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You might have already heard some rumblings about a new state law that has gone into effect as of May 15th of this year. Known as the South Carolina Temporary Tag law, this is a very important piece of legislature for the automotive industry in the area. It’s going to make a lot of positive changes for automotive dealerships, law enforcement and more while hardly affecting car shoppers in any additional way beyond what your temporary paper tags cause now. (more…)
Are you ready for 10,000 pounds of fresh Louisiana crawfish? We are, and so are a lot of folks here in Columbia SC as we’re getting ready for the annual Rosewood Crawfish Festival. While crawfish is obviously the focal point of the festival, there are all sorts of stuff to get excited about, like live music, the crawdaddy dash, arts & crafts, family fun and so much more. Read on for more information about the festival, and we hope to see you there! (more…)
This weekend is the St. Pat’s in Five Points festival! Over 45,000 people will head into Columbia to celebrate the holiday with some of the hottest bands and musicians around, and you can be there too! General admission tickets are just $20, and you get access to a ton of great fun and music! You’ll get the same stuff by buying a ticket on the day of, but you’ll spend $5 more. With five stages of incredible music, we thought you might be curious what the band lineup for the St. Patrick’s Day festival is, so check out the listing below! (more…)
Best Sports Bars in Columbia SC
Football is back, and for many of us here in Columbia, that means cheering on our beloved Gamecocks. Despite the ups and downs from year to year, there’s nothing quite like a Saturday afternoon or evening of watching college football in a bar surrounded by other like-minded people. Where can you go to watch the games, though? Check out some of the best sports bars in Columbia SC! (more…)
2018 4th of July Fireworks and Events in Columbia SC
It’s here! America’s birthday is always a fun time to celebrate with friends and family as we honor our country’s history and quest for independence. Lighting off fireworks is a tradition that hasn’t ceased to impress, and we’re excited to see what comes of them heading into Independence Day 2018. Take a look at some of the 2018 4th of July fireworks and events happening in Columbia SC! (more…)
Best places to get Father’s Day 2018 brunch near Columbia SC
The Father’s Day holiday is on its way! Take Dad out for a great meal this holiday. There are many great brunch places in the Columbia area that would make a great Father’s Day destination. Check out our list of best places to get Father’s Day 2018 brunch near Columbia SC. (more…)
You know it’s time for spring in Columbia when the last freeze has finally passed and your memories of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities start to fade. Your flowers, that you decided to plant when it was 80 degrees outside, didn’t quite make it to spring, but that doesn’t squash your excitement for all the spring events that come with warmer weather. Whether you are interested in food, fitness, or just plain fun, get out your calendar and start saving the dates for these spring events in Columbia.
Festivals for Everyone
Tartan Day South
From Celtic music to classic British cars, the Tartan Day South Highland Games and Celtic Festival on Saturday, March 24th has a lot to offer for all ages. Grab some traditional food and drink and cruise over to watch the sheep dog herding, archery, swordplay, or the Quidditch tournament. Gates at the Historic Columbia Speedway open at 8:30am and you could easily spend all day enjoying the variety of activities, vendors, and presentations. Just remember to bring cash for parking and tickets if you aren’t buying online. Kids 12 and under are free.
Soda City Fitness Festival
Make your way downtown for the 2nd Annual Soda City Fitness Festival on Saturday, March 31st. Not only is this festival free, but it helps raise money for Camp MATES, a nonprofit sports, social skills and nutrition camp for kids with autism and other developmental disabilities. There will be 30 minute workouts provided by Rooted in Wellbeing yoga, barre3, Orangetheory Fitness Columbia, and many more in Boyd Plaza. Once you’ve broken a sweat, grab some yummy food from Rosewood Market and Deli Primal Gourmet and check out the 20+ fitness and wellness vendors lining Hampton Street.
Food and Wine Festival
For the first time ever, Columbia is hosting a Food and Wine Festival on Sunday, April 15th starting at 11am on Saluda Avenue in Five Points. There will be 40+ restaurants and over 25 beverage stations. From established restaurants like Motor Supply and Mr. Friendly’s to newbies like The Grand on Main and The War Mouth, chefs will be serving up delicious bites. Don’t miss out on the chef presentations and beverage seminars going on throughout the festival. The Soda City Brass Band will be performing while you make your way through all the amazing smells and sites. Tickets are available online through FreeTimes.
