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The Franklin Main Street Program welcomed The Rusty Rainbow to the district recently with a red carpet ceremony. The Rusty Rainbow is located next to Nantahala Baking & Coffee Co. at the corner of East Main Street and Rogers Street. Owners Hollie Watts and Audrey Lowry feature an eclectic mix of local art and secondhand items at affordable prices. The Rusty Rainbow is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Red Carpet Events are an initiative of the Franklin Main Street Program to assist new business owners in spreading the word about their endeavor.


U.S. Senator Kay Hagan is applauding a new project to support Western North Carolina’s agriculture economy and spur job creation in 23 counties. WNC AgriVentures, a program developed by Advantage West and Land of Sky Regional Council, is launching the project with an $815,000 federal grant, which Hagan supported. The project will help expand WNC’s sustainable agriculture and natural resource industry and support local producers and entrepreneurs. It was announced Aug. 15 at Blue Ridge Food Ventures incubator in Candler.

“Western North Carolina is becoming a powerhouse in the local agriculture and local sustainable food movements,” said Hagan. “I am pleased that this project will allow AgriVentures to continue supporting initiatives that will expand the agriculture industry in our western region. By helping local producers grow their businesses, this project will help put people in WNC back to work.”


Macon County’s Economic Development Center hosted the second entrepreneur networking night last Thursday at Appalachian Harvest in downtown Franklin.

“The Macon County Economic Development Commission is pleased to partner with our economic development partners in sponsoring our second entrepreneurial event of the year,” said Tommy Jenkins, Macon County EDC director. “Our first event in April brought together over 70 enthusiastic entrepreneurs for an evening of networking and fellowship. This event will build on that momentum.”


Companies employ hundreds in Macon County

In 1985, two men opened a custom furniture shop on Depot Street under the name Brown’s Woodworking. From there, it evolved into a manufacturing facility in the early 1990s, producing large quantities of picture frame mouldings and component parts for Aristocraft Cabinetry and Baker Furniture. In 1998, the business name was changed to Liberty Wood Products and was relocated to a new 35,000 square foot facility in the Iotla Valley area. The new facility has allowed for more growth as the business continued to increase sales.

On the construction side, Liberty offers quality products including moulding profiles, flooring, interior doors, rustic siding, custom millwork, custom residential and commercial cabinetry, built-ins, closets, countertops, and one-of-kind specialty items with services including design work, material take-offs, door schedules, and more.


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