This year, Franklin, TN won Garden & Gun’s Favorite Southern Town Bracket and that’s pretty impressive. I highly recommend all out-of-towners to make the 20 minute trip outside of Nashville and visit Franklin. After working in Franklin all of last year and, because a major part of my job was to become a part of the small-business community, I can full attest to the small-town charm. Not to mention, the shopping and food is top notch.
My parents [who reside in Franklin] have been taking full advantage of their close proximity [9 miles] to the adorable town of Leipers Fork and I have completely jumped on the bandwagon. In addition to the food and shopping, Leipers Fork has become a mecca for good music. There is always music and the people in that industry have easily found refuge in this tiny, rural town because of it. This past weekend, they had David Hood [Patterson Hood’s (drive by truckers) father] play on the stage featured in the image above. David Hood is a LEGENDARY studio musician and it’s amazing that my mom and dad were able to see him live.
Anyway, I could go on and on about that. Here are some of my favorites in the fork…
We like to get out there fairly early to beat the crowd and get a good seat at Country Boy for breakfast. It appears as your run-of-the-mill diner, but has the yummiest of foods and the sweetest service. I highly suggest The Bingham :) Afterwards, I like to visit a few of my favorite shops…
David Arms is a local artist and his little barn shop/studio is absolutely adorable. In addition to his art, he sells Otis James ties and vintage cuff links/tie bars.
I always pick up some of their hand-dyed cotton ribbon. I’d like to eventually own all of the colors. Follow David on instagram…his pictures are beautiful.
Serenite Maison is, easily, the most beautiful store in Leipers Fork. I want…every. single. thing. in. this. store. The owner, Alex Cirimelli has an exceptional eye and it’s unique how she brings an, almost, european flair to the countryside. It just works. She also drives this amazing old, black ford truck. I want it so so so bad.
Finally, because I love to read and collect books, I highly recommend Yeomans In The Fork Rare Book and Document Gallery. As you can tell from the title, this isn’t your run of the mill bookstore. This shop is specifically curated and each book is displayed so beautifully. Lots and lots of first editions.
For instance, I recently purchased two more children’s books to add to my collection. The Shannon book is a first edition in the original dust jacket and I can’t get over the illustrations in Peter Rabbit And The Old Witch Woman.
A few other great spots are Puckett’s Grocery [above], The Copper Fox [below], and West & Company. Pucketts has, now, become a Nashville staple for good food and country music. You can also find one in downtown Franklin and downtown Nashville. The Copper Fox is an art gallery featuring local goods like leather bags from Annie Williams. West & Company carries a large assortment of awesome brands like Will and Colonel Littleton – you have to spend a long time in this store because of the variety of items. I love all of their hats :)
oh, you know, just some horses passing through town :)