Local Businesses make it a Mission to Promote and Foster the Development of Non-Profit Organizations, Other Small Businesses, and Local Artists.


Columbia has witnessed a rapid growth and revitalization to various business districts in the downtown area. New restaurant, retail, and hospitality venues have emerged throughout the course of 2013. Many of these new businesses are locally owned and operated by Greater Columbia residents. This Famously Hot city is working on becoming a city that is Famously Small Business Friendly. Historic buildings have received uplifts, and new construction has materialized on some city blocks. These small business owners are working collaboratively together to keep more revenue in the state, better the local economy, and give back in new ways. Owners Ryan Pettitt and Kurtis Drake of Bubble Tea Café are among the ranks of this small business network.


“We are excited to have the opportunity to own and operate two locations within the Greater Columbia area,” Pettitt said. “We pride ourselves on the ability to collaborate with other business owners as well as create a platform for non-profit organizations to showcase their cause,” Drake added.


Bubble Tea Café is opening its second location in downtown Columbia in the historical Cornell Arms Apartment building located at 1226 Pendleton St. They will hold a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, August 31st from noon until 6pm. Throughout the day, Bubble Tea Café will host local talent including Musicians Misti Thurber and Brian Fitch and Magician Jeffrey Pardue. In addition, representatives from Habitat for Humanity will be on site to enlighten customers on opportunities to get involved, and Pets Inc. will have dogs available for adoption. There will be free samples and door prizes as well as a local food vendor (The Wurst Wagen) selling authentic German Bratwurst.


Bubble Tea Café was founded in 2011 to provide customers with a healthier alternative to indulgent beverages. This Taiwanese drink is made with a black tea base that can be customized to create the perfect flavor combination by mixing some of the 40 plus natural powders. Bubble tea is served with a big fat straw so that the popping or tapioca pearls can be enjoyed while sipping on the refreshing beverage.


If you’d like more information regarding the Grand Opening Celebration, or to set up catering events for special occasions, please contact

Contact: Ryan Pettitt

Tel: 803-445-1050

Cell: 803-984-0530