‘We’re here to have a good time and enjoy life.’ Hip Wa Zee owner Leslie Minerd

See some of the fun that can be had during the final weeks Columbia costume shop, Hip Wa Zee is open. The store is closing after 20 years in business.
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See some of the fun that can be had during the final weeks Columbia costume shop, Hip Wa Zee is open. The store is closing after 20 years in business.

David Travis Bland won the South Carolina Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for community journalism. As The State’s crime, police and public safety reporter, he strives to inform communities about crimes that affect them and give deeper insight into victims, the accused and law enforcement. He studied history with a focus on the American South at the University of South Carolina.