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Electricity – it’s one of the most important innovations in the history of humankind. It’s hard to imagine life without electricity, and for good reason. Nearly every aspect of our lives is affected by electricity in some form or fashion, from the way you wash your clothes to the effort you put in at work. From a residential standpoint, you need it to cook, clean, entertain, and live comfortably. For commercial purposes, electricity is used to power the computers needed to keep America moving. That’s why, when the electricity in your home or at your job is compromised, life grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, electrical problems are inevitable in today’s day and age. When the electricity in your home or commercial workspace fails, you need a quick, effective solution that will get your life back on track. And that, in a nutshell, is where L&M Electric, Inc. shines the brightest.

Our company was founded in 2009 by Roger Lee and John Mezzles. With a combined 46 years of electrical experience, the two entrepreneurs set out to create a company that offers quality workmanship and unparalleled service to all its builders and clients. Today, we are proud to have served South Carolina for nearly two decades as the premier electrician contractor in Columbia, SC. Our family-owned business specializes in both residential and commercial electrical work. Our highly-trained team has the experience and skills to handle any electrical issue, from minor panel breaker problems to large-scale industrial issues.

Despite winning numerous awards and recognitions in the Southeast, we don’t let our accolades go to our head. Our team is committed to providing effective, personalized electrical work for every one of our customers. We take pride in our ability to offer peace of mind to our customers when they need it most, and that’s exactly what we aim to provide to you too. We’re talking one-on-one service provided by a friendly, professional electrician. There are no corners cut, no hidden fees, and no excuses – only the highest quality work from the finest electricians in Columbia.

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What sets us apart from other electricians in Columbia, SC? It boils down to three reasons:
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service

As guests in your home, you won’t ever have to worry about a member of our team trying to sell you something you don’t need. Our job is to serve your electrical needs. You expect the highest quality electrical work in South Carolina, and that’s what we will provide.

Experienced, Affordable Electricians
Experienced, Affordable Electricians

You understand that the highest quality work requires fair compensation, but you’re not made of money. Our commitment is to offer affordable electric work at a price you’re satisfied paying.

Family Owned & Operated
Family Owned & Operated

We know that you are choosing L&M Electric for a reason. Unlike large corporations, we truly care about our customers. As a family business, serving you is personal for us. We stake our reputation on the quality of our work. As such, we are accountable and will always strive to deliver the service you have come to expect from our company.

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

At L&M Electric, we employ the brightest commercial and residential electricians in Columbia. Having electricians that specialize in both residential and commercial projects allow us to provide our customers with a wider range of services.

Our team fixes a broad range of electrical issues, but we have built our reputation on the following electric services:

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

Electrical Repairs

Every homeowner has to deal with an electrical component breaking or failing at some point. When that happens, you need a partner who can troubleshoot the problem and correct the issue efficiently and effectively. A few common problems that we help solve for our customers include:

  • Ceiling Fan Repair
  • Light Fixture Repair
  • Light Switch & Outlet Repair
  • Electrical Safety Inspection

Electrical Installations

Whether you have a new ceiling fan that needs to be installed or you have a new electrical outlet that you’d like added to your bedroom, L&M Electric is here to help. Our team installs quality solutions every day of the week – there’s no electrical installation job your residential electrician in Columbia, SC, can’t handle. Here is a glance at some of the installation projects that we complete for homeowners:

  • Smart Home Installation
  • Electric Car Charging Station Installation
  • Whole-Home Surge Protection Installation

Renovations and Remodeling

If you’re renovating or remodeling your home, you need a professional electrician on-hand to work to properly install your new electrical devices and systems. Our skilled electricians are happy to work with you or your remodeling consultant to install your lights and keep your home shining bright. Common renovation and remodeling jobs include:

  • Hot Tub Wiring
  • Kitchen Lighting Renovations
  • Finished Basement Electrical Wiring

New Construction Electrical Projects

Many new construction homeowners stress about having their electrical system wired from scratch. For us, it’s just another day on the job. If you’re building your dream home, don’t leave your electrical work to mediocre electricians. Trust L&M electric for reliable service and the highest quality electrical work in Columbia. A few new construction projects we handle are:

  • Breaker Panel Box Installation
  • Wiring for Backup Generator
  • Landscape Lighting Outdoors
  • Low Voltage Wiring

Your Residential Electrician in Columbia, SC

When you own a home, there’s something inherently fulfilling about taking care of your property and fixing issues that pop up over time. When it comes to electrical work, however, DIY projects can be dangerous. Electricity is an amazing innovation, but if you aren’t fully trained and licensed to handle such work, it’s best to leave it to the experts at L&M Electric. Your home’s safety is essential for you and your family. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that your home’s electrical system is operating correctly without any concerning problems.

