Showing posts with label pop up shop. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pop up shop. Show all posts

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, Pokémon 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"

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

This "Talk Franklin" episode covers Town Council goals, Franklin For All, and pop up shop successes

FM #722 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 722 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares my "Talk Franklin" conversation with Town Administrator Jamie Hellen. We had our conversation via the Zoom Conference Bridge.


Our conversation covered current events

  • Town Council goals => Town goals, Town Administrator review base

  • Franklin For All -> EDC plus,  MAPC planning, Forum Mar 7

  • Pop shop success stories


The recording runs about 22 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Jamie. Audio file -> https://anchor.fm/letstalkfranklin/episodes/Town-Council-Goals--Franklin-For-All-and-Pop-Shop-Program-Success-e1e3tr8/a-a7cagii


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Finance Committee agenda -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/01/finance-committee-gets-lesson-on.html 


Franklin For All web page -> https://www.mapc.org/resource-library/franklin-for-all/ 


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"


This Talk Franklin episode discusses the Town Council goals, Franklin For All, and pop up shop successes
This Talk Franklin episode discusses the Town Council goals, Franklin For All, and pop up shop successes

Monday, January 3, 2022

Doglio Coffee gets to brewing in 2022

"2021 - What a wild ride!

From thousands of bottles of cold brew and cups of coffee to countless homes that start their day with Doglio, you’ve blown our minds the past 10 months and empowered us to do bigger and better things in 2022.
Our Doglio tribe has expanded tenfold with the pop-up opportunity granted to us by @townoffranklinma. The Franklin community showed up and welcomed us in a way we couldn’t have imagined. Although we won’t be taking the brick and mortar step next we are working on some pretty awesome things that will give everyone more ways to enjoy Doglio.
And remember, you can always order Doglio for local delivery or ship some to a friend.
Now, time for us to get brewing!"
Continue to order your coffee at dogliocoffee.com

Doglio Coffee
Doglio Coffee 
Doglio Coffee gets to brewing in 2022
Doglio Coffee gets to brewing in 2022 (courtesy photo)


Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Greco Design / bluetral pop up shop to stick around! Yay!

"We are STAYING! My aunt @grecodesignshop & I are so thankful to everyone who has supported our pop up location these past 6 months 🤍 we’ve decided to stay for another year!! 

Not quite a year of bleutral, but crazy to look back at launching this little store online🤍 It’s been a ton of work, but I absolutely love everything about it! So thank you for following, shopping, sharing, & supporting our very small business ✨

We will be open tomorrow & Thursday then will be closed for a few weeks in January to give the space a little face lift! Reopening date- to be announced 🤍 Cheers to another year"

Shared from Facebook -> https://www.facebook.com/shopbleutal/posts/284414583707743 

bluetral =>  https://bleutral.com/

Greco Design =>  https://www.grecodesigncompany.com/


Greco Design / bluetral pop up shop to stick around! Yay!
Greco Design / bluetral pop up shop to stick around! Yay!

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Holiday Pop up Market at Fresh Start Market - Dec 18

"Come shop our Holiday Pop up Market and help support local artists. From stocking suffers to delicious local foods for your holiday gatherings, we'll have something for everyone's tastes. Local artists will be selling their wares, we'll be hosting food tastings, and Franklin's Girl Scouts will be outside selling cookies. 
We are New England's only premier 100% locally sourced New England healthy food grocery market and every purchase will help local businesses. "

Follow the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/437409904668301 


Holiday Pop up Market at Fresh Start Market - Dec 18
Holiday Pop up Market at Fresh Start Market - Dec 18

Monday, November 15, 2021

Thanksgiving Pop-up!! announced by Night Owl Farm

Thanksgiving Pop-up!
Thanksgiving Pop-up!

Thanksgiving Pop-up!
We may have closed the farm stand for the season, but that doesn't mean the season is over!

We still have veggies growing in the greenhouse, they are just growing MUCH slower now with the reduced heat and daylight. This inspired our decision to have "pop ups" as the veggies mature rather than have a less than stunning selection for your each week.

Our very first pop-up is live NOW!

Our pop ups are all pre-order only, and the ordering window for this pop up is Monday, November 15th to Friday, November 19th at 7:00am.

