From Franklin to Silicon Valley–Julie Walton serves on Facebook’s Small Business Council 

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  There are big things happening everyday--right here in downtown Franklin! Julie Walton Garland of Walton’s Antique and Estate Jewelry, located in the heart of America's Favorite Main Street, was recently hand-picked to serve on Facebook's U.S. Small Business Council for 2017! While participating in Facebook’s Boost Your Business panel held last year in Nashville, Julie connected with the company’s small business experts, who provided tips and tricks on Facebook’s best practices and strategies for success. A year later, the company sought Julie out again due to her business’ activities and advertising success on Facebook. After a series of interviews, the social media platform (which boasts five million business advertisers!) … [Read more...]

Franklin Art Scene shines a light on autism during National Awareness Month

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Coinciding with National Autism Awareness Month, Franklin Art Scene will feature two artists with autism--among a of other local artists--during the April edition of the monthly art crawl on Friday, April 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sarah E. Vaughn is a Nashville-based artist on the autism spectrum, who specializes in trompe l'oeil style pencil drawings and abstract paintings. Despite having no formal training, Vaughn has a diverse background in the arts. She is a published composer and holds a Master of Music degree. At the age of 46, she began exploring an interest in the visual arts, which she now embraces as her primary means of expression. Diagnosed with moderately severe autism with intellectual disabilities and a severe speech and … [Read more...]

Elvis in downtown Franklin–this weekend only!

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We are ALL SHOOK UP because word on the street is that Elvis is BACK in the building--this weekend in downtown Franklin! The Nashville Elvis Festival will take place this Thursday, March 30 through Sunday, April 2-- just 20 miles south of Music City. Fans of “the King” will gather on America’s Favorite Main Street for an event unlike any other in celebration of the music and legacy of Elvis Presley. The weekend will consist of live music performances, celebrity appearances, on-stage interviews with Elvis’ friends and band members and an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competition. In the spirit of the festival, several DFA members will be honoring the King of Rock and Roll in their own special ways! Triple Crown Bakery will feature … [Read more...]

Guide to Main Street Brewfest 2017!

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PURCHASE TICKETS TO MAIN STREET BREWFEST HERE! With less than two weeks to go until Main Street Brewfest, excitement is definitely in the air here in downtown Franklin! The annual fundraiser for the Downtown Franklin Association marks its 12th appearance on Saturday, March 11 from 5 to 8 p.m! Check out our guide for everything you need to know about your favorite beer fest! [The Beer] Once again, Lipman Brothers is bringing a first-rate lineup of local, national and international beers to the pre-St. Paddy’s Day party in downtown Franklin. More than 35 different breweries will offer a selection of over 80 craft beers in and around the Public Square from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For an exciting new addition this year, the event will showcase … [Read more...]

Art is in Bloom for March Franklin Art Scene

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Flowers are not the only thing in bloom this month in #DowntownFranklin. The March edition of the Franklin Art Scene will feature a group of very special budding artists-- visual art students from across Williamson County. Artwork by students, ranging in grades from kindergarten through 12th grade, will be on display in the Art Gallery at the Factory at Franklin during the free monthly art crawl on Friday, March 3 from 6 to 9 p.m in downtown Franklin. Students’ work will feature a broad spectrum of media and techniques integrated in the different Williamson County Schools’ art programs. The goal of the visual arts programs in local schools is to foster a love and interest in visual art. Students explore art and art-making from many … [Read more...]

Finnley’s Open Again After Flooding

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Don’t worry, folks--our friends at Finnleys aren’t going anywhere! After experiencing flooding due to a pipe burst Tuesday, January 17, the store closed its doors for two days. However, they have the situation under control and will be re-opening today, January 20. Customers will temporarily enter the store on the 5th Ave. side, by the Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church, to avoid the damaged area. The crew at Finnleys say they look forward to shopping with their loyal customers in a “cozier” environment, with new merchandise and the sweet familiar scent of their Tennessee Whiskey candle. In the coming  weeks, the store will undergo some remodeling and will be forced to close. However, they have their customers best interests at … [Read more...]

The Cold Weather Guide to Downtown Franklin

With all the snow and frigid temperatures, winter certainly made quite the entrance here in Franklin! Don’t let the chilly weather keep you down, though! We’ve compiled a list of all the best things #DowntownFranklin has to offer to keep you warm--from the top places to get cozy to the most delicious soups! Best place to purchase your cold weather gear: Head over to Bink’s Outfitters for everything you need to endure the winter weather. A few of our favorites include cozy UGG boots, fuzzy Patagonia pullovers and durable North Face jackets! Best place to cozy up with a good book: With shelves stocked from top to bottom with books and plenty of cozy spots available, we can’t think of anywhere better than Landmark Booksellers to spend a … [Read more...]

Julie Walton Garland Named Main Street Brewfest Chair

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Beer lovers, rejoice! Main Street Brewfest returns soon on Saturday, March 11 for its 14th year! Boasting over 80 beers across 35 tasting locations, attendees can try the best local, national and international brews from breweries both big and small.  The annual event, produced by the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA) and presented by Lipman Brothers, serves as a fundraiser for the continued revitalization and promotion of historic Downtown Franklin. Julie Walton Garland of Walton’s Antique and Estate Jewelry will serve as chair of the event, leading a committee of dedicated volunteers who produce the festival each year. “Brew Fest is always a fun way to kick off the spring. It’s a celebration of everything America’s Favorite … [Read more...]

Bundle up: January’s #FranklinArtScene is ON for tonight!

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January’s edition of #FranklinArtScene IS ON!! Baby, it is DEFINITELY  cold outside, but that’s not stopping us! Landmark Booksellers, Merridee’s and Imaginebox Emporium will all be open tonight! Although the Toasty Trolley will not be running, there will be plenty to keep you warm. Landmark Booksellers will be featuring fine photography by Richmond Nairon and soulful music by Route 40 and Friends. They will also be serving hot mulled wine! Merridee’s will be serving up two hot specialty soups, along with their regular menu. Imaginebox Emporium will be featuring work by artist Cory Basil (who also designed our January poster!) and serving hot cider, wine and donuts! To stay informed about Art Scene news, please check the Facebook … [Read more...]

