First-Friday Art Crawl Hosts Local Art for Night Out, May 2

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Participants taking the Franklin Art Scene route on May 2 will enjoy sunny and 65-degree weather.  Each month, fresh artists exhibit originals works of art at various locations throughout downtown Franklin’s historic core. In conjunction with the monthly gathering coordinated by the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA), around 30 sites will host local artists on their properties, 6-9 p.m. Many of the locations offer refreshments, drink or live music. The art crawl is free, but a $5 wristband includes unlimited stops on the trolleys that circulate throughout the circuit. 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 … [Read more...]

Heritage Foundation’s Main Street Festival Returns, April 26-27

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The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County’s 31st Annual Main Street Festival, presented by First Tennessee, will return April 26-27, 2014 to Historic Downtown Franklin, Tenn.  The event will feature more than 200 artisans and crafters, three stages for all-day entertainment, two blocks of children’s activities and two food courts. The free two-day weekend event will run Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the Fourth Avenue street dance continuing until 10 p.m. on Saturday night.  All activities will re-open Sunday, April 27, from noon to 6 p.m. More than 130,000 visitors are expected to attend the weekend that’s packed with family-oriented activities, non-stop musical entertainment and international … [Read more...]

Franklin Named “Best Southern Town” [Garden & Gun]

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Franklin wins Garden & Gun’s Greatest Southern Towns bracket   by Kevin Walters This story appeared on the front page of the Tennessean on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Forgive Franklin Mayor Ken Moore if there’s an extra spring in his step. After all, he’s the mayor of the newly christened “Greatest Southern Town.” “I’ll be strutting a little bit,” Moore said, laughing. “I’m very proud of our community.” Franklin emerged Friday as the victor in a 32-town NCAA-style bracket matchup organized by the editors of Garden & Gun magazine. From the online votes, Franklin garnered more than 62,000 of the 90,000 total votes in the final round, allowing Franklin to defeat fellow Southern town Savannah, Ga., in the two-day … [Read more...]

Downtown Franklin Association Annual Meeting Plan 2014 Objectives

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This month, Downtown Franklin Association members gathered to reflect on the year’s progress and to establish goals for 2014. The annual workshop, held at the Franklin Theatre, produced a list of objectives for the local business owners who make up the organization—ones that will shape its focus in the coming year, says DFA Director Nancy Williams. Williams says the group spent a sizable portion of the time exploring collaboration and cross-promotion opportunities among members, including extended weekend hours that, in theory, would drive more traffic to shops and restaurants in downtown Franklin after dusk. “A large part of this organization’s mission is to allow local business to thrive while maintaining desirability and … [Read more...]

April 2014: First-Friday Art Crawl Hosts Local Art For Night Out in Downtown Franklin

“Bourbon Street Jazz” by James R. Threalkill

Participants taking the Franklin Art Scene route on April 4 can expect to enjoy 70 degree weather and fresh artists of the first-Friday art crawl through downtown Franklin’s historic core. In conjunction with the monthly gathering coordinated by the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA), around 30 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 trolleys that circulate throughout the circuit. 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. A few … [Read more...]

Franklin in the Running For “Best Southern Town” Bragging Rights

March Madness inspires a host of spin-off bracket-style contests, and Franklin is in the thick of one such wave: we've secured a Final Four spot in Garden and Gun’s “Best Southern Towns” tournament that began with 32 small cities below the Mason-Dixon line. The competition is based on an online readers’ poll. Garden and Gun magazine, a Southern lifestyle magazine based in Charleston, S.C., launched the poll on March 17 to gage its audience’s favorite American city. The publication says it saw around 700,000 votes cast during the first round. The Final Four round, which opened today at 9 a.m. and closes tomorrow mid-evening, pits Franklin against Hot Springs, Ark. Previously, Franklin won close battles against Fairhope, Ala., and Florence, … [Read more...]

Nearly Here: Porch Sittin’ Weather

Downtown Franklin is beginning to catch beautiful glimpses of spring. Warmer weather brings a whole host of activities--and one high on the list includes dining on a downtown patio! Our DFA Guide tells you where shop, eat and play... but we're here to let you know where you can grab a cold brew, a fresh salad or a sweet treat and enjoy Mother Nature's mood:   OUTDOOR SEATING 55 South | Chapman's Pie Wagon | Cork & Cow | Franklin Mercantile Deli | JJ's Wine Bar |  Kimbro's  |  Merridee's | McCreary's Irish Pub | Papa Boudreaux's  |  Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant |  Zolo's Italian | Red Pony  PATIOS Bunganut Pig |  Coffee House on Second & Bridge  |  Corner Pub  | Frothy Monkey |  Mellow Mushroom | Puckett's Boat … [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...]

