Echoing The New York Times And Sharing Our Franklin Favorites

Dated: 10/31/2014

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by TJ Anderson

Nashville’s been getting tons of national press love in recent years, but maybe it’s Franklin’s turn now — The New York Times just threw out a nice opening pitch on that front, with a high-praising Franklin travel piece headlined “A Small-Town Gem Near Nashville.” 

A snippet: “Some call it a suburb of Music City — and plenty of farmland has been developed into subdivisions, strip malls and office plazas — but Franklin is a world away, with a history and culture all its own.”

The Times eyed some great Franklin stops during their visit, the Cork & Cow, the Franklin Antique Mall and the Franklin Theater included. And it got realtor/partner Jen Bua and I thinking about our personal favorite places in Franklin. Here are just a few of the spots we love:

Silver Steer & Co.

539 Cool Springs Blvd, No. 105

Owned by Tennessee-via-California transplant Aimee Dodd, Silver Steer is a great place to find gifts and jewelry or unique treasures for your home. 

Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant 

120 Fourth Ave. S.,

Puckett’s might be a growing local chain these days, with locations from Nashville to Columbia, but it’ll always be a Williamson County institution, tracing back to the 1950s. It’s known and loved as much for great Southern food as for great and steady live music.

The Factory at Franklin 

230 Franklin Rd., 

The large and welcoming complex now known as The Factory was, for many years, a factory — it was built in 1929, and in the years that followed, merchandise from stoves to bedding were made there. When developer Calvin Lehew took it over, it became the cultural hub it is today, with restaurants, antique shops, event spaces and lots more filling its 12 buildings. Spending an afternoon there: always fun and delicious.

Gray’s On Main

332 Main St.,

Another vibrant modern stop carved out of a historic space: Newish Franklin restaurant Grays on Main (it opened in 2013) lives in a circa 1876 Victorian building in Historic Downtown, once home to the Gray Drug Co. These days, they’re serving up upscale Southern fare that’s definitely part of the reason Franklin is becoming more of a culinary destination.

Temple Hills Golf & Country Club 

6376 Temple Rd.,

If you’ve poked around our blog before, you might’ve noticed that I’m a big sports fan, from football to golf and beyond. My personal golf course — and, of course, one of my favorite places to go in Franklin — is a must-stop for local golf fans. Here’s how Temple Hills describes their own draw: “fair playability, undulating greens, and plush fairways.” Yep.

So those are a few of our Franklin favorites. What are yours? Love to hear some other local opinions.

If you’re thinking about Franklin as your next place to live, drop us a line — we’d love to help you find the perfect place.

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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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