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 

$25 Million Residential Project Celebrates Completion in the Main Street District

Mashburn Construction celebrated the completion of their latest project and the largest non-student residential development ever built in the central business district of Columbia. The $25 million project, dubbed 1321 Lofts is a luxury apartment complex with spectacular city views, excellent amenities, and convenient downtown living. The complex is located at 1321 Lady Street totaling 130 units ranging from $950-$1250 per unit, per month.

The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting celebrated the 20th anniversary of Capitol Places; a mainstay in downtown living developments in the Main Street District since 1998. In 20 years, Capitol Places has repurposed close to half a million square feet of buildings and added an additional 50,000 square feet to existing buildings. Within these buildings, the group has created over 375 residential units and almost 30 commercial spaces.

Welcome Stoner’s Pizza to the Main Street District!

Stoner’s Pizza Joint is now open at 1216 Washington Street.  In addition to pizza and wings, they have a variety of delicious menu items including a salad with vegetables cut fresh each day, sandwiches, a cheesecake stromboli available in plain, strawberry or raspberry, and “half-baked” cookies. They also offer a large one-topping pizza for carry-out for $7.99. All students receive 10% off with a student ID!

Stoner’s offers delivery service. Their drivers will deliver within a  seven-mile radius, and the delivery fee is a flat $3. 

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Browtopia Opens Storefront on Main

Stop by Browtopia and check out their new storefront! They offer a Holistic brow bar and express organic skincare. Browtopia is now located at 1520 Main Street. Call 803.931.2769 and schedule your appointment today!  

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The Grand Unveils New Sign

During renovations of the circa 1866 Robinson Building at 1621 Main Street, workers unearthed a remnant of the structure’s stint as a vaudeville and silent theater from 1909-1914. The sign’s historical significance, with its hints of old-time grandeur, changed the thinking of developers who were originally focused solely on building a bowling alley in the space.

“This was going to be called Lanes on Main,” building owner and developer Scott Middleton said. “We didn’t quite know what we were going to become. When we found the sign, it just made it. This had to be The Grand. It was The Grand, and it was going to be a grand place.”

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Updated Soda Cap Connecter Schedule

Soda Cap Connector schedule will take effect on Monday, February 11th . The service has been restructured to better serve the front door of major visitor attractions and destinations in the downtown Columbia area, seven days a week running every 30 minutes, Sunday – Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to midnight.

After midnight – passengers can use their COMET @ Night partnership with Uber and Lyft and get the code on the buses to get $5.00 off their Uber and Lyft fare until 3:00 a.m.  Anything above $5.00 is on the passenger.

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Please Welcome Ana Irizarry to Our Yellow Shirt Team

Ana, an Air Force veteran, is our new Transit Center Safety Guide.  She is a native of Miami, Florida and has joined City Center Partnership’s Yellow Shirt team.  During her free time, she enjoys drawing, crocheting, dancing, hiking, and bicycling.

Events & Specials This Month

 Join us for First Thursday on Main on February 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

Harvest Hope Food Drive - February 6 - February 14

Please consider donating non-perishable items from Wednesday, February 6 – Thursday, February 14th.  Several of our Main Street District businesses will have a container for easy drop-offs.  Please check the list of participating businesses.  (Some will be offering discounts and specials as a thank you for your donations).  Thank you for your support!
  • Imperial Custom Clothiers (1537 Main) - 10% discount on any custom shirt package
  • 1626 Main – Featuring a free dueling piano show on First Thursday
  • Miss Cocky Boutique (1450 Main)- 20% off one regular priced item on First Thursday
  • Mast General Store (1601 Main)
  • Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse (1508 Main) - a free glass of wine on First Thursday
  • Pelliclaude (1332 Main) - 20% off any purchase in the store
  • The Whig (1200 Main)
  • Doctors Care (1538 Main)
  • Main Street Public House (1556 Main) -  a free non-alcoholic beverage with a meal during lunch or dinner
  • Wilson Kibler – (1111 Laurel) 
  • Cantina 76 (1301 Main) - 1/2 priced original house Margarita on First Thursday
  • Blue Flour Bakery (1210 Main) - $1.00 off any drink
  • Indah Coffee – (1332 Main)
  • Fancy That! Bistro & Catering (1212 Hampton) – One free drink
  • The COMET Transit Center - 10-ride passes 
  • Tapp’s Arts Center (1644 Main)
  • eBike Central (1332 Main) – 10% discount on any accessory purchases
  • GrandSouth Bank (1901 Assembly)
  • Hotel Trundle- (1224 Taylor)
  • Museum Gift Shop (1515 Main) – Free wine in exchange for a canned food donation (minimum 2 cans) on First Thursday
Many of Our Main Street District Businesses Are Offering You and Your Sweethearts Some Sweet Options!  Happy Valentine’s Day!
Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse
1508 Main Street

