What’s New at The Factory at Franklin!

Summer is here and we have some hot updates for you! Join us welcoming our latest merchants and restaurants to the Factory!

Mojo’s Tacos–Now Open!

It’s all about the tacos…chef-driven recipes made with fresh meats and produce, sauces created daily from scratch, handmade tortillas, and the signature “puffy” shell. Quench your thirst with a full selection of craft tequila and local beers, or satisfy your sweet tooth with all natural paleta popsicles! Stop by to experience a fresh and innovative taco shop with a Tennessee twist.

 

The Blockhouse– Now Open!

The Blockhouse is a men’s salon and barber shop that redefines the term “full service”! The industrial inspired man cave creates a relaxing atmosphere that transforms a traditional haircut into an experience. Sit back and unwind at the full service bar, or simply lounge around and catch up with the guys! Either way, The Blockhouse is a place where every man can feel welcomed, and leave looking good!

 

Carnivore Meat Company– Now Open!

A full service butcher shop slicing up fresh meats, as well as several selections of beef jerky, salamis, and house-made sausages. Their speciality is a hand-cut dry aged South African selection called biltong, which is essentially a dried beef steak! Also at Carnivore, is their sub shop where you can order delicious sandwiches that’ll make your mouth water!

 

Funk Seoul Brother!–Now Open!

What started off as a small food truck operation, is now one of the newest restaurants at the Factory! Voted as the 16th “Best Food Truck in America” by The Daily Meal, Funk Seoul Brother is a Korean and Japanese restaurant with street food flair. From Korean Fried Chicken to Kimchi Crack Bop, the menu offers a variety of unique dishes for you to try!   

 

The Franklin Forge

Franklin Forge is a blacksmith company located just outside of Building 12 behind Building 14.

Tala Jewelry

Meet Franklin’s One-Of-A-Kind Jeweler

 

Four generations and 7,000 miles away, the foundation for Tala Jewelry was built. Fast forward 30 years, and Tala Jewelry is now thriving in the Factory at Franklin.

Four generations of jewelers have laid the foundation for the expertise, quality, and commitment Mohsen has set as a standard for his family store, Tala Jewelry. Before venturing on his own, Mohsen and his brother owned a jewelry store in Iran, where large quantities of gold, platinum, and diamond products were produced.

 

After moving to the United States, Mohsen remained in his profession as a jeweler and decided to open his own store in 2010. Having spent more than 30 years in the jewelry business, Mohsen set out to open a jewelry store with a local family feel.

“When my wife and I were looking at a place to open up our store, we wanted a local area where we can serve the needs of our community and be a local down-to-Earth jeweler,” Mohsen said.

 

He and his family felt that The Factory at Franklin was the perfect place, and since then their business has blossomed.

“Since we have been in the factory, the community and our customers have been so nice and welcoming to us. Every year our customer base grows larger and larger. We mostly rely on our customers’ word of mouth for advertising, and I know that we will grow even more this year and years to come.”

Specializing in one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, Mohsen works with his customers on a personal basis to create unique pieces that tell a timeless story. Because he understands just how precious diamonds and family heirlooms are, his open set up allows customers to view each jeweler as they create, resize, or repair jewelry. In a hurry? In town traveling? Mohsen also offers same day and express repairs! Stop by The Factory at Franklin, and let Mohsen handle all your jewelry needs.

Lucky Scruff

Meet Franklin’s Bearded Business Brothers!

 

While searching for the perfect beard care solution, Corey Allen quickly realized finding all-natural products that he liked was nearly impossible. Little did he know, what he was looking for would be found in his kitchen.

 

After months of research and testing various natural oils, the perfect formula was created, and Lucky Scruff was born.

In 5 short years, what started as an online business quickly grew into a “Monthly Beard Club” subscription service. Because of its success, Corey partnered with his brother Jon, and together they opened their first retail location in Franklin, TN.

 

“The Factory is the place where we felt like we could not only have a retail location but it would be an appropriate setting for us to manufacture our products as well”, Jon said.  “We loved the idea of being able to come in and watch us make our products and even provide custom beard care on the spot”.

Corey believes that maintaining your beard also means caring for the skin underneath. That’s why Lucky Scruff’s beard balms contain lanolin, which helps lock in skin moisture while increasing elasticity.

Using sweet almond oil as a base, all of their products are handcrafted with the finest blends of natural oils. This ensures that your beard stays moisturized without feeling greasy, nor weighing it down.

