NEWS & Happenings

  • Vista Guild Announces 35th Annual Vista Lights

    November 10, 2020

    The Congaree Vista Guild will host the 35th Annual Vista Lights as a week-long event from Monday, November 16 through Sunday, November 22. Vista Lights is the annual open house event in the Congaree Vista. 

    COLUMBIA, S.C.—The Congaree Vista Guild will host the 35th Annual Vista Lights as a week-long event from Monday, November 16 through Sunday, November 22. Vista Lights is the annual open house event in the Congaree Vista. 

     

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some changes are coming to Vista Lights this year. Vista galleries, shops and restaurants will open their doors to showcase their holiday best throughout the week. These businesses follow COVID-19 protocols to help keep you safe. The Vista tree outside of River Runner Outdoor Center will be lit all week for your holiday photos. 

     

    Be sure to stop by the Vistas Studio Arts District at 1001 Huger Street where The Vista’s newest public art piece will be unveiled on November 19. ‘The Laborer’ by Mike Wsol unveiling will take place during the MASKerade event at Stormwater Studios, One Eared Cow and Lewis+Clark from 5-8 p.m. 

     

    Also, make plans to visit Santa at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center’s ‘A Holiday to Remember’. This event is on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will feature a kid zone, a holiday market, stage performances and holiday concessions. 

     

    “Vista Lights in an important part of starting the holidays in Columbia,” says executive director of the Congaree Vista Guild, Abby Naas. “We are excited to continue this holiday tradition for our 35th year. Vista businesses have been working hard to create events and specials to safely begin the holiday season!” 

     

    The Vista encourages all patrons to visit these businesses websites and social media pages for updated event information and COVID-19 protocols. 

     

    For a full list of participating businesses, click here.

     

    For more information about the Congaree Vista Guild, visit www.VistaColumbia.com or call (803) 269-5946. Follow the Vista Guild on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @VistaColumbiaSC. 

  • Congaree Vista Guild Announces New Board of Directors

    July 27, 2020

    The Congaree Vista Guild has welcomed a new board of directors who will serve the organization for a three-year term.  

    The Congaree Vista Guild has welcomed a new board of directors who will serve the organization for a three-year term.  

     

    Over the last year the Congaree Vista Guild board has been working to be more inclusive and give Vista member businesses the opportunity to be heard. This historic change to our bylaws has brought businesses in the neighborhood the opportunity to nominate and vote for members of the Vista Guild board. 

     

    "I am proud of what this board has done to infuse more democracy into our future,” said long-serving board member Hal Stevenson. “I especially thank our outgoing president Merritt McNeely for her leadership.” 

     

    Out of the 12-person business board, 6 seats were nominated on from the previous 2019-2020 board and 6 were nominated and voted on by the membership of the Congaree Vista Guild. All of these board members will serve a 3-year term which began on July 1, 2020. 

     

    The Congaree Vista Guild business board members include: Todd Avant, Avant Holdings, LLC; Rosie Craig, R. MacFarlane Craig Real Estate; Timothy Doe, No Grease Barbershop; Clark Ellefson, Lewis + Clark; David Erbacher, Hyatt Place Vista; Beth Frost, Cohn Construction Services; Jared Glover, Publix; Guy Jones, River Runner Outdoor Center; Dale Marshall, Architrave; Hal Stevenson, Grace Outdoor; Cheryl Swanson, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center; and Chip Wade, Koger Center for the Arts. In addition, Fred Delk of Columbia Development Corporation serves as ex-officio board member and Bart Walrath serves on behalf of the Vista Neighborhood Association. 

     

    “I am excited for the leadership that we are bringing to our board from both newcomers and those returning,” said executive director Abby Naas. “We have a great variety of backgrounds and experience which will help continue the growth and vibrance that is the Vista.” 

     

    For more information about the Congaree Vista Guild, visit www.VistaColumbia.com or call (803) 269-5946. Follow the Vista Guild on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @VistaColumbiaSC. 

  • Statement from the Congaree Vista Guild

    May 31, 2020

    A statement from the Congaree Vista Guild in regard to the events of the evening of May 30, 2020.

    The Congaree Vista district is a place that was built for people to come together. Its businesses, property owners and residents all take pride in serving the community as a top destination for entertainment and culture. 

     

    Our local retailers, service establishments and restaurants have been struggling through the pandemic and are working to reestablish themselves again as our city opens up to guests and locals. Their goal, as is the goal of the Congaree Vista Guild, is to get back to a place where all people can gather for safe fellowship in an authentic revitalized urban district.  

     

    We respect the rights of people to peacefully protest injustice and inequality but we are hurt by behavior that damages the years of hard work that our local property and business owners have invested in making the Vista Columbia’s signature arts and entertainment district. 

     

    We want to thank the Columbia Police Department for their efforts to make the Vista a safe place for all to visit.

  • Update on Open Businesses in the Vista

    April 20, 2020

    Our priority is the safety of our businesses and patrons in this trying time of our community and world with COVID-19. We hope that you find this list helpful as you continue to shop local and support the businesses of the Vista. This list will continue to be updated daily and is broken down into mealtime/date night, shopping, learning, culture/arts and services.

    Our priority is the safety of our businesses and patrons in this trying time of our community and world with COVID-19. We hope that you find this list helpful as you continue to shop local and support the businesses of the Vista. This list will continue to be updated daily and is broken down into mealtime/date night, shopping, learning, culture/arts and services.

     

    MEALTIME / DATE NIGHT

     

    929 Kitchen and Bar

    929 Gervais Street, 803-764-3825

    Open for take-out and delivery lunch 11am-2:30pm and dinner 5-9pm.

     

    The Aristocrat

    1001 Washington Street, 803-708-8004

    Open Monday-Thursday 4-9pm and Friday-Saturday 4-11:30pm for indoor and patio seating as well as take-out.

     

    Art Bar

    1211 Park Street, 803-929-0198

    Open daily. Kitchen is open Tuesday-Friday 6pm-12am and Saturday 8pm-12am.

     

    Blue Marlin

    1200 Lincoln Street, 803-799-3838

    Open for indoor and outdoor seating as well as to-go.

     

    Carolina Ale House

    708 Lady Street, 803-401-5379

    Open for take-out and delivery. Dining room is open. Visit them online for their full menu including 'family value meals'.

     

    Chipotle

    619 Gervais Street, 803-223-7801

    Open daily from 10:45am-10pm for pick-up and take-out. Dining room and patio now open.

     

    COA Agaveria y Cocina

    823-A Lady Street

    Open Wednesday-Saturday from 4-10pm for dine-in, patio seating and carry out.

     

    Columbia Craft Brewing Company

    520 Greene Street, 803-777-4161

    Tap room is open Monday-Thursday 2-10pm and Friday-Saturday noon-10pm.

     

    Crabby's Cajun

    1115 Assembly Street, 803-542-1700

    New business in The Vista! Open on August 19th for carry-out only.

     

    Cupcake DownSouth

    1213 Lincoln Street, 803-212-4949

    Open from 10am-6pm. Credit card only.

     

    Five Burgers & Fries

    931 Senate Street, 803-799-0441

    Open for take-out and delivery.

     

    Freshe Poke

    1102 Huger Street, 803-724-8463

    Open daily from noon-7pm. Order online or stop in for take-out.

     

    The Front Coffee and Tap

    622 Canalside Street, 803-995-6271

    New coffee shop, opened on May 11! Open daily. Check their website for events.

     

    Gervais & Vine

    620 Gervais Street, 803-799-8463

    Open Monday-Saturday 11:30am-2pm and 4-9pm. Open for indoor and patio dining. Reservations recommended.

     

    Great American Cookies / Marble Slab Creamery

    1001 Gervais Street, 803-765-9100

    Open for take-out and delivery.

     

    Grill Marks

    711 Gervais Street, 803-661-8932

    Open daily from 11am-7pm for online curbside pick-up or dine-in patio and indoor seating. Check their website for the menu!

     

    Jason's Deli

    823 Gervais Street, 803-540-1973

    Open for take-out and delivery. Order online.

     

    Jimmy John's

    715 Gervais Street, 803-933-9595

    Open for take-out and delivery.

     

    Kaminsky's Dessert Cafe

    930 Gervais Street, 803-550-9979

    Open Sunday-Wednesday 4-9pm and Thuesday-Saturday 4-11pm for indoor dining and take-out. Order online. Check their website for more information.

     

    Kao Thai Cuisine

    1001 Senate Street, Suite 300, 803-569-6881

    Open 4-9pm Monday-Saturday for take-out, delivery and indoor/patio dining.

     

    Liberty Tap Room & Grill

    828 Gervais Street, 803

    Open daily from 11am-9pm for limited indoor dining. Bar is open until 10pm on Friday & Saturday. Order online for curbside pick-up.

     

    Longhorn Steakhouse

    902 Gervais Street, 803-254-5100

    Open for dine-in and curbside to-go.

     

    Market Tea Room at Senate's End

    302 Senate Street, 803-212-9248

    Closed for the month of August.

     

    McDonald's

    434 Gervais Street, 803-376-8898

    Drive-thru is open and delivery is available.

     

    Mellow Mushroom

    1009 Gervais Street, 803-933-9201

    Order online. Take-out and delivery is available. Dining room is now open.

     

    Menkoi Ramen House

    1004 Gervais Street, 803-708-1569

    Open daily for take-out.

     

    Monterrey Mexican Restaurant

    931-B Senate Street, 803-765-1465

    Open for take-out.