With more than 60 years of combined experience as electricians, we are capable of troubleshooting and fixing a litany of electrical issues in your house. Keep reading to learn more about the most common electrical issues our customers report, along with some handy tips on how to remediate such problems.

Your Residential Electrician

Panel Breaker is Tripped

If you don’t have any power in your home, it might be time to check your electrical panel to see if there are any tripped breakers. If you spot a tripped breaker, try your best to switch it over to its original position. If you can’t, remember that some breakers need to be flipped to the “off” position before turning it back on. If you don’t have any luck, give our office a call. We’ll send a trained residential electrician in Columbia to your home to fix the problem on-site.

Panel Breaker is Tripped

Overhead Fan Stops Working

If you have an overhead fan in your living room or bedroom, you know how quickly it can accumulate dust. Most homeowners clean up using a rod duster. However, sometimes homeowners accidentally hit the fan direction switch when doing so. But, instead of flipping it “on” or “off,” they bump it into a limbo zone where neither direction is selected. When this happens, your overhead fan will not spin. If one of your fans stops working suddenly, this is one of the most common reasons why. If you’re sure you didn’t hit the fan direction switch, it could be an indication of a larger problem. In this case, call our office for a free phone consultation. We’ll troubleshoot with you over the phone and if necessary, send out an electrician.

Overhead Fan Stops Working

Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

If your home was built in the last 35 years, chances are it has two 20-amp circuits running to your kitchen countertop outlets. Newer homes will have three circuits. If you’re constantly tripping the breaker to your kitchen, it’s most likely because you have too many electrical devices connected to the same circuit. To help alleviate this problem, place appliances like coffee makers and toasters on two different circuits. That way, they can share the load.

At the end of the day, your home is your place of solitude and relaxation. But, when you have electrical issues in your home, things can quickly go from peaceful to problematic. Whether you’re renovating your home and need a new room wired for power or your panel breaker keeps giving your problems, L&M Electric is here to assist. If you have questions about an issue or need to schedule service, our team is ready to help answer your questions and coordinate the best time for a residential electrician to come to your home in Columbia.

Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

Tips to Save Money and Maintain Your Home’s Electrical Systems

Unlike some of our competitors, who are reluctant to provide any information that might prevent them from making a buck, L&M Electric is all about empowering our customers. If we can offer sound advice that will educate our clients and help them save money, we have no problem doing so. That’s why we have put together some helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your home’s most common electrical systems. Because, at the end of the day, a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your family’s safety.

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Install Surge Protectors

Intense lighting storms can cause powerful surges of electricity that ruin your home’s electrical appliances and amenities. Surge protectors installed at your electrical panel can help prevent these surges by grounding the electricity running through your home. They do so by directing it away from your electrical devices. This common solution is inexpensive, effective, and always a better choice than replacing expensive items like TVs and computers.

Examine Your Breaker Panel

Examine Your Breaker Panel

Breaker panels control the power to your home. When they go bad or are damaged, there’s a good chance that you will lose power to most of the rooms in your house. Open your breaker panel and keep a sharp eye out for signs of corrosion and rust. Double-check that each breaker you see flips on and off properly. If you notice corrosion or if the breaker switches won’t flip, it’s time to get in touch with a residential electrician in Columbia, SC, who can inspect your breaker panel and recommend upgrades if necessary.

