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    A Fairytale Town Called Franklin

    The last weekend of October we decided to make a spontaneous family trip to Franklin, Tennessee. The drive from Buffalo, NY was 11 hours and 30 minutes. I visited Franklin 2 other times before that and one being when Nate proposed to me. I instantly fell in love with the town. I feel like each time I go there I come back loving it even more which I didn’t think was possible.

    If you have ever watched Gilmore Girls you know the small and cute town called Stars Hollow. This town reminds me of that, except better! The old fashioned brick walls, the old time movie theater, the short narrow roads that meet at a circle, the local shops that sell the most adorable and unique items, and the best part is everyone is friendly to everyone. You feel so welcomed and it all makes this a dreamy town.


    One of my favorite stores in downtown Franklin on Main St is Philanthropy. You walk into a beautiful rustic setup with hanging lights everywhere. There is worship music playing and the staff is incredibly nice. My favorite part of the store was the prayer wall (as shown in picture above). The prayer wall is for anyone to write a prayer!  Their clothes are gorgeous. They are also one of a kind, they only make one or two of the same clothing which makes your buy unique.

    On top of all that they are a charity supporting work in the United States, The Caribbean Islands and East Africa. 100% of proceeds from online sales goes to charity and Minimum 10% of in store total sales goes to charity. If you ever make it to Franklin I would highly recommend this place, if not they also have an online store!

    Breakfast in Franklin

    We visited the great breakfast joint called Merridee’s Breadbasket also located in downtown Franklin on Main St. This cute rustic diner gives you a homey and warm feeling. They have a wide range of delicious homemade southern food. Both mornings I caved and got their french toast which did wonders to my tastebuds. I also got their gold rush latte which was delicious as well.


    This past weekend Franklin put together their yearly Pumpkinfest. And although it was a chilly day it was a fun time. They closed off all the roads and brought in hundreds of crafters, food carts, and performers. There were fall decorations everywhere, pumpkins on every corner and tons of people dressed up in costumes. There were games, contests, and activities for the kids. It was also funny to watch a lot of people bringing their dressed up dogs. I’ve been to a lot of fall festivals but this tops them all. I can’t wait for Isaiah and Annabelle to experience this stuff together!

    The Factory at Franklin

    Right outside of downtown Franklin (about a 5 minute drive), is a place called The Factory at Franklin. It’s this small mall filled with rustic local shops, art galleries, a record store, local restaurants, juice bar, and brewery. I can’t believe the amount of talent that comes from such a small town. The artwork that is created here blew my mind. “The Factory at Franklin is on its way to becoming an interactive cultural destination for excellence in the performance and visual arts, dining, and retail experience.”

    I visited the brewery located in the Factory at Franklin,  Honest Coffee Roaster’s and got their famous latte. It was SO GOOD! I wish I could get my morning latte there everyday! The company also has a cool story behind how they opened. (Check their site to read about it!)

    Going Home

    Franklin, Tennessee.  It’s so hard to say goodbye… This small town has stolen our hearts. It is such a magical place to be. When we are there we already feel at home and someday in the near future we hope to actually call this place our home for real. I encourage everyone to make it out there someday. You don’t come across a town like this just anywhere!

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    Some 5 and 10 Fun!

    The concept of the variety store originated with the five and ten, five and dime, nickel or dime, and ten-cent store or dime store (10 cents), a store offering a wide assortment of inexpensive items for personal and household use.

    This past weekend we made a trip to a favorite local store of ours, Vidler’s 5 and 10 Variety Store! Vidler’s really does have a crazy variety of cool things you can purchase! Anything from decorating your home (inside and out), personal care, toys, kitchen needs, gag gifts, games, an awesome selection of candy, and SO much more! But it’s not just about what you can take home – you get an experience.

    The outside of the store will surely catch your eye. It shows a lot of charm and is very welcoming. What is really neat is that this very store opened in 1930, and it has the same original floors and open counters that they opened with! When it comes to feelings of nostalgia, you can still buy popcorn from their vintage machine, and little one’s can still ride “Sandy” the mechanical horse – both just a dime, and both original from the 1960’s!  The vintage feel and character is one of the many experiences you’ll love and remember. To read more about the history behind this store you can visit their site to read all about it!

    When you walk in it’s easy to get lost in the variety of sections they have – each turn offering something new! The best thing to do is start from the front of the store and make your way down. If you feel lost or have any questions, their staff has always been friendly and willing to help out. My experience each time with the workers has always been pleasant.

    I’m weak when it comes to anything sweet… I love my candy! So, Vidler’s candy bar section always sends me straight to heaven. My favorite thing about it would have to be that they carry a lot of old-time candy that you can’t find just anywhere. It will be nice to share my favorite candies I had growing up with my kids, just like my parents did by bringing me here as a kid!

    Even though I have been to Vidler’s plenty of times growing up this was Isaiah’s first trip. He absolutely loved it and had a blast picking out a toy for himself and something little for his soon to be sister!

    If you live in the Buffalo area and haven’t made your way over to visit, I would mark it high up on your weekend fun-things-to-do list. If you don’t live near Buffalo but someday plan to pass through remember to write down Vidler’s 5 and 10 Variety Store. It surly will be an experience you won’t forget!


    Vidler’s is located at :
    676-694 E Main St,
    East Aurora, NY 14052


    Their hours:
    Monday – Thursday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
    Friday: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
    Saturday: 9:00AM to 6:00 PM
    Sunday: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM


    Fun Fact – Vidler’s originally opened under the name, “The Fair”. The 5 and 10 opened in the era of the Great Depression, and the founders were worried if the store wasn’t successful they might tarnish the family name. Later on, after the shop proved it’s success, they changed it to their family name, “Vidler”. The photo above shows the original sign they opened with!


    Below is a gallery of photos from this weekends visit! (this is only some of the store, there is much more to look at!)