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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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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Facade program improves North Main storefronts, community morale

The almost $650,000 that Columbia has spent to update the facades of over 24 businesses in the North Main area during the past three years has meant more business for owners like Mark Sills of Angelo’s Zesto and a more livable neighborhood.

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‘West Vista’ seeing slow but steady revival as other shops join restaurants

After years of watching downtown Columbia’s revival, West Columbia is beginning to see shops move to its side of the Congaree River. The success of restaurants inside the “West Vista” around State and Meeting streets has been vital in attracting those new businesses.

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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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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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Whitney Hotel’s apartment conversion reflects Devine Street revival

Gone is the Whitney Hotel, the Shandon icon that was home away from home to legislators and that was touched by a University of South Carolina athletics scandal. Now converted to the 700 Woodrow apartments, its rehabilitation reflects a larger transformation of the Devine Street commercial district.

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Vegan restaurant captures North Main’s struggles

By Damian Dominguez March 20, 2014 The Lamb’s Bread Vegan Cafe is one of the few bright spots on Main Street north of Elmwood Avenue, where vacant lots and “For Lease” signs outnumber businesses. But manager Folami Geter says it might have to move because of high renovation costs, underlining the difficulty of rebuilding such… Read More Vegan restaurant captures North Main’s struggles

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