     

    Motor Supply Company Bistro

    920 Gervais Street, 803-256-6687

    Motor Supply is open for indoor and patio dining at limited capacity for dinner. Reservations are required. Call or visit their website to reserve your table. Curbside take-out is still available from 5:30-8:30pm on Tuesday-Sunday. There is no bar seating at this time.

    Hours: Tuesday-Thursday: 5:30-9pm, Friday-Saturday: 11:30am-2:30pm (lunch) & 5:30pm-10pm (dinner), Sunday: 10:30am-2:30pm (brunch) & 5:30-9pm (dinner)

     

    Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom

    802 Gervais Street, Suite 100, 803-252-3100

    Order online! Also open for outside seating and dine-in.

     

    The Oyster Bar Columbia

    1123 Park Street, 803-799-4484

    Open Thursday-Saturday from 4-8pm for take-out and dine-in.

     

    Pearlz Oyster Bar

    936 Gervais Street, 803-661-7741

    Open Monday-Thursday 4-9pm, Friday-Saturday 4-10pm and Sunday noon-9pm for indoor dining and to-go. Order online!

     

    The Pot Smoker BBQ

    931-A Senate Street, 803-400-2251

    Open for take-out and indoor/patio seating.

     

    Publix Super Market

    501 Gervais Street, 803-255-4351

    Shop online for delivery and curbside pick-up. Open from 7am-9pm daily.

     

    Rita's Italian Ice

    800 Lady Street, 803-200-3639

    Open Tuesday-Sunday from 1-8pm.

     

    Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

    924-A Senate Street, 803-212-6666

    Order online. Take-out and delivery available. Dining room is now open.

     

    SakiTumi

    807 Gervais Street, Suite 103, 803-931-0700

    Open Thursday-Sunday from 5-10pm for dine-in, take-out and delivery. Sunday brunch is served from 10am-2pm. Order online!

     

    Shortcake Bakery & Tea Room

    1001 Washington Street, Suite 205, 803-238-9711

    **New business! Located on the second floor, above the Aristocrat. Due to COVID restrictions only doing private tea parties for up to 8 people. Currently taking orders for pick-up or local delivery with 48-hour notice. Visit their linked site for more details including information about special events!

     

    smallSUGAR

    709 Gervais Street, 803-722-7506

    Open daily for take-out from 7am-3pm. Shop online for gift cards and for gourmet takeaway from 10am-2pm daily.

     

    Smoothie King

    1205 Lincoln Street, 803-834-6983

    Open for take-out.

     

    Starbucks

    831 Gervais Street, 803-779-3484

    Open daily.

     

    Sure Fire Tacos

    916 Gervais Street, 803-274-6751

    Open for take-out.

     

    Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea

    1002 Park Street, 803-253-1711

    Open until 7pm every day. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.

     

    Thirsty Fellow Pizzeria & Pub

    621 Gadsden Street, 803-799-1311

    Open for indoor and patio seating as well as take-out.

     

    Tin Roof

    1022 Senate Street, 803-771-1558

    Open Friday 4-8pm and Saturday & Sunday noon-7pm with take-out and curbside pick-up food and beer and wine to go. Check their linked menu for full details. Patio open for outdoor seating.

     

    Tropical Smoothie Cafe

    650 Lincoln Street, 803-807-9335

    Order online. Open for take-out.

     

    Twisted Spur Brewing

    705 Gervais Street, 803-764-0203

    Open for patio, bar and dining room seating. Call for reservations and availability. Order online.

     

    Village Idiot Pizza

    612 Whaley Street, Suite A, 803-252-8646

    Open for take-out, delivery and $10 pizza kits. Growlers available as well.

     

    Wild Wing Cafe

    729 Lady Street, 803-252-9464

    Order online. Open for take-out.

     

    World of Beer

    902 Gervais Street, Suite F, 803-509-6020

    Open for patio seating.

     

    Zombie Coffee and Donuts

    650 Lincoln Street, 803-862-1450

    Open daily 8am-1pm for pick-up, delivery and outdoor dining.

     


     

    SHOPPING

     

    BP Skinner Clothiers

    1003 Gervais Street, Suite A, 803-661-7665

    Shop online. Free delivery for customers in Columbia.

     

    City Art

    1224 Lincoln Street, 803-252-3613

    The Art Supply Store and the Gallery at City Art are open Monday-Saturday from 11am-5pm.

     

    CPR Cell Phone Repair

    506 Gervais Street, 803-779-5300

    Open Monday-Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday noon-4pm. Phone, tablet & computer repair. Buy, sell, and finance phones and tablets.

     

    Entourage Clothing

    701-B Lady Street, 803-764-6427

    Shop online! Open for appointment only shopping during limited hours. Check their website to make an appointment.

     

    if ART Gallery

    1223 Lincoln Street, 803-255-0068

    Open by appointment only. Call or text Wim Roefs at 803-238-2351 for more information.

     

    Imagine This Boutique

    717 Lady Street, 803-602-5422

    Shop online!

     

    Infusion 420

    620 Gervais Street, Suite D, 803-708-1306

    Shop online!

     

    Lewis + Clark

    1001 Huger Street, 803-237-9433

    Call for information on products available. Also, drive by and see the new robot sculpture by Clark Ellefson, 'Green Eyes'.

     

    One Eared Cow Glass

    1001 Huger Street, 803-254-2444

    Open for 'touch free sales' Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm.

     

    River Runner Outdoor Center

    905 Gervais Street, 803-771-0353

    Shop online, email riverrunner.sc.rr.com or call Guy at 803-442-4841 or Jesse at 803-530-3168 for all of your outdoor needs.

     

    Sandler's Diamonds & Time

    1231 Lincoln Street, 803-726-3537

    Open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm and Sunday 1:30-5pm.

     

    Studio Cellar

    912 Lady Street, 803-929-0709

    Studio is currently accepting small freestyle groups and classes up to 10 with the current regulations. Call before coming. Quarantine packages are available for pick-up and delivery. Call them for details!

     

    Todd & Moore

    620 Huger Street, 803-765-0150

    Open with temporary hours of Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm.

     

    Urban Outfitters

    912 Gervais Street, 803-254-5381

    Shop online!

     

    Whit-Ash Furnishings and Furniture

    919 Gervais Street, 803-779-5123

    Open Monday-Satuday 10am-6pm. Shop online!

     


     

    LEARNING

     

    EdVenture Children's Museum

    211 Gervais Street, 803-779-3100

    EdVenture Children's Museum is open. Visit thier website for all the new policy and procedures.

     

    South Carolina State Museum

    301 Gervais Street, 803-898-4921

    The State Museum is open. Please visit their website for more information about safety and education.

     


     

    CULTURE / ARTS

     

    Koger Center for the Arts

    1051 Greene Street, 803-251-2222

    The Koger Center is currently closed for performances. However, visit their website for a virtual backstage tour and more. 

     

    South Carolina Philharmonic

    500 Taylor Street, Suite 300, 803-771-7937

    Check their linked website for updates of past perofrmances from the Koger Center for the Arts as well as video of performers from home.

     

    Trustus Theatre

    520 Lady Street, 803-254-9732

    Visit their website for information on flex passes and gift certificates.

     


     

    SERVICES

     

    Adluh Flour - Allen Bros. Milling Company

    804 Gervais Street, 800-692-3584

    Adluh production is mostly shut down right now, but they do have inventory in stock. If any of the restaurants have been affected re: their foodservice deliveries, and are in need of anything please give them a call! They can meet by appointment and can make hands-free transactions. 

     

    Bliss Massage Therapy

    1315 Gadsden Street, 803-422-0935

    Open for business. Schedule a massage online now. Check their facebook page for all the precautions they are taking during these times.

     

    Cline's Salon

    1237 Gadsden Street, 803-254-1234

    Open for business. Call or email for an appointment. Masks are required.

     

    Contented Canines

    621 Lady Street, 803-814-5323

    $10 off online dog training via Zoom or Skype.

     

    Eye on Gervais

    1219 Lincoln Street, 803-799-2020

    Open Monday-Thursday 9am-6pm and Friday 9am-4pm.

     

    Frank's Gentlemen's Salon

    717 Lady Street, Suite A, 803-667-9198

    Open for business. Call for an appointment.

     

    No Grease Barbershop

    929 Geravis Street, Suite B, 803-834-3674

    Open for business. Call for an appointment or stop in!

     

    PNC Bank

    701 Gervais Street, 803-256-2731

    Open Monday-Friday.

     

    Regions Bank

    1010 Gervais Street, 803-734-4667

    Open Monday-Friday.

     

    South State Bank

    520 Gervais Street, 803-771-2265

    Open Monday-Friday.

     

    Studio O2

    801 Gervais Street, 803-667-9606

    Open for business. Call for an appointment. Check their facebook page for all the information about how they are keeping you safe during this time.

     

    The UPS Store

    701 Gervais Street, Suite 150, 803-254-1601

    Open Monday-Saturday.

  • Congaree Vista Guild and Lewis + Clark Announce New Vista Sculpture

    April 14, 2020

    The Congaree Vista Guild and Lewis + Clark will host the unveiling of the Vista’s newest public art piece on Friday, April 17 from 6-9 p.m. ‘Green Eyes’ was due to be unveiled by Clark Ellefson of Lewis + Clark as part of the 38th annual Artista Vista 2020 on April 17. Due to the postponement of the event the unveiling will now be held as a drive-by event where people who are out for essential travel that evening are encouraged to honk their horn when they see the piece, while remaining in their cars.

