RAW 101 Class 05/30/2015

Saturday May 30, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


We will have a RAW 101 class on Saturday May 30th from 10am-12pm.  In our RAW 101 classes we talk about various equipment including blenders, dehydrators, food processors and juicers, and the ingredients we use or recommend covering; where to purchase, nutritional benefits, and why we choose to use them.  As is the case in all our classes we hand out recipes, make the dishes, covering the process and variations that can be applied to those recipes.  Afterwards we enjoy the fruit of our labor.  The cost is $30.00 and seating is limited, so please fill out the form below to register.  Below the form you can see pictures from a previous class as well as a video from one of our classes.

When: Saturday, May. 30th 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: 1614 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Cost: $30/person and includes what you learn to make!



Magnify Magnolias Poetry 05/18/2015

Monday May 18, 2015 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


We are again honored to host a “Magnify Magnolias” Poetry and Music night at the cafe Monday, May 18th, 2015 from 8pm-10pm.  Poet, Debra McQueen is hosting an exciting line up that includes poet Al Black and singer/songwriter Kelvin Armstrong.

Al is taking time away from a busy schedule that includes readings at the SC Book Festival & in Union City, NC to be a part of this cafe extravaganza. Not only that, but he will be reciting and sharing his creative juices on his 63rd birthday.  On Al’s facebook page he has a living poem that grows by one word a day and will not reach full maturity until the end of the year.  It’s exciting to watch the poem grow up, but can be a little anti climatic when a single letter is the word of the day and the anticipation boils over waiting for the next day.  Below is a creative video he produced called “I Only Left For Tea“, but don’t fret cause he went to get something RAW.

Kelvin will soon be releasing his NEW
single via iTunes, Amazon, Google Plpoetry051815_2ay, and Spotify along with his music video Peaches and Cream on May 23rd!!!  So it is a pleasure to welcome him as the guest performer for Magnify Magnolias.  So just think, at the cafe you can catch him live, in action, and in the RAW before millions of other people throughout the world do!

After those performances then you can take stage and share your poetry, for it is a nice language open mic night.
Specials for the evening:
Coffee & Muffin …………….. $4.00
Wine & Spring Roll ……….. $6.00
Craft Beer & Guacamole … $7.00
Craft Draft Pint …………….. $4.00
Wine ……………………………. $6.00
You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson



A Wine & Design Evening

Tuesday May 12, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Wine and Design is adding wheels and taking a trip to Main Street, Columbia SC.  Come join us and other Picassos on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 6:30-8:30 to wine, dine, and design in the RAW.  We will be painting our lemon blueberry cheescake and while doing so you can enjoy some wine, local craft beers, cold pressed juice libations, or order off the menu and do the RAW thing.  After painting the subject we will then eat the subject.  So see .. you can paint the cheescake and eat it too!  The cost for this event is $35.00 and we will have special prices on all from the bar and the subject matter.  You can register by clicking here and we look forward to seeing you paint with a brush in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.



Alive Again – The RAW Truth

Saturday May 9, 2015 9:30 am - 12:30 am

rawtruthLere Robinson, a nutritional consultant, living well coach, and founder of Alive Again and The RAW TRUTH will lead a wellness morning on clean and lean eating on Saturday May, 9th from 9:30-12:30.

This will be the 4th year of this event and Lere is bringing all her friends.  There will be life changing testimonies, live demonstrations and the what’s, where’s and why’s on eating healthy.

Guest speakers, a variety of vendors, door prizes, healthy snacks and refreshments will make this annual event the best ever.

Click here to RSVP  before May 6th so that you can learn about the RAW truth, clean and lean eating and how to become Alive Again through healthy eating.

On line with Lere:





First Thursdays on Main 05/07/2015

Thursday May 7, 2015 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


It’s that time of the month again for a special Thursday, the first one of the month that earns it the First Thursdays on Main title. This is the day for Columbia’s monthly art crawl and street fest that showcases the revitalized Main Street community with participation of many of the merchants from the Capital to Town Hall.

We are excited to welcome back Noelle Brault as our guest artist.  She will be showing off her oil paintings; impressionist art that depict southern landscapes and cityscapes and whose paintings have graced the walls of the Governor’s mansion.  You might have seen her painting of the cafe hanging up in our restaurant and like First Thursdays, many of here paintings showcase the revitalized Main Street of good ole Columbia, SC.  You can learn more about Noelle by clicking here.

And what would First Thursdays be like without the gypsies of swing? So yes we got the hobos, Flat Out Strangers back as our special musical guest.  They will be playing the the type of music that will get your body grooving and dancing in the cafe and out in the streets.  You can check out these cools dudes by clicking here.

And then there is the RAW food and libations, Good Life Cafe will throw in RAW, Vegan, dairy and gluten free Flat Bread Pizza samplers while they last, delivered to you for free while you enjoy the art and the music.  You can also indulge yourself with any of our signature juice/liquor combinations, wine, and local craft beers. You can see what all the other Main Street Merchants have in store for you here.



OPEN Mic Poetry 04/20/2015

Monday Apr 20, 2015 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Inaugural Magnify Magnolia
Poetry Night

Join us on April 20, 2015 from 5pm-7pm for an Open Mic Nite of poetry. Before you come to the stage to recite your own, we are excited to welcome the incredibly talented Debra McQueen as our featured poet.  Debra teaches school, rides a motorcycle, and loves to travel. Last year she published a scandalous resignation letter in WORK and  poetry in The Legendary. Her creative nonfiction appeared in The Art Of Medicine In Metaphors in 2013.  She’s from San Francisco, and we are happy that she now lives in South Carolina.  You can read about an interview she did with NEON, a literary magazine here.

