NEWS & Happenings

  • 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. 

  • 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.

    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.

     

    In its 27th 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.

     

    Art Night (Thursday, April 19, 5 – 9 p.m.):

    Gallery Participation:

    Carol Saunders Gallery (922 Gervais St.): Carol Saunders will pay tribute to the Vista’s brand new Stormwater Studios, a collective of artists formerly known as Vista Studios. The gallery will show new works by Eileen Blyth, Stephen Chesley and Laura Spong, artists at Stormwater Studios. Carol Saunders Gallery will host an opening reception for this show during Artista Vista, on April 19, from 5-9 p.m., and also feature jewelry and fine gifts.

     

    Ellen Taylor Interiors (1012 Gervais St.): Ellen Taylor Interiors will feature work by local artists and artists from Tennessee and North Carolina. Ellen Taylor will also offer wine, shopping and an opportunity to meet the artists.

     

    if ART Gallery (1223 Lincoln St.): if ART presents “International Art Ambassadors,” an exhibition of artists whose work is on loan at the United States Embassy in Bern, Switzerland. Artists Roland Albert, Michael Cassidy, Stephen Chesley, Mary Gilkerson, Jay Owens, Edward Rice, Laura Spong, Leo Twiggs, Enid Williams, Mike Williams and David Yaghian. There will be an opening reception during Artista Vista, from 5-9 p.m. on April 19.

     

    Lewis + Clark (1001 Huger St.): Lewis + Clark presents “Incandescent Activity,” recent work of lamps, robots and artifacts by Clark Ellefson.

     

    Lucas Sams at Motor Supply Co. Bistro (920 Gervais St.): Lucas Sams, a multi-media artist, will have new and recent paintings in his exhibit “Lucas Sams: World Symbol, and Other Paintings.”

     

    One Eared Cow Glass (1001 Huger St.): One Eared Cow Glass will feature their colorful hand-blown glass and offer live glass blowing demonstrations.

     

    That Godzilla Guy at Saki Tumi’s ARTuncorked (807 Gervais St.): Featuring the final show of Sean McGuinness as That Godzilla Guy, and wine tasting and light hors d’oeuvres.

     

    Stormwater Studios (413 Pendleton St.): The Resident Artists at Stormwater Studios will present “Stormwater: Studio Premier Show of New Work,” the first exhibit of their work in their brand new studio and gallery space. Artists include Eileen Blyth, Stephen Chesley, Heidi Darr-Hope, Pat Gilmartin, Robert Kennedy, Sharon Licata, Michel McNinch, Kirkland Smith, Laura Spong and David Yaghjian. Additionally, USC at Stormwater Studios will present BFA painter Kara Mitton will also show new works in her exhibit, “Aberrant Reflections.”

     

    Studio Cellar (912 Lady St.): Attendees are invited to paint their own pieces, enjoy drinks and see art by Studio Cellar instructors.

     

    Grand Opening of Stormwater Studios, 6 p.m.: Join Stormwater Studios artists, city officials and more, for their official grand opening and champagne cork popping.

     

    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.

     

    Complimentary Shuttles:

    Free shuttles will take attendees back and forth between Lincoln Street, the heart of the Vista, and Huger Street, where several Vista galleries are located.

     

     

    Lantern & Light Parade:

    Join artists and make your own lantern with free materials near the Lincoln Street canopy from 5-8 p.m. Then join other parade participants for the Lantern & Light Parade at 8 p.m. to celebrate art in the Vista. The parade leaves from the Lincoln St. Tunnel entrance (at Lady St.), and will parade, by foot, through the Vista. Juried cash prizes given to best lantern, best use of costume and best kids’ lantern.

     

    Art Day (Saturday, April 21):

    Stroll through the Vista enjoying more Artista Vista at:

    • Carol Saunders Gallery
    • if ART Gallery
    • Studio Cellar
    • Lewis + Clark
    • Stormwater Studios
    • One Eared Cow Glass

     

    Additionally, galleries and artists on Huger Street, including Stormwater Studios, Lewis + Clark and One Eared Cow Glass, will have beer, food and music on Saturday. Stormwater Studios will have Plein Air Painting with Michel McNinch and Heidi Darr Hope and Healing Icons will create a Community Chalk Mandala and Interactive Earth Mandala.

     

    Artista Vista is free for attendees.  


    Special thanks to Free Times and Cola Daily for their sponsorship of Artista Vista.

