West Columbia SC Apartments Blog


Farmer's Markets for Fresh Cooking Anytime - West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 29, 2014

If you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC and are a big fan of farmer’s markets, sometimes it is challenging to make it to your favorite one on their limited days open. Cooking with fresh, local fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients is a healthy, and green way to eat. But, if you can’t always get to your favorite farmer’s market, here is a list of those in the area so you can get to one any time.

South Carolina State Farmers Market
3483 Charleston Highway (US 321)
6am - 9pm Monday - Saturday | Sunday 12pm - 6pm

Sandhill Farmers Market
Clemson Road across from Village at Sandhill
2pm - 7pm

Forest Acres Farmers Market
Under the big tent at Richland Mall
3-7 pm through October 29

Northeast Farmers Market
Lake Carolina Town Center
3pm - 7pm

Lexington Farmers Market
Lexington Square Park at 205 E. Main St.
9am - 12pm

Soda City Market
1400 &1500 Main Street (2 blocks) Downtown Columbia
9am - 1pm

Newberry Farmers Market
Downtown Newberry
9am - 11:30am

Kershaw County Farmers Market
631 DeKalb St. Camden
8am - 12pm

Irmo Farmers Market
1st & 3rd Saturdays only
Carlisle Street in Irmo
9am - 12pm

Ridge Spring Farmers Market
Highway 23/Main Street on Town Square

What to Do Over Labor Day Weekend Around Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

If you live in an apartment in Columbia, SC, head to Chapin during Labor Day weekend where the town is rolling out the red carpet for the 35th year in a row. The town’s biggest event draws an average of 30,000 people and will have free music, a parade and much more.

The theme of this year’s Labor Day Festival is “Hooked on Chapin”.

“This year’s Labor Day Festival and Parade promises to be another great opportunity to showcase the town of Chapin and its caring and committed citizens,” said Chapin Mayor Skip Wilson.  “Hopefully, we’ll be able to ‘hook’ even more people on Chapin as a result.”

Festivities begin Aug. 30 with the Walk or Run Crooked 5k race. Proceeds will benefit the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission’s Meals on Wheels program. The race will begin at 8 a.m. at Crooked Creek Park and will be held rain or shine.

K. Lee Graham, the newly crowned Miss Teen USA 2014 and a Chapin High School student, is serving as grand marshal for the annual Labor Day Parade, which has about 100 car, person and float entries. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 1.

Town officials said the vendors slots are sold out, and people will have the chance to peruse 97 booths along Clark and Beaufort streets throughout the day.

The Newberry Car Buffs are bringing back their classic car show, and the sixth annual showcase will be set up in the Mt. Horeb lot on Beaufort Street.

Local singers, dancers and other performers can get a moment in the spotlight with the Chapin Champions Talent Contest. The event will be held under the tent behind the American Legion Building immediately after the parade.

For those who aren’t in the mood to sing, head indoors to shop the Chapin Branch Library’s book sale fundraiser in the Chapin Town Hall Community Room or stop in by the Model Railroad Association’s train display in the Legion Post 193.

Carnival rides for kids will be set up on Clark Street, while Chapin Christian Counseling will hold an old fashion gospel concert on East Boundary Street at Grace Chapel.

Off the Chain Band and Show is providing the festival’s featured entertainment. The group includes some of the area’s best-known musicians and singers and plays a variety of musical genres including beach, blues, disco and rock. Off the Chain and Show will take the stage after the Chapin Champions Talent Contest, approximately at 1 p.m.


Labor Day Festival & Parade – Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 22, 2014

If you live in apartments in Columbia, SC then you know the countdown is on for Chapin's 2014 Labor Day Festival.

2014 Labor Day Festival Schedule of Events.


  • Run or Walk A Crooked 5K for Meals on Wheels at Crooked creek Park. Race begins at 8 AM.


  • Celebrate with Bluegrass
  • The Hinson Girls at Chapin Presbyterian Church, 600 Lexington Ave. Open Jam Session and Meal at 5 PM; Concert at 6 PM. Free Food! Free Concert, Childcare provided!


  • Labor Day program kicks off with the big parade, one of the finest in South Carolina.
  • Parade starts at 9:30 AM. Parade makes a one-mile loop around town’s historic district.
  • Chapin Champion talent contest will be on stage in the old Chapin Fire Station following the parade.. Food Court will be in parking lot behind the fire station.
  • AMROC Model Train exhibit will be in the fire house building on Lexington Avenue, next to Lake Murray Florist.
  • Following the parade, Arts and Crafts and other vendors will line Beaufort and Clark Streets. An old fashioned Gospel Concert will take place at the Chapin Christian Counseling & Grace Chapel on Boundary Street with food, fun and fellowship from 10 a.m. until 2 PM.
  • The 5th Annual Classic Car Cruise-in will take place in the parking lot behind Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church from 9 AM until 1 PM. Lots of prizes to be given away.
  • The Friends of the Chapin Branch Library Book Sale will be in the District 5 Alternative Academy Gym following the parade until 2:30 p.m.
  • Also enjoy children’s carnival rides on Clark Street.