SNOW DAY! Winter Weather in #DowntownFranklin

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Happy Snow Day from #DowntownFranklin! We sure do love this winter white on our historic buildings but encourage all of our friends to stay safe when traveling in and around America's Favorite Main Street. Below is a list of merchants and restaurants that are OPEN today (Friday, Jan. 6th!), which will be updated every few hours: [RESTAURANTS] The Coffee House at Second & Bridge: Regular hours GRAY'S on Main: Regular hours Kilwins: Regular hours Merridees Breadbasket: Regular hours Puckett's Boat House: Regular hours Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant: Regular hours [BUSINESSES] Anthropologie: Regular hours Bink's Outfitters: Regular hours Inspirations on Main: Open til … [Read more...]

Venture out of winter hibernation for January’s Franklin Art Scene!

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The Franklin Art Scene is inviting the public to come out of winter hibernation for the first Friday crawl of 2017 on Friday, Jan. 6. Guests won’t have to brave the chilly temperatures for too long during the smaller and more intimate edition of Art Scene-- the Toasty Trolley, complete with hot cider, will be making the rounds throughout Downtown Franklin, allowing art lovers to hop on and off from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. In addition, the free monthly event -- coordinated by the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA) -- is bringing back Art Scene Passports, offering event-goers the chance to win a prize package for an evening out in Franklin, including a $75 gift certificate to 55 South and two tickets to a movie at the Franklin Theatre. Those … [Read more...]

Celebrate the arrival of 2017 in Downtown Franklin!

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  Welcome 2017 in style right here in Downtown Franklin -- you can never go wrong with a party on #AmericasFavoriteMainStreet! From live music to champagne toasts, there’s plenty of parties, good eats and celebration to go around. DFA members hosting bashes and offering specials include: Baskin Robbins: Start 2017 off on a sweet note with $1.31 scoops all day on New Year’s Eve! They’ll also be open from 12 to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Cork & Cow: The posh restaurant on Fourth Avenue is offering a chef-curated four-course meal to ring in the new year. The gourmet offerings range from almond brittle scallops to filet mignon and chocolate cake! The cost is $90 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 615-538-6021. The … [Read more...]

Downtown Franklin Gift Guide 2016

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Photo by @jeffjohnsonimages The holiday season is in full swing--time to make your list and check it twice! Shop for all your loved ones, from young to old, along #AmericasFavoriteMainStreet! By shopping local, not only will you find perfect, one-of-a-kind gifts, you will benefit the Downtown Franklin community as a whole! Did you know that for every dollar you spend shopping locally, 63 cents stays in the local economy? Not to mention you’ll also help the environment, create jobs and ensure that Downtown Franklin continues to be a destination, attracting visitors from all over the world! We couldn’t fit all of our gift suggestions into one spot, but here are a few highlights to note: For all of the adults (21+) on your list: … [Read more...]

Fun and FREE holiday activities to do with the family in #DowntownFranklin!

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At some point during Christmas vacation, kids (and adults alike!) tend to get a little stir-crazy. Or perhaps you have family in town that don’t seem to be in a hurry to leave (who could blame them… it’s Franklin!). Keep your crew entertained (and out of the house!) with these fun and FREE family activities in #DowntownFranklin! It may be chilly outside, but the Franklin Farmer’s Market continues every Saturday at The Factory! Explore the incredible selection of the fresh produce, fruits and more, straight from local farms in the area. You’ll find the best in winter crops- perfect for soups and stews for the upcoming chilly weather! Browse booths of local handmade gifts and stocking stuffers. The man in the red suit will be making an … [Read more...]

Join us for the City of Franklin’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1st!

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America’s Favorite Main Street is gearing up for the holidays! Join us on Thursday, December 1 for the City of Franklin's Tree Lighting Ceremony. Complete with carolers, lights and Santa (of course!), attendees will be transported into a live Christmas village! In honor of the festivities, many of our Downtown Franklin Association merchants will be hosting Open Houses and staying open late for holiday shoppers: Anthropologie is open until 7 p.m. and will provide Christmas cookies in the evening hours. Avec Moi will stay open late for the lighting festivities.   Boudreaux Brother's will be serving Beignet samples, as well as offering a coupon for all meals between 5 to 9 p.m. The Cellar on Main is hosting their Open House … [Read more...]

Shop small on Small Business Saturday!

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Once again, the Downtown Franklin Association is joining together to support our local merchants on Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26. This national effort, started by American Express in 2010, encourages people across the country to shop small in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Many of the shops and restaurants along America’s Favorite Main Street will be offering special sales and other promotions during the event, including: Anthropologie is having a promotional sale and will provide snacks. Avec Moi will serve mimosas at opening, while supplies lasts. City Farmhouse will hold a holiday sale (everything in the store will be 20 to 40 percent off) and have a drawing for Early Buying tickets to their Holiday Pop-up … [Read more...]

#FindingFranklin: Discover Franklin and win prizes from DFA merchants!

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Some of you may remember our #ForeverFranklin social media campaign from last year, but THIS year we're gearing up for a new contest in the form of a scavenger hunt -- #FindingFranklin! See how well you know Downtown Franklin and win awesome prizes! Each Friday, we will be posting a clue from a business in Historic Downtown Franklin on our @dwtnfranklintn Instagram and Facebook pages. Comment where you think the clue is located and tag two friends for a chance to win a prize valued at $50 from our very own DFA merchants! We will be revealing a winner every Monday, so you'll have lots of chances to win! Be sure to follow @dwtnfranklintn, and keep an eye out next Friday for the first clue! … [Read more...]

Get Your Pumpkin Spice Fix in Downtown Franklin!

