This article was modified as a guest post on Sunshine Guerrilla. The Quick List series is a faster way to see my recommendations for things to do / see / eat in a certain place.
Murfreesboro, TN has been my home for pretty much as long as I can remember (we moved here when I was 4) and in that time has gone from a somewhat sparse community to one of the nation's top 10 fastest growing cities.
A college town located in the geographic center of Tennessee, it has a vibrant history and a widely diverse population. But it's only recently that I've begun to see the opportunities for supporting local businesses and the reason's why it's important to do so. So when my friend Barbara from Sunshine Guerrilla asked me to submit a Murfreesboro edition for her Love the Local List series, I jumped at the chance.
Barbara not only encourages her readers (of which I am a proud member) to shop intentionally and with compassion, but she gives us the tools to do so, putting what I know must be hours of work into providing specific tools and solutions for those who want to shop ethically. Especially helpful is her List of All The Shopping Lists, which is a great way to quickly find her posts by topic. Plus, she's super hilarious.
Stones River National Battlefield ||| 3501 Old Nashville Hwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Trails through the forest where the Battle of Stones River took place. Lovely, local history with a splash of nature.
Cannonsburgh Village ||| 312 S Front St, Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Small replica town of early Tennessee. The office has a fun shop filled with work by local artists, too.
Batey Farms ||| 5331 Baker Rd, 3250 Wilkinson Pike, Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Strawberry picking in the spring, sunflower fields in the summer, and a corn maze in fall. They also have an On-Farm Retail Store where you can browse products from many different family farms in the area.
The Green Dragon Public House ||| 714 W Main St, Murfreesboro, TN 37129
An homage to the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Much of their food is sourced from local growers and makers, resulting in some truly original, seasonal, and delicious menu items fit for lunch or dinner, especially when paired with a cold ale. And since it's conveniently located right next to a Greenway entrance, you CAN simply walk into Mord... er, the pub.
Just Love Coffee ||| 129 MTCS Rd, Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Just Love's fairly traded coffee is clean, smooth, and rich. They maintain personal, fair relationships with their growers from all over the world. An amazing, local company that produces great coffee and makes measurable, positive change in the world.
Lemongrass ||| 220 Veterans Pkwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37128
BEST sushi in town, hands-down. I recommend ordering the "Come With Me Roll" where you let the chef get creative and design you your own unique roll.
Mayday Brewery ||| 521 Old Salem Rd, Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Deep, local brews with a patio and often live music.
Marina's on the Square ||| 125 N Maple St, Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Locally-owned Italian food. Try the Italian Sausage and Potato Soup!
The Alley on Main ||| 223 W Main St, Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Massive Meatballs. I mean, like, softball-sized.
The Avenue ||| 2615 Medical Center Pkwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37129
An outdoor mall with stores, food, and nice vibes. Altar'd State is a favorite of mine, and they've been known to work with ethical brands, too.
Outreach Thrift Store ||| 1715 S Rutherford Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37130
The best thrift store in town if you ask me.
And there you have it! Check out Sunshine Guerrilla and be amazed.
P.S. - Still wanting more local Boro gold? Try and (I like food). Plus, check out my review of Ten Thousand Villages in Nashville.