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!
Fig has friends and they have things to say. Check out some great guest bloggers here!
*The Shop Tart
Local arbiter of all that is fresh, fashionable and flavorful in Columbia, Anne Postic, The Shop Tart, has been blogging about shopping, eating and having a great time since 2008.
What do I love? I love the way my husband’s Boston accent sounds when he’s cheering on my hair-brained dreams and schemes. I love repurposing the old, dreaming about what it will become as I go antiquing on sunny Saturday mornings. I love crafting the perfect and unexpected color combination. And as a wedding planner and stylist, I love that I’ve been able to combine these diverse “loves” into one job. Columbia is my home town. I love watching it grow and change before my very eyes, and I am heartened by those who embrace our city and work to make it full of creativity and community.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
An award winning musician, DJ, writer, photographer and founder of Columbia based record label Sounds Familiar Records and hip-hop comic convention Cola-Con, Preach Jacobs has been involved in the Columbia art scene since his teens.
A hip-hop artist at heart, Jacobs has released four albums including his newest project under the moniker Analog. His sound reminiscent of hip-hop's glory years of conscious music with soul and funk music as a backdrop, these elements are visible in all of his work. Inspired by the works of artists like Gordon Parks, a renaissance man known for photography and music, Jacobs continues to push the envelope as an artist and event organizer bringing events that bring hip-hop music and African-American culture to the forefront.
As well as writing for over a dozen publications worldwide, Jacobs is also a frequent contributor to the Free-Times, Columbia's weekly zine.
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.”
He's not hard to find. Take a stroll down Main Street in Columbia, SC, and you'll likely spot him with his camera in tow. Whether it's at the Soda City Market or the annual Italian Festival, you can count on him showing up.
Since launching a photography business in 2010, Robert Coffey's passion for photographing people and places in the Midlands has flourished. He's started several projects, including "The Heart of Columbia," a visual exploration of the essence of Columbia.
When he's not out photographing, Robert enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children, directing a local church choir, and finishing coursework for his MBA.
Check out his portfolio at www.robcoffeyphotography.com, or follow him on Instagram at @robcoffeyjr.
This Figtern is a Myrtle Beach native with a love for travel and a heart for her family. Enjoys tea, black coffee and all things sweet.
Born and raised in Blythewood, SC on a quarter horse farm back when there was only one stoplight, LV (Little Vaughn) spent his Saturdays as a kid shining shoes at Granger Owings and hanging out with his dad, Big Vaughn. Traveling all over the world with the fashion industry to bring the best styles back to South Carolina, LV now resides in Columbia with his wife, Erin, two daughters, and a son. On a typical afternoon, you can find LV helping clients either at Granger Owings or Circa 1332, or walking down Main Street in blue jeans, a sport coat, and funky shoes on his way to get a coffee from Drip.
Bethany Dailey Tisdale moved to Columbia for graduate school in 2007 and immediately decided to hate Clemson and love pimento cheese. She loves eating, drinking, and cavorting around Columbia, so expect some of that. You can follow her on instagram @bethanytisdale, but it's just pictures of food and her baby, and unless you're her parents it probably won't interest you.
An avid mess maker, wine drinker, and people lover, Holly finds beauty in the small things: the buzzing chaos of a colorful market, the craft and detail in a plate of homemade pasta, or the affection you can just taste in a meal a loved one has made for you. Deeply intrigued by all things culinary—from choosing the perfect knife, to mastering the vinegar-to-oil ratio in a salad dressing—Holly is attempting to transform into a self-taught chef while simultaneously balancing life as a college student. If you need her you can find her with her head in a book, wandering around The Gourmet Shop, or on a quest to find the juiciest tomato that ever lived. Join Holly as she eats her way through Columbia’s local fare and tries to teach herself (and maybe even you!) how to make delicious food. Follow Holly on Instagram @messykitchgirl and contact her at email@example.com to learn more.
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.
Becca Smith Hill is mom to two awesome babies, Jones and Birdie, a social worker by day, a professor by night, and wife to Super-Dad who helps keep all the plates spinning. After a stint away earning a degree in Lexington, VA and “discovering herself” in San Francisco, she returned to her hometown to find a more vibrant Columbia than she could have ever imagined. Becca loves to eat & drink, play with her babies, appreciate art, host parties, and, (much to the chagrin of aforementioned Super-Dad), adopt stray animals. She also blogs at www.aucourantcolumbia.blogspot.com and http://www.stlawrenceplace.org/blog/. You can find her on Twitter at @beccabsh and @StLawrencePlace, and on Instagram at @beccabsh.
