October 27th, 2014

Nashville Business Journal
by E.J. Boyer

The New York Times travel section returned to Middle Tennessee this weekend, but not for Nashville.

The paper featured Franklin in its “Overnighter” column, a travel piece that ran online Friday and in Sunday’s print edition of the paper.

“Franklin is a Southern gem hiding in the shadow of Nashville, less than 20 miles north,” the author writes. “Some call it a suburb of Music City — and plenty of farmland has been developed into subdivisions, strip malls and office plazas — but Franklin is a world away, with a history and culture all its own.”

The profile’s main premise is Franklin’s ability to maintain its small-town, Main Street charm, even as the boom from Nashville spills over and corporations likeNissan have settled nearby inside Williamson County. The author takes readers antiquing and into some of Franklin’s restaurants, including Cork & Cow and Frothy Monkey (an outpost of the Nashville coffee shop), and touches on the town’s Civil War history and tourism. She also includes a surprise appearance by the drummer of the jam band Widespread Panic, who moved to Franklin to raise his family and expounds on the town’s songwriting scene.

Of course, this isn’t the first time Franklin’s charm has won ink. In April, the town won Garden & Gun’s Greatest Southern Towns bracket challenge, defeating Savannah in the final round with more 69 percent of the vote.

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