A Special Valentine’s Day Celebration at Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse

Thursday, February 14 – Sunday, February 17
Enjoy their award-winning  30-item Gourmet Salad Bar, Hot Sides, and 16 endless cuts of USDA Beef, Lamb, Pork and Chicken.

Complimentary glass of Prosecco or Mimosa to all friends on Main Street when you mention this article.
Uptown on Main
1204 Main Street

Surprise Your Sweetheart with Delicious Chocolate Truffles from Uptown!

Blue Flour Bakery
1210 Main Street

Stop by Blue Flour and Pick up Your Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies for Your Sweetheart!

You can order their Valentine’s Day Love Box for $79 online.

Featuring one large heart cookie, two medium heart cookies, and an assortment of mini sugars in a medley of red, pink, and white icing, this colorful assortment is sure to make hearts skip a beat!


Orders placed after 2/12 won’t arrive in times for Valentine’s Day.
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio
1305 Assembly Street

Celebrate Valentines Day at Let's Cook Culinary

Thursday, February 14 - Begins 6:15 pm

This is a demonstration class for couples. Registration is $125/couple. (please bring a choice of wine) 

  • Italian Turkey Meatball and Kale Soup
  • Arancini (Rice Ball stuffed with cheese and Mushroom) - Served with Salad and tomato vinaigrette
  • Beef Short Ribs with Reduce Aged Balsamic
  • Chocolate Panna Cotta

Valentine Weekend Couples Hands-On Class

Friday, February 15th & Saturday, 16th - Begins 6:30 pm

This is a participation class. Work together with your partner and share in the fun of cooking!  Registration $120/couple
  • Italian Turkey Meatball and Kale Soup
  • Leafy Green Salad
  • Chicken Saltimbocca with Spinach Fettuccine
  • Cannoli with mascarpone cheese, nuts &chocolate
Mast General Store
1601 Main Street
(803) 771-2300

Valentine's Day is Near - Do You Know Your Sweetheart's Favorite Candy?

A traditional gift of candy for your sweetheart this year can help feed someone who is hungry. The Mast Store will donate $1 to the Harvest Hope Food Bank for each pound of candy purchased on February 9-10.

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Seven Doors Salon
1419 Sumter Street

Enjoy a Roses and Chocolate Facial at Seven Doors Salon!

Eminence's Sweet Red Rose Treatment paired with organic dark cocoa will restore your complexion. Results from facials at Seven Doors can last 4+ weeks!  This will make a great gift certificate for Valentine’s Day!  These roses will last four weeks and you can enjoy it with Belgium Chocolate!  Call 803-254-1507 to make an appointment or visit the salon to pick up a gift certificate for your sweetie!
The Shoppes on Main
1604 Main Street

Do You Need a Personal Shopper for Valentine’s Day?

The Shoppes on Main has you covered! Please email or to get a gift ready for your loved one.
The Nickelodeon
1607 Main Street

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Classic Romance, Love Jones!

Thursday, February 14
7:30 pm

Bring your date, best friend, or yourself to the Nickelodeon on Valentine's Day for a screening of the classic 90s romance, Love Jones! Enjoy Valentine's Day downtown with special deals in concessions and a picture with their rainbow marquee. 

Reserve Tickets 
East Bay Deli
1426 Main St
(803) 814-2277

Share Something Sweet with Your Valentine at East Bay Deli! 

Thursday, February 14 

All day, February 14th, Buy 2 Sandwiches and 2 Fountain Drinks and get 1 FREE slice of Juniors® Cake (your choice)!  *Dine-in Only.  Offer not valid with any other offers, coupons, discounts or promotions.
Sweat by JSF – Columbia
1125 Lady Street

In Celebration of All Things LOVE this Valentine's Day SWEAT is offering you these TWO specials!

