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A passion for cuisine and a vision for a franchise is often the goal for restaurateurs. Any restaurateur can dream of the day when their ideas manifest, but only a few are lucky enough to see their dreams manifest physically. For the past two years, Slice of Columbia has exceeded expectations and maintained its success and consistency from the food it serves and the community it impacts. Located in Columbia, SC, Slice of Columbia is a Black-owned, family-run business that has remained a fan favorite in the metro area when it comes to traditional-style pizza. Garnet & Black sat down with the owner, Earl Cooper, to discuss what it’s like being a local business in Columbia while navigating the harsh waters of a global pandemic.
Online learning has changed our approach to education this semester. Lectures have been broadcasted, tests are being taken online, homework is never turned in on paper. So with the change in all of our coursework, why wouldn’t we change the way we prepare for our courses? It can be daunting to think of studying in your dorm room all day by yourself and Thomas Cooper Library has become a place where masks are mandatory. Coffee shops are a study option where you can enjoy a tasty drink and different atmosphere. The past two weeks, I have been doing my homework at local coffee shops and composed a list of different places to try if you ever need a break from your room.
The first time I visited A Peace of Soul Vegan Kitchen was this past June. Someone recommended the restaurant on Twitter in a thread of Black-owned businesses in Columbia, and I figured a Black-owned vegan spot was worth a try (even though I’m not a practicing vegan). As soon as I stepped foot inside the restaurant, I immediately knew I had made the right decision.
Illustration by Jensen Bernard
Like most of you, my acne first appeared when I was in middle school. However, mine was so bad I had to go to the dermatologist because over-the-counter products were ineffective. My dermatologist prescribed me Retin-A, a product targeting acne. After a few months, my skin was manageable and my acne became mild. However, college changed everything. Between eating too much Chick-fil-A (thanks, Russell House), becoming less active (walking up the Bull Street hill was not enough exercise), and dealing with new stressors, my skin regressed to how it was all those years ago. I was devastated because I naively thought that chapter in my life would be closed forever. As if things couldn't get any worse, my skin also stopped reacting to the Retin-A and other treatments my dermatologist prescribed.
Companies like Yelp and Trip Advisor give you the best of the best. Maybe it’s an unpopular opinion, but some of us don’t want to know the best places in a city, we want a more authentic experience. There are so many places that the internet won’t tell you about because only locals know about them. I’ve come to learn that especially in this city, University of South Carolina students and residents of Columbia definitely have better insight and advice than the internet.
Graphic by Emily Schoonover
Shaar-koo-tr-ee. Charcuterie. You’ve seen it on those trendy restaurant and bistro menus, you’ve seen it on that one chick’s foodie Instagram. But what the hell is it? Charcuterie itself refers to cold, cured meats. A charcuterie board, however, typically contains the meat along with cheese, bread and condiments.
Ah, the Globes.
What was once an elementary school craft is now one of the biggest trends of the 2019 spring season. From show to show, hints of tie dye have been making their way down runways, elevating the dying technique from elementary chic to high fashion. Everyone from Stella McCarthy to Prada are incorporating this trend in their collections. Tie dye has already made its way to fashion retailers, making it an easy trend to incorporate in your wardrobe. Whether pairing a tie dye hoodie with a printed flowy skirt or tie dye pants with a white tee, it's an simple staple for your spring/summer wardrobe.
Studying in a dorm or an apartment can be depressing with the harsh florescent lights and boring, generic desk lamps. Here are five easy solutions on how to show off your aesthetic while brightening up your space.