Open for Bidding! {Heritage Ball Silent Auction}

9cb61747-d422-4c7d-8b1a-30c2b1b469fc

The 43rd Annual Heritage Ball, presented by Franklin and Williamson County's Heritage Foundation, is quickly approaching on September 17th. The Heritage Ball helps support the revitalization and historic preservation of Downtown Franklin and Williamson County. Even though tickets are sold out, it is not too late to place your bids for the auction! The silent auction is open now until September 17th. You may bid from anywhere even if you are not attending the Ball! Click HERE to register and start bidding or make a donation! The auction includes everything from fine jewelry, custom clothing, extravagant getaways and one-of-a-kind experiences. Visit a favorite local restaurant or Historic Downtown Franklin merchant, enjoy something fun … [Read more...]

Franklin Art Scene Introduces Origami Sculptures for August

653a6d6b-be90-44e6-a000-2da8bcb81981

With the August Franklin Art Scene just a few days away, we are excited to announce several new artists who will be showcasing their art in and around downtown Franklin for the 5th Anniversary! We had the pleasure of talking with Franklin native, Evan Genter, about his involvement in the Franklin Art Scene and what we can expect to see! Check back to see more exciting events and beautiful artwork to come next month! Q: Does art run in your family or has this been a unique hobby of yours? A: My mom enjoys sketching, my dad doodles often, and my uncles are both architects so there’s definitely art in my genes but no, no one is a full time artist in the traditional sense. Q: How did you get started with art? A: I have always … [Read more...]

Twice as Nice :: Art Scene & Franklin Theatre Team Up on July 1!

Artwork by Roy Laws

It’s party time! Join us in celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Franklin Art Scene and the Franklin Theatre–an event that’s sure to be twice as special! On Friday, July 1, the Franklin Art Scene is excited to feature three special guests in a live artist exhibition on Main Street in addition to the regular art crawl. And the party doesn't stop there! At 9:30, the Franklin Theatre and Nashville Arts Magazine are offering a free showing of the film “Saving Banksy” at the theatre's historic location. The movie chronicles the intriguing journey of internationally-known graffiti artist, Banksy. Although there is no cost to attend, we recommend that you reserve your tickets online so you’re guaranteed a spot. Throughout the evening, … [Read more...]

The Franklin Art Scene Returns May 6!

Artwork by David Zinn, the inspiration for "Critter Invasion"

In addition to showcasing plenty of unique pieces created by a wide range of local artisans, The #FranklinArtScene is continuing its 5th anniversary celebration from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 6 by featuring Critter Invasion, an exhibition of sidewalk chalk art, plus a Kid’s CreArtivity Crawl and Parent’s Night Out event, hosted with the Arts Council and Williamson County Parks and Recreation. As part of the free event’s 5th anniversary celebration, patrons will have a chance to experience the Critter Invasion exhibit, which consists of temporary street art composed entirely of chalk on improvised locations. Those looking to view all of the critter drawings along the art crawl route should begin at “Critter Alley,” located at the … [Read more...]

Announcing the 2016 Main Street Brewfest Beer Lineup!

12973257_1145247728841029_787868819897079662_o (1)

  The 13th Annual Main Street Brewfest is just a few short weeks away, and lead sponsor Lipman Brothers is once again bringing a first-rate lineup of local, national and international beers to the festival in downtown Franklin. More than 35 different breweries will offer a selection of over 80 craft beers at tasting sites in and around Franklin’s famous Main Street on Saturday, May 7. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., attendees will “tap into history” as the Public Square and Main Street play host to 37 different tasting locations. “We hand-picked this year’s lineup to include something for everybody and I’m really excited about what we put together,” said Claire Crowell, 2016 Main Street Brewfest chair and chief operating officer of A. … [Read more...]

Main Street Brewfest: This Year It’s Not Just Beer!

FullSizeRender 3

In addition to a wide array of local, national and international beer, we're bringing a new kind of brewer to this year's 13th Annual #MainStreetBrewfest -- coffee roasters! On May 7, from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., festival-goers will have the opportunity to step into the "Bean Garden," where local brewers will be serving fresh cups of joe throughout the event! Those attending can expect to find the best of the best in our area including Honest Coffee Roasters, Muletown Coffee, Revelator Coffee, Mama's Java, Eighth and Roast, Frothy Monkey, High Brow Brew and more! We're getting hyper just thinking about it! Plus we'll be hosting the "Luna Lounge," sponsored by Luna Records in the Factory at Franklin, where local artists will be spinning their … [Read more...]

{April} Franklin Art Scene Continues 5th Anniversary Celebrations!

Julia Roach, Hope Church

The #FranklinArtScene is continuing its 5th anniversary celebration on Friday, April 1 by educating participants on Williamson County art and culture with a “Trivial Pursuit: Artist Edition” quiz and prize-drawing, as well as featuring a wide range of local artisans at new locations. Coordinated by the Downtown Franklin Association, the free event will now include 28 participating sites dispersed in and around downtown—including the Second South District and Bridge Street, as well as up and down Columbia Avenue. As part of the free event’s 5th anniversary celebrations, patrons will have the opportunity to participate in a Trivial Pursuit: Artist Edition quiz where they’ll answer questions regarding the featured artists and their work. … [Read more...]

St. Paddy’s Day in Downtown Franklin!

IMG_1985

When it comes to celebrations, you can always count on Downtown Franklin to plan accordingly -- especially on St. Patrick's Day! This year, the spotlight is on our award-winning restaurants, bars and shoppes, each of which has a host of themed events, drink specials and festive offerings planned for the holiday. Keep reading to find out what our DFA members have planned for the occasion, then grab your luckiest green -- a pot of gold awaits you on #AmericasFavoriteMainStreet this Thursday! BUNGANUT PIG A local favorite on Columbia Avenue, the pub will throw a St. Paddy’s Day party featuring John D’Amato at 6 p.m. and plenty of Irish cheer! Special bites include corned beef and cabbage with new potatoes, Guinness stew, Guinness … [Read more...]

{March} Franklin Art Scene to “Light Up The Night”

Painting by Michaelle Sessions

The Franklin Art Scene is continuing its 5th anniversary celebration on Friday, March 4 by shining a light on Williamson County art and culture with complimentary glowsticks, in addition to a wide range of local artisans. Coordinated by the Downtown Franklin Association, the free event will feature 12 participating sites dispersed in and around downtown—including the Second South District and Bridge Street, as well as up and down Columbia Avenue. The first 100 patrons at each location will receive glowsticks to wear throughout the night’s festivities, which will take place from 6-9 p.m. March’s “Light Up The Night” theme is one of many unique perks that regulars will see throughout the year, as the Franklin Art Scene prepares to … [Read more...]

Main Street Brewfest Heading to Franklin on May 7!

850ef59e-8eef-4871-b9e6-75049cedb8a2

Drumroll please... We're excited to announce that Main Street Brewfest will be taking place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 and will include more craft beer and extras than ever before!   This is the Downtown Franklin Association's (DFA) annual fundraiser, used to promote the locally owned mom and pop businesses you love so much. We want to ensure that this treasured festival is not only bringing visitors and locals alike to experience our historic core and enjoy all that our members have to offer, but also that it takes place in an atmosphere that reflects what our organization works so hard to protect and brings in the support that's needed to sustain the DFA.  Get the scoop on new additions and what to expect at this year's Main … [Read more...]

{February} Franklin Art Scene + 5th Anniversary Celebrations!

