Community

It Takes A Village

An old proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Looking out for them, and adding support to their neighbors responsible for raising the child, this interaction with the adjoining population expands a child’s experiences and growth.

Within this village, and beyond, our villagers are raised the same.  While each business is solely responsible for their operation, the collective effort “raising” Five Points is undeniable.  Evident by over 100 years of history, viability and recognition as an iconic locale, the success of Five Points would not be possible without the reciprocating support between neighboring businesses, support staff, partners and companionship of the City of Columbia and Richland County.  Five Points is in one word community within its boundaries and beyond!

Five Points Plaza Fountain

Five Points Plaza Fountain

Synonymous with Five Points to locals and a must-see for visitors, the Five Points Fountain was built in 1997 by the Five Points Association. This prominent landmark provides a beautiful and iconic gathering place, backdrop for photos, epicenter for events and more....

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Sean McCrossin

Sean McCrossin

Before my businesses were here, I was in Five Points -- hanging out, going to Gourmet Shop and Papa Jazz. Spending time in Adriana's Coffee Shop. I had a coffee shop in Charleston at the time and was driving back and forth quite a bit. Eventually I wanted to pursue...

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Sam Suaudom

Sam Suaudom

I’m a townie; I was born here. Military is compulsory in Thailand, and my father took his air force experience and transferred that so he would be in the army over here. My parents met in D.C., and the military led us to Fort Jackson in Columbia. At Baan Sawan, my...

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Randy Dennis

Randy Dennis

We have a lot of repeat business. That’s what we’ve built the store on over the years; customer service is a priority. It’s more like a family with our customers. We spend a lot of time with them. We meet their families. We know their likes and dislikes outside of the...

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Duncan MacRae

Duncan MacRae

I am a co-owner of Yesterday’s – a corner tavern with an American menu – along with my business partner Daryl Barnes and my brother, Scott MacRae. Daryl and I were working in hospitality and thinking about going out on our own. We decided to do it, and we looked for a...

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Tameika Isaac Devine

Tameika Isaac Devine

Councilwoman Tameika Issac Devine’s favorite thing about Five Points is the area has something for someone at every stage of life. Her first memory of Five Points was grabbing lunch at Groucho’s and heading to MLK Park with her dad. When she began Law School at USC,...

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Teresa Wilson

Teresa Wilson

City Manager Teresa Wilson has lived in famously hot Columbia, South Carolina all her life. She remembers trips to Pecknel Music Store with her family as they learned to play the piano and drums. She also remembers the entrees of Garibaldi’s, “it was a classic!”...

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Murray Coleman

Murray Coleman

Raised in Columbia, United Way’s Murray Coleman is no stranger to Five Points. His first memory was at the Elbow Room and seeing Hootie and the Blowfish in their prime. “We were the youngest kids there but we knew every word,” Coleman remembers fondly.  Although he...

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Mike Brenan

Mike Brenan

Although not from Columbia, BB&T’s South Carolina Regional President Mike Brenan got here as soon as he could. When BB&T built their branch here seven or eight years ago, Brenan mentioned how unique and eclectic he thought the district was. Other than...

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Dave Britt

Dave Britt

Dave Britt, Executive Director of the Rosewood Merchants Association, reminisces on his first time seeing a live band at a nightclub in Five Points. He was 16 years old and saw a “reggae band called Eek Mouse at a club called Greene Streets which was located by the...

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