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New shops and expansion continue boost in business activity at Village at Sandhill

Natural Wigs

Natural Wigs is a new retailer in the Village at Sandhill in Northeast Richland. Mike Fitts/Staff

COLUMBIA — Four more businesses have moved into Northeast Richland's Village at Sandhill with another expanding, continuing to bring new tenants into the open-air shopping and residential center.

Leslie Cariens has just moved her business, Natural Wigs, from a Broad River Road retail strip into the central corridor of the village. 

Cariens was looking to move to the Northeast and said she found the most attractive retail space available in the area to be in the village, far nicer than her previous space. 

Her business helps people who need wigs to wear on a long-term basis. Most of her customers are referred to her because they are suffering from alopecia or undergoing treatment for cancer, she said.

Walk-in customers are not a big part of the business. She still decided to take an already well-decorated shop space in the center of the village.

"It's like a boutique," Cariens said.

Natural Wigs, which will hold a grand opening July 2, is just one of the latest batch of additional tenants to come to the village.

Other businesses coming soon or adding space, according to Bobby Balboni of NAI Columbia real estate, include:

  • A new location of sandwich shop chain Sub Station II.
  • Dessert and Tea, a shop featuring sweets and bubble tea.
  • A new beauty supply store, which has not been identified.
  • An expansion of Esther's Soul Food restaurant, which will take over additional nearby space that can be used to host events.

Several other new tenants for the village are likely to be announced soon, Balboni said. 

The shopping complex has continued to rebuild its base of retail tenants by adding small businesses. For years, it struggled to make deals after being tangled in bankruptcy proceedings that made it difficult to reach terms on new leases, Patrick Palmer of NAI Columbia has said. 

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