Goodreads names Brentwood Children’s Library Magical

The Brentwood Library is no stranger to recognition, and this time the website Goodreads has named the children’s section one of the most magical in the world.

In an article published last week, has the Brentwood Library listed first among four other children’s sections as some of the most magical and enchanting spaces known. is a book recommendation website that recognizes libraries, authors and books or all kinds.

“Fairytales come alive in Brentwood Library’s whimsical children’s section,” Goodreads article says. “Children are greeted by a talking owl and the bookshelves are placed deep in an artificial forest. Stay alert when you visit this library wood! Live animals, magicians and puppeteers frequently drop by.”

The article also lists the East Hampton Library in New York, the Cerritos Millennium Library in California, the Raja Tun Uda Library in Malaysia and the Laramie County Library in Wyoming.

The Brentwood Library isn’t just a place where residents can go to check out books. It’s a library that lets children’s imaginations go wild. Complete with the talking owl and a story tree with oversized books, Brentwood’s Children’s Library has been recognized by articles like’s several times this year alone.

In January, listed it one of the best in the entire U.S. Along with libraries in Washington, New York and California, the Brentwood Children’s Library placed second in’s list of the six best children’s libraries in America.

MommyNearest is an app that lets users explore family events and activities in specified areas. It’s free for users and allows users to add their own favorite child-friendly resources in their home towns.

The Brentwood Children’s Library features cozy corners, majestic fairytale trees and programs like creative writing, leading it to be recognized not only as one of the best in the U.S., but the world as well.

Listed alongside libraries in Sweden, England and Thailand, Brentwood’s Library placed fifth in’s list of the eight most incredible children’s libraries in the world earlier this year. Retale is a website that gives hyper-localized information on shopping and things to do in cities all around the world.

The library has a huge children’s program, including events like After School Explorers, Brentwood Bunch Book Club, Twisting Time Yoga and a Scholastic Chess Club. They have story time quite frequently and even host Lego Mania events.

The library is located at 8109 Concord Road in Brentwood. Their hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, call 615-371-0090.

Samantha Hearn
Brentwood Home Page

Brentwood, TN one of the Top Ten Cities for Kids

There’s a good reason why Brentwood, Tenn., has the highest percentage of children per household (41 percent) of the cities on this list. Its highly rated schools, large-lot neighborhoods and small-town atmosphere create an ideal setting to raise kids. Considered one of the richest suburbs in the state, Brentwood offers many advantages to children growing up here. The biggest advantages are schools that offer low student-to-teacher ratios and well-funded academic and athletic programs. While Brentwood has a solid assortment of restaurants, parks and entertainment options, its location near Nashville and other Middle Tennessee cities puts residents in proximity to professional sports venues, legendary performance spaces and lots of activities for kids.

More than 10 parks in Brentwood offer space to take the kids for a walk, play on playgrounds or kick a soccer ball around. The city’s network of walking/biking trails covers more than 20 miles, connecting several neighborhoods to parkland and open space. The Brentwood Library features a whimsical children’s area that made our Top 10 Libraries for Children list. Both in and around Brentwood are several indoor play facilities that feature pirate ship playhouses, large inflatable slides and dress-up areas.

For mommies and daddies: A collection of cafes and grab-n-go eateries lets busy parents pick up more sophisticated and healthy meals than fast food restaurants offer.


Get ready for this year’s Main Street Festival on April 26th and 27th.

The festival will be held on Saturday, April 26th from 10a-7p and Sunday, April 27th from noon to 6pm.

Courtesy of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County

Downtown Franklin’s 31st annual Main Street Festival will return April 26-27, 2014! The two-day weekend event will feature more than 200 artisans & crafters, three stages, two kids’ areas and an international food court.

The free street festival begins Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Fourth Avenue street dance continues until 10 p.m. Saturday night. Activities will re-open Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

The event is expected to attract more than 130,000 visitors to a full slate of family-oriented activities, non-stop musical entertainment and international flavors of more than 20 food vendors.

Handmade work to be exhibited includes original oil and watercolor paintings, pottery, jewelry, furniture, woodworking, ornamental iron, stained glass, photography, home and garden accents, birdhouses, leatherwork, and much more.