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Love it or hate it, there is no escaping pumpkin spice this time of year -- and instead of running from the seasonal flavor favorite, we’re choosing to embrace it here in Downtown Franklin! From candles to coffee to even a burger (yep, you read that right- a BURGER!), pumpkin spice comes in many different forms along #AmericasFavoriteMainStreet. The pumpkin spice latte. From the minute we even feel a slight chill in the air (meaning temperatures dip below 80 for the first time in months), people start lining up for this traditional autumn drink. These days it seems that everyone has their own twist on the fall staple, and that’s no different here in Downtown Franklin. Starbucks’ PSL is probably the most well known, but don’t forget to … [Read more...]

October’s Art Scene Will Provide an Opportunity to Help “Man’s Best Friend”

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The Franklin Art Scene returns to kick off the fall season on Friday, October 7.  Guests will enjoy much-anticipated cooler temperatures, while strolling through Historic Downtown Franklin for the free monthly art crawl. In addition to viewing local works of art, attendees can help support their furry friends. A series of 12 paintings, featuring a variety of pups, created by artist Susan Frizsell will be sold to benefit the Agape Animal Rescue. This program provides loving, emotionally stable, and nurturing foster care for animals. Frizsell’s paintings will be available for purchase at The Registry at 347 Main St. Another highlight for the October crawl will be Frank the Car, a colorful car painted by students at Firstlight Arts … [Read more...]

Fun Things to do in Downtown Franklin This Fall!

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There’s one thing we can all probably agree on -- fall is an exciting and beautiful time in #DowntownFranklin! Check out our list below of fun things to do to celebrate the season right: After a long, hot summer, we are looking forward to spending some much-anticipated time outdoors. Grab a picnic basket and fill it up with sandwiches from Franklin Mercantile and a sweet treat from Kilwins--caramel apples, perhaps?-- or Merridee’s. Head over to historic Carnton Plantation, and sit beneath the shady trees with a few friends, admiring the colorful, changing leaves. Enjoy a picturesque meal, accompanied by a beautiful sunset. Plan your visit during one of their movie nights and catch a film under the stars! Next up is Field of Dreams on … [Read more...]

How to Pilgrimage: Make sure you are ready for a weekend of music, culture and fun!

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The Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival is right around the corner! The festival starts THIS FRIDAY, September 23 and lasts through Saturday, September 24 at Harlinsdale Farm. Thousands will be making the pilgrimage to Franklin, but before you do, make sure to take a look at our “how to” guide to ensure a smooth festival experience! Since Pilgrimage is a family-friendly festival, kids are allowed. We even have a special area at the festival called the Lil’ Pilgrims Stage that features renowned children’s musicians and interactive activities for the kids. Also remember that kids 10 and Under are FREE when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Guests will be allowed exit and re-entry privileges. All entrants must wear a valid … [Read more...]

Open for Bidding! {Heritage Ball Silent Auction}

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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...]

Get Game Day Ready in Downtown Franklin!

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Ahh fall. From the changing leaves to the cooler temperatures slowly starting to creep in, it is no wonder people look forward to this glorious season all year long. For many people, especially in the South, football season and fall are synonymous. The excitement, along with the particular crispness in the air, is palpable. If you’re gearing up for fun weekends ahead, full of  game days and tailgates, we’ve got you covered here in Historic Downtown Franklin! First things first: you can’t do football right without food! Looking for someone to cater your watch party? Look no further! Pick up a sandwich platter or pimento cheese dip-- a classic game day favorite--from Franklin Mercantile. Puckett’s Grocery is a go-to for traditional … [Read more...]

Make the Pilgrimage Back to Franklin!

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Music-lovers of all kinds will be making the “pilgrimage” back to Franklin next month for the 2016 Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival, and we can hardly wait! Featuring diverse musical talent, delicious food and family-friendly fun, Pilgrimage will be held just outside of Historic Downtown Franklin at the Park at Harlinsdale on Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th. The century-old horse farm provides a rustic, picturesque setting of rolling hills and natural amphitheaters for the event. The festival is entering its sophomore year, jam-packed with many exciting and well-known acts. Headliners like Beck, Jason Isbell, Kacey Musgraves and Violent Femmes, ensure a wide variety for all. You don’t want to miss the … [Read more...]

Next Month’s Art Scene Encourages Guests to be Artists

  Get your creative juices flowing and your paintbrushes ready! In addition to viewing magnificent works of art at next month’s Franklin Art Scene on Friday September 2, guests will have the opportunity to participate in creating a masterpiece as well. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be an experienced artist -- anyone can paint by number! Sponsored by Jerry's Artarama, attendees are encouraged to take part in a large-scale paint by number exhibit, depicting a local Historic Downtown Franklin scene that will be set up at Gallery 202.  Artists Kelly Harwood and Michael Damico, along with Mayor Rogers Anderson will kick off the painting at 6 p.m. that night. In addition, many talented artists, working with mediums ranging from … [Read more...]

Main Street Accreditation

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Looks like we have yet another reason to be proud of our little town! The Downtown Franklin Association has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach®. “Once again, we are thrilled to recognize this year’s nationally accredited Main Street America communities for their outstanding work,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main … [Read more...]

Franklin Art Scene Introduces Origami Sculptures for August

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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!

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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...]

Bragging Rights: USA Today’s 10 Best Main Streets in America!

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There's something about a historic main street in small-town America that evokes a picturesque sense of beauty and comfort -- and lots of contests. Once again Downtown Franklin has grabbed national attention and is in the running for yet another online readers' poll, USA Today's 10 Best Main Streets! The popular news outlet enlisted a panel of main street and downtown revitalization experts to pick 20 nominees for the competition before asking readers to vote daily for their favorite throughout the month of June. Downtown Franklin has earned a number of accolades over the years, from Garden & Gun's "Best Southern Town" to "Best Small Town in Tennessee," "Most Romantic Main Street" and plenty of other notable mentions. If you … [Read more...]

Happy Preservation Month!

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Step back in time with us as we continue to celebrate National Preservation Month throughout May! Thanks to our local historian, Rick Warwick at the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County, we're featuring various buildings on #AmericasFavoriteMainStreet for all to see how far our historic core has come while still maintaining its architectural integrity. After one of Franklin's best-known and architecturally significant antebellum homes was torn down to make way for a gas station in the 1960s, a small group of citizens formed the Heritage Foundation to preserve our county's historical resources and agrarian roots through a number of ways: advocating for and raising funds to preserve historic buildings and community … [Read more...]

