The River District Association
The River District Association is a non-profit organization whose purpose is the formation, growth and viability of small and independently owned businesses in the Cayce / West Columbia area, and more specifically:
- To encourage the beautification, historic preservation, and development of the member businesses and properties.
- To work to improve the business climate and foster business opportunities for independent businesses.
- To provide benefits, services, and education to aid in the operation and profitability of its members.
- To promote harmony, good fellowship, and a closer relationship among members and all area business and property owners.
- To urge members and surrounding residents to support local business whenever possible.
- To promote entrepreneurship as a prosperous opportunity for the area.
- To encourage and support a high standard of ethics in every business and profession.
- To promote such municipal, state, and federal legislation or regulations that will preserve fair competition and encourage local enterprise and individual initiative.
- To promote and protect independent business and the belief that businesses, substantially owned, managed and controlled by citizens of the community, will bring about a more prosperous community for all citizen
Our Board of Directors
Before opening The Crafty Cottage Gift Boutique, Tina worked 28 years as a Registered nurse in the hospital and home health settings. She not only did hands on nursing care, but for 10 years did marketing and education for Gentiva Home Health. She continues to work PRN at Lexington Medical Center while working and growing her gift boutique business. Tina is the proud mother of three adult children and blessed with seven grandchildren. She focuses her time on her family and growing her business and business relationships.
She enjoys crafts and traveling with her husband, grandchildren, and three dogs. Her love for art and crafts blossomed into The Crafty Cottage, August of 2017, and not only contains items she creates, but those of 12 to 15 other local artisans.
Tina is determined to be instrumental in the growth of The River District Association and is excited to be joined by other local business owners to provide unity and support for all within the district.
Owner of Tylar Rose Pageant, Prom and Special Occasion, Rhonda is also a Sales Engineer for Air Centers of South Carolina. She also serves the board for The Birthday Box, a non – profit organization that benefits children that are living in shelters and children’s homes.
Rhonda opened Tylar Rose in January of 2018. Tylar Rose was formally known as Trendy Kids, a very successful children’s clothing store in Triangle City for 22 years.
Rhonda and her husband, Steven, have two daughters, Macey and Madison and they are overjoyed to be grandparents to Mackenzy and Kaisen.
As she continues to grow her business in The River District, she looks forward to helping other small businesses grow theirs.
Triangle City District (12th & 13th St Area)
Jim Williamson trained in the Arthur Murray method of dancing as a teacher trainee starting back in 1986. He has never looked back since. Jim is now the owner of Blue Moon Ballroom in West Columbia, SC. His style of teaching is fun and relaxed, with a little humor sprinkled in since learning to dance can be a fun experience.
Jim has placed first in the Florida Gator Classic Dancesport Championship, the Costa Rican National Dancesport Championship, the Sunshine State Dancesport Championship, and the Millennium International Dancesport Championship with students in all levels of experience.
He was trained by Patrick Johnson (Ten-Dance World Champion), Sergio Moya (Top International Competitor), Michael Richenbach (Retired Regional Director and Owner of Arthur Murray Studio, Ft. Myers, FL), and David Hamilton (Theatre Arts World Champion).
Jim is also a published author of the book: A Ballroom Dance Teacher: How to Find a Good One, How to Be a Great One. (Found on Kindle or Createspace).
Daughter of Jon Formo, teacher, sculptor, potter, glass blower, painter, and Professor of Art at the University of South Carolina and Bettye Formo, seamstress and home decorator.
Graphite drawings: galleries in Myrtle Beach, SC and a one-man show at Barnes and Noble. Specializes in renderings of historical buildings and homes.
Owner of Glassie Ladies Stained Glass Studio, since 2015
- Specializing in custom work
- Retail sales of glass, stained glass supplies, and stained glass tools
- Offering classes in stained glass, mosaics, and fused glass
Cynthia Giles was born and raised in South Carolina, with a familiarity with the people and businesses that make the Midlands thrive. Cynthia left the area to develop her career, first as a nurse in California and then as a salesperson with State Farm Insurance in San Francisco.
During her three years with State Farm, she learned practical skills such as marketing, direct sales, and networking. She continued her career with a management company supporting non-profits on a national scale. After moving back to South Carolina with her husband, Geoff, she worked with him on several business ventures before going back to school to study web development. It was here that she brought her technical skills in web development together with her marketing background to start her own Digital Marketing business called Cut Throat Marketing.
Throughout the years, she’s learned the value of attacking problems head-on. As her business continues to grow in The River District, she looks forward to helping other small businesses grow theirs.
Owner and operator of Mooneyhan's Auto in WC, proudly servicing WC, Cayce for 40 years.
Bill is a founding member of The Beautification Foundation of WC, Taste on The River, Board Member of the CWC Chamber, and president of Cayce, WC Lion's club.
Bill's passion for the WC area and it's success runs deep, and with his knowledge of this community and it's people,
Bill plays a very important role in helping The River District Association keep abreast of community events, possibilities, and needs.