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"An art gallery in an alley? It’s coming to downtown Wichita" 04/25/17 Wichita Eagle


A new art gallery is coming to downtown Wichita, and it has only two walls.  read more >>

"Paul McCartney to play in Wichita" 04/25/17 Wichita Eagle


Former Beatle Paul McCartney is coming to Wichita.  read more >>

"City council approves Cargill IRBs" 04/18/17 Wichita Business Journal


The Wichita City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a letter of intent for the issuance of up to $60 million in industrial revenue bonds.  read more >>

"Arena improvements have begun" 04/18/17 Wichita Business Journal


A project to renovate and expand the north entrance of Intrust Bank Arena is underway.  read more >>

"Union Station restaurant closing to retool, complete addition" 04/12/17 Wichita Eagle


It’s been almost a year since Mumbai Rail Indian Bistro opened in the newly renovated Union Station project in downtown Wichita.  read more >>

"She’s leading Douglas beautification project but has bigger plans" 04/10/17 Wichita Eagle


What do you get when you cross a gardener with the best Rolodex in the city?  read more >>

"Has Commerce Street become too cool for its own good?" 04/08/17 Wichita Eagle

It was a brisk night at a recent Final Friday gallery crawl, the air filled with myriad smells from an assortment of food trucks.  read more >>

"Technology company buys Central Business District property" 04/03/17 Wichita Business Journal


Choose Networks Inc. is moving to a larger building for the second time in five years.  read more >>

"Season of change for local farmers markets, which open Saturday" 03/30/17 Wichita Eagle


The Old Town Farmers Market will return for the season on Saturday.  read more >>

"Ruffin: Big changes coming for Wichita's signature downtown hotel" 03/29/17 Wichita Business Journal

Chris Ruffin has a plan to make the family's latest asset, the downtown Hyatt Regency, into a Wichita destination.  read more >>

"Former state lawmaker plans to open downtown grocery" 03-29-17 Wichita Eagle


If everything comes together in time, former state Rep. Phil Hermanson says, he’ll open a downtown grocery store in time for the Wichita River Festival.  read more >>

"Artwork removed from Eagle building" 03/28/17 Wichita Eagle

Four pieces of Eagle history were removed Tuesday from The Wichita Eagle building.  read more >>

"City sets hearing for river STAR bond plan" 03/21/17 Wichita Business Journal


The Wichita City Council on Tuesday set a public hearing for consideration of the Arkansas River STAR bond project plan.  read more >>

"Downtown’s Kaufman Building has new owners" 03/21/17 Wichita Eagle


Banker Clark Bastian and his wife, Sharon, have purchased the Kaufman Building at 212 S. Market.  read more >>

"City of Wichita installs spinning globe of fun in downtown park" 03/17/17 Wichita Eagle


All of a sudden, it just popped up – right there in the ICT Pop-Up Urban Park.  read more >>

"Business expansions push downtown buildings to capacity" 03/10/17 Wichita Business Journal


The new downtown office space for King of Freight is expected to be ready next month.  read more >>

"SHS modifies leadership structure" 03/09/17 Wichita Business Journal



Wichita’s largest advertising agency is making changes to its leadership team.  read more >>

"Owner plans to return Old Town sports bar to its former splendor" 03/03/17 Wichita Eagle

It’s been almost a year and a half since the Gates family sold Heroes Sports Bar & Grill, one of the city’s longest-running Old Town hotspots.  read more >>

"Wichita expands downtown projects list as NCAA Tournament prep intensifies" 03/03/17 Wichita Business Journal


The city of Wichita has a vested interest in ensuring the city is successful as a host site for the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.  read more >>

"New tenant for 125 N. Market" 02/28/17 Wichita Business Journal


Keene Insight Financial Strategies now has a downtown Wichita address.  read more >>

"Fate of Century II still undecided" 02/24/17 Wichita Eagle


The future of one of Wichita’s most beloved – yet slowly aging – buildings is still in flux.  read more >>

"Arkansas River is connecting theme in much of Wichita development" 02/24/17 Wichita Eagle


The pace of changes and improvements in downtown Wichita is staggering, even to Jeff Fluhr.  read more >>

