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 

You’re Invited to City Center Partnership’s 18th Annual Celebration!

We will be celebrating our 18th anniversary on Monday, November 18th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at The Columbia Museum of Art.
For more information, call 803-233-0620 or email Please RSVP by November 11.

Congratulations Hotel Trundle!

Hotel Trundle is now a part of Southern Living magazine’s Hotel Collection network.  The Main Street District boutique hotel is now listed among the magazine’s curated network of 24 recommended hotels, inns, and resorts across the South. The hotels are selected by the Southern Living editorial staff for their hospitality, amenities, unique rooms, and location, according to a news release.

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Market on Main Update

The countdown is on! With an anticipated November 2019 opening, work continues at a rapid pace at Market on Main’s future location. Market on Main is bringing a combination of an all-day restaurant and bar, marketplace, outdoor dining, and an event space (complete with a self-serve beer wall) to Main Street. Outdoor space is a scarce resource downtown and Market on Main is aiming to create a great space at the center of gourmet food and outdoor entertainment.
New progress in October:
  • 24-foot dual service (indoor/outdoor) bar for craft cocktails, wine, and imported beers installed
  • 18-foot all-glass cold ingredient line with inset hot soup well installation has begun
  • Tile flooring work has started
  • Ductwork installed in the kitchen
  • Countertops and tiling installed in the bathrooms
Be sure to follow Market on Main on Facebook and Instagram (@marketonmaincolasc) for sneak peeks, construction updates, and more!

Saturday, November 30th  is Shop Small Saturday!

We hope to see you in the Main Street District for Small Business Saturday! Stop by and shop with our merchants! Shop Small and keep the money local!   Any day is a good day to SHOP LOCAL

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Download The COMET app and Plan your Route Today

No matter where you want to go around the Midlands, The COMET can get you there. Whether you're on one of the 38 fixed bus routes, taking advantage of the free Soda Cap Connector, or The Orbit downtown circular, this app will help you identify your routes, track buses in real-time, and be a convenient way for you to get around Columbia from your phone.

To download the free app, click here: 

Events & Specials This Month

 Join us for First Thursday on Main on November 7 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
1515 Main Street
(803) 799-2810

Party with Van Gogh and Hundreds of Your Closest Friends at Arts & Draughts

Friday, November 15
7 – 11 pm

Rock out on Boyd Plaza with live musical performances from Bask, the Asheville powerhouse known for their distinctive mix of Americana, stoner rock, post-rock, and psychedelic, and Daddy's Beemer, a slack-rock four-piece from Charleston seasoned by a healthy diet of house shows and bar gigs. Dance the night away with Columbia’s own DJs Party of Some. Meet FatRat Da Czar in the Loft and jam out to performances by some of South Carolina's most elite past, present, and future hip-hop artists.
Enjoy craft beer from The Whig featuring Asheville’s original craft brewery Highland Brewing Company, sweets and treats from Curiosity Coffee Bar, and bites from Smokey Loggins, The Wurst Wagen, and Los Chicanos Food Truck. 

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Columbia Museum of Art Features Van Gogh through January 12, 2020

(Van Gogh Exhibit:  Through January 12, 2020)
Van Gogh and His Inspirations is an original exhibition organized by the CMA that brings the work of one of the most beloved artists in the world to Columbia, South Carolina, alongside a variety of handpicked paintings and drawings that shaped his vision.

From 2001 to 2010, as Steven Naifeh and Greg Smith researched their New York Times bestseller Van Gogh: The Life, they built a collection of over 30 works by artists who influenced Van Gogh’s aesthetic thinking. These works join loans from 12 museums across the U.S. to explore the artistic evolution of Van Gogh through the lens of the artists who inspired him. 

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Richland Library
1431 Assembly St
(803) 799-9084

AiR Presents: Meet Markie

Monday, November 4
6 - 8 pm
(Age Recommendation: Teens)

If you're a teen with a passion for anime, cosplay, or costume design, join Richland Library for TOAST (Team of Anime Seeking Teens) and meet Markie Gaddis, Richland Library’s newest Artist-in-Residence. She will answer your burning questions about costuming, ComicCons, and using unconventional materials to make the coolest props. You'll even learn how to use LED lights to make your own nerdy-cool glowing glasses.

From Hogwarts to Westeros: Building Realistic Fantasy Worlds

Sunday, November 24
2:30 - 3:30 pm
(Age Recommendation: Teens & Adults)

Jill Criswell, author of the young adult historical fantasy, “Beasts of the Frozen Sun,” (Blackstone Publishing) and writing instructor at USC Upstate, will lead a writing workshop focusing on world-building strategies. Geared toward writers of fantasy and sci-fi, but applicable for writers in all genres, the workshop will start by looking at world-building best practices and specific examples from bestselling authors. This will be followed by a writing exercise where participants will have time to write a sketch of a world or character they could use in a story. Participants will get a chance to share and discuss their sketches and to ask the author questions.

Register online.
Uptown on Main
1204 Main Street

Uptown is Hosting a Holiday Open House

Thursday, November 7 – Saturday, November 9
Join Uptown for a first look at 2019 holiday merchandise, food samplings, and shopping!

