12 Verbs in Franklin over the Holidays – Indianapolis month-to-month

12 Verbs in Franklin over the Holidays - Indianapolis monthly


Main & Madison Market Café

If you are looking for a “rustic pastry” go to Main & Madison Market Caféwhere you’ll drool over the famous stuffed peanut butter biscuit. (We hear it’s famous.) You can order an espresso with your breakfast ciabatta or enjoy a cup of gourmet rishi tea. Also pay attention to the winter peppermint and caramel coffee specialties. 100 N. Main St., 317-736-6246, mainandmadison.cafe


The Johnson County Museum of History not only decorates the halls; It adorns trees and the Victorian-style room. It’s all perfectly festive, but the museum is more than just decor. It also has 400 million year old artifacts and a life-size replica of a Conestoga cart. 135 N. Main St., 317-346-4500, co.johnson.in.us/jcmuseum


It’s not every day that a modern American restaurant restores power to an old post office. But in a city known for its historical preservation, RFD Franklin deserves a seal of approval. Now you can sit next to a wall of old mailboxes and order beef topped gorgonzola and devil’s eggs with smoked salmon. 55 W. Madison St., 317-733-7333, rfdfranklin.com


Do: Go to The Historic arts and crafts theater this month for a screening of A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life or Christmas Vacation. Do the following: Appreciate the 35mm film. Do: Have the happiest, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby with Danny f * @ k! #G Kaye danced. Don’t: shoot your eyes out. 57 N. Main St., 317-736-6823, historic


Main & Madison Market Café

For holiday shopping, turn up Salvage Sisters antique marketwhose name recalls Franklin’s pride in historical preservation. More than 30 stalls sell hats, quilts, goat’s milk soap, clothing, antique furniture, baskets, china, tchotchkes and knick-knacks, as well as locally made goods. 398 E. Jefferson St., 317-736-4353,


Spirographs have made a comeback, and exhibition-promoting balance boards are sold out. Thank God, Toodleydoo toy can help you with the children’s wish lists. They have buying guides for newborns and teens alike, as well as visits to Santa for the real shovel (these will be different than before, presumably for the COVID-19 era). 1 W. Jefferson St., 317-346-7529, toodleydootoys.com


Architecture lovers will love this Johnson County Courthouse, best described as “Victorian Eclectic”. Inside, admire detailed ceiling medallions and a multi-story atrium. Outside “ooh” and “ahh” over the Christmas lights of the courthouse. 5 E. Jefferson St., Co.johnson.in.us


For the annual Holiday Lighting FestivalBusinesses in the city center are participating in a window decoration competition. There is an outdoor market for farmers and vendors and lighted carts. New this year: 65 illuminated Christmas trees, each sponsored by a local company or family. See them all by strolling through the courthouse and town hall. Main and Jefferson Streets, removed Downtownfranklin.com


Among the 32 proprietary fragrances made with local soy wax Middle David’s candlesSeasonal favorites include candy cane, which is poured onto a slope to make the traditional strip, and Christmas Hearth, also known as “fire, pine and wine”. 100 S. Jackson St., 317-738-3886, middledavids.com


Wild Geese Bookstore

Find handmade, fair trade fashion at BYTAVI Store. The owners employ talented seamstresses in Cambodia to create original designs, including lots of great bags. Production is not accelerated or pressured, and every seamstress also signs her work. Look for her signature on your long-sleeved swing dress, thigh-length cardigan, vegan leather bag or face mask. 51 W. Monroe St., 317-494-6226, bytavi.com


Coffee house five represents the south side in the city’s growing coffee scene. It roasts its own beans for filter coffee, cold nitro brew, and the customer-preferred raspberry mocha, but the real buzz lies in the company’s mission – it offers free pastoral marriage and addiction counseling. 41 W. Monroe St., 317-300-4330, coffeehousefive.com


You can find good picture books for all ages Wild Geese Bookstore, a cozy room with candles, tote bags, magazines and much more. A subscription box is perfect for insatiable little readers. 107 S. Water St., 317-494-6545, wildgeesebookshop.com