First Thursday on Main Street

First Thursday on Main

We recently became members of the Columbia Museum of Art and decided to try out First Thursday on Main this past Thursday. The restaurants and shops stay open a little later on the first Thursday of every month for this wonderful event to provide visitors with sales, samples and lots of live music. We started off by taking a self-guided tour of the Columbia Museum of Art and visited their gift shop.

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Then we popped over to the Good Life Cafe for some refreshing cold pressed juices and live music!

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Afterwards, we stopped in Nest. Nest is located in the Marriott and features a variety of locally made art and decor. This shop provides you with a taste of what is typically available at the Soda City Market on Saturdays.

We had a great time and can’t wait to try out some of the other activities and events that the Columbia Museum of Art has to offer!

We Want You!! Columbia Property Management is hiring.

We are looking for a self motivated, detailed oriented team member!  

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Leasing/Sales Agent position –

Seeking energetic and dynamic person who is interested in a career working for an established residential property management firm in Columbia, South Carolina.

Responsibilities include:

Primary office contact for rental prospects

Assists with marketing of properties

Responsible for coordinating property showings, answering property specific questions, explaining the application process and other company policies

Must schedule and maintain a calendar of appointments

Must maintain a detailed written record of appointments, inspections, etc.

Responsible for completing inspection reports

Participate in the on-call rotation for after-hours emergency calls

Skills needed:

Strong organizational an communication skills

Good time management ability and capable of being flexible

Enjoys working with a lot of different people and problem solving

Thrives in a team environment

Compensation and benefits offered:

Salary+Commission

Company car and cell phone-must maintain a clean driving record

Valid South Carolina Real Estate License

Opportunity to assist with sales for current and future property owners

Experience in residential sales/management is a plus

Health/401K benefits available

*More details available if this is a good fit for you. Please email resume and cover letter to Danielle@colapro.com 

Bundle Up

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One of our favorite tenants, Zee, knows the best way to stay warm is with a nap and a hat!

Good Morning!

 

Can you believe the year is almost over? Lots has happened at CPM this year, and we want to give back as a thank you to our great Community. Stay tuned for an update and how you can help later this month…we have serious business to attend to in the meantime.

We are expecting our first cold snap of the season, with freezing temperatures this weekend. Keep an eye on the temperatures as they continue to drop. We wanted to provide you with some tips on how to protect your property from frozen/burst pipes:

* Allow hot and cold faucets to drip during extreme cold weather as this can help prevent pipes from freezing up and bursting.

* If you open a faucet and no water comes out, this is a sign that your pipes are frozen and you will need to contact the office at (803)931-0044 or the after hours line (803)331-4469 for more information.

Disconnect any garden hoses from the hose bib as this will allow any built up water to freeze and freeze pipes going into the house.

*SCE&G suggests setting your thermostat at 68 degrees in the winter months as your heating systems will run more efficiently at this setting.

*If you will be away from your property for an extended period of time during the winter months, be careful how much you lower the heat. A lower temperature may save some on the heating bill but leaves the property susceptible to frozen pipes and heating system complications.

Thank you for your time and we hope that you find this information helpful. Stay warm!

 

We wanted in on the action-We moved!

We’ve been watching our tenants move comfortably from our offices for 10 years, so we thought we’d give it a try! You weren’t kidding…moving is tough!

It has officially been a week in our new office and we love it! Come by and check it out if you have not already we are right across the street from the old office 2712 Middleburg Drive Suite 101

 

In case you are a visual learner:mappic

Here are a few snap shots of the day:

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Strategy meeting 

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New conference room, temporarily CPM’s art gallery 

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We got a dishwasher!

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Anne and Danielle making important decisions. 

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Not one key was out of place!

Hurricane Matthew

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Due to inclement weather here is our obligatory hurricane post:

In order to prepare for the upcoming storm this weekend with windy conditions and possible flooding rain fall, we have provided some helpful tips to keep you, your belongings, and your property safe.  We advise you to take precautions with outside lawn furniture, decorative items, grills or anything not heavy enough to withstand the wind gusts.

To Email (Non-Emergency):

  • We ask that you email Gayle Armstrong  to notify her of minor roof leaks, fallen branches and/or trees, or damages which are not of an emergency status, but will need attention when the storm subsides.  Also, please attach a picture with your email, if possible.  *Keep in mind, a roofer cannot fix the leak while it is raining.

 

To Call (Emergency):

  • In the event of an emergency call the  on-call phone (803) 331-4469
  •  Call 911 if you feel the situation renders immediate assistance or is life threatening.
  • If you lose electricity, please contact South Carolina Electric & Gas Company at 1-800-251-7234.

 

Back to our regularly scheduled programming…

Our food drive benefiting Harvest Hope Food Bank has come to a close. Thanks to our generous tenants and owners we killed it, and came incredibly close to reaching our goal!

All in all ColaPro is happy to report we put a major dent in hunger in the Midlands!

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No donation was too big or too small!