This gives us time to pack orders and then have your orders available for pick up by Sunday morning at 10am!

We have LOTS of delicious veggies for sale (all organic!) as well as all of the items we had for sale in the stand.

If you're interested, place your order using the link here -> 
https://night-owl-farm.square.site/   or below (in the button)
Shop our Pop-up Sale

Fall Farm Update
I had these grand visions of sending a monthly update about the farm to our Newsletter sign-ups…. But seeing as it's now November, that clearly didn't happen! Haha

So, instead, I'll just share a little bit about how this season went.

This season was (and continues to be!) so much better than I could have hoped. We have had some struggles throughout the season, but that's to be expected with any first year farm. The good news is it was nothing we couldn't come back from. We've had some support and mentorship from really talented farmers in the area. I couldn't imagine doing this without them.

Special thanks to Grateful Farm, Ramble On Acres, Upswing Farm, and White Barn Farm for the endless support, and for helping beef up my CSA when I've needed it!


The truly incredible thing is that you all have been so supportive. I've been absolutely blown away by the amount of interest and encouragement I've received from the community. I'm so lucky to be starting a business like this in a community that cares so deeply about the local economy and great food.

We have some VERY exciting plans in store for next year. More on those details as we get closer, but we are thrilled to be seeing the farm grow and expand so quickly.

At the end of the day, this first year experience was better than I could have imagined. I am so thankful for you all for the support that's allowing me to do what I love.

2022 CSAs
We had an overall excellent first CSA. I enjoyed packing each individual box for our members, and getting to know them a little bit more at each pick up. So much so that we will be expanding our CSA next year!

2022 CSAs will go on sale in January to those who are on our waitlist. If you haven't joined yet, please do so by following the link below!
Sign up for the CSA Waitlist
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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Talk Franklin: popup shops, Town Council agenda, and civil discourse on tough topics

FM #650 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 650 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares my "Talk Franklin" conversation with Town Administrator Jamie Hellen and Marketing Communication Specialist Lily Rivera. We had our conversation in person to help celebrate the new popup shops opening in Downtown Franklin.


We talk about: 

  • Popup Shops

    • Escape into Fiction

    • Doglio Coffee

  • Nov 3 – Town Council

    • Swearing in of Town Clerk

    • Swearing in of Town Council 

    • Town Council re-organized (election of officers)

    • Open Meeting Law review 

  • Work on civil discussion around the issues

    • Collaborating with Superintendent Sara Ahern

 

Links to the key popup shops are included in the show notes. The recording runs about 23 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Jamie and Lily.

Audio file = https://player.captivate.fm/episode/11dc9f6b-5c21-4047-b41c-082f3c56d9ad



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Doglio Coffee will open on Nov 10. In the meantime, you can check out their webpage and order online  https://dogliocoffee.com/


Escape into Fiction will be open everyday except for Monday. Peruse the books on the shelf, if you don't find one you want, they can order it for you.  https://escapeintofiction.com/ 


And don't forget that Greco Designs is operating as well in their location downtown  https://www.grecodesigncompany.com/


Town Council Agenda (98 page PDF agenda and docs released for this meeting)    https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/town_council_agenda_11.03.21.pdf


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

------------------


You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

 

Talk Franklin: popup shops, Town Council agenda, and civil discourse on tough topics
Talk Franklin: popup shops, Town Council agenda, and civil discourse on tough topics

"The Topic" and "Talk Franklin" scheduled for wfpr.fm on Wednesday and Saturday

The wfpr.fm Franklin Matters Radio schedule for this week: Wednesday, Nov 3 and Saturday, Nov 6, 2021:

** Wednesday, November 3, 2021

9:00 AM/ 12:00 PM /6:00 PM
The Topic -  Cathy Liberty and Jennifer Knight-Levine 
  
11:00 AM/ 2:00 PM /8:00 PM Franklin Matters Radio 
Talk Franklin - Popup Shops 

** Saturday, November 6, 2021

9:00 AM - The Topic - Cathy Liberty and Jennifer Knight-Levine  

3:00 PM - Talk Franklin - Popup Shops 


Franklin Matters Radio schedule for Wednesday 11/03/21
Franklin Matters Radio schedule for Wednesday 11/03/21