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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.


New Business Support

We support new businesses as they locate to the Vista with grand openings, ribbon, cuttings, press conferences, and social media support. Find out what all we can do to help you as you open your new business. Click here for New Business Support.


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 p.m. Mark your calendar for the following dates:

March 18 at the Hilton Columbia Center

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

Merritt McNeely, President

Flock & Rally


Beth Frost, Vice President

Cohn Construction Services


Alexis Lindsay, Secretary


Dale Marshall, Treasurer



David Erbacher

Hyatt Place



Todd Avant, CCIM

NAI Avant


Kelly Barbrey

Experience Columbia, SC


Ryan Dukes

Blue Marlin


Rosie Craig

R. MacFarlane Craig Real Estate


Clark Ellefson

Lewis + Clark


Guy Jones

River Runner


Hal Stevenson

Grace Outdoor


Fred Delk, Ex-Officio

Columbia Development Corporation






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Abby Naas, Executive Director