Artwork by Susan Napolitano

That's right -- the Franklin Art Scene is turning five this year and including you in celebrations the entire way through! In anticipation of the free event's 5th anniversary (which will take place in September!), the free event is kicking off a year of celebration on Friday, Feb. 5th, that will include unique perks each month, plus an array of diverse, local artisans. The February Art Crawl will feature 12 participating locations dispersed in and around downtown—including the Second South District and Bridge Street, as well as up and down Columbia Avenue. Patrons will receive a “passport” card at February’s event, which will take place from 6-9 p.m. Participants who get their passport stamped at eight of the 12 locations will … [Read more...]

Franklin Art Scene Takes January 2016 Break

image

Hope everyone had a very merry month, and are looking forward to the new year. As a reminder, the Franklin Art Scene will be taking a break from the art crawl on Friday, Jan. 1, so that our artists & business owners can enjoy their New Year's Day. But don't worry -- the festivities will be returning for the next month's event on Friday, Feb. 5. Happy New Year's, all!!!!! We wish you happiness, blessings & prosperity too. Learn more ore about the Franklin Art Scene at www.franklinartscene.com. … [Read more...]

‘TIS THE SEASON {HOLIDAY HOURS 2015}

12278886_1061681240531012_7857354295570405256_n

It's the most wonderful time of the year in Franklin and our local business owners have helped make this holiday season truly unforgettable! From their twinkling storefronts and decorated shop windows to the holiday lights and cheer that fill #AmericasFavoriteMainStreet, Downtown Franklin is nothing short of an enchanting Christmas wonderland. We've put together a list of our businesses' holiday hours to make planning easier as you cross off the final gifts on your shopping list and celebrate the magic of the season. CLICK HERE to see a list of our members' hours from Christmas Eve to New Year's Day. … [Read more...]

{Forever Franklin} Stuff Your Stocking: $700 December Giveaway

11048702_1067220809977055_1135914586712618586_o

The #ForeverFranklin series of giveaways CONTINUES, just in time for the holiday season! This month (December 2015), you have ANOTHER chance to win gift packages valued at $600 (!!!!) from local downtown Franklin businesses. Downtown Franklin, Tennessee is an authentic, eclectic community… really, the perfect place to spend an entire day or weekend exploring with friends and family. So we designed a giveaway to encourage you and your loved ones to do just that, tab on us! Keep reading to see how you can "Stuff Your Stocking" with the December package, valued at $700. Thank you to The Smokey Cigar, Kilwins, Frothy Monkey, Baya Designs, GRAY'S on Main, and Carriage House Custom Homes and Interiors for each offering gift certificates to … [Read more...]

Small Business Saturday [2015] Make it Magical in Downtown Franklin!

Time to put the J-O-Y back in holiday shopping, are we right y’all?! The season is all about giving, and there’s nothing that invokes that warm fuzzy feeling quite like strolling America’s Favorite Main Street and finding a perfect gift for your loved one. With family in town for Thanksgiving festivities, we encourage y’all to start a new tradition on Small Business Saturday (SBS): it’s the perfect opportunity to #ShopSmall and support indie businesses, all the while creating sweet memories! This year the big event falls on Saturday, November 28. Below, we've put together a quick list of Downtown Franklin Association members (and locally owned businesses) who are offering specials that will make your shopping an even more enchanting … [Read more...]

Holiday Story Time at the Visitor Center

Holiday Story Time web

Holiday Story Time returns to the Visitor Center in downtown Franklin, TN! Your favorite holiday characters will be reading beloved holiday stories to boys and girls of all ages this holiday season. The magic of the season comes to life during the special meet ’n’ greets with all the characters immediately following their stories. This year, you can meet the Sugar Plum Fairy, Buddy the Elf, Princess Elsa and even Santa Claus himself! This is a great way to celebrate the holiday season with the entire family. So, pack up the kids (or just yourself), and come on down to the Visitor Center to share in the spirit of the holiday season!   Holiday Story Time with Santa Saturday, December 5 @ 11:45 AM Story Time returns to … [Read more...]

Merriest Main Street Reveal

We're adding another enchanting moment to the community’s holiday season by inviting them to take part in its Second Annual “Merriest Main Street” Reveal on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 that includes an exclusive Studio Tenn performance at The Franklin Theatre and a grand Main Street window reveal! We're kicking off the holiday magic in Franklin, as well as put guests in the spirit to get a jump on spending money with downtown’s independently owned merchants and restaurants this season. The free program, presented by Franklin Synergy Bank, will start at The Franklin Theatre at 3:30 p.m. on November 23 with Christmas characters in costume greeting guests--presenting the perfect photo opportunity for families. Inside the theatre, participants will … [Read more...]

{Forever Franklin} Shop Small Spree: $700 November Giveaway

The Franklin Theatre, Fall

The #ForeverFranklin series of giveaways CONTINUES, just in time for the holiday season (AND Small Business Saturday)! This month (November 2015), you have ANOTHER chance to win gift packages valued at $700 (!!!!) from local downtown Franklin businesses. Downtown Franklin, Tennessee is an authentic, eclectic community… really, the perfect place to spend an entire day or weekend exploring with friends and family. So we designed a giveaway to encourage you and your loved ones to do just that, tab on us! Keep reading to see how you can “Shop Small Spree” the November package, valued at $700. Thank you to 55 South, Delivery Dudes, Finnley's, GRAY'S on Main, It's Vintage Baby, Red Pony Restaurant, Walton's Jewelry, and Kevin Wimpy … [Read more...]

Sheryl Crow: Guest Vendor at City Farmhouse Holiday Pop-up Fair!

Sheryl Crow at the 2015 City Farmhouse Pop-up Fair, Photo by Alissa Saylor

Those who have ever wanted to own a piece of rockstar royalty in their home will have the chance at the City Farmhouse Holiday Pop-up Fair next month at Jameson Hall at The Factory at Franklin! City Farmhouse announced today that Sheryl Crow will be a featured guest vendor at the seasonal market, happening November 13 through November 15. This is a first for the Grammy-winning artist, who will donate all of her City Farmhouse Holiday Pop-up sales to the World Food Program U.S.A. Sheryl Crow will offer a range of goods from her personal stash to shoppers over the three-day event, selling everything from antique and vintage home decor pieces she has personally collected over the years to clothing and other items. First dibs on shopping … [Read more...]

Pumpkinfest 2015 Costume Contests!

The highlight of Franklin’s fall season is just around the corner and it’s time for both people and pets to dust off their Halloween best. One of Pumpkinfest’s favorite traditions, the costume contests for both humans and pets, will be held on the Heritage Stage on the Public Square beginning at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, October 24. Contests will be held in the following categories: Ages 0-2, 3-5, 6-11, and 12+. There is also a category for groups. Pumpkinfest sponsor HomeTown Pet will be sponsoring the pet costume contest. Signups for humans will be next to the Heritage Stage on the Public Square from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., with a $2 entry fee. Signups for the HomeTown Pet Costume Contest will be at the HomeTown Pet booth, #26, on the … [Read more...]

Pumpkinfest 2015 Happens THIS WEEKEND, Brings More Entertainment!

face-paint

Each October, the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County organizes an event that draws tens of thousands of people to Historic Downtown Franklin’s core for a full day of fun that ranges for a variety of ages. The 32nd Annual Pumpkinfest, a fall tradition to many Middle Tennesseans, is returning Saturday, Oct. 24 and promises more entertainment options than ever! Presented by Hyundai of Cool Springs, the activities will stretch along Main Street and its connecting avenues, making sure that festival-goers have a constant source of entertainment at each turn — like the circus performance group Beyond Wings, who will showcase Halloween-themed aerial arts on the corner of Second Avenue and Main. In addition to the one … [Read more...]

