Rocket Shirts, Better Body Fitness honored as ‘Business of the Year’ at 2021 Light Up Local Firefly Awards

Locally Owned Murfreesboro and Smyrna Independent Merchants Association honored a full slate of deserving businesses Tuesday, May 11 at the 4TH annual Light Up Local Firefly Awards.

The limited-audience event was also broadcast on Facebook Live.

The Firefly Awards is a people’s choice awards celebration of independent businesses. During March and April, LOM and SiMA took nominations in 13 categories for independent businesses in Smyrna and Murfreesboro during February. The businesses with the most nominations won their respective category.

The top honor of Business of the Year went to Rocket Shirts for Murfreesboro and Better Body Fitness for Smyrna.

“It was truly gratifying to honor Rocket Shirts, given all they did for the small business community in Rutherford County during the quarantine,” Lay said.

When faced with layoffs and possible closure during the 2020 pandemic, Rocket Shirts launched the “Here For Good” campaign. To keep the screen presses running, they sold T-shirts for $20, donating half to local independent businesses to “keep them here for good.”

The fundraising campaign raised more than $130,000 for local businesses and was adopted by screen-printing businesses across the nation, which raised more than $1.3 million for small businesses.

“This award is presented to a locally owned business that goes above and beyond for the community. The nominees are known for outstanding customer service and leadership in the community.”

Better Body Fitness was the Smyrna winner for how they were able to adapt their business model during the pandemic to keep its coaches employed and clients moving.

Business of the Year winners for Firefly Awards 2021
Rocket Shirts, left to right, Missy Lay and Better Body Fitness

The 2021 Firefly Award winners are:

  • Business of the Year
    Murfreesboro: Rocket Shirts
    Smyrna: Better Body Fitness
  • WGNS Good Neighbor of the Year
    Murfreesboro: Franklin’s Fruit Tea
    Smyrna: Crimson Security
  • Local Legacy
    Murfreesboro: Shacklett’s Photography
    Smyrna: Bridal Country
  • Best Locally Owned Franchise
    Murfreesboro: Farmer’s Insurance – Keene Agency
    Smyrna: Slick Pig
  • Best Nonprofit
    Murfreesboro: Nourish Food Bank
    Smyrna: Senior Activity Center of Smyrna
  • Best Service Award
    Murfreesboro: Wand & Willow Day Spa
    Smyrna: Better Body Fitness
  • Best Social Media
    Murfreesboro: Catfeine Cat Café
    Smyrna: Bella Vista Coffee Shop
  • Best Night Out
    Murfreesboro: Brainiac Trivia
    Smyrna: Janarty’s Homemade Ice Cream
  • Best Event
    Murfreesboro: United We Style
    Smyrna: Smyrna Depot Farmers Market
  • Best Restaurant
    Murfreesboro: Domenico’s Italian Deli
    Smyrna: Breaking Bread
  • Best Customer Service
    Murfreesboro: P’s & Q’s Pickup
    Smyrna: Bella Vista Coffee Shop
  • Best Retail Shop
    Murfreesboro: Veda’s Flower’s & Gifts
    Smyrna: Crossroads Women’s Boutique
  • Cultivate Coworking Best New Business
    Murfreesboro: Empanada Sonata
    Smyrna: The Casual Pint

About Locally Owned Murfreesboro

An affiliate of the American Independent Business Alliance, Locally Owned Murfreesboro was formed in 2016.

The nonprofit is an organization of independent local business owners dedicated to promoting the benefits of supporting independent businesses to the community and building a stronger local economy by joining together in marketing, government advocacy and networking.

Learn more at Because Murfreesboro Matters.

About Smyrna Independent Merchants Association

Smyrna Independent Merchants’ Association helps independent local businesses compete successfully and reverse the trend of losing our community-based businesses that make our home special.

SiMA drives an ongoing public education campaign to inform customers fully about the benefits of doing business locally. We help shift business to our members by raising awareness of the overall value they offer, and their importance to the character and economic strength of our community.

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