The Franklin Art Scene Returns May 6!

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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!

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  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!

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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!

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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!

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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”

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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!

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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...]

[The Nashville Scene] Chef Jason McConnell to Cook ‘Southern Sophisticate’ Dinner at the James Beard House

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This was written on February 15, 2016, by Nashville Scene writer Chris Chamberlain on their Bites Blog.  I have often said I think that Jason McConnell is the best combination of chef and restaurateur in Middle Tennessee. Not only does he operate three excellent Franklin-area restaurants with Cork & Cow, 55 South and Red Pony, but he also runs McConnell House and has a hand in both Two Ten Jack and Lucky Belly through his association with Seed Hospitality. Back in the days before food trucks spread like weevils in a cotton row, McConnell fitted a food truck with professional-grade cooking equipment and had the smarts to actually keep it parked most of the year except for a couple of events that he knew he could make bank … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

JONDIE Expanding in Downtown Franklin!

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JONDIE, a locally owned women's clothing and accessories boutique, recently announced plans to move into a new larger space on Main Street and will be opening a new boutique, Mimi and Dottie, in their current retail space. The shoppe will be renovating and restoring the historic building at 412 Main Street and moving their studio and design space into the offices above. Their current location at 407 Main Street has been home to JONDIE since 2010. “Our customers will love the new space. It will be about three times the size of our current location and will allow us to bring in a wider selection of our unique product lines. There will be more room to explore and we will be able to provide better service because there will no … [Read more...]

New Year’s Eve 2016

When it comes to parties, you can always count on Downtown Franklin for a good time and a unique experience! If you’re looking to take in 2016 on and around Main Street, we have plenty of parties to ring in the new year. Folks we know hosting bashes and special occasions are: CORK & COW The swanky restaurant on Fourth Avenue is offering a four-course meal to usher in the new year–in high style! The gourmet offerings range from a grilled New Zealand lamb rack and beef tenderloin tartare to seared scallops and a jumbo lump crab cake. View the menu here. The cost for the four-course offering and spending the evening with these swanky folks gourmet meal is $100 per person. Reservations can be made by … [Read more...]

Franklin Art Scene Takes January 2016 Break

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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}

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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

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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...]

Downtown Franklin to Be Transformed for 31st Annual Dickens of a Christmas Celebration

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Step back in time with the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County when Dickens of a Christmas returns to Franklin’s Main Street December 12-13, 2015! Sponsored this year by Nissan, the 31st annual free street festival will recreate the time of Charles Dickens using historic downtown Franklin’s Victorian architecture as the backdrop.  Some 200 musicians, dancers and characters will fill the streets, including several from Charles Dickens’s stories.  Expect to see and interact with the nefarious Fagin from Oliver Twist; Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim Cratchit with his parents from A Christmas Carol; and of course, a Victorian Father and Mother Christmas with treats for children. “Dickens of a Christmas is … [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

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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

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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...]

Hop & Shop Trolley: Free Holiday Rides to Downtown Franklin!

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For the second year, we're partnering with The Factory at Franklin + Franklin Transit Authority to provide FREE TRANSPORTATION during select Saturdays in November and December (2015) as part of our "Hop & Shop Trolley" initiative! To help encourage friends and family to experience the joy of “shopping small,” the Hop & Shop ride--which is heated and handicap accessible--will make its first roll from The Factory parking lot at 10 a.m. on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28. The Hop & Shop Trolley will also run Saturday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a short break around 1 p.m. for the drivers. Participating passengers will enjoy festive music on the decked-out trolley, which will run from the front … [Read more...]

Franklin Art Scene Continues Celebration Friday,​ ​Nov​.​ 6

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    The Franklin Art Scene--which recently crossed the four-year mark since the free event’s inception--continues its celebration of local artists this Friday, 6-9 p.m. The monthly art crawl, organized by the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA), takes place the first Friday of each month in the community’s historic core and features 30-plus locations throughout Main Street and its connecting avenues. This Friday’s locations will exhibit the best of the Williamson County art world with photography exhibits, original paintings from the abstract to the figurative as well as striking woodwork. A highlights for November 6th include: The Visitor Center at 400 Main Street will host Caroline Thompson, who has … [Read more...]

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

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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!

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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...]

#ForeverFranklin Giveaway {$700 Value} | October 2015

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The #ForeverFranklin series of giveaways CONTINUES! This month (October 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 "Fall in love" the October package, valued at $700. Thank you to Bathos, For Every Child, GRAY'S on Main, McCreary's Irish Pub, Riverside Antiques, Savory Spice Shop and Taziki's for each offering $100 gift certificates to provide this month’s giveaway package. You … [Read more...]

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

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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

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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 {October 2015}

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Last month’s Franklin Art Scene marked four years since the free event’s inception, and the celebration of local artists will continue on Friday, October 2nd! This monthly art crawl, organized by the Downtown Franklin Association, takes place the first Friday of each month and features 30-plus locations throughout the downtown Franklin area hosting local artists and their work. This Friday’s locations will exhibit the best of the Williamson County art world with photography exhibits, original paintings from the abstract to the figurative as well as striking woodwork. Some of the highlights include: Bagbey House, located at 134 4th Avenue N. will feature Ken Walls, whose recent work has revolved around roadside signage and neon … [Read more...]

#ForeverFranklin Giveaway {$700 Value} | September 2015

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Last month we launched the #ForeverFranklin series of giveaways, and it was such a success we're continuing through the fall season! This month (September 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 win the September package, valued at $700. Thank you to SCARLETT SCALES ANTIQUES, JAMBA JUICE, WALTON'S JEWELRY, THE REGISTRY, PUCKETT'S BOAT HOUSE, HEYLEE B. AND CHAPMAN'S PIE WAGON … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

City Farmhouse Is Moving To The Factory at Franklin

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For the past six years, Kim and David Leggett have offered downtown Franklin shoppers a wide selection of vintage and antique items--”picked” by trusted sources from honeyholes across the country--through the City Farmhouse store on Bridge Street. This week, the nationally recognized “pickers” and interior designers announced that their brick-and-mortar shop will be permanently relocating to The Factory at Franklin, located at 230 Franklin Road. Kim Leggett said the versatility of the space is what first drew them, followed by the Factory’s community. “We’re thrilled with the fresh opportunities and new creative vision we’ll be able to implement now,” Leggett said. “There are already several impressive antique stores here, and … [Read more...]