More information - lakemurraycountry.com/ chapinsc.com

FolkFabulous – Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 21, 2014

If you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC and are looking for something different to do, we have something fun for you on Saturday, August 23 from 10:00am to 4:00pm; FolkFabulous.

To celebrate the opening of McKissick Museum's new exhibition Traditions, Change, and Celebration: Native Artists of the Southeast, the Museum will host its second FOLKFabulous celebration. A day filled with festivities, the event will include live music, food, and demonstrations.

FOLKFabulous 2014 schedule:

10:00 - 10:30 - Festival Introduction/Cherokee Storytelling with Freeman Owle, outdoor stage
10:35 - 10:55 - Gallery Talk on Traditions, Change, and Celebration, 2nd floor gallery
11:00 - 11:30 - Edisto River Singers / ECSIUT - Cultural Arts Ensemble (drumming and dancing), outdoor stage
11:35 - 11:55 - Conversation with Ralph Oxendine, Cheraw Indians and Lynette Allston, Nottoway Indians of Virginia, 2nd floor gallery
12:00 - 12:30 - Interview with Choctaw bead artist Roger Amerman, outdoor stage
12:30 - 12:50 - Cherokee Storytelling with Freeman Owle, outdoor stage
12:55 - 1:55 - Conversation with Lisa Collins (Wassamasaw of Varnertown Indians) and Peggy Scott, (Santee Indians), 2nd floor gallery
1:20 - 2:00 – Tuscarora Indian music with the Deer Clan Singers, outdoor stage
2:05 - 2:25 - Gallery Talk on Traditions, Change, and Celebration, 2nd floor gallery
2:30 - 3:10 - Cherokee Gospel Music with the Welch Family Singers, outdoor stage
3:30 - 4:00 - Edisto River Singers / ECSIUT - Cultural Arts Ensemble (drumming and dancing) / Closing of Festival, outdoor stage


Main Street Latin Festival in Columbia, SC Next Weekend

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 15, 2014

If you live in apartments in Columbia, SC you can enjoy live music, great food and lots of fun at the Main Street Latin Festival.

Bringing Latin Culture, Live Music, Authentic Food, & More to Columbia SC's Main Street since 2004! Coming August 23, 2014!

The purpose of the Main Street Latin Festival is to showcase the culture and vitality of Columbia’s Latin community. This is done by bringing together diverse groups of people to celebrate and share the Latin culture through its foods, arts, dances and music in a fun, family-oriented environment.

Year after year, thousands of people fill Main Street in beautiful downtown Columbia, SC. The streets are filled with the sounds of salsa, meringue, reggaeton and grupero music, folkloric dancers and Latin foods.

Main Street Latin Festival is once again looking forward to serving its community at our upcoming annual festival on Saturday, August 23, 2014 (with Kickoff Party on Friday, August 22, 2014). This is an event you won’t want to miss! Want to see just how much fun it is? Watch the video below.

Cheap Places to Rent Textbooks – Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 14, 2014

After two months of toil, the fruits of a summer job can shrivel in a single trip to the campus bookstore. The average outlay for books and supplies at a four-year public university is about $1,200 annually. One way to curb the cost is to shop online, where textbook websites promise discounts of up to 90%. Students in our apartments in West Columbia, SC can buy or rent new, used and electronic textbooks for less. Many sites also buy back books and host marketplaces that connect buyers and sellers directly.

Here are four top textbook websites from Cheapism.com.

TextbookRush, formerly known as TextbooksRus, lives up to its current name with speedy delivery, customers say. Orders over $35 ship for free and students have 30 days to return a book for a refund if they drop a class. TextbookRush features international editions, which it promotes as providing the same content at a lower price, although some online reviews warn of discrepancies. The site also offers new and used U.S. editions, rentals, book buyback — even movies, video games and electronics — but no etextbooks.

Skyo specializes in rentals of physical and digital textbooks, with free shipping both ways for the former. Students have a choice of rental periods up to 125 days, with options to extend or buy the book outright (less the cost of renting). Reviews posted online show a pattern of responsive customer service and cheer the low prices and good condition of the books. New and used books and ebooks are also for sale.

ECampus.com peddles new, used and digital textbooks and facilitates renting, buying and selling. Customers earn points toward gift cards and free shipping. The usual threshold for free shipping is $59. Hundreds of reviews describe painless transactions. Students can receive buyback offers 20 percent higher by opting for credit instead of a check or direct deposit.

Chegg built its business on textbook rentals and now bills itself as a “student hub,” offering services such as homework help along with textbook sales and buybacks. Shipping is free with a coupon for orders of $85 or more. Students appreciate having a week of free access to the ebook version to tide them over until a physical textbook arrives.

