The experienced leather doctors at Dickson's Old Cobbler Shoe Repair apply their nimble hands to all manner of footwear. Cobblers can repair the full soles and heels on a pair of men or women's shoes, repair the corkbed and soles on Birkenstocks, or entirely recraft tattered cowboy boots. Technicians keep leathers looking luxurious with a shine job on boots, purses, and jackets, or heighten shoes up to 1.25 inches so customers can finally reach the height required to vote.
Multihued assortments of drawing paper, markers, and Van Gogh acrylic paints fill the well-organized shelves of S & S Art Supply. Accommodating staff members will order out-of-stock items for customers and cater to artists and hobbyists of all predilections, including students, art teachers, and unemployed muses. Create a magnum opus on a 16"x20" Winsor & Newton canvas ($15.49), or fill a 9"x12" Strathmore visual journal ($14.99) with inspired sketches. Tubes of Royal Talens acrylics ($5.69+) prime palettes in more than 80 colors, and an 11-ounce can of Montana Gold spray color ($10.50) imbues any surface with a UV-free tan.
The staff at Aquanut Pool Care know that a swimming pool should glisten from its surface to its floor, so they use industrial-strength chemicals to clean and maintain pools and hot tubs. They skim dirt and leaves from the pool surface, check the balance of chemicals, and flush filters to keep them performing at full capacity. The technicians also repair faulty equipment and sell pool owners any necessary chemicals, replacement parts, and relationship advice.
The entrance to Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse in Columbia almost looks like a marquis?which is appropriate, considering that the servers put on something of a show. They make their rounds through the dining room in the traditional churrascaria style, carrying 16 types of skewered meats that they carve onto guests' plates. The concept has proven to be as successful as it is delicious: when the Free Times named Cowboy the Best New Restaurant in 2012, they credited the restaurant with the revitalization of Columbia's Main Street.
A second location has since been added in Charleston, and both venues serve meats such as spicy chicken sausage and filet mignon wrapped in bacon. There's also a salad bar with more than 30 items for building your own replica of bacon-wrapped filet mignon out of vegetables, as well as six hot sides. The walk-in wine cellar stocks varietals from Argentina, Chile, and California, but if you're in the mood for spirits, simply flag down a bar cart. Each one is stocked with ingredients for caipirinhas, the national cocktail of Brazil.
The Sheraton's chic interior was recently renovated, preserving the dark hardwood, tile mosaics, and high-speed Internet access of its World War I–era origins. Celebrate a special occasion with a loved one within the Sheraton’s historic walls, or merely rest somewhere with crisper bed sheets and fewer succubi than at home. The amenity-rich rooms (an average value of $169; rates vary by date) feature contemporary furnishings, Sheraton Sweet Sleeper beds, and LCD flat-panel televisions, and provide a sumptuous setting to tipple the included champagne ($35) and half-dozen chocolate-covered strawberries ($15) while gently whispering in your companion's ear about President William Henry Harrison’s favorite pizza toppings. Wake up in the morning with a calmer heart, a clearer head, and a hot breakfast for two ($25.90; $12.95 per person).
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