The Gourmet Shop
I’ve been working in Five Points since August of 1977. I was in the Marine Corps – got out 1976 – then came to Columbia, and worked as a stockbroker for a year. Linda and I opened The Gourmet Shop – a lunch, brunch and dinner café, kitchen & specialties store and wine, cheese and fine foods shop – in 1979.
The first time I was brought to Columbia by the people who hired me as a stockbroker, they brought me to Five Points. This is one of my favorite parts of town. Five Points is a small community and I like that. I’ve always been a small town boy; I came from a small town.
I think that Five Points has a place in a lot of people’s hearts.
Five Points is special because of its small community aspect; it’s a little shopping and entertainment area. Our customers have a lot to do with it. There’s this interaction between customers and the shop owners and restaurant owners, so when people come here, you just know who they are.
In Our Hearts
I think that Five Points has a place in a lot of people’s hearts. Either they went to the university, or grew up here in Columbia, but somehow Five Points has always been a place that has been attractive to people of all different kinds.Learn More
Around the Neighborhood
I’ve always lived close to Five Points, because I like not only Five Points, but the areas around Five Points. Five Points happens to be one of those little shopping entertainment areas that’s right in the middle of people. I don’t think my outdoor café would work in any place else in the city.Learn More