City Farmhouse Pop-up Fair, Antique & Design Event Draws Thousands of Guests, Local Celebrities

Copy of DSC09381

There’s something about Kim and David Leggetts’ style that draws visitors from around the globe to shop at the City Farmhouse Pop-up Fair, a design and shopping show that hosts dozens of curated vendors in the tiny village of Leiper’s Fork, Tenn. The Leggett—owners of the popular downtown Franklin antiques shop from where the event derives its name—announced earlier this year that the brand would host three pop-up events in 2015, due to mounting popularity. The Fall antiques and vintage show, happening October 16 and 17, will once again take place at the stunning “lost-in-time” gardens and mansion of the late music publisher Buddy Killen, located off Old Hillsboro Road. City Farmhouse’s holiday pop-up fair, which will round out the … [Read more...]

32nd Annual Pumpkinfest Features Old Favorites, Returns Oct. 24

pfest 201410

Franklin’s rite of fall is returning to Main Street Saturday, Oct. 24, with an all-day celebration that brings free and festive fun for a variety of ages and groups. The 32nd Annual Pumpkinfest, held in the community’s historic core, attracts tens of thousands of visitors to downtown Franklin each year. Presented by Hyundai of Cool Springs and coordinated by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County, the festivities will stretch along Main Street and its connecting avenues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. In addition to the dozens of artisan vendors and two stages of live entertainment,  attendees can expect to enjoy some of the festival’s favorite traditions for the 2015 event – including a costume contest sponsored … [Read more...]

Franklin Art Scene Celebrates Four Years on Friday, Sept. 4!

Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 1.03.59 PM

In 2011, a core group of local artistic influencers gathered to discuss the launch of an art crawl in downtown Franklin, Tenn. On Friday, Sept. 4, the community will celebrate those visionaries’ work as the Franklin Art Scene hosts its four-anniversary event in the 16-block National Register district. Linda Childs--a staff member at the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County--also coordinates the monthly art crawl on behalf of the Downtown Franklin Association. She says the Franklin Art Scene is a champion for Middle Tennessee artists, and estimates the event has highlighted between 400 and 500 artists since its launch in 2011. “The Franklin Art Scene was initiated to promote local artists and build relationships … [Read more...]

#ForeverFranklin {AUGUST GIVEAWAY} Savor Franklin Originals

Main Street, Franklin TN, Debbie Smartt

Beginning this month, we're launching a series of #ForeverFranklin giveaways on Facebook and chances to win gift packages valued at $600 (!!!!). Downtown Franklin, Tennessee is an authentic, eclectic community... really, the perfect place to spend an entire day or weekend exploring with friends and family. So we designed a giveaway to encourage you and your loved ones to do just that, tab on us! Keep reading to see how you can win the August package, valued at $600. Thank you to The Juice Bar, Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant, Tin Cottage, GRAY'S on Main, Walton's Jewelry and Narrow Gate Artisans for each offering $100 gift certificates to provide this month's giveaway package. You rock! FOUR WAYS  TO ENTER TO WIN THE AUGUST "FRANKLIN … [Read more...]

August 2015: Franklin Art Scene Highlights

Landmark Bank arist, Rachel McCampbell

New beginnings are often inspiring, whether they arrive in the form of a fresh change of weather or a trek back to school. And in downtown Franklin, celebrating the start of a new month means the return of the first Friday art crawl. The community will be bursting with sound and color this Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. during August’s Franklin Art Scene, as dozens of small business owners will be opening their doors and transforming their establishments into art galleries and performance spaces. Gallery locations can be found throughout downtown—including the Second South District and Bridge Street, as well as up and down Columbia Avenue—and will include local artist appearances, fine art exhibitions, live music and more. See below for … [Read more...]

Kinek2015: A Media Summit Unlike Any Other

Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 2.28.12 PM

It's personal. Literally. And at Kinekt2015 the social media experts will tell you why. They're calling all social media gurus, business owners and local innovators to gather together and learn from other each other. A local Franklinite (can you say: Franklin pride?!) has produced this  environment to help people better connect with one another, and their individual audiences. “Kinekt2015: Being Human in a Connected World,” will be held at The Factory at Franklin July 8th and 9th, and will offer an insider’s perspective on the challenges of intertwining a brand with the lasting bonds of human connection. Kinekt contributors--ranging from esteemed local speakers to nationally renowned authors--have been selected for their ability … [Read more...]

June 2015: Franklin Art Scene Highlights

Tonya

It's that time again: escape the gloom of this past week (the weather's supposed to be great!) with our monthly community celebration of the arts this Friday, June 5 during the Franklin Art Scene–a free event that allows our friends to better appreciate Williamson County culture.... every first Friday of the month. Coordinated by the Downtown Franklin Association (that’s us!), our art crawl boasts dozens of participating spots, with locations dispersed in and around downtown—including the Second South District and Bridge Street, as well as up and down Columbia Avenue. If you're out and about, don't forget to tag us on Facebook, or hashtag #FranklinArtScene (find our Twitter account here). Friday’s locations are slated to offer a … [Read more...]

Heritage Tour: Experience History Behind the Door (June 6-7)

Heritage Home Page - Marshall-1003 West Main Street 2 (2)

Each summer, members and supporters of the Heritage Foundation open their homes and businesses as part of the Heritage Tour, showcasing the community’s dedication to protecting those resources as part of our legacy. Now in its 40th year, the Tour will invite the public inside historic residences, commercial structures and notable examples of sensitive infill within historic districts on Saturday and Sunday, June 6th and 7th, 2015. The event acts as a fundraiser for our non-profit preservation organization, and underscores the importance of protecting the architectural and cultural heritage of Williamson County. BUY YOUR TICKET HERE! J. Edward and Brenda Campbell, a husband-wife team of real estate brokers in Franklin, have been named as … [Read more...]

City Farmhouse Hosts Second Pop-up Fair {June 19-20} in Leiper’s!

IMG_1678

For the last two years, the City Farmhouse Pop-up Fair has drawn visitors from around the globe to the tiny village of Leiper’s Fork, Tenn., to score antique and vintage goods from dozens of curated vendors. Kim and David Leggett—owners of the popular downtown Franklin shop from where the event derives its name—announced that due to mounting popularity, a second pop-up fair has been added June 19-20, 2015, in addition to its annual October event. The Leggetts, who are nationally recognized “pickers,” say the second show was due to both attendance popularity and their fans’ requests: the pair manage the City Farmhouse Facebook page, which boasts more than 100,000 followers—many of whom lobbied for an additional show. “We had an … [Read more...]

Jamba Juice Opens This Saturday, May 23

image1

Fruitful Living LLC, the local Jamba Juice franchise partner, have just revealed the opening date of their third location in Tennessee in Historic downtown Franklin..... and it's oh, so soon! The new Jamba Juice, located at 504 W. Main Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenue, will open on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 8 a.m. The downtown Franklin location will also host their Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, May 23--with all smoothies and juice being half price, all day! Plus: From 11AM to 2PM, festivities will include menu sampling, a prize wheel of giveaways, and entertainment by Jamba's banana man, a fun balloon artist, and professional hoola­-hoop dancer. Fruitful Living LLC franchise owner Cynthia Townsend--who formerly owned … [Read more...]

Main Street Festival Draws More Than 100,000 To Franklin

Main Street Festival

The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County is pleased to announce the return of Main Street Festival, scheduled for April 25-26, 2015 in Historic Downtown Franklin. With Xfinity as the annual event’s title sponsor, organizers say spring’s premier celebration will be bigger and better this year, and to expect a full weekend of arts and crafts, music and dance, children’s activities, food and fun. With Main Street closed to traffic from First to Fifth Avenues, Xfinity Main Street Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 25; and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 26.  Admission is free. The centerpiece of Xfinity Main Street Festival is a juried arts and crafts show featuring some 200 vendors … [Read more...]

