Lexington’s Silver Homage

October 25, 2012

By William Thrift Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Dowden, Town of Lexington John C. Calhoun was an iconic figure in both the South Carolina and United States government.  Not only was he the seventh U.S. Vice President, he was also Secretary of State, Secretary of War, a U.S. Senator, and Representative of South Carolina’s sixth district […]

Rosewood Market and Deli – A Columbia Icon

October 18, 2012

By James D. McCallister Photography by John Wrightenberry As he strolls a lush and shaded parking lot on a tranquil summer morning, Basil Garzia, proprietor of Rosewood Market and Deli, Columbia’s longstanding headquarters of natural foods, health supplements, and good vibes, has a twinkle in his eyes, which look upon his locally-owned grocery store and […]

The Pearl of the Vista

October 11, 2012

By William Thrift Photography by John Wrightenberry Before the twentieth century, pearls were very rare.  Skin divers, with their bodies greased against the frigid depths, used rocks to help them descend sometimes 100 feet to collect as many oysters as they could carry back to the surface.  A ton of oysters may have yielded 3 […]

Baking and Brussels Inspire a Kitchen Renaissance

October 4, 2012

By William Thrift Photography by John Wrightenberry Nancy Cassity Dunlap’s best-known culinary offerings are the cookies she bakes for friends and family around Christmas every year.  Select benefactors get to enjoy seven-ginger and macadamia nut cookies, and the exceptional old reliable – the chocolate chip made with Belgian chocolate.  In fact, Brussels, Belgium, factors significantly […]

A Cottage Grows on Forest Lake

May 25, 2012

By William Thrift Photography by John Wrightenberry Back in the fifties when dirt roads wound through much of what is now Forest Acres, the Shealy family bought a piece on land on Forest Lake.  The family spent so much time there enjoying the lake that patriarch, Harry, built a brick grill and chimney so they […]

Planting Points: The Living Wreath

November 22, 2010

By William Thrift  |  Photography by Lisa Willson Masterful Demonstration by Rebekah Cline It wasn’t easy trying to imagine a crisp winter day when Rebekah Cline of Rebekah’s Garden demonstrated the art of planting a wreath. On a typical September Saturday in Columbia, the air was still, the humidity was up, and the temperature hovered […]

The Path to Dianne’s on Devine

September 13, 2010

By William Thrift Photography by John Wrightenberry Columbia is one of those cities with a curious network of roads, often giving a traveler several options for getting where they want to go.  Ever cut through the surface streets of Forest Acres or Shandon to get around?  Ever ask two different people how to get somewhere […]

The Kitchen as a Work of Art

June 14, 2010

By William Thrift Photography by John Wrightenberry Fred and Elaine Delk and their two daughters are a busy family.  While their careers, studies, and interests pull them in various directions, they all seem to cross paths, as most families do, in the kitchen and immediate surrounding areas like their breakfast area or stairwell with the […]