Columbia Shines!

Readers spotlight area favorites



Jeff Amberg

Congratulations to winners of Columbia Metropolitan Magazine’s Best of Columbia 2018 contest! Once again, area businesses, organizations, and individuals shine. Read about what makes them tick — from time management and success strategies to how they prepare for uncertainty. Many laud their customers and staff, while others share raw insight regarding the day-to-day challenges and triumphs. The varied, distinct flavor of the Columbia metropolitan area is on display within these pages. Read each entry and become better acquainted with the restaurants, shops, and service organizations that make Columbia great.

A heartfelt congratulations from all of us at Columbia Metropolitan Magazine to the 2018 winners!

 

Logan Scott balances the tee and ball for golfer Sam Friar in celebration of the Best of Columbia win for The Members Club at Woodcreek and Wildewood. Claude Thorn, Stan Perry, Mike Rauch, Jason Hnat, Katie Coughtry, Brittney Himsl, and Tom Perry watch the precarious endeavor.

Logan Scott balances the tee and ball for golfer Sam Friar in celebration of the Best of Columbia win for The Members Club at Woodcreek and Wildewood. Claude Thorn, Stan Perry, Mike Rauch, Jason Hnat, Katie Coughtry, Brittney Himsl, and Tom Perry watch the precarious endeavor.

 

Justin Hayes takes a scooter ride with his daughter Maddy, 8, to celebrate Best of Columbia neighborhood “Palmetto Shores” in Chapin. Leslie, his wife, and daughter Macey, 5, follow the fun downhill. Palmetto Shores, owned by Mungo Homes, is a quiet lakefront community on the shores of Lake Murray that offers homes for all stages of life.

 

Modern Exterminating, voted best pest control company, serves more than 11,000 customers in a 50-mile radius from downtown Columbia. Charles Pace, Steve Gier, and Tommy Metts spray Glenn Matthews, owner, for being a pest!

 

Madalyn Wanbaugh, Elliott Bridgers (owner), and Kaye Mullinax are stepping in style at Mainstream Boutique, winner for best accessories. From earrings, purses and scarves, for a happy smile, they know how to accessorize.

FOOD

Best Appetizer

Bonefish Grill

 

Best Barbecue

Shealy’s BBQ

 

Best Chicken Salad

Di Prato’s Delicatessen

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? I feel that after 50 years in the restaurant business (from pizza to fine dining and now Di Prato’s), one of the most important strategies for being successful is to listen to your customers. Train the staff to be aware of any suggestions or complaints and personally address them immediately. And never leave the building!

 

Best French Fries

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

 

Best Hamburger

Pawleys Front Porch

 

Best Fried Chicken

Zesto

Best Hot Dog

Sandy’s Famous Hot Dogs

 

Best Sandwich

Groucho’s Deli

 

Best Pizza

Il Giorgione Pizzeria & Wine Bar

How do you prepare for uncertainty? We have quickly learned that the one thing that is certain is that we will face uncertainty many times during our busy schedule. We prepare for that by having strong staff and a great network of other professionals to call upon to help and advise us as needed.

 

Best Ribs

Hudson’s Smokehouse

 

Best Shrimp and Grits

Blue Marlin

 

Best Steak

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? Hire the best people, maintain a positive work environment, genuinely appreciate each and every guest for their business, and don’t sweat the small stuff.

 

Best Biscuits

Eggs Up Grill

 

Best Iced Tea

Chick-fil-A

 

Best Wings

D’s Wings

 

Best Bakery

Tiffany’s Bakery and Eatery

 

Best Cookies

Tiffany’s Bakery and Eatery

 

Best Cupcake Store

Cupcake DownSouth

 

Best Dessert

Nonnah’s

What are your best time management strategies? Although you have to be aware of events that are scheduled several weeks ahead, concentrate on the events happening this week and next week. Trying to keep too many balls in the air at once is asking for trouble, especially when it’s not necessary.

 

Best Frozen Yogurt

32° A Yogurt Bar

 

Best Milkshake

Rush’s Fabulous Food ... Fast!

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? Our burgers and chicken are supremely fresh, never frozen or microwaved, and served efficiently and courteously. Basket style offers great value. Shakes and desserts are made the old fashioned “soda fountain” way. We appreciate loyal customers who help us remain successful as a locally owned and operated enterprise. 