In addition to a juried arts and crafts show with more than 200 entries, the festival offers a special area of children’s activities on Third Avenue South between City Hall and the Old Courthouse.

Free entertainment is offered continuously on three stages—the First Tennessee Stage on the Public Square, the Heritage Stage on Fourth Avenue North and the Beer/Wine Garden Stage on Fourth Avenue South.

Three food areas offer a tasty variety of everything from roast corn on the cob and stuffed baked potatoes, Polish sausage, Greek gyros, and Asian and Mexican cuisines. Southern fare includes barbeque, burgers and hotdogs, smoked turkey legs, funnel cakes, kettle corn and more.

To help manage traffic, a shuttle service offered by the Franklin Transit Authority, with free parking at Harlinsdale Park on Franklin Road and at The People’s Church on Murfreesboro Road. Shuttle rides to the event are $1 for adults and 50 cents for children and seniors. Both sites will operate on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.; only the Harlinsdale site will operate on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Main Street Festival is presented by First Tennessee with major sponsors Hidden Valley, Kroger, Williamson Medical Center, The Grove, AT&T, Wyndham Resorts, Patterson Company, LeafFilter, and The City of Franklin, with supporting sponsors Fox 17, Clear Channel Radio, The Tennessean/Williamson A.M., Schroeder Chiropractic, Summerwinds Resorts, and FranklinIs.

The Main Street Festival is produced by The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and its division, the Downtown Franklin Association. Proceeds from the event go towards the mission of each organization, respectively: to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County, and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of Downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.

The Main Street Festival is located in Historic Downtown Franklin, Tenn., exit No. 65 from I-65, three miles west to the Public Square.

And here’s the entertainment line-up for 2014:

Saturday April 26
First Tennessee Stage
9:45 a.m. Marty Crum’s Bluegrass Allstars
9:50 a.m. Ribbon Cutting
10:00 a.m. – Ann Carroll School of Dance
11:15 a.m. – Columbia State’s Commercial Entertainment Program Performers
11:30 p.m. – Irish School of Dance
12:00 p.m. – Franklin School of Performing Arts
1:00 p.m. – Fellowship School of Dance
2:00 p.m. – The Main Stage Music & Dance Studio Allstars
2:45 p.m. – Tommy Jackson’s “Rocky Top Revue”
3:45 p.m. – John England & The Western Swingers
5:00 p.m. – Annabelle’s Curse

4th Avenue North Stage
10:00 a.m. – Marty Crum’s Bluegrass Allstar’s
11:00 a.m. – Oak View Jump Rope Team
11:30 a.m. – Moore Elementary “Eagle Force” Jump Rope Team
Noon – Leiper’s Fork Bluegrass
1:20 p.m. – County Line
2:15 p.m. – Johnny Campbell & The Bluegrass Drifters
3:30 p.m. – Jonas Litton
4:40 a.m. – Ward-Thomas
6:00 p.m. – Jackson Wells
8:00-10:00 p.m. – The Devonshires – 4th Ave. Street Dance

Beer Tent Stage
11:00 a.m. – Aaron Till
1:15 p.m. – Dusty Hundley
3:30 p.m. – Randy Moore
5:45 p.m. – Jim Hayden
7:30 p.m. – Dennis O’Rourke

Sunday April 27, 2014
First Tennessee Stage
12:15 p.m. – Trademark
1:15 p.m. – Praise Pickers
2:15 p.m. – Williamson County “Jazz Rock Youth Group”
3:15 p.m. – Centennial High School Show Choir
4:30 p.m. Tommy Jackson’s “Rocky Top Revue”

4th Avenue North Stage
12:30 p.m. – Buck Sixx
2:30 p.m. – Tayla Lynn
4:30 p.m. – The Matte Gray Band

Beer Tent Stage
Noon – Nick Smith
1:30 p.m. – Kira Small
4:00 p.m. – Bomb Squad

The Devonshires Headline Saturday Night Street Dance on Fourth Ave. N.

