On a recent trip to Nashville, I visited a suburb of the city called Franklin. As I walked down the charming brick paved main street, I said this is what downtown Carmel needs to feel like. There were boutiques to fit every wallet, interest and demographic. Clothing, gifts, toys and handmade treasures could all be found. I spent money and bought several items to take home. I drank a coffee and stopped for a meal. I could have also seen a movie if time would have allowed. Downtown Carmel could be like this if the pieces were put together better. We have the dining, but now we need to have those shopping opportunities and family experiences that bring people out. I would highly recommend a field trip to Franklin be in order for the Carmel Arts & Design District Planning Committee.