Between the Broad River, Elmwood Avenue, and Bull Street lie some of Columbia’s most historic districts. Earlewood, Elmwood, and Cottontown have been peaceful neighborhoods for more than a century. Their tree-lined, pedestrian-friendly streets are ideal for young families and professionals, while their commitment to preservation has endeared them to greater Columbia. NOMA stands for North Main.
West of Main Street you have Earlewood and Elmwood, which personify the spirit of the South. Large oaks arch over quiet streets. Colorful houses sit behind lush yards and white picket fences. Residents take care of their aging properties, maintaining the architecture that makes them unique. As a result, these quaint neighborhoods have kept their charm.
On the east side of Main Street, you have Cottontown and the BullStreet District. Cottontown- formally known as Bellevue- has seen a business boom in recent years, particularly on Franklin Street and Sumter Street. Among these newcomers are the eclectic restaurant The Warmouth, whose rotating menu features a unique take on Southern cuisine, micro-brewery and beer garden Cottontown Brew Lab, and the always hoppin’ Indah Coffee, who roast their own beans! Each of these locales often host public events, and offer a more relaxed atmosphere than their counterparts in the Vista and on Main Street.
The BullStreet District is a bit removed from the other three neighborhoods, but is similarly going through a significant rebuild that will transform it into one of the city’s main attractions. Although it has a long way to go before the project is complete, the developers have already opened a few great venues. Bone-in Barbecue, run by Chef Scott Hall, serves up some of the best ‘cue in town. The Columbia Fireflies’ stadium Segra Park draws in crowds every week. The Central Energy Event Venue is a repurposed steam plant that hosts rockin’ parties and events. Soon-to-come is New Park, a 20-acre park that will feature a 2-acre pond, and over 2,000 feet of the Smith Branch Creek!
Whether you’re in Elmwood, Earlewood, Cottontown, or BullStreet, you’re bound to find a perfect representation of Columbia in 2019; proudly historic, and trendy as can be.
New on the Scene
Citta del Cotone
c. November 2018
Quite literally “Cottontown” in Italian, this pizzeria serves up hand-made Neapolitan ‘za in a relaxed atmosphere. 2150 Sumter St.
REI Co-Op | Spring 2020
The BullStreet District has begun development on a 20,000 sq. ft. space for this popular outdoor retailer.
Active Senior Living | 2020
This intergenerational living community in the heart of BullStreet features private apartments, spacious common areas, and more!
Events + Activities
Historic Columbia’s Self-Guided Tour of Cottontown
Visit nearly 30 different sites, where you can learn about the history of one of Columbia’s oldest neighborhoods, and get a good workout while you’re at it! www.historiccolumbia.org
Kids’ Night with the Fireflies
Monday Home Games in May & June Take your little ones out to Segra Park during Monday home games, where kids eat FREE!
3rd Annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival
This free community event at Earlewood Park celebrates the emancipation of the last enslaved people in America. Music, food + drink, and an awards ceremony! Saturday, June 15th. 1113 Parkside Avenue
Earlewood Park Disc Golf
Test your “frolfing” skills at this 18-hole course in Earlewood Park! Move through towering oaks and trees, across creeks, and up hills on your way to a perfect score! 111 Parkside Avenue