Happy Ugly Christmas Sweater Day!

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We are in the holiday spirit here at CPM! We recently had our White Elephant holiday party and made sure to wear our favorite ugly holiday outfits!

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Olive was pooped partying with all of her CPM friends and took a nap with Santa!

Are you looking for ways to get in the holiday spirit? Here are some help resources to find activities all around Columbia:

MerryChristmasColumbia.com

The State’s Holiday Listings

ExperienceColumbiaSC.com

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One of our favorite things to do this time of year is to visit Saluda Shoals park to see their fantastic holiday lights! They have the Midland’s largest drive-through light show, plus you can meet Santa! Read more about the festivities on their website.

 

We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!!

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Helpful Holiday Tips

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Winter is arriving soon so we wanted to share some information with you to make sure you are prepared for the cold weather and to make sure your home is secure if you are going out of town for the holidays.

As we are expecting freezing temperatures this winter 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 and bursting. You may want to open cabinets doors to the kitchen or bathroom sinks if the sink backs up to an outside wall.
* 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 for more information.
*Disconnect any garden hoses from the hose bib on any exterior spigots and allow these spigots to drip or use the inexpensive covers from a hardware store or home improvement store.
*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.

If you will be leaving town for part of the holiday season, we wanted to provide you with some tips to help prevent break-ins:
* Don’t post your travel plans on social media.
* Make sure your doors and windows are locked and secure.
*Set your alarm if you have one.
*Have a friend or neighbor pick up your mail, packages and newspapers. If you are leaving for an extended time, contact the Post Office to put your mail on hold.
*Leave a light on, or have a lamp set on a timer so it seems like someone is home.
*Safeguard your valuables, don’t leave important things out in the open.
*Make sure your renter’s insurance is up-to-date in case something does happen.

If you do experience a break-in, please first notify the police, then call the office phone or emergency phone after hours so we can assist in securing your property.

This is also a great time to check your AC filters & smoke detector batteries as you are hanging up holiday decorations!

Don’t forget:

Olive’s Campaign will be running through the end of November. Olive & CPM are working to raise money for Hoof & Paw. They are a non-profit organization who helps animal shelters throughout the greater Columbia area. You can read more about her campaign here: Olive’s Campaign

We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season!!

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Olive Visits Oreo

Olive paid a to visit Oreo, a friend of Hoof & Paw, out at a local farm earlier this week. She wanted to tell Oreo all about the fundraiser we are doing for Hoof & Paw! Oreo was very impressed with the money we’ve raised! So far, we’ve raised $372 and this includes donations made through GoFundMe and in the office.

Here are some photos from their visit:

 

Olive and Oreo ask that you stop by our GoFundMe page to read more about our fundraising:  Olive’s Campaign

Have a wonderful weekend!

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An Evening in the Garden

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Olive was invited to a benefit for Hoof & Paw Benevolent Society at Woodley’s Garden Center. There was a silent auction, live music and really delicious food donated from lots of local vendors.

Olive searched high and low for her four legged friends and finally found her cousin Trixie when Katie Faulk, the Hoof & Paw Community Outreach Director, called them on stage to talk about the many ways Hoof & Paw helps rescue animals.

Olive helped her mom bid on a few things at the silent auction. She is hoping they win the doggy pillow bed 😀

Olive & her CPM co-workers had a great time at the fundraiser and made a lot of new friends. She hopes you all will consider donating to Hoof & Paw through Olive’s Campaign here: Olive’s Campaign.

Be sure to check out Woodley’s Garden Center for your next gardening project!

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Until the next adventure!
~Jennifer & Danielle

 

Olive’s Campaign for Hoof & Paw

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Olive was rescued last year and now she wants to help other animals like her find a good home! CPM is working on Olive’s Campaign to raise money for Hoof & Paw Benevolent Society.

Hoof & Paw is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose main goal is to help not only cats and dogs, but horses and other livestock too! Hoof & Paw works to fundraise for Fairfield, Richland and Lexington County animal shelters. They have a partnership with Fairfield County where they pay for 10 animals to be spayed or neutered and Fairfield County matches their contribution and then the animals go to Pets Inc to be adopted. Our goal is to help them increase the number of pets that can be treated!

