We had the good fortune of connecting with Folami Geter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Folami, how does your business help the community?
I am the owner of A Peace of Soul Vegan Kitchen in Columbia, SC. We’re a 100% Plant-Based Southern Comfort Food Cafe in the heart of the South. We offer delicious alternatives to your favorite conventional dishes.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a second generation restauranteaur! My father established one of the first all plant-based restaurants in the Southeast, and the first in Columbia, SC. I purchased the restaurant in 2014 after working in corporate America in various capacities. I was raised vegetarian and I’ve never eaten meat so I prepare the food that I’ve eaten all of my life. I’ve been able to grow the business into a recognizable brand that’s garnered national attention, that’s a task in itself considering that Columbia, SC is such a small market. I’ve encountered lots of obstacles along the way but I’ve managed to stay the course with the help of a dedicated team and a supportive community.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The best thing about Columbia is the people! We’re courteous, pleasant, and kind to visitors. Riverbanks Zoo has a beautiful Botanical Garden, Saluda Shoals is a peaceful and serene nature preserve, and Riverfront Park has a great walking trail. After a full day you definitely want to grab some food from A Peace of Soul!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate this shout out to Jessica Boyd my Brand Manager and close friend. She’s been instrumental in helping me bring visibility to my brand.
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