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Old 08-11-2014, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
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Stay tuned for the full version of the arts supply store story.
Ahh, tease!
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Old 08-11-2014, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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This version of the story says the arts supply store will be mostly in the basement with a small part of the ground floor serving as the entrance. The writer told me she hasn't been able to get confirmation on the grocery store. As for Columbia needing and supporting an arts supply store, I think this setup will be perfect. As for the grocery store, it would be game-changing.

COLUMBIA, SC: New store opening at Main and Taylor streets in downtown Columbia | Shop Around | The State
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Old 08-11-2014, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
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The supply store in the basement completely changes my perception of this. Thanks for clarifying, I've gone from underwhelmed to pretty excited.

I know we're just peddling in rumors at the moment, but would anyone be willing to share any details of the possible grocery store? I assume this isn't a full-service Publix-style store, but more of a city market/bodega establishment? Is it a known national brand or something local?

Tupelo Honey coming to The Hub would be great. We would have done a lot of catching up with Greenville pretty fast! They've done such a great job up there, so I mean that as a compliment to both cities.
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Old 08-11-2014, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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Yes, their Main Street started redeveloping way before ours did. Meanwhile the Vista, Five Points and Devine Street haven't skipped a beat. A redeveloped Main Street at the center of it all is exciting. BTW, City Art on Lady Street in the Vista has a rather extensive art supplies component.
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Old 08-11-2014, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
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I mostly agree, although I think Five Points could use some development. There are a number of empty stores and the area could really use some new types of businesses to generate positive press to offset the negative image the area has developed over the last few years.

On a related note, I talked to the owner of Sizzle and they should be opening in the next week or two. As I mentioned in another post, Five Points may soon begin to share its role as the center of student life as more university development takes place downtown and towards the river. With so many affluent neighborhoods around Five Points, I think it could become more of a retail and dining district hub for those areas as student bars spread throughout other parts of the city.
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Old 08-11-2014, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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Sizzle, a new little cafe on Saluda, and something apparently going in on Harden near the wedding store are indicative of continued interest in Five Points. The police department and sheriff's office seem to have slapped some sense into the district. I think some of the chatter about a possible shift of student nightlife to Main Street from Five Points might be the results more of wishful thinking by those Five Points boosters who equate student nightlife with the problems Five Points had until some changes were made.
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Old 08-11-2014, 02:12 PM
 
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re: a new little cafe on Saluda, and something apparently going in on Harden near the wedding store

Cafe is Scoopty Doo, Drip owner's brother's ice cream store. Harden near the Men's Warehouse is a pizza place. They've had to do extensive interior renovation work as when it was Pops there were major issue with everything from ventilation/ac to a wonky floor. They've gutted it completely and have been working on it for a good while, I hope they didn't run out of money though as you'd think they'd be open by now after six months of work.
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Old 08-11-2014, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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This version of the story says the arts supply store will be mostly in the basement with a small part of the ground floor serving as the entrance. The writer told me she hasn't been able to get confirmation on the grocery store. As for Columbia needing and supporting an arts supply store, I think this setup will be perfect. As for the grocery store, it would be game-changing.

COLUMBIA, SC: New store opening at Main and Taylor streets in downtown Columbia | Shop Around | The State
That building would be a perfect size for a Dean and Deluca or Trader Joe's. A 2nd location of the Gourmet Shop would be nice, too.
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Old 08-11-2014, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
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How big is the space? Is it too small to a CityTarget or Walmart Neighborhood Market? I know I am asking for it by saying this, but either of those would be a coup for downtown, especially Main Street. I'm a big booster of local retail, but a retailer like that would make Main Street relevant for more than just dining and niche retail. People would go there for their everyday shopping in a way that hasn't existed in a generation. And the tax revenues for the city would be nice, too.
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Old 08-11-2014, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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How big is the space? Is it too small to a CityTarget or Walmart Neighborhood Market? I know I am asking for it by saying this, but either of those would be a coup for downtown, especially Main Street. I'm a big booster of local retail, but a retailer like that would make Main Street relevant for more than just dining and niche retail. People would go there for their everyday shopping in a way that hasn't existed in a generation. And the tax revenues for the city would be nice, too.
I almost choked on my salad when I saw Wal-Mart. Please....no.
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