Franklin, Tennessee has the most magical Main Street shopping in America! This downtown community is so special. It’s easy to shop and dine locally when you have merchants this special. The historic buildings are the most charming anywhere. Mix in historic churches and homes, and it’s a recipe for a Hallmark Christmas movie. As a matter of fact, there is a Hallmark Christmas based on Franklin call “The Bridge”. Written by best-selling author Karen Kingsbury, this incredible two-part movie is based on our very own Joel and Carol Tomlin and their enchanting bookstore, Landmark Booksellers.
Join us as we share some of our very favorite local Franklin businesses you must add to you your Christmas shopping bucket list!
Hester & Cook – 340A Main Street
One of Main Street’s favorite home and gift shops, Hester & Cook is a delightful store for creating beautiful tablescapes, gifts, and seasonal décor. Owners Angie Hester Cook and Robbie Cook began with an original product, turning an antique doorknob into a wine stopper. You’ll find vintage handcrafted pieces mixed with new items. Our personal favorites are Robbie’s handmade light fixtures out of antique flatware and teacups. Check out their adorable selection of toys and stationery too. This delightful shop is a must visit every Christmas! Read our backstory on Hester & Cook.
Tin Cottage – 334 Main Street
One of downtown Franklin’s most beloved gift shops, Tin Cottage is locally owned by Greg & Marianne DeMeyers. Their joy-filled shop features Franklin-themed apparel designed by Marianne, humorous gifts and stationery, and adorable home décor items. Grab a Franklin t-shirt or cap while you’re there. It’s the perfect shop to find unique locals gifts and stocking stuffers that will make you chuckle. Read our backstory on Tin Cottage.
The Iron Gate – 338 Main Street
For almost three decades, The Iron Gate, has been a Main Street staple. This magnificent home décor store is filled with antiques, fine bed linens, premium brand candles, French milled soaps, seasonal decorations, and gifts! Owner Rozanne Jackson started with a candle business and expanded into a thriving interior design business. She has been featured in multiple publications and received ADAC’s Southeast Designer of the Year award.
The Heirloom Shop – 404 Main Street
In 2017, a local family, the Ellenburgs, purchased The Heirloom Shop with the intention of continuing its four-decade legacy in Downtown Franklin. Their daughter, Lillie Grace, takes great pride in hand-selecting each item and ensuring the integrity of this historically unique gift shop.
Filled with a diverse collection of gifts for any occasion, The Heirloom Shop desires to be a space for locals and visitors alike. Some of their most popular lines include Christmas ornaments by Christopher Radko, along with brands like Smathers and Branson, Catstudio, and Scout. Stop in and say hi to the store’s mascot, Pepper the black lab. She’ll be waiting at the door!
City Farmhouse – 117 3rd Ave. North
City Farmhouse is a lifestyle brand curated by Kim and David Leggett. Kim is the author of the best-selling books, City Farmhouse Style and Home Stories. The brand offers authentic vintage farmhouse furnishings and accessories in Franklin, Tennessee and at antique shows across the country. This incredible antique shop is located in the historic Knight-Mosley House built in 1815.
Kim says, “You know the old saying ‘it’s in my blood?’ Well, that’s what I say about pickin, junkin, antiquing – or whatever you want to call it, because it’s had plenty of names over the years. It all started waaaayyyyy back when I was just five years old!”
Zula & Mac Interiors & Boutique – 301 Lewisburg Avenue
Zula & Mac Interiors and Boutique is one of the prettiest home décor shops in all of Franklin on your way back from Carnton off Lewisburg Avenue. Owner Pam Hood, along with her lovely staff, transformed the former Gilco Drive-In from the 1940s and 50s into a spectacular display of home interiors. Her shop features on-trend furniture, wall art, home décor accessories, down-fill accent pillows, florals and holiday décor. This upscale boutique also has the latest styles in clothing, shoes and beautiful jewelry. Read our backstory on Zula & Mac.
