FunKY Town, the Frozen Spoon, Little Blessings and The Black Sheep Cafe located in downtown Franklin have decided to close their shops.
“Little Blessings was only here a couple of months and we hate to see FunKY Town leave and I really hate to see the Frozen Spoon leave, but it does open up opportunities for something new,” said Amy Ellis, executive director for Franklin-Simpson Renaissance.
She said Kelly Doan closed her business to focus on her mission work and Robin Broadway will still have Abbi’s Barkery products available online and the CBD oil will be sold at Sheldon’s Pharmacy.
The Wood Shack will be moving from their West Kentucky location to The Frozen Spoons location on Cedar Street. Life Flow Yoga will be moving from the second floor of The Wildflower Boutique into Little Blessings former building on West Kentucky Street and will be open Feb. 14.
Debbie Johnson Keller Williams First Choice Reality will be moving downtown in the former B&C Connection building, a cell phone repair shop on North Main Street in March.
Taking over the FunKY Town location will be The Shoppes owned by Jana Hardin of Russellville. This will be Hardin’s second location.
Annabelle & Ashe Children’s Clothing, owned by Jammy Raines, has joined The Wildflower Boutique and Level 2 Studio. A new tenant is being sought to occupy The Black Sheep Café and The Wood Shack spaces.
“I don’t think we will have any trouble renting that space,” Ellis said. “I have people call all the time looking for space.”
As for the work on the old Sullivan’s building, the owner has been working upstairs since he has tenants and put in a new heating and cooling unit to take out the old window units. Ellis said the last she spoke to the owner he was looking at progressing down to the first floors around the spring.
“We want to see it come back to life and be a destination for people from all around,” said Ann Evans, co-owner of The Mustard Seed.
She said Franklin has a beautiful downtown area and so many nice old historic buildings. The Mustard Seed was originally on West Kentucky Avenue and moved to their Main Street location to grow the business.
“We love our view of the courthouse and it is just nice to be right in the middle of everything that is going on,” Evans said.
Another business that moved onto the square to grow the business was Small Town Primitives. Cindy Wilson, the owner, moved the shop from North Main Street where she had been located for 10 years to West Kentucky Avenue on November last year.
According to Ellis, the business moved because foot traffic would not walk past the square to her store and she wanted more space.
“I think with the beginning of the year, people just decide to make a change, that is when the change comes,” Ellis said.