After visiting Historic Downtown Franklin, I ventured over to the Factory at Franklin, a retail shopping mall with 83 tenants. This industrial architecture building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. The 1930’s stove factory is now a mall with eateries, shops, events, working artists, art galleries and a weekly farmers market. The 310,000 square foot complex encompasses 11 depression era factory buildings and is open daily from 8 to 6pm. Individual store hours vary.
While there is a wide variety of options for dining and shopping, a few of my favorites are below:
Five Daughters Bakery – known for their 100 layer donut. And if you’re following a special diet, they offer several vegan, gluten-free, and paleo options. Their treats are made fresh daily from scratch.
Fork of the South – where shabby and chic meet southern. The General Store currently support 85+ makers and small businesses.
Ken Means Carousel Museum – a stunning gallery of hand carved carousel animals by local artist Ken Means. Gallery is open by appointment only. If Ken is in, the gallery is more than likely open. Stop in and ask him about the time capsules inside the animals.
Luna Records – sister-owned boutique record shop selling new and used vinyl records along with cassettes, music-inspired gifts, and new and vintage audio.
Made in Tennessee – Made in TN offers items crafted and designed in the state of Tennessee — gifts, chocolates, cookies, gift baskets, greeting cards and so much more.
Mojos Tacos – the menu is constantly evolving at this casual, quick-serve restaurant. It is all about the tacos here, from the fresh meats and produce, sauces created daily from scratch, handmade corn and flour tortillas, our signature “puffy” tacos to the all-natural paleta popsicles for the kids.
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The Factory at Franklin is located at 230 FRANKLIN ROAD
FRANKLIN, TN 37064. You can also reach them by phone at 615‑791‑1777 or visit their website.