Soulshine Pizza Factory in the Press
The Williamson Source | By Kelly Dean Birge
Nuzzled in the quaint and family-friendly neighborhood of Franklin, Nashville’s favorite pizza joint recently added its fifth location to the heart and soul of the Berry Farms community. Established in Mississippi, Soulshine Pizza stays true to its gulf coast cuisine roots by offering award-winning pizza, artisan sandwiches and more all in a lively, family-friendly and soul-filled environment.
When entering the pizza establishment, the colorful hand-painted art and framed record albums that line the walls illustrate the laid-back, yet soulful vibe that resonates with customers. With comfortable booths, two large community tables and plenty of televisions to watch sports, it’s understandable why families and friends gather for a quick lunch date, special occasion or a big sporting event.
After sitting down for only a few moments with the witty, easygoing and approachable owner of the pizza factory, “Brother” Chris Sartin is the kind of guy that warmly welcomes anyone and everyone into his restaurant and strives to invest in the people throughout the community of Berry Farms where he now lives.
“I love the fact that you can walk, work, shop, eat all in one community right there. I’ve made the ultimate investment in a community by opening a business and living right here,” says Sartin with a smile of excitement across his face.
That excitement stems not only from the recent restaurant opening, but also from the fact that people of Williamson County now have the opportunity to conveniently experience the Soulshine Pizza menu. Initially inspired from Cajun dishes, the menu is ultimately a clash of cultures from that gulf coast cuisine to southern traditional. Not to mention, the sauce and dough are cooked up with the freshest ingredients, and also made in-house from scratch.
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Mississippi Today | Mississippi Culture | By Mary Margaret Halford | Photography by Melanie Thortis/© The ‘Sip Magazine
When Chris Sartin was 30 years old, he knew he didn’t want to spend the rest of his life working an office job.
“I knew I needed to be doing something creative, and I wasn’t very good with somebody telling me what to do all the time — how to dress and what to say,” he says. “I was more into expressing myself than I was fitting into a mold of what someone wanted me to be.”
He wound up building a business from the ground up — a pizza place he describes as “a deer camp for hippies, except you don’t have to be a member.”
Before his foray into the restaurant trade, Sartin didn’t want to hang around his dad’s insurance business, so he painted, listened to music and learned to cook. And when Walker’s Drive-In in Jackson came up for sale, he decided opening a restaurant was the career for him. Unfortunately, another buyer beat him to Walker’s.
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The Oxford Eagle | By Taylor Jones
Blues guitar riffs are softly playing over the speakers in the background. Cold beer flows from the taps, and the smell of an array of toppings fills the restaurant as they are baked on top of the stone oven that cranks out a new pizza every three minutes.
Soulshine Pizza Factory at 308 S. Lamar Blvd. in Oxford blends a soulful gumbo of good music, cold beer and eccentric pizzas.
The quintessential college bar and eatery has become a staple on the Square, but Soulshine didn’t actually start locally. Founded in Jackson, the pizza restaurant began…READ MORE
Soulshine Pizza Factory – Flowood, MS
Why We Went: To put it simply, we went because Soulshine is one of my favorite restaurants. I am a pizza fanatic and theirs is delicious. Although we get our food to go a lot of the time (my cabinets are full of their green to go cups to prove it), dining in is always a great experience. Soulshine has an incredibly laid back atmosphere, lots of “Soulful” paintings and memorabilia covering the walls, a bar that serves locally brewed beer, happy hour specials, and live music throughout the week.
Why We Went: To put it simply, we went because Soulshine is one of my favorite restaurants. I am a pizza fanatic and theirs is delicious.
What We Had: Soulshine ‘s menu includes pizzas, calzones, po-boy’s, salads, and traditional Southern food. My boyfriend, Blake, tries something new every time we go. On this visit, he ordered the Alfredo Calzone, served with a side of Alfredo dipping sauce. I am a creature of habit, so I do not branch out from my 8″ traditional cheese pizza. Then again, it is delicious and has never done me wrong, so why would I turn my back on it?
Something Special: Soulshine offers gluten free crust, so everyone can enjoy pizza!
Noteworthy: In Jackson, Mississippi, Soulshine has been voted as having the best pizza, hangover food, and being the best place to work.