Havens Framemakers & Gallery traces its lineage back to 1968, when Robert Havens set up a shop full of handmade, custom-tailored frames. He passed the business to his daughter Betsy in 1985, and she, like a confused track-and-field competitor, handed the torch to current owner Jackie Vazquez. Jackie draws from the Havens family's tradition of expert craftsmanship and her own 20-year stint at the company to surround diplomas, artwork, and keepsakes with a selection of more than 5,000 mouldings collected from a range of vendors. Gilded and hand-carved pieces adorn the gallery’s seven walls, surrounding experienced designers who set to work enshrining 3-D objects in shadowboxes or protecting old photographs and celebrity potato-chip look-alikes within conservation frames.
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.
Especially for You's staff of thoughtful keepsake keepers maintains an eclectic selection of treasures within a charming boutique atmosphere. Adorn necks with handmade clay Viva Beads ($12.95–$21.95) or craft a custom Brighton charm bracelet (starting at $7.50 per charm), picking silver letters and figures to spell out a loved one's name or a favorite pet's Social Security number. A collection of fragrant Tyler candles ($6–$20) fills smell-starved home spaces with sweet scents, and indoor and outdoor firepots ($15.95+) liven up summertime gatherings in the yard and wintertime parties in an ice replica of a neighbor's bedroom. Especially for You's charming store sates the eyes with walls adorned in art and tables piled high with fruits from the owners' merchandise hunts.
Ron Haynes and his daughter, Jessie, have built a business from smiling faces. They don't snap yearbook photos or transform dentist gloves into balloon animals. Instead, they helm teeth-whitening shops and private office locations where smiles are brightened up to 10 shades. Since 2005, they have brightened over 50,000 smiles across five states. The locations in North Carolina and Georgia offer either convenience at their South Park Mall kiosk or privacy at their office locations. Armed with Beaming White, an FDA-approved teeth-whitening system that pairs a peroxide-based gel with a UV-free LED light, their team of technicians helps clients brighten their choppers by exposing teeth so the gel and light reach every inch of enamel. Once the light unites with the gel, coffee, tea, and grass stains begin to vanish. Teeth continue to lighten after the treatment, achieving a color that's 3-10 shades whiter over the course of 24 hours. With proper care, results can last up to 12 months, or roughly the time it takes to adapt the phonebook into a comedic opera.
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.
The Book Dispensary stocks its shelves with used hardcover and paperback books, some of which are collectibles dating back to the early 1800s. Inside, customers can browse the store's ever-evolving selection of new arrivals or trade in unwanted books for store credit. The store also offers professional book-repair services such as binding and rebinding, which can keep family bibles new and your mug shot collection all in one place.