Thank You, Junior League of Columbia, South Carolina!

Ever since Emily Brady Bedenbaugh surprised me in front of some of the leaders of the Junior League of Columbia, I’ve tried to think of something appropriate to say (type) about my relationship with this organization, and how thankful I am.

Facebook sent me the image above of a Holiday Market from nine years ago.

If you know my story, it’s not an easy relationship to explain. If I had a Facebook status with the Junior League of Columbia, “Married, In a Relationship, & Its Complicated,” would all apply.

As I think of it, friends and even folks I don’t know often ask or say, “What’s this thing you have with the Junior League?” or “Can you do this with us?… Like you do with the Junior League?”

Here’s the rub: Folks think I/we just give cups and money.

Incorrect.

My relationship with JLC is something that has grown organically, over time.

I’ve cleaned out hoarder houses, nailed boards to Habitat Homes, served spaghetti, read to kids, helped set up Holiday Market, broken down Holiday Market, secured Mr. Friendly’s and Starbucks, et al, as asked, have been Santa Claus for five or so years, and have made lifelong friends as a result of being involved with the JLC.

I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’, (and without getting too deep in the weeds), my relationship with the Junior League of Columbia has been one of the personal and professional pleasures of my life. Truth told, to me, our relationship has become a life achievement thing. I don’t want to be cheezy here, but the fact that we can even donate this amount of time and/or treasure to a philanthropic entity is, IMO, a good story. I shake my head often as I’m proud of what our team has done and is doing.

I’m trying to find the words, but can’t think of what to type about how Jennifer, Amanda, Elizabeth, and Amy enough to thank them for making this relationship happen.

To bring this full circle, the pic above is of Jennifer’s goddaughter, Landon Denemark, and my godson, Reid Denemark nine years ago. Thank you, Facebook.

Recognize that Santa?

NiteNite!

Franklin Jones

Ross Holmes @ Za’s On Devine; Let’s Do It Again!

If you didn’t get the memo last year or missed this year’s Facebook invite, we’ll be heading to Za’s on Devine again for the JLC Holiday Market Preview Party ‘After-Party!’  Everyone knows Za’s (half of us probably met at Za’s!), everyone knows The Ross Holmes Band, and everyone needs an after-party. BOOM – There you go!!!

If you remember, ever since Dianne’s on Devine decided to close her doors the After Party had nowhere to go. A few years went by when the fellas at Za’s asked us if we would get involved in a co-marketing effort to get the party started at their new venue. It was a freaking smash bang hit!!! Fast forward to today and it looks like we have a new tradition going.

We all have a big time at the JLC Preview Party, for sure, but some of the best memories are made at the annual late nighter.

Is attending Preview Party a prerequisite for the after-party? Heck, no…who cares?!! Come on!

We’ll see you Wed. night at Za’s hanging out with friends, laughing hard and dancing to Ross Holmes Band starting a little after whenever you get there.

Click on the pic above and you will probably see a familiar face or two! 🙂

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

Junior League of Columbia’s Holiday Market Is This Week!

No matter how early big box retailers put out their blinking green and red displays and “Gray Thursday/Black Friday/Cyber Monday” notwithstanding, many Midland’s residents consider the Junior League of Columbia’s Holiday Market as the unofficial start to the Christmas season. This year is no different.

To start the event off right, hundreds and hundreds of friends will be at the super popular Holiday Market’s ‘Preview Party.’ The Preview Party is a big kick-off fancy/formal party that always produces a good time.

As you can tell, I’m a big fan of the Holiday Market, and the League. I know first hand how many hours are logged, and how hard the women work for the League’s various causes. Their reach is tireless and almost endless. To me, they’re a well-run machine that would be the envy of any organization I can think of.

For about a decade now we (Amanda Payne, Elizabeth Ross, and Amy Cartin) have had the pleasure of supplying the wine and cocktail cups to all in attendance at the ‘Preview Party’ and ‘Ladies Night Out.’ We’re happy to do it! Actually, I love it. These two events always serve as some of my favorite advertising efforts, and I have tons of fun memories from years past.

Year after year, the Holiday Market provides a BIG time for everyone. It really has something for everyone. Tux party, LNO, PJs w/ Santa, shopping, and on and on. That said, I hope everyone will be at The Cantey Building at The S.C. Fairgrounds at some event between Wednesday and Sunday!