Book Signing with Mary Whyte

Thursday, November 7
Noon – 1:30 pm

We the People is a poignant collection of watercolor portraits of military veterans from each of the 50 states: men and women from all walks of life and every branch of the military.
Mary Whyte is an internationally acclaimed American watercolor artist and 2016 recipient of the Portrait Society of America’s Gold Medal. All proceeds from the sale of We the People will benefit the Patriot Art Foundation, a nonprofit that uses visual arts to honor, celebrate, and assist in veterans’ re-entry process.

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Book Signing with Rodger Stroup

Friday, November 8
Noon -  1:30 pm

Meet Me at the Rocket is as thorough a history of an important state institution as can be found. Buy a cotton candy, visit the exhibits, ride the merry-go-round, and enjoy this singular exploration of South Carolina’s agriculture and industry, its science and art, and history.

Rodger E. Stroup is a graduate of Wofford College and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.  

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Meet Pete the Cat at Uptown

Friday, Nov 22 at 4 pm & Saturday, Nov 23 at 12 pm
Meet Pete the Cat, pick up his newest books, and get them signed all at the same time. It's a great experience your child will remember forever.  Photos are welcomed. It’s the perfect time to do some holiday shopping!
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Mast General Store
1601 Main Street
(803) 771-2300

Merrell & Mast Store Team Up for Food for Kids

Through Sunday, November 3
Merrell Footwear, an active lifestyle brand, joins the Mast Store for the eleventh year in 2019 to provide Food for Kids (October 21-November 3). During these dates, when you purchase a pair of Merrell Footwear at Mast Store, Merrell will make a donation to Harvest Hope Food Bank to fill a backpack with weekend food for kids.
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Revive Wellness Studio
1624 Main St

Enjoy Black Friday Deals After Thanksgiving!

Revive Wellness Studio is offering exclusive pricing and blowout sales on products and services!
The Grand
1621 Main Street

FREE Body Blast Workout with Leticia Gardner - Sponsored by Revive Wellness Studio

Saturday, November 30
9 – 10 am

Body Blast is combining speed drills, core training, and continuous movements to increase agility, flexibility, muscle memory, and endurance. It’s a full-body workout sure to leave you sweating and laughing! Come join the movement, while you turn fat into muscle!

Spots are limited so reserve your spot today!​  803- 726-2344

Watch the Clemson v. Carolina Game at The Grand

Saturday, November 30
4  – 9 pm

Enjoy watching the Clemson v. Carolina game with Rod Gardner & friends. Sponsored by Revive Wellness Studio! Enjoy game-day drink and food specials and bowl a few with some of the former Clemson and Carolina greats! See you there!

Game Time TBA. Party will begin prior to kick-off.
The Main Course
1626 Main Street

Wine Dinner with Lula Drake

Thursday, November 14
6 – 9 pm

The Main Course is excited to team up with Lula Drake for their first wine dinner. Enjoy a special five-course meal. Lula Drake will provide 3 oz. wine pairings with each course. Each wine and course will be explained in full detail. Featuring music by Mark Rapp. Tickets are LIMITED so get them as soon as you can! 

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Columbia Art Center
1227 Taylor Street

Columbia Art Center Holiday Sale

Saturday, November 23
10 am  – 3 pm

Join Columbia Art Center for its first annual Holiday Sale. Available will be an array of hand-made arts and crafts from pottery, jewelry, beautiful scarves, paintings, and more! 

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

Holiday Diamond Showcase

Friday, November 22
10 am – 5:30 pm

Shop Sylvan’s largest selection of loose diamonds, engagement rings, diamond jewelry, and more. Gift with purchase and special financing available! 

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The Joint at 1710
1710 Main Street

Live Jazz Featuring Mark Rapp

Saturday, November 2
8 – 11 pm

Enjoy live jazz with the Mark Rapp Group!   Doors open at 5pm and Jazz starts at 8pm. 

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Shagging on Main

Every Wednesday from 8 – 11pm
Enjoy local live beach music, food, drink specials, and a shagging good time. 
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53rd Annual Governor’s Carolighting

Sunday, November 24
Beginning at 6 pm
The 53rd Annual Governor’s Carolighting will be held on Sunday, November 24 on the State House Grounds. Celebrate the start of the holiday season with the official lighting of the state Christmas tree. Enjoy musical performances from across South Carolina and hear a holiday message from the Governor, plus a countdown to light the tree!  
East Bay Deli
1426 Main St
(803) 814-2277

Come Feed Your Belly with a DELIcious Gift from East Bay Deli!

With the holiday season right around the corner, the time of giving is upon us.  This year, include yourself in your list!   Gift cards are the perfect gift and East Bay Deli is offering a reward for those who buy their gift cards for the holidays. For every $100 you spend in gift cards, they’ll give you a $20 gift card *FREE!  No one will be re-gifting these gems! *Offer available in-store only.

Mark Your Calendar for Famously Hot New Year 2019!

Ring in the New Year in the Main Street District!  Famously Hot New Year is S.C.'s largest NYE celebration featuring a free, full-length concert starring Grammy-winning female rap duo Salt N Pepa. Join Salt N Pepa, The High Divers, and Cottontown Soul Society for a night of celebration in FHNY's fun, friendly festival atmosphere. Find details and plan a long NYE weekend in the Main Street District at
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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