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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.

    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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    Support Local

    At Fig Columbia, we love local. We believe in supporting our neighbors and strengthening local economies. In fact, it’s at the very heart of everything that we do. We also believe that creative thinking and powerful communication can transform businesses and communities—something that we see happening in our community right now as boutiques, shops, restaurants, breweries, and more work to creatively find ways for our community to shop with them.

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    104th Annual Aiken Horse Show

    EACH SPRING, hundreds of horses and riders and thousands of spectators descend upon Hitchcock Woods in downtown Aiken for an annual tradition that has taken place every year since 1916, the Aiken Horse Show.

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    A new home for ByFarr Design and Fig!

    BACK IN 2003 , graphic design was ambiguous—artful and pretty, but not seen as a necessity for a business to succeed.

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    Mission: Home Works of America

    Home Works of America is a Christ-centered non-profit organization providing home repair services to low-income homeowners while mentoring and disciplining youth in the process

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    Fresh Face: Carolina Expo

    WITH OVER 100 COMBINED YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, George Crowe, Adam Vance, BJ Phillips, and Adam Ruffin know exactly what it takes to coordinate and manage a successful event.

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    Our love letter to Columbia

    We love this town that we call home, but even more than our love of Columbia is our love for what truly makes this town special.

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    Social Mission: Serve & Connect

    At Fig, we believe in the power of a community that works together to identify needs and find solutions—one that creates connections and is passionate about helping its neighbors.

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    Authentic: Governor Henry D. McMaster and First Lady Peggy McMaster

    Behind the stately wrought iron gate near the corner of Lincoln and Laurel Streets in downtown Columbia, you’ll find the last remaining building of the Arsenal Military Academy sitting on 9 acres of land alongside two beautiful Antebellum homes. Built in 1855, the building served as barracks for the officers of the Academy until the Civil War began.

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