Providence Park’s Guide to Columbia Farmer’s Market

As the Summer months begin to dwindle down, we look forward to the cooler temperatures and lower humidity that accompany the Fall season. What better way to embrace what’s left of the summer free time than to explore your local Farmer’s Market with your friends, family or furry friend! We love supporting local farmer’s and collecting local produce while enjoying the atmosphere of our neighborhood.

The Soda City Market (http://sodacitysc.com/) is open every Saturday, year-round, rain or shine, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. With over 150 local vendors each week, we’re certain that you’ll find something unique, locally-produced and hand-crafted to nourish your brain, body and belly. Take in the sounds of the live music as you explore the abundant food truck/vendor options- maybe even snag a free sample, or two! Fresh local produce, meats, seafood, baked goods, oils, plants and flowers, jewelry, art and homemade items/crafts are just a few of the many things that can be found while exploring the Soda City Market. Conveniently, there is also free street parking on Saturdays!

Late Summer/early Fall is the perfect time to find seasonal produce such as apples, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupes, eggplant, herbs, peaches, peppers, raspberries, squash, tomatoes and watermelons.

There are so many benefits that come along with buying fresh, local produce! Not only does the locally-grown produce taste better, but it is usually more nutritious. The produce is picked at its peak ripeness (often times within 24 hours of your purchase) for that perfect farm-to-table freshness! Remember, when you buy local, you are helping to support the local economy.

The Soda City Market first launched in 2005 with only 6 local vendors present. As the event has grown throughout the years, it has become a melting pot of many different cultures and diversities- a perfect representation of Columbia. They now have a database of over 400 local vendors (about 150 present weekly) and the event brings thousands of visitors to the heart of Columbia every weekend!

Your Guide to Columbia Farmers Markets

Whether you’re looking for fresh ingredients or a new piece of artwork, the farmers market is the perfect spot to relax on the weekends near your home at Providence Park apartments. Choose from a vibrant selection of local produce, gather freshly picked flowers, or try some eclectic food truck bites. You can stock up on honey, baked goods and locally-produced snacks while you’re there, and it’s always worth the weekly trip to enjoy the sights and familiar faces.

City Roots and Soda City Farmers Market (http://sodacitysc.com/) are open on the weekends and they are only a short ride from your home at Providence Park!

The City Roots market is open on Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. year-round and features a selection of local products week-to-week: fresh, organic produce grown at City Roots’ farm, local seafood, pasture-raised beef, pork, lamb and poultry, free range eggs, artisan breads and baked goods, organic maize products, fresh milk and butter, cheese, honey and a selection of craft beer and wine. Different local food vendors will have food available for purchase, and farm vendors will have tastings and specials, all accompanied with live, acoustic music.

Soda City Farmers Market (http://sodacitysc.com/) is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Main Street and it’s only a short walk from your home at Providence Park apartments! Park for free in the Cannon Garage on Taylor Street then stroll through Downtown Columbia to find fresh produce, beer & wine, local art, clothing, and handmade crafts vendors, food trucks, and street performers. Grab some friends, including your furry ones, and join your neighbors to have fun in this special part of Columbia!

Columbia’s Best Bites During Restaurant Week SC

Every year,  we prepare our appetites for Restaurant Week South Carolina, an 11-day event celebrating local flavors and experiences from fine to casual dining. Providence Park residents can discover new flavors throughout Columbia’s restaurant scene, tasting special menu items while enjoying special discounts around town.

Check out a list of our favorite #RWSC promotions right by Providence Park that you won’t want to miss!

  1. Blue Fin Restaurant and Bar: Have a glass of wine over Blue Fin’s popular Oysters Rockefeller or the andouille sausage and shrimp! They’re offering $27.95 for 3 courses per person.
  2. Solstice Kitchen: Enjoy locally sourced menu items all fresh and handmade that changes by season! A 3-course meal will be $35 per person.
  3. Tombo Grille: Thankfully, you won’t have to choose just one thing. Design your $30 3-course meal from a variety of comfort food like roasted palmetto farms hen, sweet potato gnocchi, or pepita gremolata.

We hope you find something you enjoy during this fun and delicious celebration of South Carolina’s best dishes!

Top Winter Events in Columbia

Top Winter Events in Columbia

Cozying up by the fireplace and enjoying Hallmark’s holiday movies may seem like the perfect way to spend this winter, but there are plenty of events in Columbia near Providence Park that you should go enjoy!

1. Lights Before Christmas at Riverbank Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Nearly one million twinkling lights, countless decorative images, Holly Jolly Christmas Parade, Animated Story Tree, Animal Characters Nightly visits with Santa (through December 23). Warm memories and holiday cheer around the Jingle Bell Bonfire Hot cocoa, s’mores and other festive foods available for purchase.

2. Saluda Shoals Holiday Lights on the River

There is so much to do at the midlands’ largest drive-thru light display! Experience over 400 animated light displays, a hayride shuttle to Saluda Shoals train, a laser light show, tube slide, crafts, gift shop, marshmallow roast and be sure to visit Santa before you leave!

