Aren’t “Top Ten” lists just so played out? Here at The Factory at Franklin, every event is always at the very top of the list, and this year’s lineup is definitely one to write home about! Instead of a “Top Ten” list (like all those other event spaces put out every year), here is The Factory’s “TEN TOP” list of not to miss events for the 2016 calendar year! In no particular order:
-Showmance (March 11)—Studio Tenn and The Theater Bug collaborate to present, “Showmance!” Following Studio Tenn’s presentation of, “The Glass Menagerie,” the two production houses will come together to perform this original play. This particular performance will be the first showing in Williamson County for The Theater Bug, one of Tennessee’s best children’s theatrical companies.
-Music on the Lawn (Coming This Spring, Stay Tuned For Dates!)—This ongoing, multi-genre music series which solely showcases original songwriting and songwriters.
-Made South Marketplace (November 18th-19th)—Looking for a two-day event featuring over 100 makers from all over the south? Yeah…we thought so.
-City Farmhouse Barn Sales (June 17th-18th & October 14th-15th)—The Factory will host two, three-day events featuring over 120 antique dealers from all over the country. There’s no telling what treasures wait to be unearthed here!
-Bramble (June 4th)—The perfect summertime show focusing solely on men’s health, fashion, and lifestyle.
-Beer, Bacon, and Bourbon Festival (March 5th)—This one speaks for itself, folks… Definitely not one to miss!
-Franklin Wine Festival (October 21st)—This event will feature over 400 wines from 40 different local restaurants…. Come thirsty, y’all!
-Kinekt Conference (September 9th-10th)—This two-day event will focus on digital media and the latest technologies. Come get all the latest information!
Remember, there are always things happening down at The Factory, so be sure to check out our lineup regularly for more information on all of these (and many more) events!
It turns out, some good folks still treasure hunt in broad daylight. Some throw out the rules, they search and search until they find. When you think of your favorite jewelry or records or home goods, they probably came from someone originally searching for the very thing you love, just so it could belong to someone like you.
The ever-growing curator’s community at The Factory at Franklin is composed of such good, treasure-hunting folk. They quest. They collect. They curate. It takes true dedication and commitment to bring together the unique and necessary pieces of art, music, and antiques that these curators collect. It’s a special gift, the keen eye of knowing, to be able to spot exactly what someone (much like yourself) is dying to unearth.
What they seek, they seek quietly, and as always, there is so much searching to be done. The word treasure here is not used lightly. The unique pieces featured by our tenants were carefully picked, sifted through, or arranged. The passion these curators not only have for searching for pieces, but searching for the right piece is abundantly clear. The word curate is even derived from the Latin word, cūr, or, to care.
Contemporary Nashville and it’s surrounding areas is changing, and changing fast. And with this surge of newness, a need for the unique, artisan good is ushered in as well. To stand clearly apart from the everyday cookie-cutter, to unearth a real gem, this is what curators such as the hand-picked antiques at Relek, or the wide selection of expert music at Luna Records. Behind each of these collections an entire quest is storied. Imagine what beauty still lies to be unearthed through our tenant’s storefronts.
Curator’s Community Tenants:
-City Farmhouse (antiques and antique furnishings)
-Luna Records (vinyl and music lifestyle)
-Relek (repurposed antique furnishings)
-Props Antiques (antique artifacts)
-Willow Plunge Gallery (photo gallery)
-Antiques at The Factory (multi-tenant warehouse)
-Artisan Guitars (handcrafted guitars, mandolins, and ukeleles)
-Essy’s Rug Gallery
Close your eyes and imagine the last time shopping felt good. Truly good. The last time you left a store after making a purchase and felt transformed and refreshed by the experience. Has it been awhile? Can you even remember that time?
It’s 2016, and now more than ever, people need connection. When so many of our interactions are carried out behind a screen or through a handheld device, we the people need soul and warmth, a feeling of mutual and deliberate commerce. This is evident in the way spending habits are rapidly changing. We’re becoming ever more thoughtful and educated about not only what we purchase and the ways we make those purchases, but also more thoughtful about whom we make these purchases from, and who will ultimately benefit from the currency exchanged.
Shop local. Support local business. These are not new ideas. You’ve heard them and thought them all before, and you know they’re important.
More and more people are turning their eyes away from corporate, big-box stores back towards small, locally owned businesses, and thankfully so. When a name, a face, a living breathing person makes a product with their own hands, and you can walk into a shop to meet that person, see their process, know the history behind the beautiful object you unearthed—there’s a precious experience to be had that you will simply never get from ordering online.
The Factory At Franklin’s growing maker’s community is a space for the reemergence of the spark that lit the innovative market in America. It’s intrinsically tied to the freedom to create. Shops like CR-71, owned by Craig Heintrich & Rick Dohler , Issaac Meek’s Five Daughter’s Bakery, or Brett Henry’s Honest Coffee Roasters and Franklin Juice Company are changing the way that Williamson County does commerce. They are helping to innovate a community of artisan makers in The Factory that make exchanging goods feel good again.
And on top of that, these same folks are all first time entrepreneurs. The Factory is so pleased they were inspired to follow their great passions into the marketplace, and is so lucky to have them as part of Franklin’s largest creative community. Want to know more? See our list of maker below, or simply come down to The Factory and see these maker’s goods for yourself! They would absolutely love to show you around.
