Columbia is getting sassier and classier by the month, and October’s addition to the growing gourmet food scene is a small in-and-out style bakeshop in Five Points. Located at 926 Harden Street, Rise Gourmet Goods and Bakeshop is in a teeny building with clean, modern lines with its most noticeable feature being what isn’t there- a place to hang out. The only seat in the place is in the bathroom, giving the bakeshop a hit-it-and-quit-it vibe that likely mimics places in New York City, where co-owner Sarah Simmons is returning from.
There are three major elements to the menu at Rise: pastries, breakfast and lunch, and a to-go case featuring compounded butters, spreads, dips, and shmears.
(photo via Yelp)
On my first day back at work following days off from the historic flooding in South Carolina, I needed coffee (again) like nobody’s business by lunchtime and dragged myself down to Five Points to check out Rise. Happily, I found a parking spot at the handful surrounding the storefront and oohed and ahhed over everything within. The folks there seem super excited to be working there and explained everything that was available.
I went with a hot Counter Culture coffee with a Cafe Brulot flavored cream, which is made with burnt orange and clove; and also a sorghum sticky bun.
The coffee was great, though I forgot to ask for some sugar in addition to the cream. However, the sticky bun compensated for the lack of sugar in that regard. It was sweet but not too sweet, and 100% sticky. For those who have never heard of sorghum, it’s an old-time sweetener similar to molasses that was popular in the South but had gone out of style because of the work involved in a sorghum boil. This is definitely a great way to introduce yourself to sorghum syrup and the sweet complexities of its flavor, for the uninitiated.
I looked for the boiled peanut hummus listed on the menu in the cold case but it appears they were out. I will definitely be back for that, because well, boiled peanut hummus.
Rise looks like it will handily fill a need in Columbia for its inventive twists on classics with a great side of come and go for those of us who can’t or won’t take a moment to slow down until its time to savor the greatest moment in life- pausing for a bite.