Hammond School

 

REBRANDING OF HAMMOND SCHOOL

This isn’t about content marketing.

This should be a blog post about content marketing. But, frankly, it’s just not happening. Tonight my thoughts are wandering. I cannot stop thinking about all the incredible things that are happening around us these days.

The Soda City Market is the perfect way to start a Saturday. And, if you're lucky, you might catch a delicious, unplugged set from Chris Compton and the Ruby Brunettes.

Tonight, I was grateful to be part of the fifth anniversary celebration of 701 Whaley, an Olympia landmark that was shepherded back to relevancy from the brink of demolition. A few blocks uptown, famed photographer Annie Leibovitz (!!) was in town hosting the opening of her Pilgrimage show now on display at the Columbia Museum of Art. It was also a big night for the Main Street Merchants who were hosting one of their festive, popular First Thursday celebrations. Recent weeks have also seen people flocking downtown for the Jam Room Music Festival, the flourishing, weekly Soda City Market, and the beautifully refurbished Township Auditorium, which recently hosted rock phenoms Band of Horses and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.

As a longtime resident of the city, I can safely say it’s been a long time since so much activity has sprung from the city center. But there’s more to what’s happening than simply playing host to the festivals, markets, meetings and merchants that are popping up all over downtown. Between the growing numbers of people, you can feel something bigger in the air. It’s an energy; a blend of excitement, anticipation, optimism and pride that’s been in short supply for years.

If one ever wanted proof that downtown is getting its groove back, the dance card full of activities last night would have been a prime example. But what’s most thrilling for all of us? We’re still in the earliest stages of downtown’s renaissance. And I already know I love it!

Maybe next time we’ll talk a little content marketing.

Talk About Giving Game

TALK ABOUT GIVING GAME for CENTRAL CAROLINA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Wonderful World of WECO

What's your favorite WECO business?

For the past two weeks we at Riggs have done a lot of talking about WECO. It’s more than the building. It’s West Columbia. And while most people’s attention may be focused on what’s happening on the other side of the river, we think we’ve got a pretty hip thing going on in our little neighborhood. So I asked my co-workers, “What’s your favorite WECO business?”

Catherine Doyle
Sun Spirit Yoga and Wellness
.  It’s an awesome yoga studio, where I’ve been getting my teacher training and Tzima (the owner) is one of the kindest people I’ve ever met.  Plus she makes lots of cool jewelry, soaps, lotions, oils, tea blends, etc., so there’s always something new to check out.

Kevin Archie
One of my favorite WECO businesses is True BBQ — “Home of the Pretty Lady AND Sexy Lady sauce!”

True BBQ, located at 1237 D Avenue, West Columbia

Will Weatherly
Paul’s Barber Shop
. The Aroma. Paul. The Pool Table. The Aroma.

Jenni Brennison (me!)
116 State
. It’s a great place to grab an espresso or a glass of wine while sharing small plates with friends.

Ryon Edwards
My favorite would have to be Old Mill Antique Mall, because you just never know what you’ll find in that place.
Runner Up:
Jimmy’s Citgo, because it’s the closest place to get cigs, lottery tickets, energy drinks, beer, gas, breakfast and/or just about anything else you’d ever need.

Nate Puza
New Brookland Tavern. You will see your favorite bands before they are famous, the drinks are cheap, and they have an old-school Mortal Kombat arcade game. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Cathy Monetti
BUG Outfitters. ‘Cause I like to play outside.

Julie Turner
The Original D’s Wings. It has the authentic character chains try to reproduce using interior design. And then there was that one time Billy made me chicken wings wrapped in bacon.

Kevin Smith
It’s not a business, but we have the best view from the Gervais Street Bridge.

You can't see this view from downtown Columbia.

 

We came. We bowled. We helped out.

Saturday was a great day for bowling, and Team WECO came out to play. Our team raised $451 during the Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser “Bowl for Kids’ Sake.” Props to Yanti Pepper for spearheading our team’s fundraising effort and to Kevin Archie for being Team Captain (our signup sheet was very well-designed). Thanks to in-person support by Gabrielle Pepper and Will Weatherly, who ended up bowling in the courtesy round. And a big shout-out to everyone who donated some coin to our team — thank you thank you thank you! Big Brothers Big Sisters met their goal of raising $55,000 (yea!) and everyone’s contribution helped out.

Post-bowling libations and general celebration happened at a nearby cantina — thankfully, talk of after-after party at Rags-2-Ritchies’s was, indeed, just talk.

We think Jeff Lebowski would be proud.

Kelvinator, Rufus Earle, Bell Pepper, Kleen Sweep and Turner Classic.

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