 

Best Organic Food Store

Whole Foods Market

 

Best Supermarket

Publix Super Markets

RESTAURANTS

Best Restaurant in

Columbia

Motor Supply Co. Bistro

 

Best Restaurant in Irmo

Miyo’s

What is your best time management strategy? Prioritizing.

How do you prepare for uncertainty? I believe that there is always a solution to every problem.

What is your strategy for success? Keep learning and keep loving.

 

Best Restaurant in Lexington

Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar

 

Best Restaurant in Northeast

Solstice Kitchen & Wine Bar

 

Best Restaurant in West Columbia/Cayce

Al’s Upstairs Italian Restaurant

 

Best NEW Restaurant

Tallulah

 

Best Happy Hour

Tombo Grille

 

Best Brewery

River Rat Brewery

 

Best Wine List

Cellar on Greene

 

Best Coffee House

Drip

 

Best Bang for your Buck

Cantina 76

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? Keeping it simple. We believe in fresh, creative food and great customer service. Also, given that our customers are our most important asset, listening to their feedback is paramount to our present and continued success.

 

Best Business Lunch

Mr. Friendly’s

 

Best Family Restaurant

The Original Pancake House

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? Our strategy for trying to stay successful is to “keep to our knitting,” so to speak. We’ve mostly had the same menu for 27 years. We don’t chase the latest trends in food! We specialize in breakfast foods using the best ingredients we can obtain and making all batters, sauces, and syrups in house. Our loyal customers appreciate the difference.

 

Best Romantic Dinner

Ristorante Divino

 

Best Fine Dining

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

 

Best Outdoor Dining

Pawleys Front Porch

 

Best Sunday Brunch

Cafe Strudel

 

Best Seafood

Blue Marlin

 

Best Healthy Restaurant

Zoës Kitchen

 

Best Food Truck

2 Fat 2 Fly

 

Best Wait Staff

Mr. Friendly’s

 

Best Wine Shop

Morganelli’s Party Store

 

Best Fast Food Restaurant

Chick-fil-A

 

Best Chinese

Miyo’s

 

Best Greek

Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe

 

Best Italian

Rosso Trattoria Italia

 

Best Japanese

Miyabi Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

 

Best Mexican

Cantina 76

 

Best Sushi Restaurant

Inakaya Watanabe

 

Best Thai

Basil Thai

 

RETAIL

Best Women’s Clothing

Just the Thing

What are your best time management strategies? I try to be super organized as a working mom and rely heavily on “my village.” I find it easier to get office work done in the early morning before the store opens or from my home office when no one else is home. Making lists, prioritizing, and keeping things in perspective helps, too! I try not to work when I’m home with my kids. 

Best Women’s Evening Wear

Copper Penny

 

Best Women’s Shoes

Monkee’s of Columbia

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? At Monkee’s, one strategy for continuing a successful business is to ensure we listen to our customers and meet their needs with brands and designs they desire. We’re constantly adjusting our inventory, and our close relationships with designers allow us to deliver the latest fashion trends, while meeting our customers’ needs. 

 

Best Men’s Clothing

BP Skinner Clothiers

 

Best Men’s Formal Wear

Brittons of Columbia

 

Best Men’s Shoes

BP Skinner Clothiers

 

Best Children’s Clothing

Little Lambs & Ivy

 

Best Children’s Shoes

Tootsies Children’s Shoes

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? We focus on the customer service; our sweet customers are what has kept us going for more than 30 years. Tootsies really enjoys the personalities of our small customers, and we pride ourselves in offering the selection, care, and knowledge that our moms expect.

 

Best Bridal Wear

London and Lace

 

Best Bridal Registry

non(e)such

 

Best Weekend Wear

Pink Sorbet

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? We are so grateful our community has embraced this small business. We are successful only because of the support of our customers shopping locally with us. We sell Lilly Pulitzer’s colorful resort chic clothing, which is a unique brand in the fashion industry because of the line’s multi-generational appeal. Many of our guests feel an emotional bond with the brand, and we love witnessing the delight on customers’ faces when they find something they love! 

 

Best Jewelry Store

Sylvan’s Jewelers

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? As with many other retailers around the country, we face increasing competition from the internet. At Sylvan’s, we stress the critical importance of personal, one-on-one contact to insure not only business for today, but for the future as well. Building an established and loyal clientele whom we are on a first name basis with is our ultimate goal. Our mission is to provide uniquely high quality jewelry coupled with unparalleled levels of service and commitment to our customers. This is an experience that the internet cannot provide.

