Two new retail shops have opened on Lexington's Main Street. Blowie's Sweet Spot opened this week in Blowfish on Main and features all the ballpark fare including the infamous Blowie Snowie. Hidden Treasures Boutique also opened.
Two Sunset Boulevard businesses have closed in Lexington while another, Dollar Tree, is expanding its space in front of Walmart. GameStop and Hot 4 Wings have both closed in the Publix shopping center at Sunset and Old Cherokee Road.
Cafe Strudel has announced it will open its Lexington location on Monday, May 21. The restaurant is located in the former Kovachi's restaurant space at 309 S. Lake Drive just a couple of blocks from Lexington's Main Street.
The building formerly home to Family Christian Bookstore at 5541 Sunset Blvd. in Lexington will soon be home to an Augusta, Ga.-based pool and spa company. Pete Alewine Pool and Spa purchased the building for $1.25 million.
The Town of Lexington confirmed to The State on Wednesday that the Marriott hotel headed for downtown Lexington's East Main Street will be a Springhill Suites. The hotel is expected to open late 2019 or early 2020.
Music Farm in Columbia will now be known as The Senate and will expand bookings by 30 percent, according to Tin Roof, which leases the property housing Music Farm and operates the venue in a joint relationship with Music Farm in Charleston.
A 100-room Marriott Hotel is headed for the heart of Lexington at 116 E. Main St. The new hotel is being developed by Raj Champaneri of Lexington Hospitality and is scheduled to open by late 2019 or early 2020.
Carolina Strip Club steakhouse owner Mark Segal plans to open Carolina Western Pub in the former Empire Supper Club space on Lady Street in the Vista. The space is also slated to house a stage for live country music as well as dance floors.
Fast-food sub sandwich restaurant chain Subway has announced it will close as many as 500 stores in North America this year as it will simultaneously open 1,000 new locations worldwide. The Midlands area has 48 stores.
Two new Lexington restaurants and one oldie but goodie local favorite offer new places for outdoor dining this summer. Tijuana Flats as well as the new Papa Gio's and Arkos all have options for patrons to dine outdoors.
Carolina Wings and Rib House has opened its sixth Midlands location. The newest restaurant is in downtown Columbia at 1120 Washington St., in the space formerly occupied by Tony's Pizza. The other locations include Lexington and Cayce.
Freshe Poke has opened a second Midlands location off Harbison Boulevard in Irmo. The locally owned restaurant opened its original location on Huger Street in December. Freshe Poke and Poke Bros. were both introduced locally last year.
Kristin's Kitchen in Lexington serves up healthy family meals to go in the Zoe's Kitchen-anchored shopping center on Sunset Boulevard. The restaurant will have an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday.
The AMC Harbison 14 movie theater multimillion-dollar renovation is complete. In addition to power-reclining seats, the theater includes a bar with beer, wine and cocktails, as well as a new menu featuring chicken and waffles and more.