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.


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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 will be the restaurant of choice for people of all ages who are looking for excellent food and a fun, friendly atmosphere.

Made In TN

We’ve brought the best of Tennessee together in one place to help make finding the local items you love easy. You’ll find foods, home decor, gifts, and more here from stone-ground chocolate to hand-poured candles and locally designed notebooks. New items are added regularly and we’re dedicated to sourcing the very best items for you.

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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!

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