     

    Stay tuned to www.VistaColumbia.com for event maps and plans as galleries finalize their Artista Vista shows and as the Vista Guild announces installation artists and sites complete gallery and installation exhibition information. 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, #ArtistaVista18

  • 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

    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.

     

    Meredith Atkinson, executive director of the Vista Guild, will moderate the forum. Questions asked of the candidates will be mostly focused on the candidates’ ideas for the future of Richland County.

     

    Members of the media and public are invited to attend. A cash bar and light bites will be available.

     

    WHEN:

    Wednesday, March 21: 5:30 – 7 p.m.

     

    WHERE:

    Pearlz Upstairs (936 Gervais Street).

    For more information on the Vista Guild’s forum, please contact Meredith@vistacolumbia.com.

  • 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.

    The brand-new state-of-the-art Columbia SC Visitors Center is under construction at the corner of Lincoln and Gervais Streets. This is a long time coming for the city of Columbia and we are thrilled it will be in the heart of the Vista! The Visitors Center will have a 72 inch social wall highlighting images from throughout the Columbia area and will showcase a Experience Columbia SC promotional video. 

    In addition to the social wall, visitors will have access to a touchscreen kiosk that will highlight partners from all over Columbia region. The kiosk will also allow them the opportunity to build an itinerary, book hotel rooms and view the calendar of events. 

    Complimentary WiFi will be available to all guests. The 500-square-foot facility will be a resource for visitors and city residents to find Columbia SC gift items, purchase tickets for area attractions and even embark on a walking tour.

    Anticipated opening is June 2018.

  • 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. 

    Entertainment, a Tree Lighting, Special Offers and More as the Vista Guild Lights Up the Midlands Holiday Season

     

    The 32nd annual Vista Lights, the Congaree Vista’s signature open house, kicks off the holiday season on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, 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 Mayor Steve Benjamin and other Columbia 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
    • Palmetto Performing Arts
    • Oraki Dance Company
    • Unbound Dance Company
    • Carolina Ballet’s Nutcracker Ballet Bon Bons
    • Candice Pipkin

     

    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.

     

    New at Vista Lights 2017:

     

    • The Vista Guild will offer wristbands to Vista Lights attendees who are 21 and older to purchase beer, 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, Stella Cidre, Palmetto Espresso Porter and Catawba White Zombie.

     

    • The Vista Guild will also debut its Kid’s Zone for Vista Lights 2017, with activities for children, face painting, balloon art 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.

     

    • Vista Lights attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for donation to Harvest Hope and those in need this holiday season. Harvest Hope will accept donations 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:

     

    Shop (locally) ‘til you drop:

     

    • The Backpacker Quality Gear (1215 Wayne St.): Offering refreshments and 15 percent discounts on all regularly priced sportswear, jackets and footwear, as well as free gift wrapping. Open until 8:30 p.m.
    • Bella Bridesmaid (911 Lady St.): Don’t miss this pop-up shop with Steel Garden, a Five Points boutique.
    • Carol Saunders Gallery (1003 Gervais St.): Kick off the holiday season and visit the gallery full of holiday gifts and ornaments.
    • City Art (1224 Lincoln St.): Patricia Moore-Pastides will be selling and signing her new book. Vista Lights will also mark the opening reception for Laurie MacIntosh’s “Environmental Abstractions” exhibit. Cindy Saad will also show her handcrafted jewelry and Angel Allen will show her new ceramic works.
    • CPR Cell Phone Repair (506 Gervais St.): CPR Cell Phone Repair is offering $20 off all phone repairs over $100 and a $10 off any repair over $50.
    • DMR Fashion (617 Lady St.) Enjoy complimentary wine and beer with a live DJ and enjoy 20 percent discounts storewide
    • Ellen Taylor Interiors (1012 Gervais St.): Offering refreshments and wine and exhibiting new paintings by Ellen Taylor Interiors artists. Also showing new furniture and accessories.
    • If ART (1223 Lincoln St.): Offering refreshments and featuring “Edward Rice: Corpus.”
    • Imagine This Boutique (717 Lady St., Ste. C). Enjoy light bites and wine with 10 percent discounts on select items. Open until 8:30 p.m.
    • Lewis+Clark (1001 Huger St.): Featuring “Frolic in the Frontier, Works in Progress,” by Dustin Farmsworth and Clark Ellefson’s studio and recent work including handmade lamps, chandeliers and robots. Check out StormWater Studios construction and listen to live music by Rohvi.
    • One Eared Cow Glass (1001 Huger St.): Watch artists in live glass-blowing demonstrations. Offering light snacks and refreshments and take in unique holiday decorations while local band, Rohvi, plays in the gallery. Free parking available.
    • River Runner Outdoor Center (905 Gervais St.): Offering 20 percent discounts on most merchandise.
    • Urban Outfitters (912 Gervais St.): Get your holiday shopping started early at Urban Outfitters.
    • Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 (808 Lady St.): Studio artists present new work for the last time at 808 Lady St before the studio moves to Stormwater Studios.
    • Whit-Ash Furnishings (919 Gervais St.): Offering light refreshments and hot cider. Open until 8 p.m.