No site is a guaranteed source for the required text or the lowest price, so take some time to shop around before classes begin. Price comparison engines such as Bigwords can help you zero in on the cheapest vendor. Used and rental textbooks cost less than new ones, but notes and highlighting often mar their pages, and supplemental materials and online access codes may be missing. Ebooks also may be cheaper, with no charge or wait for shipping.

Selling a book back at the end of the semester can help allay the cost. Each site determines its tolerance for dinged corners and scribbling in the margins and sets buyback prices accordingly. Again, it pays to shop around for the best offer.


Millenials are Renting in Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 08, 2014

As the housing market continues to recover, a new study shows one group is not participating in the recovery, Millenials.

The so-called 'millennials,' people between the ages of 25 and 34, are staying on the housing sidelines. It seems like they're waiting longer before they purchase their first home.

A Harvard Joint Center for Housing study that finds 52 percent of millenialls who rent could afford to buy a home but delay purchasing, "It's hard to pin down an exact number, but I'd say four to six years longer than maybe a generation ago."

One possible factor is student debt. They're waiting longer because they want to get that paid down so they can qualify for the mortgage they need so they can get the house they want.

It is also believed that a more transient early work environment may make millennials hesitant. They don't want to commit to a purchase quite yet because they're not settled in their career.

Millennials will ultimately join the ranks of home owners. However, if for the time being you are looking for a wonderful apartment home community check out apartments in Columbia, SC and contact Abberly Village.


No Sales Tax This Weekend in Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 01, 2014

It may feel as though summer just started, but it’s already time to begin shopping for back-to-school. Thankfully if you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC, the upcoming Tax Free Weekend is your chance to save.

Tax Free Weekend is a holiday where no sales tax is tacked onto purchases for eligible items on a state-by-state basis. For a weekend in August South Carolina won’t impose sales tax on select items during the tax-exempt promotion. You can save on many items for like clothing, footwear, computers and school supplies.

The tax-free deals work automatically, with no special coupons or rebates needed. Stores will deduct the sales tax from purchases at the register in participating states. Consumers who live in states that do not offer tax exemptions during the weekend can simply travel to states that do and shop there.

Tax Free Weekend is an annual tradition generally held in August.  The holiday in South Carolina is this weekend, Aug. 1-3 for clothing, computers, school supplies and more.


Personalizing Your Apartment Home in Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 31, 2014

Many folks who rent apartments in west Columbia, SC wonder how to personalize their space.  You don't want to spend a lot of money on sprucing up, but you want it to look and feel like home. There are actually lots of ways you can make your rented home feel like something a little more permanent...

1. The floor

Set up your main living spaces with some large rugs, neutral is probably best as you don't want to clash with the carpet in the places you can't cover. Do this and watch the room change into something a little more to your liking.

You could even go one step further and buy some carpet off-cuts/end of lines that can be held down by furniture - done right it can look neat and tidy and you can take them with you when you go.

2. The walls

The color of the walls is nothing that some nice artwork won't fix. Artwork doesn't have to be expensive either - from special family photos to a cool postcard or just a picture you like - grab a frame and put it up. Walls are no longer restricted to just one picture either, with cluster galleries a popular way to display art. Another idea is using wall decals, which can be relatively cheap and are easy to remove.

3. Furnishings

Curtains are also a really easy thing to change, and you aren't wasting money because you can take them with you! Just store the blinds/curtains that came with your rental in a dry place out of the sun and they can just be put back up when you leave. As a bonus, thermal backed curtains will help keep the warmth in over winter, reducing your power bill.

4. Pot plants

Both inside and out, pot plants are an easy way to style your rental home without feeling like you are putting money into a house that isn't your own.

5. The little things

Sometimes it is the little things that count and that is certainly true for personalizing your rental. Don't like the lampshades? Change them - easy to do and they can go with you when you leave. For instance, with recessed lighting use a low wattage bulb to take them 'out of the spotlight' and instead use stylish floor lamps that will provide functionality while adding to your décor!

Another cool idea is to swap out all your kitchen cupboard knobs/handles as they are simple to replace when it is time to go - just make sure you buy ones that fit the existing holes.

There is plenty you can do while living in a rental to make it feel like home, and never underestimate the power of a good clean once in a while. Depending on your relationship with the owner, as well as your length of time living at the property, you might even be able to make more permanent changes - just ask before doing and it is advisable to get approval in writing.

At the end of the day, it's the place you call home.


Blythewood "Doko" Rodeo

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 25, 2014

If you live in apartments around Columbia, SC you can enjoy the Blythewood  "Doko"  Rodeo this weekend on both Friday and Saturday at Blythewood Community Center Park on Community Road. The event starts at 6 p.m. with live music featuring Trent Jeffcoat. International Professional Rodeo starts at 8 p.m. with competition in eight rodeo events. You can test your skills by riding a mechanical bull. Food vendors and children’s activities.

Held at the Blythewood Community Center Park , the gates open 6 PM and the rodeo begins at 8 PM.

Live Music starts at 6pm on Friday with Trent Jeffcoat and on Saturday at 6pm with Dallas Reese. Also enjoy food vendors, rides and slides.


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