Emberglow Handmade Holds Downtown LaGrange Ribbon Cutting
In a year of adjustments, one LaGrange woman is putting her creativity—and her business-savvy—to use.
On Tuesday, Nikki Franklin stood with her husband, children, and mother to celebrate the official ribbon cutting of her new business—Emberglow Handmade. The inspiration behind the Bull Street shop, which specializes in “‘all things handmade’ & handcrafted by local artisans” is universal: change.
In 2020, the idea of change proves a stranger to no one. But as the nation sought to establish a “new normal” in the wake of COVID-19, Franklin notes that she was able to “appreciate the stillness” of it all.
It was in this stillness that she began to ponder how to best respond to the changes in her own life. A home-school mom of three for the past six years, Franklin notes her children will all soon be grown.
“I’m almost an empty-nester,” she said, noting that the prospect drove her to create Emberglow—her second business in LaGrange. “I had to take a break and think about what to do and what direction to go in.”
The owner of Create a Spark-LaGrange, Franklin notes that she hopes Emberglow will serve as not just a spark in her life, but in the community as well.
“Embers come from lighting a fire,” she said, adding that her new business was “about creating a fire from within.”
The idea for the business came together in October. While exercising, Franklin saw that the former business located at 130 Bull Street would no longer be in the location and quickly took her opportunity. On Saturday, Emberglow will hold its official grand opening nearly two months later.
Franklin made clear, however, that the grand opening is not just about her—it’s about the community. The new business looks to platform local artisans. Many of them, Franklin said, will have their products in a storefront for the first time.
“I want people to know dreams do come true,” she said, adding that “it’s about starting somewhere.”
A giver by nature and a craftswoman herself, Franklin has worked behind the scenes with various local craftspeople, advising them on how to grow their businesses and even helping them get licensed. Now, Emberglow takes the next step of providing a one-stop shop that platforms their work to the greater LaGrange community.
For Franklin, this community involvement is rewarding.
“Service is about what we give and offer,” she said, saying that her joy comes from helping someone else.
Franklin has a history of giving back. As a mother, sewer, baker, and freelance photographer, Franklin is always looking to put her talents to use. Earlier this year, that meant helping combat the national mask shortage by sewing and donating her own handmade masks.
“It took me a while to realize it, but I’m a giver,” she said. “That’s just who I am.”
Now, Franklin finds joy in giving back to the LaGrange community she calls home. An Alabama native, Franklin and her family lived fifteen years in Newnan before making the decision to return to a smaller town.
“I love the small-town feel,” she said of LaGrange, where she and her family have lived the last two years. “I’ve found that my heart is always at home in a smaller setting.”
Now, Emberglow has made its home in the Downtown LaGrange community. Just a short walk from the LaGrange-Troup Chamber of Commerce, Emberglow enjoys the support of LaGrange’s five-star chamber and its local community.
In addition to selling crafts from local vendors, Emberglow “also operates as a gift concierge, offering specialty gifts, gift wrapping, and luxury baskets as a service.” Residents are encouraged to visit Emberglow following its grand opening on Saturday at 130 Bull Street and to stop by during Downtown LaGrange’s Sip & Shop event Friday from 5 PM – 9 PM. Franklin notes light refreshments will be provided.
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