Important S.C. jazz cafe worries about losing home in redone Finlay Park

Skipp Pearson’s Le Cafe Jazz stands out not only as the renowned saxophonist’s home base but also for its focus on the music. But look at the preliminary renovation plans for Columbia’s Finlay Park. You won’t find the building it now calls home.

Pocket

Decadence rocks Columbia Music scene

Columbia embraces a vibrant nightlife. The Vista, along the Congaree River, is one of Columbia’s most electrifying districts. Local band Decadence knows how to rock the Vista and the city.  

Pocket

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.

Pocket

Retirement for Woody Windham just means moving to nightclub, online radio

  Well-known S.C. broadcaster Woody Windham retired in 2012, but he isn’t finished behind the microphone. For the past four years, he’s been pumping out the music at his dance club in Columbia’s Vista and launching his own Internet station.

Pocket

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

Pocket

In Earlewood, everybody may not know your name – but they’re trying

Earlewood, one of Columbia’s oldest neighborhoods, is working to establish a new sense of community. The neighborhood’s quality of life committee and a bar owner who lives in Earlewood are helping residents get to know each other over a beer.

Pocket

Desegregation’s freedom proved to be ruin for some black businesses

By Andrew Barnwell July 23, 2013 Tom Simpkins is remembered by many older African-Americans in Aiken and Graniteville as one of the wealthiest men in Aiken, with a financial empire of area nightclubs and restaurants. As one of the few self-made African-American entrepreneurs in the area, Simpkins made his money and bought his land almost… Read More Desegregation’s freedom proved to be ruin for some black businesses

Pocket