‘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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Artist Eto Otitigbe combines passions to create new works

To craft powerful and controversial political messages and statements, artist Eto Otitigbe combines two of his passions – art and engineering. One of his latest subjects is the Confederate flag that flies outside the S.C. State House.

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Father, son make their racing dreams reality with Bush River Raceway

  Ron Kuhn, a lifelong racing fan, and his son, Ryan, always had dreams of clouds of smoke and victory lane. Spurred by their love for racing, the Kuhns took an empty lot and a warehouse near Seven Oaks and turned it into a remote control racer’s paradise.

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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.

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Older homeowner remembers The Avenues’ past, eyes neighborhood’s future

By Antoine Thomas April 1, 2015 Ann Diamond, 81, remembers waving at World War II soldiers passing through Cayce as they threw candy and gum at her as an adolescent. Diamond’s parents had moved the family into a house the same year it was built – 1945 – on what is now the 700 block… Read More Older homeowner remembers The Avenues’ past, eyes neighborhood’s future

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Young resident finds The Avenues convenient, comfy

By: Antoine Thomas April 1, 2015 With new jobs slowing down in Aiken, Adam Kays, headed east and found a job working with product development in Blythewood. He rented a house on Sunnyside Drive in Cayce for a while, but then Kays’ attraction shifted to The Avenues, and he began searching for a house big… Read More Young resident finds The Avenues convenient, comfy

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New faces fill The Avenues in Cayce, W. Columbia

There are a lot of new faces in The Avenues – the neighborhood of tidy homes that blossomed after World War II but struggled in recent years. One expert says its proximity to the University of South Carolina, just across the Congaree River, has a lot to do with the revival.

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