Five Points’ newest venture will soon be celebrating its grand opening.
Botánica de Santee, a Latin and Afro-Caribbean-inspired unisex clothing and accessories boutique, is now open at 724 Santee Ave. Owner Wayne Pankey, a Navy veteran and Columbia resident since 2013, spent three years developing the store’s concept that combines fashion, art and music in an experience similar to the funky New York boutiques that he visited growing up in Connecticut.
“Five Points Village was my introduction to Columbia,” Pankey said in a press release from the Association Five Points. “I’m a big foodie, and one of the first things I do when I arrive in a new area is research the food scene. The Gourmet Shop caught my eye, and it’s one of the coolest restaurants I’ve ever been to, besides having delicious food.
“Since then, I have visited most, if not all, of the shops and restaurants in the village. I thought how cool it would be to start something of my own in the area, and that opportunity presented itself in 2019 when I noticed a simple “For Rent” sign in a window on Santee Avenue.
Botánica de Santee will be open Monday through Friday from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to.
“Congratulations to Botánica de Santee on their new venture here at Five Points,” said Columbia Mayor Daniel Rickenmann. “While this region is thriving, it’s amazing to help welcome the diversity of cultures and ideas. We look forward to seeing their success.
A ribbon cutting scheduled for today has been postponed due to rain.
Katy Renfroe, Head of the Five Points Association, said: “Wayne has created one of the most unique shops at Five Points. We couldn’t be happier to have a new purchase option for Soda Citizens with such diversity and culture represented. »
Contact Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.