Downtown Columbia is seeing a resurgence in retail boutiques in three main areas, with openings including the Circa 1332 men’s shop on Main Street, Monkee’s women’s clothing on Devine Street and Entourage clothing store on Lady Street in the Vista.
A look at downtown’s three areas:
More than three years later, the street has filled with restaurants and retailers, and more than 850 young, full-time residents have moved into a posh, high-rise apartment complex called The Hub.
“The Hub was a huge catalyst for (the growth),” said Hance Jones, a partner with Carolinas Retail Partners in Columbia. Throw in a growing Saturday morning farmers market and a monthly after-hours event on the first Thursday of each month, and “it just is a perfect recipe for adding retail. ... It used to be, after 5 o’clock, all it was was a bunch of wind.”
“There is no question that is going to make a powerful impact,” said Rox Pollard, director of the retail services group for Colliers International commercial real estate firm in Columbia. Already, a deal is in the works to bring retail and residential units to the Palmetto Compress Building on Blossom street.
“There’s a pedestrian synergy that occurs there that doesn’t happen anywhere else (in the Midlands),” Pollard said.
That is partly because Devine is a “destination street,” he said. “It’s more vibrant now than it’s maybe ever been in that regard.”