Arts & Entertainment

This is Columbia's Arts, Entertainment, and Convention District. Once a bustling cotton warehouse district and commercial railroad terminal, the Vista area of downtown Columbia had declined severely by the late 1970s. Today, the Vista is vibrant with over 50 restaurants and bars, and more than 60 art galleries and specialty shops. Columbia's newest additions, the Colonial Center arena, the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and Hotel, the State Museum, Edventure the Children's Museum the Riverwalk and hundreds of creative businesses shape the southern boundary of the Vista. The Publix Market, located in the historic South Carolina State Dispensary warehouse, has ushered in a new era of urban residential development previously unheard of in Columbia.
From ox carts to streetcars, to modern modes of transportation, this bustling area has never lost its charm and appeal.  Five Points has been a commercial district for more than 75 years where many locally owned businesses are proudly serving their third generation of loyal customers.  Eclectic Five Points buzzes daily with foot traffic as business professionals enjoy an open-air lunch, artists paint scenes and sell their wares in unique galleries and young and old shop for the perfect outfit or special gift.   Five Points has over 40 restaurants and bars and boutique shopping, live music, festivals, and outdoor entertainment. Five Points is next to the University of South Carolina and surrounded by some of the cities best neighborhoods.
Enjoy the heart of the capital city as you stroll down historic Main Street. Unique shops, stylish residences, luxurious hotels and bold office towers line Main and its side streets where you will find upscale men's clothing, fine jewelry, ladies' boutiques, trendy accessories, children's clothing, and much more!  Many festivals are held throughout the year, such as the Main Street Marketplace, and arts abound with the Columbia Museum of Art, Richland County Public Library, and the Nickelodeon Theatre- all within walking distance. Main Street is a vibrant and growing center of commerce with over 30,000 people working here each day.  Apartments and condos above stores and cultural venues like the Columbia Museum of Art, the SC State House and government offices create a vibrant and historic place to visit or do business.


Retail & Mixed Use

Columbia's Devine Street retail district is located downtown in the heart of the historic Shandon area. Devine Street offers a variety of upscale specialty shopping, dining, entertainment, service, and commercial businesses in a neighborhood environment.   It's hard to know where to start on this street.  Are you looking for art, furniture, backpacking and camping supplies,  audio electronics, bicycles or clothing?  How about something to eat - fish taco, gyro, braised quail, pizza - maybe sushi?  Come and enjoy a day or night-on-the-town .... Devine Street.
One of the cities up-and-coming commercial corridors Rosewood Drive offers dining, shopping and service businesses serving both the Shandon and Rosewood neighborhoods and USC.  Do your banking, buy jewelry, buy groceries and enjoy delicious meals here. New and renovated homes, new condominium construction, new branch office of First Citizens Bank, remodeled shopping center (Publix) and several shops that have renovated their interior and exterior facades have been the difference maker along this boulevard.  Rosewood is rich with restaurants, retail and residential.  See for yourself why everyone is talking about Rosewood!


Millwood Avenue

Millwood Avenue is a unique boulevard in Columbia that is lined with professional and personal services -- some of which are law offices, advertising, landscape architects, realtors, automotive care, paint store, veteranary, hair salons, pottery shop and florists. If you like healthy living you will find it here. The great neighborhoods of Shandon, Melrose Heights and Heathwood surround this healthy living district.



Assembly Street is a major north-south street between the Vista and Main, and brings visitors to USC, the Arena, the Convention Center and USC Stadium.  Huger is near the River on the west side of the Vista with access to the State Museum, riverfront and Edventure. Street areas are home to the Richland County Public Library, Koger Performing Arts Center, Carolina Coliseum, various government buildings, hotels and public parking facilities, all with a splash of retail and restaurants. This is a fast growing commercial office district with mid-rise office buildings along with a sprinkling of light manufacturing businesses. 


Innovation & Industrial


Owens Field

The "Owens Field" area is a real "high-flyer" being home to the Columbia Owens Downtown Airport and light industrial area along the southeastern edge of the Rosewood Neighborhood. Just off Rosewood Drive the Owens Industrial Area has everything you need to buy, build, or decorate a house. Commercial contractors, cabinet makers, rug dealers, artists and realtors populate this neighborhood.  Also here is Owens Field, the cities downtown airport. This general aviation airport has meeting rooms, 5,000 foot runway and corporate and private airplane hangar storage.  The light industrial area is home to an art studio and gallery, cabinet and furniture makers, kitchen designers, automotive transmission and import car repair as well as the City of Columbia Owens Recreational Complex and Memorial Stadium.
Watch the energy happen in the University of South Carolina Innovista Innovation District.  USC is developing a mix of public and private research facilities,classrooms, residential, and service businesses.  Innovista is the center of next energy and hydrogen fuel cell research. A fast-paced research environment -- a slow-flowing river -- a vibrant, urban lifestyle with a moderate cost of living and a friendly culture within a diverse, increasingly global community. With Innovista, the University of South Carolina has reinvented the notion of how and where researchers will live and work-in the process creating a destination for innovation, creativity, entertainment, culture, and more. Explore Innovista online.

Waterfront District

Columbia's Waterfront District is taking shape. The Congaree River borders this area where a plan has been crafted to redevelop 500 acres as the Innovista Waterfront District.  A waterfront park, development sites, the USC Baseball Stadium and lots of residential development will predominate this new frontier. CanalSide, a mix of unique architecture types situated along tree-lined streets cohabitate with hip retail shops, contemporary restaurants, a premier waterfront location and refreshing park amenities, is breaking ground in 2007.


Canal Front Park

Canal Front will feature a pedestrian connector under the beautiful, historic Gervais Street Bridge, an open corridor to the Historic Canal Hydroelectric Plant, and green space for recreating and dining.  Canal Front Park will feature ample green space with direct access to EdVenture Children's Museum and the SC State Museum.


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