Five Points to welcome popular cafe that recently closed on Rosewood

The Local Buzz, an eclectic cafe known for serving the Rosewood and Shandon communities with coffees, sandwiches and baked goods friendly to folks with dietary restrictions, plans to move to Five Points after recently closing on Rosewood Drive.

Owner Stephanie Griggs Bridgers announced on Facebook that The Local Buzz will reopen in January at 631 Harden St., Suite B, beside The Baked Bear ice cream sandwich shop.

“We’re going to be that hangout that we were in Rosewood, but just a walking hangout, hopefully with more foot traffic,” Bridgers told The State.

The Local Buzz opened at the corner of Rosewood Drive and South Shandon Street in 2015. At the time, Bridgers wanted to continue work she’d begun with the Breakfast Club, a social group for young people with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs. She hosted the club regularly at her cafe, and she was known for hiring and training young people with disabilities and special needs.

After taking some time off after closing the Rosewood cafe a couple months ago, Bridgers said she and her husband were able to reflect on the parts of their business that were most important to them and made them happiest, and they reset their priorities as they made plans to reopen.

The new Local Buzz will be smaller and open fewer days of the week. It’ll keep much of the same furniture — including the big, cozy couch — from the Rosewood shop.

It also will keep the original cafe’s mission of being welcoming to all and also plans to continue serving a variety of treats that are sensitive to certain dietary restrictions and preferences, including gluten-free, vegan and paleo options. And, Bridgers said, she’ll continue to train young adults with disabilities and special needs to help them gain life skills and work experience.

The Local Buzz’s new home, Five Points, is going through a season of business changes, with several bars recently closing along Harden Street. Meanwhile, a new restaurant, Sneaky Pete’s, recently opened in the former Blue Cactus space. And the new Home Team BBQ restaurant continues to draw big crowds in the former Harper’s restaurant building.

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Sarah Ellis has reported on Columbia and Richland County since 2014. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in journalism.