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

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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...]

DOWNTOWN FRANKLIN $100 GIVEAWAY

We're celebrating the new year by giving away a $100 gift certificate to a downtown Franklin shop or restaurant of your choice! ENTER UP TO THREE TIMES:  1. LIKING our Facebook page. 2. Going to our Facebook page and SHARING this image. 3. COMMENTING on the photo with your favorite downtown Franklin store or restaurant.   A random winner will be drawn Friday, Jan. 3. The winner may choose a gift certificate from Downtown Franklin Association (DFA) members only. You may find that list here. CONTEST RULES: General Contest begins 12/27/13 and ends at 01/02/14 at midnight. Winner will be chosen by random drawing. We will contact the winner by Facebook message.  If we can't contact the winner within two days, we will draw … [Read more...]

New Year’s Eve 2013 in Downtown Franklin

Downtown Franklin knows how to throw a party, and New Year's Eve is no exception! In the past, we've had many a party to ring in the fresh season, and this year is no exception. 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 Resistance Band--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 $15 per person. Pricing includes the show, party favors plus a midnight champagne toast. For those procrastinators, it is $10 per person at the door the night of NYE. That … [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...]

Puckett’s Boat House Wins Franklin Scarecrow Contest

An estimated 60,000 people filled Franklin's Main Street during the 30th Annual Pumpkinfest on Oct. 26. Adding to this year's fall festivities was Downtown Franklin Association (DFA)'s Franklin Scarecrow contest, where nearly of our 20 merchants and restaurants participated by creating their own one-of-kind scarecrows. Leading up to the festival we encouraged the public to vote for their favorite straw ornament. Last Thursday, we announced that Puckett's Boat House won its first-ever scarecrow competition for the life-size "fisherman" that was perched on the Southern seafood restaurant's roof throughout the month of October. "We're excited about holding the bragging rights for the contest until next year," said Boat House General Manager … [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...]

Downtown Franklin Offers Free Parking at Multiple + Convenient Locations

Do you avoid going places because of parking? Here in the South, we take pride in scoring the best spots. You know what I mean--my mom used to circle 'round and 'round the mall lot until she found the most ideal location. I think we've all been there before, when the third circle around the block makes shoppers think you are stalking them as they walk back to their vehicles. If none of this applies to you, then you are a much better person than the one writing this! Here's the good news: our quaint town of downtown Franklin has convenient parking. Best part? It's free! With two large parking garages that nearly bookend Main Street and numerous scattered lots, you should never consider parking here a problem... or an inconvenience. As the … [Read more...]

Franklin Art Scene Highlights New Artists for the November Event

The Franklin Art Scene will follow Saturday’s Pumpkinfest with its November event on Friday, Nov. 1. The first-Friday art crawl, which has consistently grown in attendance since its 2011 conception, will feature 30-plus participating locations in Historic Franklin’s core. Art Scene locations are dispersed throughout downtown, including the antique district and spots up and down Columbia Avenue. There is no set starting point for art crawl participants; guests are encouraged to begin at any map location. Trolleys circulate among all the stops throughout the night, 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 application is now … [Read more...]

Travel + Leisure Names Downtown Franklin “One of Best Towns to Celebrate Halloween”

Travel + Leisure voted Downtown Franklin one of the best towns to celebrate Halloween! They mentioned this Saturday's #Pumpkinfest festival, Franklin On Foot ghost tours, Franklin Tomorrow's chili cookoff, and the Lotz House Museum. So. much. good. Oh, and did you see we were voted #7 "Friendlist Town" by T+L readers? That was all due to Y'ALL (remember all those tweets?)! We hear from a lil birdie that we'll have more good news from them soon. Read the article here or learn more about the Oct. 26 Pumpkinfest here: http://downtownfranklintn.com/pumpkinfest. … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Dogs Days of Summer in Downtown Franklin

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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...]

“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...]

Iconic Main Street Building Comes Alive; Holds Job Fair This Week!