Test Your GFIs

Test Your GFIs

GFIs, or Ground Fault Interrupters, are similar to surge protectors in that they prevent electrical damage from happening in your home. The primary job of a GFI is to prevent electrical shocks that happen during a ground fault. Because water is a conductor of electricity, GFIs should be installed anywhere that an outlet comes into contact with water. You should try to test your GFIs every month, if possible, to ensure that they are working correctly. When you look closely at your GFI, you will notice a “test” and a “reset” button. Hit the “test” button to trip the GFI outlet and then hit “reset” to restore power. If your outlet resets, your GFI is working as it should. If not, you need to replace your GFI outlet. Because electricity is involved, we recommend hiring a professional to install new GFIs in your home. That way, you know the job is done right.

Replace-Outdated-Light-Bulbs

Replace Outdated Light Bulbs

The right light bulb can add the perfect amount of ambiance to your home. Eventually, however, even the best light bulbs will need replacing. While they don’t need checking every month, it’s a good idea to inspect all your bulbs at the beginning of the year. If any of your bulbs are dead, you should replace them. You should also consider replacing bulbs that are incandescent with LED lights. LED light bulbs may cost more upfront but use less electricity and are more efficient over the long run.

Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

In terms of preventative maintenance, scheduling a safety inspection for your home’s electrical systems should be a high priority. These inspections will shine a light on the electrical features in your home that need to be fixed. Most modern electrical fires are caused by short circuit arcs, defective insulation, or broken wiring. An inspection conducted by a qualified electrician will help determine what needs to be fixed so you and your family stay safe in your home. Your inspector should cover your whole home and will examine common features such as:

  • Breakers
  • Fans
  • Exposed Wiring
  • Electrical Panels
  • Circuits
  • Switches
  • Outlets and More
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DELIVERING QUALITY ELECTRICAL SERVICE TO 5,000+ HOMES PER YEAR

he electrical system in your home brings it to life from the lights and appliances we use every day to the entertainment we all love and enjoy. You want an electrician that makes you feel safe while delivering the quality services you’re promised.

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Full-Service Electrical Work for Home and Business

Whether you need light switch services for your newly renovated home or need a generator installed at your commercial property, L&M Electric is here to serve you. Our team will get the job done right, so you can get back to loving your life in the Lowcountry.

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Latest News in Columbia

Changes coming to Columbia, SC businesses in 2022

The new year is bringing a few changes to the business world, and we think it should be your beeswax to be in-the-know about your business.Back in September, we created a business resource guide for Columbia entrepreneurs, and the new changes coming to the process of obtaining a business license will affect 8,500+ of Columbia businesses starting Jan. ...

The new year is bringing a few changes to the business world, and we think it should be your beeswax to be in-the-know about your business.

Back in September, we created a business resource guide for Columbia entrepreneurs, and the new changes coming to the process of obtaining a business license will affect 8,500+ of Columbia businesses starting Jan. 1, 2022.

These changes follow the Business License Tax Standardization Act from Sept. 23, 2020. The act’s goal is to create the same process for all taxing jurisdictions across the state, and Columbia’s Chamber of Commerce believes Act 176 will make the entire business license process easier.

For example, the current ordinance uses over 150 business codes, but under the new ordinance, this will be cut down to just nine rate classes.

This is all great, but what does it all mean?

All cities + towns must update their business license ordinance to comply with this law that standardizes everything from business year periods, renewal dates, and applications by the beginning of the year.

Though changes in business processes can seem overwhelming, there are many resources out there to help you stay on track + make sure you don’t miss any key steps.

After reading the new act, start here to see exactly what the new law requires. After reading through the requirements, walk through these seven steps The Municipal Association created to simplify this process for businesses.

For new businesses

If you’re looking to start a business, fill out the business license application and submit a copy of the application to each city or town that requires a business license where your company works.

For business renewals

The previous renewal date was April 1, but business owners now have until April 30 to apply for a 2022 license. Click on this resource for a statewide online portal for business license renewals.

Give thanks: These restaurants in Columbia, Lexington will open on Thanksgiving Day

Where to dine out -- or order in -- on Thanksgiving Day in the Columbia areaCOLUMBIA, S.C. — Don't have the time or the desire to cook this Thanksgiving? In addition to the usual fast-food chains and Chinese food spots, some local eateries WILL be serving up some form of Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday.Here is a list of restaurants in the Columbia area that will be open Thanksgiving Day. Note that some hours are shorter than normal and, if reservations are required, make them sooner than later to ensure a table will be th...

