Community

It Takes A Village

An old proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Looking out for them, and adding support to their neighbors responsible for raising the child, this interaction with the adjoining population expands a child’s experiences and growth.

Within this village, and beyond, our villagers are raised the same.  While each business is solely responsible for their operation, the collective effort “raising” Five Points is undeniable.  Evident by over 100 years of history, viability and recognition as an iconic locale, the success of Five Points would not be possible without the reciprocating support between neighboring businesses, support staff, partners and companionship of the City of Columbia and Richland County.  Five Points is in one word community within its boundaries and beyond!

Five Points Grieves the loss of Colonel Jack Van Loan

Contact: Kelsey Hennighan Executive Director, Five Points Association (e) kelsey@fivepointscolumbia.com (p) 803.748.7373 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Five Points Grieves the loss of Colonel Jack Van Loan COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 15, 2019) – Five Points grieves the loss of...

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Claussen’s

Claussen’s

Claussen’s Bakery, 2003 Greene Street, Columbia, 1940. Image courtesy Russell Maxey Photograph Collection, Richland Library Claussen’s at 2003 Greene Street was built in 1928 as a bakery. Later it became a hotel, and in 2019 was transformed into boutique studio...

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Yesterday’s

Yesterday’s

Located at the intersection of Santee, Devine and Harden, Yesterday’s was built as one of the first known businesses in Five Points - Gibson's Economy Drug Store – built in 1935. A watch repair shop and other restaurants have shared space in the "flatiron" until 1976...

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Postcard Mural

Postcard Mural

A popular spot for selfies, group shots, and more the Postcard Mural is a must-see! Commissioned by the Five Points Association, Drip Coffee, Pecknel Music Co. and One Columbia in 2017 artist Chad Brady brought the essence of Five Points together in a vibrant, breath...

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Logan the Leprechaun

Logan the Leprechaun

You may have spotted Logan hanging around Five Points, but have you found all six!? Let the Great Five Points Leprechaun Hunt begin! In celebration of St. Pat’s in Five Points, the annual event that brings thousands of local friends and travelers into the village to...

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Harden Street Lot

Harden Street Lot

Until its makeover in the summer of 2020, you may have referred to the Harden Street Parking Lot as the Exxon Lot as Newman's Exxon was the previous occupier and a Five Points mainstay for five decades.  After closing, the centrally located gas station was razed to...

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Tribute to Hootie & the Blowfish

Tribute to Hootie & the Blowfish

With roots firmly planted in Columbia in general and at the University of South Carolina and Five Points spots in particular, the band Hootie & the Blowfish instantly brings back memories of nights in Five Points for Gamecocks of a certain age. The band of college...

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The Hubbell

The Hubbell

Weighing over 15,000 pounds, this brick wheel stands upright at Devine Street and Saluda Avenue. The masonry sculpture was built by Jay Hubbell, a Columbia artist and stoneworker who built stone works across the Southeast and here in Columbia, including obelisks on...

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Centennial Plaza

Centennial Plaza

Centennial Plaza ​Kugel The completion of the Centennial Plaza culminates efforts of Five Points’ Centennial Year in 2015, and will perpetuate the rich history of the village neighborhood as the third water feature to be built in the Five Points district.  The largest...

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Blossom Street Train Trestle

Blossom Street Train Trestle

A welcoming gateway, the Blossom Street Train Trestle is one of the entry points into Five Points and a pathway between the University of South Carolina and the commercial and entertainment district. The Blossom Street Train Trestle project was completed in three...

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Over 100 Years of History

Over 100 Years of History

With significant improvement of storm drainage infrastructure in the 1910’s and 1920’s the City of Columbia prepared the swampy land for redevelopment transforming a marshy “no man’s” land on the edge of Columbia’s iconic grid into a thriving commercial district full...

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Five Points Theater & Marquee

Five Points Theater & Marquee

Opening the doors in 1939 the Five Points Theater was a favorite spot for locals with tickets just nine cents! “Long before the days of popcorn ads and previews in the pre-show, Five Points Theater boasted a short live act before every film. Locals recall a woman...

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Saluda Avenue Fountain

Saluda Avenue Fountain

A decade after the iconic Five Points Plaza Fountain was made its mark, the second fountain made its debut marking the entrance into Five Points from Blossom Street at Saluda Avenue. Supporting the Five Points Association’s efforts to create and support a beautiful,...

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Five Points Plaza Fountain

Five Points Plaza Fountain

Synonymous with Five Points to locals and a must-see for visitors, the Five Points Fountain was built in 1997 by the Five Points Association. This prominent landmark provides a beautiful and iconic gathering place, backdrop for photos, epicenter for events and more....

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Sean McCrossin

Sean McCrossin

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 time and was driving back and forth quite a bit. Eventually I wanted to pursue...

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Sam Suaudom

Sam Suaudom

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.C., and the military led us to Fort Jackson in Columbia. At Baan Sawan, my...

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Randy Dennis

Randy Dennis

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 them. We meet their families. We know their likes and dislikes outside of the...

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Duncan MacRae

Duncan MacRae

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 thinking about going out on our own. We decided to do it, and we looked for a...

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Tameika Isaac Devine

Tameika Isaac Devine

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 Groucho’s and heading to MLK Park with her dad. When she began Law School at USC,...

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Teresa Wilson

Teresa Wilson

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 drums. She also remembers the entrees of Garibaldi’s, “it was a classic!”...

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