July 10, 2018My purpose with #yourcolumbia is to spotlight local businesses and business owners. Well today's feature has Local right there in the name!
This is Stephanie Griggs Bridgers, owner of The Local Buzz, pictured in front of her wall of mugs (mine is the Kylo Ren/Rey one). Unlike some other businesses, The Buzz was created out of necessity. Although she had spent years working for Family Connection of South Carolina (two of her children are on the spectrum), in 2015 Stephie's main job was being a super mom for her four kids. She longed for a particular type of community spot for Rosewood and Shandon neighborhoods that she just didn't have. A place that residents from both communities could walk to (or take a quick ride to). A safe place for community kids after school. A place where everyone is accepted and a place to gather and meet your neighbors. In addition to her time with Family Connection, Stephie also had a a long history in the restaurant industry, and felt that customer service was starting to become a lost art. Thus was born the friendly neighborhood cafe and coffee shop, The Local Buzz.
-As far as keeping it local, there are too many partnerships for me to mention. The coffee for The Local Buzz is from Lake Murray Coffee Roasters and Disasa Buna out of Irmo. Keisler Hobby does their t-shirts, wall signs, and coffee mugs. They sell Friends of Epworth, Columbia, SC ice cream as well as Sweet Cream Co.. Toast Kitchen Co. Jams. Even the aprons are made locally!
-One of the original employees of The Buzz was Vegan and had Gluten allergies. After researching the subject, Stephie realized the lack of options to cater to these groups, so she began learning to build a menu to cater more towards these. So if you need a gluten free birthday cake or just some good vegan options, this is a great spot for you. The 4th Sunday of every month is an entire Vegan brunch menu, and a portion of the proceeds go to Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary.
-The Buzz also has on the job training. Once a week, two students from Dreher High School come to learn skills like cooking, cleaning, and customer service.
-After many requests, The Buzz decided to start serving wine and beer. So whether you want a mimosa, a glass of bubbly, or just some delicious Bierkeller Columbia on tap, here is your spot to get Locally Buzzed.
-Dish to try: The Beastwich. Pimento cheese biscuit, chicken tenders, fried egg, shredded cheese, and topped with a thick sausage gravy. Available during brunch (Saturday-Sunday 10:30-1:30)
-Oh yeah, how could I forget?! They also celebrate many fun, extra events, including but not limited to a full Star Wars themed menu on the high holy day of May the 4th!!
M-Fr 7:30 - 4:30