Saturday, May 21, 2011

"People in Franklin are really in tune to buying local."

The Art Center will hold its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents will be able to meet teachers, learn about classes for preschoolers through adults and see paintings by their first featured artist - downtown business owner Victor Pisini. 
"It's something we both have always wanted to do," Linda Kabat said. "There's not much in the area. We looked around and thought Franklin would be a great town. There are so many children and so much performing arts. We felt we'd increase the visual art." 
The Art Center is one of several new businesses that have come to downtown in recent months. A barbershop, insurance agent, real estate agent and psychotherapy practice are preparing to open or have opened in recently. 
"It's encouraging," said Lisa Piana, executive director of the Downtown Partnership. "We really don't have the issue that so many towns have. As soon as a space opens up, we fill it very quickly. We have a lot of businesses looking to come. ... People realize it's a great town to have a business in. The rent is still pretty affordable."

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