Showing posts with label #ThinkFranklinFirst. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #ThinkFranklinFirst. Show all posts

Sunday, February 12, 2023

Birchwood Bakery: Smash Burger Pop Up Feb 17 - SAVE THE DATE!


Friday 2/17 ~ Smash Burger Pop Up!!

We have teamed up with Chef Shawn @o_heide owner of @thekitchenatwhitebarn to offer a night of smash burgers, fries, burgers, crazy big shakes, fun cocktails, and beers.

Starts at 5 PM and ends when we run out!

Can’t wait to see you all there.

Birchwood Bakery: Smash Burger Pop Up Feb 17 - SAVE THE DATE!
Birchwood Bakery: Smash Burger Pop Up Feb 17 - SAVE THE DATE!

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Wright Old School Chocolate introduces a chocolate mix drink

Indulge in the Rich and Decadent Taste of Chocolate I hope this email finds you in good spirits. Today, I wanted to share some exciting news with you

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Indulge in the Rich and Decadent Taste of Chocolate

I hope this email finds you in good spirits. Today, I wanted to share some exciting news with you – our latest product, the Drinking Cocoa Mix is now available!

Crafted with only the finest ingredients, this mix of chocolate is a true indulgence that you can tailor to your taste. Whether you're a chocolate lover or just looking for a sweet treat, this mix is sure to satisfy your cravings. I suggest adding 4-6 heaping tablespoons and 2-4 tablespoons of sugar to 8-10 oz of your favorite type of milk. The more mix that is added the richer the drink becomes. You can further customize your drink with cinnamon or as the ancient Mayans first enjoyed chocolate with chili.

Here's what makes my chocolate mix special:

The chocolate is pure chocolate (the full goodness of the nibs)
There are only two ingredients (cocoa nibs and unrefined sugar – just like the bars).
The packaging is easy to ship (this is no glass to make the weight heavy or to allow for breakage)

I invite you to treat yourself to the rich, robust taste of my chocolate mix today. Simply follow this link below (Wright Old School Chocolate Website) to place your order.

Thank you for your continued support, and I hope you enjoy our latest addition.

Kind regards,
Peter W. Carlson
Wright Old School Chocolate


©2023 Wright Old School Chocolate | 127 Old West Street, K2, Walpole, MA 02081

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Saturday, January 28, 2023

Talking with Rich Frongillo about Downtown Preschool (opening 2023), economic development, soccer, etc. (audio)

FM #927 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 927 in the series. 

This session shares my conversation with Rich Frongillo. Rich is the owner of Tinetrix, founder of the Franklin Soccer School, Inc., Downtown Sports, and the forthcoming Downtown Preschool (new in 2023!). Our conversation was recorded in the Franklin TV & Radio studios on Tuesday, Dec 20, 2022.

Rich and I had another winding conversation. We start with the World Cup, talk soccer, and then catch up on business in this ‘new normal’ time. We get into economic development, housing, and other topics catching up from our prior conversation recorded in September 2020.

Downtown Preschool is the most recent small business venture and it is scheduled to open this year.

Our conversation runs 67 mins. Let’s listen to Rich and I talk about small business life here in Franklin. Audio file ->


Rich’s LinkedIn profile = 

Tinetrix, Inc. = 

Franklin Soccer School, Inc. = 

Downtown Sports = 

Registration for all activities =

Downtown Preschool -> 

Our prior conversation (Sep 2020) 


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Downtown Preschool scheduled to open in 2023
Downtown Preschool scheduled to open in 2023

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Look no further than Thru the Looking Glass

Written by:  Lyn MacLean

Holiday shopping days that remain are now closing in! Selected for our fourth business in our “Shop Local Series”, we would like to highlight Thru The Looking Glass Custom Picture Framing located at 11 East Central Street, Franklin. 

Established in June 2018, the store offers a wide variety of custom framing services and will work with you throughout the design process to make your framed art the perfect complement to your home. Perhaps you have a special photograph you would like restored as a special gift? Look no further, Thru the Looking Glass has partnered with a local specialist who completes the photo restoration and printing for the shop. You know that special image will be in safe hands with this dynamic partnership. No need to ship your adored photograph out to a stranger far away.  