For more than 70 years, GRAYS Drug Store bustled with employees and customers filling their pharmaceutical needs—or locals popping in to get a piece of daily gossip. This month, the iconic neon sign will light up once again with memories, both new and old. Only this time, the building will come alive with community members visiting a new culinary and entertainment destination in downtown Franklin. Set in a ca. 1876, GRAYS on Main Owners Michael and Joni Cole have spent more than a year renovating the centuries-old building that sat vacant for a decade. Last week, the Coles received approval from the City of Franklin’s aldermen to close Main Street one Sunday evening in July to hold their grand opening. This week, the three-story … [Read more...]

July 2013 Franklin Art Scene Celebrates Local Talent

The energy surrounding downtown Franklin after celebrating the nation’s birthday won’t deflate come Friday. This month’s Franklin Art Scene will capitalize on local talent and extend the summer soiree in and around “America’s Favorite Main Street” by carting participants to more than 30 locations—all featuring local talent and refreshments. Join the art crawl Friday, 6-9 p.m., as the organization toasts the warm weeks ahead! The Franklin Art Scene 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 … [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...]

ShopMainStreets.com Renewing Membership

ShopMainStreets.com, a virtual tour of small businesses in downtown Franklin, is renewing its membership in March 2013. The online excursion offers guests a glimpse of the unique shopping and dining options on our Main Street and beyond, and encourages them to come experience it in person. The company is scheduling to photograph renewals this Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 28-March 2. To view our current downtown Franklin virtual tour, click here. If you are interested in re-shooting your business, please click here to setup your time. Pricing remains the same. More about ShopMainStreets.com: ·ShopMainStreets.com is now averaging over 24,000 new and unique visitors per month. ·They are a Coalition Partner with AMEX Small Business … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Downtown Franklin Association Members Win Nashville Scene 2012 “Best Of” Awards

In the Nashville Scene's 23rd Best of Nashville® issue, the publication salutes the people, places and businesses that power Music City (and the surrounding area!)'s engine, that have brought eager visitors to our door over the past year. Several Downtown Franklin Association members won Reader's Choice accolades in this year's contest! Congratulations to these businesses: Best Antique Store: Arbor Antique Mall (First Place) Best Williamson County Restaurant: Red Pony (First Place) Best Wine Bar: JJ's Wine Bar (Third Place) Best Coffeehouse: Frothy Monkey (Second Place) Best Place for a Cheap Date: Kimbro's (Second Place) Best Service: Red Pony (Third Place) Best Cupcake: Ivey Cake (Third Place) Best After Hours Hang: Kimbro's … [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...]

Upcoming Events in Downtown Franklin

It's a new weekend in Franklin, one that brings new opportunities for entertainment! There’s always an opportunity to hear quality, live music in Franklin. Kingston Trio will take the stage on Friday, Sept. 14 at the Franklin Theatre! This trio emerged from the north beaches of San Francisco and has since taken the country by storm. They are still going strong after 50 years in the music business, gracing audiences with their rich tradition of American folk music. The concert starts at 9 p.m. and tickets begin at $35. For more information, visit franklintheatre.com. Williamson County Animal Control and Adoption Center (WCAC) will “unleash the love” at their second annual Waggin n’ Braggin on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Gallery 202. The family … [Read more...]

Downtown Franklin: The Next Seven Days

  There’s always something going on in Historic Franklin’s downtown core! Whether you are a film enthusiast or into cultivating your own craftiness, there are plenty of opportunities to get out of the house and enjoy the arts the next few days: Wednesday, Sept. 5, it’s “Girls’ Night Out” at the Franklin Theatre – rally the crew and enjoy a movie night in downtown Franklin. Magic Mike is a comedy based on actor Channing Tatum’s own life as a hopeful entrepreneur and ladies’ man who shines at night. Themed drinks will be served. The show starts at 7 p.m., and movies are always just $5 at the Franklin Theatre. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit franklintheatre.com. Several months ago, a group of small business owners … [Read more...]

DFA Social Media Workshop

Please join us Thursday, Aug. 30 for the first ever Downtown Franklin Association-sponsored Social Media Workshop! We'll be holding this informal--yet highly informative--training seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau's new location at 400 Main Street, Ste. 200. The workshop is structured for beginners looking to tackle the ever-evolving social media landscape, as a means by which to promote a small business. Participants will have the opportunity to learn initial techniques and/or receive one-on-one training for your business accounts. WHO: Downtown Franklin Association WHAT: Social Media Workshop for beginners WHEN: Thursday, August 30; 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. WHERE: WCCVB 400 … [Read more...]

Heritage Ball

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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...]