True/Love 2021, March 6 

This annual shopping event is hosted by True/False Film Fest and The District and this year, an online component has been added, so anyone can participate. Log onto Facebook Live from 9 AM to noon with The District for the virtual piece. Or head downtown during the day to shop at one of the twenty-two participating locations, such as Artlandish Gallery, Hemp Hemp Hooray, Peace Nook, Poppy, Yellow Dog Bookshop, and more. 10 percent of the proceeds from online and in-person purchases or services will be donated to the True/False Film Fest. And don’t forget to save your receipts! Ragtag Cinema will offer all True/Love shoppers one free ticket for every $20 spent at participating retailers (with a limit of five.)

Neighborhood Goods at DogMaster Distillery, 210 St. James St.,

Shop and drink local all weekend long at DogMaster Distillery. On Friday, March 5, celebrate First Friday and on Saturday from 12 PM–11 PM and Sunday 1 PM–5 PM, Caitlyn O’Neal’s pottery, BoBo’s “Bow”tique, and Dragonfly Beads will have handmade items for sale. Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend in Columbia while showing love to other local businesses during First Friday.

Shortwave Coffee, 29 S. Ninth Street,

Shortwave Coffee’s second location in Columbia is now open where Kaldi’s Coffee was previously housed downtown. This location is much more visible than the first, which is located at 915 Alley A. At the new location, bakery items will be offered in addition to the popular coffee and there is plenty of seating inside.

The Strollway Market, 114 S. 9th Street,

Harold’s Doughnuts and Beet Box have teamed up to create The Strollway Market. This brand new breakfast and lunch spot will offer fresh, locally sourced sandwiches, soups, and salads. The eatery isn’t open yet, but is set to open sometime in Spring. Follow their Instagram for updates and to see dishes that will be offered like the Chicken and Rice Soup and the Italian Wedding Soup.