Headline Homes: September 2013

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Nov 1, 2013 7:00 AM

'Economic development is regional'

Sperry Van Ness' David Creed discusses downtown, Cool Springs office markets
Oct 28, 2013 7:00 AM
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CoolSprings Galleria expansion approved

The Franklin Planning Commission has approved plans that will allow the expansion of the CoolSprings Galleria, Channel 2 reports.

Work on the three-phase project at the Williamson County-based mall should begin in early 2014.

Read more here.

Oct 25, 2013 12:30 PM

Publix unloading convenience store concept

Kentucky company buying Franklin location
Oct 23, 2013 7:23 AM

Juicebox lands vendor status with Wild Birds Unlimited

Nashville-based graphic design firm Juicebox Designs has become a recommended vendor for national chain Wild Birds Unlimited.

With a Nashville-area presence in Berry Hill, Franklin and Goodlettsville, Wild Birds Unlimited Inc. has 266 stores (mainly franchised) nationwide. 

Jay Smith, who founded Juicebox Designs with wife Kristi Smith, said the company is in talks to determine which of the Wild Birds Unlimited stores will carry Juicebox greeting cards.

“I am in the process of contacting all of those store owners who we have sent sample bird products to in the hope that they will want to carry our products in their stores,” he said.

The Smiths began producing small prints and greeting card sets last year at the same time they launched the rebranding of their design firm. Their first product line featured custom-illustrated birds and has, Jay Smith said, been successful with website sales and in specialty boutiques around Nashville.

Juicebox Designs unveiled its new product line last week, with the theme of suns and moons.

“Our bird products were a great beginning to our retail division,” Smith said. “Now with our suns and moons line, we have a completely different theme and illustration style to offer our customers, which also helps promote those same skills and styles we use every day in our design firm.”

Locally, Juicebox Designs cards are available at The Willow Tree in Sylvan Park, Art & Invention in East Nashville and Pangaea in Hillsboro Village.

Oct 17, 2013 8:30 AM

Oncology venture Franklin expansion will produce 40 jobs

Pathology lab operator DiaTech Oncology says it plans to hire 39 people in the next two years to help run a testing lab it is building at 405 Duke Drive in Franklin. The lab is scheduled to open its doors in early 2014 and will house medical technologists with specializations in purification and culturing of tumor cells, among other topics.

DiaTech CEO Garry Lattimer this spring raised $18 million to fund his team's growth plans, which center on the company's work with doctors to specialize cancer treatments. The company has put a $2.7 million price tag on its Cool Springs expansion.

Oct 16, 2013 2:27 PM

Noshville closes Cool Springs location

The Noshville Cool Springs location has closed after about six years of operations. The decision to close was made during the past 10 days only after its managers determined that the surrounding office environment wasn't enough to sustain the eatery. Steve Cavendish has the story here.

Oct 14, 2013 12:38 PM

BGA names head of school

Veteran private school educator once worked at Girls Prep in Chattanooga
Oct 11, 2013 10:12 AM

Last unit sells in Westhaven condo building

Regent Homes yesterday sold the last of 12 units in its The Carolina condominium building now fully under construction in Westhaven in Franklin.

David McGowan, Regent Homes president, said the three-story building is framed and work has begun on the mechanicals and the exterior (see construction photo below). The company hopes to have the first residents move into the building (a rendering for which is seen below as the middle image) in December.

Relatedly, Regent Homes is planning The Alexandria, which will be located next to The Carolina. McGowan said the company received approval for the 12-unit condo building (a rendering is seen at the bottom of the three images below) last week from the Franklin Planning Commission.

“Now we have to finalize the construction documents, which we are in the process of doing,” he said. “We hope to be under construction by the end of the year.”

The first multi-unit building in Westhaven was The Vista, which opened this past September. Its 12 units sold within a year’s time, McGowan said.

Oct 4, 2013 12:40 PM

Metova partners with Yale Locks & Hardware

Franklin-based app company Metova announced today it has partnered with Yale Locks & Hardware in an effort to improve and optimize the latter’s Yale Real Living digital lock app for Control4 systems.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed in a release.

“Yale Real Living locks are Yale’s newest digital option for the home,” Ben Coulston, lead developer for Metova, said in a release. “These intelligent digital locks can be integrated into home automation or home security platforms.”

Yale partnered with Control4 in 2010 by developing a user-friendly app to allow the homeowner to directly access and control many of the lock’s features as part of a Control4 automation system, Coulston said.

“This year we helped increase the app’s performance dramatically,” he said. “We also implemented a new user management system, updated settings management, provided support for the new Control4 operating system updates and fixed various bugs. The outcome is a top-of-the-line home automation lock app. ”

Established in 1840, Yale Locks & Hardware is an Assa Abloy company with plant operations in Berlin, Conn.

Assa Abloy, based in Sweden, is the world’s largest lock company based on sales revenues.

Control4, a publicly traded company, has offices in California, Utah and the United Kingdom.

Metova develops custom applications for Web, smartphone and tablet platforms, including Android, iOS, BlackBerry and Windows Phone.

Sep 24, 2013 1:00 PM