​Kimberly Sanchez, Rosalia's Mexican Restaurant

Nominated by Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association

Kimberly Sanchez is the co-owner of Rosalia's Mexican Restaurant, serving the Orangeburg area since 2003. In 2013, Rosalia's relocated to downtown Orangeburg and has been setting a precedent both in terms of running a successful business and being actively involved in promoting downtown. 

Prior to coming to Orangeburg and opening the restaurant, Sanchez spent much of her time event planning. It was then that She learned the creative art of entertaining and hospitality, which included an emphasis on stimulating all the senses in a positive way. According to Sanchez, "Rosalia's is like having an event-an opportunity to put my best foot forward-every single day." She continues to work building the Rosalia's brand and touching the senses with the restaurant's beautiful patio garden, delicious food, music and more.

Sanchez is an active participant in downtown promotions, including using social media to post events and happenings in real time from her business. She has made it a point to meet her downtown neighbors and encourage them to participate in beautification and other downtown projects. In an additional show of her support of downtown, she has made her home there by living in a second-story apartment above Rosalia's.

Sanchez is known for her personal touches. She stops by each table to speak with her customers, taking the time to sit and talk to those she knows. She and her staff decorate Rosalia's seasonally, and the restaurant's new neon sign has brought a unique, period-appropriate look to the downtown area. From potted container gardens to glistening Christmas lights, the restaurant is among downtown Orangeburg's most visually welcoming businesses.

Contact: Jennifer Hoesing at or 803.531.6186.