    The Congaree Vista Guild and Lewis + Clark will host the unveiling of the Vista’s newest public art piece on Friday, April 17 from 6-9 p.m. ‘Green Eyes’ was due to be unveiled by Clark Ellefson of Lewis + Clark as part of the 38th annual Artista Vista 2020 on April 17. Due to the postponement of the event the unveiling will now be held as a drive-by event where people who are out for essential travel that evening are encouraged to honk their horn when they see the piece, while remaining in their cars.

     

    “This sculpture ‘Green Eyes’ narrates a long ago fantasy of when robots walked the earth and serves as a cornerstone to the Vista’s River Studio Arts District,” says artist Clark Ellefson of Lewis + Clark. “Unveiling will be socially distant as needed but ceremoniously timed with the 28th year of Artista Vista.”

     

    The sculpture is a continuation of the Robot Series that is exemplified in the NOMA district at Studio 2LR. ‘Green Eyes’ is a lost and buried member of the robot family who has emerged from the ground to be discovered. Chris Stuyck and Co. assisted with fabrication and technical support of the piece.

     

    "It's exciting to have this sculptural piece as part of the development of the Huger Street area, particularly by artist Clark Ellefson who has been such a driving force for keeping art as a central focus of the Vista District" says Lee Snelgrove, Executive Director of One Columbia. "I think this piece will be an iconic landmark representing the creativity that exists in this section of Huger Street; the location of Lewis + Clark Studio, One Eared Cow Glass and Stormwater Studios."

     

    The Vista’s newest public art piece will be located at 1001 Huger Street. It is located at the entrance to the Vista’s River Arts District that includes One Eared Cow Glass (in business 29 years), Lewis + Clark (in business 40 years), and Stormwater Studios (formerly Vista Studios, in business 27 years). These are the leaders and longest-standing  arts businesses that helped nurture the growth of the Vista and continue to build it as a cultural asset to the city and state.

  • Vista Guild Announces 34th Annual Vista Lights

    November 15, 2019

    The Congaree Vista Guild will host the 34th Annual Vista Lights on Thursday, November 21 from 6-10 p.m. Vista Lights is the annual open house event in the Congaree Vista featuring a tree lighting, live music, live performances, shopping, dining, and much more!

    Tree Lighting in the Vista Kicks off the Holiday Season on November 21

    The Congaree Vista Guild will host the 34th Annual Vista Lights on Thursday, November 21 from 6-10 p.m. Vista Lights is the annual open house event in the Congaree Vista featuring a tree lighting, live music, live performances, shopping, dining, and much more!

     

    Vista galleries, shops and restaurants will open their doors to showcase their holiday best throughout the evening. Attendees are encouraged to gather around the stage at Gervais and Lincoln Streets by 6:15 p.m. to see holiday music and dance performances by local groups.

     

    The Vista tree lighting will take place at 7 p.m. with City of Columbia Councilmen Ed McDowell and Howard Duvall, as well as other dignitaries. Following the ceremony, Prettier Than Matt will perform on stage from 7:30 – 8 p.m. and the Soda City Brass Band will play from 8 – 9:45 p.m.

     

    The Vista will once again host the Kid’s Zone on Lincoln Street with activities provided by CAE, Midlands Media Group, EdVenture, Richland County Library and of course, visits with Santa.

     

    New at Vista Lights this year:

    On Lincoln Street, PAG Marketing will be featuring a 10-foot tall snow globe for patrons to climb inside for an amazing photo opportunity.

     

    Another new addition to Vista Lights this year is at City Market. There will be live music, food and drinks from the local businesses and a pop-up market for holiday shopping.

     

    Vista Lights also has a new look this year with designs from local artist Marius Valdes.

     

    “We are excited it is once again time for Vista Lights,” says executive director of the Congaree Vista Guild, Abby Naas. “This is a great holiday tradition our community plans for each year and we are excited to bring new elements to a fabulous evening. Our businesses have been working hard to welcome people to the district and start the holiday season!”

     

    Throughout the night, many Vista businesses will offer complimentary beverages, hors d’oeuvres and shopping discounts. Vista Lights attendees are invited to stroll through the Vista’s art galleries and businesses, restaurants and bars on this festive evening.

     

    FREE Parking is available in the City Parking Garage behind Aloft at Washington and Lincoln Streets and in the South Carolina State Museum surface parking lot after 5 p.m. The Experience Columbia SC shuttle will run from the museum’s lot to Gadsden and Gervais Streets continuously from 6 to 10 p.m. City parking meters are FREE after 6 p.m. The City Garage next to the Hilton on Park Street is $10 cash only due to a special event at Colonial Life Arena. For a full list of participating business and a map of the event, visit VistaColumbia.com.

     

    For more information about the Congaree Vista Guild, please call (803) 269-5946. Follow the Vista Guild on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook @VistaColumbiaSC.

  • Vista Guild Announces Fall 2019 Vista After Five Lineup

    September 17, 2019

    The Congaree Vista Guild, will host “Vista After Five,” a free concert series in partnership with Tin Roof on October 3, 10, 17 and 24 this fall. 

    Tin Roof, The Senate and Congaree Vista Guild host free indoor Fall concert series

    The Congaree Vista Guild, a non-profit, membership-based organization comprised of a wide variety of restaurateurs, shop, business, gallery owners and homeowners in the Vista, will again host “Vista After Five,” a free concert series in partnership with Tin Roof. 

     

    Vista After Five Concert Series 

    Thursday, Oct. 3: 6 p.m.: Girl Interrupted

    Thursday, Oct. 10: 6 p.m.: Alaina Springsteen, 7 p.m.: Filmore

    Thursday, Oct. 17: 7 p.m. Tim Montana

    Thursday, Oct. 24: 6 p.m.: 76 and Sunny

     

    WHERE: All Vista After Five concerts are indoors at Tin Roof (1022 Senate Street), with access to the outdoor bar and patio. Doors for all events open at 4 p.m.

    MORE: Vista After Five is free admission, and a full bar is available for attendees age 21 and up. Attendees are encouraged to stay and dine in the Vista after concerts end each Thursday.

     

    “We are excited to partner with Tin Roof and The Senate for a live music series again this fall,” said Abby Naas, executive director of the Vista Guild. “A great line-up has been put together for Vista After Five and we are excited to bring it to the residents and patrons of the Vista.” 

     

    Special thanks to Vista After Five sponsors: Natty Seltzer, 93.1 The Lake, 94.3 The Dude, ColaDaily.com and the City of Columbia.

     

    Stay tuned to www.VistaColumbia.comfor more Vista After Five concert information, or please call (803) 269.5946. Follow the Vista Guild on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook.

  • Vista Guild Welcomes Abby Naas as Executive Director

    August 07, 2019

    The Congaree Vista Guild, a non-profit, membership-based organization comprised of a variety of restaurants, hotels, businesses, galleries and homeowners in Columbia’s Vista, has hired Abby Naas as its new executive director.

    Former VP of Marketing & Public Relations for Columbia Fireflies assumes new lead role

    The Congaree Vista Guild, a non-profit, membership-based organization comprised of a variety of restaurants, hotels, businesses, galleries and homeowners in Columbia’s Vista, has hired Abby Naas as its new executive director.

     

    Naas come to the Vista from the Columbia Fireflies baseball team, where she was vice president of marketing & public relations. She assisted in the creation of the Columbia Fireflies brand and was instrumental in introducing the brand to the community. She also handled all media buying, social media and other aspects of marketing for the team and managed a full marketing staff. For her efforts, Naas was recognized as the 2017 South Atlantic League Female Executive of the Year.

     

    “I am very excited to join the Vista family. I can't wait to get to know the membership and business owners from the district. I have grown so fond of Columbia and can't wait to be part of the growth of the area and assist members in every way possible,” said Naas.

     

    Before working with the Fireflies, Naas served as assistant director of marketing and community relations for the Fort Wayne TinCaps baseball team in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She previously worked as promotions manager for the TinCaps. Naas holds a B.S. in business management with a concentration in sport management from Florida Gulf Coast University. She is currently serving as president of Columbia Capital Rotary and is a Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR) board member as well as a member of the Junior League of Columbia. 

     

    “We are proud to have Abby lead the Vista Guild as our executive director in this time of unprecedented growth for the neighborhood and Columbia,” said Merritt McNeely, president of the Congaree Vista Guild’s board of directors. “We’re looking forward to having her significant experience and leadership as the Vista Guild focuses on smart growth that will benefit our district and the city.”

     

    The Vista has long been known as Columbia's creative center and is now the Midlands’ place to go for nightlife, dining and entertainment. The Congaree Vista Guild board of directors strives to encourage healthy growth in the Vista, while seeing that the Vista is a vibrant symbol of progressive growth in Columbia.

     

    Visit www.VistaColumbia.com for event maps and information about the Vista. For more information, please call (803) 269.5946. Follow the Vista Guild on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook.

  • Vista Guild Seeks New Executive Director

    May 01, 2019

    The Congaree Vista Guild seeks a highly motivated, self-starting individual who finds joy in having a direct impact on an organization and its members and is willing to go above and beyond to accomplish the goals of the board of directors.

    The Congaree Vista Guild seeks a highly motivated, self-starting individual who finds joy in having a direct impact on an organization and its members and is willing to go above and beyond to accomplish the goals of the board of directors.

     

    Currently, the Vista Guild is in transition and is looking for the right person to establish necessary change within the structure of the organization including planning, executing and launching a large event that serves as a revenue generator for the organization. The new executive director will need to demonstrate a history of planning large-scale programs, projects or events and have several years of management experience.

