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Thirteenth year for Franklin Wine Festival proves lucky

The Franklin Wine Festival's royal court// Photo by Brooke Wanser By BROOKE WANSER Hosting the Franklin Wine Festival’s thirteenth year on Friday the 13th was unintentional, said Sarah Beatty, the director of events and communications

Eye candy and sky candy from the 2017 Parade of Homes: Not to be missed

The 2017 Pinnacle Financial Partners Parade of Homes at the Witherspoon subdivision just off the Crockett Road roundabout continues through Sunday, Oct. 22. Six luxury homes decorated to the nines have been open from 10 a.m.

Nashville maker of area code hats creates hurricane relief fund raiser

Limited-edition "TEX" hats created and distributed by Nashville-based (code)word Hats are now available for purchase at codewordhats.com. Proceeds will be directed towards providing meals for Houston area victims of this week's Hurricane Harvey. In just 48-hours,

Nashville Originals members planning for Restaurant Week in August

The biannual Nashville Restaurant Week is returning Aug. 21 through Aug. 27, featuring specials at more than 65 restaurants in Davidson and Williamson counties. Nashville Originals includes restaurants in both Davidson and Williamson Counties. //

H&M plans 27,000 square foot store on Lower Broadway

H&M, Hennes and Mauritz Inc., a global fashion retailer with stores at the CoolSprings Galleria and at Opry Mills, has announced plans to build a 27,000 square foot store at the Fifth + Broadway development

With love, from Lola: Drunk texts from Mr. Big; a spicy pic from Alex

I’ve made up my mind about the whole Big/Alex situation, and I might be causing myself some suffering but honestly – I don’t care. Big made me really mad this weekend. In short – he

With love, from Lola: Alex remains aloof, Mr. Big may be bluffing

I’ve spent the last two weeks with two guys on my mind -- two forks in a road and I have no clue what to do. With Natasha out of the picture, Mr. Big came

Bootlegger’s Bash builds on area’s moonshining past

The Battle of Franklin Trust once again nods to Williamson County’s unique history of bootlegging with its seventh annual Bootlegger’s Bash on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. at Carnton Plantation in Franklin. The annual event features

Five steps for your best skincare routine

By ALEXANDRA MATZKO I’ve gone through several different skincare routines over the years, and my current routine is still evolving. I’ve had easily irritable skin prone to breakouts in my teens and early twenties (and still do),

Show is a Tupperware party send-up, but also is a Tupperware party

Dixie's Tupperware Party is a one-woman show (well, an actor playing a woman), but it also is actually a Tupperware party where in addition to comedy you can order the latest Tupperware. The show ...

With love, from Lola: The Big distraction reappears

He comes in unexpectedly every time. He calls me, late at night, and when I see his name on my phone my stomach flips. I answer, and his voice sounds familiar and distant all at

Hormone therapy can help relieve the symptoms of menopause

By HEATHER LISTHARTKE As women grow older, menopause is a time that can be frightening and confusing, but it is a natural process of our body. During menopause, the body produces less estrogen and progesterone.

With love, from Lola | Get out of town and get those boys off your mind

When you decide to quit dating for a little while, here’s what you need to do: get the heck out of town, work your butt off, and try really hard not to think about boys.

How to get a handle on some of the effects of aging

By HEATHER LISTHARTKE We all age. It’s a fact of life. The thought of declining health, reduced energy, increased forgetfulness, and the incessant aches and pains that might come along the way, are enough for

With love, from Lola: Taking a break from dating

I am taking a break from dating. I don’t know that I’ve ever really successfully tried this, but after two years of living the single life, crushing hard on one or two guys who just

With love, from Lola: While pining for Alex, Lola misses warning signs

You know what really sucks? Thinking that someone is a nice person and then they turn out not to be. In hindsight, I should have seen this one coming. The age difference alone should have

Food truck craze spreads to hospital

The food truck phenomenon continues to grow. Williamson Medical Center plans to host food trucks every other Friday beginning this week, open to the public. It follows a food truck festival in Franklin, a food

Healthy eating at home for very busy people

By RACHEL LAYTON Lately, I’ve been on a quest to find healthier food alternatives. It’s kind of consumed my free time as I’ve looked for ways to eat healthy, on a budget, and somehow with

With love, from Lola | Overthinking, or being a realist?

I’m starting to think there’s just something off about me. Brad and I are still talking every day, but I have noticed a change. A shift. Like it’s not going to go anywhere. My feelings

Craft brewers: fierce competitors, passionate collaborators

By Mark Cook Competition is great for innovation, but at least in the local beer scene, collaboration among competitors seems to lead to great things in the pint glass. Brewing is a growth industry in

With love, from Lola | Sexiest man isn’t arrogant, doesn’t play games

You guys I’m being courted. I’m being courted by Nashville’s Sexiest Man. It still hasn’t sunk in yet so let me say it again … I’m being courted by Brad Freaking Pitt. Ever since my

Southern Women’s Show starting Mar. 30 bigger than ever

The 31st annual Southern Women’s Show returns to the Music City Center March 30 through April 2, featuring more than 500 exhibits, fashion, prizes and giveaways, celebrity guests and delicious cuisines. The Pavilion of Etsy Sellers

Tile, tiny homes, DIY and decor, Home and Remodeling Expo is back

The Nashville Home and Remodeling Expo is coming back to town, March 10-12 at the Music City Center. The show, hosted by Marketplace Events, will feature special guests, exhibitors, and even a few celebrities. All

Learn the benefits attributed to Oxygen Therapy

By Heather Listhartke Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (or HBOT) utilizes concentrated oxygen to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood. The concentrated oxygen is absorbed through the skin and from breathing and goes directly into

With love, from Lola | Kissed on my birthday by fantasy man

In a rather surprising sequence of events, I found myself being kissed on my birthday, just like I had planned. It could not have gone better. We talked all night about relationships and love, we