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With a little help from Macon County, a local business will receive nearly $90,000 from the state for upgrades and improvements. Brasstown Beef, LLC, which has recently taken ownership of Nantahala Meats, secured a Rural Development grant from the state in the amount of $87,777 to support the expansion of the 11,340-square-foot building located along West Palmer Street in Franklin.

Nantahala Meats has operated on West Palmer Street since 1947 when the original building was constructed, and now, with the transition to Brasstown Beef, will be able to expand and add additional jobs to the local economy.


With the economy’ beginning to recover, Macon County Economic Development Director Tommy Jenkins has continued his work promoting the county and the benefits of doing business in rural western North Carolina by meeting with several Atlanta area consultant firms.

“I met with six different firms to discuss Macon County and our current and upcoming available manufacturing facilities,” said Jenkins.

Jenkins' meetings included face-to-face time with commercial and industrial real estate firms such as The Stephen W. Wright Company, Galaxy Partners, and Cushman & Wakefield. The firms have different areas of expertise and specialize in different areas that could potentially find Macon County to be the perfect home for expansion opportunities.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the Grand Opening of Reign by Robyn+Brooke. Anna Bedells & Robyn B rebranded into a completely new lifestyle boutique that is called Reign by Robyn+Brooke. The shop is located at 76 E Main Street on top of town hill in downtown Franklin.

Reign specializes in women & children’s apparel, as well as, accessories for a fabulous lifestyle.

Robyn and Brooke have hand selected brands such as BCBG, Sanctuary, Joah Love, JoyFolie, Maileg, Tocca and so much more.


Craft beer in Franklin didn’t just come to town, it moved into the old Town Hall. Lazy Hiker Brewing Co. has transformed the former town hall and fire department into a fully functioning production craft brewery complete with taproom, patio on Main Street, and outdoor event space.

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon- cutting celebration on their official opening day. The brewery is the first of its kind for Franklin and continues the expansion and success of craft beer in Western North Carolina.

Craft beer has reinvented the brewing industry in the past 30 years. By the end of the 1970s, brewing in the U.S. was being done by a small number of corporations producing an even smaller selection of styles.


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