Showing posts with label Escape Into Fiction. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Escape Into Fiction. Show all posts

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."

@cravemead  https://www.instagram.com/cravemead/

@teecuptreasures  https://www.instagram.com/teecuptreasures/

@paperbackcandles https://www.instagram.com/paperbackcandles/


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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

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Franklin Local Pages: "Franklin Downtown Has a Business Growth Spurt"

As published in Franklin Local Pages  By J.D. O’Gara

Lisa Piana, Director of the Franklin Downtown Partnership, says she is “thrilled” at what she is calling a “business boon” in the heart of Franklin. In fact, six new businesses call downtown Franklin home, and with a new Ladybug Cultural and Historical Trail, and new alleyway murals, there is a lot to discover in downtown Franklin!

Established to foster greater vitality in the downtown commercial district, the Franklin Downtown Partnership (FDP) has been planning for this moment of tremendous growth in the downtown for the 20 years it has been in existence, says Piana. “Over these many years, the FDP has been diligently putting in the infrastructure, working with town officials, improving the streetscape, meeting with builders, and hosting downtown events,” she writes.

Lily Riviera, Marketing and Communications Specialist for the Town of Franklin, also attributes the growth to a few initiatives the town of Franklin took to make the community welcoming to business. Some of the new businesses, in fact were part of the Pop-Up Shop grant initiative.

“I think it was a good way for people to get integrated into the community,” says Rivera. 

Rivera notes that her predecessor, in fact, created a business guide to help opening businesses in Franklin get to know not only the community, but the various steps they must take to establish their business of preference in the town. 

“Obviously, opening a business, there are a lot of different steps,” says Rivera. “Anne Marie (Tracy) broke down zoning and more, in a simplified way, guiding them through a very layered process. That’s something that’s been a resource.”

Rivera also points out that, following a market study the town did with the MAPC, Franklin conducted Business Listening Sessions during the pandemic, to determine how best to help local business thrive. That helped steer the Pop-Up Shop grant initiative, and now the town is working on a Franklin for All study with the MAPC, to more clearly establish a vision for the downtown center and adjust zoning toward this effort. This work helps in the long run, she says. The public is invited to take part in a forum to be conducted in Town Council chambers at 7 p.m. on March 7th. 

“These are good tools for businesses to use,” says Rivera. “As a business owner, you need to look at ... how unique your business proposal is in the town you’re going to operate in. If you’re a coffee shop in a town with a lot of coffee shops, it’s going to be harder for you.”

The new businesses located in the Franklin downtown area include: 

Birchwood Bakery and Kitchen, 17 E. Central St., Franklin, offers breads, salads, baked goods, sandwiches, yogurt parfaits and more.

Briller Boutique, 70 E. Central St., Franklin, will be opening soon and will sell women’s clothing and accessories. 

Escape Into Fiction, 12 Main St., Franklin, sells a variety of fictional books.

Greco Design Co., 2A Main St., Franklin, offers unique home decor items and handmade gifts.

I Have Coins and Collectibles, 15 Main St., Franklin, carries coins, Pok√©mon cards, comic books, Star Wars and other collectibles, as well as offers free appraisals. 

Zuzu’s Petals & Cafe, 19 Dean Ave., Franklin, is a full-service florist and offers a variety of gift items.

“We really encourage residents to stroll the downtown and appreciate all it has to offer,” said Lisa Piana, executive director of the FDP. “Small businesses add so much to our community. We encourage residents to support Franklin businesses and shop local whenever possible.”

Escape Into Fiction originally occupied a storefront on the edge of the downtown through the town’s pop-up shop grant initiative last year. “The first time I drove down Main Street and saw the unoccupied storefront at 12 Main Street, I knew that I needed to have it,” April Rock, owner of Escape into Fiction. “We really wanted to be in the downtown so we can be part of the entire community, not just on the outskirts.”

Rock worked with town officials, business owners and the FDP to secure her new space. “The networking with the FDP helped us continue to stir interest and get people excited about establishing a bookstore in downtown Franklin.”

Roberta Trahan, vice president of the FDP and lifelong Franklin resident is delighted to see the growth in downtown Franklin. 

“The FDP Mission has always been to develop and support an attractive and vibrant downtown,” Trahan said. “The addition of these new businesses, coupled with the support of the many businesses that have been downtown for some time, will continue to work towards this goal. We are so excited for this continued growth!”