Local Attorney Creates Legacy With Transformation of Franklin’s Main Street Ed Silva Honored as DWA Hometown Hero

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It’s a known fact around town that Franklin’s Downtown area hasn’t always been so picturesque. The historic area had fallen into much disrepair and businesses were not thriving, that is until the early 1980’s when locals like Ed Silva saw the potential and started to change all of that. “Ed Silva provided extraordinary leadership in our journey to establish Franklin’s Main Street as the heart of our community”, said Mary Pearce, the Heritage Foundation’s Executive Director. “His passion and enthusiasm for rescuing Franklin’s boarded up Main Street has made this 30 year “overnight” success possible. When I need someone to represent the merits of historic preservation, I pick up the phone and call Ed Silva.” In honor of his work with … [Read more...]

#ForeverFranklin {AUGUST GIVEAWAY} Savor Franklin Originals

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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

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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...]

July 2015: Franklin Art Scene Highlights

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Just in time for the celebratory mood surrounding one of our nation’s best holidays, the Franklin Art Scene will be pulling out all the stops for another artistic night of stunning canvases, handmade pottery and crooning musicians this Friday, July 3! Join us in downtown Franklin from 6-9 p.m. to appreciate the artisans and small business owners of Williamson County.... and help usher in Independence Day! 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. Don’t forget to show us your amazing finds by tagging us on Facebook, or by using the hashtag #FranklinArtScene (find our Twitter … [Read more...]

Puckett’s Included in Top 20 BBQ Restaurant List!

Well ain't this the bees knees: Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant in downtown Franklin has been named one of the best barbecue restaurants in the country (!!), according to a new book released last month, The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America. In one year, author Johnny Fugitt visited 365 barbecue restaurants across 48 states and kept record of his experiences. The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America is a culmination of his good eats, and blends travel and food writing with creative non-fiction to chronicle the journey, sharing secrets from barbecue kitchens and pointing readers in the direction of America’s best BBQ joints! A handful of other Nashville-area restaurants made the Top 100, but Puckett’s was the only one to … [Read more...]

[Traditional Home magazine] Features O’More College of Design

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O'More College of Design has been featured in the new June/July 2015 issue of Traditional Home magazine! Be sure to pick up a copy (we bet Landmark Booksellers has it) to see the several page spread on the O'More Alumni Designer Show House in Historic Downtown Franklin, Tenn. Proud to have this elite design college in our own backyard! … [Read more...]

Kinek2015: A Media Summit Unlike Any Other

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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...]

[The Huffington Post] + [USA TODAY] Best Cities to Retire

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Bankrate.com released its first ranking of the best cities for retirement. In a report released Monday, the publisher of finance content ranked 172 cities after considering factors that most affect the quality of life for adult adults. Those factors included weather, crime rate, cost of living, healthcare quality, tax burden, walkability, and personal well-being for seniors. One of those cities just happened to be Franklin, Tennessee! Read The Huffington Post story here ("Franklin offers a wealth of historical attractions as well as a quaint downtown area") or the USA TODAY story here. … [Read more...]

June 2015: Franklin Art Scene Highlights

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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...]

[The Culture Trip] The 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Tennessee

This appeared in The Culture Trip on May 26, 2015 The state of Tennessee boasts many beautiful cities, charming small towns and breathtaking scenery. With the Appalachian Mountains to the east and the Mississippi River to the west, the state is fraught with captivating imagery and must-visit locations. Read our guide below to discover 10 such places in ‘The Volunteer State,’ Tennessee. Nashville Nashville, Tennessee’s ‘Music City,’ is both the capital of the state and its second-largest city. The city, founded in 1779, is named after Francis Nash, a brigadier general during the American Revolutionary War. Nashville sits upon the Cumberland River, which gets its source from the Appalachian Mountains. It is also home to the … [Read more...]

{Garden & Gun} Names Franklin a “Southern Dream Town”

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In their June/July 2015 issue, Garden & Gun magazine -- an award-winning lifestyle publication that's all about the magic of the South-- included Franklin, Tennessee as a highlight city in the "Southern Dream Towns" cover story. We are beyond thrilled at this honor! You may remember that last fall, G&G readers voted Franklin the "Greatest Small Town in America." Click here to Garden & Gun's 24-hour agenda in downtown Franklin, "Nashville's next-door neighbor [that] looks to the future while preserving the past." … [Read more...]

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

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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!

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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

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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...]

[Huffington Post] 11 Southern Towns You’re Forgetting About But Shouldn’t

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The South can be pretty damn charming, true, and there is certainly more to it than places like Nashville or Charleston (which are admittedly great). There are some cute towns strewn across the region, each with their own unique vibes that make us want to visit stat. Here are 11 places you're definitely missing out on..... Click here to read what Huffington Post has to say about FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE (specifically our "quaint downtown!").   … [Read more...]

City Farmhouse Kicks Off The Fling

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Local “pickers” and City Farmhouse store owners David and Kim Leggett have made a name within the design world of late, using their trained eye for antique and vintage pieces to establish three large-scale shopping fairs, and gather more than 100,000 page fans on Facebook. The downtown Franklin-based duo recently announced they will add a monthly pop-up store to their repertoire: The Fling at the Factory at Franklin, a four-day event that will feature recently picked displays of curated antiques and vintage finds that is unique from what shoppers may find at their brick-and-mortar store over here on Bridge Street! The Leggetts are launching The Fling on Thursday, May 7, 2015 with a preview party, and the event will continue through … [Read more...]