For decades The Devonshires have been entertaining audiences in cities and towns across the U.S. including San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Chicago, Nashville, Memphis, Indianapolis, Louisville, Atlanta, Orlando and New York City.

Their impressive list of clientele includes Walt Disney World, Six Flags, General Electric, Freemont Street, Harrahs Casino, Honda of America, NASCAR, Clear Channel Communications, Blackrock Financial, The American Red Cross, Texas Roadhouse, The Hard Rock Cafe, The United States Navy, and the world famous Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake Iowa.

The Devonshires have performed with numerous rock legends such as Joe Cocker, Jefferson Airplane, The Doobie Brothers, Eddie Money, The Edgar Winter Group, Badfinger, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Cheap Trick, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and The Temptations.


Seller Mistakes

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The biggest seller mistake is overpricing their home. Regardless of the comparables, their home is “Better”. So it sits on the market until it has to be reduced. Then buyers start asking, “What’s wrong with that house”. READ THE COMPS!

Recently, one of my buyers walked away from purchasing a home because the seller refused to do any repairs. HELLO …..negotiate the repairs!

All of the items on this chart are important….Sellers take note!


Location affects the value of a home, but it’s price that sells a home.

Oceanfront, mountainside, or penthouse, the most desirable location in the world won’t sell at the wrong price.

Every property has a potential buyer, but like rock, paper, scissors, it’s sometimes hard to know which factor is going to win the showdown.

A good location will sell at a fair price. A bad location will sell at a fair price, too. It just won’t be as a high as it would be for a good location.

A home in good condition will sell for a fair price. A home in poor condition will also sell at a fair price. Again, it won’t be as high as a comparable home in better condition.

But neither location or condition will sell any house. Only one thing does that – price.

So if you’re a seller waiting for that “special buyer” who will appreciate your faded pink and black bathroom tile, your vintage orange shag carpet and is willing to help you put your kids through college because of your real estate prowess, you’re going to have a long wait.

So if your home is represented by an agent, and it’s been on the market for a long time, chances are it’s your own fault.

Maybe you didn’t listen to your agent when he said you’re pricing your home above the market. Maybe you got mad at the first few folks who looked at your home and didn’t make offers.

When the showings stopped completely, maybe you accused your agent of not doing a good enough job.

You put the blame on everyone except where it belongs – on you. It’s not about you, what you want, or how much you need for your retirement.

It’s about the price.

New Year’s Eve 2013 in Downtown Franklin

New Year’s Eve 2013 in Downtown Franklin

Downtown Franklin knows how to throw a party, and New Year’s Eve is no exception! In the past, we’ve had many a party to ring in the fresh season, and this year is no exception. Folks we know hosting bashes and special occasions are:

Bunganut Pig
The restaurant on Columba Avenue will produce another fun New Year’s Eve party, with fan-favorite Resistance Band–who offers ’70s tunes for plenty of dancing opportunities! Don’t miss the Pig’s energetic pub atmosphere and live performance.

Call 615-794-4777 to make reservations.To make a reservation ahead of time, it is $15 per person. Pricing includes the show, party favors plus a midnight champagne toast. For those procrastinators, it is $10 per person at the door the night of NYE. That price includes the show only.

Cork & Cow
The swanky restaurant on Fourth Avenue is offering a four-course meal to usher in the new year–in high style! The gourmet offerings range from Maine lobster bisque and porcini-dusted Alaskan halibut to seared duck breast and a lobster, shrimp and mussels dish. View the menu here.

The cost for the four-course offering and spending the evening with these swanky folks gourmet meal is $95 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 615-538-6021.

Franklin Mercantile Deli info coming.

The Franklin Theatre
The historic venue will ring out 2013 and “swing-in” the New Year with an evening of gourmet food, big band music, and dancing. The historic venue will offer two shows on New Year’s Eve; one for the early birds, and another for those guests who want to celebrate midnight on Main Street. The world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will regale Theatre audiences during both sets with its popular big-band tunes.To honor the era that first welcomed the Ca. 1937 Franklin Theatre, the evening promises period swank with a 21stcentury flair from the legendary dance band.

