New Businesses for Columbia’s Main Street


When Connie Jones Hancock was a little girl, Christmas meant a trip to Belk on Main Street in Columbia to enjoy the window displays and sit on Santa’s knee. Spring bought a pilgrimage to the Tots and Teens store for a new pair of Easter shoes. And a perfect Saturday included a trip to the Tapp’s soda fountain for an egg salad sandwich and a bowl of its famous vegetable soup.

Today, those department stores are long gone. And Main Street is on the crest of a wave of redevelopment swelled in part by the opening of Mast General Store a little over six months ago.

Hancock is part of that revitalization. She operates one of the newest and most unique businesses on Main Street — Wedding 101, in which she advises brides for free on the vendors and venues available for their special day. The vendors pay to be featured in her stunning space on the second floor of the building at 1537 Main St., near the Columbia Museum of Art.


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