Since Olive was rescued, she has a wonderful home life that she shares with her feline sister, Tilly.

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Olive also has a full time job here at CPM. As the official Office Dog, her duties consist of greeting visitors to the office and assisting in all pet interviews.

Here’s Olive meeting a potential dog applicant for one of our properties, she is faced with the ruff decision of whether or not she wants to share her toy with him.

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Please help Olive raise money for her friends at Hoof & Paw. CPM will match donations made to Hoof & Paw under Olive’s Campaign.

This Thursday, October 26th, Hoof & Paw will be holding another fundraiser at Woodley’s Garden Center in Northeast Columbia. This gala will feature live music, hors-d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Read more about the event here: WISTV “An Evening in the Garden” article

Donations accepted via GoFundMe, cash or checks made out to Hoof & Paw. Please make sure to mention Olive’s Campaign! Here’s a link to our GoFundMe page: Olive’s Campaign.

Happy Fall Y’all!

Fall is one of our favorite seasons in Columbia! It means it’s time for Carolina football! Since the USC/Texas A&M game is an away game, we thought we would share some of our favorite places to watch the games.

NCAA Football: Texas A&M at South Carolina

 

• Henry’s – On Devine St. with a casual atmosphere, Henry’s is one of our favorite places to hang out with good food and friends and watch the game …if you’re lucky, you can even get a spot on their covered patio! (Order the “Carolina Cheese Fries” and thank us later!) www.henrysgrillandbar.com

• Publik House – A little farther down Devine St. you’ll notice what might look like an old Irish Pub….walk inside, grab a seat at the bar and order wings (preferably spicy teriyaki). Don’t worry about what to do during halftime, for a few quarters you and your friends can entertain yourselves with a riveting game of billiards or darts! publick-house.com 

• Thirsty Fellow – If you like to be in the heart of the action but still couldn’t get a ticket to the game, you can stay on campus and partake in the game watching at Thirsty Fellow. Right across from the Greek Village, this spot is pretty convenient and it doesn’t hurt that they have great food at friendly prices. Point in case…Gorgonzola Potato Chips = $6.50 for a whole basket of homemade potato chips smothered in delicious gorgonzola cheese. As a bonus, it’s the perfect size for sharing on a college budget! www.thirstyfellow.com

• Tin Roof – If you’re more interested in the company and less interested in the game, Tin Roof is the place for you! A typical experience features games on their multiple TV’s but also live music and a really good chicken quesadilla! http://www.tinroofbars.com/home/columbia

• Cock N Bull – For the more relaxed fans, we recommend this quaint neighborhood bar located off of Rosewood. Previously an old house turned pub, this place oozes in coolness. Don’t be fooled by all the soccer and rugby paraphernalia, they also play “Real Football” (haha) on their multiple TVs in the fall and offer really good pub food! www.thecocknbullpub.net 

 

Go Gamecocks! Have a great weekend everyone – Jennifer

Hurricane Season Is Upon Us

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It’s hurricane season and we’re seeing the first major hurricane system threatening our beautiful state. Here at CPM, we have some tips to help everyone get prepared for the hurricane.

Review the South Carolina Hurricane Guide

imagesHave plenty of water, non-perishable food items, flash lights and batteries or candles, and a first aid kit on hand in case of the power goes. Fill you gas tank and charge your cell phone batteries in case you have to evacuate. The State Newspaper wrote a great article.

Have your utility companies information handy in case you need to report fallen limbs on power lines, power outages, broken pipes, etc.

imagesIn case of an evacuation, know your evacuation routes.

Never leave your pet behind! Make arrangements for your furry family member to evacuate with you.

 

Our hearts are with those who were affected in Texas, in the Caribbean, and those who might be affected in Florida.

We hope our CPM family and friends stay safe!!

 

~Sincerely, Danielle

The End is Near…

Just Kidding!!

But, the eclipse is coming!

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If you’ve been living under a rock, Columbia, SC is in the path of the solar eclipse and we have the best seat on the East coast. So get your solar glasses ready!