Where to dine out -- or order in -- on Thanksgiving Day in the Columbia area

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Don't have the time or the desire to cook this Thanksgiving? In addition to the usual fast-food chains and Chinese food spots, some local eateries WILL be serving up some form of Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday.

Here is a list of restaurants in the Columbia area that will be open Thanksgiving Day. Note that some hours are shorter than normal and, if reservations are required, make them sooner than later to ensure a table will be there for you.

British Bulldog Pub, 1220 Bower Parkway, Columbia — 4 p.m.- 10 p.m., thebritishbulldogpub.com

California Dreaming, 401 S. Main St., Columbia — 10:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.; dine-in reservations available, or order individual Thanksgiving dinners to go californiadreaming.rest

Carolina Ale House, 708 Lady St. and 277 Columbiana Drive, Columbia — 4 p.m.- midnight carolinaalehouse.com

Cola’s Restaurant, 1215 Assembly St., Columbia — noon- 8 p.m.; Special Thanksgiving menu available, reservations preferred colasrestaurant.com

Columbo’s Restaurant at DoubleTree, 2100 Bush River Road, Columbia — 10:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.; buffet, reservations required columbos.net

Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse, 1508 Main St., Columbia — 11:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.; reservations preferred cowboybraziliansteakhouse.com

Cracker Barrel locations — 6 a.m.- 9 p.m. Dine in or order Thanksgiving dinner to go crackerbarrel.com

Fatz Café, 942 East Main St., Lexington — 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. fatz.com

Golden Corral Buffet & Grill, 5300 Forest Dr., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dine-in or order to go. Complete holiday family meals are available, call for last-minute availability goldencorral.com

Halls Chophouse, 221 Main St., Suite 150, Columbia — 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.; limited walk-ins accepted, reservations are fully booked hallschophouse.com

Hampton Street Vineyard, 1207 Hampton Street, Columbia — noon- 8 p.m.; reservations preferred, last reservations for 6:15 p.m. hamptonstreetvineyard.com

Lizard’s Thicket — 6 a.m.- 5 p.m. Locations in Richland and Lexington counties will be serving up traditional meat-and-three lunch and dinners lizardsthicket.com

Old Mill Brewpub, 711 East Main St., Lexington — 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.; reservations preferred but walk-ins available oldmillbrewpub.net

Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse, 410 Columbiana Drive, Columbia — noon- 8 p.m., walk-ins accepted, reservations also available, or order to go rioz.com

Ruby Tuesday — Lexington and Columbia locations open 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. rubytuesday.com

Ruth’s Chris Steak House at the Hilton Hotel, 924-A Senate St. — noon- 9:30 p.m.; reservations preferred, bar and lounge walk-ins accepted; dress code is business casual (no gym clothes, tank tops, clothing with offensive graphics or language or exposed undergarments) ruthschris.com

The Grand, 1621 Main St., Columbia — 4:30 p.m.- midnight; special holiday menu, free lane rentals, pie flights and specialty cocktails; reservations facebook.com/events/

The Main Course, 1634 Main St., Columbia — 11:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. facebook.com/maincoursesc

Some fast-casual chains are opting to close on Thanksgiving Day. These include: Bonefish Grill, Bruegger’s Bagels, Chick-fil-A, Eggs Up Grill, Longhorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, and Zoe’s Kitchen.

Evenings of good cheer: Holiday events in the Midlands 2021

Things to do and places to be in the Columbia area during November and DecemberCOLUMBIA, S.C. — The holiday season is upon us and family and friends are coming together, some for the first time in years.While some may wish to stay indoors where it's cozy and warm, others may choose to venture outdoors to take in seasonal events. Here is a list of things to do and places to go in and around the Columbia area in November and December.Now through January 2, 2022: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D at ...

Things to do and places to be in the Columbia area during November and December

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The holiday season is upon us and family and friends are coming together, some for the first time in years.

While some may wish to stay indoors where it's cozy and warm, others may choose to venture outdoors to take in seasonal events. Here is a list of things to do and places to go in and around the Columbia area in November and December.

