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“Great place to stroll or sit with a coffee and a friend”

The Factory at Franklin
Ranked #13 of 66 things to do in Franklin
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Built in 1929, The Factory occupies the buildings that once served as the Dortch Stove Works, Magic Chef and later the Jamison Bedding Company. A member of the National Register of Historic Places, The Factory is rich with history and a very careful renovation has preserved many of The Factory's original features and architectural details. Calvin bought the sprawling complex seven years ago and, after an environmental clean-up, began opening the facility in sections. Today, The Factory at Franklin has 83 tenants. Imagine that factory coming alive with concerts, dining, shopping, meetings, live theatre, art galleries, decorators' showcases, antiques and offices. Our unique facility can serve all this and more. Take a look at The Factory in its days as a bustling, working factory, then embark on a photographic tour of its renovation and transformation to the diverse and vibrant shopping and entertainment complex it is today.
Reviewed March 4, 2014

The antique store is a fun place to browse. There are artsy and kitschy shops to explore. The old factory is a great venue. If you're looking for excitement, you won't find it here, but if you want some local flavor, visit for a couple hours.

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Reviewed March 1, 2014

This is a unique artsy type shopping destination in an old factory setting. If you are planning shopping all day, you will probably be a bit disappointed as it doesn't have as many stores as you would think. My children and myself happen to love Third Coast Clay where you can paint pottery of your choice and is fabulous for kids parties. There are a few different restaurants to sit down and grab a bite to eat, the main one being Saffire which is a bit pricy for what you get, but is really good. I would highly recommend that you check out The Factory at Franklin's website before you go to make sure you know the different shops that are there. It's also always more fun when they are hosting an event and there are even more vendors there. (Except finding a parking spot!)

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Reviewed February 23, 2014

Just outside of Franklin, it is a little arts and craft type shops and a couple of cool little eateries.

Thank casskaela
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Reviewed January 20, 2014 via mobile

The way this place is advertised you'd think there were tons if stores. Very few stores to browse. Only 1 art gallery open. Very dead on a Saturday. Don't waste your time.

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Reviewed January 10, 2014

My wife and I had a great time every time we get to visit the Factory. We enjoy looking in the shops and meeting the people who display their artistic talents and sell their items.
We also enjoy Saffire Restaurant that is inside this old steel mill.

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