The Shoppes on Main, a beloved boutique in downtown Franklin, is changing names to AbbyLeigh Gifts & Home and reopening in Berry Farms.
The store was a Main Street staple in Franklin for eight years, and closed in early 2018.
Now, the Shoppes will go by AbbyLeigh Gifts & Home, moving into the Berry Farms location that formerly housed children’s clothing store Polka Dots & Happy Thoughts.
Owner Janis Gaudette made the announcement on the store’s Facebook page on Sept. 20, receiving dozens of comments from supporters.
“Hooray,” wrote Julia Hurst of the news. “My parents and I were at your shop on your last day and we are so happy to see you are re-opening in a new location! Can’t wait.”
The original Shoppes on Main was comprised of 22 different vendors. By the end of the store’s tenure, there were only a few different vendors in the space. Gaudette plans to be the only one selling merchandise in the new location, so she knew the name needed to change.
Reopening the store was partly due to her daughters’ urging, and the new name is a tribute to them; Abby is Gaudette’s eldest, and her younger daughter Amy’s middle name is Leigh. She will be near Abby, too, who works in the Berry Farms Publix pharmacy.
Gaudette said she hopes to open the new location by Nov. 1, with a grand opening later in November. Some of her former staff members will return to work with her, and she will also bring back the Christmas village the store was known for.
There will be new traditions, too, like sip and shops and other semi-monthly events.
Since losing their lease in March of 2018, Gaudette says she has lived the “normal retired life,” golfing and traveling.
“We’ve always been looking for another space,” she said, but after looking at three or four locations, nothing seemed to work out.
They came across the Berry Farms location this March.
“Then we said we weren’t ready,” she admitted.
Around Labor Day, though, she saw it was still available, and decided the time was right.
“It’s a nice neighborhood setting,” she said of the Berry Farms Town Center, located in south Franklin. “When I go out there it kind of reminds me of Destin. It’s very soothing.”
Though she will miss their downtown setting, there are plenty of positives about the new location.
“We can get to know our customers more than what we could when we were on Main Street,” Gaudette said. “I’m looking forward to getting back into the community.”
AbbyLeigh Gifts & Home will open at 5015 Hughes Crossing, Suite 135, in Franklin on Nov. 1, 2019