Colorful spices on stone table

Colorful spices on stone table. Top view

Bayleaf Eclectic Indian Cuisine has quietly opened in the former M Space, bringing a blend of traditional Indian dishes with some special touches from owner and chef Pavan N. Reddy.

The menu is helpfully divided into vegetarian and non-vegetarian sections, with the meatless offerings rivaling the meat ones in both variety and quantity.

Bayleaf is located at 530 Lady St. and is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, with reservations available. See the full menu at

smallSUGAR is open

Sarah Simmons and Aaron Hoskins have opened their latest venture in the space formerly occupied by the Wired Goat in the Vista. smallSUGAR is touted as an all-day bakery that serves pastries, coffees, breakfast and light lunch with a focus on local ingredients. In fact, the name of the cafe comes from an heirloom pumpkin used for baking pies.

The café was soft-open for the last several weeks before opening with a fuller menu.

Looking for smallSUGAR? It’s not very visible from Gervais, as it’s located directly behind Newk’s at 709 Gervais St.

Axe Throwing Business Aims for Columbia

A new bar with a new activity is coming to Columbia’s Vista — axe throwing. Yes: booze and chunkin’ sharp hunks of metal through time and space in hopes that they stick into the nearest designated wall.

Craft Axe is setting up shop at 700 Gervais St., Suite B2, the former site of a string of piano bars, with approximately 14 axe throwing lanes, though construction is still in progress so some things may change, says Trent Larkins, marketing director for Craft Axe.

The company has several locations around the Southeast, the closest being in Greenville, which opened in March.

So what is throwing axes like?

“It’s like darts and bowling, because you have targets like in darts and lanes like in bowling,” Larkins says. “Axe throwing has been around for hundreds of years and we thought it would be good to bring to South Carolina; it fits the vibe.”

Through Craft Axe is still waiting on alcohol permits, they may open prior to that just to give Columbians the axe-throwing experience. As for the safety concerns, he says that they haven’t had any problems so far thanks to their trained “axeperts”.

The business is aiming for a mid-December opening.

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