3. Columbia City Ballet presents The Nutcracker at Koger Center for the Arts
Columbia City Ballet’s holiday family tradition, Nutcracker, dazzles South Carolina audiences each season. Don’t miss the extraordinary performance of this timeless tale. “We want them to know it’s like a Broadway show. There are full professional sets and scenery and costumes. This isn’t just a ‘go to it because your neighbor is in it’ kind of thing — it’s a full professional, once-in-a-lifetime holiday experience.” To purchase tickets please visit: http://bit.ly/2gZX7Sy

4. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by The Columbia Childrens’ Theater
This musical adaptation is full of laughs and heartwarming holiday tradition. The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world–so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. Silent night? Not a chance. But sometimes a little joyful noise is just right for Christmas. (From the play’s description).

5. Shandon Baptist Church’s Singing Christmas Tree
This FREE event is a Columbia holiday tradition! The popular community holiday celebration returns for five performances this Christmas season. The Singing Christmas Tree features a 30-foot tree, holding a 100+-person choir. The choir is accompanied by a thirty-piece orchestra, and the show includes a dramatic presentation of the Christmas story accentuated by dance ensembles.

There is always something happening nearby Providence Park, especially during the holidays. We hope you have the chance to experience winter eventer happening what’s happening in your neighborhood this season!

5 Fall Events in Columbia You Don’t Want to Miss!

At Providence Park, we are located by a variety of fall activities that you can grab a group of friends and plan for! Here’s a list of events happening in Columbia near our apartments this season:

Nov 3 – 5 Craftsman Christmas Classic at the State Fair Grounds

Features original designs and work from more than 330  talented artists and craftsmen from across America. See the creative process in actin a many exhibitors demonstrate throughout the weekend. There is something for every style, taste and budget. Continue reading

Residents’ Choice: Top 6 Coffee Shops In Columbia

With the cool fall weather slowly making its way to Columbia, it’s time to find the hottest coffee shops near our apartments! We asked our residents where their favorite nearby cafe is and here are the results:

1. Drip (Main Street & Five Points)
2. Nonnah’s
3. Wired Goat Café
4. 116 Espresso and Wine Bar
5. Sweet Cream Company
6. Indah Coffee

Our property is close to plenty of trendy coffee shops for you to get your pumpkin spice fix or get fueled up with a crafty select brew!

Come by our offices today and find out how you can live in the most convenient spot in Columbia!

The Right Way to Celebrate Football Season in Columbia

It’s time to dust off your college football jerseys and freshen up on your trash talking… College football season has arrived! We’re getting ready to kick off this season by highlighting our favorite places to catch the game and the best ways to celebrate our beloved University of South Carolina Gamecocks:

Where to Watch

There’s nothing like watching a game with fellow fans! Here are a few local spots that bring celebrating to the next level: Continue reading

How to Celebrate the Solar Eclipse in Columbia

Millions of visitors will flood to South Carolina to watch the solar eclipse from all around the nation. The path of totality will pass through Columbia, Greenville and Charleston where there will be one to two minutes of blackout! When the eclipse comes, where will you be?

 

Here are a few other local spots hosting eclipse events:

  1. Bricktown Bistro & Raw Bar – At 1 p.m., the restaurant will be hosting a free event only 9 miles away from our apartments! There will also be free glasses provided for your safety.
  2. Total Eclipse Workshops at Sesquicentennial State Park: on August 19th, 10 to 11 a.m., the state park will be hosting an event prior to the eclipse to discuss this phenomenon and how to safely view the eclipse. There will be take home crafts and activities free with park admission. Preregister online and reserve your spot!
  3. Columbia, SC: Take a look at this Total Eclipse Columbia site to navigate to other nearby parties and prepare for this once in a lifetime event!

 

We hope that you enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon and will be ready to celebrate in your lovely eclipse glasses this August 21st!

Summer Date Night Ideas

It’s time to ditch your routine movie night and bring some adventure into your date nights with exciting specials happening around Providence Park this summer! July is full of fun events and deals, so take a look at some of our recommendations and treat your date to something new.

On July 27th, the Chayz Lounge at Nonnah’s Bistro will feature relaxing tunes from Jonathan “Strot Juru” Jones from 6 to 8 p.m. Listen to a live jazz performance by the talented saxophonist while enjoying a light meal, dessert and a full service bar. The intimate setting at Chayz Lounge invites patrons to experience the finest local and national jazz talents frequently, so be sure to check back for future shows. Continue reading

Sandhill Farmers Market

Sometimes we can all use a good midweek pick-me-up. Our favorite way to get happy before hump day? The Sandhill Farmers Market on Tuesday afternoons!

Just a 15-minute drive from your apartment at Providence Park, the Sandhill Farmers Market takes place every Tuesday afternoon from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Clemson’s Sandhill Research and Education Center across from the Village at Sandhill. Continue reading