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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.

    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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    Eat Local

    In Columbia, food brings us together. It brings us together inside of restaurants, on Saturday mornings on Main Street, outside of breweries, at tailgates in the fall, in our homes with our family and friends, and even on the city’s most iconic bridge for a beautiful seated supper of over 1,400 people.

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    Lou Kennedy: Opening and Connecting South Carolina

    When she finds a cause that she’s passionate about, Nephron Pharmaceuticals CEO Lou Kennedy doesn’t hold back. She dives in headfirst and begins brainstorming solutions and opportunities, she ignites conversations with decision-makers, and she is relentless in her pursuit of solving the issue.

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    Spotlight: Salute From the Shore

    Each July, families and friends gather up and down South Carolina’s coastline to celebrate Independence Day together. With their American flags, beach towels, patriotic-themed attire, and their favorite beach games, they flock to the shores to spend a day in the sand and in the sun.

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    Creating Community While Social Distancing

    In a time where staying at home is the best course of action, how are you staying in touch with your community?

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