Puckett’s Boat House Offers Major Discounts on Gift Card Day, Monday

PBH-Gift-Card-Sale-Flyer-1-800x1024

Whether spring’s coming early or we’re getting six more weeks of winter–Puckett’s Boat House will be celebrating with what they’re calling ‘Boat House Gift Card Day’ on Monday, February 2! They’re giving y’all 10 percent off Puckett’s Boat House gift card purchases of $100-$199, 20 percent off $200-$299, 30 percent off $300- $399, 40 percent off $400-$499 and 50 percent off purchases of $500 or more. How awesome is that? February is the month of love, and they said they just wanted to show a little extra love to the community that’s shown so much support and love for the Puckett’s family. The gift cards may be purchased at the restaurant, or by calling 615-790-2309 (cards bought through the website will not be eligible for the … [Read more...]

Gallery 202 Hosts Benefit for Local Artist, Jan. 14

Gallery-202-house-E1

Photo by Debbie Smartt Gallery 202—the renowned art gallery housed in a historic building in downtown Franklin—invites you to join them for a “Friends Helping Friends” fundraiser on Wednesday, Jan. 14 that will benefit local artist Debra Sheridan. Debra is a cancer survivor who is battling the effects of her many resulting treatments. The Silent Auction event will serve as a evening to help raise money for Debra’s many expenses and reconstructive surgeries–and will include work donated by local artists… and even a signed guitar by Kenny Chesney! If you’re interesting in mixing and mingling with art patrons for an amazing cause, head over to 202 Second Avenue South on January 14 from 6 p.m. ’til for live music by Drake White and a … [Read more...]

Franklin’s Merry Olde Christmas Celebration to Host Studio Tenn, Unveil Main Street Lights!

MainStreet_PhotobyMichael-Brown.jpg-1024x768

Photo by Michael Brown THIS EVENT AT THE THEATRE IS SOLD OUT, BUT WE ENCOURAGE YOU JOIN US ON MAIN STREET AROUND 4:30 TO WATCH MAIN STREET IN ALL ITS GLORY! For many locals, holiday months in downtown Franklin hold a certain kind of magic; from the two-day Dickens of a Christmas festival and town sings to the lighting of the towering tree on the Square, families are immersed in nostalgic moments that surround the season! This year, the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA) is helping add another layer of festivity to Main Street… and inviting the public to take part in the first-ever “Franklin’s Merry Olde Christmas” celebration onMonday, Nov. 24, 2014, that will include a Main Street light reveal, a special Studio Tenn performance, … [Read more...]

Pumpkinfest Is Comin’ Back Oct. 25—Get Ready for #Franklinstein!

Pumpkinfest-155

Franklin’s favorite fall celebration is returning to Main Street this month, and this time it’s bigger and better than ever. The 31st annual Pumpkinfest will take place on Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., bringing a full day of free entertainment to families in the area. Presented by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County, the festival will stretch along Main Street from First to Fifth avenues, and will also include portions of Third and Fourth avenues. Attendees can expect a day of live music, various contests, an array of arts and crafts booths, a chili cook-off and much more. In addition, The Great Pumpkin will be making an appearance at Pumpkinfest after traveling across the country from Franklin’s sister … [Read more...]

2014 Main Street Brew Fest: the breweries

Beer. Bagpipes. Irish cheer. Pub food. What about that doesn't sound like a party? Each year for the past decade, Main Street Brew Fest has been an opportunity for beer lovers to taste some of the latest local, national and international additions to an exploding micro-brewery market... all the while exploring Downtown Franklin’s historic retail district! Join us on Saturday, March 15, to taste dozens--and dozens--of craft beers at 30-plus tasting sites from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Get more details here, or buy tickets here (we've sold out well in advance the past several years). {PSSST: we're using the hashtag #FRANKLINBREWFEST. Join in on the fun y'all!} Itchin' to know which brewers are participating? Our generous sponsor, R.S. Lipman … [Read more...]

Franklin Art Scene Brings Back Trolley For Spring, Hosts Local Art For Night Out

This Friday, Franklin Art Scene goers will enjoy the first hints of spring with the return of the monthly, first-Friday art crawl through downtown Franklin’s historic core. In conjunction with the monthly gathering coordinated by the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA), more than 20 locations will host local artists on their properties, 6-9 p.m. Many of the sites offer refreshments, drink or live music. The art crawl is free, but a $5 wristband includes unlimited stops on the trolley that circulate throughout the circuit this month. For more information about participants, go to www.franklinartscene.com. To see this month’s featured artists, visit the non-profit’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FranklinArtScene.com. Highlights … [Read more...]

Next Gen’s Three Blind Vines (Feb. 21) Boasts 88 Silent Auction Items

Those who enjoy glitz and glamour will be particularly taken with this year’s Three Blind Vines fundraiser at The Factory in Franklin on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014: the Next Generation Heritage Foundation has promised that the “Classic Hollywood” theme will offer a movie premiere-like ambiance with wine tastings, food pairings, live entertainment –and an extensive list of swanky silent auction items. Next Gen President Sean Carroll says that topping the string of sought-after pieces and packages will be one that goes along with the preservation organization’s mission: HISTORY’s American Pickers stars Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz have hand-selected a vintage corbel made of plaster and hay that dates back a century. Other notable takeaways from … [Read more...]

Don’t Miss These Special Deals This Valentines Day in Downtown Franklin

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner here in Franklin, Tenn., and that means it’s time to start shopping around for your special someone! The stores and boutiques of downtown Franklin are offering some great deals for Valentine’s Day. Find the perfect gift for your sweetie or yourself! After all, we were named one of America’s “Most Romantic Towns” by Travel + Leisure, so what better place to spend February 14? Stores and Boutiques Bink’s Outfitters For the adventurous, Yeti coolers are the perfect gift for any outdoorsman! And guys: these Hunter boots will look great on your special lady! Visit the Bink’s Outfitters website here. Early's Honey Stand The historic mini-grocery story on E. Main Street is offering somethin' sweet … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day 2014 in Downtown Franklin

Valentine's Day: love or hate it, you might as well take full advantage of the restaurants' fabulous prix fixe menus and boutiques' big sales! Plus, Travel + Leisure named us one of America's "Most Romantic Towns"... so obviously you should be spending February 14 with us! To help, here's our Downtown Franklin Guide to the holiday. We'll be adding new content as it rolls in, so check back soon! RESTAURANTS & SWEETS Cork & Cow Swank it up at the upscale restaurant just off Main Street: for $150 (not including tax & gratuity) a couple, you get a four-course gourmet meal + one paired cocktail. See the full menu here. Reservations are required, and available by phone at 615-538-6021. Frothy Monkey This coffee, cafe and restaurant … [Read more...]

Tickets Are Now On Sale For The 7th Annual Three Blind Vines Supporting The Franklin Theatre

The Next Generation Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County has announced that tickets are now on sale for their 7th annual Three Blind Vines fundraiser supporting The Franklin Theatre. Tickets may be purchased in advance on their website - threeblindvines.com – for $35. They will be $45 at the door. The event takes place on Friday, February 21, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Liberty Hall at The Factory in Franklin. The group recently announced a “Classic Hollywood” theme, offering attendees all the glitz and glamour of a red carpet movie premiere. Admission includes live entertainment, food from your favorite local restaurants (including Presenting Sponsor GRAY'S on Main) and the wine, of course. Back by popular … [Read more...]