 

It was always a nice surprise to come in and see what people had left. In case you cant tell that is Campbell’s Tomato Soup front and center there. Who does not love a bowl of that in the winter??

 

 

Speaking of winter…the cold has finally set in around Columbia and it is here to stay. Just a few reminders for the cold season. Keep your faucets dripping at night when the temperature hangs around the mid to low 20’s. **Do not forget about your exterior faucets like the spigot in your yard (what your hose connects to).

~Ferris

Good Samaritan Update

As Ansley, our favorite NYC gal, last mentioned we are holding a food drive to help fight hunger in the Midlands. It has been a little over 10 days and we have already filled one box!

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Don’t worry we have plenty of boxes!

 

 

 

A huge thank you from the whole office to all of our amazing tenants and owners who have helped thus far!

We still have a long way to go to reach our 2,500 item goal so keep it coming!

PSA: Rent is due on the 1st…stay tuned for an update.

 

 

It will be just me from here on out, but don’t worry, I’ll make sure you are in the loop on all things ColaPro. With the change in the weather I will be in touch with tips and all kinds of exciting stuff! But, I will leave the forecasting to the experts…I always call for snow days.

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This is me! Recognizable with or without shades.

 

CPM Gives Back to the Community

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CPM is proud to help fight hunger in our community.  To show our support, we will be holding a food drive starting on November 2 – December 31 benefiting Harvest Hope Food Bank.  A box will be set up at the front of our office where non-perishable food items can be dropped off.   Our goal is to be able to donate 2,500 items to Harvest Hope Food Bank just in time for the new year!

Please help us fight hunger and donate, any and all donations are appreciated!  For more information about the great work that Harvest Hope Food Bank does in our community, check out their website by following this link http://www.harvesthope.org

On another note, I did want to say that unfortunately this will be my last Blog post as one of your CPM representatives.  It’s been a great ride however with a recent relocation it makes sense that the torch so to speak should be passed to none other than our main girl Ferris! (Can I get a woop woop?!?)  Ferris will do a great job and I know you will love hearing what she’s got to say!

~Ansley

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Goodbye LivinLaVidaCola, it’s been a pleasure!

Columbia Strong

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Picture of Forest Drive in Columbia, SC

We decided to go out of order on the blogs this week in order to address what’s been going on in our city.  As I’m typing this post I don’t even know where to begin….Columbia has experienced devastation from the floods and storms this past week unlike we’ve ever seen leaving in it’s aftermath many families without food, shelter, homes and peace of mind.  For those of you in need of government assistance, please contact FEMA by using this link: http://www.disasterassistance.gov/  They will be able to help with medical, food, housing, etc.

As our great city deals with this tragedy we know that Columbia will pull through.  The outpouring of help and love from our community has been and continues to be amazing.  From neighbors housing other neighbors, from residents with boats pitching in to help others vacate the flood and from family and friends and our community joining together to help clean up this mess,  the examples of love and strength are overwhelming. These are the stories that make you believe in humanity and these are the stories that really do make it hard to fathom exactly what has and is still happening in our city.

For many, the weeks and months ahead will be difficult ones however we do know that with the support of our community Columbia will get through this.  We are COLUMBIA STRONG!

Tour de Columbia…Our Staff Favorites: Forest Acres

Here are a few of our favorite things about Forest Acres.

Lillians SaladLillian’s –  CPM’s overall favorite lunch spot.  They have a killer salad with the most delicious dill dressing ever tasted and top it off with fresh grilled chicken.  Yumm I’m drooling just typing this post!  Need a meal to go? They also have a variety of frozen pre-made casseroles that you can take with you to go! http://www.lilliansofcolumbia.com

Cottage and Vine

Cottage and Vine – Located off Forest Dr., this is a great place to pick up a present or a little something for yourself :).  This store offers a variety of unique gift options ranging from jewelry to tableware to linens to really cool art.  Be sure to check it out……..you will not regret it!

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Scout and Molly’s – An awesome little clothing boutique located in Trenholm Plaza.  Whether you need a new pair of dark denims or a statement necklace for the next football game, they have a lot of options and you can always find something to bring home!  Be sure to check out their website at http://www.scoutandmollys.com.

Forest Lake Garden Center – Forest Lake Garden CenterNeed a pretty planter?  Or maybe some mums or pumpkins for fall decor?  Look no further! Located on Trenholm Rd. right off of Forest Dr. this is our go to spot for any outdoor needs and will soon be yours too.  They literally have everything you could want for your outdoor needs!

Consign ItConsign It – I really wish we’d found this consignment store sooner.  They have a ton of consigned furniture in excellent condition and you are sure to find a deal no matter what you’re looking for.  Great for re-decorating your apartment or house on a budget, you’re sure to find something to take home!

The Tour de Columbia blog post series helps give an overview of Columbia’s various areas and a sampling of our favorite places and things to do within each.  We hope that if you are new to Columbia, this helps you discover all that the city has to offer.  Already live in Columbia?  Maybe we can help you find something new!

~Ansley & Ferris