May 2015: Franklin Art Scene

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Don't miss our community celebration of the arts Friday, May 1 during the Franklin Art Scene--a free event that allows the public to appreciate Williamson County culture every first Friday of the month. Coordinated by the Downtown Franklin Association (that’s us!), the 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. Friday’s locations are slated to offer a sweeping variety of magnificent work ranges, including: O'More College of Design on South Margin Street is hosting Jimmy Moore's photography and album cover exhibit. Take a visual and anecdotal stroll through the golden age of Music City! … [Read more...]

WCCASA Holds Annual “Voices” With Symphony & Songwriters

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Williamson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is hosting its 4th Annual “Voices for Children” fundraiser, presented by Jackson, at the Franklin Theatre on Thursday, May 7. The evening will benefit the local non-profit and its mission to protect abused and neglected children within the county’s court system. Grammy-winning songwriter Brett James--and a host of his acclaimed musical friends--will take the stage with the Nashville Studio Symphony for a one-of-a-kind musical event dubbed “Music City Hit-Makers: Where Song Meets Symphony” that promises to pull out all the stops at the 300-seat venue in Historic Downtown Franklin. WCCASA Executive Director Marianne Schroer says that the night helps to punctuate the mission of … [Read more...]

Main Street Festival Draws More Than 100,000 To Franklin

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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...]

Woman Discovers 50 Pearls at Franklin Restaurant – And Goes Viral! [ABC News]

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Re-blogged from PuckettsBlog.com So how’s this for a lucky day? One sweet lady was feasting on oysters at Puckett’s Boat House [in Downtown Franklin, Tennesee] on Thursday, and grabbed her last oyster. And when she did……… 50 PEARLS SPILLED OUT! Yes, fifty. Crazy stuff. And this has gone viral! We’re talking ABC News and Eater–and it’s jumped the Atlantic to The Daily Mail. We’ve been getting asked: yes, of course we let her keep her pearls! We hope she does something pretty with them. And nope: these are NOT farm-raised oysters. All our oysters at the Boat House are freshly harvested from the Gulf Coast. Anyhoo: Talk about flashing those pearly whites. We’ll have what she’s having, from here on out! Learn more about this … [Read more...]

April 2015: Franklin Art Scene (this Friday!)

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The community will celebrate local artists and their work on April 3rd during the Franklin Art Scene, a free event that allows the public to appreciate Williamson County culture every first Friday of the month. Coordinated by the Downtown Franklin Association (that’s us!), the art crawl boasts more than 30 participating locations, with locations dispersed in and around downtown—including the Second South District and Bridge Street, as well as up and down Columbia Avenue. Friday’s locations are slated to offer a sweeping variety of magnificent work ranges from mixed-media pieces and handcrafted jewelry to turned wood to original paintings. In addition, the public will enjoy six new stops on the Franklin Art Scene, … [Read more...]

Franklin’s 12th Annual Main Street Brew Fest Announces Beer Lineup

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The 12th Annual Main Street Brew Fest in downtown Franklin is only a few short days away, and lead sponsor Lipman Brothers is once again bringing an incredible array of local, national and international beers to the pre-St. Patrick’s Day festival. More than 25 different breweries will offer a selection of 75 plus craft beers at tasting sites in and around Franklin’s famous Main Street, which will be closed to vehicular traffic for the event on Saturday, March 14th. The Public Square, Main Street and dozens of local merchants will play host to 26 different tasting locations. To see the Brew Fest Tasting Site menu & map, click the links below: Brewfest 2015 Tasting Site Menu Brewfest 2015 Map “This event gets better every year, … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Main Street Brew Fest Offers Pre-St. Patty’s Party, Raises Proceeds for Non-Profit

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For more than a decade, the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA) has provided beer lovers a taste of some of the best local, national and international brands during its annual Main Street Brew Fest. On Saturday, March 14, the non-profit organization that helped spearhead the revitalization of Franklin’s historic downtown core will once again offer 50-plus craft beers at dozens of tasting sites from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., along with Celtic performers and plenty of Irish cheer. Presented by Lipman Brothers, the popular event plans to showcase the latest product and shine a spotlight on Williamson County’s microbrewery market. Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant returns as the major sponsor. “This is a great kick off to spring each March, and a … [Read more...]

Gallery 202 Hosts Benefit for Local Artist, Jan. 14

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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...]

Jamba Juice Opening In Place of Town’s End General Store

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Town’s End General Store in downtown Franklin announced the closing of its store this week–but when one door shuts, another one opens! Cynthia Townsend, owner of the shop, also revealed that she will open her franchise-owned business, Jamba Juice, in its location come Spring 2015. This will be Cindy’s third location for the Jamba Juice, with other spots in Cool Springs and in Nashville. “I have been working on a downtown Franklin location for over a year and decided the location of my present store will be best due to its location, visibility and size. It is bittersweet to close the general store […] hopefully someday another one will open,” she says. “My family and I are excited to open again on Main Street and continue to be part … [Read more...]

New Year’s Eve in Downtown Franklin: Ringing in 2015

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As evidenced by our many annual festivals and festive parties, Downtown Franklin knows how to throw a party…. and New Year’s Eve is no exception! If you’re looking to take in 2015 on and around Main Street, we have many a party to ring in the fresh season. Folks we know hosting bashes and special occasions are: BUNGANUT PIG The restaurant on Columba Avenue will produce another fun New Year’s Eve party, with fan-favorite Groove Addiction–who offers ’70s tunes for plenty of dancing opportunities! Don’t miss the Pig’s energetic pub atmosphere and live performance. Call 615-794-4777 to make reservations. To make a reservation ahead of time, it is $50 per person. Pricing includes a prime rib dinner, the show, party favors plus a … [Read more...]

EXTENDED HOLIDAY HOURS: 2014

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‘Tis the season…. all of Downtown Franklin is twinkling with Christmas spirit, and our merchant owners have dressed up their storefronts and infused their shops with a hearty dose of holiday cheer too! To help you find that perfect gift for loved ones, many of the business owners are even propping open their doors a bit longer during the month of December. See who’s providing extended hours by CLICKING HERE. … [Read more...]