Landmark Booksellers – 114 E. Main Street
Visit the beloved Landmark Booksellers which was the inspiration for the best-selling book “The Bridge” by Karen Kingsbury and the Hallmark Channel movie with the same name. The circa 1808 building has had visitors like Andrew Jackson, Sam Houston, and Davy Crockett. It’s the oldest commercial building still standing in Historic Franklin. During the Civil War, it served as a hospital for the wounded after the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864. Owned by Joel and Carol Tomlin since 2005, Landmark features over 35,000 new, old, and hard-to-find, rare books. They also have over 2,000 signed first editions, maps, prints, and post cards. Read our backstory on Landmark Booksellers.
DeAnn Art Gallery – 343 Main Street
DeAnn Art Gallery is one of downtown Franklin’s prettiest and most inspirational shops. DeAnn Hebert’s angel paintings are WORLD FAMOUS. In her own words, “DeAnn here. I’m an artist, a wife, a mama, and a believer, and I love what I do for a living. I create and paint with layers reminiscent of tree bark or peeling barn paint, with a muted color palette. Although my subject matters vary, lately I’ve been working on birds, horses, florals and abstracts.” Come see why this shop will leave you transformed!
White’s Mercantile – 345 Main Street
Owned by singer-songwriter Holly Williams, granddaughter of Hank Williams and daughter of Hank Williams, Jr., White’s Mercantile is aptly known as “A general store for the modern tastemaker.” Holly’s charming historic Franklin location is one of seven and growing across the Southeast. It’s named after Holly’s maternal grandparents, Warren and June White, who owned a mercantile in Mer Rouge, Louisiana, in the late 1800’s. We’re sure Holly’s grandparents, Hank Sr. and Audrey, along with Warren and June would be so proud. Stop by and step into country music royalty! Read our backstory on White’s Mercantile.
Johnnie Q – 345 Main Street
Johnnie Q is family-owned and operated and located in historic, downtown Franklin, Tennessee. It specializes in jewelry, accessories, vintage home decor, and unique gifts for ladies and gentlemen from a bevy of designers including Jenny Bird, Alexis Bittar, Vanessa Mooney, Gemma Redux, 2 Bandits and many more.
The owner, Brooklyn Byrd, is a graduate of O’More School of Design in Franklin. She grew up the daughter of two ballroom dance instructors for Arthur Murray Studio in Louisville, Kentucky.
Avec Moi – 418 Main Street
Avec Moi is both new and vintage European gifts along with home accessories in historic downtown Franklin, Tennessee. Owner Bob Roethemeyer has worked in retail for large companies like Restoration Hardware and Williams-Sonoma. Located in the mercantile once owned by Franklin’s first African American businessman, A.N.C. Williams, the store became the longest continually operating business on Main Street. Come visit Avec Moi for unique gifts and great service!
Walton’s Antique Jewelry – 410 Main Street
Walton’s Antique and Estate Jewelry was founded by Melba Walton in 1974 (years before women could open a line of credit or a business without their husband’s blessing). Since then, we’ve never stopped blazing a trail with our unique approach to business.
Woman-founded and woman-owned, our history spans three generations of Waltons across nearly 50 years. Whether you’re browsing our in-store selection of antique jewels or enjoying a complimentary consultation for a custom piece, heirloom restoration, or repair, our team of graduate gemologists, repair specialists, and experts on all things fine jewelry are ready to help.
Philanthropy – 345 Main Street
In 2007, Christina and Christopher Martin opened their women’s apparel store that combines fashion with compassion. Philanthropy curates and designs apparel, home and gift products with purpose, passion, style and quality and combines it with a unique platform for giving.
A minimum of 10% of every store sale, and 100% of proceeds online, goes to charity through local, national and global opportunities. Philanthropy is centered around the idea of prayer. Make sure to visit their prayer wall for a beautiful place to write down your prayer requests.
Franklin Road Apparel – 508 W. Main Street
Located on historic US Highway 31, the main artery from Franklin to Nashville going all the way back to the 1700s, Franklin Road Apparel is owned by race car driver Ken Thwaits. His incredible store specializes in casual men’s clothing for the guy who knows what he wants. Ken carries unique brands you won’t find at a mall from Russell Wilson’s Good Man Brand to boutique jeans, cool shirts, designer shoes and watches.
