When Mariah Salvat started the now-quite-popular vegetarian restaurant and cafe, Southern Roots, with her husband J.P. in 2015, the aim was always elevated consciousness—both environmental and cultural. With Southern Roots firmly embedded on King Street as a Riverside institution and cultural gathering place, Salvat recently expanded her restaurant’s essential ethos (and neighborhood footprint)—into a retail operation, Cultivate, on the adjacent Park Street.
Founded in partnership with her mother, Patricia Goelz, Cultivate carries a variety of quality U.S.-made, healthy lifestyle and home and garden products, curated with the same sustainable, community-oriented, environmentally-conscious mentally that’s built into the fabric of Salvat’s other venture.
Goelz and Salvat graciously shared with us a list of some of their favorite local makers and products.
“Close to hearts because it’s a mama-owned-and-operated business. Lauren Estes has a tribe of three girls and you can feel their love. They travel every winter to Costa Rica for several months and in the summer they have a surf camp in St Augustine. They fully embody and embrace their product. It’s made by hand with impeccable ingredients in small batches so it stays fresh.”
“Family run embroidery business that’s working toward having an urban homestead. Robin, the owner, has taught classes at Cultivate and loves what she does. I love her because she has a day job and does embroidery at night and on the weekends, which shows a true passion. Her two children help her assemble the DIY embroidery kits. Some of my favorite pieces of hers are the Florida-inspired ones like the one in the photo as well as an alligator, a bumble bee, and an orange blossom.”
“We first met Sarah K. Davis at the Makery last year and fell in love with her pottery. Her pieces are simple and elegant. I love the earth tones she uses. She specializes in coffee mugs in all sizes, which I am a little biased to since I love hot beverages.”
“Where to begin with this company/organization? They employ and empower women who were involved in human trafficking. They accept donations of T-shirts and repurpose them into cute and hip scarves. They also make cloth napkins, necklaces, and earrings. They partner with organizations around the world that have a similar mission of lifting up and supporting women who are in need. Recently, they partnered with Southwest Airlines to repurpose their old leather seats into a line of jewelry. I love them not only for their core values and mission, but because they are recreating a thing that might otherwise be thrown away, into something new and beautiful.”