Trenholm Plaza in Forest Acres offers an eclectic blend of retailers and restaurants. In addition to its 30 stores and specialty eateries, this open-air shopping center runs along Forest Drive — a thoroughfare packed with drinking and dining options for a pleasurable Tuesday outing.
Enjoy Columbia while maintaining your New Years’ resolution by exploring the city on two wheels through Blue Bike, our capital’s newest partnership with Bewegen Technologies and sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield. Rather than driving, take a short bike ride to Trenholm Plaza and use Blue Bike’s secondary locks to park your hot wheels at any standard bike stand. Blue Bikes can be rented hourly, daily, monthly, or even annually. All memberships can be purchased at a station kiosk, online, or users can download the Blue Bike app. Just remember to return your ride to one of Blue Bike’s 10 stations when you’re done.
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Where to find it: 1616 Oak St., Benedict-Swinton Center Station 8. www.bluebikesc.com.
Just because you parked your wheels at Trenholm Plaza doesn’t mean the fun has to stop there. Keep the good times rolling at BLD Diner. As one of Columbia’s newest additions, this inventive eatery is serving seasonal, locally sourced American food seven days a week. With menu options such as breakfast poutine with sausage gravy and a poached egg, or steak and cheese with house cheddar whiz and rosemary demiglace, this restaurant may have diner in its name, but don’t let that fool you — it’s good ol’ mom and pop cooking reinvented.
Where to find it: 4840 Forest Drive, No. 26. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
After you’ve finished your meal, walk over to ivy & leo, a family owned fashion boutique. This clothing and accessories store features the newest trends at prices that won’t exceed your credit card limit. With seven stores throughout South Carolina, this retail outlet specially curates its offerings to suit every occasion, from shirts and hats, to dresses and skirts. Use some of that holiday money to purchase discounted winter wear or get a jumpstart on your spring wardrobe with their special offerings.
Where to find it: 4840 Forest Drive, No. 15. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. www.ivyandleo.com.
Having reinvigorated your exercise program and updated your closet, reinvent your happy hour at Pasta Fresca. On Tuesday nights from 6-9 p.m. listen to live jazz music as you enjoy all-night drink specials, including $4 house wines and liquor, $2.50 select domestic beers, and $5 specialty mules including Moscow, Kentucky, Cucumber, Pomegranate, and Dark and Stormy. Tuesdays never sounded or tasted so good.
Where to find it: 4722 Forest Drive. 4:30-9 p.m. Sunday-Monday; 4:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 4:30-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. www.pasta-fresca.net.