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
Up to 7,000 Visitors on a regular saturday
10,000 Visitors on Special Event Weekends
An Average of 150 Vendors per Week
30% of Our Weekly Vendors are Evergreens
Roughly 600 Vendors in Our Database
On Average, 12 Food Trucks are Present
Every Saturday Morning
Rain or Shine
9:00am – 1:00pm