Real Local: Lee Snelgrove

In his signature green Columbia cap, Lee embraces both Columbia’s big city energy and hometown comforts. Find him relaxing at watering holes (sometimes even behind the bar) where he’s sure to tell you about the city’s latest innovative art project over a local brew.

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Hey there, I’m Lee Snelgrove, the Executive Director of One Columbia and occasional bartender at WeCo. Over the years, I’ve seen the city come into itself and find a unique and sometimes unexpected identity.

Hidden GEM: Not everyone realizes that even though we are a bustling capital, there is tons of nature to explore. The newly completed Saluda Riverwalk gives access to Boyd Island, a lovely spot that sits right in the confluence of the three rivers.

Craft BEER: When it comes to family friendly dining, head to WeCo Beer and Bottles for brunch on Sundays. Usually there’s a food truck like Los Chicanos or Kiss My Grits. You can enjoy mimosas or beer while hanging with the whole family.

Pro Tip: If you swing by WeCo on Saturdays, you’ll likely find Lee working and ready to give you a recommendation.

Date NIGHT: Main Street sets the scene for a great date night. Drinks at Lula Drake followed by whatever is showing at the Nickelodeon Theater or a stroll down Main past shops and the Columbia Museum of Art.

Family TIME: Columbia is so fortunate to have Riverbanks Zoo right here in town. It’s easy as a family to show up in the morning and see the animals and head home when the crew gets tired.

Art PICKS: Even for the public art program administrator, there is still plenty to learn about new pieces in little hidden parts of the city. To get a good feel for the arts scene, take a stroll through the Vista. As Columbia's official cultural district, this walkable district has a concentration of public art, artist studios, street performers and gallery spaces.

Pro Tip: Check out if Art Gallery for contemporary pieces, or visit One Eared Cow Glass, Lewis+Clark and Stormwater Studios