I love Saturday mornings in historic downtown Franklin. The first stop is the Franklin Farmer's Market. This is a wonderful place to buy fresh produce, organic meats, baked goods, plants and flowers. Several vendors also sell specialty jams, jewelry and homemade artifacts.
We can't visit the market without a stop at Ellie's Old-Fashioned Doughnuts to say hello to our favorite donut maker, Danny and his family. Ellie's has the best hot cinnamon sugar donuts you'll ever eat. They melt in your mouth. It's hard not to have one while searching for ingredients for the week's meals. Music can be heard as local artists entertain the crowd.
From there we head over to Merridee's Breadbasket. The baked goods here are out of this world but Tom especially likes their Highlander Grog coffee. I go for the sticky buns and to soak in the local culture. People love to congregate at Merridee's. You'll see all kinds of things happening here from people conducting business interviews to moms helping kids with homework. It's not unusual to run into friends or past clients as this is the place to be on a Saturday morning.
From there we head over to The Shoppes on Main. You will find every kind of tchotchke available here but you'll also find an exhaustive collection of artwork, pottery, lamps and home decor. This is where I shop for closing gifts for the week.
As we walk down the streets of historic Franklin, we poke our heads in Main Street Toy Shoppe, The Iron Gate and Yarrow Acres. We'll stop at Franklin Theatre to see what local live performance is happening or what classic movie is being shown. This art deco movie house dates back to 1937. An $8M renovation was completed in 2011 to resurrect this crown jewel of Franklin.
There is a unique combination of old and new here. From the Starbuck's located at Five Points to the Frothy Monkey located just doors away in an old historic home. Both coffee purveyors keep our residents and visitors fully caffeinated.
We might stop in for a frozen yogurt treat at Sweet Cece's or stop at Grays on Main, 55 South or McCreary's Pub for lunch. Sometimes we'll just sit down on a nearby park bench and watch the passersby.
There are so many things to do in historic Franklin, it's a good thing that there are six more days of the week to enjoy all that the town has to offer.
Saturday mornings in historic downtown Franklin TN--my favorite time of the week.