     

    POSITION SUMMARY

    The Executive Director (Ex Dir) of the Congaree Vista Guild (CVG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the CVG and is the primary contact within the community. The Ex Dir reports to the Board of Directors and works closely with the Board, its standing committees, and CVG staff and contractors to ensure that the organization’s mission and vision are clearly defined and followed, and that the organization remains fiscally sound and maintains the highest ethical standards. The Ex Dir will manage, on a daily basis, the operations and maintenance of the Vista Guild office; execute board approved events, policies and decisions; coordinate project activities within the Vista; and promote the vision laid out within the strategic plan of the organization.

     

    The applicant should have 5-8 years of experience in the following areas:
    • Leadership and management
    • Fundraising or sponsorship management and sales

     

    The applicant must demonstrate a knowledge of or have at least 2-3 years of experience in the following areas:
    • Management of major programs, projects or events
    • Marketing and communications
    • Employee management

     

    JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

    Administration:
    • Manage/oversee and implement all administrative aspects of CVG
    • Represent CVG at meetings with the city, county and other community groups
    • Organize, execute and oversee monthly board meetings, including annual board retreat

     

    Guild Membership:
    • Recruit new members according to annual goals set forth by the board of directors
    • Maintain effective, consistent communication with CVG members and non-members using publications, email and personal contact; recruit member involvement in the CVG
    • Plan, schedule, coordinate and facilitate regular membership meetings as well as annual holiday party

     

    Marketing and Public Relations:
    • Determine overall marketing plan – including advertising - for CVG on an annual basis including general promotion of the district and events
    • Use public relations tactics or firms to keep the Vista top of mind within the community and in good standing with news outlets including serving as the spokesperson for the CVG
    • Advance the CVG’s public brand though new digital strategies including but not limited to social media
    • Determine if/when a marketing agency can be used to facilitate marketing goals and objectives

     

    Events:
    • Organize and execute all events hosted by the CVG including but not limited to Artista Vista, Vista Lights and Vista after Five
    • Work with the board to develop a new event(s) and revenue generating opportunities

     

    Clean and Safe:
    • Oversee and manage the Clean and Safe program, its employees and budget
    • Request and manage funding from the City of Columbia

     

    Budget and Finance Management:
    • Develop and maintain sound financial practices within the organization
    • Work with the executive committee in preparing a budget; ensure that the organization operates within budget guidelines
    • Write the annual Hospitality Tax Grant application and pursue any other applicable grant opportunities

     

    COMPENSATION

    Salary will be in-line with the selected candidate’s abilities. This is an at-will position and is not for a specified term. A monthly allowance as approved by the Board of Directors may be made available to the Ex Dir to be used to defray the costs of a private health insurance policy. The Ex Dir will have use of the following CVG owned equipment to facilitate their responsibilities: a furnished office, a laptop computer and associated software and cell phone. Travel and entertainment reimbursement may be available as pre-approved by the Board of Directors.

     

    Work hours: 40 hours/week minimum. The Ex Dir should anticipate evening and weekend hours to complete the tasks associated with the position.

     

    Interested applicants are requested to submit a cover letter, resume (including three references with updated contact information) and salary requirements VIA EMAIL ONLY to Merritt McNeely, President of the Board of Directors, Congaree Vista Guild at jobs@vistacolumbia.com.

     

    Applications must be received by June 31, 2019.

  • Vista Guild Plans #ArtistaVista19, April 18 and 20

    April 13, 2019

    Artista Vista, the Midlands’ most celebrated gallery crawl, returns Thursday, April 18, 2019. Vista galleries will open their doors from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, April 18 (for Art Night), and these special shows will also be available for viewing during regular gallery hours April 20 (for Art Day), as part of this free, signature Vista gallery crawl.

    Artista Vista, the Midlands’ most celebrated gallery crawl, returns Thursday, April 18, 2019. Vista galleries will open their doors from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, April 18 (for Art Night), and these special shows will also be available for viewing during regular gallery hours April 20 (for Art Day), as part of this free, signature Vista gallery crawl.

     

    In its 28th year, Artista Vista participating galleries will feature regionally and nationally renowned artists, as well as local artists from the Midlands. Attendees can chat with gallery owners and artists while taking in paintings, sculpture, pottery and jewelry. Stay tuned as the Vista Guild announces its full Artista Vista schedule.

     

    This Year at Artista Vista:

    Lantern and Light Parade: Artista Vista organizers are once again hosting the Lantern and Light Parade, which will take place at dusk (around 8 p.m.) during Artista Vista on Thursday, April 18. Soda City Brass Band will lead the parade through the streets of the Vista. Lanterns at the Lantern and Light Parade have become increasingly creative, and the Vista Guild will offer a free lantern-making workshop before the parade.

    The public is encouraged to attend and participate in the parade, and the Vista Guild will host a lantern-making workshop right before the parade on Thursday, April 18, 5 – 7:30 p.m. at Art Night at Artista Vista under the Lincoln Street canopy by Blue Marlin. The Vista Guild will have lantern-making materials on hand for Light and Lantern Parade participants. Led by artists Jugnu Verna and Frey Mudd, this workshop, lightbulbs and materials are free. Lantern-makers can take their finished lanterns to the parade, which will begin at dusk (around 8 p.m.).

     

    Participating galleries:

    Visit these art galleries during Artista Vista to mix and mingle with gallery owners and artists and see artists’ newest works.

    Ellen Taylor Interiors + Design

    Carol Saunders Gallery

    City Art

    Studio Cellar

    if ART Gallery

    One Eared Cow Glass

    Lewis + Clark

    Stormwater Studios

     

    Children’s Activities on Lincoln Street, 5 – 7:30 p.m.: Artista Vista will offer face painting and a balloon artist on Lincoln Street between Gervais and Lady Streets.

     

    Artista Vista is free for attendees, and free shuttles will run between Lincoln and Lady Streets, Senate and Park Streets and Huger Street at One Eared Cow Glass (1001 Huger St.) on Thursday, April 18 from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.  

     

    Special thanks to Free Times, Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, City of Columbia and ColaDaily.com for their sponsorship of Artista Vista.

     

    Visit www.VistaColumbia.com for event maps and information about the Vista. For more information, please call (803) 269.5946. Follow the Vista Guild on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook, #ArtistaVista19

  • Vista Guild Announces Blue Dogs as Spring ’19 Vista After Five Finale

    April 09, 2019

    The Congaree Vista Guild, a non-profit, membership-based organization comprised of a wide variety of restaurateurs, shop, business, gallery owners and homeowners in the Vista, will again host Vista After Five, a free concert series in partnership with Tin Roof. The grand finale of the Spring 2019 series will feature Blue Dogs.

    The Congaree Vista Guild, a non-profit, membership-based organization comprised of a wide variety of restaurateurs, shop, business, gallery owners and homeowners in the Vista, will again host Vista After Five, a free concert series in partnership with Tin Roof. The grand finale of the Spring 2019 series will feature Blue Dogs.

     

    Vista After Five Concert Series

    Thursday, April 11, 5:30 p.m.: Sabin Sharpe

    Friday, April 19, doors open at 5:30 p.m.: Blue Dogs

     

    WHERE: All Vista After Five concerts are outdoors at Tin Roof (1022 Senate Street).

    MORE: Vista After Five is free admission, and a full bar is available for attendees age 21 and up. All events are held rain or shine. In inclement weather, the concert will move indoors. For more information, please click here.

     

    “We love having a live music event in the Vista so that the community, Vista residents and tourists staying in the neighborhood can come together after work,” said Meredith Atkinson, with the Vista Guild. “We’ve had an eclectic lineup of exciting shows this spring and look forward to welcoming Blue Dogs. Live music and entertainment always have a home in the Vista.”

     

    Special thanks to Vista After Five sponsors: Patagonia Cerveza, 99 Peppermint Schnapps, Blue Chair Bay, Fireball, Proper Twelve, Corralejo, Tito’s, Evan Williams Peach, Evan Williams Bourbon, Free Times, 94.3 The Dude and the City of Columbia.

     

    Stay tuned to www.VistaColumbia.com for more Vista After Five concert information. For more information about the Vista, please visit www.VistaColumbia.com. Follow the Vista Guild on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook.

  • Congaree Vista Guild Celebrates Opening of Two New Businesses

    January 21, 2019

    The Congaree Vista Guild, a non-profit, membership-based organization comprising a wide variety of restaurateurs, shop, business and gallery owners, homeowners and museums in the Vista, announces the opening of two new businesses in the district. Southern Custom Doors & Hardware, a custom door, door hardware and cabinet hardware company is located at 1237 Gadsden Street, #102. And Infusion 420, a retail outlet for CBD-infused products is at 620 Gervais Street, Suite D.

    The Congaree Vista Guild, a non-profit, membership-based organization comprising a wide variety of restaurateurs, shop, business and gallery owners, homeowners and museums in the Vista, announces the opening of two new businesses in the district. Southern Custom Doors & Hardware, a custom door, door hardware and cabinet hardware company is located at 1237 Gadsden Street, #102. And Infusion 420, a retail outlet for CBD-infused products is at 620 Gervais Street, Suite D.

     

    Southern Custom Doors & Hardware

    Owned by Bill and Harriett Barrett, Southern Custom Doors & Hardware offers Bill Barrett’s hand-crafted custom doors as well as door hardware and cabinet hardware. Southern Custom Doors & Hardware offers customers expertise in helping them select the right hardware design and functionality to suit their style.

