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The Total Eclipse Brought $269 Million to South Carolina

According to the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism the path to totality brought 1.6 million people to South Carolina! The combination of hotel rates, and other travel-related expenses had a $269 million economic impact on our state. Yes, you read correctly, $269 million!

Majority of the people traveling to or within our state to view the eclipse stayed overnight and enjoyed shopping, eating out, visiting the beach, and other local attractions.  

  • Most visitors viewed the eclipse in the Greenville, Columbia or Charleston metro areas.
  • About 48 percent of out-of-state visitors and one-third of in-state travelers indicate they went to an optimal viewing site like a park, a mountain site or coast.
  • About 23 percent of out-of-state visitors and 25 percent of in-state travelers reported participating in an organized solar eclipse event.
  • Almost all of the respondents rated their experience as “excellent” or “good,” describing their time in South Carolina viewing the eclipse as “unique,” “amazing,” or “once in a lifetime.” The few “fair” or “poor” ratings were almost all due to poor weather.
  • Another 3.8 million South Carolinians did not travel, but viewed the eclipse in their hometowns.
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Where to toy shop for kids in Columbia?

“Toys R Us is bankrupt, but mom-n-pop toy stores are thriving,” claims The Washington Post (washingtonpost.com).
I remember being excited to go to Toys R Us when I was a kid, but is that still the case for kids now? Parents and their children are now looking for “unique shopping experiences.” So what are the unique shopping experiences in Columbia for kids, you ask?
Be Beep Toy Store in Forest Acres has been a specialty award winning children’s store in Columbia since 1986. They offer a variety of categories from art and crafts, learning fundamentals, dress up time, musical toys, to classic wooden doll houses! Check them out at www.bebeeptoys.com
So what are your thoughts? Were you surprised by the bankruptcy news of toy world conglomerate, Toys R Us?