Adding to the festive occasion, both sets of Theatregoers have the opportunity to purchase a dinner-and-a-show New Year’s Eve package in conjunction with GRAY’S on Main. The three-story bar and restaurant just across Main Street will prepare a special prix fixe meal with suggested drink pairings for those who would like to begin their evening at GRAY’S before heading to the Glenn Miller concert.

The first show will begin at 6 p.m., and tickets start at $65. The second bash—which always includes dancing—begins at 9:30 p.m. and continues until after midnight. Tickets for the later show are $75.

Those who would like to purchase the GRAY’S dinner package in addition to the performances should call the Franklin Theatre at 615-538-2076 or go online for more information. For more details on ticketing for this special evening, contact Layne Barton at or visit

GRAY’S on Main
GRAY’S will toast to the New Year while once again nodding to the past, with a vintage circus-themed event that includes a prix fixe menu, interactive performances and more. New Year’s Eve participants who arrive after 8 p.m. will enjoy an enchanted evening that uses tableside performers—think jugglers, mimes, aerialists, illusionists and other skilled artists—and costumes to transport the audience to a menagerie-like event.In addition to the mystical atmosphere, participants will be served a three-course gourmet meal with suggested drink pairings that follow the theme. Preceding the on-floor performances, Americana band SHEL will regale the crowd with Vaudeville vibes and folk tunes. Dancing is encouraged.

Those wanting to participate in the nostaglic bash will purchase a $95 ticket, which includes a three-course meal, tableside entertainment, the SHEL performance and a champagne toast. The evening begins on the second floor at 8 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m. Guests are encouraged to channel their best Moulin Rougeimpression, and break out swanky attire for the bash.

From 4 p.m. to midnight on New Year’s Eve, GRAY’S is also accepting reservations on its first floor for a chef-selected, three-course meal and complimentary glass of champagne. The cost is $75 a person.

For more information about the New Year’s Eve night, visit To make your reservation, call (615) 435-3603. Limited seating is available.

Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor
The music venue on S. Margin Street will take a different approach to ringin’ in the New Year! This go ’round, they’re inviting their Deconstructed songwriter’s crew to entertain the crowd until the ball drops at midnight. The night begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Owner Will Jordan has promised a special NYE menu, “jammin’” in each room, cornhole tournaments, drinking jenga, s’mores around the fire pit and more. Sleeveless Joel Meeks is the host, and there will be a champagne toast to usher in the new year. No cover! Call (615) 599-2946 for more details.

Puckett’s Boat House
The Boat House is adding some French Quarter flavor to downtown Franklin on New Year’s Eve, ringing in 2014 with a live show and a celebratory menu full of chef-selected favorites! The Southern seafood-focused eatery is hosting L’Angélus, a high-energy Cajun band composed of four siblings who entertain audiences with New Orleans-influenced fiddle tunes, swing, saxophone-driven swamp pop, and R&B music.In addition to the authentic bayou tunes, the Boat House has created a special menu for the event.

Seating for the L’Angélus show will begin at 9 p.m. and the performance will start kickin’ 10 p.m. until midnight.Tickets to the show are $15 per person, and include a midnight champagne toast. Call 615-790-2309 to reserve your seat. For more information, visit Boat House is also providing the special New Year’s Eve menu from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., for guests who can’t make the show.

Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration, though it’s already sold out!

Red Pony
The sophisticated restaurant on downtown’s Main Street, is offering a four-course dinner to celebrate the upcoming year! Guests can expect menu offerings the likes of grilled kale salad, mushroom-goat cheese raviolo, seared scallops, beef short ribs, seared tuna, vanilla-poached shrimp and lobster and more!

The cost for the gourmet meal and a lovely evening is $80 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 615-595-7669.

Brentwood Keeps Title of State’s Most Business Friendly City

Brentwood keeps title of state’s most business friendly city
Filed under News.

November 19,2013

The Tennessean
By Bonnie Burch

BRENWTOOD – For two years in a row, Brentwood has been named the most business friendly city among the 50 most populous cities in Tennessee.