Franklin’s Merry Olde Christmas: A Calendar

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The Christmas music is turned up loud, and the festivities are swirling in Historic Downtown Franklin this month! To help you out, Marianne DeMeyers of Tin Cottage has put together a calendar so that you and your loved ones can fully immerse yourselves in the joy of the season! Enjoy: … [Read more...]

Free Trolley Rides: Stop Hop & Shop This Season!

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For the first time ever, downtown Franklin guests will enjoy the Stop Hop & Shop Trolley during select Saturdays in November and December! In partnership with the DFA and the Franklin Transit Authority, the Factory at Franklin is providing free trolley rides during this holiday season to encourage friends and family to experience the joy of “shopping small!” By offering this festive form of transportation, we hope that you’ll create a special tradition with loved ones: stop at the Factory to view their fantastic Christmas tree exhibition, then hop on the red & green trolley with festive surprises, and continue to shop in the sparkling & light-filled Historic Downtown Franklin, Tennessee! Plus–the Stop Hop & Shop … [Read more...]

2014 Small Business Saturday: JOY in Downtown Franklin

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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 November 29.  Here are examples of what local businesses are doing for SBS. C’mon down and see us Nov. 29! The free Stop Hop & Shop Trolley will kick off on Small Business Saturday this year, making it … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

[New York Times] Features Franklin, Tennessee!

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On Oct. 24, 2014, The New York Times published a glowing piece on Franklin, Tenn., calling it a “small-town gem near Nashville”–and downtown Franklin is proud to say that several of our members and downtown attractions were mentioned in the article! Read the story in its entirety below, or on the NYT website here: “A Small-Town Gem Near Nashville” by Christian L. Wright It was Sunday night at the Cork & Cow. Around 6:30, four girlfriends met at the bar to have salads and Champagne and review the weekend. There was a nice hum in the dining room, where six couples had assembled at a long table along the tufted green banquette. At least a few of them had come for the weekly special that February evening: a $20 prime rib dinner and … [Read more...]

Tin Cottage Hosts Monthly Event Series, Craft Cocktail Classes

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When Tin Cottage in Historic Downtown Franklin re-opened in August, owner Marianne DeMeyers had one overarching aim in mind: to cultivate a artisan-driven home and gift store that honored the Southern tradition of hospitality. To drive that message, DeMeyers is hosting a monthly workshop series at Tin Cottage that offers inspiration for entertaining—whether that’s on your front porch, around the dinner table or at the bar. With themes tailored to the season, the classes offer decorating and culinary stimulation for locals seeking to hone the skill of entertaining within a communal setting. On Thursday, Nov. 6, the store will host its second set in the series with a Cocktail Crafting 101 workshop, from 7-9 p.m. Local cocktail … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Franklin Art Scene Celebrates Artists During October 2014 Event

On Friday, Oct. 3, Franklin Art Scene is celebrating another month of local artistic genius at 20 participating locations, 6-9 p.m. Every first Friday, participants enjoy fresh art at locations dispersed in and around Historic Downtown Franklin—including the Second South District and Bridge Street, as well as Columbia Avenue. Many of the galleries and working studios will serve complimentary food and refreshments, and some will offer live music. The Oct. 3 locations are slated to offer a sweeping variety of magnificent work. Below are some highlights:  Stites & Harbison on West Main Street is hosting Tracy H. Sugg, a fine arts sculptor who will be displaying oil paintings. Sugg will be joining Joseph Bibb and Essence DeVonne, … [Read more...]

O’More College of Design Holding Celebration to Unveil New Brand, Sept. 24

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Since its founding in 1970, O’More College of Design in downtown Franklin has held to essentially the same logo and brand – a traditional insignia that spoke to the campus’s history and the timeless principles of great design. Now, after extensive research and testing, the College’s School of Visual Design has updated the logo to reflect a more diverse campus that blends yesterday with today – the juxtaposition of tradition and technology that has taken the design industry into a new realm. “So much has changed in the digital world that impacts every aspect of our lives,” says Daryl Stevens, co-chair of O’More’s School of Visual Design. “We felt that a new logo would better represent the College to the community. We spent several … [Read more...]

Tin Cottage Celebrates {GRAND OPENING!} Sept. 25!

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Longtime downtown Franklin business owner Marianne DeMeyers is celebrating the rebirth of Tin Cottage—a unique home and gift store that honors the art of hospitality—with a grand opening event Thursday, Sept. 25, from 6-8 p.m. Located in the area’s Second South District, Tin Cottage first came onto the scene nearly two decades ago: DeMeyers owned the shop from 1998-2006, providing locals with a destination for home, table and gift items. As the owner of Honey’s Vintage Sweets, DeMeyers says she was constantly caught in conversations that turned to fond memories of her first business, which encouraged her to reimagine the Tin Cottage’s future. She first welcomed customers back to the new store at the beginning of September. “It’s … [Read more...]

Anthropologie’s “Sit. Stay. Love.” Partners With Happy Tails

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Each year, Anthropologie holds a “Sit. Stay. Love.” supply drive & adoption event in stores around the country–and the one right here in downtown Franklin has decided to pair up with Happy Tales Humane for the 2014 occasion! Happy Tales provides humane, no-kill options for homeless and neglected animals in Middle Tennessee. If you’re looking for a cute new addition to your home–or want to release some endorphins–join the store at 335 Main Street thisSaturday, Sept. 20 from Noon to 4 p.m. for an in-store adoption event! Anthropologie will be serving local goodies and refreshments, and will have several puppies and dogs for folks to fall in love with! PLUS: they are accepting donations and supplies (think dry food, beds, toys, and … [Read more...]

Heart and Hands Celebrates 20 Years of Handmade Gifts

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Two decades ago the world was introduced to six “Friends” making a go of it in the city that would become one of TV’s most popular sitcoms ever.  That same year, a couple of real friends launched their own business in our city–Franklin TN–that has survived long past the show (20 years!)… and allowed locals and tourists alike to all bring home a piece of Tennessee. Join us as we celebrate two decades of Heart and Hands in Historic Downtown Franklin in October 2014! Owners Carol Bennington and Cindy Lane came up with the idea for a store that would allow creative Tennessee artists an outlet for their one-of-a-kind items.  Heart and Hands came from the concept that, “when we share with you what we make with our hands, we share our … [Read more...]