Travel + Leisure Names Franklin One of “America’s Favorite Towns” and More

Main Street Architecutre_photo DavidMcMullan

Travel + Leisure Magazine has named Franklin, Tennessee one of "America's Favorite Towns," following an online readers' poll conducted during Fall 2013. Coming in at #8 on the list, Franklin was included among other popular small-town tourism destinations such as Park City, Utah; Telluride, Colo.; and Amelia Island, Fla. "There’s a festival for virtually every month of the year hosted in 18th-century Franklin’s brick-paved downtown—named among the country’s best by the National Trust for Historic Preservation," the Travel + Leisure entry reads. "You might sample beer and Irish whiskey at the Main Street Brew Fest each March or bluegrass fiddling in late July, or join a Dickens-themed Christmas celebration. The town also ranked No. 3 for … [Read more...]

Small Business Saturday: SHOP SMALL!

#SmallBizSat in Downtown Franklin, Tennessee Our downtown Franklin community is joining together to support Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30, as part of a national effort to support independently owned merchants! Many of our 150 shops and restaurants in the surrounding historic core are offering special sales and other promotions the day after “Black Friday.” The following merchants will offer a 10% discount on your ticket when you present a receipt from another Downtown Franklin shop or restaurant: Arbor Antique Mall (see below for sale exclusions); Avec Moi; Bittersweet Primitives; Boutique MMM; Bunganut Pig; Chapman’s Pie Wagon; Coffee House at Second & Bridge; Landmark Booksellers; Main Street Toy Shoppe; McCreary’s Pub; Mellow … [Read more...]

2014 Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30

Time to put the JOY back in holiday shopping, y'all! Small Business Saturday (SBS) is a national effort to help independently owned merchants gain more exposure during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. Basically, it's a day dedicated to supporting the people that make our country thrive. This year, the big event falls on Saturday, November 30. Two days after Thanksgiving, many of our 150 shops and restaurants in Historic Downtown Franklin will be offering special sales and other promotions the day after “Black Friday"--additional encouragements for patrons to shop local! We'll be gathering those offers and will be sure to let you know about 'em. This year, merchants and downtown Franklin building owners are also banding … [Read more...]

Pumpkinfest: Entertainment Schedule + Maps

One of the community’s favorite street festivals turns 30 this year. On Saturday, Oct. 26, Main Street will host thousands of guests for the annual Pumpkinfest event, taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout five blocks in Historic Downtown Franklin’s core. For a list of all the activities, click here. Or, check out the Pumpkinfest '13 Map. City Hall Stage 10 a.m.--Southern Academy of Irish Dance 11 a.m.--Tennessee Dance Arts Conservatory Noon--Franklin School of Performing Arts 1 p.m.--Prima Performance 2:30 p.m.--Tommy Jackson’s “Rocky Top Revue” 2 p.m.--Ann Carroll School of Dance & Columbia State 3 p.m.--Costume Contest 4 p.m.--Tommy Jackson “Rocky Top Revue” 5 p.m.--Nashville’s Country Swing Allstar’s 6 p.m.--Festival … [Read more...]

30th Annual Pumpkinfest Fills Main Street Oct. 26; Public Participates in Scarecrow Contest

30th Annual Pumpkinfest One of the community’s favorite street festivals turns 30 this year. On Saturday, Oct. 26, Main Street will host thousands of guests for the annual Pumpkinfest event, taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout five blocks in Historic Downtown Franklin’s core. Presented by Bank of America, the festival includes stages at both Five Points and the Public Square that will feature all-day music for attendees, the yearly costume contest, a chili cook-off, and rows of arts and crafts booths. In addition, the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA) has asked merchants to decorate their windows and doors with one-of-a-kind scarecrows to complement the season’s spirit. Leading up to Pumpkinfest, the public is encouraged to … [Read more...]

2013 Scarecrow Contest

2013 SCARECROW CONTEST Hey downtown Franklin fans… we’re “scarin’ up scarecrows” for y’all during the month of October! Beginning Friday, Oct. 4–the evening of the Franklin Art Scene–Downtown Franklin Association (DFA) members are decorating their windows and doors with one-of-a-kind scarecrows to add to the festivity of the season. If you can’t make it to come see the creations around downtown Franklin during the art crawl, we’re hoping that you’ll visit places on and around #AmericasFavoriteMainStreet™ to see what they’ve cooked up! VOTE IN THE SCARECROW CONTEST: We’re asking that our downtown Franklin friends vote for your favorite scarecrow through our social media channels leading up to Pumpkinfest! We will stop counting votes on … [Read more...]

Franklin Art Scene “Scares Up Scarecrows”

Franklin Art Scene Enters Its Third Year The Franklin Art Scene will enter its third year on Friday, Oct. 4. The first-Friday art crawl, which boasted a record attendance last month, will feature 30-plus participating locations in Historic Franklin’s downtown core. It was estimated that more than 2,000 people came out for the free event in September, with many of the galleries and working studios serving food and drink. Some locations offer live music, as well. To add to the spirit of fall festivity, the event’s planning committee is encouraging merchants to participate in a scarecrow contest to be launched the evening of Oct. 4. Each Franklin Art Scene site has been asked to “scare up a scarecrow” near its front window or door. The public … [Read more...]

Franklin Art Scene Celebrates September; Has Featured 40-plus Sites, More Than 300 Artists

In 2011, a core group of local artistic influencers gathered to discuss the launch of an art crawl in downtown Franklin, Tenn. On Friday, Sept. 6, the local community will celebrate those visionaries’ work as the Franklin Art Scene hosts its second-anniversary event in Historic Downtown Franklin. Organizers say that they believe more than 1,500 patrons came out for the free event in August, indicating steady growth for the art crawl over the past 24 months.  The event boasts more than 30 participating locations each month, with locations dispersed in and around downtown—including the Second South District and Bridge Street, as well as Columbia Avenue. “The Art Scene was initiated two years ago to promote local talent and build community … [Read more...]

Downtown Franklin Merchants Collaborate in Dog Days of Summer Fundraiser; Raised $7,000 in 2012

More than 20 downtown Franklin merchants will support local charities together Tuesday, Aug. 27 through the second annual “Dog Days of Summer,” a collaborative fundraising effort coordinated by the non-profit Downtown Franklin Association (DFA). Participants will donate 10 to 15 percent of sales between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. to a non-profit organization of their choice. Each shop or restaurant is within a four-block walking distance, and all of the involved merchants are leaving their doors open later for the benefit. In its second year, the unified effort among local merchants helped raise more than $7,000 in July 2012. Several of the businesses –Mellow Mushroom, Kimbro’s and Shoppes on Main, among others—are choosing animal welfare … [Read more...]

DOWNTOWN FRANKLIN’S CITY FARMHOUSE HOSTS FIRST POP-UP SHOW

David and Kim Leggett have been “pickers” for more than 20 years. Their trained eye and vivacious personalities have attracted a following from around the globe, from individuals interested in following popular vintage trends to those who love the thrill of the hunt. So much so that the Leggett’s popular downtown Franklin antique shop--City Farmhouse, a Downtown Franklin Association (DFA) member--has accumulated nearly 30,000 fans on Facebook. [psst: read our story on the Leggetts here.] On Oct. 11-12, 2013, the pair will parlay that pickin’ and social media success into the first-ever City Farmhouse Pop-up Barn Show on the banks of the Harpeth River in Franklin, Tenn. The event, which is slated to host a wealth of curated vintage, … [Read more...]

Five Downtown Franklin Association Restaurants Participating in #NashvilleRestaurantWeek

More than 30 locally owned fixtures of the middle Tennessee dining scene are offering special menus and price points as part of Nashville Restaurant Week, August 19-25--and five downtown Franklin restaurants are in on the deal! 55 South, Bunganut Pig, Puckett's Boat House, Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant, Red Pony Restaurant, and Saffire Restaurant and Bar -- all Downtown Franklin Association members -- are providing three-course offerings for a fixed $20.13 or $30.13 price, Monday through Sunday. The restaurants are also members of the Nashville Originals, the city’s not-for-profit independent restaurant association that coordinates the bi-annual event each year. [fun side note: The non-profit is encouraging diners to share their … [Read more...]

