What does it mean when you shop locally in Columbia?
It means having a real conversation with a shop owner who knows their stuff and will share their expertise with you. It means you’ll find the right shade of paint or tile without having to pay added shipping. It means your regular lunch joint will always make sure you have extra pickles. And it means you’re supporting your neighbors and investing in our city.
We’re a mix of businesses here on The Loop. Some are brand names you’ll recognize and others are small mom-and-pop operations. But one thing we all share is that we’re putting in the hours so you get what you need with as little hassle as possible. No online “help” chats, no blurry website images, and no surprises when it arrives in the wrong shade of blue. Just real people, ready to help.
If you turn off the Business Loop onto Grand, you’ll notice a small park where children from all over the neighborhood come to play. The backdrop to their activities is a mural spanning the length of the park, designed and completed by the kids of Jabberwocky Studios and “dedicated to the people of this community.” […]
In the heart of the Business Loop, Sherry Hockman strolls through her 6,000 square foot store stocked with custom furniture, lighting, accessories, art, rugs, and gifts. The tables display collections of accent pieces and the sofas are adorned with pillows, some of which are designed to start a conversation and others to simply enliven a […]
For the last 50 years, one Loop business owner has made a name for himself as one of Columbia’s top flooring retailers. Mike Trittler owns Carpet One Floor & Home, situated on the corner of Business Loop and Grand. You've probably noticed the nice landscaping and the welcoming bench outside their front door. Mike started […]
Barnhouse’s Crazy Music operates at a steady tempo kept by the stream of customers that flows through the store each day. Most are regulars that the owner knows by name, but some are first time visitors eager to dive into the music world. Bill Barnhouse, the owner, and Joe Goforth run the store, and there […]