Company owner hopes NOMA store will serve as community center > Columbia Business Report

By Christina Lee Knauss

The owner of a new business on North Main Street wants to provide the neighborhood and the city of Columbia with space for everything from creating art to celebrating life events.

Irmo resident Ebony Livingston is the owner of Good Vibes Nibbles and Sips, which opened June 10 at 2510 Main St., Suite A, in the NOMA (meaning North Main) trestle neighborhood.

Livingston said his business will offer everything from a place where customers can enjoy a glass of wine while learning to paint from a local artist, to a space that can be rented for occasions ranging from business meetings to baby showers. .

“I love organizing events. I’ve done them in the past with my family, and now I’m going out to open this business and share what I love doing with other people in Colombia,” Livingston said. “I think there is a need for this type of place in this neighborhood and in Columbia. This will give an additional outlet to people nearby who want to come and have a good time without having to leave the city.

Good Vibes will offer a variety of events, from private painting events to daily public access where visitors can come in, relax and create their own works. The space will also be available for rental for individuals, groups and businesses.

Two of the flagship events offered by Good Vibes will be open bookings, where customers can select artwork to paint from a provided gallery, bring in any food or drink they wish, and then paint the provided supplies, including aprons, paint, pre-sketched canvases and brushes. . The company will also offer special painting events for children and larger events for adults. Livingston noted that large paint events are ideal for family reunions or corporate team-building events.

Columbia Mayor Daniel Rickenmann attended the Good Vibes launch event, along with members of the city council and other community leaders.

“North Main is the new corridor where investment is coming in, and it’s great to be able to open a small business like this where you can point to the Statehouse from the front door – there aren’t a lot of small companies with that kind of view,” Rickenmann said. “This is a company that will provide a lot of variety for people, whether they’re coming to ‘paint and sip’ or other events, and that’s a big plus. for the neighborhood.”

A particularly notable asset to the North Main area, said General Councilor Aditi Bussells, as it is minority and women-owned.

“It’s a place everyone comes to, whether you want to paint or need event space, space for meetings or a conference,” said Ashley White Bostick, Good Vibes project manager. “We want this to be a place for everyone in this neighborhood.”

Laura J. Boyer