Dogs Days of Summer in Downtown Franklin

ShopFeaturedImage

SHOP LOCAL. SUPPORT LOCAL. More than 20 downtown Franklin businesses will support local charities on Tuesday, August 27 through their sales, as part of a “Dog Days of Summer" event designed to engage the community  with local non-profits! Locations include both merchants and restaurants. Participating DFA businesses will donate 10-15 percent of sales between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. to a non-profit of their choice--and many will leave their doors open later for the event. These merchants and restaurant owners have chosen organizations that are near and dear to both their own hearts and their customers. If you participate, please use #DogDaysofSummer or #FranklinLove so that we can follow your adventures! Participating DFA restaurants … [Read more...]

August 2013 Art Scene Offers New Work; Nears Second Birthday

This Friday, Franklin Antique Mall is offering two forms of craftsmanship during August’s Franklin Art Scene: local bluegrass band The Mizells will provide a live pickin’ performance to complement work by Franklin artist Marlena Karlsson. A recent member of the first-Friday event, the shop on Second Avenue South says that Karlsson will be on hand to talk with participants about the “Return to Nature” exhibition. “I’m drawn to nature and noticing the simplest detail in the world. I find it so fulfilling to emotionally connect with nature and translate that into my work,” she said. “My work consists of acrylic, enamel, sprays, stains, resin and driftwood—all elements I use to make pieces come to life.” In conjunction with the monthly … [Read more...]

“Taste of GRAYS” Event to Close Main Street Aug. 4, Re-lighting of Historic Sign

For the better part of the last decade, one of the most recognized and photographed landmarks in downtown Franklin remained unlit, only occasionally stuttering to life for special events and annual festivals. Now, after more than a year of intensive renovations, the building will once again serve as a hub on one of the country’s most celebrated Main Streets: GRAYS on Main is commemorating its grand opening Sunday, Aug. 4 with a street closure from the Public Square to Fourth Avenue, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The restaurant and entertainment venue will offer tours, tastes and live music, with the historic Gray’s neon sign coming alive as darkness falls. Previously, it had been announced that the grand opening would be held July 28. However, a … [Read more...]

2013 Franklin on the Fourth

Fourth of July celebrations are moving back to downtown Franklin's square this year! The 2013 festivities, coordinated by The Franklin Lions Club and Tennessee Events in conjunction with the City of Franklin, will begin at 10 a.m. on the Public Square. The day will bursting with fun-filled activities--including live music, children's activities, food and much more! Plus, this year there will be an expanded craft vendor section featuring high-quality, handmade items. For the kids: The Kid's Zone will keep the little ones entertained with an area that includes inflatables, slides, climbing walls a petting zoo & pony rides.  The "Children's Parade" will begin at 5 p.m. (Children will begin lining up at a designated marked location at … [Read more...]

June 2013 Franklin Art Scene

We'll be ringing in the summer months this Friday with the Franklin Art Scene! The monthly event, coordinated by the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA), includes more than 30 locations in an area thriving with spots listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Join us Friday, 6-9 p.m., as we toast the warm  weeks ahead! The art crawl is free, but a $5 wristband includes unlimited stops on the trolleys that circulate throughout the circuit. In addition to an online map and QR code, a Franklin Art Scene smartphone application is now available on Google Play. The download gives users up-to-date information on the upcoming event and its locations. For more information on the event, visit www.franklinartscene.com. Highlights … [Read more...]

Heritage Foundation’s Town & Country Tour Includes Century Farm and More

Downtown Franklin resident Marti Veto has been named chair of the 38th Annual Town & Country Tour of Homes, to be held June 1 and 2 in and around historic Franklin. The event, produced by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County, is designed to showcase old homes in an effort to underscore the importance of historic preservation. This year’s tour includes properties from the 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as modern interpretations of Federal, Victorian and French Country-style homes in a newer neighborhood. Veto, who bought her ca. 1920 Craftsman-style bungalow in 2007 on West Main Street, opened her restored home to the Tour of Homes in 2008. “I love my downtown neighborhood—the history each house … [Read more...]

Downtown Franklin’s 30th Annual Main Street Festival Returns This Weekend

If you are using Twitter or Instagram to document your Main Street Festival experiences, use the hashtags #MainStreetFestival or #MSF13 or #downtownfranklin so that we can follow that! Downtown Franklin’s 30th annual Main Street Festival is April 27-28, featuring more than 200 artisans & crafters, two stages, two carnivals and a couple dozen food trucks to round out a full weekend of fun on one of America’s favorite Main Streets. Hours for the free street festival are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, with the Fourth Avenue Street Dance continuing until 10 p.m., and all activities re-opening noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The area of the festival is Main Street from First Avenue to Fifth Avenue, and including portions of Third and Fourth Avenues … [Read more...]

O’More Designer Show House Partners With Traditional Home Magazine

For more than 40 years, O’More College of Design has produced some of Middle Tennessee’s top interior designers. Now, alumni spanning the decades are partnering on the O’More Show House at Berry Cottage, to be held April 5-21 in Downtown Franklin with all proceeds benefiting the O’More College of Design. As part of Traditional Home magazine’s 2013 National Show House Tour, the event will feature 17 leading designers, all graduates of O’More’s award-winning interior design program. The 4,000 square-foot transitional Shingle-style home is currently under construction on Berry Circle, located just off of Lewisburg Avenue and adjacent to the College’s campus in downtown Franklin. “Traditional Home is thrilled to partner with O’More College of … [Read more...]

Franklin Art Scene Hosts First Art Crawl of Spring Season

The Franklin Art Scene will host its first art crawl of the spring season Friday, April 5 from 6-9 p.m., just in time to celebrate the recent blooms around Historic Downtown Franklin. The Franklin Art Scene is a first-Friday event presented by the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA). The art crawl and its 30-plus locations are free, but a $5 wristband includes unlimited stops on the trolleys that circulate throughout the circuit. In addition to an online map and QR code, a Franklin Art Scene smartphone application is now available on Google Play. The download gives users up-to-date information on the upcoming event and its locations. For more information on the event, visit www.franklinartscene.com. April highlights include:  • … [Read more...]

Franklin Theatre Hosts Children’s “Eggs-travaganza” March 30

The Franklin Theatre will help spread Easter cheer a day early this year. The historic event venue will host its first “Eggs-travaganza” on Saturday, March 30 beginning at 9:30 a.m. The children’s event will include a screening of the animated movie Hop and a chance to win a brand-new bicycle from Mac’s Harpeth Bikes in Franklin. The Theatre, whose marquee first illuminated Main Street in 1937, said it focuses on children-oriented events each year in order to give back to its community supporters. “We enjoy these opportunities to engage with both the children and their families, because it means we’re making memories with them,” said Chelsey Reardon, marketing and communications manager. “The Theatre is nostalgic for many people, and we … [Read more...]

MAIN STREET BREW FEST CELEBRATES ITS 10th ANNIVERSARY MARCH 16

More than 60 Brews On Tap From Middle Tennessee and Around the Country Each year for the last decade, the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA) has provided beer lovers a taste of some of the best local, national and international brews during its annual Main Street Brew Fest. On Saturday, March 16, the non-profit organization that helped spearhead the revitalization of Franklin’s historic downtown core will once again offer 60-plus craft beers at 31 tasting sites from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., along with Celtic performers and plenty of Irish cheer. PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR THE BEER LIST. Presented by R.S. Lipman Company and Lipman Brothers, the popular event plans to showcase the latest product and shine a spotlight on Williamson County’s microbrewery … [Read more...]