The owner Maryann Wickman also offers unique vintage holiday items that you will not see in other stores. It’s a personal interest of hers to obtain unique items that she collects over the course of the year and presents for purchase in her shop. The inventory is always changing so you are encouraged to visit frequently to find that perfect gift for someone special in your life.  

The store name cites custom picture framing. However, one will notice quickly upon entering the shop that there are wonderful gift-giving items all around.  The shop includes hand-knitted hats, scarfs, blankets, consignment pottery, handmade cards, and Alice and Wonderland-themed art and watercolors. They are open Tuesday to Friday from 10 AM - 5:30 PM and Saturday from 10 AM - 4 PM.

If you cannot decide from all the wonderful items to choose from, they offer gift cards as a perfect gift to give this season. Remember to shop locally and support your Franklin businesses this holiday season and throughout the year. 

Visit Thru the Looking Glass on the web at ->


The cards are available for purchase in any denomination at Dean Bank or  This website provides the most up-to-date list of participating businesses.  

If you are a local business owner who would like more information contact Lily Rivera at  508-553-4888 or 

Look no further than Thru the Looking Glass
Look no further than Thru the Looking Glass

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Franklin.TV: Think Franklin First

Shop – Easily, Wisely, Locally, Lavishly, Lovingly 

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 12/04/2022

Franklin.TV: Think Franklin First

If you need to find great gifts that’re useful/pretty/comfy/tasty/fun/awesome etc. then shop no more. You’ve ready found ‘em.

These Franklin area shops and services are ready to deliver stocking stuffer smiles.

Drive less. Keep more jingle in your pocket. Just Think Franklin First. Easy-peasy.
(No need to give it a second thought. Done.)

Questions? Call us. 508-541-4118. 
Thanks for listening to 102.9 wfpr●fm. 
And – as always – thanks for watching.

Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Fur And Feather Families Take Note! Vet Med Pet Supplies has been helping Franklin area pets for almost 40 years

Written by Lyn MacLean 

Fur And Feather Families Take Note! 

Vet Med Pet Supplies is being highlighted as the third in our “Shop Local for the holidays” series.  This quaint shop is located at 359 West Central Street and has been serving the community for almost 40 years since 1983.

The shop caters to Dogs, Cats, Small Birds and Fish, Rabbits, Reptiles, Guinea pigs, and even Chinchillas.  The store offers high-quality foods, grooming supplies, and non-prescription health aids for allergies and anxiety.  Is your dog anxious or could become overwhelmed with all the holiday hustle and visitors?  The store even has a large selection of CBD oral health aids to help calm anxious dogs.  

“Our team has a wonderful depth of knowledge and works hard to provide personal service to our customers”, the owner Karen Walsh stated. “One of our staff members has even worked for local zoos and a vet in town” she emphasized.  The staff enjoys assisting customers with fitting collars, harnesses, and winter coats to establish a proper fit for the animal.   This is the type of personalized pet service you typically do not receive in a big box pet store. 
Vet Med Pet Supplies has been helping Franklin area pets for almost 40 years
Vet Med Pet Supplies has been helping Franklin area pets for almost 40 years

Currently, Stella and Chewy’s brand is offering a special holiday promotion.  The sale offers to buy 3 freeze-dried food items for dogs for $25.00 and buy 3 Crav’n Bac’n Biscuits for $20.00.  In addition, they offer to buy one get one free canned cat food.  This promotion runs until the end of the year.  

All animals are welcome to visit the store as well.  Upon arrival, they will be greeted with a special treat and can walk, hop or crawl around the store to see what they like.  Vet Met has welcomed cats, rabbits, dogs, and even ferrets to visit the store.   Save time, visit Vet Med with plenty of parking available.  Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 10-6 pm and Sunday 12-5.  

Lastly, remember that last-minute gift idea of a gift card!  Vet Med Pet Supplies is a participant in the THINK FRANKLIN FIRST GIFT CARDS.  

The cards are available for purchase in any denomination at Dean Bank or  This website provides the most up-to-date list of participating businesses.  

If you are a local business owner who would like more information contact Lily Rivera at  508-553-4888 or 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Shop Small, Shop Local (video)

As a member of the Franklin Downtown Partnership, you know the importance of shopping small and local! 

