Friday, April 24, 2015

Two Networking Events at The Estate At Franklin

The Estate at Franklin, 656 King Street, offers two upcoming opportunities to network. RSVP soon!

On Thursday, April 30: 

Brookdale - Senior Living Solutions
For those who appreciate the finer things in life. Wine & Cheese Networking Reception.
Expand your palate and your network at our Wine & Cheese Networking Reception. Sample a variety of fine wines and cheeses, connect with professional colleagues and tour our community. It’s a great way to unwind at the end of the day and to learn how we can help you serve your clients well.
Thursday, April 30  |  5:30 to 7 p.m.
Join us for wine sampling, mingling and fun.
Discover why Brookdale communities are such exceptional places to live.
For reservations, or to schedule your personal visit,
call (508) 520-1150 by April 27
The Estate at Franklin
Assisted Living  |  Alzheimer's & Dementia Care 
656 King Street, Franklin, MA 02038


On Monday, May 4:
Brookdale - Senior Living Solutions
This Cinco de mayo come fiesta with us.
We’re planning a special celebration for you to connect with other professionals and you’re invited.
This is one party you won’t want to miss — a festive Cinco de Mayo get-together featuring authentic Mexican cuisine and lively entertainment compliments of our amazing chef at The Estate At Franklin. You’ll have a chance to meet and mingle with other professionals. It’s a great opportunity to learn how we can help serve you and those in your care. Make plans now to attend, and have fun experiencing our take on this south-of-the-border fiesta. 
Monday, May 4   |  5:30 to 7 p.m.
Complimentary admission
For reservations or more information, call (508) 520-1150 by May 1
The Estate at Franklin
Assisted Living  |  Alzheimer's & Dementia Care 
656 King Street, Franklin, MA 02038


Why Be A Member? A Few Reasons

It's time to renew your Franklin Downtown Partnership membership. Not yet a member? Please join us!

The Partnership has over 200 members and we would like to include you! The FDP is celebrating it's 14th year and we hope that you will join our members in continuing to build a strong business community. Be a part of the downtown revitalization! Applications are due Friday, May 1.

Click here to download and print a Membership Application

Top 12 Reasons to Join 
the Franklin Downtown Partnership:

#12:  Attend networking socials and attract new customers to your business.
#11:  Be informed on the Streetscape construction project and road closings.
#10:  Attend educational talks on topics that will help your business.
#9:    Partner with other businesses and hear new ideas.
#8:    New members receive discount on Chamber membership and a free ad in newspaper.
#7:    Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
#6:    Support downtown center beautification.
#5:    Support local events like Beautification, Strawberry Stroll and the Holiday Stroll.
#4:    Receive a free booth at the Strawberry Stroll and Holiday Stroll - worth $200.
#3:    Receive a free business listing on the FDP website.
#2:    Receive updates on events, meetings and important news.
#1:    Be part of the revitalization of downtown Franklin and support the local community.

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization and your contribution is tax deductible. Please visit our office at 9 E. Central St. or email us at

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Downtown Streetscape Project Update #2

An update from Franklin Town Administrator Jeff Nutting:

April 21, 2015

Downtown Project Update #2

Contractor started saw cutting the pavement from West Central at Emmons Street to East Central Street for installation of drainage structures. They expect to start with the drainage structures along West and East Central Streets, and then jump back up to Main Street at School Street, then work down Main to Emmons Street, then Emmons Street back to West Central.

In the next couple of weeks, they expect to have another crew on the project starting with the roadway reconstruction at the Church and work down Main Street to Emmons Street.

The light pole crew is also expected in the next couple of weeks.

MASSDOT indicated that they would have the contractor repair any tree protection fencing that was damaged over the winter.

If anyone has a question, please feel free to reach out to the DPW Director Brutus Cantoreggi or Town Engineer Michael Maglio at 508-553-5500 or my (Jeff Nutting) office at 508-520-4949. 

Project map from Spring 2014. 

More details about the project can be found on the Town of Franklin website,

Small Shop Co-Op Scavenger Hunt Coming Soon

A message from Tracie Turinese, Co-Owner of The Cake Bar:

Guess what is happening this June in Franklin? A small business scavenger hunt of course! 

The Ladybug Trek will occur between June 12th- June 30th and will include many local businesses including: Making Whoopie, Elizabeth's Bagels, Franklin Yoga and Wellness, Hillside Nurseries, Emma's Quilts, Jane's Frames, Pretty is Pink, Daddario Hardware, Mac Deli, Salon Sorella, Franklin Art, The Cake Bar, Terazza, NHS Printing and Franklin Liquors

Participants will use a mobile app to follow clues throughout the participating businesses to complete the hunt. The grand prize will total over $1,000 in gift cards from local businesses. 

More to come on this event in coming weeks! This event is sponsored by the Small Shop Co-Op.

Monday, April 20, 2015

2015 Beautification Day Press Release

Franklin Beautification Day to be May 16
Join the Franklin Downtown Partnership and the Franklin Garden Club and help add a colorful touch of spring to downtown and the Town Common on Saturday, May 16.
Volunteers and sponsors are needed to help with the 12th annual Beautification Day from 9 a.m. to Noon, rain or shine. This year’s color scheme honors American service men and women.
Volunteers plant flowers on the Main Street bridge last spring

“We chose a patriotic theme this year to remember those who have served and continue to serve our country both at home and overseas,” says Eileen Mason, Beautification Day chairperson.
Red, white and blue flowers and greenery will adorn the Common’s memorial gardens as well as the planter boxes along the bridge and in front of several businesses downtown. The plants will be hardy enough to withstand full sunlight and this summer’s harsh construction environment.  
Residents interested in volunteering, especially students in need of community service hours, should contact Eileen Mason at Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. on the center island in front of the Rome Restaurant.
According to Mason, the Franklin High School hockey teams and volunteers from the YMCA will once again pull on garden gloves and help spruce up the downtown to create a welcoming environment.

Sponsors and donations are needed to help cover costs associated with the beautification committee’s year-round efforts. Tax-exempt donations help with planning, installation, and maintenance of the spring plantings and holiday decorations.
For as little as $150 businesses or residents can sponsor the group’s efforts. All sponsors will receive acknowledgement in the local papers and on the Partnership’s website and social media.
More information about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities can be found at
The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a nonprofit, 501©3 organization made up of business owners, community leaders and residents working together to stimulate economic development downtown and create a positive impact throughout the area. The FDP currently has over 200 members and welcomes all businesses and residents. For more information, please contact Executive Director Lisa Piana at (774) 571-3109 or


Eileen Mason coordinates the annual event

Click here to download the 2015 Beautification press release.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Membership Reminder, Sarah Mabardy

New Member

Sarah Mabardy, Franklin resident:  A big welcome to Sarah, the woman behind the #ShopFranklin group on Facebook. In early 2015 Sarah created the #ShopFranklin group to "help support and promote our local, independently owned and operated businesses in Franklin and create a community where we respect and support our neighbors." Find out more about this group at, then #ShopFranklin - Supporting Small Business.

Residents are important to our membership. The Partnership formed, in part, "To be a pro-active organization that brings residents, business owners and community leaders together, encourages cooperation, and builds leadership for the purpose of revitalizing downtown Franklin." 

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Membership Reminder

2015 Membership applications are due May 1. Please print, fill out and mail the 2015 Membership Application with your check to the Franklin Downtown Partnership, P.O. Box 413, Franklin, 02038. Already downtown? Feel free to drop your application off at our office, 9 E. Central Street. We are at the top of the stairs then all the way to the left. 

Renewals were mailed out the week of April 12. If you didn't get yours, please download one here.