Believe it or not, despite all odds and obstacles, there are quite a number of scrappy new businesses in town who have either recently opened their doors or are gearing up to make their debut in the coming weeks. Read up and then make a plan to pay these spots a visit in Columbia SC. 

Rambo’s Fat Cat Biscuits

This Soda City Market mainstay has found a brick-and-mortar, y’all! Later this month, you’ll no longer have to wait for Saturday morning to roll around to get your hands on their delicious biscuit creations – you’ll just need to pop over to their new space in NOMA. We’ll take one of everything, please.


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Chef Javier Uriarte, formerly of Hendrix, has branched out on his own to open Ratio and serve up some seriously tasty small plates. Grown from the desire to introduce different cuisines to diners in an approachable way, Chef Javier aims to invoke the feeling of comfort through every facet of the dining experience – from the tapas menu to the cocktails and wine list to the atmosphere itself. 

Republic Biergarten & Kitchen

What’s a bacon flight? I want one! Head to Republic, located in the former Flying Saucer space in the Vista, to find out. While there, mull over the craft beer list for something to sip on or go all out with a beer cocktail instead. Play pool, come for weekend brunch, or simply kick back and unwind with a few pints.

Savage Craft Ale Works

After an afternoon of adventure on the river, you’ll soon be able to return to shore and head to Savage Craft Ale Works in West Columbia to refresh yourself with a well-earned pint. Veteran-owned and “nourish[ing] a spirit of curiosity and collaboration,” we can’t wait to show our support and see what kind of inventive brews their team comes up with. Oh, and did we mention the space is absolutely stunning?  


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Transmission Arcade

Hang with friends at Transmission Arcade on Main Street for a night of nostalgia by way of vintage arcade games paired with top notch eats from Smokey Loggins, like banh mi fries, smoked eggplant or chicken tikka masala or their signature smoked wings. Bonus – you can rent the space for a private party!


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Get lost (or immerse yourself, if you will) amidst the artistic creations of Immersion. Located on Main Street, Immersion houses several rooms, each designed by a different artist, to form an interactive, walkthrough art experience that engages all five senses.


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The Beautique

If ever there’s been a time for some self-care, it’s 2020. The Beautique opened their gorgeous new space at 701 Whaley earlier this year, offering skin and nail services like facials, microdermabrasion, airbrush tanning, waxes, brow and lash treatments and of course manicures and pedicures, among others, they’re here to have you looking and feeling your best self in no time.


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