Downtown Thomasville is always bustling during the day, but around five o'clock everything dies down. However, Thursdays in December, downtown stores and restaurants will have their doors open until 8 p.m.
Kathy Murphy, owner of Kathy's, says, "I think it's gonna be great because a lot of people are unable to shop with us because we lose at 5:30 some people 6, some even at 5, and it's gonna give them an opportunity to be shopping with us and we're excited about that."
The extended downtown hours not only let shoppers make those holiday purchases, but also sit down, relax, and grab a bite to eat.
Mickie Ivey, a resident, says, "I think it's a wonderful idea for the people that work during the day. It gives them a chance to shop and have a quick meal and go on and do their Christmas shopping."
Business owners say these extra hours mean more customers and more money.
Ben Golden, owner of Savannah Moon, says, "Economically it's a good thing anytime we can stay open longer and get people down here."
Diane Lawson, a resident, adds, "I love downtown Thomasville and I like to support everything they do."
Business owners hope patrons like Diane come out and support them so that Thursdays in December in downtown will become a tradition.
Business owners say they are looking forward to next Thursday, which is Victorian Christmas.