 

Best Accessories

Mainstream Boutique

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? Selecting merchandise can be the most time-consuming and expensive part of running a women’s clothing boutique. We realize the importance of listening to our customers, as they will let you know what they are looking for. Seasonal inventory should reflect both the national trends, as well as local market tastes. 

 

Best Gift Store

Cottage and Vine

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? Our strategy for a successful business starts with buying things that we love. Just as important as what we sell is how we treat our customers because without them we would not be able to do what we love! We are so fortunate to have a fabulous group of ladies working with us at Cottage and Vine, and we definitely could not do it without them.

 

Best Vision Wear

Columbia Eye Clinic

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? We have built our physician-owned practice by putting patient care first for more than 90 years, while staying abreast of the most advanced diagnosis and treatment options for virtually any eye condition. Our licensed opticians also fill prescriptions for glasses or contacts in our optical departments using the latest in lens technology.

 

Best Clothing Consignment Store

Revente Luxury Resale

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? Hiring excellent team members and then delegating tasks to each of them that they can both succeed at and take pride in. We also strive to offer excellent customer service to all of our customers and consignors.

 

Best Toy Store

Be Beep A Toy Shop

 

Best Antique Store

The Red Lion

 

Best Frame Shop

The Frame Shop

 

Best Art Supply Store

City Art

 

Best Pet Supply Store

Mill Creek Pet Food Center

 

Best Hunting/Fishing Store

Barron’s Outfitters

 

Best Outdoor Store

Mast General Store

 

Best Running Specialty Store

Strictly Running

 

Best Bicycle Specialty Store

Cycle Center

 

Best Gamecock Store

Garnet and Black Traditions

 

Best Mattress Store

Best Mattress

What are your best time management strategies? I encourage all staff to not get bogged down every a.m. in emails; take care of customers’ needs and factory questions first.

How do you prepare for uncertainty? Uncertainty keeps all of us up at night. Cross train all employees. Stay informed by reading every business publication available. Make an informed decision, and don’t look back, ever.

 

Best Office Furnishings

Corporate Concepts

 

Best Office Supply Store

Lorick Office Products

 

Best Shopping Venue

Trenholm Plaza

 

 

HOME

Best Residential Community

Palmetto Shores, owned by Mungo Homes

 

Best Apartment Complex

5000 Forest Apartment Homes

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? Developing long lasting relationships built on trust and performance.

Best Retirement Community

Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? By seeking out our next customer’s expectations, needs, wants, desires, and even hopes, we find answers. We study best practices nationally, we innovate, and we plan for successes. Most importantly, management and our board work together to implement strategic initiatives tenaciously. Called to be the best, we lean into that challenge wholeheartedly and with resolve.

 

Best Assisted Living

Lutheran Homes of South Carolina

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? Success in our business depends upon three key strategies: invest in our teammates who are the heart of our organization, listen to our customers and address all their needs and desires, and embrace change as the senior care industry is a perpetually changing mosaic that demands commitment, creativity, and compassion.

 

Best Home Builder

Mungo Homes

 

Best Home Remodeler

Palmetto Construction and Renovations

 

Best General Contractor

Cohn Construction

 

Best Home Furnishings

Ethan Allen

 

Best Outdoor Furniture Store

Southeastern Salvage Home Emporium

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? We thrive to offer our customers huge variety and great deals. We travel the world looking for unique items that can only be purchased in our stores, making our stores destination stops. Because our merchandise changes often, it gives customers a reason to come in and shop often.

 

Best Furniture Consignment Store

Main Street Home

 

Best Custom Furniture

Strobler Home Furnishings

 

Best Furniture Refinisher

Colonial Woodworks

Best Appliance Store

Jeffers McGill Appliance and Furniture

 

Best Glass Store

Ace Glass

 

Best Flooring

Carpet One Floor & Home

 

Best Roofing Company

Seawright Solutions

 

Best Wallpaper/Wallcovering Store

Wallpaper Additions

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? Making sure our customers have the services to help them in their wallpaper decisions. 

 

Best Home Specialty Store

Southern Custom Doors & Hardware

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? Being successful to us means exceeding our customers’ expectations with quality and service. We focus on staying ahead of the curve to offer our customers innovative products to suit their needs while matching their personal style. We select only those vendors to work with who mirror our focus on quality, innovation, and exceptional service.

