A downtown Franklin boutique just got a big upgrade.
Possibilities: Home Re-Imagined moved up the street to a bigger space at 100 E. Jefferson St. this month.
Christina Fletcher first opened her little shop nearly four years ago in a small space at 110 W. Jefferson St. Fletcher left her corporate job to start a business painting and refinishing furniture, and that grew into more over the last few years.
In addition to the furniture, Possibilities is full of various different goods — many from other small businesses and local artisans— including shirts, headbands, tumblers, candles, soaps, crystals, snarky signs with cuss words on them, cooking supplies, magnets and hand-bound leather journals. Fletcher is also getting into gourmet food, selling different cooking oils, vinegars, spices, sauces, soup mixes, cheese-making kits and beer bread.
With the store growing, they were getting too big for their old space, she said.
“The biggest thing was like, I couldn’t expand food without getting rid of furniture, and I didn’t want to get rid of furniture. That was the reason why I started this and left corporate America to do this,” Fletcher said.
The space at 100 E. Jefferson Street went up for lease in December last year after the previous office tenant former U.S. Rep. Trey Hollingsworth retired from Congress. When Fletcher saw the big “For Lease” sign in the window, she decided this was her chance to upgrade.
Now, Possibilities nearly doubled its store space, going from 1,300 square feet to 2,400 square feet. Fletcher said she loves the location of the space, and its big front windows.
“I don’t think I ever saw myself moving into a space this size. At least not this soon,” Fletcher said. “But when I saw the for lease sign, I thought, we could do that.”
Once she started moving in, Fletcher got the store together in four days, and she soft-opened on March 10. The Franklin Chamber of Commerce is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at noon, and the store has its official grand opening party on Saturday.
The new space has an elevated platform near the middle of shop, where Fletcher has set up her station for painting furniture. So, customers can watch her paint while shopping. This is also the favorite spot for Juliet, Fletcher’s dog who hangs out at the store during the week.
Some changes were made to the original space, including painting the back wall Possibilities’ aqua color, and adding string lights to the ceiling.
Fletcher plans to use the back conference room as a classroom space where she plans to hold furniture painting classes, and possibly some tarot card reading classes or yoga. She also received suggestions to hold a business class for homeschooled students.
“I’m going to try to have an assortment of classes to get people in,” she said.
Another big reason Fletcher decided to move to 100 E. Jefferson St. is to expand her community involvement. Her family is from Franklin, and she and her family live in downtown Franklin as well.
Fletcher wants to possibly work on expanding having some grocery store or convenience store items. She talked about selling micro greens, and possibly getting a meat freezer to serve as a pickup location for customers of one of her vendors who owns a farm.
Even with the bigger space, Possibilities is still the same store with its same charm. The shop is all about fun and joy, Fletcher said. The store’s slogan is “Sassy and fun with a few cuss words and good food.”
“People walk through this shop and they laugh. I just want to create joy,” Fletcher said. “Whether it’s through a beautiful piece of furniture, a bite of delicious food or bad words on your candles.”