More than a district
Life by design
The Douglas Design District features more than 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 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. 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 that are located within the Douglas Design District boundaries.
first and final fridays
First Friday highlights local performing artists (musicians an comedians, for example) 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 across 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 and 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 features 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 a 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. The district is home to American, Asian, 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 something to do? Once you're in the Douglas Design District, you don't have to look far! 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.
Riverfest reveals Wichita flag-inspired artwork for ‘Party in ICT’
By DENISE NEIL, Wichita Eagle
Wichita Riverfest season started Friday with a “Party in ICT,” which also happens to be the theme of this year’s 45th annual event.View Full Article
Douglas ave streetscaping
Wichita Planning Department
The Plan contains a vision statement and goal that describe what a transformed, revitalized, vibrant and attractive East Douglas Avenue should look like in the year 2020.View Full Article
Spring is right around the corner!
2nd Saturday Artisan Markets to resume
Details still to come but let's just go ahead and say, it's going to be AMAZING! Best local shopping #madeinICT with a killer live music lineup and food trucks to boot!View Full Article
Avenue art days are returning this spring
PLEASE HELP MAKE THIS EVENT POSSIBLE BY DONATING TO OUR FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN!
On Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th volunteers, artists and community members will canvas our district along Douglas Avenue from Hydraulic Avenue to Grove Street with colorful art and design. Followed by a Pathway to Peace community chalk walk and mural reveal, Sunday, May 1st, at East High School with food trucks, yard games and more!View Full Article