New App in Columbia

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COLUMBIA - The ARTlandish Gallery held a party Friday night to celebrate the launch of the My Green Cities iPhone application.

Created by Columbia resident Arianna Parsons, the My Green Cities app has a list of more than 100 Columbia businesses that are sustainably and socially responsible. It also has more than 50 businesses from other areas in the U.S.

Parsons said the focus is to bring the community together. Users can find different Columbia businesses suited to their needs and lifestyles. The app allows for users to filter through options such as businesses that use locally produced food or what businesses are closet to their location.

The app is free for independently owned businesses to sign up for and free for people to download. Parsons said she is hoping to have 2,000 businesses by the end of the year and more than 10,000 businesses within the next three years.

The party also helped launch the new My5 which allows local artists, musicians, and designers to showcase their five favorite products.

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