Brentwood is the first city to top the eighth annual list compiled by The Beacon Center of Tennessee, the state’s free market think tank, for consecutive years.

In the “How Business Friendly Are Tennessee’s Cities?” report, the Beacon Center ranked each city in three main categories: economic vitality, business tax burden and community allure. The cities received a score in these categories while the think tank also took into account other statistics, such as violent crime rate, population growth, median household income, cost of living and high school graduation rates.

Brentwood residents rely on a pool of businesses and office space in a small area – mostly on the northern and southern boundaries of the city – for lower rates on their property taxes. Only about 4 percent of the land is zoned for commercial use, but tax revenue from these businesses pay about 60 percent of the city’s operating budget.

Other Williamson County cities were high on the list including Franklin, which came in third in the business-friendly rankings, down from second place in 2012, and Spring Hill, which was in fifth place last year, holding the fourth spot now.

Delightfully Frightful Halloween Decor on a DIY Budget

Decorating your home for Halloween doesn’t have to be scary (unless, of course, you want it to be).

Some home owners go all out in a manner more often reserved for Christmas. David Gugel, for instance, takes Halloween decor to stop-and-gape levels. It’s no surprise to learn that he once designed retail window displays for Disney. featured before-and-after photos of his otherwise typical suburban home transformed into a wild October frightfest. If you’re like us, there’s never enough time to pursue all the wild home styles that people create.

For those of us with less dramatic homes, budgets and taste, a little sweat equity can still bring a delightfully eerie air to your abode. Herewith, some relatively simple do-it-yourself ways to capture the spooky season.

Front Yard

Pumpkins and mums add a classic seasonal touch with minimal effort. They can welcome guests at the foot of a driveway, line a walkway to the front door or gather around a tree. The tree itself could sport eyes, cut from felt and held aloft with environmentally friendly adhesives. The truly ambitious could carve Styrofoam headstones, but the faint-of-heart, beware — that’s a half-day project.

Front Door

Classy or ghastly? The options run amok. Amazon sells bloody footprints on paper, but why not make your own? A roll of kids’ mural paper from any craft store, some red acrylic paint, a bit of soap for those dirty feet afterward, and before you can say “wrap the body in a rug,” there are telltale prints leading to your door.

Or stick with simple. Hang a witch’s hat on the front door as you would a wreath. Sit the kids down with scissors, black felt and a stencil, and create a colony of bats. Paint Chinese paper lanterns like jack-o’-lanterns and hang them from the eaves — no scooping innards or tossing rotting (gourd) flesh.

Living Room

Tossing a sheet with eyeholes over a kid’s head and calling them a ghost may be a cliched holiday cop-out, but the same idea can feel almost fresh on furniture. White sheets covering the furniture can lend an air of mystery to a room, as guests (or inhabitants) ponder what goes on underneath. And don’t underestimate the power of low light. If your circuits are on dimmers, you’re ahead of the game, but even candlelight or a well-placed dim bulb can throw unexpectedly fun shadows.


Burn the evidence — but not all of it. Dirt piled where the logs go can host fake bones peeking through. Perhaps there’s mulch left from summer planting? Put it to good use. While it is possible to make your own plaster bone molds, $20 on eBay goes far, too. If you don’t dig dirt, a handful of red glass votives in the fireplace can add a ghoulish air.

Dining Room

For a creeptastic look, think red and black. Yard-sale candlesticks, the more dented the better, covered in high-gloss black spray paint can hold red candles. They’ll give off an eerie glow atop a red tablecloth. Sprinkle plastic bugs around the plates and drape gauze or cheesecloth between the candles and across the table. Watch your guests shudder.

Bonus Bucket

One tip for the frugal: Start thinking about next year now. Come Nov. 1, if not earlier, stores will deeply discount their Halloween offerings. Even if you don’t have the time or funds to spruce up the house this year, some judicious shopping could get you all set for 2014.

If the monsters haven’t gotten you yet, we flipped over some the home styles bursting with gourds and color pictured here — the looks can transfer to any home, even on a smaller scale. But if you want to go big, you have company. Don’t even bother counting the skeletons — of course, there are 13.
By Anne Miller,



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