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  • Dave Britt
  • Executive Director, Rosewood Merchants Association
  • Dave Britt, Executive Director of the Rosewood Merchants Association, reminisces on his first time seeing a live band at a nightclub in Five Points. He was 16 years old and saw a “reggae b…
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  • Libby Gober
  • Executive Assistant to City Council, City of Columbia
  • Libby Gober, Executive Assistant to City of Columbia Government City Council, has loved Five Points since her time as a USC student. Her earliest memories of Five Points were going out with…
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  • Malissa Burnette
  • Partner, Lawyer, Callison Tighe & Robinson Law Firm
  • When Malissa Burnette and her family moved here in the late 1960’s, she remembers taking her four younger sisters to Five Points for a quick movie and bite to eat before walking around the d…
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  • Abigail Zeiler
  • Executive Director, Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR)
  • Abigail Zeiler moved here from Indiana in 2010 for undergrad at USC. One of her first memories of Five Points is the first time she went to Village Idiot. “I was down for orientation and I w…
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  • Mike Brenan
  • South Carolina Regional President, BB&T
  • Although not from Columbia, BB&T’s South Carolina Regional President Mike Brenan got here as soon as he could. When BB&T built their branch here seven or eight years ago, Brenan m…
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  • Murray Coleman
  • Resource Development Division Director, United Way of the Midlands
  • Raised in Columbia, United Way’s Murray Coleman is no stranger to Five Points. His first memory was at the Elbow Room and seeing Hootie and the Blowfish in their prime. “We were the you…
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  • Teresa Wilson
  • City of Columbia
  • City Manager Teresa Wilson has lived in famously hot Columbia, South Carolina all her life. She remembers trips to Pecknel Music Store with her family as they learned to play the piano and d…
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  • Tameika Isaac Devine
  • Columbia City Council
  • Councilwoman Tameika Issac Devine’s favorite thing about Five Points is the area has something for someone at every stage of life. Her first memory of Five Points was grabbing lunch at G…
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  • Palmer “Satch” Krantz
  • Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
  • Growing up on Rosewood, Satch Krantz thinks back on the family time he spent in Five Points, where they went to Hiller Hardware and many different clothing stores. I remember catching the…
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  • Debbie McDaniel
  • Revente, Sid & Nancy
  • I’ve been here since 1970 when I came to USC. My first Five Points job was on this block in 1972 at a blue jeans store midblock, and then I was a server where Yesterday’s is now. I’ve been in Fi…
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  • Duncan MacRae
  • Yesterday's
  • I am a co-owner of Yesterday’s – a corner tavern with an American menu – along with my business partner Daryl Barnes and my brother, Scott MacRae. Daryl and I were working in hospitality and t…
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  • Paul Ray Bales
  • Ace Lock and Key
  • I came to Columbia about 35 years ago. I moved here from Virginia, but I have been coming to Five Points since the ‘80s when I was a kid. I love the community here. Five Points has it all – foo…
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  • Denise Shealy
  • STEEL garden
  • I came to Columbia for college to go to USC in August of 2005, and basically never left. I realized later in college that I wanted to own my own store, and I’d started working retail at o…
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  • Dennis Hiltner
  • The Gourmet Shop
  • I’ve been working in Five Points since August of 1977. I was in the Marine Corps – got out 1976 – then came to Columbia, and worked as a stockbroker for a year. Linda and I opened The Gourm…
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  • Jemme Stewart & Hilda White
  • Upstream
  • Jemme (right of photo): I was teaching yoga at City Yoga in Five Points; Hilda came to one of my classes, and over a period of time just chatting before and after class, we realized we had…
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  • Jenny Thompson
  • Bombshell Beauty Studio
  • Bombshell Beauty Studio kind of evolved from another salon, Vista Studios Salon, started in 2003. I started to grow the business, we became Bombshell in 2007, and later moved to Five Points…
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  • Judith Roberts
  • Portfolio Art Gallery
  • I have customers who’ve been with me since the first day I opened, and a lot of people have been shopping here for 35 years. One day I was talking to a young woman, who was very p…
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  • Shelia Simmons
  • Pet Supplies Plus
  • I’ve been with Pet Supplies Plus at its Five Points location since it opened 10 years ago. I’m from Columbia and worked at the West Columbia location in high school. I moved away for col…
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  • Randy Dennis
  • 2G's Clothing
  • We have a lot of repeat business. That’s what we’ve built the store on over the years; customer service is a priority. It’s more like a family with our customers. We spend a lot of time with …
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  • Sam Suaudom
  • Baan Sawan
  • I’m a townie; I was born here. Military is compulsory in Thailand, and my father took his air force experience and transferred that so he would be in the army over here. My parents met in D…
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  • Stacey Millner-Collins
  • City Yoga
  • I have so many connections to Five Points, dating back to when my kids were small – going to the various parades and festivals, all the way up to when my kids were teenagers – while growing and…
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  • Lauren Strickland
  • Five Points Association
  • Well, I moved here this past summer, so I am brand new to Five Points and Columbia. I was born and raised in southwest Virginia and lived there for 23 years. When my parents both retired…
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  • Sara Thomas
  • The Half and Half
  • The Half and Half is a graphic design studio with an emphasis on screen printing and letterpress. We have the ability to do that printmaking in-house, and that ranges from flat stock to…
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  • Sean McCrossin
  • Drip & Scoopy Doo
  • Before my businesses were here, I was in Five Points -- hanging out, going to Gourmet Shop and Papa Jazz. Spending time in Adriana's Coffee Shop. I had a coffee shop in Charleston at the…
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