     

    Mix and mingle:

     

    • Aloft Hotel (823 Lady St.): Enjoy the fire on the Aloft porch with free hot chocolate and Carolina Cream Irish Cream and coffee by Six & Twenty Distillery while playing corn hole and giant Jinga.
    • Grace Outdoor (1201 Lincoln St.): Enjoy wine and enter to win a week of free advertisements on a digital billboard.
    • Regions Bank (1010 Gervais St.): Copper Horse Distilling will serve their Copper Cream Whiskey liqueur and USC’s Saint Thomas More Parish Choir will perform.
    • Studio Cellar (912 Lady St.): Offering freestyle painting and drinks at the bar as well as a hot cocoa bar and $5 ornament painting special.

     

    Eat, drink and be merry:

     

    • Art Bar (1211 Park St.): Enjoy a festive indulgence of grilling, craft beer, cocktails, music and trivia.
    • Blue Marlin (1200 Lincoln St.): Offering samples of Blue Marlin’s famous shrimp and grits under the Lincoln St. canopy and a specialty drinks and a photo booth in the private room.
    • Casual Pint (807 Gervais St.): Check out The Casual Pint’s new beer trailer in front of the store with $5 drafts and 10 percent discounts on growlers and t-shirts.
    • Cupcake (1213 Lincoln St.): Enjoy a special hot chocolate cupcake exclusively for Vista Lights.
    • Gervais & Vine (620 Gervais St.): Celebrating the release of Beaujolais Nouveau with $20 bottles of Henry Fessy Beaujolais, a French menu and live music.
    • Grill Marks (711 Gervais St.): Join Grill Marks in front of the restaurant for hot chocolate and chicken corn chowder. Also offering free coupons for free French fries with the purchase of a burger when dining in. Check out “Art in the Alley,” an exhibit of local artists’ work available for purchase.
    • Kaminsky’s (930 Gervais St.): Offering a variety of desserts, cupcakes and macaroons with apple cider.
    • Liberty (828 Gervais St.): Offering crab and artichoke dip, warm bleu cheese chips and Korean BBQ beef sliders with beer and wine on the street in front of the restaurant.
    • Longhorn Steakhouse (902 Gervais St.): Selling beer outdoors and offering free s’mores on Gervais Street at the fire pit as well as drink specials.
    • Mellow Mushroom (1009 Gervais St.): Offering four select draft beers, including the seasonal Highland Cold Mountain and selling $3 pizza slices and chicken caesar wraps.
    • The Oyster Bar (1123 Park St.): Live music by Etheridge & Kimpton beginning at 8 p.m.
    • Pearlz (936 Gervais St.): Offering $5 Crawfish pies and a Stella Artois station outside of the restaurant. Also serving wine.
    • SakiTumi (807 Gervais St.): Check out the annual “Gathering in the Alleyway.” Sample SakiTumi food and craft beer samples, and local artist Karl Larsen will also be painting a piece live in the alleyway. Beer, wine and sake also for sale.
    • SC Pedal Parlor (stationed on Lincoln St. during Vista Lights): Offering discount vouchers and free Pedal Parlor stadium cups and candy.

     

    Fun for all ages:

     

    • Cupcake (1213 Lincoln St.): Enjoy a special hot chocolate cupcake just for Vista Lights.
    • The Peanut Man (1215 Lincoln St.): Enjoy Christmas performances by Freeway Music students and free samples of chocolate while watching candies being made.

