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About The Guild

The Congaree Vista Guild is the voice of the district and its strongest development advocate.


We are a non-profit, membership-based organization charged with seeing that Columbia’s Vista, which is an official South Carolina Cultural District, is a vibrant symbol of our progressive Southern city. Led by an 18-member Board of Directors representing a variety of business sectors, the Congaree Vista Guild and its members are dedicated to making the Vista the place of choice for shopping, dining and entertainment, a national and international tourist destination, and a high-energy urban environment to live and grow businesses.


We invite you to join the Vista Guild and experience what an energized and involved membership can do for you and your business.


Member Benefits:



It's not what you know, it's who you know.  Become a member and participate in many of the networking opportunities.  As a member, you will also have access to our membership list.


Together We Stand Strong

The Congaree Vista Guild has numerous tools to help you grow professionally.  Knowledge is powerful and we know all there is to know about the Vista.  We attend city meetings and report back to you; we are the eyes and ears of the Vista.  From simple problems such as trash, to larger issues such as streetscaping, together we can make the Vista the very best it can be.


In The News

Our hard working staff and public relations team have your business on our minds.  We are continuously brainstorming unique ways to highlight your business.  From social media to traditional advertising, our members benefit from access to top-notch professionals.


Our membership meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Mark your calendar for the following dates:


December 21. 2016 – Holiday Party

February 15, 2017

March 15, 2017

May 17, 2017

June 21, 2017

September 20, 2017

October 18, 2017

December 2017 – Holiday Party 

Member Levels:


This is ideal for businesses
within the Vista districts.

$100 Learn More to Join

This is ideal for residents
living the Vista districts.

$50 Learn More to Join

Board Of Directors

Hal Stevenson, President

Grace Outdoor


Merritt McNeely, Vice President

South Carolina State Museum


Mike Evans, Secretary

Carolina International Trucking


Richard Burts, Treasurer

701 Whaley


Todd Avant, CCIM

NAI Avant


Kelly Barbrey

Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism


J. Britt

Midlands Art Conservatory


Stephen Chesley

Vista Studios 80808


Lea Cooper

Carolina Ale House


Rosie Craig

R. MacFarlane Craig Real Estate


Clark Ellefson

Lewis + Clark


David Erbacher

Hyatt Place


Beth Frost

Cohn Construction Services


Guy Jones

River Runner


Alexis Lindsay

Sowell Gray


Dale Marshall



Rick Rowe

Renaissance Plaza


Fred Delk, Ex-Officio

Columbia Development Corporation

Meredith Atkinson, Executive Director