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Cross Paths With Some Wicked Cool Cats

Join us for a Cool Cat scavenger hunt and enjoy some family-friendly fun in Downtown Knoxville! Our nine clever felines are hiding in windows throughout the district—when you find one, you’ll know you’re someplace wicked cool. Take a sunny afternoon (or a ghostly good evening) and explore everything we have to offer.

Wicked Cool Cats are hiding in storefront windows now through October 31.

Here are the clues you’ll need to get rolling. If you get a bit excited when you find one of our handsome little devils, well, that’s why we have social media. Pose and post with #KnoxHalloween—we’ll be watching!

Win some Wicked Cool prizes.

Once you find a Wicked Cool Cat, scan the QR code in the window and register to win prizes (the more Cool Cats you find, the more chances to register and win). We’ll be giving away over $500 in gift cards to some of your favorite downtown businesses. Winners will be announced on social media the week of November 1.

Want a downloadable clue sheet?

Click here for clues, or for a slightly easier challenge here for clues and hot tips.

Wicked Cool Cat #1

Brunching by day and jazzing by night,
This cat can be found near the bright marquee lights.

xEnjoy a farm-to-table meal at an iconic locale—or step next door to catch a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, an American roots band, or an award-winning comedian.

xYou'll find this Wicked Cool Cat at Bistro at the Bijou — 807 S Gay Street.

Wicked Cool Cat #2

This cool cat on Union refuses to waffle:
He loves luxury bedding—plus a taste of falafel.

xCome spend a weekend downtown enjoying breathtaking rooftop views, authentic Mediterranean dining, or relaxing with a soothing foot soak.

xYou'll find this Wicked Cool Cat at Embassy Suites — 507 S Gay Street.

Wicked Cool Cat #3

Our cool cat is hoping to snag a fine dinner
Where the chef is a talented James Beard Award winner.

xYou can smell the wood fire cooking just steps from the Locust Street Garage! Come in for an elegant meal featuring the bounty of local producers.

xYou'll find this Wicked Cool Cat at J.C. Holdway — 501 Union Avenue.

Wicked Cool Cat #4

A seller of premium pet foods and supplies
Attracted this kitty like honey would flies.

xBring your most loyal companion and find squeaky toys they'll love forever!

xYou'll find this Wicked Cool Cat at Citifid-O — 429 Union Avenue.

Wicked Cool Cat #5

This sleepy cat stretches his legs on the Square—
Pay a visit and pick up a T-shirt to wear.

xKnown as Knoxville’s “scruffy little gift shop,” this popular local haunt sells a vast collection of unique treasures.

xYou'll find this Wicked Cool Cat at Earth to Old City — 22 Market Square.

Wicked Cool Cat #6

This cool cat on Gay Street is doing just dandy
And you’ll be as well with some old-fashioned candy.

xPrep for your next camping trip right here, all the way down to delicious provisions.

xYou'll find this Wicked Cool Cat at Mast General Store — 402 S Gay Street.

Wicked Cool Cat #7

This elegant kitty will win over hearts
As he keeps a close watch over Knoxville’s fine arts.

xStart your First Friday ArtWalk here each month and enjoy diverse creative exhibitions by local and regional artists.

xYou'll find this Wicked Cool Cat at Emporium Center — 100 S Gay Street.

Wicked Cool Cat #8

This cat’s in a window at a deli named after
An inquisitive pup by a cool sandwich crafter.

xStop by this Old City spot for a one-of-a-kind frankfurter with mouthwatering house-made toppings.

xYou'll find this Wicked Cool Cat at Curious Dog — 200 W Jackson Avenue.

Wicked Cool Cat #9

This curious kitty contentedly plays
At the spot where they hand-roll the food in fresh maize.

xSaunter down to this Old City lunch favorite and order a Purple Pig or a Chicken Tinga!

xYou'll find this Wicked Cool Cat at Good Golly Tamale — 112 S Central Street.



Thanks to Graphic Creations for the wicked cool printing. And to nine downtown property owners for hosting our cool cats!