Small Business Saturday (2015)

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 28. We hope you enjoy #AmericasFavoriteMainStreet while shopping in downtown Franklin! See you Saturday. xo … [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...]

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...]

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

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

Valentine’s Day 2014 in Downtown Franklin

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

ABC’s Nashville Filming in Franklin, Feb. 10

The ABC show Nashville will be filming in Downtown Franklin on Monday, Feb. 10. The crew will be around from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., working mostly inside the Franklin Theatre on Main Street.Main Street will stay open to traffic, and businesses will stay open as usual. So come stroll downtown Franklin!Street closures will include Fourth Avenue South, which is scheduled to be closed from Main Street to the parking garage entrance, and parking along Main Street (4th to 5th); Fifth Avenue (Main to Church); and West Main (next to the Archives building). The show is asking businesses in the 400 block to keep their lights on Monday evening, to keep the street looking lively. Let's let #AmericasFavoriteMainStreet™ shine on primetime television! If … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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

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

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...]

Dog Days of Summer Promotion Gives Back in a big way

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

August Art Scene Offers Fresh Talent

Nearing Its One-Year Birthday, Art Crawl Offers More Than 30 Locations FRANKLIN, Tenn.—With its one-year birthday just around the corner, the Franklin Art Scene talent Friday will set a nice precedent for the event’s milestone event in September. The downtown tour of the arts in Historic Franklin, Tenn. has added six new stops since May and will feature fresh talent at its 30-plus locations—including work by more than 200 elementary and high school students who spent time at O’More College of Design’s annual summer art camp. “Each year we have a culminating Summer Studio Gallery exhibition that allows campers to experience the privilege of having their work shown to others,” said Sorrel Dugan, O’More Summer Studio director. “We decided to … [Read more...]