This is absolutely the coolest men’s store in America! While you’re there, pay attention to all the firehouse nostalgia and antiques, because this old building used to house Franklin’s Fire and Rescue Squad. Read our backstory on Franklin Road Apparel.
Riverside Franklin – 144 Bridge Street
Owned by Tom and Lynda McGuire, Riverside Franklin a hidden gem nestled in the historic downtown area of Franklin. Lynda is a fifth-generation Williamson County Resident. Riverside is a unique family-owned furniture and home decor store. They offer a wonderfully curated mix of furniture, lighting, home decor, accessories and vintage finds.
Come browse their two on-site showrooms that total 10,000 square feet of shopping enjoyment. You will be met with the smiling of faces of their amazing team members. Find pieces you love take them with you today or take advantage of their in-house delivery service. Riverside Franklin also provides an array of interior design services. The perfect shop for home and gifts!
Gallery 202 – 202 2nd Avenue South
Visit one of Franklin’s most historic homes, Clouston Hall, and beloved art gallery all in one. Located on the corner of 2nd Avenue South and Church Street, Gallery 202 showcases local artists. This premier art gallery is dedicated to both the art lover and the collector. This home even served as a hospital during the Civil War. They offer an array of styles and mediums including paintings, antiques, glass jewelry, pottery and sculpture.
World-renowned artist Kelly Harwood and Dr. Ira Shivitz own this beautiful gallery. Kelly was commissioned to paint the phenomenal Midnight Sun piece for the Harpeth Hotel. This Tennessee walking horse was Harlinsdale Farm’s two-time World Grand Champion. Curator and manager Jim McReynolds has turned this gallery into a showplace like no other in Franklin. Come for the free tour, and if you’re lucky, you might even see Kelly in his studio working on his next masterpiece. Read our backstory on Gallery 202.
Olivia Olive Oil – 118 E. Main Street
Olivia Olive Oil adjacent to the Harpeth Hotel specializes in the highest quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Aged Balsamic Vinegars and Flavored Olive Oils and Vinegars, all from Award Winning Groves and Artisan Makers. Owner Christi Lassen travels to Europe to source the finest products. Shop specialty food items, cookbooks, and gift. Visit their tasting bar to sample the oil and vinegars in the world!
CT Grace Boutique – 122 E. Main Street
CT Grace Boutique is a family-owned business whose purpose is to provide a women’s boutique to help you “Live Out Your Custom Lifestyle” with the latest fashion brand-name clothing and accessories. Owner Colleen Burke brings incredible on-trend fashion to Franklin. Located right next to the Harpeth Hotel, you can shop the stylish jeans, trendy tops, and one-of-a-kind jewelry.
Winchester Antiques features 7,700 square feet of top-quality antiques. Kim Tuzzio opened Winchester Antique Mall in 1989 with ten vendors. Now with 30+ vendors, her new location at 121 2nd Avenue North is directly across from the Harpeth Hotel. Many may remember this building when it was the Review Appeal newspaper! “The reason Franklin attracts new residents and customers to downtown is the charm of our mom-and-pop stores,” says Kim.
The most important aspect of her business is knowing her customers’ names. “Sometimes I have to write down their names, and I always put something significant by it so I can remember. I have seen girls my age grows up and have children who are now our customers. Franklin is very special to me. I love everything about it, and I love to send people to other stores, the battlefields, and to all our wonderful restaurants! I love that you can walk downtown and feel safe. Most of all I love the people! I love to hear their stories. These are all the reasons I love being a business owner.”
Scarlett Scales Antiques is in the back of Winchester. Make sure to also check out her adorable vintage shop with cute new finds!
Franklin Antique Mall – 251 2nd Ave. South
Franklin Antique Mall has been antiquing as a family business for Williamson County native Amanda Pitts Brewer. In 1979, her parents Archie and Joan Glenn opened the Franklin Antique Mall at 251 2nd Avenue South Street in downtown Franklin. In fact, this two-hundred-year-old building on the corner of Margin and 2nd Avenue South has quite the history itself. Before antiques moved in, the building was famous for being the ice house in the early 1900s.
