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. 

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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.

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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.

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Second Saturday

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).

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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.

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Area

Attractions

 
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downtown districts

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.

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hotels

Charming and unique hotels and accommodations are available in the beautiful downtown area of Wichita, surrounded by the Douglas Design District.

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museums

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.

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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.

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entertainment

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.

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    “The transformational ideas and concepts presented in the draft Douglas Design District Streetscape Design and Implementation Plan are very exciting, and reflect a successful collaboration of private and public interests.”

    — Former Mayor Carl Brewer

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    “Get ready to see big changes on Douglas. Members of the Douglas Design District have an amazing vision for this area. They're embarking on a plan in partnership with the City of Wichita that will transform the area. I'm thrilled to be a part of it.”

    — Lavonta Williams, Wichita City Council member

Current

Events

 
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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.

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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.

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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!

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Avenue art days are returning this spring

Coming soon...

Avenue Art Days is a new Douglas Design District initiative to revitalize our unique and beautiful district.

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