     

    “With so many of our projects located in the Midlands, it was an easy decision to open a location right here in the Vista. All of us have enjoyed frequenting the shops and restaurants in the Vista anyway, so we couldn’t be happier with our location. We are thrilled with enthusiastic responses we have received from existing and new customers on our move,” said Harriett Barrett.

     

    Southern Custom Doors & Hardware is open Monday – Thursday from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by appointment.

     

    Infusion 420

    Owned by Nichole Tavares-Gibbs, a 25-year Army veteran, Infusion 420 offers a variety of CBD-infused products said offer an alternative method to relieving pain, sleeplessness, inflammation, anxiety and more without harmful side effects.

     

    “I am excited to be in the Vista and I love being able to offer a more organic option for those suffering with sleeplessness or pain,” said Tavares-Gibbs.  

     

    “We are thrilled to welcome these businesses to the Vista,” said Meredith Atkinson, executive director of the Vista Guild. “They each speak to the sophisticated clientele with worldly, diverse tastes we have in the Vista.”

     

    Infusion 420 invites the public to a grand opening celebration on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be available and attendees can enter to win giveaways.

     

    For more information about the Vista, please visit www.VistaColumbia.com or call Meredith Atkinson at (803) 269.5946. Follow the Vista Guild on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook.

  • Mix and Mingle, Wine, Dine and Shop at Annual Vista Lights November 15

    November 07, 2018

    The 33rd annual Vista Lights, the Congaree Vista’s signature open house, kicks off the holiday season on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, from 5 – 10 p.m. with artistic performances, live music, dancing, shopping, dining and the annual Vista tree lighting at 7 p.m.

    The 33rd annual Vista Lights, the Congaree Vista’s signature open house, kicks off the holiday season on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, from 5 – 10 p.m. with artistic performances, live music, dancing, shopping, dining and the annual Vista tree lighting at 7 p.m.

     

    Vista galleries, shops and restaurants will open their doors to showcase their holiday treasures before the Vista’s tree lighting with City of Columbia Mayor Pro Tem, Tameika Devine, and other city council members. Attendees should gather around the stage and tree at Gervais and Lincoln Streets by 6:15 p.m. to see holiday music and dance performances, including:

     

    • Trustus Theatre
    • The Southern Strutt Dance Studio
    • Columbia City Jazz
    • Columbia City Ballet
    • Unbound Dance Company
    • Carolina Ballet’s Nutcracker Ballet Bon Bons
    • Crayton Middle School Choir

     

    Following the 7 p.m. tree lighting, Prettier than Matt will play on stage from 7:30 – 8 p.m. and Soda City Brass Band will play from 8 – 9:45 p.m.

     

    Special Offerings at Vista Lights 2018:

    The Vista Guild will offer wristbands to Vista Lights attendees who are 21 and older to purchase beer and wine, which will be for sale on Lincoln Street at the corner of Gervais from 5 – 9:30 p.m. On tap for the evening are $5 drafts, including Stella Artois, Orchard Frost Cider from Bold Rock, Palmetto Espresso Porter, Wicked Weed Hop Cocoa, Columbia Craft IPA, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra. Wine selections include $5 BABE Rose and BABE Pinot Grigio.

     

    The Vista Guild has brought back the very popular Free Kids Zone for Vista Lights 2018, with activities for children, face painting, balloon art, reindeer food kits, and more on Lincoln Street. Additionally, Merry Marketplace, also on Lincoln Street, will feature vendors offering unique, locally crafted goods to kick off the holiday season.

     

    Parents and families can snap their own free photos of their kids while they visit with Santa on Lincoln Street near Peanut Man from 5:30 – 9 p.m.

     

    Vista Lights attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots on Lincoln Street near Blue Marlin.

     

    Throughout the night, many businesses will offer complimentary beverages, hors d’oeuvres and shopping discounts. Vista Lights attendees are invited to stroll through the Vista’s art galleries and businesses, restaurants and bars on this festive evening.

     

    “We’re so excited about what our Vista Guild members and neighborhood shops, galleries, restaurants, retailers and businesses are doing this year to get everyone in the spirit of the holiday season,” said Meredith Atkinson, executive director of the Congaree Vista Guild. “We have a great lineup of holiday entertainment and a fabulous show leading up to our annual tree lighting at 7 p.m. We’re encouraging everyone to stroll through the Vista taking advantage of special offers and discounts at our neighborhood’s businesses.”

     

    After the tree lighting, Vista Lights attendees are encouraged to stay on and enjoy the Vista’s nightlife with specials in many of the bars and restaurants.

     

    Mix and mingle and find Vista Lights-only specials with these participating businesses:

     

    NEW in the Vista:

    929 Kitchen & Bar (929 Gervais St.) - Special event menu all night, bar and food discounts. Don’t miss the DJ, snow blower, lights and giveaways.

    COA Agaveria y Cocina (823 Lady St.) - Visit the restaurant for full bar and menu and check out Coa at the Lincoln Street Tunnel entrance for chocolate abuelita (Mexican hot chocolate), conchitas (Mexican pastry), and tamales. 

    Escapology (717 Lady St.) - Light refreshments inside our Lady St. location and visit the hot seat on Lincoln near the Kid’s Zone.

    Freshe Poke (1102 Huger St.) - 25% off any bowl.

    Kao Thai Cuisine (1001 Senate St.) - Offering authentic Thai coconut chicken soup, braised Beef noodle soup, and $2 Sapporo pints at the Kao Thai pop-up location on Park St. Enjoy free gyoza dumpling appetizers inside the restaurants on Senate St.

    R3 Recovery Studio (929 Gervais St. Suite E) - Discounted B12 injections (4 for $55), 15% off immunity drips through cold/flu season, and goody bags filled with treats.

    Rocket Fizz (929 Gervais St. Suite C) - Spin the wheel for special deals on candy and buy two small bags and get one free.

    smallSUGAR (709 Gervais St.) -Offering pastries, desserts, hot chocolate and mulled wine.

     

    Shop (locally) ‘til you drop:

    Backpacker Quality Gear (1215 Wayne St.) - Light refreshments and 15% of all full price merchandise.

    Bella Bridesmaids (911 Lady St.) - Pure Barre exercise class for Vista Lights and a pop-up floral market from Cricket Newman Designs.

    ByFarr Design (504 Gervais) - Letterpress demonstrations and holiday stationary sales, food, drinks, and live music for everyone.

    Carol Saunders Gallery (1003 Gervais St.) - Special gallery artists, exhibition, new jewelry by Carolyn Morris Bach; and unique art glass holiday gifts.

    City Art (1224 Lincoln St.) - Enjoy the 2018 South Carolina Watermedia Society on display in the main gallery; Patricia Moore-Pastides book signing from 5-7 p.m., Cindy Saad’s hand-crafted jewelry, Angel Allen’s ceramic works, and Thomas O'Brien’s paintings and live discussion.

    Columbia, SC Visitor Center (1101 Lincoln St.) - Check out the new visitors center, purchase SC Christmas ornaments, and sip on free hot beverages.

    CPR Cell Phone Repair (506 Gervais St.) - Offering $20 off all phone repairs over $100 and $10 off any repair over $50.

    DMR Fashion (617 Lady St.) - Enjoy 20% off total purchase and light refreshments.

    Ellen Taylor Interior + Design (1012 Gervais St.) - Featuring new local artists and craftsmen, product discounts and serving wine in our gallery.

    if ART Gallery (1223 Lincoln St.) - Featuring Water Memory by Michaela Pilar Brown; refreshments and a showing of works by the late Laura Spong and other local artists.

    Imagine This Boutique (717 Lady St., Suite. C) - Offering light bites and wine with 15% discount on select items. Open until 8:30 p.m.

    Peanut Man (1215 Lincoln St.) - Live music from Freeway Music and offering tasty samples.

    Lewis+Clark (1001 Huger St.) - Three galleries and 13 art studios will be featuring fine art, craft, live music, and refreshments. Danny Hanson will be showing jewelry featured on The Vikings TV series.

    One Eared Cow Glass (1001 Huger St.) - Light snacks and refreshments, live glass blowing demonstrations, and local, live music.

    River Runner Outdoor Center (905 Gervais St.) - 20% off merchandise (excluding Hobie products) while enjoying holiday jazz music.

    Urban Outfitters (912 Gervais St.) - Shop ‘til you drop, open until 10 p.m.

    Whit Ash (919 Gervais St.) - Sip on light refreshments and hot cider until 8 p.m.

     

    Mix and Mingle:

    Aloft Hotel (823 Lady St.) - Hot chocolate outside and drink specials at WXYZ bar.

    Paul Mitchell (700 Gervais St.) - Enjoy hot chocolate, cider and cookies, free quick glam services including holiday braids, holiday makeup, kids face painting, facial waxing, 15% off regular products and $5 clip in hair extensions.

    Regions Bank (1010 Gervais St.) - Offering food, apple cider, and liquor samples from Hollow Creek Distillery and live music.  

    SC Doors (1237 Gadsden St., St.102) - Drawings for monogrammed cabinet knobs, gift certificates, and festive snacks.

    SC Pedal Parlor - Offering discount vouchers, free Pedal Parlor stadium cups, and candy, parked on Lincoln Street near Blue Marlin.

    SC Pride (931–D Senate St.) - Free beverages and DJ.

    Studio Cellar (912 Lady St.) – Freestyle painting and drinks at the paint bar, complimentary hot cocoa bar and $5 glass ornament painting. Check out the large canvas outside and help create a community painting.

    Stormwater Studios (413 Pendleton St.) - Featuring a stunning group show “Down by the River,” and the live music of Gatlinburg’s Pea Pickin’ Hearts. Rachel Gibson & Jon Ives are back with their wonderfully quirky Americana mash-up.