Brittany Kilpatrick and Samantha Shapin are former attorneys, real-life best friends, and the co-founders of Bonded. Bonded is an online magazine dedicated to celebrating the unique experience of female friendship and exploring the power that it holds. They tackle issues of the modern woman, share stories of real friendship, and highlight women doing remarkable things. At Bonded, they pledge to provide a space for women to magnify their voices, explore their relationships with each other, and build stronger bonds. Ultimately, Brittany and Samantha hope to initiate a movement of women connecting, thriving, and championing their sisterhood. If you have a story you’d like to share, or someone you’d like them to profile, they want to hear it. Email Bonded at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Article Submission Page. You can follow Bonded on Instagram and Twitter @bondedmag, and at Facebook.com/bondedmag.
The Columbia Bride Guide is the Capital City's first and only one-stop-shop for all things wedding in the midlands. As a comprehensive resource and concierge service, we aim to help vendors get seen, and brides to find the perfect vendors for their wedding day! The Bride Guide's founders plan events from California to NYC, but call Columbia home. With decades in the industry behind them, they're bringing their expertise here to make the wedding planning process smooth, enjoyable and unforgettable for our local brides! Follow along as they share some of their behind the scenes wisdom and personal experience for anyone planning, or attending, an upcoming wedding!
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.
Being a parent doesn't mean the fun is over. Follow Jessica and her family as they explore Columbia's family-friendly offerings. She hopes her adventures will spark your interest to get out more and try something new. When she isn't writing for One Little Spark, Jessica is likely planning the next family outing, trying a new recipe or daydreaming about some entrepreneurial venture. Jessica's interests include art, music, film, pop culture, vegetarianism, travel, espresso and hot yoga. You can also follow Jessica on Twitter, @jesslathren.
Bryan Caskey grew up in Columbia and is a local lawyer. In addition to practicing law, Bryan enjoys blogging about all things Southern. From local events to tips and tricks on being the modern Southern Man, Bryan blogs about everything from bourbon to boots to SEC football and bird hunting. You can often find him around Columbia at various watering holes with a frosty beverage, the Courthouse during the work-week or at a Gamecock football game on Saturdays in the fall. You can read Bryan’s blog at www.permanentpress.blogspot.com or follow him on Twitter at @BryanCaskey.
An english major and an engineer walk into a bar. There could be a very bad joke and a chorus of crickets that follow --or as it turns out, the uncanny mix could be just what the city ordered. Best friends and Quench Natural Beauty Boutique co-founders, Jessica Boyd and Maureen Ochola, are on a mission to redefine beauty in South Carolina's "Famously Hot" capital city. In the Summer of 2014, they'll be opening Columbia's first specialty beauty supply store for more than 53,000 people in the city with naturally afro-ethnic textured hair. And they're also the minds behind Miss Naturally Crowned Carolina, the city's first natural hair beauty pageant. They love what the future holds for themselves, their neighbors, and of course, the city they call home. Stay tuned on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @QuenchSC.
Julie Smith Turner is a long-time local who loves shining a light on the unique people, places and things that set Columbia apart. A graduate of Spring Valley High School and the University of South Carolina, Julie founded Wordsmith, a content strategy and copywriting business in 2011. While her heart belongs to her family of four, she also squeezes in lots of work for Satchel Ford Elementary School, the Columbia Design League, CreateAthon and, of course, cooks ridiculous amounts of bacon. For the protein, you know.
Megan Pinckney is a 20-something travel writer, lifestyle blogger, model, and retired beauty queen! She is a lover of the arts, dinner parties, and every single Mariah Carey song. Megan currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Township Auditorium and the Columbia City Ballet. She is also the coordinator of RPM’s Fantasy Camp, an affiliate of the Miss Universe Organization, which instills self-esteem and leadership skills in young girls. When she isn’t traveling the world, you can catch her cheering on her beloved Gamecocks at Williams-Brice. Follow her adventures at www.shadesofpinck.com or on Instagram @shadesofpinck.
Laura and her husband have been raising backyard birds since Columbia passed its chicken ordinance in June of 2010. They currently have three hens named Babs, Cookie, and Connie. When she isn't tending her miniature backyard farm, you can find Laura taking a yoga class, catching a rock show, or enjoying a good IPA. Follow her on Twitter at @sodacitychicken.
Anna Garrison Nemeth is a stay-at-home mom and freelance photographer and writer from Columbia, SC. Anna brings her experiences as a cancer survivor and world traveler to life through her photographs and writings. She believes that everything has a story just waiting to be told, and she is ready to bring that story to life. Anna can often be seen driving around Columbia, singing her heart out, as she heads off with her camera, ready to capture whatever catches her eye. And, if you look closely, you’ll see that she’s already working on the story to go along with it.
Cole Connor's first passion in life is music, and since moving to Columbia in 2013 from his hometown of Sumter, SC, he's earned a name for himself as an up and coming hip-hop artist, both solo and with the hip-hop collective, New Success Culture. Always focused on the next move, Cole strives to spread love and positivity through his work (no matter the outlet) and is thankful for the friends and family who encourage him to follow his dreams.Fig Columbia - Fig Backstage Pass
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