NEWS & Happenings

  • Congaree Vista Guild Invites You to Be a Firefly

    May 10, 2022

    The Congaree Vista Guild invites you to be a Firefly in The Vista. In partnership with Congaree National Park, the Vista Guild invites patrons to celebrate the annual synchronous fireflies on May 20 and 21.  

    The Congaree Vista Guild invites you to be a Firefly in The Vista. In partnership with Congaree National Park, the Vista Guild invites patrons to celebrate the annual synchronous fireflies on May 20 and 21.  

     

    “We are excited to partner with a local treasure: Congaree National Park. The work the park does to bring such a wonderful asset to our community is unmatched,” said Vista Guild Executive Director, Abby Anderson. “With the lottery to see the fireflies this year in place, we wanted to create a way that more members of our community could still get together to celebrate these creatures.”  

     

    Every year the fireflies at Congaree National Park synchronize their glow for a few weeks in the spring. These species of fireflies, Photuris frontalis, are one of only three North American fireflies that behave in such a way.  

     

    "We are thrilled to once more work alongside the Vista Guild and our local communities to celebrate the arrival of the synchronized fireflies at Congaree National Park. As this increasingly iconic period of the late spring continues to draw more people each year from around the country to the city of Columbia and the surrounding area, it is exciting that we can join with our local communities to celebrate one of the unique features that makes our region of South Carolina special," said acting Superintendent Stephen Akins. 

     

    Personal flashing lights can be picked up at various Vista businesses during the week of May 15. The community is encouraged to bring these back to The Vista on the evenings of May 20 and 21 to celebrate the fireflies at Congaree National Park. 

     

    Lights for this event can be picked up at:

    • Art Bar (1211 Park Street)
    • Experience Columbia SC Visitor Center (1120 LIncoln Street)
    • Rita's Italian Ice (800 Lady Street)
    • Studio Cellar (912 Lady Street)

     

    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.  

     

    For more information about Congaree National Park, go to www.nps.gov/cong/fireflies.htm.

  • The Congaree Vista District Celebrates 30 Years of Artista Vista, April 22-24

    March 29, 2022

    This April marks 30 years of Artista Vista, the weekend-long celebration of the Congaree Vista district’s vibrant art scene, happening April 22-24. The event continues to highlight incredible artists in the Midlands, and encourages locals and newcomers alike to explore studio spaces, meet the makers and even take home their own handmade pieces.

    This April marks 30 years of Artista Vista, the weekend-long celebration of the Congaree Vista district’s vibrant art scene, happening April 22-24. The event continues to highlight incredible artists in the Midlands, and encourages locals and newcomers alike to explore studio spaces, meet the makers and even take home their own handmade pieces. A full schedule of the weekend’s events can be found on The Vista’s website.

     

    “It’s an experience,” says Clark Ellefson, principal designer and owner of Lewis+Clark, and one of the original organizers of Artista Vista. “It’s a gathering of people from all walks of life who can come together to enjoy and appreciate art and support their community.”

     

    Artista Vista features local artists and their spaces, and brings makers beyond the Midlands to the district for the weekend. Artists and gallery owners will be on-site to chat with visitors, giving attendees insight into their work.

     

    Events in store for the 30th annual Artista Vista include:

     

    • Art Gallery Crawl (April 22, 6-9 p.m.): This signature Artista Vista event is a chance for guests to explore The Vista’s one-of-a-kind galleries and pop-up galleries, as well as the district’s restaurants, bars and shops. Studios involved in the gallery crawl include the following:
    • Light and Lantern Parade (April 22, 8-9 p.m.): Another signature event — the Light and Lantern Parade — will kick off the weekend of festivities, and is back in-person for 2022. Guests are welcome to watch or join the parade at the entrance of the Lincoln Street tunnel. A crafts table will be on-site for those who want to create their own lantern for the event.
    • Art Day (April 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.): The celebration continues on Saturday with Art Day at the Stormwater Studios campus on Huger Street. Guests are invited to explore the campus, watch art demonstrations, shop for handmade pieces and enjoy food, live entertainment on-site and an artist talk from international, award-winning artist Nora Valdez.
    • Crafty Feast (April 24, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.): The final day of Artista Vista brings Crafty Feast, the juried indie craft fair showcasing 50+ makers from across the Southeast. This open-air craft fair showcases funky, one-of-a-kind offerings and unique gifts available for purchase. This year’s vendor list brings handmade goods ranging from jewelry, apparel and bags to home décor, candles, ceramics and more. The 2022 makers’ list will be posted on the Crafty Feast website.
    • Live on Lincoln (April 24, 5-8 p.m.): Artista Vista concludes on Sunday evening with the Koger Center’s Live on Lincoln. This outdoor, ticketed event presented by LS3P will bring live performances by some of the Midlands finest arts and cultural organizations to the historic cobblestones of Lincoln Street, alongside drinks and dinner served tableside by Blue Marlin. More information and tickets can be foundhere.  