    Two Gals and a Fork Food Tours – Offering sweet snacks next to the Hyatt Place Hotel. Don’t miss out on the drawing for a complimentary night at the Hyatt and two Vista food tour tickets.

     

    Eat, Drink, and Be Merry:

    Art Bar (1211 Park St.) - Happy hour from 5 - 8 p.m. with 25% off all drinks. Enjoy complimentary grilled hot dogs, Korean style chicken, and “Useless Trivia” at 8 p.m.

    Blue Marlin (1200 Lincoln St.) - Shrimp and grits samples, photo booth and cash bar available in The Vista Room including holiday themed drinks.

    Casual Pint (807 Gervais St.) - Stop by the beer and wine trailer and get 10% off t-shirts.

    Cupcake DownSouth (1213 Lincoln St.) - Specialty hot chocolate cupcake, fun gifts and stocking stuffers available for sale.

    Gervais and Vine (620 Gervais St.) - French menu, live music, and $20 Beaujolais bottles.

    Grill Marks (711 Gervais St.) - Warm up with sliders and chowder and outdoor party in the alleyway.

    Kaminsky’s (930 Gervais St.) - Satisfy your sweet tooth with an assortment of mini pies, cookies, brownies, snickerdoodles, rice krispy treats, blondies, macaroons, cake pops, and more.

    Liberty Tap Room (828 Gervais St.) - $8 shrimp and grits, $7 BBQ mac and cheese, $5 Liberty Lager chili, $5 beer, and $5 wine.

    Longhorn Steakhouse (902 Gervais St.) - Specials on beer outside, free s’mores at the fire pit, and drink specials.

    M Vista (701 Lady St.) - $2 off any sake and $1 off any sushi rolls.

    Mellow Mushroom (1009 Gervais St.) - Select draft beers and $3 pizza slices.

    Newk’s Eatery (707 A Gervais St.) - Enjoy sandwiches and a local reggae band on the patio.

    Old Chicago (802 Gervais St.) - $3 Bud light & Stella Artois pints and $3 cheese and pepperoni pizza slices.

    Panera Bread (933 Gervais St.) - Free chocolate chip cookies with any purchase until 9 p.m.

    Pearlz Oyster Bar (936 Gervais St.) - $5 buffalo popcorn shrimp sliders with blue cheese dressing and house chips, $5 cup of seafood gumbo, $5 draft beer, and $5 wine.

    SakiTumi (807 Gervais St.) - Check out the annual “Gathering in the Alleyway.” Sample food and craft beer and watch local artist Karl Larsen paint live.

    Sure Fire Tacos (916 Gervais St.) - Stop by the tasting station just outside the restaurant.

    Tin Roof (1022 Senate St.) - Come on in … no cover!

    The Oyster Bar (1123 Park St.) - Live music by Etheridge & Kimpton at 8 p.m.

    Twin Peaks (600 Gervais St.) - Buy six boneless wings, get six free, $5 margaritas, and $5 bloody Marys.

    Twisted Spur Brewing (705 Gervais St.) - Enjoy seasonal brews, steamed and raw oysters.

    Vista Union (700 Gervais St.) - Free Stella chalices with every Stella purchase (while supplies last), half off appetizers, $2.50 Bud Light, and $2.50 Shocktop.

    Wild Wing Café (729 Lady St.) - $2 domestics, $3 well drinks, $4 select wine, happy hour acoustics with Wade Gelling, a radio talk show with Will Muschamp and Todd Ellis, and a full night of entertainment with Charles Riley and Dave Love.



     

    Revel & Relax:

    Glowout (1202 Park St.) - Offering bubbles and bites, express polish changes, express eye make-up, braid bar, chair massages, brow waxes by Parlour 818, appointment discounts and product and gift card specials. Enjoy live music with Jon Rooks.

    Southeastern Esthetics Institute (823 Gervais St.) – Glo & Image swag bags, vouchers for FREE brow sculpting, hot chocolate and cookie bar, $10 skin rejuvenation facials, $10 microdermabrasion, $20 body rituals.

    Studio O2 (801 Gervais St.) – Serving small bites and holiday punch tasting. Don’t miss out on getting triple reward points, holiday shopping promotions, and a huge giveaway for $500 worth of services.

    Vista Spa (514 Gervais St.) – Mini facials, mini massages, massage by the minute, airbrush tan, and gift certificate specials.

     

    Where to Park?

    FREE Parking is available in the City Parking Garage behind Aloft at Washington and Lincoln Streets and in the South Carolina State Museum surface parking lot after 5 p.m. The Convention Center shuttle will run from the museum’s lot to Gadsden and Gervais Streets continuously from 5 to 10 p.m. City parking meters are FREE after 6 p.m.

     

    The City Garage next to the Hilton on Park Street is $10 cash only due to a special event at Colonial Life Arena. 

     

    Special thanks to Vista Lights 2018 sponsors including: Stella Artois, McDaniel’s Acura, Free Times, Midlands Media Group – ColaDaily.com & 94.3 The Dude, Arnold Companies, Blue Marlin, Kaminsky’s, Pearlz Oyster Bar, Liberty Tap Room, Carolina International Trucks, Capital Waste Services, Nephron Pharmaceuticals, Hyatt Place, Grace Outdoor, Garvin Design Group, Robinson Gray, NAI Avant, Rap Champaneri, RPI, Inc., Aloft Hotel, Regions Bank, Experience Columbia, SC and the South Carolina State Museum.

     

    To learn more and stay updated with Vista Lights and see a full list of all Vista Lights happenings, please visit www.VistaColumbia.com or call Meredith Atkinson at (803) 269.5946. Follow the Vista Guild on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook using #VistaLights18.

  • Check Out the 2018 Vista Lights Participants!

    November 06, 2018

    Who all is participating in Vista Lights this year? Tons of our merchants have great activities, specials, and free food and drink samples to get everyone in the holiday spirit!

    2018 Vista Lights Participants

     

    NEW in the Vista

    • 929 Kitchen & Bar (929 Gervais St.) - Special event menu all night, bar and food discounts. Don’t miss the DJ, snow blower, lights and giveaways.
    • COA Agaveria y Cocina (823 Lady St.) - Visit the restaurant for full bar and menu and check out Coa at the Lincoln Street Tunnel entrance for chocolate abuelita (Mexican hot chocolate), conchitas (Mexican pastry), and tamales. 
    • Escapology (717 Lady St.) - Light refreshments inside our Lady St. location and visit the hot seat on Lincoln near the Kid’s Zone.
    • Freshe Poke (1102 Huger St.) - 25% off any bowl.
    • Kao Thai Cuisine (1001 Senate St.) - Offering authentic Thai coconut chicken soup, braised Beef noodle soup, and $2 Sapporo pints at the Kao Thai pop-up location on Park St. Enjoy free gyoza dumpling appetizers inside the restaurants on Senate St.
    • R3 Recovery Studio (929 Gervais St. Suite E) - Discounted B12 injections (4 for $55), 15% off immunity drips through cold/flu season, and goody bags filled with treats.
    • Rocket Fizz (929 Gervais St. Suite C) - Spin the wheel for special deals on candy and buy two small bags and get one free.
    • smallSUGAR (709 Gervais St.) -Offering pastries, desserts, hot chocolate and mulled wine.

     

    Shop (locally) ‘til you drop

    • Backpacker Quality Gear (1215 Wayne St.) - Light refreshments and 15% of all full price merchandise.
    • Bella Bridesmaids (911 Lady St.) - Pure Barre exercise class for Vista Lights and a pop-up floral market from Cricket Newman Designs.
    • ByFarr Design (504 Gervais) - Letterpress demonstrations and holiday stationary sales, food, drinks, and live music for everyone.
    • Carol Saunders Gallery (1003 Gervais St.) - Special gallery artists, exhibition, new jewelry by Carolyn Morris Bach; and unique art glass holiday gifts.
    • City Art (1224 Lincoln St.) - Enjoy the 2018 South Carolina Watermedia Society on display in the main gallery; Patricia Moore-Pastides book signing from 5-7 p.m., Cindy Saad’s hand-crafted jewelry, Angel Allen’s ceramic works, and Thomas O'Brien’s paintings and live discussion.
    • Columbia, SC Visitor Center (1101 Lincoln St.) - Check out the new visitors center, purchase SC Christmas ornaments, and sip on free hot beverages.
    • CPR Cell Phone Repair (506 Gervais St.)- Offering $20 off all phone repairs over $100 and $10 off any repair over $50.
    • DMR Fashion (617 Lady St.) - Enjoy 20% off total purchase and light refreshments.
    • Ellen Taylor Interior + Design (1012 Gervais St.) - Featuring new local artists and craftsmen, product discounts and serving wine in our gallery.
    • if ART Gallery (1223 Lincoln St.) - Featuring Water Memory by Michaela Pilar Brown; refreshments and a showing of works by the late Laura Spong and other local artists.
    • Imagine This Boutique (717 Lady St., Suite. C) - Offering light bites and wine with 15% discount on select items. Open until 8:30 p.m.
    • Peanut Man (1215 Lincoln St.) - Live music from Freeway Music and offering tasty samples.
    • Lewis and Clark (1001 Huger St.) - Three galleries and 13 art studios will be featuring fine art, craft, live music, and refreshments. Danny Hanson will be showing jewelry featured on The Vikings TV series.
    • One Eared Cow Glass (1001 Huger St.) - Light snacks and refreshments, live glass blowing demonstrations, and local, live music.
    • River Runner Outdoor Center (905 Gervais St.) - 20% off merchandise (excluding Hobie products) while enjoying holiday jazz music.
    • Urban Outfitters (912 Gervais St) - Shop ‘til you drop, open until 10 p.m.
    • Whit Ash (919 Gervais St.) - Sip on light refreshments and hot cider until 8 p.m.

