Life is Sweet: The Story of Five Daughter’s Bakery

The big question: who knew? Who knew that what started off as a donut and pastry stand would turn into a bakery with four locations, with another location planning on opening in 2018? Who knew that the owners of this bakery would have 5 children: all girls. It’s hard to know what great things life will bring you. For Five Daughters Bakery owners, Isaac and Stephanie Meeks, there was a point when owning an extremely successful bakery was not part of the plan. But Isaac, who was working a successful corporate job, knew there had to be something more to life. Something more meaningful. Something different. So when the food-loving couple created the ‘croissant donut’ and had it sold in a local coffee shop within 4 days, something life-changing was taking place; Isaac and Stephanie just didn’t know quite yet exactly what that change would bring.

Within two months of creating their first donut, Isaac and Stephanie decided to open up shop officially on February 14, 2015. The first step on the road to their success was the opening of a booth on Saturday mornings here at the Factory at Franklin. They began selling 100 layer and paleo donuts to a large following of fans. Not soon after, a line stretched the entire length of The Factory’s lobby! Something great was definitely happening. Not long after, Isaac and Stephanie were able to install a commercial kitchen in this original location and the rest is history. The bakery would quickly grow into four other locations, with another one slated to open in 2018.

The famous 100 Layer Donut is now offered in a plethora of delicious staple flavors such as Maple Glaze and Vanilla Sugar. Five Daughters bakery also has many donuts on seasonal rotation. Any pumpkin spice lovers out there? If so, this is where you come in! On the list of rotated items, you can find many favorites such as Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake, Apple Crumble and of course, Pumpkin Spice! Come quickly though, because these popular seasonal flavors will not last forever.

When asked what the best part about being part of The Factory family, the two answered loud and clear with: clientele, family atmosphere and the great opportunity for growth. All Isaac and Stephanie needed was a chance to succeed. The Factory was so happy to give them that chance, and what started off as a motto for the bakery has now turned into a mission: “Nothing is sweeter than family.”

Whether it be the ingredients that go into the pastries or serving the community, family is the most important aspect of the Five Daughters Bakery mission. A community really is just one big family and because of this, treating the community like family is what Isaac and Stephanie live for… Being able to share the experience with their five daughters makes the journey even sweeter.

If you appreciate sweet treats and family the same way Five Daughters Bakery does, then this is the bakery for you! Everything Five Daughters does is with the mission of family first. As a member of the Franklin community, you are apart of that family. So come on in and enjoy a donut and share a story! We can’t wait to meet you!

A Modified Purpose: Reclaimed Wood & Antiques at CR-71

It’s funny, isn’t it? How one person’s trash can be another person’s treasure. This has always been a ‘cliche’ for handpicked antiques.. but what is cliche is often born out of truth. And what about other old things? What about reclaimed wood? Not just any wood that you can get from the lumber yard, mind you, but wood that was simply forgotten. Abandoned. Wood from structures that served as major building blocks for the community that now lay hidden underneath the overgrowth. Simply put, can the reclaimed wood from an abandoned structure be recycled into something beautiful and made new? The simple answer is yes. At CR-71, from the community the wood comes and back to the community it goes. Except this time, with a whole new purpose.

It only takes the creative eye of one person to completely change something and give it new spin, a new life. So, when CR-71 owners Craig, a former NFL player with a love for antique picking, and Rick, a general contractor with a passion for carpentry, originally met it was under the umbrella of one common goal: serve the community by offering the best antique pickings of anywhere around. Craig and Rick went to work hard making hand-made furniture with reclaimed wood, and with a storefront at The Factory, this common goal was made possible.

Everything Craig and Rick do keep this mission in mind. The idea that not everything is what is appears to be (new or old) is an important lesson that all their items hold close and are clearly shown through their craftsmanship. What is one thing to someone might be something completely different to someone else. Just like our purpose in life might change as we grow older, so does the purpose for other items in our world. Anything is possible.

