When I opened Nashville Lifestyles magazine this month, I was happy to see an article about Naticakes in Franklin. A month ago, a couple of buddies and I headed to Franklin after a derailed trip to the movies. For those of you who think Franklin is too far of a drive, think again. After we realized our 1PM movie, September Issue, was not showing, we jumped in our car and headed South knowing we all had 3:30PM carpool commitments.
In a scant two hours, we hit PD’s, Scarlett Scales antiques, Haven (where I bought an incredible shirt), Rebbecca’s Furniture to pick up a pillow, and finally Naticakes for our sweet reward. Whew!
As we all peered over the counter trying to come to a consensus about which one to order, it was obvious to me that the woman behind the counter in Naticakes was the owner– so I asked her which cupcake was the best. Bottom line–ALL OF THEM. Consider your choices: S’more, Vanilla Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Salted Caramel, German Chocolate, Key Lime, Almond Amaretto, Italian Creme, Opera Cake and MUCH. MUCH MORE
Inspired, I asked her how she got into the cupcake business and, QUITE surprisingly, even had my camera with me to snap a couple of pictures.
Naticakes is simply a darling shop–I say shop because it feels as if it emerged from another era. It is housed in an historic building on the Franklin Square with bright and happy colors. The cupcakes are divine–so much so, it’s tough to decide whether you want one or two.
However, the most compelling part of Naticakes is the story of its beginnings. The owner, Nicole Sloane, began the business after moving here from Kentucky. After the tragic loss of her niece, Nati, at only 23 months old, Naticakes was created to immortalize the memory of her niece in a truly meaningful way.
The inspiration for Naticakes began with a commitment to generate $1M to the Natalie Wynn Carter Foundation which honors Nati and improves the lives of children around the world. Naticakes was created to produce a revenue stream for the foundation and to provide an avenue for “making life a little sweeter”, particularly for hurting children. Currently, 10% from the sale of cupcakes goes to the foundation.
In addition, for only $20 per month, you can become a member of the Nati Club to help care for children locally, who need encouragement, and globally through a partnership with Viva, a non-profit committed to providing one million meals to starving children throughout the world.
Your $20 sweet contribution provides– every month– a 1/2 dozen cupcakes to local children in childrens’ hospitals, Ronald McDonald Houses and Boys & Girls Clubs and, through the partnership with Viva, two meals a month to starving children. $20 each month to brighten the lives of eight children. You can see the power of numbers here….100 people together can make a HUGE difference.
Nicole’s background in campus ministry, coupled with the entrepreneurial skills of her husband Michael, created a vision, then a reality that will improve and build playgrounds for kids, put a smile on a sick kid with a special treat, feed a starving child and change childrens’ lives forever. When you think of Naticakes, smile and remember Nati.
Before the complete insanity of the holidays begins: treat yourself to a beautiful drive down Hillsboro Road, enjoy some fabulous shopping and indulge in a delicious cupcake from Naticakes.
328 Main Street
Franklin, TN 37064
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