This is a video The Partnership recently produced promoting shopping local!

Shop Small, Shop Local
Shop Small, Shop Local 

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Instead of Black Friday, let's focus on Small Business Saturday & #GivingTuesday

Yes, the commercials started a while ago. Black Friday deals available online and Before Black Friday. It is hard to avoid them they are so pervasive.

(1) Small Business Saturday is an opportunity to really spend our money wisely and locally. Consider the #ThinkFranklinFirst gift card and the shops where it can be used. Check out the listing of shops here ->

Don't have a #ThinkFranklinFirst gift card? You can buy one online or at Dean Bank.

Did you catch the series on local Franklin businesses we are running? The first 2 are available and more are coming. Thanks to contributor Lyn MacLean!

Yes, #ThinkFranklinFirst Gift Cards are reloadable
Yes, #ThinkFranklinFirst Gift Cards are reloadable

(2) There are over 100 nonprofits based in Franklin and a number of others who service this community while based elsewhere. #GivingTuesday was developed in response to the popularity of Black Friday and an attempt to focus on supporting the nonprofits. 

You should be seeing nonprofits advertising or emailing to prompt a donation for their cause on #givingtuesday. 

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is just one of the many we can support! The Food Pantry, SAFE Coalition, HMEA, the Hockomock YMCA... the list goes on...  If you can't think of a nonprofit to support there is a listing of them based in Franklin here ->

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Shop Local at the PRETTY IS PINK Boutique and "Look Good – Feel Good"

Written by: Lyn MacLean 

PRETTY IS PINK Boutique is being highlighted for our second in the series of “Shop Local” for the holidays. 

New York City fashion lives right here at 480 King Street, Franklin. This women’s clothing boutique has been located in Franklin for over TWENTY years!  

Pretty is Pink’s motto is "Look Good – Feel Good". Any woman will do just that by shopping a wide selection of crew and funnel neck sweaters, slip, mini, and smocked dresses, knit wraps, and straight, flare, and wide-leg pants and jeans.  Complimenting these clothing choices, you will also find crossbody, clutch, tote, and shoulder handbags. Accessories such as jewelry, and fun-colored winter hats with coordinating mittens would make a perfect gift for teens or teachers at a perfect gift giving price point. Lastly, tucked among the amazing clothing selections lies a beautiful woven plush paw blanket that would be the perfect gift for any animal lover on your list.    

Do you have a holiday party you need something special for? Look no further as an abundance of sparkle was seen to make your ensemble stand out from the crowd. Dusters, dresses, and blouses with shine and sparkle were plentiful. 
Personal, individualized service is the hallmark of this store. The employees get to know their customers directly. They learn the preferences of their clients and if desired will provide feedback about the fit and overall look of each item tried on. 

A customer profile can be kept on file with the client's purchased sizes and items so if and when new items arrive that they may like, the client can be updated and suggestions can be made for these new items as soon as they hit the selling floor. 

Do you have little ones that deter you from trying to shop in-store?  Pretty is Pink has you covered. To allow you time to focus on shopping, the store offers a sip-and-shop beverage bar that allows little ones to sit in a comfortable chair with hot chocolate and a selection of pink starbursts and Hershey’s chocolate kisses.  They can unwrap these treats to allow you time to find that special item you’ve been looking for.  To top off your shopping experience everything is gift-wrapped for free! 

To keep on top of all events and sale promotions you can add your contact information to their list. You will receive an email or text every Thursday with the current promotion that they offer each week. For example, last week they sent a text to notify subscribers of a customer appreciation flash sale on the "day of" for 30% off Haute Shore handbags. Customers flocked to the store that day to take advantage of the fabulous savings. 

The upcoming "PINK FRIDAY" will be on Friday, November 26. Serving Bubbly and treats while you shop with special promotions announced that day. 

And don’t forget that Pretty is Pink is participating in the Franklin First Gift Cards which can be purchased in person at Dean Bank or

These are a perfect “PINK” idea for hostesses, husbands, fathers, and anyone who wants their special person to make their own selection.  Make your gift-giving local, quick and easy. 