"Method Productions moves, expands in Old Town" 02/16/17 Wichita Eagle


The partners at Method Productions are expanding and formalizing a few things they offer.  read more >>

"Uniquities to expand in Old Town" 02/16/17 Wichita Eagle


In the little more than a year since Uniquities opened in Old Town, the shop has grown so much in popularity.  read more >>

"Event Elements to move downtown, add Brick & Mortar, Wichita’s Event Venue" 02/13/17 Wichita Eagle

When Event Elements, Wichita Event Rentals owners Brandy and Jesse Zogleman first considered buying the longtime Cowie Electric building downtown, they wanted it to be an office for their business along with a warehouse and showroom for the party items they rent and sell.  read more >>

"New occupational therapy practice opens downtown" 02/07/17 Wichita Eagle

Thirty years after becoming an occupational therapist, Melissa Smith has decided to go into business for herself.  read more >>

"Van Gogh murals, ‘giant speed bumps’ coming to Old Town" 02/07/17 Wichita Eagle


Van Gogh murals and “giant speed bumps” will highlight a $3.5 million plan to make Old Town prettier and safer.  read more >>

"Landmark ramping up marketing of commercial space at The Douglas" 02/06/17 Wichita Business Journal


The opening of The Douglas apartment complex brings with it new opportunities for ground-floor commercial leasing.  read more >>

"PEC beginning large renovation of field services campus" 02/03/17 Wichita Business Journal


Wichita’s largest engineering firm is adding another project to its growing list of facilities improvements.  read more >>

"Contractor selected for WSU Old Town project" 01/30/17 Wichita Business Journal


Add another to the growing list of downtown Wichita projects for Key Construction Inc.  read more >>

"Cargill tabs two firms to build downtown HQ" 01/27/17 Wichita Business Journal


Builders from Minneapolis and Wichita have been selected to team up on the build of Cargill Protein's new $60 million headquarters.  read more >>

"New downtown Wichita construction is according to plan" 01/27/17 Wichita Business Journal


Wichita’s new downtown will have its own look — open, functional, economical, practical.  read more >>

"Second phase of downtown apartment complex opening ahead of schedule" 01/20/17 Wichita Business Journal


Another 174 apartment units are about to be added to downtown Wichita.  read more >>

"Mead’s Corner refocusing on Wichita’s music scene" 01/19/17 Wichita Eagle


Mead’s Corner is looking to recapture the energy it had when it opened in October 2008.  read more >>

"Construction underway on downtown hotel" 01/18/17 Wichita Business Journal


Construction has started on a $14 million project to convert the former Commerce Plaza building to a Hilton Garden Inn hotel.  read more >>

"Confluence Community Center to open in Commerce Arts District" 01/16/17 Wichita Eagle


The orange couch has found a new home.  read more >>

"Customers worry that favorite diner will be torn down with The Eagle" 01/10/17 Wichita Eagle


By now, most people know that The Wichita Eagle building is not long for this world.  read more >>

"WSU Old Town expansion moves forward" 01/06/17 Wichita Business Journal


With Airbus Americas Engineering no longer a tenant, plans for WSU Old Town are moving ahead.  read more >>

"‘Sexy city cowgirl’ arrives at Eaton Place" 01/05/17 Wichita Eagle


Urban Interiors by Farmhouse 5 is now open in 2,300 square feet at Eaton Place.  read more >>

"SHS remodeling Old Town office" 01/05/17 Wichita Business Journal


Advertising agency Sullivan Higdon & Sink has re-upped its commitment to Old Town with a 10-year renewal of its lease at 255 N. Mead.  read more >>

"Wichita Eagle signs deal for new downtown headquarters" 1/3/17 Wichita Eagle


The Wichita Eagle on Tuesday inked a deal for new headquarters in Old Town Square.  read more >>

"City puts $14 million from Hyatt sale to streets and transit" 12/20/16 Wichita Eagle

With $20 million on hand from the sale of the Hyatt Regency Wichita hotel, the City Council voted Tuesday to put $10 million into fixing neighborhood streets and $4 million into public transit.  read more >>