 
Franklin Local Pages: "Franklin Downtown Has a Business Growth Spurt"
Franklin Local Pages: "Franklin Downtown Has a Business Growth Spurt"

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Escape Into Fiction - Grand Opening & First Indoor Market - March 5

Grand Opening Information!!

Next Saturday, March 5 from 10-5 PM we will hold our official #GrandOpening for the #bookstore and #IndoorMarket at Escape Into Fiction!!

We will have @dogliocoffee @leonasbakingco @theloungingbee and @cravemead as our very first #localbusiness vendors!!

As a special event we will have #storytime at 11 AM and 2 PM with #MotherGoose by a wonderful #franklin resident Heather Honekamp. So make sure you bring the #kids


Indoor Market vendors ->
The Lounging Bee  https://theloungingbee.com/

Doglio Coffee is a regular feature at Escape Into Fiction   https://dogliocoffee.com/


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Escape Into Fiction - Grand Opening & First Indoor Market - March 5
Escape Into Fiction - Grand Opening & First Indoor Market - March 5


Thursday, February 24, 2022

Escape into Fiction to open an indoor market space on weekends beginning March 11

"We are announcing the Second Phase of Escape so to Fiction #bookstore is ready to start scheduling!! Escape Into Fiction Indoor Market
We will be scheduling 3 vender booths for weekend placement with the first day March 11. You can request 1, 2 or 3 days. Please go to our website www.escapeintofiction.com for all of the details and how to reach out.
We are very excited about this phase of the store!! It will bring new product and people into the #Franklin downtown, and best of all it’s inside!"


indoor market space for 3 vendors
indoor market space for 3 vendors

Main St sign for "Escape Into Fiction"
Main St sign for "Escape Into Fiction"


Saturday, February 12, 2022

Escape Into Fiction reminds us that the Downtown parking map is available

 

"#Franklin may look like all the parking is full, but did you know there are THREE lots, places in downtown that you can park for free? Need a better image? Just go to the Town of Franklins official website and you can see the entire map.

Don’t let the thought of no parking keep you from checking out some great new and well established businesses."


Franklin Downtown Parking map (PDF) prepared by the Cultural District 

You can also interact with the Downtown parking GIS map here

Escape Into Fiction reminds us of that the Downtown parking map  is available
Escape Into Fiction reminds us of that the Downtown parking map  is available


Monday, January 31, 2022

Escape into Fiction update on reopening status

"Just want to post here that we have delayed the opening of Escape Into Fiction a few days. Now scheduled for 2/5 Saturday at 10 AM. This will be a soft opening (waiting for Grand Opening until 3/5/2022.).
Sorry for the delay!! We had a lot of painting and counter work to do.
We WILL have drip coffee from Doglio Coffee but likely not on opening day. We will also have pop-up space for local venders to come in and have a market day, but not in the first few weeks.
We can’t wait to see everyone again!!"
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Escape into Fiction update on reopening status
Escape into Fiction update on reopening status

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Escape Into Fiction says thank you!

"Thank you to @TOFranklinMA @FranklinDowntwn the State of #Massachusetts @FranklinMatters and our #customers in #franklinMA (#Franklin )!! 
We couldn't have made it this far without your #support. #SmallBusinesses matter and we are humbled by your generosity! 
#MerryChristmas"   Shared from Twitter: https://t.co/x0cI37AVkm  or   https://twitter.com/EscapeIntoFictn/status/1474541635740618753

Escape Into Fiction says thank you!
Escape Into Fiction says thank you!


Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Escape Into Fiction announces lease agreement for Main St space

Escape Into Fiction (@EscapeIntoFictn) tweeted Tue, Dec 14, 2021:
We want to spread the word! With all of the support from #franklin and success of the #popupshop in #franklinma, We have secured a lease for our new permanent #bookstore!! 
More news to come as we close out the year!! 
#shoplocal #shopsmallbusiness #franklinmassachusetts #OnMainSt https://t.co/AWIHG4HsB0
Shared from Twitter: https://twitter.com/EscapeIntoFictn/status/1470828305142235141

Escape Into Fiction announces lease agreement for Main St space
Escape Into Fiction announces lease agreement for Main St space