ordering, Parking Services has designated and placed red bagged meters that display 15 minute limited parking for Restaurant Takeout Only throughout Columbia business districts to facilitate the ease of quick parking for patrons to access. 

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.  For more information click here.

We're Ready When You Are.

City Center Partnership continues to work to maintain our mission of enhancing the vitality of the community, particularly the Main Street District. We encourage you to support downtown businesses when it’s possible. Main Street has a lot of heart! Better times are ahead, stay positive, and love each other well!

Please click on the link below to see which businesses are open and offering modified services.

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Events & Specials This Month

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The Main Course
1626 Main Street

Enjoy a Live Show of Dueling Pianos

Thursday, July 2
8:00 pm – 11:00 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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It’s a July 4th Celebration Cookout at The Main Course

Saturday, July 4
Noon – 11:00 pm

Enjoy all you can eat BBQ, hot dogs, hamburgers, and sides for $12 per person. Live Music provided by Mike Stone on their front patio and Brett Stafford Smith on the back courtyard. As always, they encourage everyone to practice social distancing. Their new thermal cameras check your temperature upon arrival for the safety of their staff & customers.

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The Joint at 1710 Main
1710 Main Street

Live Music with Hank Bilal on July 4th

Saturday, July 4
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Hank Bilal is easily one of the most soulful trombonists in South Carolina. He has a swagger and a groove you're sure to enjoy!

Soulful, swinging, adventurous, and fun - this is Saturday Night Jazz at The Joint at 1710 Main Street! Brought to you by The Joint at 1710 Main & Mark Rapp of ColaJazz
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The Grand
1621 Main Street

Puppy Paws & White Claws on the Grand Patio

Thursday, July 2
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Bring your pup out and enjoy $20 seltzer buckets of your choice of 5 White Claw, Bud Light Seltzer, or Truly Lemonade. Live music by Brent Lundy.

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Low Country Boil & Fish Fry with Sweetwater Brewing Company on The Grand Patio!

Thursday, July 23
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tickets are $45 and include all you can eat Low Country Boil & Fish Fry, 2 beers from Sweetwater, and live music by Shelby Raye Music from 6-9pm. Reserve your spot before it is too late!

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Richland Library
1431 Assembly St
(803) 799-9084

“How to Draw Gustafer Yellowgold” Art Show – Facebook Event

Friday, July 10
10:30 am – 11:30 am

Age Recommendation: Children; Families
Draw with Grammy-nominated illustrator and songwriter Morgan Taylor as he presents a close-up cartoon/illustration workshop from his own desk at home. This workshop gives us an in-depth tutorial on his creative process in the creation of his award-winning animated character, Gustafer.  This program is presented in collaboration with the Columbia Museum of Art. Tune into Richland Library's Facebook Page.
Columbia Museum of Art
1515 Main Street

Virtual Family Fun Night: Magic Purple Circle Goes to the Museum

Friday, July 10
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The CMA teams up with Darion McCloud and The NiA Company for the (online) return of Family Fun Night! Enjoy the premiere of “Magic Purple Circle Goes to the Museum” to see characters Purpley and Purplier take their first trip to an art museum, where they run in to some very excited folks who work there. Together you will view the new exhibition Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite, learn how to safely visit a museum during the age of social distancing, and create your own art from home!

Keep an eye out for a materials list that will be posted several days before the event. Appropriate for families and all ages.  

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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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