"Events and conventions drove nearly $50 million Wichita economic impact in 2016" 12/19/16 Wichita Business Journal


Events, meetings and conventions were big business for Wichita in 2016, driving what the city says was a $48.4 million local economic impact during the year.  read more >>

"County to bid arena improvements in early 2017" 12/19/16 Wichita Business Journal


A project to renovate and expand the north entrance of Intrust Bank Arena is expected to be sent out for contractor bids early next year.  read more >>

"520Commerce lofts open in Commerce Arts District" 12/16/16 Wichita Eagle


The new 520Commerce lofts have opened in the Commerce Arts District, and the first seven of 24 units have been leased.  read more >>

"Popular Old Town bar to close later this month" 12/12/16 Wichita Eagle


With what he says is a great deal of ambivalence, Melad Stephan is going to close his Oeno Wine Bar.  read more >>

"Winning in Wichita" 12/02/16 Wichita Business Journal


Cargill Inc.’s decision to keep its protein group business in Wichita was one of the biggest economic development wins in recent memory for the Air Capital.  read more >>

"Cargill unveils plans for $60 million headquarters" 12/01/16 Wichita Business Journal


Cargill and city of Wichita officials rolled out plans Thursday morning for a $60 million protein headquarters at 825 E. Douglas.  read more >>

"Wichita and the mid-tier opportunity market" 12/01/16 Wichita Business Journal


Wichita got a first look at a big new addition to downtown.  read more >>


"Emerson Biggin’s east, new downtown brewery all in the works" 11/28/16 Wichita Eagle

Erica Lopez-Davis and her father/business partner Luis Lopez have so many restaurant deals working at the moment, they can barely keep them all straight.  read more >>

"A conversation with Andrew Nave of Greater Wichita Partnership" 11/17/16 Wichita Eagle


Andrew Nave’s father used to joke that his son’s career revolved around trash.  read more >>

"Cargill has potential buyer for downtown headquarters" 11/17/16 Wichita Eagle


As Cargill proceeds with plans to move out of its downtown headquarters, another company is making plans to move in.  read more >>

"Partnership shows progress in its first year" 11/16/16 Wichita Eagle


The Greater Wichita Partnership celebrated its one-year anniversary last week.  read more >>

"Wichita woman plans to open downtown winery" 11/16/16 Wichita Eagle


If all goes as planned in Jennifer McDonald’s incredibly detailed business plan, downtown Wichita will have a winery by 2018.  read more >>

"‘Sexy city cowgirl’ furniture, home decor coming to Eaton Place" 10/24/16 Wichita Eagle


Wichita fans of Anthony’s Farmhouse 5 who aren’t fans of the hour it takes to get there will be happy with Cheris Coggins’ news.  read more >>

"The Eagle is here to stay in Wichita" 10/21/16 Wichita Eagle


I was on the sidewalk in front of our office on East Douglas a few weeks ago when a woman told me this about The Wichita Eagle: “Oh, I didn’t think you were here anymore.”  read more >>

"Work close to starting at Henry’s, but is it for The Eagle?" 10/21/16 Wichita Eagle

There’s new construction fencing around the former Henry’s department store building.  read more >>

"Cargill: Setting architectural standards" 10/21/16 Wichita Business Journal


Cargill Protein Solutions’ new building at 825 E. Douglas promises to be an icon.  read more >>

"e2e Accelerator receives key IRS designation" 10/20/16 Wichita Business Journal


The Internal Revenue Service has approved the e2e Accelerator Inc. a nonprofit organization.  read more >>

"It’s a tenants market for Wichita office space" 10/20/16 Wichita Business Journal


From Cargill moving to a new headquarters building in Old Town, to Hinkle Law Firm moving from the Epic Center to its new building at the Waterfront, a glut of new office space will be coming online in downtown Wichita.  read more >>

"Intrust Bank enters next phase of downtown headquarters renovation" 10/18/16 Wichita Business Journal


Intrust Bank has been a long-time fixture in downtown Wichita. And bank leaders want to ensure the organization remains a key piece of the city center for years to come.  read more >>

