The cuisine queens of Columbia
When I moved to Columbia more than 25 years ago, it was a sleepy Southern city, and downtown went dark at 5:30. All that changed a few years ago with the revitalization of the Main Street district (endless thanks to Mast General Store and The Nickelodeon for jumpstarting that). The Vista now hums with activity day and night, and both North Main and Five Points are undergoing interesting transformations. I’m delighted to say that food is a major element of this growth in our business community. Columbia now offers residents and visitors a myriad of interesting, eclectic, and ethnic menus from which to choose, served in almost as many different styles of restaurants and food trucks.
This issue’s theme is the food industry. Anyone opening a restaurant is taking a big risk. More than half fail in the first year. We want you to meet three local women restauranteurs whose businesses have achieved both success and longevity. If you’re in the food business or thinking of starting a food business, Jessica Shillato, Carmella Roche, and Dianne Light are your role models. I encourage you to visit their dining rooms after you read their stories–and tell them The F-Suite sent you!
Beyond the food scene
After recently experiencing a death in my family, I decided to include in this issue an article about grief in the workplace. Weeks after the loss, sadness still washes over me when I least expect it, which can be awkward in public. I’ve cried in the dentist’s chair and wiped tears away in the grocery store check-out line. But what do we do when we’re at work and how will our co-workers respond if tears well up? Grief counselor Heather Leigh offers us some advice on the subject.
On a happier note, I’m delighted to announce that Richland Library will be contributing business-related book reviews and other articles on a regular basis. If you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner and haven’t been to their state-of-the-art Business, Careers and Research Center at the main branch on Assembly Street, what are you waiting for? Everything they offer is free, and they offer a lot–including one-on-one meetings with a career coach or the entrepreneur in residence.
And I have more good news. The F-Suite is growing so quickly that we hired an intern! We’ll be formally introducing her via social media, so follow us on Facebook for more details. We hope to see you there!
Let’s grow together, Columbia!
Anna Gelbman Edmonds, Publisher