I encourage everyone to take home as many of the frosted cups you can hold. They’re awesome beach toters, sandbox scoopers, fish hook holders, and perfect for rinsing your kid’s hair in the bathtub.

It’s a week full of parties, hosted by the Junior League of Columbia.

“See You At The Market!”

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

Newest HotSheet Is Here!

This edition of The HotSheet includes the most recent homes to hit Downtown Columbia, SC’s real estate market in the last two weeks. As of 11:11 AM, the fastest site in the industry is featuring 56 new listings for sale.

The areas include the zips 29201, 29204, 29205, 29206, and 29209, within a price range of $100,000 to $Zillion. Remember!!… No big deal if you don’t want to ‘register’ to look deeper at a particular property. Simply type in my initials or the word “Blog” (or whatever you can think of “Cocks,” “Tigers”), and shoot in a random email address in the field. Even if you don’t want to register or ‘poser register,’ you can still get a good glimpse of what’s new to the market by simply scrolling around the Gallery Page.

If you or anyone you know would like more information about any of these Downtown properties for sale, or if you’re interested in putting your home on the market, please call 803-447-8683 or email Franklin@MyColumbiaHome.com or Amanda@MyColumbiaHome.com

Happy clicking and Thank you!!

Franklin Jones

Amazon Now Crossing USA Thresholds. $Prime + $250.

If you haven’t seen or heard yet, the distribution behemoth of stuff, Amazon, would like you to pay them for the ability to put the boxes you order inside your front door.
Like most folks, I’m not sure of what will become of this concept. I see convenience. I also see lots of exposure.
Check a post from my friends at Inman News.
Franklin Jones
New service ‘Amazon Key’ will let delivery people inside your home when you’re not there

Amazon’s steady encroachment into every corner of our lives has reached a new phase: now Jeff Bezos and co. want the keys to our homes.

Amazon this morning announced a new service, the plainly-named Amazon Key, which invites Amazon Prime subscribers to install smart locks on the doors to their houses or apartments, which delivery people can then unlock with an app on their phones.

The goal is to let delivery people drop packages off inside your home when you’re not around, offering more “security” than leaving them outside or in an apartment building lobby/hallway, according to Amazon. Once you have the app and smart lock installed, you’ll be able to select “In-Home Delivery” as a check box while you’re completing an Amazon purchase online, which will tell the delivery person to leave the package inside.

 

Although the app and service are “free” to use, Amazon Key will cost you. In addition to paying for Amazon Prime, the online retail giant’s free two-day shipping and streaming media plan that costs $99-a-year, those wanting to use Amazon Key will also have to pay for extra hardware: the Amazon Key In-Home Kit costs $249.99, and includes a smart lock, an Amazon Cloud Cam (indoor security camera), and offers an option for free installation.

As an alternative to this, Amazon Key also works with “a compatible smart lock from Kwikset or Yale.”

The camera seems to be required in order to assuage concerns of delivery people or others getting into your home through the smart lock and stealing your stuff (though the paranoiac in me must point out it would not prevent someone with authorized access from casing your place and coming back later with a mask on…)

Amazon is touting another benefit to the service besides packages inside your house: if you decide to buy into Amazon Key, you can let other trusted people such as cleaners, dog walkers, repair technicians (many of which can already be ordered via Amazon), visiting relatives (which cannot be ordered through Amazon—yet!!), or hell, your Airbnb guests access your apartment by downloading the Amazon Key app and granting them a digital key to unlock your door.

Right now, Amazon Key is only available in 37 metro areas:

Neighborhood HotSheet!

This edition of The HotSheet includes the most recent homes to hit Downtown Columbia, SC’s real estate market in the last two weeks. As of 12:03 AM, the fastest site in the industry is featuring 48 new listings for sale.

The areas include the zips 29201, 29204, 29205, 29206, and 29209, within a price range of $100,000 to $Zillion. Remember!!… No big deal if you don’t want to ‘register’ to look deeper at a particular property. Simply type in my initials or the word “Blog” (or whatever you can think of “Cocks,” “Tigers”), and shoot in a random email address in the field. Even if you don’t want to register or ‘poser register,’ you can still get a good glimpse of what’s new to the market by simply scrolling around the Gallery Page.