"CML Collective opens in e2e incubator space" 10/17/16 Wichita Business Journal


The incubator portion of the e2e Accelerator has its second tenant.  read more >>

"Public can weigh in on competing Delano projects Wednesday"  10/18/16 Wichita Eagle

The four developers bidding to develop a key site in Delano are down to two, and the public can weigh in on which they prefer.  read more >>

"Wichita helping turn ‘eyesore’ parking garage into terrace apartments" 10/18/16 Wichita Eagle

The Wichita City Council took action Tuesday to help convert a dilapidated parking garage.  read more >>

"10 Minutes With... Andrew Nave, Greater Wichita Partnership" 10/12/16 Wichita Business Journal


Andrew Nave has been in the economic development game in Kansas for more than a decade.  read more >>

"New guy seeks to change the impression of out-of-town developers" 10/12/16 Wichita Eagle



One of the first things newly arrived downtown developer Glenn Ferguson wants everyone to know: He’s not one of the “Minnesota Guys.”  read more >>

"Downtown apartment complex to be expanded again" 10/11/16 Wichita Business Journal


The Flats 324 apartment complex is ready for another expansion.  read more >>

"Cargill to sell existing main street headquarters" 10/07/16 Wichita Business Journal


Cargill occupies about 146,000 square feet of space at 151 N. Main.  read more >>

"Cargill: Turning Douglas into the fulcrum of downtown" 10/07/16 Wichita Business Journal


On the surface, the big news came in May, when Cargill announced it would turn down lucrative financial incentives from other communities to keep its 800 jobs in Wichita.  read more >>

"Market Centre contents to be auctioned this week" 10/04/16 Wichita Eagle


Auctioneer Bud Palmer has auctioned the contents of the Market Centre so many times, he doesn’t remember the exact number.  read more >>

"Longwell on Cargill: 'We're not done yet'" 09/30/16 Wichita Business Journal


Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell was all smiles Friday afternoon.  read more >>

"First phase of The Douglas apartments opens Saturday" 09/30/16 Wichita Business Journal


Sixty-six new apartments are being added to the downtown Wichita.  read more >>

"Cargill selects site for new Wichita headquarters" 09/30/16 Wichita Eagle


After a much-discussed selection process, Cargill has chosen the Wichita Eagle site at 825 E. Douglas for its future Wichita headquarters.  read more >>

"Burger eaters’ delight: Beef and beer star in two weekend fundraisers" 09/29/16 Wichita Eagle


It’s a good weekend to be a burger eater in Wichita.  read more >>

"Flip’N Toss to begin manufacturing and open first store" 09/23/16 Wichita Eagle


Jarrod Nolan isn’t just playing games. 

"Lots to do Friday on Douglas, including at The Eagle" 09/23/16 Wichita Eagle


Wichita will join cities around the world Friday in an annual event called PARK(ing) Day.  read more >>

"Wichita garage among Kansas properties to be added to National Register" 09/21/16 Wichita Eagle


An Ellis County dairy farm, a mid-century Wichita parking garage and a segment of the Santa Fe Trail are among eight historic properties nominated for the National Register of Historic Places.  read more >>

"Greater Wichita Partnership hires VP of economic development" 09/21/16 Wichita Business Journal


The Greater Wichita Partnership has hired Andrew Nave as its executive vice president of economic development.  read more >>

"Ruffin sees Hyatt purchase as an investment in downtown Wichita" 09/21/16 Wichita Business Journal

Phil Ruffin is keeping the Hyatt Regency brand in Wichita.  read more >>

"New Old Town venue officially opens this weekend" 09/21/16 Wichita Eagle


There have been a few preliminary events in the new Distillery 244 Old Town.  read more >>

"Get outside for lunch downtown and catch a free concert" 09/07/16 Wichita Eagle


Starting with a performance by Gooding today, the free lunchtime Carnegie Concert Series in downtown’s Heritage Square returns for a second season. read more >>

"Crews completing construction on Pinnacle Lofts & Apartments" 09/07/16 Wichita Business


Construction on the Pinnacle Lofts & Apartments near downtown Wichita should wrap up this week.  read more >>

