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Coffee shop joins Columbia’s Main Street revitalization

Drip joining revitalization of downtown Columbia

krupon@ thestate.comFebruary 1, 2013 

— Sean McCrossin didn’t plan to open a second Drip coffee shop in Columbia, but he jumped on a recent opportunity to get into Main Street’s revitalization mix.

“Main Street seems to be hustling and bustling, and we’re certainly glad to be part of it,” he said. “It’s a good fit.”

Drip opened at 1441 Main St. – on the street level of the Wells Fargo Building – less than a month ago and less than two years after bringing slow drip coffee to Five Points.

The shop, managed by Rachel Allen, sells the same coffee products as Drip’s Five Points outlet, and a different mix of breakfast and lunch panini sandwiches, as well as beer and wine.

McCrossin said he was notified by Main Street’s retail recruiter when a cafe formerly at 1441 Main closed down.

From there, “It kind of spiraled,” he said.

It was an easy transition, McCrossin said, since most of the infrastructure was in place for a coffee shop, he had employees already in place who could run the shop and he already had built up a following of loyal customers at the Five Points location.

The store has an outdoor patio and stays open until 7 p.m. It also is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, which have proven to be busy with activity picking up because of a new farmers market and exhibits at the Columbia Museum of Art, McCrossin said.

“I’m glad to be part of the growth. It’s wonderful that things are moving and grooving down here.”

Jacs Dolls closing

Jacs Dolls is shutting its doors after 15 years in Irmo, owner Jackie Chatterton said.

Customers can snag deals of 40 percent off – or more – on dolls and collectibles at the shop at 11214 Broad River Road. It likely will be open until the end of March as Chatterton liquidates her inventory, including display cases and other furnishings.

Chatterton said she retired as a nurse in 1982 at age 50 in Albany, N.Y., because of a medical problem, later moving to Columbia to be near her children and start her second career as an entrepreneur.

“I just wanted something fun to do,” she said. “I like to be around people. … I’m not a stay-at-home person.”

Chatterton is closing the shop to move again with her children. Now in her 80s, will her second retirement stick?

“Probably not,” she said.

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