Because their products are handcrafted, Lucky Scruff allows you to customize product scents. Whether you prefer soft and subtle, or bold and daring, the ideal scent can be crafted for you. Stop by The Factory at Franklin to have your custom beard care products made!

 

Fine Art by Deann

Artist. Wife. Mama. Believer.  These are all words Deann uses to paint a picture of who she is, but there are far more layers that came together to create Fine Art by Deann, her studio nestled into The Factory at Franklin.

Deann says she draws inspiration from the local landscape, colors and textures from Middle Tennessee, and many other aspects of the South. She says she believes that having an open space studio at The Factory has allowed her to feel inspired every day, while also having the opportunity to meet the wonderful people who live nearby or pass through her studio.

“The Factory charm, with its old barn wood walls and cement floors, has really played a big role in shaping my creativity and influencing me,” she said. “The history of Franklin is such a strong part of its community and roots.”

Although she was able to transform an abandoned stove and mattress factory into her creative home for the past 15 years, her passion for art has always played a major role in her life.

 

Growing up, Deann knew early on that she wanted to become an artist. She fueled her passion by receiving her BFA in Graphic Design while minoring in Art History from Auburn University. This accomplishment landed her the opportunity of a lifetime to study fine art at the Chelsea School of Art and Design in London, England. After several years of working as a graphic artist, Deann decided to sell her paintings at local art festivals, which proved to be a great idea. Because of her faith, Deann says she decided to trust the process, which elevated her art from “side hustle” to “sold out.” Overwhelmed yet grateful, Deann decided to trade in her corporate high heels and go all in.

“The purpose of life is to find your gift and use it to bless as many people as you can,” she said.

Her most popular pieces of art to date are angels, florals, and rustic barn scenes. She uses a form of impasto and palette knives to create rustic compositions that have resonated with her loyal customers.

To date, Deann has collaborated with Country Living Magazine, HGTV, Pottery Barn, and Anthropologie as well as local nonprofits and ministries to share her gift with others. Deann would love to share her gifts with you. Stop by The Factory at Franklin and take home one of Deann’s designs today!

 

Meet Made in TN: Giving New Meaning to “Shop Local”

Inspired by their love of Tennessee and their desire to support local businesses, Ilex Pounders and his wife Sarah struck out on their own to open Made In TN. The idea for the store was born when Ilex needed a gift for his clients and decided to put together a Nashville-themed basket full of products made right here in the Volunteer state. His baskets were well received, which led him to the assumption that other people might be interested in sending a little bit of Tennessee to their friends and family around the country.

His hunch was right. Ilex and Sarah started out small with an online retail store that gave shoppers an easy way to deliver a “taste of Tennessee” right to the recipient’s doorstep. Less than a year later, in November of 2017, they opened a fully operating brick and mortar store housed in the historic Factory in Franklin.

 

Prior to opening their store, Ilex and Sarah were already sold on the location. They regularly spent time enjoying the other local businesses in the Factory, so when a space became available, they didn’t hesitate. They saw an opportunity to grow their businesses in a location that spoke to their community-driven brand. Their space was previously occupied by a couple who sold locally-made chocolates and toffee, so the transition made perfect sense.

The Pounderses value the history of The Factory and love that Franklin is still synonymous with small town charm and southern hospitality. The character of each locally-made product they source blends seamlessly with the character inherent in Franklin, and they are thrilled to be part of it.

Every product in the store is made or designed in Tennessee, from specialty items that are made by hand in small batches to Nashville classics like GooGoo Clusters. Inventory rotates on a seasonal basis so that the wide breadth of local  products have a chance to be represented and new items are introduced throughout the year. Stop by to pick up a treat for yourself or get a gift for a friend, client, teacher or guest. You can find everything from state pride items like Franklin Tea Towels and Nashville scented candles to handmade baby blankets and artisan chocolates.

Made in TN has partnered with the most creative local makers to bring you the best products our state has to offer. While they already stock a variety of items that you can’t get anywhere else, there are even more exclusive finds on the way!

Support Made In TN and share in Ilex and Sarah’s commitment to support local businesses and their community.

Mojo’s Tacos

Mojo’s Tacos is an authentic taco shop with a Tennessee twist — a fresh, fast and affordable dining experience that is all about tacos.  Mojo’s offers an innovative menu with savory meats from an in-house smoker, locally-sourced produce, made-from scratch sauces, handmade tortillas and more. Complete with a full-service bar stocked with craft tequilas and locally-brewed beers, Mojo’s is the restaurant of choice for people of all ages who are looking for excellent food and a fun, friendly atmosphere.