"City sets sights on future with Hyatt sale looming" 09/07/16 Wichita Business Journal


Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell is about to fulfill one of his top priorities.  read more >>

"City authorizes improvement district for downtown Hilton Garden Inn" 09/06/16 Wichita Business Journal


The Wichita City Council has given the go-ahead to create a community improvement district.  read more >>

"Construction on River Vista apartments starting with site work done" 09/02/16 Wichita Business Journal


The long-awaited project to construct the River Vista apartments on the west bank of the Arkansas River will soon be vertical.  read more >>

"Work under way on another Burk Old Town project" 09/02/16 Wichita Business Journal


Work has started on another one of Dave Burk’s Old Town building conversions.  read more >>

"River City iRepair to open downtown" 08/31/16 Wichita Eagle


The impetus for 23-year-old TJ James’ new River City iRepair first came when he was a child, but it wasn’t because he longed to be an entrepreneur.  read more >>

"New managers harvesting fresh ideas for Old Town Farmers Market" 08/31/16 Wichita Eagle

The Old Town Farmers Market is getting new managers, who say they hope to give it a younger vibe and fill it with more farmers.  read more >>

"Report: Nearly $120 million spent on downtown Wichita renovation last year" 08/30/16 Wichita Eagle


Downtown redevelopment had an especially good year in 2015, according to a new State of Downtown Report from the Wichita Downtown Development Corp.  read more >>

"Ten Minutes With... Jason Gregory, Wichita Downtown Development Corp." 08/25/16 Wichita Business Journal


Jason Gregory, executive vice president of the Wichita Downtown Development Corp., says there is plenty to be excited about in the city’s core.  read more >>

"WAMPO relocating to former IRS building" 08/25/16 Wichita Business Journal


The Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization will move to a new location next month.  read more >>

"Commissioners weigh $2 million request from Intrust Bank Arena" 08/24/16 Wichita Eagle


Sedgwick County commissioners weighed in with mixed opinions Wednesday on Intrust Bank Arena’s $2 million request to upgrade its northern entrance.  read more >>

"New proposals to make Old Town safer, cut excess police calls" 08/23/16 Wichita Eagle


Wichita police and the city attorney’s office are proposing new rules to expand an ongoing crime crackdown in Old Town.  read more >>

"Telemedicine company selects 125 N. Market for headquarters" 08/22/16 Wichita Business Journal


Vigilias Telehealth is establishing its corporate headquarters in the 125 N. Market office building downtown.  read more >>

"Intrust Bank Arena wants $2 million for ‘fairly significant change’" 08/22/16 Wichita Eagle


Intrust Bank Arena’s entrance closest to Old Town could get an upgrade before the arena hosts March Madness in 2018.  read more >>

"Wells Fargo Advisors considering selling building" 08/16/16 Wichita Eagle


Wells Fargo Advisors is considering selling its building at 300 S. Main.  read more >>


"Wichita may have new hotel for March Madness" 08/16/16 Wichita Eagle

Developers are seeking the city of Wichita’s help to convert the Commerce Plaza building downtown into a Hilton hotel.  read more >>

"New downtown Wichita brewery will open in about a week" 08/11/16 Wichita Eagle


Another local brewery is about a week away from opening its doors, and this one is in downtown Wichita.  read more >>

"High Touch Technologies buys Sterling Building" 08/08/16 Wichita Eagle


High Touch Technologies is buying the neighboring Sterling Building from attorney George Bruce.  read more >>

"New parking restrictions take effect this weekend in Old Town" 08/05/16 Wichita Eagle


New restrictions designed to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety on Old Town’s busiest nights go into effect this weekend.  read more >>

"GWP busy in its first eco devo year" 08/04/16 Wichita Business Journal


The Greater Wichita Partnership’s first year wasn’t a do-nothing year.  read more >>

"Young Wichita entrepreneurs proving these aren’t your average jeans" 08/04/16 Wichita Eagle


Two 24-year-old Wichitans who have been making high-end, custom jeans in a basement are preparing to open their first storefront at Douglas and Emporia.  read more >>

"Cargill selects architect, issues deadline for new headquarters" 08/03/16 Wichita Eagle

Cargill continues inching closer to a decision about a new Wichita headquarters.  read more >>

"ICT Chalk Talks has launched" 08/01/16 Wichita Business Journal


The ICT Chalk Talks are under way. 