Outdoor Classic Structures Brings New Dimension to March’s Franklin Art Scene

Outdoor Classic Structures, a design-build firm in downtown Franklin that focuses on outdoor construction, is wielding its craft to add a unique dimension to the upcoming Franklin Art Scene. The company works on projects ranging from spectacular courtyards to green roofs, tiered swimming pools to sculpted landscapes—and this Friday at their showroom on 203 Second Avenue South, they will take their art inside. With spring right around the corner, Outdoor Classic Structures is using the monthly art crawl to demonstrate unique ideas for enjoying the outdoors. “By this point in the winter months, people are growing weary of spending so much time inside. We thought it would be fun to ‘garden up’ the studio and bring in an early spring,” said … [Read more...]

Main Street Welcomes Town’s End General Store

Town’s End General Store, a vintage and uncommon goods shop at 504 W. Main Street, will hold its grand opening Friday, March 1, 2013 during the Franklin Art Scene, 6-9 p.m. The shop's ribbon cutting will take place at 4 p.m. The new business, formally known as Kaleidoscope, has taken on a new persona—and it’s one that Owner Cynthia Townsend said has been conspicuously absent from Downtown Franklin. “This area is such a special place, and contains so much history,” she said. “I’m surprised that it’s taken this long to re-establish a general store on Main Street, because I believe the two compliment one another so well.” Townsend’s new shop will sell a mix of traditional mercantile goods, clothing and old-fashioned candies one might expect … [Read more...]

Jack Yacoubian Jewelers Holds “Open Your Heart” Silent Auction For Diamond Pendant

In downtown Franklin, our small business owners thrive on the word “community.” And that’s why more than 20 merchants will support nearly a dozen local charities this Friday, Feb. 8 through their sales as part of the “Open Your Heart” promotion coordinated by the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA). The participating DFA businesses will leave their doors open later and donate 15 percent of sales between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. to a non-profit organization of their choice. Jack Yacoubian Jewelers, a new fine jewelry store on Third Avenue South, will support the American Heart Association (AHA)’s “Go Red For Women” campaign on Friday—but the store is also taking it one step further. Owner Jack Yacoubian said he will donate 100 percent of silent … [Read more...]

Downtown Franklin Merchants Give Back to Charities This Friday

Twenty-two Businesses Donate 15 Percent of Sales to Charities Between 4-9 p.m. More than 20 downtown Franklin merchants will band together this Friday, Feb. 8, to support nearly two dozen local charities through “Open Your Heart,” a collaborative fundraising effort coordinated by the non-profit Downtown Franklin Association (DFA). The participating businesses will leave their doors open later and donate 15 percent of sales between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. to a non-profit organization of their choice. Each shop or restaurant is within a four-block walking distance. DFA Director Nancy Williams said the promotion was created to show support for community organizations through a unified effort among local merchants. This is the second event of its … [Read more...]

Open Your Heart in Downtown Franklin Feb. 8

In downtown Franklin, our small business owners thrive on the word "community." And that's why more than 20 merchants will support local charities on Friday, Feb. 8 through their sales as part of the "Open Your Heart" promotion coordinated by the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA). The participating DFA businesses will leave their doors open later and donate 15 percent of sales between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. to a non-profit organization of their choice.  The "Open Your Heart" was designed to show support for community organizations through a collaborative effort among downtown merchants. This is the second time the DFA has coordinated a similar event. Last year, the "Dog Days of Summer" promotion collectively donated more than $7,000! Please … [Read more...]

Watch the Big Game in Downtown Franklin

There are so many places to watch the BIG GAME this Sunday, Feb. 3 in Downtown Franklin! Check it out: Franklin Theatre The Franklin Theatre is opening its doors to anyone who wants to watch the biggest NFL game of the year on its massive screen! Admission is free and seating is general admission. In addition to the Theatre's beer and wine selections, Puckett's Trolley will be parked outside the Theatre on Main Street, before and during the game, to offer football fare, Puckett's style. The Trolley will serve a smattering of Super Bowl-themed food, including wings and their special BBQ offerings. The venue hopes that locals will join them for an evening of football, filled with contests and prizes, on the biggest projector in downtown. … [Read more...]

FEBRUARY’S FRANKLIN ART SCENE SUPPORTS NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY FEB. 1

Downtown Franklin Association’s Art Crawl to Raise Awareness for Heart Disease in Women On Friday, Feb. 1, the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA) and the Franklin Art Scene are encouraging businesses and downtown visitors to participate in National Wear Red Day, the 10th Annual American Heart Association movement to raise awareness of heart disease in women. The Main Street group and its members will show their support by wearing red clothing all day Friday, and have asked that the 30 plus participating art crawl sites do the same. “The DFA always hopes to work with local organizations to raise awareness for the good of the community, in every way we can,” said Nancy Williams, director of the DFA. “Our members have shown a lot of … [Read more...]

Join Downtown Franklin for “Open Your Heart” Community Event, Feb. 8

On Friday, Feb. 8, the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA) is asking participating businesses to leave their doors open later and donate 15 percent of sales between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. to a non-profit organization of their choice! The “Open Your Heart,” event will (hopefully) encourage people to shop local and in Franklin, Tenn.! HOW IT WORKS:  You (the merchant) may choose any charity to benefit, and the donation is between you and the charity. Each business is responsible for contacting the organization they will support, and for donating the proceeds after the event. This promotion is designed to show support for community organizations, and to promote loyalty among your customers--so please choose a non-profit organization that really … [Read more...]

February’s Franklin Art Scene

On Friday, Feb. 1, the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA) and the Franklin Art Scene will participate in the National Wear Red Day, the 10th Annual American Heart Association movement to support awareness, research, education and community programs benefiting women. Because the event falls on the same day as the art crawl, we are encouraging participating sites to join in on National Wear Red Day! Here's what you can do to help: 1. Spread the word to your customers to wear red on Friday, Feb. 1--both during the day AND during the Franklin Art Scene 2. Create incentives for your guests who wear red on Friday, Feb. 1 (think discounts, freebies or drawings) to your business during the day and/or during the Franklin Art Scene 3. Display … [Read more...]

January Franklin Art Scene Ushers in New Year, New Host Sites

With the new year in front of us, the Franklin Art Scene will provide the opportunity for fresh inspiration on Friday, Jan. 4.  The art crawl will guide participants to nearly 40 sites in its new quarter, and patrons will see live demonstrations and award-winning pieces, from handcrafted fine jewelry and blown glass to turned wood, mixed media and more. The event is free, but a $5 ticket gives guests an unlimited Art Scene wristband to the trolleys that circulate from Columbia Avenue over to Main Street and down to the antique district, 6-9 p.m. For more details and map information, go to www.franklinartscene.com. January highlights include: Jack Yacoubian Jewelers, a new boutique shop on Third Avenue South, is kicking off its stint as … [Read more...]

2012 New Year’s Eve in Downtown Franklin

  Puckett’s Boat House is adding some French Quarter flavor to downtown Franklin on New Year’s Eve, ringing in 2013 with two live shows and a special celebratory menu full of Gulf Coast flavor. The Southern seafood-focused eatery will host Roux du Bayou, a high-energy Cajun band that entertains with authentic zydeco, Mardi Gras and swamp pop music—with some classic rock n’ roll and R&B thrown in for good measure. The group has been regaling the region with its Creole music for 13 years, and promises to bring a Bourbon Street feel to the Boat House. In addition to the authentic bayou tunes, the Boat House has created an all-you-can-eat buffet, including steaming plates of Southern seafood, crab legs and Puckett’s signature side … [Read more...]

