History of the Market

It all began with merely 6 vendors and 225 customers on a rainy day in November 2005.

Soda City? Like Coke?

The namesake, Soda City Market is meant to be a microcosm of Columbia. It runs year-round, rain or shine. Often times, Columbia is shortened to Cola, an abbreviation first created by the U.S. Postal Service. Emile DeFelice likes to joke that it’s because it’s too hot to write the entire word.

From Cola came Soda City. It’s a moniker which has resonated well with locals and has recently inspired the name of a new city shuttle system dubbed Soda Cap Connector.

The logo is a soda cap in part because of the name [Soda City] but also because Columbia is the capital city of South Carolina.

All Local Farmers Market

The Soda City Market started as the All Local Farmers Market (ALFM for short) at local restaurant, Gervais & Vine with the assistance of Bourbon owner Kristian Niemi. ALFM began with merely 6 vendors and 225 customers on a rainy day in November 2005

Used to Have a Little, Now We Have A Lot

Now, the weekly street market along the 1300-1500 blocks of Main Street, is self-funded and has a large economic impact. In short, the market generates thousands of business licenses, over 6 million dollars in city-taxed gross sales per year, and contributes to over 5,000 individual’s paychecks. No public monies, including hospitality tax funds, are accepted

Up to 7,000 Visitors on a regular saturday

10,000 Visitors on Special Event Weekends

An Average of 150 Vendors per Week

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30% of Our Weekly Vendors are Evergreens

Roughly 600 Vendors in Our Database

On Average, 12 Food Trucks are Present

Market Hours

Every Saturday Morning
Rain or Shine
9:00am – 1:00pm

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