columbia mall

Altar'd State

Kayla Lewis was shopping at the Columbia Mall when she saw a new store that piqued her interest. The next week, she brought her mom along to shop at Altar’d State.

Altar’d State opened in the Columbia Mall July 5, bringing a touch of Christianity to shoppers.

“We wanted to swim upstream,” Altar'd State CEO Aaron Walters said. “The world was going one way, and we saw an opportunity to go another.”

Two Columbia mall restaurants have reopened after a Columbia Department of Health and Human Services inspection found 19 code violations.

Two Columbia restaurants: Famous Cajun Grill and Stir Fry 88 reopened Wednesday after making changes to their operations following a failed health inspection by the Columbia Department of Health Services.  In the first inspection of the restaurants, the department found unclean food contact surfaces, storage of raw food with ready-to- eat food and a cockroach infestation.

Two restaurants in the Columbia Mall food court are closed following numerous health code violations. The health department found the violations after responding to a report from a customer who found cockroaches in her food.

In addition to the presence of cockroaches, violations at Famous Cajun Grill and Stir Fry 88 included open containers of food, improperly stored raw food and temperature violations of cold holding units.