If you or anyone you know would like more information about any of these Downtown properties for sale, or if you’re interested in putting your home on the market, please call 803-447-8683 or email Franklin@MyColumbiaHome.com or Amanda@MyColumbiaHome.com

Happy clicking and Thank you!!

Franklin Jones

Caveman Time @ Our Hizz.

Some time ago my awesome friend and client, Charlie, had a night or two to himself. His awesome wife took their kids to the beach or something, which left him in Columbia to ‘fend’ for himself. For some reason we got on the phone when he said, “Yeah, brotha. They all gone. It’s an eat the fat night at my house.”

I’ve not forgotten the quote in over five years and actually share it often. He’s a great husband, dad, and family man, but he recognized the moment and verbalized it in a fashion millions of dudes can relate. After all, there aren’t many fellas that wouldn’t want to go all Fred Flinstone on a thick piece of red meat with no one around to judge.

Fast forward to tonight…

Jennifer left for the beach with all the girls and I had a thick slab of cow in the fridge.

I’m not one to post food pics on social media but I thought this was worth a few paragraphs.

Thank you!

I need a nap.

Franklin

My ‘Surprise’ Birthday Bash!

A cool perk of having a birthday the day before a National Holiday in the summer is that pretty much everyone around can do a lot of stuff they wouldn’t otherwise be able to. Translation: No one has anywhere to be the next day, including the kids. Translation: Everyone can stay up late.

Some days ago Jennifer texted some neighborhood friends our girls wanted to have cupcakes with/for their daddy at the pool. At the last minute, Mother Nature decided this wasn’t a good idea. That said, the cupcake brigade and good times moved to our house where a bunch of friends had fun and laughed a ton.

All the kids loved the cupcake party, and because it was raining, went down right beeezzerk making slime on our covered front porch.

Junked up and crusty front porch? Whoooo….Cares….is the theme I’m all about! I’m 44, have a beautiful and loving wife, three daughters I adore, and the best friends in the world. Blessed, slime and all.

In case you’re wondering about the necklace and bracelet in any pics you’ve seen, you’re correct if you assumed they were made and given to me by my girls. As I explained way into the night to anyone that asked the question, “What’s that about?”

Answer; “They make it. I wear it.”

It was an awesome, completely impromptu birthday party that went super late.

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

 

103 Listings @ The HotSheet!

This edition of The HotSheet includes the most recent homes to hit Downtown Columbia, SC’s real estate market in the last two weeks. As of 12:50 AM, the fastest site in the industry is featuring 103 new listings for sale.

The areas include the zips 29201, 29204, 29205, 29206, and 29209, within a price range of $100,000 to $Zillion. Remember!!… No big deal if you don’t want to ‘register’ to look deeper at a particular property. Simply type in my initials or the word “Blog” (or whatever you can think of “Cocks,” “Tigers”), and shoot in a random email address in the field. Even if you don’t want to register or ‘poser register,’ you can still get a good glimpse of what’s new to the market by simply scrolling around the Gallery Page.

If you or anyone you know would like more information about any of these Downtown properties for sale, or if you’re interested in putting your home on the market, please call 803-447-8683 or email Franklin@MyColumbiaHome.com or Amanda@MyColumbiaHome.com

Happy clicking and Thank you!!

Franklin Jones

Wanna Live In Shandon, SC?!

Not long ago we introduced 232 Walker Street (between Duncan and Monroe) to Columbia’s real estate market. At around 2,400 sq. feet, this Shandon home has an open floor plan, modern kitchen with granite slab and new backsplash, an awesome screened porch complete with embedded hot tub, large deck, fully fenced backyard, covered parking, circular driveway, and a private master bath that looks and feels like it belongs in a sleek hotel suite.

This section of Walker Street is right in the middle of Columbia’s popular Shandon neighborhood. If you know Shandon well, you may know of the vacant lot on the corner of Duncan and Walker St. This house is right next door. It’s a desireable spot, to say the least!

If you or anyone you know would like to know more or view this home, please call 803-220-4447 or email Franklin@MyColumbiaHome.com or Amanda@MyColumbiaHome.com .

Thank you!

Franklin Jones