Best Gardening Store

Woodley’s Garden Center

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? In addition to continually providing the best plants, displays, and knowledgeable staff, we are rapidly moving forward with digital marketing. Our instructional videos and posts to Facebook and Instagram share incredible tips and beautiful moments of every day here at the garden center. Subscribing to our weekly e-newsletter is a must!

 

Best Fence Company

Brabham Fence

 

Best Swimming Pool Company

Clearwater Pool Systems

 

Best Solar Company

G3 Solar

 

Best Tile Store

Palmetto Tile Distributors

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? We have always tried to distinguish ourselves not only by offering unique, yet perfectly appointed products, but by hiring exceptional staff. We believe that we can offer a more comprehensive design experience by having talented staff that is a cut above and able to bring a sophisticated eye to your project.

 

 

RECREATION

Best Farmer’s Market

Soda City Market

How do you prepare for uncertainty? As an events company, having a contingency plan in place isn’t an option but a necessity. For Soda City Market, that includes making the call to move the Saturday event from Main Street to the Cannon Garage on Taylor Street. The decision is made by noon on Friday to ensure city officials, participating vendors, and market staff have adequate time to make adjustments, as needed. 

 

Best Festival

Greek Festival

 

Best Wine and Paint Studio

Wine and Design

 

 

 

Best Golf Course

The Members Club at Woodcreek & WildeWood

How do you prepare for uncertainty? The Members Club is a home away from home where our members and their guests can relax and have a great time. Life has its unexpected surprises, so we prepare daily for the “what if,” “uh-oh,” and “can we do this instead” moments. Being a private, member-owned club, we take pride in giving top notch service, day in and day out!

 

Best Marina

Lake Murray Boat Club

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? Lake Murray Boat Club provides fun and safe recreational boating for its members. For more than 11 years, our strategy has been, “Do what we say we are going to do.” During the initial club tour, prospective members learn what to expect from their membership experience, and then our staff works hard to meet and exceed those expectations.

 

Best Exercise Facility

Orangetheory Fitness Columbia

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? Orangetheory Fitness stays at the forefront of heart-rate-based interval training technology. While offering this results-driven program, we remain centrally focused on our members’ experience. 

 

Best Lodging

Inn at USC Wyndham Garden

 

 

SERVICE

Best Facial

Eva’s Skin Care

What are your best time management strategies? Always come prepared to work 15 to 20 minutes before you actually see a client. Schedule a time mid-day to email, call back, and confirm future appointments. At the end of the day, allow yourself time to take care of any unfinished matters. And, of course, enjoy your time off with family and friends!

 

Best Massage

Urban Nirvana Salon & Day Spa

 

Best Nail Salon

OCCO Luxury Spa

 

Best Hair Salon

OCCO Luxury Spa

 

Best Spa

OCCO Luxury Spa

Best Medical Spa

Pura Medical Spa

What are your best time management strategies? I am a firm believer that women can multi-task and not only perform in the treatment room, but also perform all administrative duties, run other companies, and be a mother and wife at the same time. I fuse all of my agenda items within my work day and then I come home to my family. I may end up doing work-related items from my home office after my son goes to sleep, but I’m able to be with him every afternoon and run two successful companies.

 

Best Wellness and Rehab

Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? Our therapists are committed to providing patients with excellent, high-quality care through individually designed treatment plans tailored to meet their specific needs. Given their specialized orthopedic training, our therapists are well positioned to help patients achieve their goals and get back to their lives.

 

Best Physical Therapy

Paul Lomas

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? We focus on each patient’s needs and wellness goals through our preventive care approach to achieve desired outcomes. Our team partners with every client to effectively deploy evidence-based programs designed to prevent chronic conditions, including obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

 

Best Florist

Blossom Shop

 

Best Caterer

Southern Way Catering

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? We started as a small company grounded by deep Southern roots and a philosophy that demanded the best in everything we did. That sentiment prevails today. In an ever-changing marketplace, Southern Way puts a strong emphasis on staying at the forefront of trends in our industry. Our company is known for delicious cuisine and unparalleled service. We remain focused on absolute client satisfaction and a strong workplace culture built around long-term happy employees.

 

 

Best Event Planner

Cricket Newman Designs

What are your best time management strategies? A to-do list is essential for time management.

