Downtown Franklin to Host Small Business Saturday | Business

Downtown Franklin will celebrate Small Business on Saturday, November 27, giving Williamson County family-owned stores the opportunity to promote themselves to the local community.

Franklin’s Main Street contains a multitude of small businesses ready to serve new and old customers. The celebration comes after a difficult year for many businesses in Williamson County.

Twine Graphics, a design and screen printing company with a retail store located in the downtown Franklin plaza, has resisted complications from the coronavirus.

“COVID has definitely derailed a lot of momentum, I know a lot of small businesses have had,” said John Bond, co-owner and founder of Twine Graphics. “We had to rethink and rethink a lot. Currently, supply chain disruptions have really affected the types of items that we can even sell to our customers. “

Twine Graphics is located in downtown Franklin.

Bond started Twine with co-owner, founder and roommate of Brandon Hagan University. They shared the visionary goal of starting a graphic design business during their undergraduate years at Western Kentucky University. Now, more than a decade later, the couple’s college dream has come true.

Bond believes Twine offers more to Williamson County than unique designs and products. His small business, like others downtown, is a big part of Franklin’s personality.

“I think the importance of small businesses, especially in the local community, is huge,” he said. “We all support each other and we really are the fabric of the Franklin neighborhood. We are the reason for economic growth and vitality and what drives people to move here and shop downtown. So it would be a shame to lose that charm and appeal if Main Street were just corporate, giant, and big box stores.

While international franchises and chains can be found on Franklin’s Main Street, local businesses still largely line the route. Many believe this is the best for Franklin, and a 2018 Civic Economics study backs up that claim. He said 30.4% of a small business’s income stays in the local economy, while that rate drops to 13.2% for a chain of retailers and 3.9% for a remote online store such. than Amazon.

This Saturday, Twine Graphics Retail is offering 10% off all household items and consumables and 20% off clothing. A host of other Franklin businesses also have discounts and deals on Saturdays.

Olivia Olive Oil, owned by Christi Lassen, is taking 15% off everything in store. It’s a sacrifice made by the Franklin-based olive oil and vinegar retailer that sources around the world.

“[Small Business Saturday] This is the only time we do it, ”said Lassen. “We’re so small it’s a really big sale for us.”

She said customers get a personal touch when shopping from her rather than big box stores like Walmart or Target. The relationship between the customer and the company is more symbiotic.

“It’s a blessing to be here,” she said. “It’s an honor to be able to have the store and for the community to support it. And also, in return, we can support the community in a much more personalized way. Obviously, big companies can do it in a bigger way. We can do it in a more personal way.

Lassen, who moved to Williamson County from California years ago, is grateful to the business owners who came before her and who made Franklin the local business hub that it is today. hui.

“I am so grateful to the people who came before I was here and did the work to create this beautiful city and lay the foundation for historic downtown Franklin,” she said.

She added that she was grateful for the support from the community.

Here are other stores in downtown Franklin with Saturday deals:

• Onyx & Alabaster: Get a $ 25 gift card when you spend $ 250. Open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Puckett’s and Americana Taphouse: Offer their annual sale of holiday gift cards. Gift cards are valid at all A. Marshall Hospitality locations. Buy $ 100 to get a $ 20 bonus card, buy $ 250 to get a $ 50 bonus card, buy $ 500 to get a $ 125 bonus card or buy $ 1,000 to get a $ 300 bonus card.

• More wild: 20% off all clothing from 10 a.m. to noon on Small Business Saturdays.

• CHIC: 25% off all gift cards and 15% off all items.

• Heylee B’s: $ 20 off purchases of $ 75 or more (online code: GET20).

• T. Nesbitt et Cie: 50% off Christmas decorations. Also serves as wine spritzers.

• Sparkling monkey: Coffee, wine, and great gift options for the holiday shopping.

• Franklin Road clothing: Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., 20 to 50% off selected items. Free Apolis Global Citizen Reusable Tote with $ 250 purchase. Free gift wrapping with purchase.

• Optical view: Offer a $ 100 gift certificate to be used for prescription glasses / sunglasses for people without insurance.

• Kilwin: Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and offers a special fudge: buy two slices, get a third slice free. Also offering chocolate Santa Claus and great gifts for the upcoming Christmas season.

• Vinnie Louise: Each purchase earns you a gift basket valued at $ 500.

• CTGrace, a Boutique: Buy any denim and you’ll get 20% off your entire purchase.

To help shoppers get to downtown Franklin on Saturday, the Franklin Transit Authority and the Downtown Franklin Association have also teamed up to offer the free Hop & Shop Trolley. Buyers can board the cart at The Factory at Franklin from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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