Member News | Nov. 7 – Nov. 11


Live Music, ESPN Zone and Fireworks Planned

Officials announced yesterday, Thursday, Nov. 3, that Columbia’s Main Street will be the setting for a New Year’s Eve celebration like the city has never seen.

According to Mayor Steve Benjamin, this will be South Carolina’s New Year’s Eve event and a truly memorable night for everyone. “We’re excited about hosting what in years to come will make South Carolina host to the largest New Year’s Eve celebration in the Southeast,” said Mayor Benjamin.

Charles Appleby, event co-chair and attorney at Collins & Lacy, P.C., led the announcements by saying, “It’s going to be big, it’s going to be exciting and it’s going to be safe.”

Sponsors, non-profit beneficiaries, elected officials, Main Street business owners and tourism officials attended the press conference held at Boyd Plaza this morning to kick off the inaugural Famously Hot New Year to be held Dec. 31, 2011.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, George Clinton, and his group the Parliament Funkadelic, will headline with regional acts, including Josh Roberts and The Hinges as well as Pinna, opening. There will be fireworks, an ESPN Zone playing the New Year’s Eve college bowl games, and a one-of-a-kind Palmetto Tree and Crescent moon display during the midnight countdown. Patrons can also visit “Resolution Row” featuring businesses and organizations that can help people achieve their New Year’s Resolutions.

Holt Chetwood, Midlands Market President of Wells Fargo, voiced his support of the event, stating, “I want to thank Mayor Benjamin for his vision and commitment to bettering Main Street and the downtown area. This investment is an opportunity for us to showcase to South Carolina all the positive things happening in downtown Columbia.”

Get excited about ringing in the New Year as this Famously Hot celebration promises to be a one-of-a-kind experience on South Carolina’s Main Street. Here are more details about the event:

• The setting of the celebration will be Main Street between Hampton and Taylor Streets

• Free general admission

• A limited number of tickets available for entry to the “The Crescent Lounge” inside 1441 Main

Street for $100 per person

• Gates open at 7:30 p.m. on December 31

• Live music and vendors starting at 8 p.m.

• Free parking

• Alert Cab sponsored by Budweiser of Columbia

The event will be covered live on co-sponsor WIS News 10 television, beginning with the 11 p.m. newscast on New Year’s Eve. Gates will close at 1:30 a.m. on January 1, 2012.Residents throughout the state and the Southeast are encouraged to attend with friends and neighbors to enjoy some Famously Hot hospitality on South Carolina’s Main Street. For more information visit


Santa Rings in Village at Sandhill Holiday Season with Parade!

“Salute to the Troops Holiday Parade & Santa Arrival” Rolls November 12

Village at Sandhill continues its tradition of free family friendly events by joining with the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Northeast Area Council for the “Salute to the Troops Holiday Parade and Santa Arrival”, presented by the Celebrate Freedom Foundation®.  The parade to welcome Santa and honor our nation’s military and their families will kick off the holiday season at Village at Sandhill on Saturday November 12 at 8:00a.m.  The parade will begin in the JC Penney parking area and continue along Town Center Place to Promenade Place in front of Belk, then through Town Center Commons and the fountain roundabout and end at “Santa’s Village” between Reeds Jewelers and Massage Envy Spa.

Military, civic, and community organizations from the area including the Columbia Fire Department as well as Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott and representatives from the Richland County Sheriff’s motorcycle, horse-mounted, and K-9 patrols are scheduled to participate.  The Celebrate Freedom Foundation® is scheduled to have its US Army half-track and helicopter on display. The Celebrate Freedom Foundation® is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating children, promoting lasting patriotism and honoring the military—past, present and future.

Joining Santa and serving as parade Grand Marshal is Ft. Jackson 1st Sgt. Peter J. Lara. A recipient of the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart for his service in Iraq in 2005, 1st Sgt. Lara will be representing the many local military personnel and their families who have given so much to America.  In addition to the parade, other events will take place to benefit local and national outreach. They include:

  • The American Red Cross will be on hand near “Santa’s Village” to conduct the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” campaign. People are invited to sign holiday greeting cards with messages of thanks and support to our nation’s military service personnel and veterans. Red Cross volunteers and Pitney Bowes will screen, sort and deliver the cards to military installations and veterans and military hospitals across the U.S. and around the world.  Holiday cards for the event are being graciously donated by Kitty’s Hallmark in the Marketplace.
  • Non-perishable food items will be collected in the Super Bi-Lo parking area at Village at Sandhill as we “Fill the Mayflower” in a Thanksgiving food-drive to benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank. Nilson Van & Storage of Columbia will provide a “Mayflower” moving truck from 8:00a.m to Noon to collect food for needy Midland area families
  • Carolina Records & Management will offer free document shredding near “Santa’s Village” from 8:00 a.m. to Noon with the donation of a new and unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots.

“Village at Sandhill is excited to welcome Santa and honor our military and their families,” said General Manager Jeff Harper. “We invite the community to come out and help us ring in the holiday season!”

Limited space to participate in the parade by community organizations and school groups is still available.  Call the Village at Sandhill management office at 803-419-0235 or send an email to for information.

Located at Clemson Road and Two Notch Road in Northeast Richland County, Village at Sandhill offers the very best in shopping, dining, entertainment, working, living and more – all in one exceptionally beautiful and convenient location.  Village at Sandhill covers 330 acres and contains over 100 merchants, anchored by Belk, JC Penney, Home Depot, Academy Sports + Outdoors, and more.  Village at Sandhill is owned and managed by Kahn Development Company.  Visit us online at


Mark your calendar for Columbia’s BEST, FREE holiday shopping event!

“A Devine Night Out” is Columbia’s PREMIER holiday event. More than 40 stores on Devine Street in Columbia will welcome guests from 5 – 8 p.m. on December 8th for an evening of shopping, socializing and festive cheer.

Grab a friend. Book the sitter. Enjoy shopping the most fabulous mile of locally-owned businesses in Columbia. Walk the event or catch a ride on the FREE limo service and pedi cabs to get from one end of Devine Street to the other.

Red-clad tables staffed by volunteers from the American Red Cross will line the street in front of participating businesses. These volunteers will take donations and will be conducting their annual “Holiday Mail for Heroes” campaign.

You don’t want to miss the chance to experience the wonderful entertainment, food and door prizes which include $2,000 worth of shopping sprees along Devine Street!

Presented by the Devine Street Association and the City of Columbia. For more information, call 803-608-6161. Our new website will be up after November 7th – so please visit



James C. Harrison, III, CCIM, and a member of NAI Avant’s Brokerage Team, recently brokered the lease between Pasta Fresca, LLC and Baker Baker Real Estate Developers, LLC at 4722 Forest Drive in Columbia, SC. Pasta Fresca plans to open its new 3,044 square foot location in the spring of 2012.

About NAI Avant

NAI Avant’s commercial real estate business is one of the largest in the Southeast.  With over 65 professionals, the firm provides comprehensive brokerage, leasing, development, property and project management services.  For nearly three consecutive decades, the group has had more of its brokerage professionals recognized as top producers or recipients of the top awards than any other firm in South Carolina. As a member of the NAI Global Network, NAI Avant is affiliated with over 350 offices and 5,000 professionals in 55 countries across the globe.  NAI Avant’s Property and Project Management Group currently manages a multi-million square foot portfolio of properties across South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Through its Avant Healthcare Division, the firm provides comprehensive services to hospitals, clinics, and physician groups. NAI Avant, founded in 1966, is headquartered in Columbia, SC with an office in Charleston, SC. Find out more about NAI Avant and its services at Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NAI Avant and like us on Facebook.


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