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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.

    Enjoying Supporting Small and Saving Local

    What is the face of small business in Columbia? Look no further than...

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    Winter Social Mission: Congaree Riverkeeper

    Throughout the year, we have highlighted the work done by our Social Mission partner for 2021 to keep the Broad, Lower Saluda, and Congaree rivers healthy and our waters clean...

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    Spotlight: The Coaching Kiva

    House ready? Shopping done? Now where do you find yourself some perspective and self-healing?

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    Your Guide to Local Gifting

    To you, it's another item marked off your long list of gifts to buy for family and friends this holiday season, but to a small business owner...

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    Listen Closely…

    Everybody’s got a story about the first concert that they ever went to, and around Columbia, you’ll often find that those stories include a local band or artist and a hidden hole-in-the-wall venue that you’d only know about if you were a local...

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    Fig Authentic: Caitlin Bright

    Since 2011, the role of Tapp’s Outpost (formerly Tapp’s Arts Center) in Columbia’s arts ecosystem has been to nurture emerging and under-represented artists in our community...

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    Thank you to our Small Business Champion!

    This book would not have been possible without our small business champion—BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

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    Fall Social Mission: Congaree Riverkeeper

    Trahern Cook, also known as Easel Cathedral, has mastered the art of plein-air paintings like few other local artists...

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    Thank you to our Small Business Champions!

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

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    Expanding Nephron’s physical footprint and community reach

    “After the COVID vaccines came out, I said to my husband that we have to do it,” said Lou. “Can we fill vaccines and be a helper to COVID? If we can, it’s our American duty to do just that. It wasn’t in our schedule and it wasn’t in our forecast. They are just ideas that have popped up and we have embraced each opportunity as it comes along.”

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    Summer Social Mission: Congaree Riverkeeper

    “Our rivers are an amazing recreational asset to our communities and provide so many opportunities,” said Bill Stangler, Riverkeeper. “There’s fishing, paddling, tubing, birdwatching, nature photography, and more..."

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    Authentic: Sue Doran

    “I think it’s important for people to remember that this is something we want you to consider at home with your meals, and with your children’s meals, and your children’s schools,” she explains. “How can we eat more plant based, and less animal-based, in every segment of our lives? Because it’s good for our health, and it’s good for the environment.”

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