Exclusive shopping, services and dining deals are available at more than 40 small businesses throughout four downtown Wichita districts the second Saturday of each month.
2nd Saturday has become one of the most popular weekend events in Wichita and supports the shop local movement by offering discounts at participating businesses in the Douglas Design District, Downtown Wichita, Old Town and Historic Delano areas. Purchase a recycled, reusable 2nd Saturday shopping bag or keycard for $5 to receive the discounts.
This month, for example, Bungalow 26 boutique is offering 15 percent off your entire purchase, Lucinda’s has 25 percent off the lowest marked price on clearance items, Pure Salon and Spa offers $5 off an essential pedicure and the gift shops at Wichita Art Museum and Botanica Wichita are offering discounts. Food and drink discounts range from 10 percent off your entire bill at Doo Dah Diner or The Anchor (excluding alcohol) to 15 percent off everything you can fit in the bag at Reverie Coffee Roasters and The Spice Merchant. Check 2ndsatict.com monthly to see where you can save!
The participating districts are within easy driving distance of one another and offer convenient parking, though the free Q-Line trolley covers all four districts for those who don’t want to drive.
2nd Saturday in Wichita also features an outdoor artisan market April through November. When Janelle King opened a physical space as the base for her interior design business and custom sewing workroom in 2013, she had extra room at the front of the building she leased. She didn’t want to spend money to purchase inventory so she invited local artists to sell their goods there on a consignment basis. Soon, the relationships she built with the artists led to her organizing a local artisan market in the parking lot of her business, The Workroom, 150 N. Cleveland.
The monthly markets feature vendor booths, food trucks and live music. King says the events give artisans a great marketing opportunity and offer a family-friendly experience. “It’s about creating an experience, a culture, an environment of people who are all coming out to celebrate Wichita and what makes it cool,” she said.