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Happy 4th of July! Hope everyone is enjoying the day! Today’s favorites come from CVB Sales Manager, Gina Damico Landeck:

It’s Favorite Friday!  As much as I want to write this, I hate to think I’ll be moving away from this wonderful city in just a few weeks. But before I leave, I have compiled a personal top ten list of random things I’ll miss about Columbia.

Bangkok Gardens:

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Voted “Best Thai and Asian Food” by Inside Columbia Magazine for a reason. Hands down one of my favorite Thai restaurants of all times. I love sitting at the counter, eating pistachios while they cook my Phat See Eiu (Drunken Noodles, with Chicken, at a level 3 heat). They know what their customers want and they do it right.

Clip Joint South:

Being able to trust someone with your hair is very important to a lot of women. I met Staci Mains when I planned her wedding 2007 and was coloring my hair from a L’Oreal box. She told me to relax and let her do the work. She’s an Aveda color expert and I haven’t picked up another L’Oreal box since.

Tropical Liqueurs: 

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(Photo of South location)

Where else can you close your eyes and have a fruity frozen drink (other than a beach)? The downtown location’s remodel has really brightened the place up. I love to mix flavors, dine on their buttery popcorn and buy a half gallon of mix to bring home. One word: Yummy!

Columbia Mall Alterations: 

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Sue is the best kept secret in town. For us shorter folks who need a quick hem, Sue makes everything happen at a reasonable price. I first met Sue in the mall 8 years ago, near the Target wing. She has since moved across the street next to Apple Tree Quilting. Sue defines the American dream of providing for her family back in Vietnam and is proof that hard work pays off.

Noah’s Ark Animal Hospital: 

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Veterinarians are some of the most respected people on the planet. They care so deeply for our loved ones, and that’s why I love the husband and wife team over at Noah’s Ark. They even offered to come to our home when we couldn’t transport our dog to their clinic and made a donation in his honor when he passed. I can never forget that generosity and compassion as long as I live.

Women’s Health Associates: 

Again, another topic women can appreciate. The doctors and nurses of this practice understand and listen to the patient. I don’t have a general doctor so they answer all my questions, even those related to the common cold. Although I’m done having children, I would recommend Dr. Kevin Jones to every woman I know.

Daniel Boone Little League:

When my husband and I moved to Columbia we lived in a subdivision called Georgetown. Our street happened to back up to this amazing ball field complex. As we had our children, I knew that’s where I wanted them to play. There’s just something about the crack of the bat and the parents’ cheering that puts a smile on my face.

Columbia Performing Arts:

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This favorite relates to our children, or maybe the fact that I was a dancer in my youth. I enrolled our daughter into her first dance class at the age of 6. In two years, this prestigious arts centre has grown into 12 dance studios, and they now have their own 700 seat theater. They have an award-winning competition team, and 100% of all ticket sales for their May recitals go to local charities.

True/False Film Fest: 

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(Photo of 2014 True/False Parade “March March”)

I was one of the people who had heard about it but never went, UNTIL this year. Wow, did I miss out! Mark your calendars for March 5-8, 2015! These documentaries are unbelievable and raw. The producers, directors and subjects answer questions at the end of the screening, just like at the highly publicized Sundance Film Festival.  You will get a whole new perspective of certain topics, trends, beliefs and/or history.

My friends, my community:


(CVB staff members, left to right: Gina, Beth Mead, Terra Crane, Julie Ausmus)

The relationships I have made here are priceless. My co-workers past and present, my neighbors, my church family, my children’s teachers and daycare provider are just some of the people I’ll truly miss. The places are endless but the people are rare. I will treasure Columbia and visit frequently because it’s what you unexpect!