The Franklin Studio, under the auspices of the Franklin Business and Industrial Development Committee (FBIDC), is a non-profit organization whose mission it is to operate a coffee shop and New Hampshire-made retail store to provide a casual meeting place in downtown Franklin to help promote the revitalization of the city.
The Franklin Studio houses a cafe which serves such things as coffee roasted in Amherst, New Hampshire, from A&E Roasters; local area pastries; and donuts, brownies, and Bristol Fudge Factory Fudge, and that is not all. They have iced coffee and some fantastic teas.
Among the all-New Hampshire-made crafts, you will find maple syrup and candy, sauces and jams, hand-crafted quilted items, jewelry, stuffed toys, wooden toys, games, baby items, bags, soaps, and lotions.
Located in the old Buell Building at 366 Central Street in Franklin, the volunteer-run Franklin Studio officially opened its door on August 1, 2015, and has been hosting events such as Evenings with the Artist, storytelling concerts, and music concerts bringing the community together.
The studio has partnered with Community Bridges, a nonprofit in Concord that advances “the integration, growth, and interdependence of people with disabilities in their home communities,” which includes a career development program. A few participants in the career development program will be staffing the shop, as well as Jo Brown, the owner and local volunteers such as Lauretta Phillips of Andover and Meri-Lynn Banton of Franklin.
Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
The coffee shop is on the left side of the building, with a vacant space in the middle of the building touching its interior wall. It is currently undergoing renovations for expansion of the space, where community events and programs can be held.
The Franklin Studio won the 2015 Lakes Region Chamber Of Commerce Golden Trowel award for renovation of a historical building.