In the early 1970s, the building transitioned to an architectural antique warehouse, then the antique mall owned by Amanda’s parents. For five decades, this 12,000 square foot building has been Franklin’s oldest antique mall. In fact, Franklin’s 2nd and 3rd Avenues are known for having some of the finest antique shops in all of Nashville.
After Amanda’s parents passed away, the business was passed to her. She maintains great relationships with her 70 dealers. Her daughter Morgan is so proud of how her mother pays tribute to her grandparent’s legacy by keeping the store open. As you enter through the store’s 17th century French doors, you are surrounded by memories on every shelf and around every corner.
If you love pickin’ through old treasures, you will find a plethora of nostalgia from vinyl records to old toys and books. If you love interior decorating, Franklin Antique Mall is the perfect place to add in a few vintage pieces with character into your current decor.
J.J. Ashley’s – 125 S. Margin Street
J.J. Ashley’s on South Margin has been a purveyor of luxurious fine furnishings in Franklin since 1993! Owner Lisa Biggers brings luxury wrapped in comfort to her store and the home interiors her team designs. Located just two blocks from the downtown square, visit this week to see all the gorgeous Christmas decor. Did you know J. J. Ashley’s offers complimentary design services? You will find everything you need to decorate a fabulous home from fine furniture, mirrors, lamps and accessories. We are blessed to have exceptional small business owners like Lisa in Franklin.
Storehouse no.9 – 320 4th Ave. North
If you appreciate the beauty of a fresh, clean aesthetic where neutrals, naturals, and carefully selected textures bring spirit and personality, Jill Johnson’s Storehouse no.9 is the shop for you. Located just three blocks from Main Street, this beautiful boutique also provides interior design services.
Opened in 2019 by Jill Johnson, Storehouse no.9 has quickly become a favorite both locally and as a destination for visitors from around the country. Off the beaten path, Storehouse no.9 is known for its fresh, clean aesthetic with an occasional touch of vintage whimsy. From beautiful furniture, lamps, accessories and bedding to unique gifts, apparel and jewelry, Storehouse no.9 has something for everyone and will soon be one of your favorites, too!
Our Local Dining Favorites
Local dining in downtown Franklin is a real treat. So many great chefs and local restaurants you cannot find anywhere else in America. Here a just a few of our favorites.
Gray’s on Main – 332 Main Street
Gray’s on Main is housed in an 1876 Victorian building and historic pharmacy. Owners Michael and Joni Cole and their team will make you feel like family. Gray’s is not just any local restaurant, but a piece of history, a museum of sorts, full of vintage charm. Their historic Victorian building was built in 1876 and was a pharmacy for 60+ years. Enjoy live music Thurs-Sat nights on their second floor! Gray’s fabulous bar specializes in pre-prohibition inspired cocktails. Favorites include Fried Pimento Cheese Balls with Moonshine Jelly and Sweet Tea Banana Pudding.
Triple Crown Bakery – 118 4th Avenue North
When you visit master pastry chef’s Alena Vaughn’s Triple Crown Bakery, you feel instantly transformed into a charming French patisserie. Located in Franklin at 118 4th Avenue North, this little gem may be small in size, but delivers big-time with some of the tastiest breakfast treats, cookies, and cakes in town. Housed in a historic cottage, you will feel like you stepped back in time because of its vintage charm and romance. You will be enchanted by the historic Lillie Mill’s flour sack on the wall. antique cake servers. and adorable collection of celebrity wedding photos. Grab a delicious sweet and explore the yumminess of this vintage bakery!
Franklin Bakehouse – 100 E. Main Street
Angie Muir’s mission is to nourish and connect people on a more meaningful level. Franklin Bakehouse sources the best ingredients for their prepared foods and to carefully hand select items for their retail shelves. Purchasing local, seasonal and top-quality ingredients is of the utmost importance. Creating a market that exudes community, joy and love for their customers is also their goal. They believe that food naturally brings people together and creating a gathering place that allows their guests to purchase a freshly baked loaf of bread or a deliciously prepared dinner to take home should be an uplifting experience. Stop by for delicious baked goods, sandwiches, salads, and sweets!
Thank you for shopping and dining local on “America’s Favorite Main Street!”
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