Save the Date for Spring Events
Springtime brings us out of hibernation and invites us to explore and enjoy events in our capital city. Get ready to explore Columbia this spring and save the date for all these exciting events. Here are some other events happening this spring:
March 31: Crawfish Boil at World of Beer
April 7: SC Taco Festival at Historic Columbia Speedway
April 12-15: Indie Grits Festival at Nickelodeon Theatre
April 14: World Famous Hip Hop Family Day at City Center on Main Street
Columbia International Festival at SC State Fairgrounds
River Rocks Festival on Williams Street
Soiree on State on State Street
April 21: Kinetic Derby Day on Meeting & State Streets
April 28: Back to the Roots Festival at City Roots
Taste of Africa Festival at Lake Carolina
As the flowers bloom and our winter coats get put away, let’s enjoy what Columbia has to offer us this spring. And since you will be out and about driving to all these spring events, make sure you stop by Godwin Motors for your Spring Maintenance Check and let us know which event you are heading to next or one we need to add to the list.
With February already in full swing, you have probably seen your fair share of heart filled candy boxes and plush teddy bears. As Valentine’s Day approaches, we express and share our love with loved ones. But what if we shared some of that love with our community? That’s exactly what we, Godwin Motors, intend to do this month and throughout the year through the Autos for Opportunities program.
Autos for Opportunities Program
Godwin Motors has partnered with the Cooperative Ministry to help donate and bring awareness to their Autos for Opportunities program. The Autos for Opportunities program helps provide vehicles for those in need of transportation to and from work. They accept donated cars of any condition. Instead of trading your used vehicle, or going through the hassle of selling it yourself, consider Autos for Opportunities and forever change the life of someone in need. Help keep Midlands working poor employed. Your donated vehicle can be someone’s transportation to work or used to provide financial support for The Cooperative Ministry programs and services. When you donate, you may qualify for a tax write-off and pick up is free. You can find additional information at http://www.coopmin.org/how-we-help/c-a-r-community-auto-repository/ .
Helping Our Community
Think of the amazing impact one donated vehicle could have on someone in your community. Godwin Motors’ goal is to donate 6 cars to the Autos for Opportunities program this year. We will also co-host a free financial sustainability class on Saturday, April 28th. This class is open to the public and may answer questions you have about your own financial goals. Children are welcome and will have their own breakout session. Lunch will be provided. The Cooperative Ministry has more information on upcoming classes: http://www.coopmin.org/how-we-help/financing-your-future/ . We are so excited to partner with the Cooperative Ministry and help give back to Columbia. It’s important to us to share our love across the community and help bring awareness to programs that are close to our heart.
Beat the Heat with Kids in Columbia SC
Top Five Summer Activities
- Riverbanks Zoo Waterfall Junction – Splash Pad (Hadley’s favorite)
- Pelican’s Snoballs – The tastiest treats for the kid in all of us.
- SCE&G Beach at Lake Murray – Inland Beach and Picnic Area
- Maxcy Gregg Pool- All of the city pools are quite nice and not expensive.
- Richland County Libraries – No water activities, but plenty of AC and learning.
Luke Godwin – Owner – Godwin Motors, Inc – www.godwinmotors.com
If you have driven down West Beltline Blvd for the last 20 years you have seen a transformation. A once vital hub for New and Used Car stores has given way to demolished buildings, empty parking lots, and dilapidated showrooms. The anchor during this time has been Godwin Motors a 30 year old Columbia Independent Used Car dealership. Godwin Motors original location is 3932 W Beltline Blvd but on January 1 2012 they moved just down the street to 4032 W Beltline blvd rehabbing an old Nissan Dealership and transforming some 2.5 acres of real estate. Since then they have added a Car Rental company at the old location and a new 3600 ft2 car service facility.
Fast forward to February 15, 2016 and you will notice some new demolishing taken place and new construction on the horizon. The City of Columbia purchased 4011 West Beltline Blvd back in 2009, their plan all along was to build a new building and move the water and sewer departments to this location. This long awaited project is finally underway, the old buildings are down and the new building construction should start soon.
Edens Plaza a long standing shopping center of the Belvedere community welcomes the neighbor. Not only will the new water and sewer department bring new folks to the area for its ten or so shops, it will also clean up this half decade eye sore. Members of the Belvedere community look forward to the new construction and believe in is a positive step to revitalize this community and hopefully helping out with the crime. This development may seem like a small step but it is a step long needed on this major thoroughfare in the City of Columbia. This once great community has been overlooked by the City of Columbia for years but now will house one of its busiest departments.