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A joint initiative by the Franklin Tourism Development Authority and the Franklin Main Street Program is supporting local small retailers by encouraging locals and visitors alike to Shop Franklin First.

Although this initiative is not new, a renewed focus by these organizations hopes to bring more attention to our local small businesses.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce along with town officials recently welcomed Livingston’s Bar and Grill to Franklin with a ribbon cutting celebration. Livingston’s Bar and Grill is located at 201 Highlands Road, next to Edward Jones, serving appetizers, sandwiches and burgers, soups and salads, as well as, entrees and desserts. The entire menu is available all day long.

Open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., Livingston’s offers a different dining experience for Franklin. Manager Jamee Pelcher’s love for the Florida Keys and Jimmy Buffet was the basis for the restaurant’s theme.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed La Chispa to the business community with a ribbon cutting ceremony. La Chispa is located at 497 Highlands Road and is open seven days a week from 12 noon to 11 p.m.

The public is invited to drop by and browse through the many items the store has to offer. Products range from original perfumes, men’s clothing and shoes to soccer supplies, western wear, party supplies, blankets and Baptism supplies. Purchasing overstocked items allows them to offer items to customers at a drastic savings.


Re/Max Elite Realty announces that June Tassillo has completed the real estate industry’s most comprehensive training in the use of the U.S. Government’s FHA 203k Home Purchase and Renovation Loan program. With this designation, Tassillo becomes a member of REbuildUSA, a nationwide organization of real estate, lending and home improvement professionals, working in partnership with Lowe’s, is dedicated to helping more Americans achieve the dream of home ownership, improving our communities and contributing to the health of our economy.

“The FHA 203k Renovation Loan offers tremendous opportunities for many Americans to enjoy great prices on homes today,” explains June Tassillo, “yet there is very little awareness of this program and the power it offers in our current economy.”


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