"The Cargill site list stands at four" 07/27/16 Wichita Business Journal



City officials say that they're going to be happy wherever Cargill lands in Wichita.  read more >>

"Big Oktoberfest party planned for October at new Union Station" 07/27/16 Wichita Eagle

The big new plaza in front of the just-renovated Union Station in downtown Wichita will be broken in this fall with an old-fashioned Oktoberfest.  read more >>

"ICT Chalk Talks to launch Friday with lunchtime party" 07/25/16 Wichita Eagle

ICT Chalk Talks will kick off its public engagement initiative with a lunchtime launch party Friday.  read more >>

"​Wichita’s e2e Accelerator begins its drive to self-sustainability" 07/22/16 Wichita Business Journal


Class is in session for the first six participants in Wichita’s new e2e Accelerator Inc. entrepreneurial initiative.  read more >>

"Promising Wichita businesses press the accelerator" 07/22/16 Wichita Eagle


The official launch of Wichita’s e2e entrepreneur accelerator on Thursday afternoon was packed with well-wishers.  read more >>

"Free bicycle repair station installed at Topeka and Douglas" 07/17/16 Wichita Eagle


Downtown bicyclists rejoice. 

"Wichita's apartment boom" 07/15/16 Wichita Business Journal


Anita Oberwortmann started her own cleaning business in 1978, working long hours and often sacrificing sleep to make ends meet.  read more >>

"The Douglas apartments on track for fall opening" 07/14/16 Wichita Business Journal

A staircase on the ninth floor of the Exchange Place building in downtown Wichita is a link to the past.  read more >>

"Popular downtown coffee shop taking over YMCA cafe space" 07/14/16 Wichita Eagle


Mead’s Corner, the popular downtown coffee shop at 430 E. Douglas, is opening a second location in an unexpected place.  read more >>

"Analyst optimistic about Wichita’s future" 07/13/16 Wichita Business Journal


James Chung is bullish on Wichita. 

"Attendees leave Chung presentation encouraged by Wichita's progress" 07/13/16 Wichita Business Journal

Shelly Prichard didn’t want people to be bombarded with more data.  read more >>

"Wichita agrees to $20 million Hyatt deal with casino magnate Phil Ruffin" 07/12/16 Wichita Eagle


The city of Wichita will be out of the hotel business and $20 million richer in a few weeks.  read more >>

"Hyatt Regency a crucial asset" 07/12/16 Wichita Eagle


The city purchased the Hyatt Regency Wichita 15 years ago.  read more >>

"Toni D’s Too closing after 26 years, new cafe will take over Epic Center space" 07/11/16 Wichita Eagle


A new restaurant is taking over the space in the Epic Center where Toni D’s Too has operated since 1990.  read more >>

"Two downtown restaurants about to open in new spaces" 07/08/16 Wichita Eagle


Two downtown restaurants are finished with their relocations and are just about ready to get back to business.  read more >>

"When an autopark isn’t just for cars" 07/07/6 Wichita Eagle


Instead of thinking outside the box for their latest downtown redevelopment project, Michael Ramsey and Robert Eyster are thinking within it.  read more >>

"Wichita celebrates library construction kickoff" 07/06/16 Wichita Eagle


Wichita took a significant step further into the Information Age on Wednesday.  read more >>

"Use Snapchat? Wichita has a geofilter for that" 07/06/16 Wichit Eagle


Over the weekend, a new “Wichita Old Town” Snapchat geofilter went live.  read more >>

"Which Garveys will own the Garvey Center now?" 07/05/16 Wichita Eagle


The Garvey Center is selling, but it’s staying within the Garvey family.  read more >>

"One block of Douglas closed Tuesday for concert, block party" 07/05/16 Wichita Eagle


Downtowners traveling on Douglas are finding the street blocked off at St. Francis today.  read more >>

"Wilson Building Maintenance pursuing downtown apartment project" 06/30/16 Wichita Business Journal


