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Inspiring dialogue through film

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While many of our listeners may be aware of the Nickelodeon movie theater in Columbia, the only independent art house theater in our state, you may not know much about its founding and managing organization. Mike Switzer interviews Xavier Blake, the new president of the Columbia Film Society and he also happens to be a production manager and co-national coordinator for US Input at South Carolina ETV and SC Public Radio.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.