To New Beginnings...

First, a quick word of thanks as I recall all of the amazing people we’ve met since starting Franklin Lifestyle. I’m thankful to you, our readers, for providing feedback and accepting us into your homes each month. I’m thankful for the outstanding support we’ve received from local businesses and organizations. And I’m thankful for our amazing team of writers, photographers, and advertising partners.

This has been an amazing journey and I’m happy to announce that because of our success with the publication, I’ve accepted a new position that provides me the platform to produce and develop publications just like ours across the nation.

As my new position begins, I’ve brought in a dynamic publisher and media consultant, Christian Houston of Williamson County. Christian has been a successful media and advertising consultant for several reputable companies including The Tennessean, L’Oreal, Chanel and Armani. She has always had a dream of running her own publication, and she is very excited to get out to work with both Franklin and Brentwood communities. You’ll find Christian’s experience, creativity, and drive invaluable and I expect big things from our publication.

This is our annual food issue and in it we’ve profiled some of the top local chefs Franklin has to offer: Skylar Bush of The Honeysuckle, Donnie Counts of Puckett’s Boat House and Rick Shannon of Jack and Jameson’s Smokehouse. We chose them for their innovative fare, hospitality and diversity of styles. The depth of culinary talent in this town is amazing!

As you know, February is the month for Valentine’s Day and we think you’ll enjoy reading about one particular local love story, and the Valentine Gift Guide that features many local products and designers. We’ll also introduce you to Franklin-based artist/poet/sculptor Cory Basil and take you on a tour of a rather unusual Man Cave.

Thank you for this amazing journey and here’s to the future!

Donald J. Hawkins


At Franklin Lifestyle, we’re big fans of Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town. But you wouldn’t know that last month as we ran a picture of LA and identified it as LBT. That’s on us. And we regret the error.