NEWS & Happenings

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Vista Guild Plans #ArtistaVista18, April 19 and 21

    April 11, 2018

    Artista Vista, the Midlands’ most celebrated gallery crawl, returns Thursday, April 19, 2018. Vista galleries will open their doors from 5 – 9 p.m. Thursday, April 19 (for Art Night), and these special shows will also be available for viewing during regular gallery hours April 21 (for Art Day), as part of this free, signature Vista gallery crawl.

  • Vista Guild to Host Richland County Council District 5 Candidate Forum

    March 14, 2018

    The Congaree Vista Guild will host a Richland County Council Candidate Forum for candidates Will Brennan and Allison Terracio at 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2018

  • Real Columbia, SC Visitors Center is Coming

    March 07, 2018

    The brand-new state-of-the-art Columbia SC Visitors Center is under construction at the corner of Lincoln and Gervais Streets.

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

    November 06, 2017

    The Congaree Vista’s signature open house kicks off the holiday season with artistic performances, live music and dancing. More than 60 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. 

  • Incident on Sept. 16, 2017

    September 16, 2017

    The Vista Guild's thoughts are with the victims and families of this terrible incident in the last night, first and foremost. We are also in frequent communication with the Columbia Police Department, who by all accounts, responded swiftly and are making this a top priority. This morning we asked businesses in the Vista to send any video they have from their own security cameras to CPD, and we also encourage anyone with information about this incident to please contact the police immediately at 803.252.2911 or call Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC, where you can leave an anonymous tip.

  • Vista Guild and Vista Neighborhood Association Unveil Traffic Control Boxes Wrapped with Artists’ Work

    September 12, 2017

    The Congaree Vista Guild and the Vista Neighborhood Association announce that they have successfully fundraised for and wrapped 15 highly visible traffic control boxes in the Vista with vivid images of work by local artists.

  • Vista Guild Announces Lineup for Vista After 5

    September 01, 2017

    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 host “Vista After 5,” a free concert series in partnership with Music Farm and Tin Roof.

  • Congaree Vista Guild Elects New Executive Committee for 2017

    August 01, 2017

    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, has elected new officers for the new fiscal year, which starts in July 2017.