Dickens of a Christmas Entertainment Schedule 2012

It’s a 27-year holiday tradition in Historic Downtown Franklin on the second weekend in December to travel back in time–about 150 years–to a Main Street from the time of Charles Dickens. That tradition continues this year on Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Dec. 9 noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Dickens of a Christmas is a free street festival, is open to the public, and is expected to attract some 50,000 visitors over the weekend. Anyone is invited to join the fun by showing up in costume and engaging with the characters on the street, or just come as you are and enjoy a beautifully preserved Main Street with more than 70 unique shopping and dining destinations in the 15-block National Register Historic District. Here's your all-day … [Read more...]

Franklin Art Scene Debuts New Artists, Leads Dickens of a Christmas

FRANKLIN ART SCENE DEBUTS NEWS ARTISTS, LEADS DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS Franklin Art Scene will usher in this weekend’s Dickens of a Christmas festival in downtown Franklin on Friday, leading visitors to nearly 40 host sites—many of which will feature holiday-themed art and décor. Live demonstrations and award-winning pieces will be on display throughout the 16-block Historic Register, from Columbia Avenue over to Main Street and down to the antique district. A $5 ticket gives patrons an unlimited Art Scene wristband to the trolleys that circulate from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more details and map information, go to www.franklinartscene.com. December highlights include: O’More College of Design, the four-year design institution on South Margin … [Read more...]

Dickens of a Christmas 2012

Holiday Entertainment to Abound in Historic Downtown Franklin, Dec. 8-9 It’s a 27-year holiday tradition in Historic Downtown Franklin on the second weekend in December to travel back in time--about 150 years--to a Main Street from the time of Charles Dickens. That tradition continues this year on Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Dec. 9 noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Dickens of a Christmas is a free street festival, is open to the public, and is expected to attract some 50,000 visitors over the weekend. More than 250 volunteers participate in the event as characters from Dickens’ stories, vendors or street performers. Show up any time over the course of the weekend, and you’re sure to meet Ebenezer Scrooge, his unfortunate partner Marley … [Read more...]

Small Business Saturday Kicks Off Holiday Shopping Season

To see a complete list of Small Business Saturday special sales, please go HERE. Downtown Franklin Merchants Offer Special Incentives, Light Main Street The downtown Franklin community is joining together to support Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26, a national effort to help independently owned merchants gain more exposure during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. The 150 shops and restaurants in downtown Franklin are offering special sales and other promotions the day after “Black Friday,” an additional encouragement for patrons to shop local. In its third year, the event gained traction in 2011 when it turned out more than 100 million patrons across the country. “Small Business Saturday is one way the community … [Read more...]

Shop Small on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24

Let's put the JOY back in holiday shopping! Small Business Saturday (SBS) is a day dedicated to supporting the people that make our country thrive. Let's use it as an opportunity to get our friends to downtown Franklin this holiday season! This year, the big event falls on Saturday, November 24. We need your help to spread the word of Small Business Saturday in downtown Franklin! Click HERE to read our press release. Here are examples of what local businesses are doing for SBS. C'mon down and see us Nov. 24! Avec Moi Bob Roethemeyer's French-inspired shop is kicking off Small Business Saturday the festive way: the boutique on Main Street will serve guests champagne punch, 10 a.m. 'til Noon. The shop will stay open Friday nights until … [Read more...]

November Franklin Art Scene

October kicked off a new quarter for the first-Friday Franklin Art Scene, bringing in a host of new sites and visiting artists. Though the annual Wine Down Main Street event will be in full swing Friday night, that only adds to the party—many of the art crawl locations will be open. A $5 ticket gives you an unlimited Art Scene wristband to the trolleys that circulate from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Because of the coinciding Boys & Girls annual fundraiser Friday night, the trolleys will not drive down Main Street. For more details and map information, go to www.franklinartscene.com. Highlights include: At O’More College of Designon S. Margin Street, the four-year design institution is using its newly installed campus gallery to feature … [Read more...]

“Grave Matters” Cemetery Tour Caps Off Pumpkinfest

Adding to the excitement surrounding the 29th Annual Pumpkinfest and its fall festivities, “Grave Matters: Stories Behind the Stones” will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, 7-9 p.m. The once-a-year tour of the Old City and Rest Haven cemeteries will feature costumed actors portraying the most intriguing and historically important people buried there. Tickets are $15 for ages 14 and up, and $5 for children ages 7-13. Produced by guided walking tour company Franklin on Foot and the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, the event will wrap up the city’s largest free street festival. “This is a special opportunity to engage in our city’s past, and I can’t think of a better time of year to host such a tour,” Franklin on Foot Owner … [Read more...]

“Taste of the South” Starts the Pumpkinfest Party Friday, Oct. 26

Evening Preview Celebration Offers Local Fare, Franklin Brew and Live Music ON LINE TICKET SALES ARE CLOSED. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE GATE (INTERSECTION OF 4TH & MAIN) FOR $25. The 29th Annual Pumpkinfest kicks off the party early this year, introducing the public to its “Taste of the South” evening preview celebration on Friday, Oct. 26 at Fourth Avenue from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For $25, patrons can sample Southern favorites from five local restaurants, including Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant, Stroud’s Barbeque, Uncle Bud’s Catfish Shack, Pig & Pie and Papa C Pies. Guests will also enjoy complimentary seasonal product from nearby brewers and dance to live music by Cajun band Roux Du Bayou and dance band Time Frame. “This is a … [Read more...]

29th Annual Pumpkinfest Entertainment Schedule

Historic Downtown Franklin’s annual Pumpkinfest on Saturday, Oct. 27, features all-day, free entertainment throughout the five-block event on Main Street. From First Avenue to Fifth Avenue, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the streets will be rockin'. In addition to 75 fall and holiday –themed arts and crafts booths, fall foods and spirits, and children’s activities, there are plenty of activities on the three stages that will keep you entertained. And don't forget: New to the lineup this year is the “Taste of the South” preview party on Friday evening to kick off the festival. A $25 ticket includes plenty of samples of Southern delights and batches of local brew from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. ON LINE TICKET SALES ARE CLOSED. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE GATE … [Read more...]

October’s Art Scene Introduces New Host Sites, Artists

  The first week of October kicks off a new quarter for downtown Franklin’s monthly crawl, bringing in a host of new sites and supplementary artists this Friday, Oct. 5. The Franklin Art Scene carries more than 30 locations with it, taking participants from the antique district and down Columbia Avenue to Main Street and the Factory at Franklin. September’s one-year anniversary brought more than 1,500 patrons to the free event, and many of the galleries and working studios offered live music for the milestone month. As always, trolleys circulate among all the stops, and $5 buys an unlimited wristband to jump on and off at will from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. In addition to an online map and QR code, a Franklin Art Scene smartphone … [Read more...]

Dog Days of Summer Promotion Gives Back in a big way

Downtown Franklin Businesses Donate More Than $7,000 To Charities A group of downtown Franklin merchants supported local charities through their sales one night last month, as part of a “Dog Days of Summer” promotion coordinated by the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA). Twenty-two of the participating businesses collectively donated more than $7,000—15 percent of their sales between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. that night—to a non-profit organization of their choice. Four businesses chose to rally around Williamson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), an organization devoted to the best interests of abused and neglected children. City Farmhouse, McCreary’s Irish Pub, Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant and Puckett’s Boat House all … [Read more...]

Heritage Ball

EatFeaturedImage

Each year since 1973, community advocates have anticipated the arrival of the Heritage Ball, Williamson County’s longest-running black tie event. The Ball has underscored the importance of historic preservation here for nearly four decades, with each year’s chairs bringing new talents and twists. All proceeds from the Heritage Ball benefit the work of the 45-year-old Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation. Founded in 1967, the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County is a 501(c)(3) … [Read more...]