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.