Maker’s Society Tenants:
-Franklin Juice Company
-Honest Coffee Roasters
-Five Daughters Bakery
-CR-71 (Antique artifacts/repurposed furniture construction)
-Lucky Scruff (Hand made men’s beard and grooming products)
-House of Belonging (uniquely designed and hand-made signs)
-Stonebridge Gallery (frame maker)
-Jeremy Cowart (photographer)
-DeeAnn Hebert (artist)
-Streater Spencer (artist)
-Katy Johnson (artist)
-Tala Jeweler (unique handmade jewelry)
‘Tis the season for holiday shopping and the Factory at Franklin has some pretty fabulous shopping options available. In Factory style, we are hosting three events that highlight our values as a center of community, commerce and culture!
Locally-sourced and owned vendors
One-of-a-Kind Merchandise and Cuisine
Family friendly entertainment
First up, November 13-15th marks the long-awaited City Farmhouse Holiday Pop-Up Fair right here in Jamison Hall! Our very own tenant Kim Leggett, owner of the City Farmhouse Fling, is hosting vendors from all of the U.S. showcasing their wares!
The shopping excitement continues as City Farmhouse presents its Holiday #CItyFarmhousePopup Fair within Jameson Hall at the historic Factory at Franklin! Come shop with your favorite vendors from previous City Farmhouse shows, along with first-time exhibitors offering antiques, vintage, holiday decor (including greens), jewelry, art and much more. Find the perfect gift for a loved one this season, or buy a one-of-a-kind piece to liven up your home!
Early Buying Preview Friday, November 13th, 5 pm to 9 pm (complimentary wine & beer + 4 hours of shopping) $40.00
>>>Includes all weekend entry! General Admission November 14th, 8 am – 6 pm $10.00 General Admission November 15th, 11 am – 4 pm $10.00
An entire factory full of 9′ Frasier firs sound festive to you?
Thirty of our tenants take on the task of tinseling and twining up trees for your viewing pleasure! This annual event is quickly finding its spot into the sentimental hearts of Franklin residents and visitors alike. Guests are asked to vote for their favorite while also entering in a drawing to win a holiday-themed prize.
Factory at Franklin
Running through the month of December. Specific dates to be announced.
History Channel’s reality hit show “American Pickers” has made Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz treasure-hunting celebrities, putting a spotlight on the trending hobby of “picking” or hunting for antique items that have regained market value.
However, picking isn’t just a trending fad for Franklinites. The city of Franklin has been a destination for pickers and collectors world wide. Recently The Factory at Franklin has become ground zero for experienced shoppers looking for unique, restored, repurposed and picked furniture and home decor. Besides being home to Antiques at the Factory – a collection of highly curated booths – The Factory at Franklin has added several new merchants including Relek, CR-71, and most recently City Farmhouse to its hub of culture, retail and entertainment.
Named for both the county roads traveled to secret honey holes and the initials of the treasure-hunters that drive them: Craig and Rick, CR-71 is a shop loaded with picked treasures, curated collectables, and re-imagined pieces that are equally impressive in their craftsmanship and uniqueness.
Craig Hentrich and Rick Dohler joined forces recently after mutual friends connected them due to their common interests. Rick, a General Contractor, was making custom furniture from picked items and reclaimed wood. Craig Hentrich, a retired punter from the Tennessee Titans, had begun turning his picking hobby into a profession. When the two decided to work together, CR-71 was established. Soon after, they opened the store front at The Factory and have been turning out one-of-a-kind treasures ever since.
I spoke with the two of them last weekend and found out some pretty fun facts about their partnership and the secret to their success in the picking business.
Why do you think your partnership works so well? Craig: Our partnership works because we both love what we do, and we both respect the other’s opinion. Rick: I believe our partnership works so well because we both have a passion for what we do and respect each other’s ideas and interests.
What is one skill or talent the other brings to the table? Craig: Rick has a great way of dealing with people. In his years as a GC, he has dealt with many different personalities that has helped us in our business. Rick: I have learned while working with Craig that he thinks each project through from beginning to end and has a clear vision of an end product.
What would you say if you were asked to do a reality show? If you said yes, what would be the best part of watching you two? Craig: A reality show would be hilarious because of the places and people that we deal with. There would not be a dull moment! Rick: We have talked about it with several different companies and the verdict is still out. It would be a maybe. We don’t want to limit our creativity with a typical television show. If we did it the audience would be on a wild ride of craziness, entertainment and a lot of laughter.
Can you share with us some of the best picking spots, or what Mike Wolfe and Frank Fitz call “honey holes?”
Craig: Oh, we have many honey holes that we will not share!
Rick: The best honey holes are the ones with the most danger involved so for everyone’s safety we can’t tell. It’s a secret!
The two partners laughed their way through our time in the shop, walking around and telling me stories about the pieces they found and where. They appear to be as proud of their found treasures as they are about the ones they built, including this bar (seen above) they created from several elements they took off other vintage pieces. “Somebody is going to get a cool bar for their entertainment area,” Rick says with pride.
Before leaving, Craig made his marketing pitch “Tell people to come buy stuff,” Craig says playfully, “we have 7 kids between us!” I doubt they need much help convincing people to shop in their store. The Kicker- Turned-Picker continues to get some pretty spectacular wins.