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Bridal Showcase:Everything in Once Place for Brides, This Weekend in Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 26, 2015

If you live in an apartment in Columbia, SC and are soon getting married, heat to the Charity Bridal Showcase on Sunday, March 1 from 1:00-5:00pm at the Cantey Building, State Fairgrounds in Columbia, SC.

The St. Andrews Woman’s Club Bridal Showcase has provided “wedding bliss” for future brides and grooms, bridal service providers, and community charitable organizations for thirty-three years!

The Bridal Showcase is an event for brides who are able to comparison shop and plan their wedding in an afternoon. There are  bridal service providers in attendance who are showcasing their services and products for hundreds of brides in one location. The St. Andrews Woman’s Club and the local community charities which receive the proceeds from the event.

The Bridal Showcase will feature 100+ booths by the premier providers of wedding services in the Midlands, a fabulous fashion show at 3 PM, and many door prizes and a fabulous grand prize!

The St. Andrews Woman’s Club is the longest-running bridal event in the Columbia area.  More importantly, it is the only show whose mission is community service.  The Bridal Showcase generates funds that are donated to local community charitable and service organizations and also provides funding for more than 100 “hands on” projects provided annually by the members of the St. Andrews Woman’s Club.

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More information - http://www.sawc-sc.org/bridalshowcase.html

It’s Good to Keep Renting, Here’s Why – West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 19, 2015

There is plenty to think about when deciding whether to buy or rent.  If you are renting an apartment in West Columbia, SC and are considering renewing your lease, here are some reasons why it is smarter to keep renting.

1. You aren’t going to stick around

The top reason you shouldn’t buy a home is if you have an uncertain future, or even know that you will be moving to a new location in a short amount of time (under five years is a good general rule). If you don’t know where your path is headed next or want to be open to accept new opportunities, it might not be a good idea to commit to a mortgage, just to worry about selling the home in a matter of months. Plus, with all the upfront costs associated with buying a home, you could lose more money in the long run.

2. You don't want the responsibility

Having a landlord who takes care of all your home’s upkeep is a huge advantage of renting. Maintenance is a big part of homeownership and if you don’t feel up to the challenge, you may want to stick to renting and maintain a clear line of communication with your landlord.

3. You need to build your finances

Many people hold off on buying a home because they aren’t financially ready. If you need more time to save up for a down payment or want to improve your credit score so you are in better shape to qualify for a mortgage, you may want to keep renting until you are financially ready. You can check two of your credit scores for free every month on Credit.com so you can track your progress.

4. You have other financial priorities

Maybe you are focused on building up an emergency fund or saving for retirement. Whatever your financial priorities right now, if using a big chunk of money as a down payment doesn’t align with them, you might be better off waiting.

5. You want a nice neighborhood

Renting can sometimes allow you to live in a better neighborhood than buying would. Perhaps you can buy a home but it would be in a less than desirable school district. You might decide that it’s better to wait until you can afford to buy a place where you actually want to live.

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You don’t Have to Leave Columbia, SC to Enjoy Mardi Gras

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 12, 2015

If you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC you can still go to Mardi Gras. In fact, this crazy holiday is fast approaching! This year festivities in Columbia, SC include the Krewe de Columbi Ya Ya Mardi Gras parade, the all-day Animal Mission Party Animals Mardi Gras festival, and a new addition- the Lagniappe 5k run.  All the fun takes place on Saturday, February 14, 2015.

The Parade: Let the good times roll!

The Krewe de Columbi Ya Ya, hosts the annual Mardi Gras Parade.  Everyone is welcome to join in the fun, but wear a costume!  The parade begins at Owens Field at 11:00 am and wends its way through Rosewood back to City Roots Urban Farm in time for the Animal Mission Party Animals Mardi Gras Festival.

The Festival: We’re all party animals at heart.

Animal Mission Party Animals Mardi Gras Festival is a family-friendly fundraiser for the Animal Mission of the Midlands, featuring a legendary musical lineup orchestrated by the father of Columbia’s Mardi Gras, Kaptain Tom Hall.  Throw in food, drinks, dancing, and BAM! It’s one heck of a party.

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More information - mardigrascolumbia.com

Chocolate is Good For You! West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Valentine’s Day is almost here. You don’t have to feel bad anymore for eating those heart shaped chocolates. If you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC and you were considering give your special someone chocolate, go ahead! It’s good for them!

Dark chocolate generally seems to work best, because it contains more of the powerful natural compounds that make chocolate so good for you, most every form of chocolate has at least some positive effect. And this includes chocolate bars, chocolate sauce, hot chocolate, and all the rest.

Here are 7 reasons why you should consider eating chocolate more often than just on Valentine’s Day:

1. Chocolate may help prevent cancer

Researchers at Georgetown University found that when they treated cancer cells with pentamer--a compound naturally found in cocoa--they stopped spreading.

