At Soulivia's Art + Soul, we welcome you into our stylish dining room to feed your heart and soul... by sharing love, food, drinks, conversation, and laughter much like we do when gathering with our family. Our desire is that you come to understand true low-country southern hospitality from the moment you cross our threshold.
There's always cause for celebration – of our neighbors, our food and drink, and each other. It's our great pleasure to share it with you.
The "Soul" in Soulivia's Art + Soul was named in honor of the soulful heritage of Edna Anne Jenkins, the owner's mother, who was raised on Scott's Plantation, on St. Helena Island which is rich in Gullah Geechee culture. Gullah Geechee people have preserved the heritage of their ancestors more than any other Black Americans in the United States. They are descendants of Central and West African people who were enslaved together on the isolated sea and barrier islands that span what is now designated as the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor – the region in and around Charleston and the coastal islands of the Carolinas.
The result of the isolation was an intense interaction among them from different language groups in settings where they formed the majority. Over time, they developed the creole Gullah Geechee language as a means of communicating with each other. They also preserved many African practices in their language, arts, crafts and especially the cuisine.
Our dishes are inspired by Camille's own family recipes and are thoughtfully prepared with pride. Our ancestors are mostly known for their delectable rice dishes, which was passed down and brought from rice producing countries. Soulivia's was created to provide a space to enjoy great food, amazing service, and an abundance of love, while helping to preserve the Gullah Geechee Culture and share the Art and Music from amazing artists.