Works of art, bath and body products, clothing, jewelry, home décor and Wichita souvenirs are among the many items you can shop for within close proximity to downtown Wichita’s INTRUST Bank Arena.
If you’re at the arena for a concert or a sporting event like the 2022 regional rounds of the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship, you can explore many of Wichita’s one-of-a-kind shopping venues by foot, Q-Line downtown transportation, Bike Share ICT, electric scooter or a short drive with plenty of free parking.
Here is a taste of unique shopping destinations you’ll find in the areas around INTRUST Bank Arena.
Among the corporate offices in Wichita’s downtown, you’ll find a collection of shops and galleries, including these:
- Urban Interiors bring you unique furniture, art, lighting, gifts and home décor. The shop is on the ground level of Eaton Place, a former hotel turned downtown living. Owner Cheris Coggins’ motto is “live with what you love” and she stocks unique furniture that is fully customizable so that each piece can reflect a shopper’s personality. You’ll also find Wichita-themed merchandise at a variety of price points.
- When you visit the Cocoa Dolce Chocolates downtown location, it’s like a front-row seat to a chocolate factory. Just beyond the retail space and the sweet lounge is a wall of floor to ceiling windows that provide a peek into the production kitchen responsible for making 10,000 pounds of chocolate treats every year. There are cases of beautiful pastries, gelato and a menu of wine, coffee, hot chocolate and other inventive beverages, many of which feature chocolate. Pastry chefs also make macarons, muffins, scones, brownies, cookies and individual cheesecakes.
- Calling all sweet tooths! Find out why Food Network's Alton Brown called the Nifty Nut House “a national treasure” and enjoy a few samples while exploring the shelves and bins filled with 4,500 classic and modern candies, nuts and snacks.
- Jenny Dawn Cellars is a local, urban winery that has received numerous awards for its unique flavors. The winery crafts 14 different wines on-site, working with grapes and juices from growers in Kansas and California. Enjoy a glass at the winery or purchase a bottle to take with you.
Old Town District
Old Town has more than 100 businesses in its converted brick warehouses dating back to the late 1800s. Walk along the brick-lined streets dotted with historic lampposts for a fun collection of shops, restaurants, clubs, theaters, galleries and museums. Among the shops there:
- At Lucinda’s, you’ll find an incredible selection of cheeky, off-the-wall gifts, distinctive clothing and shoes, gorgeous jewelry and unique accessories for you and your home. The shop provides a quirky mix of clever things you will want to take home. Additionally, it’s a great place to find Wichita souvenirs and items sporting the Wichita Flag.
- Find high-quality men’s essentials—clothing, accessories and other items guys like—at a variety of price points at Standard Issue Co. This shop is also known to carry a variety of quality men’s grooming products.
- Uniquities Home takes pride in the unique items inside its beautifully decorated doors. It’s a home décor and gift store, specializing in architectural salvaged elements, as well as antiques, re-purposed goods and gift items from around the world.
Historic Delano District is an eclectic shopping district west of the river in downtown Wichita. Among the shops there:
- Hatman Jack’s is one of the few full-service hatters left in the country and is THE place to get fitted in the perfect hat, from a top hat to a 10-gallon Stetson.
- Find unexpected and eclectic goods, Wichita-centric items, home accessories and beauty products at Bungalow 26. Many of the selfcare items, such as soaking salts and hand sanitizer, are handmade by the shop’s owner, Kelsey Metzinger. She makes many of the candles and fragrances and also a line of all-natural men’s grooming products.
- The Health Connection is an alternative medicine and holistic healing store, carrying a variety of CBD products and health and wellness items. You will also find a great selection of Wichita souvenirs like coffee mugs, local artwork, clothing and more.
- Find art and design-focused retail gift shop offering curated items produced by independent Wichita artists at Vortex Souvenir.
Douglas Design District
The Douglas Design District is a 3-mile stretch of authenticity, with more than 300 locally owned businesses with an emphasis on design. Among the shops there:
- The Workroom is one of the top places to pick up Wichita-centric goods, including merchandise featuring the city’s flag, including T-shirts, coffee mugs, pint glasses, bumper stickers and more. There’s also a wide selection of local art, artisan accessories and a sewing room for home textiles including custom drapery, bedding, pillows, headboards and ottomans.
- The Spice Merchant is Wichita’s original gourmet coffee roaster. The family-owned business offers hundreds of choices in coffee, teas, spices and specialty foods. You’ll also find kitchen accessories, greeting cards and Wichita-themed merchandise.
- Treat yourself to a pair of handmade shoes at Aida Stenholm. Each pair in this local shop is designed and hand sewn. In addition to custom shoes, Aida also crafts bags, accessories and more.
- Kernel’s Popcorn Express is a unique shop that offers more than 30 flavors of gourmet popcorn, including apple pie, birthday cake, garlic parmesan and “Zombie Korn.” Kernel’s also has traditional flavors too.
In addition to local stores and districts to go shopping, there are also many art galleries and museums near INTRUST Bank Arena to find unique goods. One such gallery, DOCK 410, is located just 100 yards south of the arena at the entrance to the Commerce Street Art & Design District.
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