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Biztalk: Coffee vendor prepares to open brick-and-mortar location

A new Sumter coffee vendor hopes his unique coffee blend and cozy atmosphere will make Sumterites feel right at home. Meet Jake Gray, owner of Colligo Coffee. Gray, a Texas native, originally came to Sumter to help a few friends move into their … more

SHE - See Her Empowered to hold 1st program for Sumter businesswomen

Businesswomen of Sumter and surrounding counties are invited to attend a morning of empowerment by listening to a panel of local female leaders. SHE - See Her Empowered will hold its first event since it was installed through the Greater Sumter … more

BizTalk: Kay Diamonds Master Thee Arts opens in Sumter with several dance styles available

Dance is defined as to "move rhythmically to music, typically following a set sequence of steps," but for a Sumter dance instructor, it is much more than that for her and her students. For Kaleigh Pearson, growing up and wanting to dance were a … more

Bank of Clarendon celebrates 90 years of community service, business, growth

All financial institutions intend to operate as a secure place to store earnings or apply for loans. In some cases, these businesses strive for a larger purpose. Bank of Clarendon is one of those institutions whose leaders see it as more than a … more

BizTalk: Bonanza Flea Market in Manning to move next door, adding square feet in 2023

After nearly a decade of being open, one Manning flea market owner is excited to share news surrounding the business. In 2013, Moira Kammerer and a friend started Bonanza Flea Market, but unfortunately because of health reasons, her friend had to … more

Local Black-owned businesses share journey, their advice with young entrepreneurs for Black Business Month

As Black Business Month comes to an end, local Black business owners encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs to work hard, dream big and remain humble. The roots of Black Business Month stems back to August 2004 when two Black … more

Inaugural Sumter Viewers' Choice Awards highlights local entrepreneurs, businesses

With high hopes and good intentions, one Sumter native put on an awards show to highlight local businesses, entrepreneurs and impressive residents in the city. David Dinkins, the organizer of the Sumter Viewers' Choice Awards, described … more

BizTalk: New look Zaxby's coming to Broad Street

Right now, it's several piles of dirt in the adjacent lot to Zaxby's on Broad Street, but come early next year it will be a redeveloped restaurant offering the restaurant's signature chicken fingers and sandwiches. A franchise management official … more

Regional job fair on tap for Sumter County Civic Center

More than 60 area employers, including leading manufacturers and health care groups, are scheduled to participate in an upcoming job fair on Sept. 7 at Sumter County Civic Center. A four-county regional agency based in Sumter, Santee-Lynches … more

Biztalk: Fisherman tackle, bait shop opens in Sumter

Fishing pros and average joes alike can now get their bait and tackle right in Sumter before heading to the lakes. William Griffith, owner of Hook'em Bait & Tackle, opened his shop at 561 Bultman Drive after realizing the need in the … more

Sumter farmer Bradford loses his signature watermelon crop for year

Farmers know "you can't win them all." That is local heirloom seedsman Nat Bradford's perspective after a lost crop of his popular and tasty watermelons. All the rain in the area during the first half of July essentially drowned his melons on … more

BizTalk: Selfie museum in Sumter offers 22 different worlds

To visit multiple worlds within an hour seems impossible, but one business in Sumter makes it happen. Xclusive Selfie World opened on July 23 for Sumterites to experience something new and exciting right at their back door. Owner duo Joshua … more

New Manning Chick-fil-A, 1 of 4 in tri-county, opens doors Thursday

Manning residents can finally munch on the famous chicken sandwiches, salads, waffle fries and milkshakes with the official opening of the city's first Chick-fil-A location on Paxville Highway. Chick-fil-A announced that the new location will … more

BizTalk: Collision, glass repair shop calls Sumter home for 1 year

With one year in the books under new ownership, the former John Harris Body Shop on Broad Street has gotten cozy with its new owner and name. Gerber Collision & Glass, a nationwide body repair shop, bought out John Harris Body Shop in Sumter and … more

BizTalk: Manning woman opens 2nd business, offers variety store with The Clumsy Frog

Angela Radcliffe is a double-business owner in Manning and wants to get even more involved in the business community. Radcliffe owns The Clumsy Frog Crafters and More, located at 31 N. Brooks St., and PuzzleMePieces Treasure Chest, 35 N. Brooks … more

BizTalk: Carolina Eatz serves up healthy brunch, meal prep in downtown Sumter

Through his keen eye for healthy living and his culinary skills, one 30-year-old chef hopes to make his food service's slogan "Health, Starts Here!" ring true in Sumter. At age 14, Owen Hallinan found a passion for helping others live a healthy … more

Sumter Comfort Keepers owner awarded President's Club award during California conference

The Sumter Comfort Keepers owner was honored with the President's Club Award, the top award for the worldwide company, in May.During a 2022 Comfort Keepers Leadership Connect conference in … more
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