First batch of Leiper's Fork Distillery whiskey to be available soon and more Nashville news

Since opening in the summer of 2016, Kennedy said Leiper’s Fork Distillery has been dedicated to making its rye, bourbon and Tennessee whiskey with locally sourced grains and water. (Photos by Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newpaper)
Since opening in the summer of 2016, Kennedy said Leiper’s Fork Distillery has been dedicated to making its rye, bourbon and Tennessee whiskey with locally sourced grains and water. (Photos by Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newpaper)

Since opening in the summer of 2016, Kennedy said Leiper’s Fork Distillery has been dedicated to making its rye, bourbon and Tennessee whiskey with locally sourced grains and water. (Photos by Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newpaper)

Read the latest business and community news from Franklin and Brentwood.

Franklin

Leiper's Fork Distillery owner turns lifelong passion for whiskey into distilling business


Lee Kennedy built his first distillery in the basement of his mother’s house while he was in high school. All he used was a diagram drawn by his uncle on a cocktail napkin and a copy of “The Foxfire Book,” a book on Appalachian culture with a section on moonshining.

City Farmhouse to open in downtown Franklin, taking over Shop Around the Corner space


City Farmhouse will open Oct. 1 at 117 Third Ave. N., Franklin, according to a social media post from the owners.

The shop is currently located in The Barn Door at 109 S. Margin St., Franklin, and offers curated antiques and vintage home decor.

Westhaven Conservatory to open in Franklin

Westhaven Conservatory, a new music school, will open in January 2021 at 1008 Westhaven Blvd., Ste. 101, Franklin.

Pinnacle Dermatology to host grand opening for new location in Cool Springs

Pinnacle Dermatology will host a grand opening celebration Sept. 9 for its newest location at 125 Cool Springs Blvd., Ste. 210, Franklin.

African American Heritage Society of Williamson County works to educate community about Black history

Off 11th Avenue in Franklin sits the oldest existing home owned by African Americans in Williamson County.

The McLemore House was built by Harvey McLemore in 1880 after he was freed from slavery. He used his income from farming to buy four lots in what would later become known as the Hard Bargain neighborhood. Today, the house stands as a museum dedicated to Harvey’s legacy and functions as the headquarters of the African American Heritage Society of Williamson County.

Brentwood

Pies by Gigi to open Aug. 31 in Brentwood

Owner Gigi Butler will open Pies by Gigi on Aug. 31 at 330 Franklin Road, Ste. 906D, Brentwood, according to an announcement from the company.

Wendy Sturges and Alex Hosey contributed to this report.


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Tennessee will move to Phase 1C of its vaccine plan March 8. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Following a recent decline in active COVID-19 cases, officials with Williamson County announced Feb. 26 that it will allow its mask mandate to expire Feb. 27 at midnight.  (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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Perry's Steakhouse & Grille opened its first Tennessee location Feb. 25 in Cool Springs. (Courtesy Perry's Steakhouse & Grille)
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Perry's Steakhouse & Grille opened its first Tennessee location Feb. 25 in Cool Springs. (Courtesy Perry's Steakhouse & Grille)
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille now open in Cool Springs

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Trader Joe's has existing locations in Green Hills and near Belle Meade. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
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Trader Joe's has existing locations in Green Hills and near Belle Meade. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
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Trader Joe's has existing locations in Green Hills and near Belle Meade. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
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