There will be a TON of events going on this weekend. This website and this website has everything you need to know about each and every event in and around Columbia. You may even find some of us from CPM enjoying the festivities, typically where beer is involved…

Arts & Drafts

Southern Lights

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Tailgating at the SC State Fair Grounds

If you’d be around Five Points this weekend, there are lots of sales going on there and on Devine Street! See more about that here.

We hope to see some of you out there and don’t forget to wear your glasses!!

 

CPM will be open from 9 AM to 12 PM on Monday, August 21st. 

Goodbye, Au Revoir, Adios!

Summer-School

This summer has been a crazy one, to say the least. We have had good days, bad days, and everything in between! We’re looking forward to the end of the madness and cooler weather.

We have some unfortunate news to share with our readers; a couple of your favorite people have left 😦

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Gayle-Our fearless Maintenance Coordinator has received a job offer closer to her home. She will surely be missed!

 

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Meagan-Our bubbly Accounts Payable associate has received a job offer with a small engineering firm.

 

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Laura-Our part-time full-time Administrative Assistant is going to grad school at USC to pursue her PhD in Chemistry! What a smarty pants :p

 

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We are happy to introduce: Robin! Our new Accounts Payable associate. She’s learning everything quickly!

 

We recently went to one of our favorite local Mexican restaurants to wish farewell to those leaving and to welcome Robin to the team.

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Stay tuned for our next blog post about the ECLIPSE!

P.S. We have positions to fill. Look out for a special blog post coming soon!

Memorial Day Weekend

We’ll be closed on Monday, May 29th and will re-open on Tuesday, May 30th at 9AM.

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Need plans for Memorial Day weekend? We’ve got a few ideas for those of you staying in Columbia this weekend:

  • Friday, May 26th: Alive After Five at Foundation Square hosted by 1801 Grille. It’s from 5PM-8PM and it’s free to go! The event features food from 1801 Grille and craft beer specials. This weekend’s musical guests include the USC Jazz Faculty, Little Bird and the Big FanDamily Band! Find out more information here: Alive after Five
  • Saturday, May 27th: Soda City Market on Main Street. This event is hosted every Saturday morning from 9AM-1PM and features food and crafts from local and regional vendors! This is one of our favorite events here at CPM. Read more about the market and what vendors will be there this weekend here: SodaCity Market
  • Saturday, May 27th: CMC Steel Rhythm on the River Concert Series. The Travelin’ Kline and the Black Iron Gathering are playing this weekend and the event runs from 6PM-9PM and is free! This concert series is hosted over a few Saturdays in the summer, so be sure to check out their website for more information: CMC Steel Rhythm on the River Concert Series
  • Monday, May 29th: Military Appreciation Day at EdVenture. From 9AM-5PM on Monday, EdVenture will offer free admission to guests showing military identification. They have several activities planned for children and their family members! Check out more information here: EdVenture Military Appreciation Day
  • Monday, May 29th: The Columbia Fireflies will be taking on Augusta at 5PM at their stadium on Bull Street. Get your peanuts and cracker jacks here: Fireflies Baseball

 

Here are some events going on all weekend:

  • The Sample Sail at Lake Murray: here’s your chance to try your hand at sailing (or enjoy a guided boat tour) around the beautiful Lake Murray! It’s a two hour ride that is just $30 a person. You do need to call ahead to reserve a spot so make sure to check out their website for all the details here: Lanier Sailing Sample Sail
  • Visit Columbia’s craft breweries. Here are three of our favorites here in Columbia:  Swamp Cabbage BrewingRiver Rat Brewery and Conquest Brewing. If you can gather some friends together, you may be able to catch a ride on the Columbia Brew Bus!
  • Go to the drive-in! We are fortunate enough to have two drive-in theaters in the greater Columbia area this summer! While the Historic Columbia Speedway isn’t featuring anything this weekend, The Big Mo has three different screens and each one has two featured films playing back-to-back! This weekend they’ll also be hosting a fundraiser to support the Monetta Fire Department, they’ll be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers! While this theater is a little further away, it is definitely worth the drive!