"We use the best soaps, solvents and equipment available to the industry. We do not take short cuts," Tripp Penninger told Columbia Metropolitan in 2011, one year after the magazine's readers voted Tripp's Fine Cleaners as the best dry cleaners in Columbia. Grandson of the couple that founded the business in 1987, Tripp and his staff of nearly 100 employees have earned their prestige; as Sanitone-certified master dry cleaners, they've carefully cleaned thousands of garments and have been trusted with preserving the wedding gowns of brides in South Carolina and beyond.
They clean regular laundry with low-temperature water, ensuring that nothing shrinks or becomes misshapen, and they use special procedures for high-end garments, making sure to wine and dine Chanel suits before removing wine or dinner stains. Tripp’s seamstresses are on hand to remedy ill-fitting garments, usually returning alterations in about three days. The staff picks up and drops off items free of charge in specified areas and offers complimentary seasonal storage with the purchase of cleaning.
David and Leslie Reyes first met working with exotic parrots, monkeys, and reptiles at Santa Fe College. It was 2008, and they were enrolled in the Zoo Animal Technology program in Gainesville, Florida, both exploring their passion for animals. After graduating, the new couple moved to West Palm Beach to work at a conservation facility, but they soon discovered that they had a desire to interact more closely with domestic animals and their owners. So, in 2010 they moved to Columbia to open Pets: The Whole 9 Yards with a mission to help educate pet owners and instill them with a love for their furry friends.
The Reyeses' pet shop stocks food, toys, and treats for animals ranging from dogs and cats to ferrets, birds, and lizards. Along with their compassionate staff, they also offer day care for pooches and birds, as well as grooming services for pets auditioning for shampoo commercials.
Strength is both a physical quality and a state of mind at Athlete's Arena. Here, NSCA-certified personal trainers, strength and conditioning specialists, and weightlifting coaches propel athletes of all levels toward fitness goals using intense workouts and constant motivation. In addition to teaching drills that boost speed, agility, and joint mobility, trainers lead functional training sessions that sculpt and strengthen the entire body with tools such as kettlebells and weighted sleds. Inspired by Olympic weightlifting and gymnastics, CrossFit sessions teem with barbell drills such as power cleans and functional bodyweight exercises such as pull-ups and burpees. Cardio challenges such as rowing round out these workouts, strengthening hearts and lungs while shaving away calories and moustaches made of string cheese.
On the tarmac at Fairfield County Airport, S & S Aviation's fleet of planes spins up its propellers. The fraternal twins—the Cessna 172P and 172K—set their nose cones revolving, and the Piper Arrow primes its touchscreen GPS unit. By operating under airspace unclogged by other fliers, S & S Aviation bypasses the limitations of sharing the skies and gets its students directly into piloting their own aircrafts.
You'll be centrally located in West Columbia with a stay at Holiday Inn & Suites Columbia-Airport, convenient to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. This eco-friendly hotel is within the vicinity of Governor's Mansion and Finley Park.
Make yourself at home in one of the 122 air-conditioned rooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with cotton sheets. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while 32-inch high-definition televisions with cable programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature designer toiletries and complimentary toiletries.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a seasonal outdoor pool, or other amenities including complimentary wireless Internet access and wedding services. Additional amenities include a fireplace in the lobby and tour/ticket assistance.
Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Holiday Inn & Suites Columbia-Airport. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Hot/cold buffet breakfasts are available daily for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and an Internet point. Planning an event in West Columbia? This hotel has 5000 square feet (465 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center, conference/meeting rooms, and small meeting rooms. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary during limited hours.
Solarice Wellness Spas rejuvenate exhausted extremities with the essential mani-pedi treatment. As you relax in the cozy sanctuary, Solarice's skilled keratin-croppers will shape your nails and give your cuticles a compassionate caring for previously only afforded to fallen baby birds. With their tips shiny and polished, clients’ glove-fillers and boot-occupiers will leave the spa feeling clean and refreshed, boasting a healthy sheen that rings of tension relief and increased circulation. The essential manicure and pedicure lasts approximately 75 minutes. You can also apply the value of your Groupon toward add-ons or upgrades; just pay the remainder of the cost during your visit.