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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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    A Heart for Columbia

    It’s a season full of love—from giving gifts to your loved ones to gathering and celebrating your love with friends and family—and we couldn’t do it without the extraordinary local small businesses in our community. Turn the pages to meet these businesses that have put their hearts into everything that they have done this year to bring happiness, joy, and laughter to our lives.

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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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    All local. All the time.

    Show your love for South Carolina, and for the hope and resiliency of our community with our Dum Spiro Spero t-shirts, stickers, and letterpressed cards and prints. Wear your shirt with pride, place your vinyl sticker on the door to your business, and put your sticker in a spot that you’ll see it every day. It’s our reminder to you that Columbia will be back, stronger than ever, because of the strength of our community.

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