Family, fr-amily, and/or the visitor train headed your way? We’ve got you! We’ve collected a handful of local businesses offering you THE BEST picks for THE BEST Thanksgiving ever. For easy reference, grab the Towny app (all of the below are on the app!). You’ll catch amazing info + deals on your favorite local businesses, PLUSH you’ll get rewarded for doing so. Shopping local really does make such a difference - you can head into the Week of Thankful with those good feels in mind!

Prepare Your Thanksgiving Feast

You can’t have a Thanksgiving Day celebration without the food for your feast. Buy meats, cheeses, and other food items from The Old Fashioned Butcher Shoppe. This full-service butcher and deli has a great selection of fresh and high-quality meats as well as prepared sides if cooking isn’t your thing. They also gladly handle special orders + catering requests, so call ahead before the holidays to have your foods ready in time for guests!

If you’re an Evansville native, you’ve probably dined in for a delicious plate of barbecue at Marx BBQ, but did you know they can serve up an entire Thanksgiving feast? If you have a huge group of mouths to feed this year or just need a break from the kitchen, let the cooks at Marx BBQ cater your meal. Order an oven-baked turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes + all of your other Thanksgiving Day favorites. Feeling adventurous? Stray from the classic turkey dinner and order Marx BBQ’s famous whole roasted pig.

After the main course, don’t forget to save room for dessert. Pick up delicious pastries like macarons or cannoli made on-site daily or grab a quart (or three!) of gelato from Pangea Kitchen. You definitely want to have a sweet end to a satisfying meal. Looking for more sweet treats? Find other local desserts on the Towny app!

Decorate Your Home With Fall Love

 Decor from Posh Artisan Marketplace

Decor from Posh Artisan Marketplace

Give your Thanksgiving table (or any area of your home) a hint of warmth + color with fall floral arrangements from Flowers and More. This autumn season, Flowers and More is selling gorgeous, earthy bouquets with beautiful touches like orange roses, maroon carnations, oak leaves, and other seasonal specialties. You won’t be stressed about decor if you stick with simple but beautiful flowers.

Prepare your home for holiday guests with creative fall decor from Posh Artisan Marketplace. From throw pillows to signs to linens and dishes, everything at Posh Artisan Marketplace is unique + special. If you go that extra mile with your home decor, the food won’t be the only thing bringing zing to your home on Thanksgiving Day.  

Make sure your pets are ready for Thanksgiving Day visitors with a trip to the salon. A Touch of Class Doggie Style Salon offers bathing, brushing, nail + paw maintenance, teeth brushing, face + ear care, flea + tick treatments, hairstyling + coloring + more! Help your pets look (and smell) their very best this holiday season!

Keep Your Guests Entertained

Grab a drink with your friends and fam at Evansville’s cozy + casual Legends Lounge. They offer daily drink specials, tasty food, and karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights. Kick back + relax after your Thanksgiving festivities with a trip to Legends, and you and your guests won’t be disappointed!

Who doesn’t love bowling? It’s the perfect family-friendly activity to keep both the young + old entertained + happy. Head over to River City Recreation to score big with a game of bowling and with your fam and friends. And, who knows, maybe in honor of the Thanksgiving season you’ll score a rare “Turkey” (three strikes in a row).

 Arcade at Walther’s Golf & Fun

Arcade at Walther’s Golf & Fun

Enjoy 36 holes of mini-golf and even more hours of games and fun at Walther's Golf & Fun. With a world-class arcade, indoor playground, laser tag + more, there’s something for everyone to have a good time. When your guests are ready to get out of the house, Walther’s Golf & Fun is there to help keep them entertained.

There’s nothing that says you can’t be feasting all week long! If you have guests visiting from out of town, you’ll definitely want to take them to dine at The Dapper Pig – a jewel of a restaurant in the old historic district of Evansville. Their unique menu of dishes features locally-sourced ingredients in a farm-to-table experience. Get your fill of delicious eats and enjoy the eclectic setting in this restaurant known for its handmade chandeliers + thousands of pig figurines.

Keep the night owls happy with a visit to Lamasco’s Bar & Grill – a late-night bar + restaurant with live music + entertainment. Thanksgiving weekend you can catch The Cash Box Kings and Aaron Kamm and the One Drops performing live blues originals. Grab a signature cocktail, some fried pickles (hand-breaded in house!) + grab a seat at Lamasco’s for a remarkable night.

Want to entertain your visitors with the sweet sound of music? Once the food has been eaten + the table’s been cleared, get cozy and settle down with some tunes. Abba’s Music sells the instruments you need whether you want to play a calming medley on the violin or start up a sing-a-long with guitar tunes. Abba’s has a wonderful selection and their educated + helpful staff to help you find exactly the instrument you want.

When the Festivities Are Over

If you ate a few more calories than usual this Thanksgiving, don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Work off those extra pounds with a class or two at Pure Barre Evansville. No, you don’t have to be a ballerina to work out at the barre. Simply come with a positive attitude ready to tone + sculpt those muscles. Classes are held at various times throughout the day and vary based on experience level. Call ahead to book your class and get ready to get back in pre-Thanksgiving day shape.

Spent too much time lounging around on your Thanksgiving break? Get straightened out with chiropractic services from West Side Chiropractic. This facility works with patients of all ages and provides services such as massage therapy, spinal adjustment + other state-of-the-art procedures. You’ll be beyond thankful for how good you feel after a visit!

Large gatherings with lots of food can sometimes attract a trail of little critters in your home (and no, we’re not talking about your kids). Make sure your space is protected from bugs + pests with the help of McMahon Exterminating. Their treatments are pet safe, so no need to worry about Fluffy or Fido being harmed. Schedule a service, inspection, or total extermination ahead of your guests’ arrival or right after they leave.

You can find ALL of these local Evansville businesses (and MORE!) on Towny. When you download Towny, you’re contributing to a robust Evansville economy, supporting your neighbors’ dreams, AND getting rewarded for doing so. Choose local and give thanks!