As you’re mapping out your tax-free weekend shopping strategy, take a minute to figure out a way to include Columbia’s local retailers in your plans.
They may not have the online presence or deep discounts of the national players, but their owners – your neighbors – depend on your business. So does your community. “Local retail helps set one city apart from another by creating a unique sense of place,” says Ben Johnson, research director for CBRE Columbia, a commercial real estate company. “It’s part of what makes Columbia special, and part of why people want to live and work here.”
To help make your decision easier, the Devine Street and Five Points merchants have joined forces for a Sidewalk Sale that runs from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
In addition to deep discounts, free parking and specials, on Saturday local artists will display their work on the sidewalks of Devine Street and Five Points and inside participating stores. Featured artists include Lee Bruer, Meredith Paysinger Hart, Alicia Leeke, Alexandra White, Z Jones, Bennett & Coolidge, My Big Tomorrow and Jeff Liberty.
There will be live music and your first chance to visit Devine Street’s newest retailers. Craft & Draft pours craft beer from South Carolina and across the country from 12 taps. Customers can taste beers, fill growlers or purchase canned and bottled beers.
Find out what’s tax exempt with our list at thestate.com/business.
Katie McElveen, Special to The State