House of Fabric stocks a large inventory of fabrics, including natural fibers such as silk and linen and synthetics like nylon and polyester. Knowledgeable staff members help patrons navigate the shop’s inventory to find the right fabric for their sewing project, whether the end result will be draperies, upholstery, or a garment. Shoppers can add sparkle to eveningwear with flat-back Swarovski and Preciosa rhinestones in an assortment of colors.
Named the 2010 Best Furniture Store in Columbia by the Free Times and the 2011 Best Home Furnishings Store by Columbia Metropolitan magazine, Whit-Ash Furnishings, Inc. has been filling homes' negative space with a panoply of attractive appointment for more than 40 years. The center houses more than 500 items priced under $100 with other popular items including sofas and recliners starting at $299 and dining room sets starting at $599. The 40,000-square-foot showroom encompasses a full city block and harbors more than a dozen wardrobe portals into Narnia. Home-stockers looking for the perfect piece can get lost among the winding furniture-formed paths, feasting covetous eyes on interiors for every type of room and style. Mattresses, lamps, and accessories from 300+ manufacturers beckon shoppers hither, as does a large selection of oriental rugs carefully shackled to metal hangers to prevent any attempts at escape by flight.
With art degrees from the University of South Carolina, Tom Lockart and Mark Woodham teamed up to found One Eared Cow Glass, a glass-working studio and gallery. The duo started out in a rent-free Bishopville barn, according to Columbia Living, and named their enterprise after a carved wooden cow’s head that was nailed to the door. Much like Mike Tyson’s teddy bear, the cow had only one ear.
Today, at their studio location in downtown Columbia, Lockart and Woodham host live demos throughout the week. During these demos, the pair shape molten glass—which can heat up to 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit—into the translucent artwork that lines their gallery’s shelves. Their work ranges from vases to birdfeeders, though they specialize in indoor and outdoor light fixtures.
For almost a decade, the home-decor pros of Carolina Furniture and Mattress have sought to pair customers with ideal additions to their homes and Wendy houses from brands such as Simmons, Symbol, and Coaster. They offer same-day delivery and can ease the stress of moving by setting up furniture in customers’ new homes.
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.
As your local Ace Hardware, our store is a member of the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the industry. Ace Hardware began as a small chain of stores in 1924 and has grown to include more than 4,600 stores in 50 states and more than 70 countries.
Close your eyes and pretend you're enjoying a fine olive oil, and the first flavor notes to come to mind probably won't be blood orange and chipotle. Likewise, ask for something to put on top of your ice cream, and you probably won't expect someone to hand you a bottle of balsamic vinegar. But at The Crescent Olive, neither ingredient follows the rules. “People don’t really know what to expect until they come in the store,” owner Mike Easler told The State. “The fun part about our store is you get to come in and taste everything we have.”
Mike and his wife, Charlotte, oversee a seasonal roster of gourmet oils and aged balsamic vinegars imported from around the globe, including Spain, Portugal, and Italy. Visitors stop by and test the goods with breads and, yes, even ice cream, before selecting their favorites from the stainless-steel containers that populate the shop. Once that happens, Mike fills up bottles of up to 750 milliliters for customers to take home or to toss to an ex-flame who's leaning out of a moving train.