This will give you UNLIMITED access to BOTH of their Columbia studios. Come see what makes each studio unique!

Instead of chocolates and roses, opt for quality time at the gym with your number one!
This offer is valid for purchase until Feb 14, 2019. Personal training sessions are valid for use up to 30 days after purchase date.
Tapp's Arts Center
1644 Main Street
(803) 988-0013

Want a Unique and Memorable Experience this Valentine's Day?

Thursday, February 14
6 – 9 pm 

Look no further than “36 Questions”: a unique and fun interview/sharing process where you and a partner will be lead through a series of questions scientifically proven (by a study at UC Berkley) to lead to increased feelings of closeness.

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Richland Library
1431 Assembly St
(803) 799-9084

Make Your Own Needle Felted Heart Ornaments

Thursday, February 14
2 – 3:30 pm
(Age Recommendation: Adults)

Make a 3D heart ornament, using wool roving and felting needles. No felting experience is required. Please register online or call 803-799-9084.

Opening Reception: Our Voice - Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards
Friday, February 15
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Join Richland Library for a very special, after-hours reception as we celebrate the opening of the exhibit Our Voice - Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards. Featuring 103 award and honor-winning titles, this powerful exhibit from the National Center for Children's Illustrative Literature will be on display at the Richland Library and the Columbia Museum of Art through April 25th. Named for Mrs. Coretta Scott King, these awards recognize the works of outstanding African-American authors and illustrators, and they uphold the vital importance of children’s literature that celebrates African-American life and culture.
Meet the Author: Derrick Barnes
Saturday, February 16
2:30 4 pm
Age Recommendation: Families
In celebration of Black History Month, author Derrick Barnes will discuss his award-winning book and answer questions from the audience. A book sale and signing will follow.
Doctors Care
1538 Main Street

Your Team of FLUperheroes at Doctors Care on Main Will Help You Fight the Flu!

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The Venue on Main
1624 Main Street

American Advertising Awards Preview Party at Venue on Main - TopGolf Swing Suite

Thursday, February 7
5:30 pm

Join AAF of the Midlands for the American Advertising Awards Preview Party at the new TopGolf Swing Suite (The Venue on Main)! See all the entries
before the winners are announced, and hang out with the best creatives in town.

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The Grand
1621 Main Street

Disney Trivia at The Grand

Wednesday, February 27
7 – 9 pm
How well do you know The Little Mermaid, Mulan, Cinderella, The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and The Beast, Frozen, and all of Disney's animated films? Join The Grand for Disney Trivia!

Have a favorite character? Best dressed character will receive a $25 gift card. 

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1601 Richland St
(803) 252-7742

Behind-the-Scenes Tour – Keenan Building

Thursday, February 28
6 - 7:30 pm

Go behind the scenes with Historic Columbia and explore the historic Keenan building, a Columbia iconic landmark. The Keenan building was built as a six-story structure in 1921 and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. It will soon be transformed into 109 apartments with a spectacular view of Main Street. This Behind-The-Scenes Tour, presented by 2nd Wind Heating & Air, will begin at the Palmetto Club at 6 p.m. Tickets are available to Historic Columbia members first and will open to non-members starting Monday, Feb. 18. Space is limited.
Tickets: Purchase Here
Columbia Museum of Art
1515 Main Street

The Evolution of the Sax in Jazz Music by Noel Freidline

Friday, February 22
7 – 10 pm

Noel Freidline returns to the CMA with Juan Rollan and Sam Skelton to celebrate the saxophone and the musicians who found their voice through this most unlikely instrument. Join the CMA in the new Loft for an intimate club atmosphere featuring the music of such luminaries as Sidney Bechet, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Stan Getz, and Michael Brecker.
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Ebenezer Lutheran Church
1301 Richland Street

SC Bach Society Presents Gabriel Smallwood

Sunday, February 10
4:00 pm

A native of Florence, SC, Gabriel is currently a student at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater (University for Music and Theater), Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig, Germany. In addition to regular concerts in Germany and the United States, Gabriel has also performed in Austria, the Czech Republic, and Italy. Event is free and open to the public, and presented in memory of Pat Wertz.
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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