Now through January 2, 2022: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D at South Carolina State Museum, 301 Gervais St., Columbia. The 10-minute stop-motion animated story, plating in the Rev. Dr. Solomon Jackson Jr 4-D Theater, has been enhanced with 3-D visuals and 4-D effects such as rumbling seats and snow. While you're there, check out the 30-minute laser light show set to holiday music in the Museum's planetarium. More information at scmuseum.org

November 18: Vista Lights in Columbia, 5-9 p.m. More than 60 shops, galleries and restaurants will participate in this large, walkable open house event. Roast some marshmallows and sip hot chocolate and enjoy performances from local dance companies before the lighting of the Vista tree at the corner of Gervais and Lincoln streets at 7 p.m. Stick around after the tree lighting for live performances by Prettier than Matt and the Soda City Brass Band. Parking is free in the City of Columbia parking garage (behind Aloft Hotel) and at the South Carolina State Museum. There will be a trolley running from the museum to the intersection of Gervais and Gadsden streets from 6-10 p.m. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

November 19 through December 31: Holiday Tours of Columbia's Historic Homes. Walk through history and see and experience traditional decorations at the Robert Mills House and Hampton Preston Mansion in downtown Columbia. Tours offered at noon and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday, and admission tickets include both homes. Tickets are available at The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding St. or schedule a group tour by calling (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or emailing reservations@historiccolumbia.org. More information at HistoricColumbia.org

November 20 through December 30: Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo (select evenings, see calendar online). Come and check out Columbia's longest running holiday attraction that features animated LED Story Tree, Santa's Village, the Candy Cane Carousel, North Pole Express train ride, and treats such as S'mores and hot chocolate and more. Tickets are $12/adult and $10/child age 2-12; children younger than 2 get in free, some attractions may have an additional fee.

November 21: South Carolina Oyster Festival, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at The Historic Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding St. $10 per person to enter (children under 16 are admitted for free) then purchase steamed oysters by the bucket, oyster shooters, fried oysters and oyster gumbo. Not an oyster fan? There will be other food vendors -- and ice cold beer -- for sale as well. Bring your own chairs, blankets and oyster knives for an afternoon feast. More information at scoysterfest.com

November 21: Governor's Carolighting, 6 p.m. at north steps of the South Carolina State House. Now in its 55th year, the annual lighting of the state's official Christmas tree is something to behold. This year's tree is a 35-foot-tall sheared Concolor Fir (white fir) from Pinetum Christmas Tree Farm in Swanton, Maryland. The emcee of this year's event is Reverend Tony Foster of Restoration Worship Center in Greenwood. For those who would rather stay in, the event will be televised on South Carolina ETV.

November 25: 17th Annual Turkey Day 5K Run & Walk, rain or shine at Colonial Life Arena. Work up an appetite participating in the 5K Run, beginning at 8 a.m., or the 1K Family Walk, beginning at 8:15 a.m. The is the fundraising event of the year for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands. Learn more and register at midlands.begreat.club

November 25 through December 31: Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals, 6-10 p.m. Drive through millions of twinkling light displays or park and take part in Holiday Lights activities such as a hayride or train ride through the lights, slide down the Winter Wonder tube slide or take in a holiday-themed movie in the Environmental Center. Santa will be at the Shoals December 10-23 for photos and the Santa Claus'et Gift Shop will be open for sales, along with concessions and wine and beer. Tickets are per vehicle -- $25/car; $50/12-15 passenger van, truck with trailer and limousines; $75/16-or-more passenger bus; credit card transactions add a $3 fee. More information and complete Holiday Lights activity program at icrc.net/event/holiday-lights-river

November 30: Sweet Seasons in Forest Acres, events begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Forest Park Shopping Center (Lowes Foods) parking lot at 4711 Forest Dr. with free activities for the kids before the official tree lighting at 6:15 p.m. and a concert by the Root Doctors at 7 p.m. Get your photo made with Santa Claus!

December 2: Cayce Christmas Drive Thru, 6-8 p.m. at Cayce City Hall, 1800 12th St. The Woman's Club of Cayce sponsors this event that features thousands of light displays, live musical performances and a visit from Santa Claus. Bring canned food for donation to Cayce Cares food drive for God's Helping Hands and the Scooter Scott project.

