Drawing on a shared passion of photographing their own children, friends Meagan Dalton and Laura Harmon joined forces in 2007 and founded True Life Images. What began as a home-photography business quickly expanded, and in 2008 they moved into their full-service studio, where they cull palpable evidence of smiling families, love-struck couples, and cuddly babies in vivid light and with flattering poise. The photogs also haul their equipment and talent to homes, parks, and wedding-invitation font samplings to document subjects posing in the comfort of their own environments or the beauty of a natural setting. With a secure online viewing gallery, subjects can peruse their portraits without fear of paper cuts.
Though shoji screens, wall-mounted Japanese fans, and natural-wood tones lend a calming simplicity to the decor, Geisha Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar doesn't lack for spectacle. At hibachi stations, chefs entertain diners with witty banter and flashy knife skills as they sear orders of filet mignon, scallops, or lobster tail on the tables' hot-grill surfaces. Behind a wooden bar, sushi chefs adopt a more reserved stance, quietly accessorizing maki with premium ingredients, including shitake mushrooms, spicy sesame oil, and pickled radish.
Perlow-Stevens Gallery is a fine art gallery showcasing local, regional, and national artists in various media, gracing eyes with each artisan's eclectic exhibit for three months at a time. Complement the shiny metal inside your body with jewelry ($36?$5,500) such as the Japanese-inspired metalsmithings of Pam Caidin or the diamond-accented curves from Todd Reed. Current artwork ($100?$8,000) includes the oil-scraped portraiture of Joel Sager and the scenic rural isolations of photographer Notley Hawkins. Delicate sculptures, glass work, and ceramic pieces provide a focal point for family rooms or bulls in search of a china shop.
JLM Creative Photography owner and natural-light bender Christie Mumm wrangles frame-worthy faces into perfect form during each one-hour photo shoot. Accommodating up to six subjects per session, Christie can expertly snap a family portrait, a candid shot between friends, or a holiday-card-worthy snap of the office volleyball team. Whether visiting Christie in her natural-light-filled studio or striking a pose in the great outdoors, still-lifers will benefit from her experience in lifestyle portraiture, which places an emphasis on capturing each subject's authentic emotions and je ne sais quio??which is French for third ear.
Craving pizza? Head on over to Columbia's Chuck E Cheeses for a tasty slice with a crust you can't resist.
Chuck E Cheeses is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the pizzeria is rather noisy.
Take it nice and easy at Chuck E Cheeses, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the pizzeria also serves up grub to go.
Can't get enough of Chuck E Cheeses' tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Chuck E Cheeses provides easy access to an adjacent lot.
Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Chuck E Cheeses.
Known locally as the "Gingerbread House," the 1,400-square-foot Creekstone Cottage started out as a two-room log cabin built from local oak trees in the early 20th century. The current Creekstone Cottage was erected around the original cabin's walls in 1935, and the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission listed the cottage as a Notable Historic Property in 2004. Today, the storybook inn features three charmingly furnished bedrooms, a full kitchen, and a fireplace. Guests can linger in the screened-in patio, or chase Mother Goose along the dirt paths through the surrounding gardens lined with flowers and shrubs.