After Debra we are equally excited to welcome Alexander Madison Hoffman, a.k.a Pretty Feet as our guest Musician.  A little folk and a little POP to put all those that wish to do their own reciting in a relaxed state.  You can listen to some of Alexander’s music by clicking here.  30 Minutes here and 30 Minutes there … then an hour thats all for you to come up to the stage and show us your nice language stuff.  Great food and specials the entire time and its all RAW all the TIME!



Slow Food at Indie Grits 2015

Sunday Apr 19, 2015 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Slow Foods at Indie Grits 2015

Good Life Cafe is again honored to be participating in the the 5th annual Slow Food at Indie Grits “Sustainable Chefs Showcase,” potluck and party on Sunday, April 19th, from 3-6pm at 701 Whaley in Columbia, South Carolina. The Midlands’ most environmentally friendly chefs will be bringing their ‘A’ game to serve an array of  hors d’oeuvres featuring local, sustainably produced ingredients.  There will be music, South Carolina brewed beers, wine, and even a potluck contest.   Last year the RAW food lady went up against a slew of bacon and pork dishes with some rawsome tacos.  What will it be this year? You will have to come out and support the cafe to see her healthy weapons of choice.  This is a very popular event occurring towards the end of the Indie Grits Festival so get serious and Run Forest Run.

Some Links of interest for your perusal:

From our appearance in 2014:



First Thursdays on Main April 2, 2015

Thursday Apr 2, 2015 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Spring is in the air.  Vibrant colors, warm weather, and First Thursdays on Main.  Yes a new month means First Thursdays on Main time. This is the day for Columbia’s monthly art crawl and street fest that showcases the revitalized Main Street community with participation of many of the merchants from the Capital to Town Hall.  Friends, family, local craft beers, RAW food, your favorite libations mixed and matched with your favorite cold-pressed juices and Bluegrass music.  Oh yea the cafe will be doing the hoedown with special musical guest The Blue Iguanas. Bluegrass music … a form of American ROOTS music and we love ROOTS.  The art crawl on Main Street goes from 6p-10p and the cloggin starts at 7p and continues till 9p.  Looking forward to the party and seeing you do the RAW thing!



First Thursdays on Main March 5, 2015

Thursday Mar 5, 2015 6:00 am - 10:00 pm

A new month means First Thursdays on Main time. This is the day for Columbia’s monthly art crawl and street fest that showcases the revitalized Main Street community with participation of many of the merchants from the Capital to Town Hall.

We are excited to announce that we will have 2 local artists.  Dave Robbins paints beautiful landscapes and palms using acrylic on canvas.  You can find out more about Dave via his web ( or facebook site (  Our other guest artist, J. Michael McGuirt has been painting in some type of medium since he was a child. You can find out more about Michael on his facebook site (@J-Michael-McGuirt).  They also get together and collaborate or combine their talents all onto one canvas. An exciting artistic evening on the canvas is in store for you.

On the music side of things we will be welcoming AGAIN our favorite gypsy musical guest Flat Out Strangers.  They play/sing Flat Out Gypsy Swing Music.  Yes the music will make you do the swing whether you know how to or not.  Find out more about Flat Our Strangers here or on their facebook site (@Flat-Out-Strangers).

First Thursdays on Main also mean RAW samplers. Mediterranean Pizza Samplers will be available while supplies last.  You can also indulge yourself with any of our signature juice/liquor combinations, wine, and local craft beers.  Up and Down Main Street all the vendors have a great night in store for you!! Fun Times, Fun Thursdays.

….And one last thing!!!  A complementary champagne glass (filled of course) to the first hundred that walk through the door as well as giving out juice coolers throughout the night.  Why?  Well one year ago we opened up the cafe on Main Street and four years ago we started our restaurant serving Columbia and surrounding areas RAW food, Vegan, Dairy Free, and Gluten Free.  Just a simple healthy choice for YOU.  Thanks for your patronage and allowing us to continue to do what we believe in.





Detoxification Workshop Lunch & Learn

Saturday Jan 24, 2015 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

lf7Detoxification Workshop Lunch & Learn

If you are concerned about your health or a history of disease in your family and you would like to learn how to prevent an illness or detoxifying your body if it is out of balance, this is the seminar for you. You will learn the most important things you must do to create the health you deserve, detoxify and consume the best nutrition to keep you healthy for a lifetime. Learn from the best.  Brenda Cobb healed breast and cervical cancer in 1999 without surgery, chemo or radiation and has developed programs to heal all types of diseases naturally. She is known internationally for the helping tens of  thousands of people heal and detoxify the natural way.

When: Saturday, Jan. 24th 10:00am-1:00pm
Where: 1614 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Cost: $60/person is for the workshop and includes your choice of 2 Tacos, half a “Bacon” wrap, or the 10 Item Salad.  It will be $85 at the door.

You can read more about Brenda Cobb, Jane Holmes and the other seminars that will take place this week by clicking here.

Space is limited so please fill out the form below to reserve and pay for your seat.  You will receive a ticket within 24 hours from  Looking forward to seeing you.