Supporting small businesses has never been easier or more fun for shoppers than what four Wichita neighborhoods have planned for Saturday, Nov. 25. Douglas Design District, Downtown Wichita, Old Town Wichita and Historic Delano are joining forces to give shoppers a entertaining experience for 2017’s Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday is an annual event created in 2010 by credit card company American Express. The day is sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday and has become its own annual holiday shopping tradition. It’s a great day to support your favorite places and to explore new ones, many selling products made in Wichita.

The four collaborating districts have Douglas Avenue in common, and they are encouraging folks to ride the free Q-Line trolley and enjoy a day of sales, specials, gift basket giveaways, gift guides and more. To read about a sampling of the one-of-a-kind shopping venues in these areas, read this blog post about Wichita shopping districts.

Anyone who posts to social media using the hashtag #shopsmallict as they shop will be eligible to win gift baskets filled with goodies from local businesses. To find out more about what individual businesses are doing in these four districts, watch the Facebook event page for details.

The districts are also using Small Business Saturday to ask the community for toy donations to support this year’s Totally Free Toy Giveaway for families in need of gifts for children. There are four collection boxes along Douglas Avenue where you can donate new or gently used toys for boys and girls 12 years old and younger: Skin Essentials, Zen Fitness, Salon Teased and Healing Hands Family Chiropractic.

Throughout Wichita, many of the small, local businesses that make Wichita a regional shopping destination will offer treats, discounts or special merchandise on Small Business Saturday – check Facebook pages and websites for details. From brewery swag to jewelry, art, home décor, books, clothing, hats, bath and body products, wine and spirits, flowers, chocolates, candy or specialty foods, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Wichita. Search for retail shops by category on our website.

Experience a fun day of shopping with your friends and family and support local businesses in Wichita!