     

    “We’re really excited for this year’s Artista Vista,” says Abby Anderson, executive director of the Vista Guild. “For the last 30 years, this event has been a major part of our community, and we want to keep up that tradition and continue to solidify this area as a prominent arts district.”

     

    Artista Vista is produced by the Vista Guild and would not be possible without support from its sponsors, including the City of Columbia, Experience Columbia SC, Columbia Craft, Steel Hands Brewing, KW Beverageand Grace Outdoor.

     

    For more information about Artista Vista, visit https://www.vistacolumbia.com/special-events/artista-vista.

  • Congaree Vista Guild Installs New Sculpture

    February 14, 2022

    The Congaree Vista Guild has announced the installation of Motherhood, a new sculpture by Nora Valdez, on the corner of Lady and Gadsden Streets in the heart of the Congaree Vista. The project was facilitated by One Columbia for Arts and Culture.

    The Congaree Vista Guild has announced the installation of Motherhood, a new sculpture by Nora Valdez, on the corner of Lady and Gadsden Streets in the heart of the Congaree Vista. The project was facilitated by One Columbia for Arts and Culture.

     

    The sculpture, carved from Indiana limestone, represents all mothers – working mothers, immigrant mothers, single mothers – and their strength in holding families together while staying firmly rooted in their determination. Sculptor Nora Valdez is an international award-winning artist originally from Argentina, but currently residing in Boston, Massachusetts.

     

    “My sculptures of people do not have facial features,” said Valdez. “Going beyond suggesting any specific face as a representation of beauty (or measure of value) for women, my work challenges the viewer to see the faceless woman as every woman. Woman as an archetype. Woman as a force. The concept of woman as mother is one that everyone can connect to. The ideal of mother as love and nurture and protection is universal, especially in the face of challenge.”

     

    A dedication event will be hosted as part of the Congaree Vista Guild’s 30th annual Artista Vista, which takes place April 22-24, 2022.

  • Vista Improvement Projects Nearing Completion

    December 14, 2021

    New development is occurring in the Congaree Vista with improvement projects nearing completion and new businesses opening soon.

    Columbia, SC – New development is occurring in the Congaree Vista with improvement projects nearing completion and new businesses opening soon.

    The Park Street beautification project is essentially finished with ADA compliant sidewalks and landscaping. Additionally, outdoor seating for visitors and improved lighting are still to come. Restaurants along the street are open for guests. Improvements have made the area more welcoming and attractive to Vista patrons.

    Boku Kitchen and Saloon, a taco and ramen restaurant, will be opening soon at 916 Gervais Street. It is dog-friendly and offers igloo dining outdoors for year-round seating.

    The Donut Guy will be opening soon at 1215 Lincoln Street, offering hot mini yeast/cake donuts with a variety of toppings (including maple glaze and bacon).

    Cambria Hotel, part of the Choice Hotel chain, will be opening in the spring of 2022 at the corner of Park and Lady Streets.

    City Grit is a new food and specialty market offering artisan goods, house-made dips, sweets, beer, wine and gifts. It also offers gourmet take-away and family meals, including seasonal and holiday dinners. It is now open at 707 Gervais Street.

    The Greene Street Phase II improvement project taking place in the Congaree Vista is scheduled for completion in January. It is part of an overall plan by community and business leaders to open downtown Columbia to the Congaree Riverfront. Visitors to the area will see much-needed improvements including more pedestrian and bike access to the area.

    Part of the Richland County Transportation Penny Program, the project is a $21.2M project that continues improvements along Greene Street from Gadsden to Assembly Streets. It includes the addition of sidewalks and dedicated bike lanes from Huger to Gadsden Streets as well as the construction of a new two-lane bridge with sidewalks and dedicated bike lanes over the Norfolk Southern and CSX Transportation railroads to reconnect Greene Street.

