Martin’s stores looking for Blue Christmas

FAIRFIELD COUNTY – For Robbie Martin, running several shops in Ridgeway and Winnsboro – with more planned – has a lot to do with building the kind of small-town atmosphere that creates a destination. “A lot of travelers come through town. Ridgeway is a cut-through to the coast, and in the summertime we get a […]

Christmas in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD COUNTY – While many shoppers were hitting big stores on Black Friday, community members from Fairfield County poured into Caldwell Tree Farm as they opened at 10 a.m. to select a Christmas tree and handmade wreaths and ornaments. Pictured above, children of tree shoppers take a break for a photo op with the ‘old […]

Old friends team up again at Rosa’s Hair Salon

RIDGEWAY – Rosa Whitmeyer started cutting hair 45 years ago – first in her own salon in Florida, then at Special Effects Hair Salon in Blythewood. That’s where she met and became friends with Blythewood hair stylist Gina Lee. By 2005, however, the two had taken separate paths – Whitmeyer opened Rosa’s Hair Salon at […]

Groucho’s new owner’s dream

BLYTHEWOOD – Years ago, Marc Cohen told the friend who ran Groucho’s Deli in Blythewood that if the restaurant ever came up for sale, he’d be interested in buying. In the midst of the pandemic, his friend gave him a call – and Cohen was true to his word. He got the financing together, and […]

Sarah N’ Geo’s opens new restaurant in Ridgeway

RIDGEWAY – Sarah N’ Geo’s opened their new restaurant in downtown Ridgeway Wednesday with a ribbon cutting and a large crowd of customers. Owners Sarah and George Price say the new location on Palmer Street in the former fire station is ideal for their pizza restaurant. But George said they will now serve more than […]

Lady Lana offers own brand, beauty services

BLYTHEWOOD – It may have the appearance of a salon, but Lady Lana Classic Beauty Supply doesn’t cut hair or use chemicals; it’s a beauty supply store that offers not only product, but services like hair braiding and extensions, special event makeup and wigs. “The experience when you walk in is very welcoming, inviting,” says […]

Good service, loyal patrons spells success

BLYTHEWOOD – Chris Rao is a no-nonsense Italian New Yorker. How on earth did he end up in Blythewood? “It’s where I got off the bus,” he jokes – but he’s serious. He was going through a rough patch in a divorce he says, when he packed his bag and got on a bus going […]

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Home Advantage Realty opens office in Blythewood

BLYTHEWOOD – The employees of one of Blythewood’s newest businesses, Home Advantage Realty, enjoyed double celebrations last week. The day after being named the Free Times’ ‘Best of Columbia’ in the category of Best Real Estate Agencies at ceremonies at the Columbia Museum of Art, they cut the ribbon for the grand opening of their […]

Frank’s car wash coming to Blythewood

BLYTHEWOOD – A Frank’s carwash has received conditional approval from the town’s Board of Architectural Review (BAR) for a Certificate of Appropriateness for the construction of a carwash facility in Blythewood. The carwash will be located at 109 Main Street, next door to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. The 2.62-acre site is currently vacant. The applicant, […]