“Shop Local Thursdays” continues tonight in downtown Knoxville. Businesses on the square and the surrounding area will be open extended hours through the holiday season to accommodate for those unable to shop during regular hours. Leta Burke with Candi’s Flowers says that it’s an initiative to encourage shopping locally.

“We’ve been meeting with some of the local retailers and business people and coming up with some ways that we can respond to some community feedback that we’ve received. Some of the feedback that we’ve received is ‘You’re not open when I’m in town.’ And we do have a lot of commuters. So during the Christmas season, we’re going to give it a try, we’re going to stay open for extended hours on Thursday nights, and we’ll have something fun to do each week.”

This week’s theme is “Turkey Scavenger Hunt.”