The hours of operation from now until the end of the year will be Monday-Wednesday and Friday 10-5, Thursday extended hours 10-7, and Sunday 12-4.  The store is open 7 days a week.  Online purchases can also be made at

Shop Local at the PRETTY IS PINK Boutique and "Look Good – Feel Good"
Shop Local at the PRETTY IS PINK Boutique and "Look Good – Feel Good" (image courtesy of Pretty Is Pink Facebook page)

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

The Shop Local for Holidays Series features Pour Richard’s Wine & Spirits

Written by:  Lyn MacLean

Here at Franklin Matters, we would like to encourage shopping locally during the upcoming holiday season.  Over the next few weeks, we plan to feature a variety of local establishments to highlight some of the wonderful gift options they can offer just a short distance away.  Avoid the crowds, avoid the parking scramble, and support your local shop owners.   

Pour Richard’s Wine & Spirits
Pour Richard’s Wine & Spirits
Gift giving, home cooked meals and the special pairing of a fine wine or spirit epitomize the traditions for many this time of year.   This is why today we would like to highlight POUR RICHARD’S WINE & SPIRITS at their new location at 835 West Central Street #2 Franklin. They are currently celebrating their 10 year Anniversary serving the Franklin community. 

Never Drink Ordinary” is their motto and I can see why.  As I entered the store, I immediately was greeted with the warm presence of the owner Ann Williams.  I quickly recognized the unique well-edited selection of wines, craft beers, ciders, and spirits that were available. 

With a long-standing experience in the beverage industry, Ann worked with Blackbutton Distilling to create a Pour Richards private label bespoke Gin.  This Gin was formulated with nothing added or subtracted, no sugar or cornstarch were added which lends to a rich spirit.   

A second Pour Richards blend included the Mad River Double Barrel Rum created in bourbon barrels, a third called the Hill Rock Bourbon Whiskey and a fourth, Ladies Choice Bourbon Whiskey. 

Pour Richards provides a highly personalized service.  The owner makes an effort to know all customers names and loves to provide suggestions to meet personal tastes. 

With advance notice the store is more than happy to create custom gift baskets where they can curate suggestions or fulfill any specific spirit requests you may have for your recipient.

Along with gift baskets, curated 3 or 6 pack of craft beers, cases of wine and tasting kits of various spirits can be packaged. To top off this personalized service, keep in mind that curbside pickup is available to expedite your purchases quickly during this hurried season.  

Several upcoming events to kick off the holiday season are listed below.  You can sign up in person or online at 

Local Beer & Wine Vendor Event 

“Small business” Saturday, November 26, 2022 1-4 PM 
Local Beer and Wine Vendors will provide sample testing and special discounts.

Bubbles & Bark Event Saturday, December 3, 2022   2-5 PM
- Focused on Holiday pairing gift ideas, Hostess Gift Ideas - $20.00 at door 
100% proceeds are donated directly to the Forever Home Rescue New England of Medfield, MA. They are devoted to saving the lives of dogs. 

Artisan Chocolate and spirits pairing
Thursday, December 8th 7:00pm start
Wrights Old School Chocolate of Walpole, MA will present an Expert Chocolatier that will explain the sourcing of cocoa beans and the process of making the chocolate.  $20.00 includes a tasting kit of various full size single origin chocolate bars along with spirit samples to taste that complement the chocolate pairing.  Tickets may be purchased the night of or online at

Reminder: Other ways to support your local community 

Another great way to support our local economy.  This gift card provides use to a variety of local businesses and makes the perfect gift!  The cards are available for purchase in any denomination at Dean Bank or  This website provides the most up-to-date list of participating businesses.   
If you are a local business owner who would like more information contact Lily Rivera at  508-553-4888 or 

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Escape Into Fiction - Save the Date - April 30 - Independent Book Store Day celebrated

"#savethedate The #bookstore is participating in Independent Bookstore Day April 30th 10-5!!!

We will have 3 local vendors, an 11am #storytime with a #specialguest and of course #BOOKS."




Shared from Instagram ->

Escape Into Fiction - Save the Date - April 30 - Independent Book Store Day celebrated
Escape Into Fiction - Save the Date - April 30 - Independent Book Store Day celebrated