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    Social Media Coordinator at ByFarr

    Chesson Merritt

    Chesson is a Columbia native that loves to share her passion about all things local through her writing and photography. She enjoys exploring the South, one craft brewery at a time, with her husband and daughter and running local 5k races. You can spot her behind the lens of a camera, cheering on Clemson, or biking around Kiawah Island. At ByFarr, she creates social media content and works with clients to tell their stories.

    Thank you to our Small Business Champion!

    This book would not have been possible without our small business champion—BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

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    Social Mission: Congaree Riverkeeper

    "...for many people, the pandemic has also been a reason to explore the outdoors more, and gain a new appreciation for our natural resources and the need to protect them.”

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    Fresh Face: Tulip Boutique

    “I spent the better part of my life believing that dreams are just that… dreams. Shame on me,” Suzie explains. “My path to this second act has taught me gratitude and given me peace and strength to follow those dreams."

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    Authentic: Mayor Steve Benjamin

    "We will make sure that we work together to build a city that our younger generations can continue to be proud of and excited about. A place they can trumpet to their friends wherever they go off to, and when they are able to make their own choices, Columbia will at least be one of the top options for them."

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    Your 2020 Digital Gifting Guide.

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    Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts

    This book would not have been possible without our small business champion—BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

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    Authentic: Megan Pinckney

    “I love how close-knit Columbia is as a community,” Megan said. “My fiancé and his family are from Columbia, and his family has been here for generations. They have family friends that they have known for generations, and I think that’s so unique. It makes you realize how special this town is and makes you want to raise a family here.”

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    Social Mission: Home Works of America

    Learn more about our 2020 Social Mission Partner: Home Works of America

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    Better Together: Ben Lippen Fine Arts

    Learn more about Ben Lippen’s mission and how they help their students succeed.

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    Authentic: Alex English

    Making an impact on our community and its future: Alex English

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    Authentic: Kim Jamieson

    Sharing her love of Columbia throughout our state and beyond: Kim Jamieson

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    Growth begins outside of your comfort zone

    Hope for every generation
    Through the eyes of children who are just beginning to see the world to the eyes of those that have lived through and seen it all, we are seeing hope emerge in Columbia. Dive into this issue to see where we have found hope this fall: it comes in the form of inspiring local artwork, resilient entrepreneurs, and from those who call our vibrant city home.

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