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Hope for the holidays

In the midst of holiday shopping, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce encourages our friends to consider the blessing of giving to others. There is no better time to become involved with a great cause such as Nancy’s Hope Thrift Store. “I felt there was an emptiness in the community,” said the store’s owner, Nancy Scott. […]

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Fall in Columbia

Fall is here, and we know we’re not the only ones grateful for cooler temperatures and the changing of the leaves. You know what else we’re excited for? Our Harvest Festifall is October 14-15! That means caramel apples, pumpkins, crafts and so much more! Don’t take our word for it. Check out what a few […]

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David Kelley Columbia State Park

People of Columbia: Meet David Kelley

If you’ve visited Columbia State Park, odds are you know David Kelley… or at least his face. The Columbia favorite is involved in California Statehood Day, the Glorious 4th of July Celebration, Native Sons of the Golden West, Quartz Mountain stagecoach rides and so much more. David says he likes to “try and be a […]

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Columbia Ladies

History Snapshot: Staying Cool in the Summer

Summer heat didn’t stop these Columbia ladies from enjoying the outdoors, and neither should it you! Here are just a few of your options for your next visit to Columbia: Stagecoach rides are open daily. Columbia Kate’s Teahouse has delightful, cool deserts. Grab a cold water or flavored frozen ice from Brown’s Coffee House. Or […]

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People of Columbia: Meet Kelly Leage

Meet Kelly Leage, Columbia’s State Park Interpreter since last July. That title is the fancy way of saying Special Event and Volunteer Coordinator. A Bit About Kelly: Kelly lived most of her life in San Luis Obispo County. There, she raised five children and for 17 years took one evening class each semester at a […]

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Business Highlight: The Farmory

This month’s featured business gets its name from the old armory that once stood next to the Columbia Airport. Arleen Fotiu opened the Farmory marketplace three years ago after running a successful grocery buying club. The market sells organic products at reasonable prices while offering a selling space for vendors such as Artemesia Herbals and […]

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History Snapshot: The St. Charles Saloon

The St. Charles Saloon was constructed in 1850 as a general merchandise store. Prior to the disastrous fire of 1854, it was purchased by Albert Alberding and reconstructed in brick. It subsequently withstood that fire and the ages since. The building has had a number of names and functions since then including: Alberding’s Saloon Darling’s […]

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Stay warm with these Columbia merchants

We’ve had quite the adventure with all this much-needed California rain, but the flooding has gone down in the park and our Columbia shops have the perfect remedy for the cold weather. Stop by. We’re open for regular business hours! Enjoy the rain by warm candle light. Glinda Wolverton at Seven Sisters Soap and Candle Company […]

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Columbia for last-minute gifts

Christmas is just over a week away! We know many of you began your holiday shopping months ago, but there is always room for last minute gifts and stocking stuffers. We invite you to enjoy a relaxing afternoon of old-fashioned Christmas decorations and a variety of boutique shops. Here is a sampling of what you may […]

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New Christmas Memories in Columbia

There’s nothing more charming than a visit to Columbia State Historic Park during the holidays. Over at Nelson’s Candy Kitchen, they’re making fresh candy canes. The decorations are up around town, and we’re ready for some yuletide cheer! Here are the upcoming events you won’t want to miss: LAMPLIGHT TOURS – December 2 and 3 […]

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