More than a district
Life by design
The Douglas Design District has over 300 locally owned businesses with an emphasis on design. We are pixelated, printed, fashioned, staged and thinking ahead. We are epicurean delights, theater, architects, interior designers, historic renovators and bred to be entrepreneurs. We are the youngest sibling in the Wichita family and have been given all the blueprints. Nobody saw us coming.
The Douglas Design District is a 3-mile stretch of authenticity, steeped in old-time tradition and on the upside of the hill. We are full to the brim with electricity and we know our neighbors. The spark lives here.
Sponsor a banner
Your firm's name can be printed on as many as three banners. The banners will be displayed for up to two years. The area for display is from Washington to Oliver on existing poles on both sides of the street in the appropriate business areas. Sponsorship of banners is limited to businesses who are located within the Douglas Design District boundaries.
first and final fridays
First Friday highlights local performing artists (musicians, comedians) in restaurants and bars throughout Wichita, all with a goal to see a vibrant local music scene.
Final Friday happens the last Friday of each month, and art galleries, museums, restaurants and retail shops around Wichita stay open late and welcome visitors.
Simply purchase a reusable 2nd Saturday shopping bag (available at all participants) for $5 and receive discounts at any of the 2nd Saturday merchants in Delano, Old Town, Downtown & Douglas Design District. Each and every month on the 2nd Saturday just present your 2nd Saturday shopping bag and save money. (Specials and discounts vary by participant and by month).
2015 readers' choice
Businesses in the Douglas Design District once again top the list in the Wichita Eagle Readers' Choice Award with winners or favorites in 33 categories!
Wichita Eagle Readers' Choice is a compilation of the Winners and Favorite Businesses brought to you by the readers of The Wichita Eagle and Kansas.com.
The Douglas Design District has over 300 locally owned businesses on a three mile stretch of authenticity,
steeped in old-time tradition and on the upside of the hill.
We are full to the brim with electricity and we know our neighbors.
Delano • Downtown • Oldtown
The Douglas Design District is one of many exciting districts located throughout the the heart of Wichita. Each features its own unique flavor and wide variety of venues.
Charming and unique hotels and accommodations are available in the beautiful downtown area of Wichita, surrounded by the Douglas Design District.
Wichita and the area surrounding the Douglas Design District is brimming with cultural activities, museums and galleries. The Museums on the River include the Wichita Art Museum, Old Cowtown Museum, Exploration Place, Mid-America All Indian Museum and more.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
The Douglas Design District, Oldtown and Historic Delano are experiencing a food renaissance. Restaurant options abound. Home to American and Asian, to Mediterranean and Mexican fare, with other ethnic options just around the corner. Fresh baked goods, homemade confections, plus a variety of cafés, delis and restaurants tempt the taste buds with a wonderful selection of delectable foods and treats.
Looking for things to do? Once you're in the Douglas Design District you don't have to look far! The new Intrust Bank Arena just minutes from DDD brings you first class concerts and sporting events. Music Theatre of Wichita, Crown Uptown, Cabaret Oldtown and Mosley Street Melodrama are just a few more of the entertainment offerings within minutes of the Douglas Design District.
‘Sharing economy’ businesses becoming more popular
By Bryan Horwath, Wichita Eagle
Shift in commerce depends more on people-to-people transactions than business-to-consumer transactions.View Full Article
Wichita set for Small Business Saturday
By Bryan Horwath, Wichita Eagle
More than 50 Wichita area businesses have signed up to participate in Small Business Saturday. “We certainly appreciate the concept of having a day for small businesses,” Al's Old & New Book Store owner Anita Siemer said. “It’s a good idea to help out smaller Mom-and-Pop businesses like us.”View Full Article
Artists complete work on Douglas Design District mural series
By Emily Behlmann, Wichita Business Journal
The fourth and final piece in a Douglas Design District mural series was unveiled during the weekend.View Full Article
Gift guide: Stuff stockings with ‘Wichitawesome’ shirts, flags, mugs
By Denise Neil, Wichita Eagle
Local shops starting to carry expanded lines of Wichita gear and are ready for your holiday business. View Full Article