Crafty Feast Brings Southeastern Artisans


Sub Station II, the neighborhood sandwich shop that is larger than you think, has been on the move in 2018. Most recently, in late November, a franchise was opened at 2015 Devine St., in the former Jimmy John’s.

The company doesn’t necessarily look for former sandwich shops to open in, but it is easier.

“It’s more affordable to take over existing structures, so if we can find that and do a minor refresh it makes life easier,” says Sandi Corbett, president of Sub Station II.

Also in Columbia is the franchise’s new downtown headquarters, where they moved from Sumter earlier this year.

“We’ve been based in Sumter since 1975 because the original founder had such a fondness for Sumter,” says Corbett. “Some of us younger team members thought Columbia would be better for accessibility, training and visibility.”

She cites the convenience of the multiple interstates and airports as reasons, as well as the proximity to their two training locations in Lexington.

Sub Station II franchises are also located in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky and the company is planning to continue its growth. A complete list of Sub Station IIs and a full menu can be viewed at

Triple T Party

Tacos, tequila, and tacky sweaters … what more could anyone ask for during the holiday season? Free Times is once again hosting the sweater soiree that shakes it up with a Tex-Mex vibe during the hors d’oeuvres heavy holiday season on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 7-11 p.m. at 701 Whaley.

For the tequila, there will be custom margaritas, sangria, and a premium tequila tasting featuring Casa Noble Crystal, Reposado, and Anejo tequilas. Tecate and Dos Equis beers will be available for those who fear the tequila hangover … or try the Night Train cold brew coffee liqueur nightcap to stave it off.

Tacos will be available from several local restaurants, in a variety of fillings.

As for the tacky sweater, bring your most festively atrocious knitwear. A dance party will break out from 7-8 p.m. and finally, live music from Glow Co. will round out the evening. Tickets are $45 per person at and include unlimited tacos, drinks and tackiness.

Feast on Crafts

Crafty Feast, a huge indoor indie craft show, will pop back up for the 10th year on Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center from noon-6 p.m.

Several of the 100+ vendors make edible crafts for gifts or one’s self. Among the food vendors are Adams Apple Eatables, Humble Roots, One Screw Loose/Wild Grown, Two Brothers Jerky, Big Daddy Biscuits, and Orijin Tea and Co. Adjacent to food are the hundreds of kitchenware items that will be for sale at the show. Admission is $3 for those over the age of 3. See more about the vendors and the show at

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