A new development is adding two businesses to Devine Street.
The Green at Devine District, a project of Columbia-based Estates & Companies, will feature the first Midlands location of Greenville-based sandwich shop Sully’s Steamers and the third Columbia location of locally owned bakery Ally & Eloise Bakeshop.
“Devine Street is Columbia’s premiere boutique commercial district, as it is nestled between three of Columbia’s oldest residential neighborhoods and hosts a unique blend of shopping, dining, office, and living opportunities,” Matt Mundy of Estates & Companies, the developer of upscale area condominiums Devine District, Trolley and 700 Woodrow, said in a news release. “It’s an honor to be able to call this community home while also bringing more locally owned businesses to continue its legacy.”
The Green, to be located at 2835 Devine St., will also provide an outdoor dining and entertainment area, according to the release. Renderings from McKenzie Architecture show the bakery and attached sandwich shop facing Devine Street.
“It’s important to design communities to bring people together by way of walkways, gathering places, amenities, and more to foster spontaneous encounters to create foundations for relationships among those who live, work, and play in the greater community,” Mundy said. “These relationships help to promote a greater connection to build shared interests and find common values, complimenting the wonderful ambiance of Devine Street.”
Ally & Eloise owner Aleka Selig opened her first bakery on Forest Drive in April 2012 and her second on Main Street in 2016. Selig said she has always wanted a location on Devine Street, so she is happy things have fallen into place to make that a reality.
"I think the street has such a neighborhood feel of it because it's walkable, and it's also a center location close to Five Points, Shandon and Melrose Heights," Selig told SC Biz News. "It's just an appealing place to be and we're really looking forward to it."
Selig said she does not have a specific timeline yet about when construction will begin on the new location, how big it will be or when it might open.
According to Ally & Eloise’s website, the Forest Acres location is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Main Street location is listed as open from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
Sully’s Steamers, owned by Michael and Brittany Stuckey of Southern Way Catering, originated in Greenville and also has locations in Spartanburg, Clemson and Brevard, N.C. It features a variety of steamed bagel sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
“We had the pleasure of eating at Sully’s downtown Greenville location a few years ago and fell in love with the food and the concept,” Michael Stuckey said. “The staff was friendly, the service was quick, and the food was delicious. Both of us have been in the hospitality industry for many years and have wanted to open a restaurant here in Columbia. When we started conversations with Robert Sullivan, the franchisor, our business values and practice aligned, and we knew we wanted to be part of the Sully’s team.”
Columbia commercial real estate firm Wilson Kibler provided brokerage services for Sully’s Steamers.
“When we began looking for the perfect spot for Sully’s first Midlands location, we knew from the start that Devine Street was the place to be,” said Boo Moca, senior associate at Wilson Kibler. “Matt Mundy and the team at Estates have a stellar reputation for development, and we are excited to welcome Sully’s to The Green on Devine District.”
Christina Lee Knauss contributed to this report.