If you are looking for hand-crafted furniture made from reclaimed wood, or a hand-chosen antique picked from collections from all over the country, then CR-71 is the store for you. Have an idea for something but not sure how to make it come to life? Even better! Craig and Rick live for helping you bring your creative ideas to life. When they say they can build anything, they mean it! Stop by sometime and talk with the staff. All merchandise is crafted or picked with the purpose of inspiring others to creatively discover their multitude of purposes in the world.

 

 

 

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Introducing: All Things Co.

You never know where faith and friendship will take you. All you can do is jump on the ride and hope it takes you somewhere worth it. In 2010, All Things Co. owners, Lindsay and Kellen, made a promise to each other… They wanted to use their friendship as a way to serve others. Lindsay and Kellen had no idea where that promise would lead them. But the one thing they knew for sure was that giving back to the community was the most important thing they could do.

However, like most journeys, there were bumps in the road ahead. At the beginning, they didn’t even have a vehicle, but they did have faith; and together they persevered.

Three years later, Lindsay and Kellen really began to see their dreams take shape. What started off as a one-month road trip along the east coast, turned into a ten-month venture across all fifty states.

One day we were driving down one of the highways.. We made some promises of things we could accomplish as best friends,” Lindsay says. It was obvious that love was the driving force throughout this journey. And why shouldn’t it be?

Fast forward one more year to 2014. Lindsay and Kellen were back home with their community on their mind. They knew that serving the locals in Nashville would be the gateway to serving the rest of the world. The two found themselves living Franklin, Tennessee, and after almost a year of traveling, they had a new-found inspiration fueling their dreams.

“We started with two product lines when we opened the doors at the end of July 2016, and it has grown into the little boutique that sits at the top of the stairs in the Factory,” Lindsay shares, “Over the last year, we have watched story after story come through the door and experienced the sweet connect to stories found within.”

All Things Co. very quickly expanded, and so did their hearts. It became a community hub with quality merchandise, and an even bigger goal than just commerce within the community. These two best friends wanted to drive a business on faith, hope, and love. With the help of the people of Franklin, and all their kindness, Lindsay and Kellen’s passion to serve others became a full-time reality. All Things Co. now showcases the talents of local artisans and helps connect the community to local and global issues, with a mission to better mankind.

22 Beads bracelets, a fan favorite at All Things Co., takes a portion of every purchase and gives to the endangered cheetah organization. Market Bags, another store favorite, gives to women recovering from prostitution, trafficking or addiction – they have filled their market with goods and hope.

As important as global relief efforts are, some might ask what is being done on a local level. All Things Co. takes great pride in being a heartbeat of the community giving to foundations such as The Narrow Gate Foundation. At The Narrow Gate Foundation, helping and inspiring young men to get their life back on track after making some poor choices is the main goal. To this date, Narrow Gate has helped over 250 young men go on to become leaders of the community in and around Nashville. Regardless of what you buy, you are making a difference. Maybe it will even inspire you to start a cause of your own- setting off a chain reaction of humanitarian and global relief efforts seen like never before.

Lindsay and Kellen have a unique outlook on business and more importantly, life. They believe connecting with those who walk through their store doors can make an impact on a great scale. They take their role as business owners not only seriously, but as friends operating on a faith-based mission. That mission being the reason for everything being done. So whether it be the purchase of a scarf to help the Syrian Refugee Crisis or the purchase of a bag of SYPCOFFEE to help individuals with rare disorders, everything is on the table. No issue too great or small.

 

 