How do you prepare for uncertainty? In our business, the only thing that is certain is uncertainty! We always staff to complete an event several hours before the guests arrive. We also focus on maintaining great relationships with the other vendors we work with; sometimes it takes a team.

 

Best Wedding Planner

Meagan Warren Weddings

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? At the end of the day, as long as my couples are happy — I’m happy! So, my strategy for success is to make sure each and every client is happy and stress-free on their wedding day. I want to make sure they can soak in all the important moments and not have to worry about anything. Strong vendor relationships are also key to having a successful business. Columbia has a talented group of wedding professionals that I’m proud to be a part of.

 

Best Bridal Photographer

Clark Berry Photography

 

Best Wedding Venue

701 Whaley

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? Our strategies for keeping our business successful are to make sure our guests have a clean, safe, and inviting environment to hold their special event. Being flexible is key. We love accommodating all kinds of events and want people to leave with wonderful memories!

 

Best Pet Boarding

Dog Daze Day Care, Kennel and Training

 

Best Pet Grooming

Carolina Paws Grooming Salon

 

Best Vet

Four Paws Animal Clinic

How do you prepare for uncertainty? It is impossible to be fully prepared for uncertainty, but for us excellent service, quality, progressive medicine, and a strong educational background, plus continual learning, will carry us through any times of uncertainty.

 

Best Chiropractor

Dr. Shelly Jones

Chiropractic Wellness Center, Inc.

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? Surrounding myself with the right and best staff and support team is the key to success. It’s a team effort and the more they excel at doing their job, the more I can trust that procedures and policies are intentionally done to serve patient and business needs. That, in turn, lets me do my job and focus on patient care and running a successful business for my family and staff. Right now, we have the best team. Krista, Jennifer, Russell, and our interns make it joyful coming to the office every day, and that’s the definition of success!

 

Best Dry Cleaner

Tripp’s Fine Cleaners

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? Being dependable and staying consistent. We’ve been in business for 50 years, and one of the most important lessons we’ve learned is that the number one way to keep our customers happy is to consistently do what we promise. We promise to have superior cleaning and finishing coupled with excellent customer service. Fashions change, fabrics change, and cleaning methods change. We have to be aware of that, educate ourselves and our staff on these new fashion trends, and make changes accordingly so we are experts in our field. That’s our job, to keep our promise to our customers, and for 50 years we’ve been doing just that!

 

Best Residential Cleaning Service

Deserved Comfort Housekeeping

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? We’re always looking for innovative ways to improve our quality and customer service. We stay up to date on cleaning products and procedures by attending industry continuing education classes and conferences. We also focus heavily on a positive culture within our company to keep our employees and our clients happy.

 

Commercial Cleaning Service

Central Midlands Cleaning, LLC

What are your best time management strategies? I have always stated that I do not wake up with a “to-do list,” but more of a mindset focused on what can I get accomplished today. Self motivation is the key!

How do you prepare for uncertainty? Setting realistic and necessary priorities within the company.

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? Maintaining focus on exceptional customer service and strong employee relations.

 

Best Carpet Cleaner

Stanley Steemer

 

Best Chimney Sweep

Top Hat Sweepers

 

Best Heating/Air Service

Cool Care Heating & Air

How do you prepare for uncertainty? We quickly realized that our customers need us most during unplanned breakdowns with their HVAC equipment and unexpected weather extremes. This is why we implemented our 24-hour response team and maintain extensive product inventories to keep our customers Famously Cool.

 

Best Pest Control

Modern Exterminating Company, Inc.

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? I believe that there are many strategies for keeping your business successful, but the number one strategy in my opinion is that if you employ good people who believe in your vision and your core values, they will take care of your customers, who in turn will take care of your business.

 

Best Mosquito Company

Mosquito Joe

 

Best Hardscape Company

Hay Hill Services & Garden Market

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? The key to Hay Hill Services’ success over the past 25 years has been our customers. Our customers become our friends. Every employee understands that all jobs are of equal importance. We also believe that every phone call is an opportunity.