Wilson Building Maintenance Inc. is finalizing a plan to convert its Old Town headquarters into apartments.  read more >>

"Wichita’s e2e initiative announces board, opens in High Touch space" 06/29/16 Wichita Business Journal

The e2e entrepreneurial program in Wichita elected its first full board of directors Tuesday night.  read more >>

"Picture this: Shelden Architecture gets magazine pictorial" 06/29/16 Wichita Eagle


Shelden Architecture project manager Daniel Gensch was pleased to receive a May call from Interior Design magazine.  read more >>

"Billionaire Ruffin bids $20 million for Hyatt Regency" 06/24/16 Wichita Eagle

Phil Ruffin has submitted a bid to purchase the Hyatt Regency Wichita downtown and is confident he will soon own the property.  read more >>

"Brandon Steven, Dave Burk and Dave Wells to buy Eagle building" 06/21/16 Wichita Eagle

There’s not a finalized deal yet, but Old Town developer Dave Burk, car dealer and businessman Brandon Steven and Key Construction president Dave Wells have a contract to buy The Wichita Eagle building downtown at 825 E. Douglas.  read more >>

"Cox Communications commits $500,000 gift for downtown library project" 06/16/16 Wichita Business Journal


Cox Communications is earmarking a gift valued at $500,000 to help the city of Wichita fund the construction of the new downtown library.  read more >>

"Mort’s celebrates 20 years of martinis, cigars, popcorn and patio fun" 06/15/16 Wichita Eagle


Even on opening night 20 years ago, Morrie Sheets knew he was on to something with his Mort’s Martini & Cigar Bar.  read more >>

"Flats 324 expansion complete" 06/15/16 Wichita Business Journal

A $7 million project to add 72 apartment units to the Flats 324 development is now complete.  read more >>

"Lifeboat Creative plans relocation to The Lux" 06/15/16 Wichita Business Journal


Lifeboat Creative will relocate early next year to a new building under the same landlord the firm is now.  read more >>

"Wichita declares martini ‘emergency,’ party on at Mort’s bar" 06/14/16 Wichita Eagle

Pass the martinis. It’s officially an “emergency.” 

"Riverfest outdid itself" 06/14/16 Wichita Eagle


With the help of a generous in-kind contribution from Mother Nature, the 45th Wichita Riverfest outdid itself in drawing diverse musical acts and huge and happy crowds.  read more >>

"Distillery 244 Old Town, a 700-seat venue, to open in Old Town" 06/13/16 Wichita Eagle

Long before the brewery craze of today, Old Town developer Dave Burk brought River City Brewery to Old Town in the mid-1990s.  read more >>

"Peerless bar opens where Alibi Room once was" 06/10/16 Wichita Eagle


As of Thursday, another new bar is open where the Alibi Room once was at 919 E. Douglas.  read more >>

"Wichita to declare ‘emergency’ for Mort’s bar party" 06/10/16 Wichita Eagle

The city of Wichita is poised to declare a public emergency so Mort’s Martini and Cigar Bar can party in the parking lot. read more >>

"Burk to buy another Old Town property" 06/10/16 Wichita Business Journal


Dave Burk is poised to add to his Wichita real estate holdings with the purchase of another Old Town building.  read more >>

"The Douglas will begin early leasing in July; first occupancy this fall" 06/09/16 Wichita Eagle


It’s a little hard to tell from the outside, but construction is progressing on the Douglas.  read more >>

"86 Cold Press juice bar to open at Renfro next month" 06/09/16 Wichita Eagle


Austin Dugan is about to be a peripatetic juice peddler no more.  read more >>

"Union Station signs final Phase I lease, moves to Phase II" 06/08/16 Wichita Eagle

The redevelopment of Union Station has reached a couple of new milestones, says developer Gary Oborny of Occidental Management.  read more >>

"Former Tanya’s Soup Kitchen spot getting a new restaurant tenant" 06/08/16 Wichita Eagle

A new restaurant is going into the downtown space where the original Tanya’s Soup Kitchen was.  read more >>

"Two Baptist churches in Wichita joining to form one congregation" 06/06/16 Wichita Eagle


