It’s humbling,” he says. “But it really is a family, and every day we grow and learn and get better.”. And Soulshine hasn’t just been about pizza. But this is what keeps me going — especially thinking of the next new idea to come up with for it.”. And, though he has more than one location, Sartin tries to keep his restaurants from being “cookie cutter” versions of each other. Every Soulshine Pizza Factory offers our great variety of freshly prepared items like our made to order pizza and calzones, oven roasted sandwiches and cool, crisp salads. Photo essay: 96-year-old voter warns ‘Don’t waste the opportunity’ to vote, Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. You might notice we are music lovers here at Soulshine Pizza Factory. Soulshine Pizza Factory – Franklin 4021 Hughes Crossing, Suite 101 Franklin, TN 37064 Phone: (615) 379-7767 See Inside | Get Directions. We’re so proud of this new store and features all the Soulshine signatures like ample, open seating and patio area, great live music, and of course original commissioned artwork by Jason Erwin. You might see a portrait of Willie Nelson in one but Gregg Allman in another. Soulshine Pizza Factory – Flowood. 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. Upcoming Events/Live Music . Thanks for stopping in and having lunch with us. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under a Creative Commons license. (We suggest an encore of Slap Yo’ Momma Bread Puddin’ to close out the show.) Built with the Largo WordPress Theme from the Institute for Nonprofit News. Don’t forget about the entrees like Spaghetti and Billy Blue’s Red Beans and Rice, and even a kid’s menu! Soulshine Pizza Factory owner Chris Sartin at the restaurant's Flowood location, one of four Soulshine restaurants he owns in Mississippi and Tennessee. Soulshine is now open for dine-in service at 50% capacity at all locations from 11am-9pm daily. Our stories may appear on pages with ads, but not ads specifically sold against our stories. Every Soulshine Pizza Factory offers our great variety of freshly prepared items like our made to order pizza and calzones, oven roasted sandwiches and cool, crisp salads. “I just try to keep a theme of music and history,” he says. If you’re not able to add the byline, please include a line at the top of the story that reads: “This story was originally published by Mississippi Today” and include our website, You cannot republish our editorial cartoons, photographs, illustrations or graphics without specific permission (contact our managing editor. RIDGELAND — When Chris Sartin was 30 years old, he knew he didn’t want to spend the rest of his life working an office job. (https://mississippitoday.org/2016/10/15/soulshine-a-deer-camp-for-hippies-who-happen-to-love-pizza/), Photography by Melanie Thortis/© The 'Sip Magazine. With 16 craft beers on tap, great vibes, live music Friday and Saturday, and even Sunday Brunch starting June of 2017. “I’m into the stuff you don’t really hear on the radio,” Sartin says, noting that he brings in live performances, too. “The artwork on the walls is different. Every Soulshine Pizza Factory offers our great variety of freshly prepared items like our made to order pizza and calzones, oven roasted sandwiches and cool, crisp salads. This story is our weekly ‘Sip of Culture, a partnership between Mississippi Today and The ‘Sip Magazine. But one night on his way to rent a movie at Blockbuster Video near Castlewoods, he happened across a Little Caesar’s for sale. First established in Flowood, Mississippi in 2001 by “Brother” Chris Sartin, Soulshine Pizza Factory offers a diverse array of gourmet pizzas, calzones, oven-baked sandwiches and savory salads with a soulful, Delta twist. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. You can’t edit our stories, except to reflect relative changes in time, location and editorial style. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your tax-deductible donation. For more stories like this or to subscribe to The ‘Sip, visit The ‘Sip’s website. The first restaurant, which opened in 2001, could seat approximately 60 people, but Sartin has come a long way since then. “At that point, I realized I could turn on the music that I wanted to hear and put the artwork on the walls that I wanted to see.”. And when Walker’s Drive-In in Jackson came up for sale, he decided opening a restaurant was the career for him. To republish online, simply click the button, copy the html code and paste into your Content Management System (CMS). From our name inspired by a song by The Allman Brothers Band, the decor with commissioned paintings by artist Jason Erwin at each location, and the live music we feature, of course. To Sartin, it seems like yesterday that Soulshine first opened its doors. We prefer “Author Name, Mississippi Today” in the byline. Soulshine is a great place to meet. We're definitely a great pizza spot but our menu offers something for everyone. Look for the "Republish This Story" button underneath each story. Don’t forget about the entrees like Spaghetti and Billy Blue’s Red Beans and Rice, and even a kid’s menu! “It was cheap, and no one else was making gourmet pizzas around the area at the time, so I thought, ‘I’ll try it,’” he says. Soulshine Pizza Factory owner Chris Sartin sits at the Soulshine Flowood location under one of the paintings that helps set the tone at his chain of restaurants. You have to credit Mississippi Today. Mobile ordering and much more! Hey LouisianaDeltagirl, We loved reading your review! Sartin, now 47, took a bit of his personality and threw it into the restaurants. Not using my creativity, I’d be very unhappy. “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.”. That’s what plays on the speakers throughout Soulshine dining rooms. If you share our stories on social media, please tag us in your posts using. This article first appeared on Mississippi Today and is republished here under a Creative Commons license. Satisfy your Soulshine cravings on the go. From there, Soulshine Pizza Factory was born. Unfortunately, another buyer beat him to Walker’s.