December 2-5: Junior League of Columbia Holiday Market, 9:30 a.m.-5 p..m. Thursday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday at South Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Dr. Approximately 170 vendors will be on site, making it easy for you to find that perfect holiday gift. Come back on Sunday for Sundaes with Santa and have your picture taken with the Jolly Old Elf. This is the Junior League of Columbia's big fundraising event. Tickets on sale now at jlcolumbia.org

December 3: Carols Along the Riverwalk, 6-8 p.m. Local church choirs and musicians perform along the first half-mile of the Cayce Riverwalk in this reverse-caroling event. The music begins at the N Avenue Entrance at 201 N Ave., at the intersection of Axtell and N. Park at Brookland Cayce High School and take the free trolley ride to and from the Riverwalk.

December 3: City of West Columbia 17th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, 6:30 p.m. at West Columbia City Hall, 200 N 12th St. This truly community celebration features caroling and recognition of the winners of the West Columbia elementary schools' "What Christmas Means to Me" essay contest before the official lighting of the tree. Following the tree lighting, there will be a reception at the New Brookland Room in West Columbia City Hall featuring refreshments from local restaurants, organizations and businesses.

December 3: Town of Lexington Tree Lighting and a Movie, 6:30 -10 pm. at Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 West Main, Lexington. Sing carols, get your picture taken with Santa and see the tree lighting then stick around to watch "The Muppet Christmas Carol" at 7:30 p.m. More at lexsc.com

December 4: Cayce Historical Museum's Annual Christmas Traditions Open House, 6-9 p.m. at 1800 12th Street, Cayce. Come and experience what it must have been like to celebrate the holidays in the 18th century. Enjoy live entertainment, refreshments and docents in period attire.

December 4: Town of Lexington Snowball Festival Carnival, 1-5 p.m. for the festival, 6 p.m. for the viewing of "The Grinch Movie" at Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 West Main, Lexington. More at lexsc.com

December 4: Lake Murray's Christmas Light Boat Parade, 4:30-8 p.m. at the Lexington Dam Park Site. Enjoy caroling and local DJs when the gates open at 4:30 p.m.. Boat parade starts at 6 p.m. with a fireworks finale.

December 4-26: Carolina Lights at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds. 6-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

December 11: South Congaree Holiday Parade, 10 a.m. The parade starts at 119 West Berry Rd.

December 11: Holiday Parade of Lights -- Christmas in Cayce, 5:30-7:30 p.m. This parade is South Carolina's only nighttime parade. The route starts at Cayce Municipal Complex, 1006 12th St., and ends at the corner of Hwy 1 and 12th St. in West Columbia. This is a community participation event, you can register to ride in the parade by November 23 at the Cayce Chamber of Commerce ($25 registration fee). A very popular parade, the Holiday Parade of Lights has drawn crowds of over 20,000 in years past.

Miracle on Main pop-up in Columbia, SC

Once a year, some believe a man in a red suit + jolly belly flies around the world in one night to bring toys.Well, consider this Columbia’s bag of toys because tomorrow, all over the world, Miracle Pop-up — a Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar — will be opening its doors and welcoming festive-feeling-seekers.Let us take a...

Once a year, some believe a man in a red suit + jolly belly flies around the world in one night to bring toys.

Well, consider this Columbia’s bag of toys because tomorrow, all over the world, Miracle Pop-up a Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar — will be opening its doors and welcoming festive-feeling-seekers.

Let us take a step back and get cozy while we tell you a holiday story:

Once upon a time there was a Main Street restaurant called Main Street Public House. Because of the pandemic, it had to close its doors, and citizens were left wondering what the restaurant would turn into.

That same day they heard some news that would lift their spirits with the promise of not only a new business coming soon, but a Miracle.

Starting tomorrow through Dec. 31 at 1156 Main St. from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Soda Citizens can experience an explosion of holiday decor, lights, cocktails, themed nights, Santa sightings, and tinsel.

But what happens after December 31?

Not to worry, Starting Jan. 1, 2022, the holiday decor will come down, and 1920s decor will go up to accompany the award-winning cocktail bar expanding from Charleston, Prohibition. It will focus on customized cocktails + whiskeys.

In the end, Prohibition is coming soon, and Soda Citizens joined thousands of others all over the world in a holiday celebration in the form of a Miracle.