2. Chocolate can reduce the chance of a heart attack or stroke

According to researchers, eating chocolate can make your blood platelets clump together more slowly--helping to prevent blood clots, and heart attacks. This is also good news because blood clots are a leading cause of strokes.

3. Chocolate can protect your skin from UV

Research conducted by scientists in Germany found that the natural flavonoids in dark chocolate protect women from the damaging effects of the sun's UV light.

4. Chocolate can make you smarter

In addition to protecting your skin from damaging UV rays from the sun, flavonoids also have been found to improve mental skills--particularly in math. (Good news for you cashiers, accountants, and CFOs!)

5. Chocolate may make you live longer

According to research conducted by researchers at Harvard University, you can add two years to your average life expectancy by eating chocolate.

6. Chocolate can help you lose weight

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen found that dark chocolate lessens cravings for fatty, salty, and sweet foods--helping to curb chocolate consumers' appetites.

7. Chocolate makes you feel better

Chocolate has been found to release the feel-good endorphins in your body that reduce anxiety and make you feel calmer--and better. So the next time you feel a little down or under the weather, just reach for that chocolate bar.

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Celebrate African American Artists in Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 04, 2015

If you live in an apartment in Columbia, SC this week you can celebrate African American Artists all over the city. Artwork, site tours, gospel music and more are all part of a celebration of African Arts heritage that kicked off in Columbia this weekend and runs through February 7th.

OperaTunity Foundation for the Arts will present “And Still I Rise: A Celebration of African-American Artists” in honor of Maya Angelou, beginning Sunday and continuing through Feb. 7 at various venues across the city.

“And Still I Rise” is the third thematic project presented by the foundation. The first, “Week of Remembrance,” focused on Jewish culture. The second celebrated women and their contributions to the arts.

The current project’s theme was chosen to put African-American artists at the forefront of a multidisciplinary fine arts project and try to attract a diverse audience.

“There are many fine African-American artists and many African-Americans in South Carolina participating in the fine arts.”  “We believe that it is important to recognize and celebrate the contributions of African-Americans to artistic culture.”

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Seattle and New England Super Bowl Recipes – West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Planning this year’s Super Bowl party at your apartment in West Columbia, SC? A super bowl party is as much about the food as the football. Pick some great recipes that represent the two teams represented in the game.

New England and Seattle will be facing off in the Super Bowl. If you want to be adventurous, here are some recipes that represent both regions.

Lobster Nachos from New England

  • 1 13.5-ounce bag of white or red corn tortilla chips
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 4-ounce cans baby shrimp, drained (I used BumbleBee Premium Select Tiny Shrimp)
  • 8-14 ounces of cooked lobster meat
  • 8 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2-3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 16-ounce jar of salsa

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Layer tortilla chips in a 13"x9"x2" baking dish.
  3. Blend cheeses. Sprinkle half of the cheese mixture and tomatoes over tortilla chips.
  4. Melt butter in large frying pan over medium heat.
  5. Add garlic and onion to pan and sauté until onions are tender, approximately two minutes.
  6. Add shrimp and lobster meat and heat until warm, about three minutes.
  7. Drain and layer warm seafood mixture on top of nachos.
  8. Top with the remaining cheese and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes until cheese is melted.
  9. Top with scallions and dollops of sour cream. Serve hot with salsa on the side.

Serving Suggestion: Wash these Lobster Nachos down with Shipyard Export Ale, which is brewed in Portland, Maine, and available throughout the U.S.

Smoked Salmon Dip

If you don’t care for hot pepper sauce, omit that ingredient. Chives are a fine substitution for the green onion. Serve this with your favorite cracker, toast points or pumpernickel cocktail rye bread.

  • 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 12 oz. smoked salmon, chopped
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh dill weed
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped green onion

In a medium bowl, stir cream cheese until it is no longer in a hard form. Add salmon, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, dill and onion; mix well. Serve.

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Recipe Source: allrecipes.com, Abouttravel

Moving to Columbia, SC? Consider Renting an Apartment in West Columbia

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

There are many reasons to move to Columbia, SC. Businesses, Fort Jackson, and the University of South Carolina, the state's flagship and largest university, have all brought many new residents to our great city. If you are moving here, you should consider renting an apartment in West Columbia, SC. If you are relocating for a job or relocating for retirement, South Carolina is a dream location, it is the perfect place to call home.

From West Columbia and Abberly Green Apartment Homes you can enjoy easy access to I-26, quick commutes to Downtown Columbia and Lake Murray, and the convenience of a variety of shopping, dining and recreation experiences just minutes away.

If you like the outdoors, the Congaree River is nearby and is popular with paddlers and kayakers. The city, as well as Finlay Park, has been refurbished in recent years. In fact, the Congaree Vista district in Columbia is now a  thriving district for art galleries, shops, and restaurants.

West Columbia is a city that is convenient to mountains and lakes, offering wonderful weather all year round and gardens that are always in bloom. West Columbia offers you many activities for every lifestyle and an affordable cost of living.

