Regardless of whether you’re in school, a parent of a student, related to a student, or none of the above,
The start of a new school year is often a time of adjustment. Despite the changes to your schedule, workload, and internal clock that just wants more sleep, everyone deserves a night off. Great news: You don’t necessarily have to wait until the weekend to take a break. On Devine Street, there is something to do almost any night of the week.
As a graduate of USC, Erin Nobles knows a thing or two about what it takes to get through a school year. Her shop, Silver Spoon Bake Shop, is a neighborhood bakery that is cooking up some serious magic. In honor of Harry Potter’s birthday in July, Silver Spoon filled their bakery cases with fantastical treats for muggles, half-bloods, and wizards alike.
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When not spellbinding patrons with their golden snitch macaroons, these pastry wizards produce equally stellar Southern favorites such as their take on Bojangles’ famous Bo-Berry biscuit. These treats are sure to give you that mid-afternoon pep in your step that you so desperately need. Selections vary day to day.
Where to find it: 2507 Devine St.; 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday. 803-673-6374. www.silverspoonbakeshop.com.
Now that you’re filled with sugar and spice and everything nice, take your renewed energy for a spin on the potter’s wheel. Southern Pottery Studio and Gallery welcomes all skill levels to their weekly workshops. The studio, housed in a converted carriage house built in 1923, offers eight-week wheel-throwing or handbuilding classes. The gallery has works by Southern potters, ceramic artists, and jewelry from throughout the Carolinas and beyond.
Where to find it: 3105 Devine St.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays. 803-251-3001. southern-pottery.com.
If ceramics left you feeling slightly dizzy and in need of some quality homemade and locally sourced food, drive on down Devine to Il Giorgione. With wrought iron outside seating and a babbling fountain, the restaurant of USC alumni George Kessler offers a taste of Italy at a fraction of what it would cost to go there. Open for lunch and dinner with a daily happy hour from 4-7 p.m.
Where to find it: 2406 Devine St. 5:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays; 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesdays-Friday. 803-521-5063. ilgiorgione.com.
If you need to hide from reality or celebrate some great news, head to Jake’s for a few hours before going home — they’ll even call you a cab if it gets to be that kind of night. Before the school year has you feeling dog-tired, check out their Yappy Hour from 4-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There’s also a Pint Night on Wednesdays with live music and discounts on almost all their draft beers. There’s more than 30 beers on tap, plenty of high-tops, and a great back deck, making Jake’s the perfect place to live out (or relive) a college night in Columbia.
Where to find it: 2112 Devine St. Open at 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 11 a.m. on Sunday. 803-708-4788. jakesofcolumbia.com.