Art Scene Celebrates Three Years, September 5!

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In 2011, local artistic influencers gathered to discuss an art crawl in Franklin, Tenn., that would promote Williamson County talent and build community relationships. On Friday, Sept. 5, those visionaries’ work will be celebrated as the Franklin Art Scene hosts its third-anniversary event in Historic Downtown Franklin! We believe there’s been steady growth for the art crawl over the past several months, and that the number of goers seems to climb each month! The event boasts more than 20 participating locations every first Friday, with locations dispersed in and around downtown—including the Second South District and Bridge Street, as well as Columbia Avenue. As part of the milestone evening, most of the galleries and working studios … [Read more...]

Classic Car Day Coming to Main Street, August 23

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Tony Steele is bringing back his 3rd Annual “Classic Car Day” to Classic Sports Barber Shop this Saturday, August 23! The speciality destination in downtown Franklin, which sits in a former garage on Fifth Avenue North tucked just behind Sweet CeCe’s, is inviting the public to take part in old-school festivities in its parking lot, from 9 a.m. ’til 5 p.m. What started several years ago with a smattering of customers’ cars has turned into a full day of family-friendly entertainment: Tony says there will be complimentary BBQ (that’ll smell good on the street!) and door prizes–plus kids’ will receive gifts, such as school supplies and Hot Wheels toys. He says he expects more than 10 vintage vehicles, from a ’64 Impala to a ’75 Gran Torino, … [Read more...]

City Farmhouse Folks Host Second City Farmhouse Pop-up Show

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All you people who scored a wealth of curated vintage, antique, and artisan goods at last year’s City Farmhouse Pop-Up Show can rejoice! Renowned “pickers” David and Kim Leggett are bringing back the second annual event to Franklin, Tenn., come Oct. 17-18, 2014 — but this time the pair is hosting the design and shopping show at the stunning “lost-in-time” gardens and mansion of the late music publisher Buddy Killen, located off Old Hillsboro Road in Leiper’s Fork. Last year, the two-day event attracted an impressive crowd of local and national vintage aficionados to Historic Downtown Franklin. The popularity of the inaugural City Farmhouse Pop-Up Show can largely be attributed to the Leggetts’ trained eyes and vivacious personalities … [Read more...]

Franklin Art Scene :: August 2014

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After a one-month break so that our shop owners, artists and attendees could celebrate the Fourth of July with loved ones, the Franklin Art Scene is returning to downtown Franklin Friday, August 1 from 6-9 p.m. Bagbey House – Antiques and Interiors will host author Donna O’Neil and illustrator Donna Brevard as they present their children’s book, “Frankie the Pencil goes exploring.” The collaboration was a natural progression from a friendship established in the early days of the Art Scene when the two Donnas used to sip wine together as they enjoyed the artwork of others.The book, “Frankie the Pencil goes exploring,” was inspired by a Franklin Fire Department pencil that sat in Donna O’Neil’s pen cup on her desk. During this upcoming … [Read more...]

Tin Cottage Coming Back After ‘Hundreds’ Of Requests

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In 2012, Marianne DeMeyers (a member of our DFA executive committee!) opened Honey’s Vintage Sweets in downtown Franklin, providing guests with fresh-squeezed lemonade, hand spun milkshakes, vintage candy brands, artisan baked goods, quirky gifts — and for many, nostalgic memories. Since then the candy emporium has helped anchor the Second South District, a go-to spot for shoppers, social gatherings, date nights, family outings and more. After two years of selling Grape NeHi, Abba-Zabba and Sky Bars to the community, Marianne has announced that she will be shutting the sweet shop at the beginning of August. But that doesn’t mean she’s leaving 123 South Margin Street! Oh no honey, don’t worry: the closing of those doors is the opening of … [Read more...]

Anthropologie Hosts Pop-Up Food Market

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Anthropologie on Main Street is throwing a peach-themed event in front of their store on July 13, from Noon ’til 4 p.m. With the help of the Peach Truck, the event will provide locally made goods and beverages with the savory product – for example, Gwen Perkins (former owner of Chapman’s Pie Wagon II) will be serving homemade peach pie and GRAY’S on Main has whipped up an epicurean cocktail with the fruit as its feature. Other local stores, like Savory Spice Shop, are involved too! So make your plans to join us at Anthropologie this Sunday — and don’t forget to use #AnthroEvents (or tag @dwtnfranklintn) so we can see how you’re enjoying it! … [Read more...]

‘Franklin on the Fourth’ Lights It Up!

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This year’s Fourth of July celebration – known for years as “Franklin on the Fourth”– will focus on family fun … but won’t be skimping on great music, quality crafts, tasty food, antique cars, and kids’ activities! Note: Franklin on the Fourth ends at 8 p.m. to give attendees time to get to the fireworks at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm. The big light display, put on by the City of Franklin, will begin around 9 p.m. The free festival kicks off at 10 a.m. this Friday, with bluegrass music leading the way. Featured food vendors downtown will include everything from roasted corn on the cob and BBQ to ice cream, nachos, corn dogs and smoothies. Craft vendors will fill the area with wood working, jewelry and other handmade items! Other … [Read more...]

Leading the DFA Charge: Kristy Williams (A Q&A)

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The Downtown Franklin Association (DFA) is an organization that promotes and revitalizes the 150 unique places to explore in our historic core. After 10 years of serving the Heritage Foundation – a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and preserving the architectural, geographic and cultural resources in Franklin and Williamson County – we are proud to announce that Kristy Williams will take over as the Main Street Program Director for the DFA! To let you get to know Kristy a bit better, we’ve put together a quick Q&A. Learn more about her: Q: How long have you worked at the Heritage Foundation, Kristy? A: 10 years Q: Before the Foundation, what were you doing? A: I worked in banking for 19 years. I left Franklin National … [Read more...]