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, […]

Lack of job seekers threatens livelihood of many local businesses

BLYTHEWOOD – “We made it through the pandemic shutdown. We made it through the months of carryout only. We built a patio to accommodate outdoor seating. We made it through limited seating. But this could end up closing our business,” said Carol Allen, owner of Laura’s Tea Room in Ridgeway. The “this” she is referring […]

Hospital property sale could happen

WINNSBORO – After going into executive session during its regular meeting on Aug. 9, to receive legal advice concerning the possible sale of the former Fairfield Memorial Hospital property and its existing leases, council members voted 7-0 to sell the property to the Eau Clair Health Care Cooperative for $1.3 million. Next week, council will […]

MUSC purchases Fairfield Providence ER, Providence NE

WINNSBORO – The Fairfield Providence Emergency Room awoke to a new name on Monday. It will now be called MUSC Health Fairfield Emergency and Imaging. The purchase of the Fairfield health care facility in June was part of a $75 million dollar deal in which the Medical University of South Carolina purchased four health care […]

Hometown haircuts for humans & hounds

BLYTHEWOOD – When Missy Clementi was growing up in Blythewood, she says, there was just one stoplight. The town has grown so fast that she’s lost count of how many stoplights there are now. But she says her salon is still what it’s been for the last 13 years: a gathering place, a welcome mat, […]

Glover brings business home to RW

RIDGEWAY – Lavern Prioleau Glover has a theory about God-given gifts: When you follow your calling to put them to use, doors open in ways that will amaze you. When, after many years of treating her passion – interior design – as a side gig, she decided to make the leap and turn it into […]

Blythewood ‘makes right’ over wrong business license

BLYTHEWOOD – After town hall mistakenly issued a business license for a business located on property it was not zoned for, Town Administrator Carroll Williamson sought to stem the zoning/business license conundrum by allowing the business to continue operating for the duration of its five-month lease. “On June 4, 2021 the Town of Blythewood made […]

Hookah lounge may become Blythewood’s new social spot

BLYTHEWOOD – Since the word has gotten out about his Blythewood CDB/hookah and vape shop in the few months since it opened, Zane Hulwe says sales have taken off, mostly driven by repeat sales. He says older customers come in for the CBD for joint and muscle pain, to help them relax and sleep better. […]

Griffin’s company honored

BLYTHEWOOD – Blythewood Town Councilman Larry D. Griffin’s company, GEMMS Financial Resources was named 11th in the nation in the Final Expense category with the largest Final Expense company in the industry. Griffin said he and his wife Leanora, co-owners of the business, would like to thank the Spurgeon Group and all the team of […]