February 2020 Around Town

The River District: Stone Boot Company Kicks In New Arrivals Team members of this family-owned boot boutique have a passion for curating a solid variety of the best quality boots, booties and work boots around, in styles for any occasion. They also sell accessories, such as belts, hats, jewelry and SC handcrafted bootjacks, from their location at 807 Meeting … Continued

January 2020 Around Town

Nooch and Lalo Opens “Mix-Mex” in Lexington “Mix-Mex” dishes are available in Lexington, thanks to a new restaurant at 109 Old Chapin Road. Nooch and Lalo offers well-known American dishes infused with Mexican ingredients. Jose “Lalo” Parra, along with his partner and co-owner Nicholas “Nooch” Kole, are gaining the reputation of providing unique flairs on tasty cuisine. Examples … Continued

December 2019 Around Town

Patches of History Through Quilts Newly On Display A new exhibition at USC’s McKissick Museum, Piece by Piece: Quilts from the Permanent Collection, illustrates the evolution of quilt-making traditions over the past 150 years, representing artistic heritages from Europe, Africa and the American South. From the early use of chintz fabrics to the widespread popularity of solid … Continued

November 2019 Around Town

Christmas Art & Craft Festival Set in Columbia The 44th Annual Craftsmen’s Classics Christmas Art & Craft Festival features original designs and work from hundreds of talented artists and craftspeople from across America. Guests can see the creative process in action as many exhibitors demonstrate throughout the weekend of the festival. Held at the South … Continued

October 2019 Around Town

Local Chef Takes Florida Food Competition Julio Cera, executive chef for the luxury senior living center Wellmore of Lexington, and his team recently won first place at The Battle of the Blades, a culinary competition hosted in Florida. The competition pitted chefs from 15 retirement communities against one another, tasking them to create unique appetizers and entrees … Continued

September 2019 Around Town

Save the Date: Okra Strut Festival 2019 This free festival, held Sept. 28 this year, has been a southern favorite for 46 years. What started as a way for the Lake Murray-Irmo Woman’s Club to raise money for a new library turned into a spectacular event to end each summer. With beautiful Lake Murray and … Continued

August 2019 Around Town

Poly Energy Handles Home, Business and Specialized Solar Projects Don’t have the right roof for solar panels? Did you know Irmo-based Poly Energy constructs custom structures to fit various needs, such as carports and ground mounts? The goal of Poly Energy is to provide more than one solution to lower energy costs while helping customers move closer to energy independence.   Solar … Continued

July 2019 Around Town

State’s Algebra Nation Winners Rooted in Chapin Chapin Middle School placed first for middle schools participating in the “Algebra Nation—South Carolina Test Yourself! Challenge.” Algebra Nation is a free, online curriculum resource with accompanying physical workbooks built specifically for algebra students and teachers by South Carolina teachers. The program provides around-the-clock support to more than 43,000 math students with a personalized … Continued

June 2019 Around Town

New Well Soul Spa + Salon Opens WellSoul Spa + Salon owner Meg LeHeup Moore hosted a grand opening May 15. WellSoul is a full-service spa and salon in a stylish, serene atmosphere. Meg says her team is committed to helping customers look and feel their best. “We proudly use amika, IMAGE and Loma products,” she adds. Located … Continued

May 2019 Around Town

FIPS ED 2020 Black Bass World Championship The United States Angling Confederation will host the FIPS ED 2020 Black Bass World Championship in Columbia, South Carolina, on Lake Murray Nov. 16–21, 2020. USAC will utilize the professional resources of FLW to provide the championship of a lifetime. The venue of Lake Murray is a world-class bass fishery … Continued