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STORM NOTEBOOK: Bakery at BullStreet festivities rescheduled; Sonoco, AT&T contribute to storm relief efforts

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Opening festivities for the Bakery at BullStreet, postponed by Hurricane Matthew this past weekend, have been rescheduled for Friday, Oct. 21.

A noon ribbon cutting will celebrate the renovation of the historic building, built in the 1900s, as part of the BullStreet Commons redevelopment project. The building’s tenants, Columbia co-working firm SOCO and coding school The Iron Yard, are part of the planned BullStreet Technology Village.

The former Bakery building at Commons at BullStreet has been renovated for SOCO, a co-working site, and Iron Yard, a coding school. (Photo/Sean Rayford)

The public is invited to tour the renovated building and to take part in a free day of co-working and an Iron Yard open house from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., as well as a launch party from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring beer, food trucks and lawn games.  

The 4,700-square-foot Bakery, located at 1721 Saunders St., includes 2,000 square feet of collaborative space and 1,200 square feet of educational space. Columbia-based Buchanan Construction Services worked with Hughes Development Corp., the Greenville-based developer of the BullStreet project, and 1x1 Design, a Columbia-based architecture firm, to preserve the historic building’s 20-foot ceilings, exposed ducts and natural light.

The Bakery will play host to several upcoming events, including meetings for Columbia Women in Tech and free co-work Fridays at SOCO on the first Friday of each month.

“We need a community of doers and makers, and that’s exactly what we’re building,” said Heather Dughaish, campus director at The Iron Yard, a tech education school with 21 campuses nationwide, in a release.

SOCO, a co-working and event space founded in the Vista in 2013, is launching its second location. “We want to build the largest community and platform in the Southeast for creators — independent workers, freelancers and entrepreneurs,” co-founder Greg Hilton said.

Mayor’s Walk Against Domestic Violence Rescheduled

Registration for the Mayor’s Walk Against Domestic Violence, rained out on Oct. 8, is ongoing. The walk will take place on Oct. 29 at Spirit Communications Park.

The event, which begins at 10 a.m., is free and open to the public. The 10th annual walk will be hosted by Mayor Steve Benjamin, Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine and Columbia city staff. For more information, call 803-545-3020.

In 2014, South Carolina ranked fifth in the nation in the rate of women murdered by men, at 1.73 per 100,000, according to the Violence Policy Center.

AT&T, Sonoco donate to storm relief efforts

AT&T will contribute $25,000 to the One SC Fund, a Central Carolina Community Foundation fundraising effort to help restore communities after disasters. The contribution is part of AT&T’s $100,000 commitment to help those affected by Hurricane Matthew, the company said in a release.

“At AT&T, we are committed to providing the communication resources which are needed every day and which are especially important in times like these,” said Pamela Lackey, president of AT&T-South Carolina. “But we are also committed to doing our part to help our friends, neighbors and communities recover from disasters like this storm.”

AT&T customers can also support the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts by texting "MATTHEW" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Also today, Hartsville-based diversified packaging company Sonoco announced a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross to aid Hurricane Matthew relief efforts in the Southeast.

Two thousand of Sonoco's employees live in South Carolina. The company’s Hartsville headquarters and manufacturing operations were affected by the storm, as were employees and locations in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, Sonoco said in a release.

“We have all been touched by Hurricane Matthew over the past several days,” said Jack Sanders, president and CEO of Sonoco. “Like during the historic floods just one year ago, as we rebuild, I have no doubt that the resiliency and faith of our citizens will continue to shine through this crisis.”

Agriculture officials report losses resulting from storm

Early estimates indicate a significant loss of the cotton crop and moderate loss of soybeans as a result of Hurricane Matthew, the S.C. Department of Agriculture reported today.

Many farmers were able to harvest peanuts before the storm hit, but seven of 12 peanut buying points are without power, so storage could soon become an issue, the agency said. High-value fall fruits and vegetables saw an initial harvest, but subsequent harvests will be impacted.

The poultry sector has reported the loss of 203,000 birds because of power outages. Many farms are still without electricity and are relying on generators to power the chicken houses.

“Farmers are facing very similar challenges to last October's flooding and this natural disaster will be another significant setback to our state's No. 1 industry,” said Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers. “We are working diligently to ensure the needs of the farming community are heard in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.”

Farmers are encouraged to complete Clemson University’s online damage assessment form to aid officials in determining the full impact of the hurricane. 

Contact Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.

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