If you can’t make it tomorrow for the grand opening, we are going to take a first look inside of Miracle on Main + will be posting about it on our Instagram. Follow along to get a peek inside.

The End. Just kidding. Take a look at those buttons below. If you’re not a grinch, you’ll know what to do.

Thanksgiving travel expected to near pre-pandemic levels in South Carolina, AAA and CAE officials say

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - With Thanksgiving around the corner, hundreds of thousands of South Carolinians will be taking to the sky or hitting the road to visit family for the holiday, and officials expect both air and car travel to near pre-pandemic levels.According to projections from the American Automobile Association (AAA), nearly 753,000 South Carolinians will be...

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - With Thanksgiving around the corner, hundreds of thousands of South Carolinians will be taking to the sky or hitting the road to visit family for the holiday, and officials expect both air and car travel to near pre-pandemic levels.

According to projections from the American Automobile Association (AAA), nearly 753,000 South Carolinians will be traveling for this week’s holiday, either by plane, car or train.

If this travel figure holds, it would be just two percent below pre-pandemic 2019 levels.

Kim Crafton, Director of Marketing and Air Service Development at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE), said this tracks with air travel projections in the Midlands. She said last year’s drop in holiday travelers was the exception, and anticipates demand will rise again this year.

“I think if people haven’t traveled in awhile with COVID or just being not sure or comfortable traveling and they’re getting back to traveling, please know that there will be an increase of people through the airport,” she said. “They need to come early, two hours is what we are recommending for people to get to the airport as well just pack your patience.”

Total passenger traffic at CAE through the end of October was more than 702,000. For context, around 1,008,000 passengers traveled through this airport through the end of September in 2019.

Nationwide, AAA projects more than 53 million Americans will travel this week, up 13 percent from last year and within 5 percent of pre-pandemic levels.

Of the statewide Thanksgiving-week travelers, AAA anticipates more than 53,000 will fly.

Darien Chase flew to CAE from Maryland to see his brother’s Army graduation from Fort Jackson. The Chase family will be together for the first time in nearly six months.

“It brings a lot of joy,” Chase said. “I haven’t seen him in awhile. And especially on a holiday like Thanksgiving, you get to really sit down and say what you’re thankful for. And I’m really thankful for my brother.”

According to AAA, around 678,000 South Carolinians will travel for Thanksgiving by car.

According to Gasbuddy, which tracks gas prices daily, Columbia gas prices are averaging $3.02 per gallon on Monday, November 22. This is 2.5 cents lower than a week ago, and 6.9 cents lower than a month ago.

Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, said this recent drop in prices can be attributed to a recent drop in oil prices from their $85 per barrel peak.

“While there’s reason to be optimistic that the peak of gas prices will soon be behind us, the decline in the price of oil is likely reflecting the possibility of a coordinated global release of oil from strategic reserves,” he said. “If that doesn’t happen, oil could again rally. However, with Covid cases on the rise again reducing global demand, it does seem the most likely outcome will be a drop in gas prices that could last several weeks.”

However, AAA reports that gas prices statewide are still the highest they’ve been since 2013.

Beth Padgett said the high gas prices are not deterring her from driving more than seven hours to Nashville to spend the holiday with two of her children.

“We spent Thanksgiving in Nashville two years ago, didn’t get to do it last year because of COVID so we’re ready to get back,” she said. “Since our children moved up there, it’s cost less than $100 in gas to make the trip, but that won’t be the case this year. I was adding it up in my head the other day and I’m thinking we’re going to spend over $150 on gas probably.”

If you’re hitting the road, AAA suggests checking to see if your vehicle needs service before your trip. They anticipate responding to more than 400,000 nationwide calls for help over the holiday weekend.

CAE officials are reminding travelers of the federal face mask requirement for airports, onboard commercial aircraft. This was recently extended by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) through January 18, 2022.

Crafton encourages those traveling through CAE to follow the airport’s social media pages, which provide “information to the travelers to ensure that their entire travel journey is as easy as possible.”

In a new offering this holiday season, CAE is giving local families the opportunity to take their children to meet Santa at the airport. This will be held on Sunday November 28 and Sunday December 5 from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m.

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