     

    Mix and Mingle

    • Aloft Hotel (823 Lady St.) - Hot chocolate outside and drink specials at WXYZ bar.
    • Paul Mitchell (700 Gervais St.) - Enjoy hot chocolate, cider and cookies, free quick glam services including holiday braids, holiday makeup, kids face painting, facial waxing, 15% off regular products and $5 clip in hair extensions.
    • Regions Bank (1010 Gervais St.) - Offering food, apple cider, and liquor samples from Hollow Creek Distillery and live music.  
    • SC Doors (1237 Gadsden Street, St.102) - Drawings for monogrammed cabinet knobs, gift certificates, and festive snacks.
    • SC Pedal Parlor - Offering discount vouchers, free Pedal Parlor stadium cups, and candy, parked on Lincoln Street near Blue Marlin.
    • SC Pride (931–D Senate Street) - Free beverages and DJ.
    • Studio Cellar (912 Lady St.) – Freestyle painting and drinks at the paint bar, complimentary hot cocoa bar and $5 glass ornament painting. Check out the large canvas outside and help create a community painting.
    • Stormwater Studios (413 Pendleton St.) - Featuring a stunning group show “Down by the River,” and the live music of Gatlinburg’s Pea Pickin’ Hearts. Rachel Gibson & Jon Ives are back with their wonderfully quirky Americana mash-up.
    • Two Gals and a Fork Food Tours – Offering sweet snacks next to the Hyatt Place Hotel. Don’t miss out on the drawing for a complimentary night at the Hyatt and two Vista food tour tickets.

     

    Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

    • Art Bar (1211 Park St.) - Happy hour from 5 - 8 p.m. with 25% off all drinks. Enjoy complimentary grilled hot dogs, Korean style chicken, and “Useless Trivia” at 8 p.m.
    • Blue Marlin (1200 Lincoln St.) - Shrimp and grits samples, photo booth and cash bar available in The Vista Room including holiday themed drinks.
    • Casual Pint (807 Gervais St.) 0 Stop by the beer and wine trailer and get 10% off t-shirts.
    • Cupcake DownSouth (1213 Lincoln St.) - Specialty hot chocolate cupcake, fun gifts and stocking stuffers available for sale.
    • Gervais and Vine (620 Gervais St.) - French menu, live music, and $20 Beaujolais bottles.
    • Grill Marks (711 Gervais St.) - Warm up with sliders and chowder and outdoor party in the alleyway.
    • Kaminsky’s (930 Gervais St.) - Satisfy your sweet tooth with an assortment of mini pies, cookies, brownies, snickerdoodles, rice krispy treats, blondies, macaroons, cake pops, and more.
    • Liberty Tap Room (828 Gervais St.) - $8 shrimp and grits, $7 BBQ mac and cheese, $5 Liberty Lager chili, $5 beer, and $5 wine.
    • Longhorn Steakhouse (902 Gervais St.) - Specials on beer outside, free s’mores at the fire pit, and drink specials.
    • M Vista (701 Lady St.) - $2 off any sake and $1 off any sushi rolls.
    • Mellow Mushroom (1009 Gervais St.) - Select draft beers and $3 pizza slices.
    • Newk’s Eatery (707 A Gervais St.) - Enjoy sandwiches and a local reggae band on the patio.
    • Old Chicago (802 Gervais St.) - $3 Bud light & Stella Artois pints and $3 cheese and pepperoni pizza slices.
    • Panera Bread (933 Gervais St.) - Free chocolate chip cookies with any purchase until 9 p.m.
    • Pearlz Oyster Bar (936 Gervais St.) - $5 buffalo popcorn shrimp sliders with blue cheese dressing and house chips, $5 cup of seafood gumbo, $5 draft beer, and $5 wine.
    • SakiTumi (807 Gervais St.) - Check out the annual “Gathering in the Alleyway.” Sample food and craft beer and watch local artist Karl Larsen paint live.
    • Sure Fire Tacos (916 Gervais St.) - Stop by the tasting station just outside the restaurant.
    • Tin Roof (1022 Senate St.) - Come on in … no cover!
    • The Oyster Bar (1123 Park St.) - Live music by Etheridge & Kimpton at 8 p.m.
    • Twin Peaks (600 Gervais St.) - Buy six boneless wings, get six free, $5 margaritas, and $5 bloody Marys.
    • Twisted Spur Brewing (705 Gervais St.) - Enjoy seasonal brews, steamed and raw oysters.
    • Vista Union (700 Gervais St.) - Free Stella chalices with every Stella purchase (while supplies last), half off appetizers, $2.50 Bud Light, and $2.50 Shocktop.
    • Wild Wing Café (729 Lady St.) - $2 domestics, $3 well drinks, $4 select wine, happy hour acoustics with Wade Gelling, a radio talk show with Will Muschamp and Todd Ellis, and a full night of entertainment with Charles Riley and Dave Love.

     

    Revel & Relax

    • Glowout (1202 Park St.) - Offering bubbles and bites, express polish changes, express eye make-up, braid bar, chair massages, brow waxes by Parlour 818, appointment discounts and product and gift card specials.
    • Southeastern Esthetics Institute (823 Gervais St.) - Glo & Image swag bags, vouchers for FREE brow sculpting, hot chocolate and cookie bar, $10 skin rejuvenation facials, $10 microdermabrasion, $20 body rituals.
    • Studio O2 (801 Gervais St.) - Serving small bites and holiday punch tasting. Don’t miss out on getting triple reward points, holiday shopping promotions, and a huge giveaway for $500 worth of services.
    • Vista Spa (514 Gervais St.) - Mini facials, mini massages, massage by the minute, airbrush tan, and gift certificate specials.

     

    Where to Park?

    FREE Parking is available in the City Parking Garage behind Aloft at Washington and Lincoln Streets and in the South Carolina State Museum surface parking lot after 5 p.m. The Convention Center shuttle will run from the museum’s lot to Gadsden and Gervais Streets continuously from 5 to 10 p.m. City parking meters are FREE after 6 p.m.

     

    The City Garage next to the Hilton on Park Street is $10 cash only due to a special event at Colonial Life Arena. 

  • 33rd Annual Vista Lights Kicks off the 2018 Midlands Holiday Season Thursday, November 15

    October 03, 2018

    The Congaree Vista’s signature open house kicks off the 2018 holiday season with artistic performances, live music and dancing. Favorite galleries, shops and restaurants in the Vista will open their doors to showcase their holiday treasures before and following the Vista’s tree lighting with Mayor Steve Benjamin and other city leaders.

    WHAT: The Congaree Vista’s signature open house kicks off the holiday season with artistic performances, live music and dancing. Favorite galleries, shops and restaurants in the Vista will open their doors to showcase their holiday treasures before and following the Vista’s tree lighting with Mayor Steve Benjamin and other city leaders.

     

    WHEN: 5 to 10 p.m., Thursday, November 15 (Lincoln and Park streets closed to auto traffic from 5 – 10 p.m., and Gervais St. in the heart of the Vista closed to traffic from 6 – 10 p.m.).

     

    WHERE: The Congaree Vista, with pedestrian-only traffic on Gervais Street from Assembly to Gadsden; and Lincoln and Park Streets, between Senate and Lady Streets.

     

    TREE LIGHTING: The evening’s highlight will begin at 6:15 p.m. with seasonal music and dance performances by local organizations at the intersection of Gervais and Lincoln St. The main event is tree-lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. at the intersection of Gervais and Lincoln with Mayor Steve Benjamin. Prettier than Matt will play on stage immediately following the tree lighting and then Soda City Jazz Band will begin at 8 p.m.

     

    DON’T FORGET: Vista Lights will feature a Kids Zone for 2018 with activities for children, face painting, balloon artists and more on Lincoln Street. Additionally, Merry Marketplace, also on Lincoln Street, will feature several vendors offering unique, locally crafted goods to kick off the holiday season. Attendees can also take free photos with Santa beginning at 5:30 – 9 p.m. on Lincoln Street. Bring your own camera to snap photos with Santa.

     

    To learn more and stay updated with Vista Lights and see a full list of all Vista Lights happenings, please visit www.VistaColumbia.com or call Meredith Atkinson at (803) 269.5946. Follow the Vista Guild on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook using #VistaLights18.

  • Vista Guild Announces Lineup for Vista After Five

    September 21, 2018

    The Congaree Vista Guild, a non-profit, membership-based organization comprised of a wide variety of restaurateurs, shop, business, gallery owners and homeowners in the Vista, will again host “Vista After Five,” a free concert series in partnership with Tin Roof.

    Tin Roof and Congaree Vista Guild announce five shows as part of free fall concert series, including Parmalee performing as series finale.

     

    The Congaree Vista Guild, a non-profit, membership-based organization comprised of a wide variety of restaurateurs, shop, business, gallery owners and homeowners in the Vista, will again host “Vista After Five,” a free concert series in partnership with Tin Roof.

     

    Vista After 5 Concert Series

    Thursday, Sept. 27, 6 – 8 p.m.: Seventy Six and Sunny

    Thursday, Oct. 4, 6 – 7:30 p.m.: Travelin Kine

    Thursday, Oct. 18, 6 – 8 p.m.: Tokyo Joe

    Thursday, Oct. 25, 6 – 8 p.m.: Saluda Shoals

    Friday, Nov. 9, 7 – 10 p.m.: Parmalee

     

    WHERE: All Vista After Five concerts are outdoors at Tin Roof (1022 Senate Street).