    The installation of a shade structure along the bridge over the sidewalks is expected to be installed by June of 2022. At that time, Greene Street will be open to drivers and pedestrians. Devine and Gadsden Streets at the Norfolk Southern and CSX Transportation railroad crossings will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians once the Greene Street bridge is open.

  • 36th Annual Vista Lights to be Held November 18

    October 15, 2021

    The Congaree Vista Guild will host its 36th annual Vista Lights on Thursday, November 18 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The family-friendly holiday event is returning to its original format after COVID-19 adjustments in 2020, thanks to event sponsors Stella Artois, Columbia Metropolitan Airport and Arnold Companies.

    The Congaree Vista Guild will host its 36th annual Vista Lights on Thursday, November 18 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The family-friendly holiday event is returning to its original format after COVID-19 adjustments in 2020, thanks to event sponsors Stella Artois, Columbia Metropolitan Airport and Arnold Companies.

    Performances by local groups will take place on the main stage near the corner of Gervais and Lincoln Streets beginning at 6:15 p.m., followed by the Vista tree lighting at 7 p.m. After the tree is lit, there will be performances by Prettier Than Matt and the Soda City Brass Band.

    Santa Claus will be on site at the kid’s area on Lincoln Street from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the Carillon Carolers will stroll through the Vista entertaining visitors. Easel Cathedral will be on site painting the event live as well.

    Throughout the evening, participating Vista businesses will open their doors for dining and shopping. For a complete list, visit VistaColumbia.com in the coming weeks and a full map will be published in the Free Times on November 17.

    Gervais Street will be completely closed from Assembly to Gadsden Streets for the event as well as Park Street from Lady to Senate Streets and Lincoln Street from Lady to Senate Streets.

  • Sister Hazel to Perform in Vista After 5 Series

    September 28, 2021

    The Congaree Vista Guild has announced that Sister Hazel will perform the final concert of the Vista After Five concert series on Thursday, October 21 at Tin Roof. Tokyo Joe, Dear Blanca and Whit’s End each perform in the weeks leading up to the finale. All concerts are free and are presented by Pink Whitney, Fireball, Skrewball, Gameday Vodka, Larceny and Wicked Weed. The shows begin at 5:30 p.m.

    The Congaree Vista Guild has announced that Sister Hazel will perform the final concert of the Vista After Five concert series on Thursday, October 21 at Tin Roof. Tokyo Joe, Dear Blanca and Whit’s End each perform in the weeks leading up to the finale. All concerts are free and are presented by Pink Whitney, Fireball, Skrewball, Gameday Vodka, Larceny and Wicked Weed. The shows begin at 5:30 p.m.

     

    Originating from Gainesville, FL, Sister Hazel has been called "one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years" by Performing Songwriter Magazine. Their song, "All for You," topped the adult alternative charts during the summer of 1997 and the success propelled their album to platinum status. Since then, the band has become firmly established not only in rock and alternative music, but also in country with four back-to-back Billboard Top Country Albums Chart entries.

     

    “We’re delighted to have Sister Hazel as part of our Vista After 5 concert series this year,” said Abby Anderson, Executive Director of the Congaree Vista Guild. “Our lineup has been filled with well-known bands from all genres, and Sister Hazel is the perfect band for the finale.”

     

    All shows are outdoors and begin at 5:30 p.m. at Tin Roof, 1022 Senate Street, Columbia. For more information about Vista events, visit VistaColumbia.com.

  • Opus and the Frequencies to Open Vista After 5 Series

    September 10, 2021

    The popular concert series, Vista After Five, begins its 2021 fall season on September 23 at Tin Roof with Opus and the Frequencies. All shows are outdoors and are presented by Pink Whitney, Fireball, Skrewball, Gameday Vodka, Larceny and Wicked Weed. The shows begin at 5:30 p.m.

    The popular concert series, Vista After Five, begins its 2021 fall season on September 23 at Tin Roof with Opus and the Frequencies. All shows are outdoors and are presented by Pink Whitney, Fireball, Skrewball, Gameday Vodka, Larceny and Wicked Weed. The shows begin at 5:30 p.m.

     

    “We’re so excited to bring the Vista After 5 series back this year,” said Abby Anderson, Executive Director of the Congaree Vista Guild. “We know that music lovers in Columbia will enjoy returning to Tin Roof this fall to hear this great lineup of local bands.”

     

    Opus and the Frequencies (O+F) is a genre-bending band from Columbia. According to the group, what began as a series of casual jam sessions has evolved into a mission to craft songs that reflect their diverse musical and personal backgrounds.

