The River District makes West Columbia a destination

Some of the members of The River District at their last monthly meeting.

The River District members began meeting in early 2015.

It is a collection of businesses – dining, retail and services – in the Vista area of West Columbia.

Its goal is to draw customers to the unique shops and attractive restaurants that populate an area from State Street to 12th Street.

River District Banner
River District banner to be placed on State and Meeting streets.

“We want to make it a destination. We want people to make a plan to come here to shop with us “ said Ruth Anderson. She and her husband, Scott Anderson, own Three Rivers Antiques. Anderson also said forming a cluster of businesses, in The River District, gives the members the opportunity to increase their reach and strength by working as a group, with the same end in mind.

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At their location at 615 Meeting Street, the Andersons, who held a grand opening in August, lease space to more than 20 dealers.

Cheryl Shute Walter owns Lake Murray Treasures and has space in the Three Rivers building. She deals in vintage clothing, jewelry and antiques. From Civil War era garb to retro 70s and 1940s swing time apparel, she has it. Walter moved to The River District in the early part of the summer from the Old Mill in Lexington.

“We outfit people for theme parties, young professionals and college students. They buy evening wear or they just like the style from a certain period,” Walter said. She said the clothing she sells classic.

“I had a young woman tell me she bought a dress and a hat she wore to the Preakness,” said Walter.

Martha Wise of White Rose Artisans Boutique, also on Meeting Street, is the president of The River District. The River District members meet monthly.

One of their projects is the placing of banners in the State and Meeting Street area that read: The River District, Shopping, Dining, Arts. The City of West Columbia is partnering with The river District to put up the banners to help identify the district.

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Cheryl Shute Walter owner of Lake Murray Treasures. She has space in the Three Rivers building on Meeting Street.

“Whatever we can do to bring attention to our shops and appeal to customers. We have a great product and we want to let as many people as possible know about how unique we are,” said Wise.

Wise also said its important to make sure the local clientele are aware of The River District, but attracting visitors from Columbia, and even regionally is a focus of the River District’s effort.

The River District Dining, Retail and Service businesses

Café Strudel

Antique Mall 763

Again & Again

Armory Auction House

Best Mattress Company

Gallery West

Frame of Mind

It’s The Little Things Antiques

McGee Auction Gallery

The Marketplace on Meeting

Meeting St Interiors

Old Mill Antique Mall

Outdoor Wood Inc

Plantshop at Old Mill

Three Rivers Antiques

Westend Interiors

White Rose Crossing

Beckett Financial

Gardener Guides

McGee Real Estate

Sightlers Florist at the Marketplace


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Walker & Company

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