Meet Franklin’s Original Juice Company

Group Eating Acai Bowls

Newly married, traveling the world, and learning more about himself every day, Brett Henry was in Hawaii looking for a job in the biology field when he stumbled upon his passion for health. Not long after, Franklin Juice Company was born. While in Hawaii, Brett found a job serving up a new and different healthy frozen treat. The local tropical hotspot called them, açaí bowls (pronounced “ah-sigh-EE”) and Brett knew he was onto something special. He wasn’t just infatuated with the taste of this yummy delicacy, he knew that these bowls reaped monumental health benefits and his wheels began turning to find a way to bring this unique delight to middle of Tennessee. Brett is a 7 th generation resident of Williamson County and even after his travels to Hawaii and Israel, Brett knew Franklin would always be home. He wanted to bring the culture and life that he treasured from his journeys right back to the heart of Franklin. “I was right in the middle of something special,” Brett commented, and with these fresh thoughts and big plans, Brett threw himself in the health food and beverage industry. There was no going back. He began to bulk up his juicing skills, pressing ultra organic fruits into delicious juices, and it wasn’t too long before a menu was born and Franklin Juice Company came into being. And while juice was the company’s bread and butter, people really went crazy for his “secret Hawaiian menu.” Brett’s favorite catchphrase caught on quickly with Williamson County’s favorite new sweet treat, and as he always says, “you are what you eat.”

Acai Bowl

Through all this, Brett admits all he did was show up. He showed up every day to work and made these yummy bowls. He showed up and he paid attention. He began to notice how locals craved them and tourists fell in love. He noticed that people weren’t coming in for an after-dinner treat, but to actually replace a heavy meal. In Brett’s own words, “We want Williamson Co. to be known as one of the happiest, healthiest places to live in the world, and by offering healthy and entirely organic food and drink alternatives, we feel like we are doing our part.” Brett believes that it all starts on the farm, and Franklin Juice Company offers a wide selection of nutritious and organic meals for the community. There are so many things to try and learn at the #FJCO (as they are known on Instagram), and along with the Hawaiian açaí bowls and their always fresh pressed juice, they even offer juice cleanse guru guide and a mobile juice truck (whom they lovingly named, Harvey). These folks are ready to roll through Franklin with healthy choices for you, wherever and whenever you might need them.

People in Front of Juice Truck

Brett wants to educate his hometown and be a resource that makes fueling our bodies with the proper nutrients easy! Come by Franklin Juice Company in The Factory and get a taste of something you can feel good about!

Easy Rider: Franklin’s First Moto Sanctuary is Alive and Well

“Why do you ride?”

This is the big question John Chandler asks to all who enter his store, Franklin Moto. John knows every person – every bike – has a story to tell… and he wants to hear them all.

John’s particular story consists of trips to the Grand Canyon, tours of Joshua Tree National Park, and down America’s historic Route 66. Across the road’s dotted white lines his youngest son, Elisha, rides beside him. These are just a few adventures they have enjoyed. John remarks, reminiscing on all the memories just a few tanks of gas brought him, “ we rode through all kinds of weather stopping often to simply soak in the natural beauty.”

Other than the scenery, there is more to the bike life that has made John fall in love with this lifestyle and he is excited to see where it heads next, “the motorcycle culture is experiencing a true renaissance in urban areas,” John commented. It’s the journey and experience that hooked him, and he’s now developed his dream of having a piece of this beloved culture right here in the heart of Franklin.

Situated in The Factory, John wants Franklin Moto to empower, encourage, and equip the riders of Williamson County. He does this with more than just his rustic, unique motos and apparel; John and his team offer free consulting on buying and selling used bikes. Franklin Moto also educates how safe and easy it can be to maintain/buy/sell a used bike. He even offers advice and guidance on how to build one your own! All they need is a little TLC, he says, but some wise words from an expert like John definitely help.

The most exciting part? Franklin Moto is just getting started. John has big plans to expand, and is already using their grand showroom to sell a few beauties; and by offering a few customization services, John is ready to rock-n-roll. His only goal is to provide even more than he already does for his bike family in Franklin. John wants to create a space to provide tools and knowledge to let riders work on their own bike, get their own hands dirty. John says garage collectives like this are popping up all over the country in big cities and figures Franklin isn’t far behind. Swapping stories, tools, and ideas, Franklin Moto will be a sanctuary for those who are passionate about their rides. John’s not just creating a sacred cycle home for Franklin, he’s also putting Franklin on the motor map. He wants Franklin Moto to be a place to stop for touring riders, he wants to provide exceptional experiences for riders in his own city. He wants to be a part of your story, one of the reasons you ride.