 

Best Landscaping Company

Hay Hill Services & Garden Market

 

Best Lawn Maintenance Company

Blue Moon Landscaping

 

Best Tree Service

Sox & Freeman Tree Expert Company

 

Best Plumbing Company

Meetze Plumbing

 

Best Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

 

Best Interior Designer (Commercial)

Steven Ford Interiors

 

Best Interior Designer (Residential)

LGB Interiors

 

Best Moving Company

Palmetto Specialty Transfer

 

Best Car Dealership

Jim Hudson Automotive Group

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? Our world and business in general is made up of only one thing that matters and that is relationships. When you are truly committed to having a strong and positive relationship with your employees, customers, and community, then success will rise up and for that we are honored and humbled!

 

Best Used Car Dealership

Jim Hudson Automotive Group

 

Best Car Rental Agency

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? Complete customer satisfaction. For decades, Enterprise has been committed to delivering the best car rental service possible. As our customers’ needs have evolved, so have we. We go the extra mile to help people get where they’re going the best way possible — no matter what kind of vehicle they need, or for how long.

 

Best Auto Repair Company

Andrews Auto Service

 

Best Tire Store

Nuttall Tire

 

Best Boat Dealer

Marine 360

 

Best Insurance Agent

Bill Turbeville

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? One of the biggest aspects of staying successful is staying educated. There is no better investment to our business, or our employees, than regularly growing our knowledge base. It strengthens our team and our ability to serve our customers.

 

Best Insurance Agency

State Farm Insurance

 

Best Condominiums

Gates at Williams Brice Apartments

 

Best Mortgage Bank

AllSouth Federal Credit Union

What are your best time management strategies? Our goal is to streamline tasks and processes so that our lenders can focus on providing great service to our members. Our folks have a lot of experience, so they know what’s needed to efficiently close a loan. We try to keep the process as simple as possible.

 

Best Real Estate Agent

Jill Moylan

What are your best time management strategies? Don’t let the urgent crowd out the important. Set your own priorities for what is important, and stick to it. This is true for both life and business.

 

Best Real Estate Agency (Commercial)

NAI Avant

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? Our strategy for keeping our business successful is rooted in our brokerage team, staff, and clients. We have been fortunate enough to recruit and retain the most talented brokers in our area. They, with the support of our staff, work in tandem with our loyal clients and together create unprecedented growth in our community.

 

Best Real Estate Agency (Residential)

Home Advantage Realty, LLC

What are your best time management strategies? Always remain focused on the needs of the client. Remember to always ask yourself: “Is this the way I would want to be treated?” Return calls, be responsive, and be creative. Work hard for your clients, and they will remember it.

 

Best Staffing Agency

Roper Staffing

 

Best Travel Agency

Forest Lake Travel

 

Best Modeling Agency

Millie Lewis Columbia

 

Best Wireless Provider

Verizon

 

Best IT Firm

On Demand/Spectrum

 

MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT

Best Art Gallery

OTM Gallery

What are your best time management strategies? The management strategy at OTM is to manage as little as possible. We know our responsibilities and make every effort to meet them with efficiency, energy, and creativity.

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? The gallery’s strategy for success would be to continue to offer beautiful art from talented artists and to employ people who love their jobs and do them well!

 

Best Dance School

Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet

Best Live Theater

Trustus Theater

 

Best Live Performance

Columbia City Ballet

What are your best time management strategies? Having and maintaining a calendar and task list, both constantly evolving and adapted to fit the day-to-day demands. Focusing on high impact items, prioritizing activities that have the greatest impact on the organization. Our organization also begins each week with a review of all tasks and calendar events for directors of each department in order to provide everyone with an overview of the entire organization and the upcoming weeks’ activities and challenges.

 

Best Museum

Columbia Museum of Art

What are your strategies for keeping your business successful? The CMA’s mission to celebrate outstanding artistic creativity in ways that engage the mind and enrich the spirit is our inspiration. By listening to members of Columbia’s diverse communities, we work every day to reflect what is important to them through our exhibitions, programs, and partnerships.

 

Best Conference Venue

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Event and Hospitality

How do you prepare for uncertainty? There is always a level of uncertainty going into each event, but that is why we love what we do! We believe it is our job to take the worry of unpredictability off the client. The variability in each event drives our passion to make every event a success.

 

Best Radio Personality

Jonathon Rush

 

Best TV Station

WIS

 

Best TV News Anchor

Dawndy Mercer Plank

 

Best TV Sportscaster

Rick Henry

 

Best TV Weatherperson

Jim Gandy

 

Best Live Music Venue

Music Farm Columbia

 

Best Local Band

The Root Doctors