     

    Following Opus and the Frequencies, the Vista After 5 schedule includes:

     

    Tokyo Joe on September 30 - Formed in 1996, Tokyo Joe has independently released 6 CDs, and performs an average of 200 shows a year in the Southeast. A Columbia-based rock group, the band credits musicians like Billy Joel and Elton John as early influencers.

     

    Dear Blanca – October 7- Dear Blanca retrofits post-punk grit with wide ranging rhythmic feel in their music, according to the band.

     

    Whit’s End – October 14 -Whit’s End is the current Carolina Country Entertainer of the year from Kershaw, SC. They have opened for Eric Church, Old Dominion, LANCO, Randy Houser, David Lee Murphy and more. Whit’s End brings a high energy mix of old favorites and new releases to their performances.

     

    The show for October 21 is to be determined.

     

    All shows are outdoors and begin at 5:30 p.m. at Tin Roof, 1022 Senate Street, Columbia.

  • Park Street Beautification Underway

    August 16, 2021

    A major renovation and beautification project is underway on Park Street in the Vista between Gervais and Senate Streets, facing several Vista restaurants.

    Columbia, SC – A major renovation and beautification project is underway on Park Street in the Vista between Gervais and Senate Streets, facing several Vista restaurants.

     

    Sidewalks, landscaping, enhanced lighting and outdoor seating areas will be added to provide a better experience for patrons in the area. The restaurants along Park Street, including The Oyster Bar of Columbia, Republic Biergarten & Kitchen, Pot Smokers BBQ, Monterrey Mexican Restaurant and Pearlz Oyster Bar, are open during the construction.

     

    “This will be a delightful improvement for pedestrians in the area,” said Rosie Craig, long-standing board member and founding member of The Congaree Vista Guild. “It’s a long-awaited project that has been in development for many years and is now going to happen. The City of Columbia staff have been incredibly helpful.”

     

    The project is scheduled to be completed by this fall, according to Kristen Puckett, City of Columbia Construction Coordinator.

  • Artista Vista Returns April 16-18 in Columbia’s Official Arts and Cultural District

    March 16, 2021

    April 16-18, the Vista Guild’s Artista Vista will honor the vibrancy and resiliency of the district with a celebration that is bigger and more inclusive than ever before. With health and public safety a priority, the event will take to the streets and to the screen to offer residents the chance to create, enjoy, shop and dine in the city’s only neighborhood to receive an official Cultural District designation from the South Carolina Arts Commission. Artista Vista will include an online lantern-creation workshop, an art gallery crawl, the inaugural Art Day celebration on the Stormwater Studios campus, and the Koger Center’s Live on Lincoln concert; it will also be the new home for the region’s most eclectic indie craft fair — Crafty Feast.

    April 16-18, the Vista Guild’s Artista Vista will honor the vibrancy and resiliency of the district with a celebration that is bigger and more inclusive than ever before. With health and public safety a priority, the event will take to the streets and to the screen to offer residents the chance to create, enjoy, shop and dine in the city’s only neighborhood to receive an official Cultural District designation from the South Carolina Arts Commission. Artista Vista will include an online lantern-creation workshop, an art gallery crawl, the inaugural Art Day celebration on the Stormwater Studios campus, and the Koger Center’s Live on Lincoln concert; it will also be the new home for the region’s most eclectic indie craft fair — Crafty Feast. Find more information about the weekend’s events below, and at vistacolumbia.com/special-events/artista-vista. 

     

    “Creativity drives The Vista, and over the past year our business-owners have drawn on that creativity to overcome challenges presented by COVID-19,” says executive director of the Congaree Vista Guild, Abby Anderson. “We are thrilled to offer a fresh take on Artista Vista that celebrates our artistic roots, while protecting the community’s health and safety.”

     

    Family-Friendly Online Paper Lantern Creation Workshop — Free — April 16-18

    Pull out the craft bin! Local artist Flavia Lovatelli is offering an online, on-demand workshop for makers of all ages to learn how to create gorgeous, decorative paper lanterns at home. As a bonus, Lovatelli will offer clever ideas for personalizing your face mask. This virtual, at-home event provides fun for the entire family. The videos will go live in early April on the Vista’s YouTube channel, then wear your newly decorated masks and bring your lanterns to the Vista during the weekend’s live events. 