Shake It! Introducing: Soul at The Factory

The Factory at Franklin is proud to carry on its grand tradition of live music by introducing its newest installment of the live concert series: Soul at The Factory.

Soul Music

As Williamson County grows, so does its need for more and more live music. This new Factory Urban Original Music Series celebrates the best local, national and international R&B, Soul, Southern Soul, Funk, Jazz, Blues and Gospel music; and believe us when we say you do not want to miss out on any of this exciting talent.

Artists who have appeared previously include Jason Eskridge, K.C. Martin, Michael Fair, Lisa Webb, Stacey Mitchhart and The Little Russell Band. Upcoming artist include Brian T. Cornish and many more.

Soul Music

Dr. Alvin Jones heads the series and says Soul at The Factory was started to provide an alternative music series in Williamson County, that while there are many Country, Americana, and Folk acts, Williamson County could use a bit more Soul. All performances will feature a full live band and are guaranteed to get you out of your seat and get you moving. Performances are scheduled for most Saturdays with doors opening at 6pm.

Soul Music

When asked why Jones decided to make their home at The Factory, he remarks that its Little Brick Theatre really sealed the deal. With 130 seats filling this state-of-the-art music venue, it’s the perfect place to showcase the kind of talent Jones plans on bringing to the table this year… And let us tell y’all, it’s a whole lot of talent.

As if all this weren’t already exciting enough, Soul at The Factory is now partnering with Mafiaoza’s to have a Prix Dinner from 5pm-6:30pm prior to the 7pm show. It’s the perfect night out! So come down for a night of great food and music that will fill your belly and your soul. Both VIP tickets and General Admissions are available so be sure to reserve yours before the house fills up!

 

 

 

 

Must Love Music: Welcome to Luna Record Shop

A love of good music runs in the family. Just ask sisters, Brenna Gentry and Calvert Gentry McMahan.

Born and raised in Franklin, these two found their love of music early through their parent’s extensive record collection; and like all children surrounded by music, they grew to love it more and more. Eventually, the two grew up and became their own people.  They developed their own tastes and interests, diversified their portfolio to tapes and CDs; but once an audiophile, always an audiophile, and not long after, Brenna began her own vinyl collection in the late 90’s…. And she hasn’t stopped collecting since.

Record Store

“I have always wanted a record store since I was young,” Brenna says, “and Calvert and I have always wanted a business together.”

So, in June 2015, they made their dreams happen.

“Audio streaming, while so convenient and accessible, had people missing the experience of physically picking up a record, and investing in it.” Gentry commented. “Even worse, a whole generation who had never even experienced that. We started online and quickly worked toward our brick and mortar.”

Since both Brenna and Calvert are 4th generation Franklin natives, they agreed keeping their passion (and business) in Franklin was their number one priority when starting Luna Record Shop, which lead to that very brick and mortar shop being right here in The Factory at Franklin.

“The Factory was a great fit for the size/space we needed and we loved their desire to create a local scene that wasn’t so corporate… We opened November 7th, 2015, and we love our home.”

Almost two years later, the stores expansive collection grows more and more every day. You can find both new and classic records throughout the collection, so no matter what style of music you’re into, this shop has something for you…. and to let you in on a little secret… They have more than 1,000+ records tucked away in the back at any given time.

Luna Record Shop built their business around what they love, so not only can you find records there, but there are tons of other great gift ideas and music paraphernalia.

Record collectors

“We have new and used vinyl, cassettes, art, gifts, stickers, magnets and more. We take pride in being one of the very few record stores that actually clean, test play, and play-grade our used vinyl. We want every customer to know exactly what they are paying for and provide a friendly, fun, and judgment free space,” Gentry assures.

No matter if you’re shopping for yourself, a loved one, or perhaps even an acquaintance. Luna Record Shop is the place to go for the music lover in your life. They are an official Pledged Record Store Day store, and will be carrying hundreds of indie, exclusive, limited edition record store day releases on Record Store Day on April 22nd, so be sure to come by and see what’s in store!