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.
The confectionary savants at Main Street Bakery and Gift Shop solder together tasty ingredients to create fresh-baked batches of cookies and cupcakes that are always made-to-order. Both cupcakes and cookies arrive by the dozens in one of five melt-in-your mouth flavors, ready for sweet display at any tea party or holiday dessert table or beside a larger cake with a crippling Napoleon complex. Customers may choose between vanilla, red velvet, chocolate, strawberry, or carrot-cake cakes, topped with a swirl of cream cheese, vanilla, or chocolate buttercream frosting, and cookie lovers can nab the decadent disks in flavors such as chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, sugar, or toffee. Best of all, the short shelf life of these delicate treats creates a perfectly plausible excuse for eating the entire box without taking a breath or blinking.
Webb Rawls Galleries has been in the framing business for more than a century, a testament to the timelessness of their work. Whether preserving pictures, artwork, or memorabilia, the staff of professional framers helps clients find the ideal presentation for their keepsakes.
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.