Living at Abberly Village  gives you spacious floor plans with 9' ceilings, gorgeous crown molding, large walk-in closets and expansive windows for an abundance of natural light. If you are just moving to Columbia it might be a good idea to consider renting. With a ready-made community to assist you in making friends, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness area, pool, and other apartment amenities, an apartment community might be the right choice in making this city your home. For more information, contact us.

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World Beer Festival This Weekend, Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 15, 2015

If you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC you can round out Craft Beer Week at The World Beer Festival on  Saturday, January 17 offers you a chance to sample from over 200 craft & specialty beers from around the world. Two sessions: 12-4PM & 6-10PM

Start planning your beer adventure!

General Admission gets you a tasting glass with unlimited 2oz tastings from over 200 of the finest beers!
Access into the Art of Beer Experience for beer ingredient samplings, pairings, educational seminars, a mini commercial brewery and more!

The VIP Admission gets you a tasting glass with unlimited 2oz tastings from over 200 of the finest beers!
A bonus selection of rare and unique beers
Access into the Art of Beer Experience for beer ingredient samplings, pairings, educational seminars, a mini commercial brewery and more!
A private VIP lounge
3 issue subscription to All About Beer Magazine

Food available for purchase -we have reduced ticket prices and will not be providing a food buffet in VIP, but don’t worry! The beer selection will be a cut above the rest and the convention center will be providing a beer-themed menu to purchase from!

Why should you attend the World Beer Festival Columbia in 2015?

  • Expanded SC Beer Garden – The 2015 event will feature an expanded selection of beers from the Palmetto State.
  • New Belgian Bier Garden! – Embark on a one of a kind tasting adventure in this new area dedicated to showcasing the beauty and diversity of Belgian beer.
  • Silent Disco – It’s back! Enjoy some time dancing to a fabulous DJ where only you and your fellow dancers can hear the music!
  • Live Music – In addition to the silent disco, the event will feature live music from a local band.
  • Excellent presentations – participate in seminars lead by beer experts and get your tickets for a cheese & beer pairing seminar!
  • Improved food selection – Some major changes at the Convention Center will allow for improved food choices.
  • Taste Beer Fest Beer II- This year’s collaboration beer will be an American IPA, brewed with River Rat Brewery

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Renting From Apartment Communities Has Advantages – West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Many people who are considering renting apartments in West Columbia, SC are trying to decide whether or not to rent from an apartment community or from an individual. While there can be advantages to both, there are plenty of advantages and benefits to renting from an apartment community.

Here are just a few:

  • Rental apartment communities will typically have a maintenance staff either working at the property or working from the main office. Having that staff readily available makes maintenance of the property and fixing broken down items within the apartments much easier to get done in a timely manner.
  • Apartment communities in some cases offer apartment amenities like a fitness center or a pool. This eliminates the travel time of going to the gym and will save you the cost of a gym membership. This is handy for those of us for whom just getting out the door to the gym is half the battle. For those of you with stronger resolve, this may not be a problem.
  • An apartment community in some cases will have a concierge that will receive packages, keep your dry cleaning for pick up and delivery and sometimes refer you to pet sitting services and restaurants in the area.
  • In some cases, an apartment community will have social events for the tenants.
  • Rents cannot typically be negotiated in a rental community.
  • Security deposits in apartment communities are typically less than one month’s rent or lower.
  • Amenity or administrative fees are often charged to the tenant and can be $300 to $500. These fees often take the place of a move-in fee.
  • Upfront pet fees can be $300 to $750.
  • Monthly pet rents are typically higher.

For more information on renting in West Columbia, SC, contact Abberly Village Apartment Homes.

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“Accidental Love” Filmed in Columbia, SC will be in Theatres Soon

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 09, 2015

If you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC you may have heard about the hype about the movie that is now finally being released.  A star-studded, political satire was filmed in Columbia in 2008 and will finally get its chance to hit the screens.

A trailer for “Accidental Love,” which was known as “Nailed” when it was shot around Columbia and the State House seven years ago, was unveiled Tuesday along with release dates for the movie.

The movie, starring Jake Gyllenhaal andJessica Biel, will air on video-on-demand starting Feb. 10 and enter theaters on Feb. 20, The Hollywood Reporter reported.

Biel plays an uninsured waitress who becomes unpredictable – earlier descriptions said “sex-crazed” – after a nail is accidentally shot into her head. She goes to fight for her rights in Washington, where she meets a congressman, played by Gyllenhaal. The movie also stars James Marsden,Catherine Keener, Tracy Morgan and James Brolin.

The trailer shows the S.C. House of Representative chamber made to look like the U.S. Capitol.
The film, co-written by Kristin Gore, a daughter of former vice president Al Gore, was directed by Academy Award-nominated David O. Russell. But Russell left the movie before shooting ended and his name no longer appears in the credits.

The shooting of “Accidental Love” was plagued by multiple stoppages because of financial troubles. The movie’s release was delayed because a key scene was not shot before filming stopped.

Watch the trailer here:

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