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“Small but offers some great shops”

The Factory at Franklin
Ranked #11 of 42 things to do in Franklin
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Built in 1929, The Factory occupies the buildings that once served as the Dortch Stove Works, Magic Chef and later the Jamison Bedding Company. A member of the National Register of Historic Places, The Factory is rich with history and a very careful renovation has preserved many of The Factory's original features and architectural details. Calvin bought the sprawling complex seven years ago and, after an environmental clean-up, began opening the facility in sections. Today, The Factory at Franklin has 83 tenants. Imagine that factory coming alive with concerts, dining, shopping, meetings, live theatre, art galleries, decorators' showcases, antiques and offices. Our unique facility can serve all this and more. Take a look at The Factory in its days as a bustling, working factory, then embark on a photographic tour of its renovation and transformation to the diverse and vibrant shopping and entertainment complex it is today.
Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

The Factory at Franklin is a smaller sized shopping mall but it offers some real unique stores, coffee shops, and donuts. I love 5 Daughters donuts, they are incredible. There is also a big chair to sit in for a photo op, and a lovely antique shop. Unfortunately the antique shop will be closing at the end of March. They have a lot of 50% off sales right now. Check it out before it disappears.

Parking is available for free in the lot. A lot of stores are closed on Sunday, but the coffee shop, and 5 Daughters are open. There is a nice place to relax at the front entrance. There are leather couches, tables, and chairs. It’s a good place to wait for someone if you don’t appreciate shopping or catch up with some friends.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Stephanie J, Manager at The Factory at Franklin, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2018

Thanks for the great review! We are happy to see that you have a wonderful time shopping with us and enjoying all of our different stores, and have a good time hanging out with your friends or family. We constantly have new shops joining us and we can't wait to have to back to explore everything else!

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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

It’s a shopping mall with trendy shops, some food as well as meeting halls. It really is an old factory but now it has upscale, casual charm. It’s not the kind of place you could buy a new wardrobe or furnish a house but you will find unusual, artsy items at the Factory.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Stephanie J, Manager at The Factory at Franklin, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2018

Thanks for the excellent review! We are so glad that you enjoy shopping with us and also enjoy some great food options too! We look forward to having you back to shop with us soon! Have a wonderful day!

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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Easy to find located just off the main drag In Franklin.
Reasonably priced.
Upon arrival, go in , turn to your left, go to one of the registers, choose your package, get your cards then have fun.
Lots of video games that give tickets to claim prizes. 9 hole Putt-Putt course that's pretty challenging. Go-carts with real gas engines nice track. Jumping area that the kids loved.
Cool place.
Clean, safe family atmosphere.
We will be back

Date of experience: March 2018
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Stephanie J, Manager at The Factory at Franklin, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2018

Hey John! That sounds like an awesome place, if you and your family want to have some different types of family fun come check out one of our shops or restaurants! Have a great day!

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

What a cool concept. This factory has been turned into shopping, eateries and a pottery studio. This place is fun to explore. You can grab an ice cream from Jeni’s and walk around looking at artwork, a cool guitar shop and you can even go try your hand a creating pottery or you could just lounge on the comfy couches eating ice cream and or sip on some coffee. This place has a cool vibe that has the bones that takes you back in time when the factory was vibrant.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Stephanie J, Manager at The Factory at Franklin, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2018

Thanks for the wonderful review! We are so glad that you enjoyed shopping and dinning with us, and that you love the vibe the Factory has to offer. We can't wait to have you back to check out our shops or our many events! Have a wonderful day!

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Reviewed 11 February 2018

We set up here for a trade show last summer and found it to be a very nice venue. We had our granddaughter along, and she had a great time exploring the complex and buying souvenirs at some of its unique shops and boutiques.

There is also a farmers' market on the weekend that is lots of fun.

The only drawback is the lack dining options. The fast food places, coffee shops, bakeries, etc. are fine, but The Factory could also use a couple of nicer sit-down restaurants.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Stephanie J, Manager at The Factory at Franklin, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2018

Thanks for the excellent review! We are so happy to see that you enjoy our venue for your trade show and that you enjoy coming to our farmers market on the weekend. We constantly have new shops and restaurants so be sure to come back and check out what we have! Have a great day!

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