    MORE: Vista After Five is free admission, and a full bar is available for attendees age 21 and up. This event is also rain or shine. In inclement weather, the concert will move indoors. For more information, please click here.

     

    “We love having a live music event in the Vista so that the community, Vista residents and tourists staying in the neighborhood can come together after work,” said Meredith Atkinson, executive director of the Vista Guild. “We’ve got an eclectic lineup of exciting shows. Live music and entertainment always have a home in the Vista.”

     

    Special thanks to Vista After Five sponsors: The Real McCoy Rum, Fireball, Corralejo, Tito’s, Evan Williams Peach, Rumhaven Coconut, Bud Light, ColaDaily.com, 94.3 The Dude, and the City of Columbia.

     

    For more information about the Vista, please visit www.VistaColumbia.com or call Meredith Atkinson at (803) 269.5946. Follow the Vista Guild on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook.

  • Congaree Vista Guild Celebrates Opening of R3 Recovery Studio

    September 10, 2018

    The Congaree Vista Guild, a non-profit, membership-based organization comprising a wide variety of restaurateurs, shop, business and gallery owners, homeowners and museums in the Vista, announces the grand opening of R3 Recovery Studio at 929 Gervais St., Suite E.

    The Congaree Vista Guild, a non-profit, membership-based organization comprising a wide variety of restaurateurs, shop, business and gallery owners, homeowners and museums in the Vista, announces the grand opening of R3 Recovery Studio at 929 Gervais St., Suite E.

     

    R3 Recovery Studio, owned by Sierra Singleton and Justin Chiles, specializes in health and wellness through natural alternative therapies. Services offered include IV hydration, IV vitamin blends, vitamin shots and Rapid Reboot compression therapy. R3’s treatments are beneficial for everyone from outdoor enthusiasts to elite athletes.

     

    “Our ability to tailor treatments specifically to a client’s health and wellness goals while offering ways to restore your body’s natural balance of vitamins and electrolytes, improve energy levels and hydration and reducing fatigue are highlights of R3’s benefits to clients,” said Singleton. “And it was important for us to be in the heart of downtown Columbia, where we could attract a diverse clientele. It’s why we chose the Vista.”

     

    “We are excited that R3 is calling the Vista home, because the business offers unique services that aren’t widely available in Columbia,” said Meredith Atkinson, executive director of the Vista Guild.

     

    R3 is open Tuesday through Thursday and Sundays by appointment only. The studio will also be open on Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

     

    For more information about the Vista, please visit www.VistaColumbia.com or call Meredith Atkinson at (803) 269.5946. Follow the Vista Guild on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook.

  • Congaree Vista Guild Celebrates Opening of Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop

    August 27, 2018

    The Congaree Vista Guild, a non-profit, membership-based organization comprising a wide variety of restaurateurs, shop, business and gallery owners, homeowners and museums in the Vista, announces the grand opening of Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop at 929 Gervais St.

    The Congaree Vista Guild, a non-profit, membership-based organization comprising a wide variety of restaurateurs, shop, business and gallery owners, homeowners and museums in the Vista, announces the grand opening of Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop at 929 Gervais St.

     

    Rocket Fizz, owned by Ann and Kyle Sims and Ineke and James Morris, two veteran families who are based in Fayetteville, N.C., offers a selection of old-fashioned and gourmet soda pops and candy. Rocket Fizz also features more than 400 varieties of bottled soda pop, nearly 100 different flavors of saltwater taffy and plenty of nostalgic décor.

     

    “On any given day, the Vista is full of tourists and locals alike,” said Meredith Atkinson, executive director of the Vista Guild. “Rocket Fizz’s high traffic location on Gervais Street has already proven to be attractive to passers-by and a destination for sweet treats and more for locals. We are thrilled to welcome them to the neighborhood.”

     

    The Sims opened the first Rocket Fizz in Fayetteville in 2015 and then partnered with the Morrises in 2016. Rocket Fizz here in Columbia opened here in Columbia earlier this summer.

    For more information about the Vista, please visit www.VistaColumbia.com or call Meredith Atkinson at (803) 269.5946. Follow the Vista Guild on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook.

  • Congaree Vista Guild Welcomes New Board Officers

    July 17, 2018

    The Congaree Vista Guild, a non-profit, membership-based organization comprising a wide variety of restaurateurs, shop, business and gallery owners in Columbia’s Vista, has elected a new Board of Directors for 2018-19.

    The Congaree Vista Guild, a non-profit, membership-based organization comprising a wide variety of restaurateurs, shop, business and gallery owners in Columbia’s Vista, has elected a new Board of Directors for 2018-19.

     

    Merritt McNeely, vice president of marketing with Flock and Rally, will serve as president. Beth Frost, director of business development at Cohn Construction Services, will serve as vice president. Alexis Lindsay, an attorney, will serve as secretary. Richard Burts, property owner and developer, will serve as treasurer. Vista Guild executive board members will each serve a one-year term.

     

    “Our Board works to foster long-term growth and success in the Vista,” said Congaree Vista Guild Executive Director Meredith Atkinson. “We have a variety of experience and expertise on the board that will continue to improve Columbia’s arts and entertainment district, while also ensuring responsible growth and development in our neighborhood.”

     

    Other board members include: Todd Avant, Kelly Barbrey, Stephen Chesley, Rosie Craig, Ryan Dukes, Clark Ellefson, David Erbacher, Mike Evans, Guy Jones, Dale Marshall, and Hal Stevenson. Fred Delk, of Columbia Development Corporation, serves as an ex-officio board member.

     

    “I am excited to work with such a great group of board members who are passionate about the future of the Vista,” said McNeely. “With new residents moving in each year, more and more visitors and tourists coming to our region and millions of dollars of investments in new development, the Vista Guild looks forward to helping steer responsible growth in our neighborhood. We’re excited to promote and expand our new businesses and welcome growth in the Vista while staying focused on our legacy of being a home for arts and culture.”

     

    The Vista has long been Columbia’s creative center, and is now the Midlands’ place to go for nightlife and entertainment. The Congaree Vista Guild board strives to encourage healthy development in the Vista, while seeing that the Vista is a vibrant symbol of progressive culture in Columbia.

     

    For more information about the Vista, please visit www.VistaColumbia.com or call Meredith Atkinson at (803) 269.5946. Follow the Vista Guild on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook.

  • Congaree Vista Guild Celebrates Opening of Two New Businesses

    July 11, 2018

    The Congaree Vista Guild, a non-profit, membership-based organization comprising a wide variety of restauranteurs, shop, business and gallery owners, homeowners and museums in the Vista, announces the opening of two new businesses in the district. You and Improved Esthetics, a full service skin and body-shaping treatment center, opened late June at 911 Lady Street, Suite D. And Kao Thai Cuisine, an authentic Thai restaurant, opened July 2 at 1001 Senate Street.

    The Congaree Vista Guild, a non-profit, membership-based organization comprising a wide variety of restauranteurs, shop, business and gallery owners, homeowners and museums in the Vista, announces the opening of two new businesses in the district. You and Improved Esthetics, a full service skin and body-shaping treatment center, opened late June at 911 Lady Street, Suite D. And Kao Thai Cuisine, an authentic Thai restaurant, opened July 2 at 1001 Senate Street.

     

    You and Improved Esthetics

    Owned by Dusty Rushton, You and Improved is a full-service skincare and esthetics treatment center (911 Lady Street, Suite D), offering a full line of services designed to enhance skin and change a client’s appearance with non-surgical body-shaping techniques, including facials, waxing, teeth whitening, massages, body sculpting and more.

     

    “I am thrilled to bring You and Improved Esthetics to the Vista and Columbia,” said Rushton. “The Vista is a special place with plenty of dining options, and the neighborhood’s public art makes it different from anywhere else in the city. I know clients will love what we have to offer. I look forward to helping men and women enhance the beauty they already have.”

     

    You and Improved invites members of the public to its grand opening celebration this Friday, July 13, from 7 – 9 p.m. Owners will offer complimentary food and beverages and attendees can see You and Improved’s luxurious spa-like facilities.

     

    Kao Thai Cuisine

    Owned by Gai Wilson, a Bangkok native, Kao Thai Cuisine (1001 Senate St., Suite 300) offers authentic street food that can commonly be found on the streets of Bangkok. Kao will also feature some Pan-Asian influenced dishes that will excite diners as well as classic Thai dishes that lovers of Thai food will appreciate. Wilson’s goal for Kao is to display the diversity of Thai cuisine and give diners an intimate look into Thai culture. 

     

    Wilson opened Tamarind Thai Cuisine in Arden, NC outside of Asheville in 2007. She was raised in a traditional Thai home and taught the art of Thai cooking at an early age. Kao explores the unique flavors of Asian ingredients with an emphasis on fresh preparations.  

     

    “We are thrilled to welcome You and Improved and Kao Thai Cusine to the Vista,” said Meredith Atkinson, executive director of the Vista Guild. “They each speak to the sophisticated clientele with worldly, diverse tastes we have in the Vista. Kao joins more than 90 bars and restaurants we have here in the Vista and You and Improved joins several unique spa and beauty businesses here in our district.”

     

    For more information on the Vista Guild, visit www.VistaColumbia.com or call (803) 269.5946. Follow @VistaColumbiaSC on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook.