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Dancewear shop moves to Columbia’s Five Points after decades in Forest Acres

The State (Columbia, SC) logo The State (Columbia, SC) 5/26/2022 Chris Trainor, The State

Renowned late dancer and choreographer Martha Graham once said, “Dance is the hidden language of the soul.”

There is now a shop in Five Points where people can pick up attire and accessories they need to express that hidden language.

After more than three decades in Forest Acres, The Turning Pointe has moved to Five Points, at 1030 Harden St. That’s in the building that formerly was home to Spectrum. That cable company has moved to the 900 block of Harden.

The Turning Pointe offers a wide variety of dancewear and accessories for all ages, with supplies for various styles of dance, including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, ballroom, clogging, hip-hop, praise, gymnastics and lyrical. It stocks offerings from top names in dancewear and supplies, including Capezio, Bloch, Mirella, Freed, Motionwear and a number of others.

Coleen Strasburger owned The Turning Pointe in Forest Acres for 38 years, the last 20 of which were at 5143 Forest Drive. She sold that property and made the move to Five Points.

“Not that we were actively looking to sell it, but the opportunity came up,” Stasburger said about the former location. “It was just time for a change. We looked at other properties, but (the one on Harden Street) is the one I was really drawn to. ... I just knew what I wanted when I saw it. Just being here in the city center has been great.”

Columbia Mayor Daniel Rickenmann attended a May 25 grand opening for the the dancewear shop. The first-term mayor has been bullish on the idea of new small businesses locating in Five Points and said he was pleased to see the shop add to the diversity in the types of businesses in the more than century-old village just east of the University of South Carolina.


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“For Five Points to be a complete district, it needs a little bit of everything,” Rickenmann said. “Having dancewear retail, restaurants, service goods, other industries, that’s what people are looking for. A true village.”

Five Points has been on a bit of a run with new opened or announced businesses in the last several months.

FurSato Bento, a Japanese eatery, opened at 748 Harden St. Earlier this month, Botanica de Santee, a Latin-inspired apparel and gift shop, opened on Santee Avenue.

Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint opened at 711 Harden St. in the former Cover 3 bar location. The Flying Biscuit Cafe is under construction at 936 Harden St. and is set to open later this year. The Falafel King restaurant is now open at 2020-A Gervais St.

A new Time to Shine Car Wash is being planned for 2006 Gervais St. at the upper edge of Five Points. Gameday Nutrition, a smoothie and drink club connected to Herbalife, recently opened a storefront at 730 Santee Ave. And Swiff luxury streetwear store has opened at 736 Harden St.

Five Points Association manager Katy Renfroe was thrilled at the addition of The Turning Pointe in the neighborhood.

“I think this is really going to help bring in a new slew of people, with families and young children, who may not have experienced our village before,” Renfroe said.

Strasburger said she likes the idea of being a piece of the new wave in Five Points.

“I love being a part of that,” Strasburger said. “I can’t wait to see it all happen. I think it’s amazing.”

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