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.
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.
Longtime Columbia resident Chris Moseley opened his Play It Again Sports store in 1997, eventually earning his parent company's Gold Standard Seal for exemplary customer service and for the quality and range of his inventory. The shop's revolving selection outfits athletes of all persuasions with protective apparel and appropriate gear. Cleats, mitts, and baseball bats fill shelves, along with golf clubs and lacrosse sticks. Moseley's shop also supports waterborne sports, such as kayaking and chasing mermaids, as well as wintertime pursuits, such as skiing and chasing snowmen. Exercise equipment such as weights, kettlebells, and treadmills also helps keep bodies in good health.
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.
Although Hooligan's Deli and Ice Cream is a popular snack destination for students, it caters to all ages with a multifarious menu of sandwiches and sweet treats. Pop in after work or after watching a heated Scrabble match between rival mascots to snag afternoon fuel, such as a turkey club ($5.85) or a Hooligan's hoagie ($6.50), which features warm cuts of turkey breast, ham, and roast beef swaddled within a plush sub roll. Straight from the grill, a prime-rib sandwich ($7.80) tackles carnivorous hankerings with six ounces of succulent prime rib, and a veggie burger ($5.35) quells leaf-lust with a patty crafted from a blend of fresh vegetables and grains. Witness the careful stacking abilities of dairy scoopers as they heap together flavored ice cream on a cone ($1.38–$4.30), or excavate the icy drifts of hot fudge, butterscotch, and pineapple on a sundae ($3.95) with a spoon or pocket-sized ice auger.