Main Street Bakery’s owner shares her Southern roots through her sweets

Dana Myers knew she wanted to be a baker ever since her mom gave her an Easy-Bake Oven and her grandmother taught her how to make pound cakes. She started out selling her sweets at hair salons. Now she owns Main Street Bakery, which got national attention when Hillary Clinton stopped by.

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Local Buzz owner creates safe space, not just coffee shop, in Rosewood

A vibrantly colored sign at The Local Buzz in Rosewood welcomes “all sizes, all colors, all ages, all cultures, all sexes, all beliefs, all religions, all types, all people – safe here.” Stephanie Bridgers painted the sign and runs her coffee shop by this creed.

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Sale nears for Olympia landmark Jaco’s Corner

Jaco’s Corner, the 104-year-old bar in the shadow of Williams-Brice Stadium, is likely to pour its last beer this summer. The Jaco family, which has owned the Olympia neighborhood bar at Rosewood Drive and Bluff Road for three generations, is reluctantly being pushed toward the sale by financial and generational realities.

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Heritage, culture, vegan soul food help define Lamb’s Bread owner

Folami Geter, owner of the Lamb’s Bread Vegan Cafe on North Main, shares her heritage and beliefs with her community through the food she serves. Her vegan recipes are inspired by soul food – distinctly Southern, but meat free.

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Avid juicer turns lifestyle into career

How do you take something you do every day and make money from it? For Toni Tarbutton, that meant turning her juicing lifestyle into a business after buying mobile juice bar Gin’s Juice. Her new business venture also lets Tarbutton be able to interact more with the community. By Charnita Mack Nov. 23, 2015 For… Read More Avid juicer turns lifestyle into career

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Vino Garage owner hopes other businesses follow him up North Main

Vino Garage owner Doug Aylard took a chance when opening his first business in Columbia’s North Main district. Three years later, he’s thumbing his nose at the banks that snubbed him and hopes his success will attract more business to the area just beyond downtown.

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Back to basics approach brings success to 5th Avenue Deli and owner Scott Mechling

Scott Mechling opened 5th Avenue Deli with a simple objective: Serve quality food while providing quality service. Mechling has done just that and found success along Rosewood when some businesses have struggled and closed.

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Craft breweries, aided by law changes, making impact on SC economy

Columbia’s craft beer scene is scheduled to grow to three breweries by this summer. With less-restrictive rules on serving beer in tasting rooms and possible liberalization of the rules for brewpubs, South Carolina’s craft beer industry is starting to produce economic benefits.

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Village Idiot’s menu for success: Slice, pour, serve, entertain

Village Idiot owners Brian and Kelly Glynn reel college students in with pizza and beer – two late-night favorites. It’s not that simple, though, to avoid the fate of so many Five Points bars that are now just memories. The Glynns understand it takes more than just good food and cheap drinks to keep customers… Read More Village Idiot’s menu for success: Slice, pour, serve, entertain

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New restaurant wants to take the world by storm – one strip of bacon at a time

Bacon is the ingredient of choice at Sizzle, a restaurant Chef Gary Uwanawich and his business partner, Matthew Canyes, are opening in Five Points. They say their creative take on the classic ingredient will create unique, inventive dishes.

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