     

    Revel and relax:

     

    • Columbia’s The Salon and Giftique (620 Gervais St.): Enjoy a pop-up LuLaRoe, Scentsy and LipSense party.
    • GlowOut Salon (1202 Park St.): Stop by for bubbly and bites, as well as a braid bar and holiday polish changes.
    • Occo (1218 Pulaski St.): Offering specialty cocktails, brow waxing, braid bar, polish changes and chair massages. Door prizes available for the first 100 guests.
    • Pura (807 Gervais St.): Offering discounts on microblading, Botox and dermal fillers, pigmented lesion removal, massages and facials as well as free brow sculpting and more.
    • Southeastern Esthetics Institute (823 Gervais St.): Offering Glo & Image swag bags for all guests, free makeup applications with lash strips, $30 mircrodermabrasion facials, $5 brow sculpting and $20 aromatherapy body scrubs.
    • Vista Tanning & Nail Salon (514 Gervais St.): Free mini manicures and free tans in the tanning bed. Offering $15 gel manicures and $15 mini facials and body scrubs. All can be paid for in advance and purchased to use later.

     

    Free parking is available in City of Columbia garages at 820 Washington Street (behind Aloft Hotel) and on Park Street (beside) the Hilton Hotel), from 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. Lincoln and Park Streets, between Lady and Senate Streets will be closed to automobile traffic at 5 p.m. Gervais Street, from Assembly to Gadsden, will close to automobile traffic at 6 p.m. All streets will reopen at 10 p.m.

     

    Special thanks to Vista Lights 2017 sponsors including: Free Times, Carolina International Trucks, Stella Artois, City of Columbia, Experience Columbia SC, Garvin Design Group, 94.3 The Dude, ColaDaily.com, Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Lafitte, Grace Outdoor, Arnold Companies, Hyatt Place, Eye on Gervais, Art Bar, City of Columbia Parking Services, River Runner Outdoor 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, visit VistaColumbia.com. Follow the Vista Guild @VistaColumbiaSC on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook.

  • 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.

    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.

    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.

     

    Members of the Vista Neighborhood Association (VNA) are residents of the Vista, which is a South Carolina Arts Commission-designated South Carolina Cultural District. Over the years, the district has grown to include Columbia’s top hotels and more than 80 bars and restaurants, and historic preservation and fostering a culture for the arts are ideas central to the Vista Guild’s goals for growth. In a project initiated by the VNA, wrapping these boxes with images of art work and the Vista Guild’s logo give visitors a sense of the Vista’s artistic aesthetic, which makes the district unique.

     

    Wrapped Vista Box

     

    Artists and Organizations Represented on Vista Traffic Control Boxes:

    • Angel Allen: The Brown Girls (in honor of the Browns’ daughters)
    • Anastasia Chernoff: Totem
    • Stephen Chesley: Sundown on Lady
    • Jennifer Edwards: Gervais Street Bridge at Dawn
    • Clark Ellefson: Girl Bot and Guy Bot
    • Historic Columbia Foundation: archival image of 1001 Gervais Street
    • Bett Huggins: Famously Hot
    • Ernest Lee: The Chicken Man
    • Susan Lenz: CCLXIII
    • Lucas Sams: The Dream at the Heart of the World
    • Walton Selig: Go Fish
    • Kirkland Smith: Marilyn
    • Laura Spong: Go Fishing
    • Amanda Summey: Crispy Little Candy Cane
    • That Godzilla Guy: Pop with Pop

     

    “These boxes are near major intersections and are visible to those on foot and auto traffic. We’re so proud to have art by artists with a connection to the Vista all over our streets.” said Meredith Atkinson, executive director of the Vista Guild. “These new boxes fit in so nicely with all of the public art we’ve installed in the Vista in recent years, and we’re especially grateful to the Vista Neighborhood Association for organizing, steering and seeing this project through to fruition.”

     

    In planning for the new art work, the Vista Neighborhood Association applied for and was awarded an Action Grant from the City of Columbia and a Connected Communities grant from Central Carolina Community Foundation. The Vista Guild contributed to the effort, Thirsty Fellow and Twisted Spur hosted fundraisers and members of the VNA also contributed.

     

    “All the artists with whom we've interacted were so positive and they commented on what an honor it is for them to help and support our efforts to beautify the area with art.“ Maria Walrath, member of the Vista Neighborhood Association, said. ”We all hope visitors and residents alike will enjoy this art and look forward to adding more boxes as well as other public art projects.”   

     

    The Vista Guild will celebrate the wrapped boxes from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in the Aloft Hotel lobby (823 Lady St.) on Sept. 20.

     

    For more information about the Vista, please call Meredith Atkinson at (803) 269.5946. Follow the Vista Guild @VistaColumbiaSC on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook.