Tiffany's Bakery & Eatery, which originally opened in Columbia in 1977, plans to open its new store on Two Notch Road in October. The store initially opened in Columbia Place mall. The new location will be in the former Movies at Polo.
Frozen yogurt shop TCBY has closed its Lexington location on Columbia Avenue behind Rush's meaning the chain no longer has a footprint in the Midlands and, in fact, only operates five other locations in the state of South Carolina.
Plans for a Lexington substance abuse center once proposed for South Church Road received an unwelcome response from neighbors. Now, the center, which focuses on youth, has found a new site to call home on Park Road.
The Midlands' blueberry crop will once again not see a strong year, according to area growers, who say changes in weather had a major impact on production. Here's when and where they plan to open their farms to pickers.
A 104-home subdivision is headed for 41 acres on Zenker Road in Lexington, according to Southern Visions Real Estate. The neighborhood will feed to Lexington Elementary, Lexington Middle and Lexington High School.
The Aristocrat bar/restaurant that operated for one year in the space formerly occupied by Kelly's Pub in the Vista has been sold to a new manager who has reopened it as a gastropub with a focus on Southern foods and beverages.
The Lexington Blowfish baseball team has a new ball boy: Phisher, a Boykin spaniel. Phisher will deliver balls and water to umpires during the Blowfish home games this season starting with the home opener tonight.
A new retailer will open in the historic Arcade Mall on Main Street this summer. eBike Central, a retailer of electronic bicycles, will open July 2 in the mall, which is undergoing $2 million in renovations.
LEGO's BrickUniverse convention will return for a second year to Columbia's Metropolitan Convention Center. This year, the convention will feature a Star Wars Zone full of thousands of Star Wars-themed bricks for on-the-spot building.
Jimmy John's sandwich shop has closed on Devine Street in Five Points; and Macado's restaurant, which had announced it planned to open on Blossom Street in the Five Points District, no longer will after a zoning request was denied.
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.