Investing in Franklin reaps rewards

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Ten years ago, a retail shop owner had never thought about opening a store in downtown Franklin.

Then, Diane Stracks came to Franklin to go antiquing and noticed the new sidewalks and landscaping downtown, the new lighting on North Main Street and newly restored facades on business buildings. Back when she lived in the Center Grove area before 2002, the only reason for her to come to downtown Franklin was the Artcraft Theatre, she said.

Now, she is willing to drive 45 minutes from her home in Hancock County to be a part of a redeveloping downtown. In October, she opened Curly Willow in a historic home on Jefferson Street east of downtown, which seemed like the perfect spot to sell rustic decorations and furniture. And she and her family are trying to find a house nearby.

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