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Hey, Y’all! Meet the Fig Columbia bloggers!

Columbia is bursting at the seams with fun and interesting people who are more than happy to share what they love about living in this great city. So, pull up a chair and stay a while as you learn about the very best Columbia has to offer!

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Shanika Pichey - Life Is Pichey

Shanika Pichey loves to create. She is looking forward to sharing with you an insight into all things handmade. On her blog, Life Is Pichey,  Shanika writes about food, family, DIY, books and whatever may pique her interest. If you're looking for something original and completely handmade contact Shanika at

The Foto Bros - The Foto Bros

A visual production company providing creative video and photography solutions, the goal of The Foto Bros. is to communicate and connect.

Larry J. Frazier is a photographer and producer originally from Chicago, Illinois. Growing up on Chicago’s West Side, Larry understands why those who don’t usually have a voice and are invisible need to be seen and heard.  While obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree in History at South Carolina State University, he had the opportunity to study photography, cultivating his raw talent and passion for capturing images. Over the last 10 years, Larry has worked in multiple public service positions via City Year Columbia and South Carolina DSS, Larry discovered similar narratives in Columbia that are being played out in Chicago. With a love for history, visual communication, and the active change of the human condition, Larry has poured his soul into his friendship and business with Carl Heyward Jr. to form The Foto Bros..

Producer Carl W. Heyward, Jr. is from South Carolina’s Lowcountry, raised in the small town of Cross, SC. Understanging the importance in creating a strong community of family and friends that truly  support and care for one another, Carl pursued his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication at Benedict College in Columbia,  where he also served as the Station Manager for BCTV Productions, the college’s news station. After dabbling in Sports Broadcasting, Carl realized his passion for creative storytelling and made the switch to a career in Video Production. Since graduating, Carl has managed one video production and photography company, CHQ Productions, prior to linking with business partner and dear friend, Larry Frazier. He says, “The most important principle I’ve learned is to always be truthful and transparent, both in business and your personal life.”





Vanessa Driscoll - The Southern Greenie

Vanessa grew up in Columbia, SC. After graduation, she went to Brevard College, then proceeded to travel and live in various places, while consistently returning to Columbia in between. After a time spent living in Asheville, where she worked with a national green events company, Vanessa decided to focus on highlighting the local goodness where she lived instead of highlighting other cities' products. Eventually, she discovered her true passion when she created Farm to Table Event Company, a partnership with City Roots, Columbia's in-town, sustainable, organic farm. Working with local chefs and farmers, she helps orchestrate dinners and events that bring a community together over locally-grown food. Vanessa has always been proud of her hometown community and the natural hospitality it shows everyone, and she loves continuing that tradition with events supporting traditional farming, talented chefs, and local businesses.


Dr. Katy Imgrund - Health in the City

Katy Imgrund is a thirty-something obstetrician/gynecologist at Columbia Women’s Healthcare. With a husband, toddler, and rescue dog in tow, Katy is eating, playing and laughing her way through the city of Columbia while trying to live a healthy, balanced life.


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