June 2020

21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Lisa Sulka

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.KAT Photography

Lisa Sulka
Bluffton Mayor

In the long history of mayors in the USA, there was never a mayor who loved her town more than Lisa Sulka loves Bluffton. Now this might be a slight exaggeration … but even her Instagram handle is @lisalovesbluffton. Sulka is an excellent communicator during hurricane evacuations (and we’ve had four in the last four years), pandemics, and just on your average Monday afternoon; the town of Bluffton is lucky to have her. She’s a real estate agent by day, and in her spare time she enjoys Clemson games and hanging with her grown children. The heart of the Lowcountry couldn’t ask for a better ambassador.

How long have you lived in Bluffton and what do you love most about living in the Lowcountry?
I visited in the summer of 1981 as a junior at Clemson. I went back, graduated and officially became a Lowcountry resident in May of 1982.

Why do you think Bluffton is the best small town in America?
I can’t imagine any other place better than this town. I think it’s the people, it’s young vibe, the weather, and the river in our backyard. Even though we are a growing town, it still has a small-town feel.

When you aren’t showing property or handling town business, where can we find you and what are you doing?
You can usually find me walking in Old Town. Or sometimes I go out to the New River Linear Trail and walk if I have friends in town, or family. I usually have a coffee cup in my hand—always supporting one of our local coffee shops or showing up at the Farmers Market. You might also find me hanging out down one of these little side streets in one of our Cove Parks.

What is the most frequently asked question you get from our visitors?
Directions, mostly. I get asked where the river is, where they can find the Heyward House, and what there is to do in Bluffton. I tell them to get out on the river, walk, shop and eat!

Favorite annual event or festival?
Bluffton Village Festival … Mayfest. We are fighting over what it is called. Ha! Ha! Second is, hands down, the Bluffton Christmas parade.

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