     

    Art Gallery Crawl — Free — Friday, April 16, 5-9 p.m.

    This event, which runs until 9 p.m., is a prime opportunity to explore regional artists and to add beautiful work to your own home art collection. The Vista’s distinctive galleries and a number of pop up galleries will display new shows or exhibits, and visitors can make it a full night by dining at a Vista eatery before or after the crawl. 

     

    All patrons, vendors and businesses participating in Artista Vista events are required to properly wear a face mask. Galleries will enforce social distancing and encourage use of hand sanitizer. 

     

    For those who are more comfortable celebrating from home, virtual gallery tours will be available on the Vista’s YouTube channel, and a podcast featuring a walking tour of Vista art galleries will be available at TBD.

     

    Art Day — Free — Saturday, April 17, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

    Artista Vista continues on Saturday with Art Day on the Stormwater Studios campus. Visitors will be welcomed into studio spaces — including Lewis + Clark and One Eared Cow Glass — to discover collections and view live demonstrations. Getting to Art Day is easy — The COMET’s Sod Cap Connector will offer a free route to Stormwater Studios campus from the Vista. 

     

    Live music from Amy & the Willie Wood Chips will fill the air while guests peruse and purchase local art. Beverage South’s beer wagon and A Matter of Taste, Dupre Catering’s food truck, will charm your taste buds with culinary artistry. 

     

    As at the gallery crawl, masks will be required, social distancing will be enforced and hand sanitizer will be provided. This event will take place rain or shine. 

     

    Crafty Feast — Free — Sunday, April 18, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

    One of the most popular craft festivals in the Midlands returns with a new venue, new partnership and new admission price — free! Crafty Feast showcases funky, one-of-a-kind offerings and unique gifts from jury-selected vendors. The event will take place outdoors at the corner of Lincoln and Lady Streets with a beer wagon and local food vendors available. The first 250 patrons will receive a free Crafty Feast tote bag thanks to support from the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. 

     

    A comprehensive safety plan has been put in place for Crafty Feast. The vendor limit has been capped at 50 to allow for six feet of distance between each booth. Touchless payment is encouraged, and guests are asked to refrain from making purchases with cash. Vendors will sanitize all equipment between guest use. Masks are required for all patrons and vendors, and hand sanitizer will be provided. Patrons and vendors are encouraged to use hand sanitizer often during the event. Social distancing will be enforced. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. 

     

    Live on Lincoln — Ticketed — Sunday, April 18, 5-7 p.m. 

    Artista Vista’s finale is Live on Lincoln, presented by The Koger Center on Sunday evening at 5 p.m. This outdoor, socially-distanced performance will take place on the cobblestones of Lincoln Street with dinner by Blue Marlin served to tables of up to four guests. Entertainment will include renowned local arts organizations like the South Carolina Philharmonic, Columbia Classical Ballet, Columbia City Ballet, ColaJazz, Trustus Theatre, Town Theatre, Columbia Children's Theatre, Bruch Chamber Orchestra, Opera at USC and the University of South Carolina Concert Choir. 

     

    Proceeds raised from the Koger Center Live on Lincoln will directly support the participating arts and culture organizations as they navigate the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts industry. Tickets will be sold in groups; $280 for a table of four and $160 for a table of two. Patrons who purchase tickets in person at the Koger Center Box Office or by calling the box office 803-777-5112 will get $20 off their purchase. 

     

    Enjoying the Vista is Easy

    All weekend, the Soda Cap Connector will be available (and free!) to transport patrons to the Vista from other parts of town and throughout the Vista. As Artista Vista’s transportation partner, The COMET’s Soda Cap Connector makes getting to the Vista simple and more accessible to the community. Parking for Artista Vista is available in the parking garage behind Aloft at Washington and Lincoln Streets. City parking meters are free after 6 p.m.  Dinner reservations are recommended, as restaurants in the Vista currently operate with COVID-safe capacity restrictions.

     

    The Vista has been synonymous with art since the early 1980s, when artists began to move their studios to the area's affordable abandoned warehouse spaces. Today's restaurants, shopping and nightlife in the historic buildings along Gervais Street are still driven by the Vista's creative energy. Artista Vista is produced by the Vista Guild and would not be possible without support from presenting sponsors City of Columbia and Experience Columbia SC as well as other community-focused corporate citizens like Boston Beer, New Belgium Brewing, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Columbia Metropolitan Airport and Soda Cap Connector.

  • 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.