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From left, Kevin Baldwin, Trinity Baldwin, and Kimberly Baldwin of Appalachian Harvest.The Franklin Main Street Program welcomed another new business to the district with a special “Red Carpet” event on Thursday, Oct. 13. Kimberly and Kevin Baldwin, owners of Appalachian Harvest were welcomed to the Main Street District by members of town government, downtown business owners, board members of the Main Street Program along with family and friends.

Appalachian Harvest specializes in preserves, jams, jellies and pickled items. If you enjoy good home canned goodness, you’ll love the products from Appalachian Harvest. Everything is made from scratch, using nothing but the best of ingredients. Appalachian Harvest is family owned and operated and uses recipes that have been passed down through the generations.

This is a second location for Appalachian Harvest. “In a time of economic distress, it is great to see a business expand,” said Linda Schlott, Franklin Main Street Program Executive Director. Cashiers, N.C. is home to the original Appalachian Harvest store. The Franklin location is open from 10 to 5, Tuesday through Saturday.

Now in their 11th year of business, the Baldwin’s products have been featured in Paula Dean’s magazine as well as purchased by chefs on the Food Network.

Bo Bryant, chairman of the Franklin Main Street Program Board of Directors presents Kevin and Kimberly Baldwin with a marketing gift certificate as part of the Red Carpet Event.“The Red Carpet Event was amazing! We have had great feedback and it has already brought customers that would not have known about us,” said Kimberly Baldwin. Learn more about Appalachian Harvest when you visit their website at

What is a Red Carpet Event? It’s a new initiative of the Franklin Main Street Program to assist business owners in the spreading the word about their endeavor. In addition to literally rolling out the red carpet, businesses are treated to special signage for a week as well as a marketing incentive.

For more information on participating in a Red Carpet Event, call Linda Schlott, Executive Director of the Franklin Main Street Program at (828)524-2516.

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