The congregation at First Baptist Church isn’t huge – about 250 people – but its building at 216 E. Second St. is.  read more >>

"City offers Cargill tax abatement, parking garage financing" 06/06/16 Wichita Eagle


Myriad city and state leaders attended Cargill’s recent announcement that it will keep its Wichita operations here.  read more >>

"Top ‘civic superheroes’ from Hackathon to meet with city manager" 06/05/16 Wichita Eagle


A website that would pool community resources for veterans and their families.  read more >>

"Positive Directions seeking new space for new focus" 06/03/16 Wichita Eagle


Positive Directions is moving in a new direction, and it needs new space to go with its new focus.  read more >>

"Woolsey Cos. upgrading space at 125 N. Market" 06/01/16 Wichita Business Journal

Woolsey Cos. is upgrading its 10th-floor space at the 125 N. Market building downtown.  read more >>

"John Hiatt to perform at Orpheum" 06/01/16 Wichita Eagle

Singer-songwriter John Hiatt will be in Wichita on Sept. 25 to perform at the Orpheum Theatre.  read more >>

"Wells Fargo to celebrate opening of Union Station office" 05/31/16 Wichita Eagle

Wells Fargo will host an event Friday marking the move of its Wichita commercial banking location to Union Station.  read more >>

"Riverfest getting ready to set sail with art installation" 05/30/16 Wichita Eagle

Against a cloudy backdrop Monday in downtown Wichita, several bright flags waved in the breeze near the Hyatt Regency Wichita, creating a panorama of color.  read more >>

"Redevelopment of Exchange Place moves toward March 17 opening" 05/27/16 Wichita Business Journal


A $66 million revitalization of two prominent downtown Wichita buildings is ahead of schedule.  read more >>

"Public at the Brickyard ranked among America’s best restaurants" 05/27/16 Wichita Business Journal

One of the nation’s best restaurants is right in the heart of Wichita.  read more >>

"New security measures for Wichita’s Old Town" 05/26/16 Wichita Eagle

New security measures – ID scanning at bars and additional lighting – are coming to Old Town.  read more >>

"Wichita tech company SNT Media to add 100 jobs" 05/26/16 Wichita Eagle


A Wichita tech company plans to add 100 jobs in the next year.  read more >>

"Cargill to keep headquarters in Wichita, but new site still unknown" 05/25/16 Wichita Eagle

Following weeks of anxiety across the community, Cargill announced Tuesday that it will keep the headquarters of its meat business and its 800 employees in Wichita.  read more >>

"Cargill decision validates Wichita as the ‘Opportunity Capital of the World’" 05/24/16 Wichita Business Journal

When Cargill Inc. began to look at facility options for its Wichita operations, the company focused its strategy around growth.  read more >>

"Cargill: We're staying in Wichita" 05/24/16 Wichita Business Journal

The exodus of Wichita businesses has stopped. Cargill is staying in Wichita.  read more >>

"Wichita’s Ambassador Hotel working on basement speakeasy" 05/25/16 Wichita Eagle


The speakeasies of old were designed around two things: liquor and secrecy.  read more >>

"Wichita marketer creates Arena District name, logo" 05/20/16 Wichita Eagle

Two things immediately stood out to Bruce Rowley in 2014 when he moved his RSA Marketing to the entrance of the Commerce Street Art District at Commerce and Waterman.  read more >>

"Kissy Nails downtown ‘just had to be different’" 05/20/16 Wichita Eagle


There are a number of hair salons in downtown Wichita, but there aren’t many nail salons.  read more >>

"It’s a big food truck weekend at the Wichita WaterWalk" 05/18/16 Wichita Eagle

The big food truck weekend of May is upon us, and the fleet will be pretty much parked at the WaterWalk.  read more >>

"Garvey Center ‘deer whisperer’ saves deer from parking garage" 05/16/16 Wichita Eagle

Garvey Center manager Larry Weber was certain someone was pranking him on Saturday.  read more >>

"Wichita Community Foundation expanding Epic Center space" 05/16/16 Wichita Business Journal

Wichita Community Foundation is expanding its Epic Center presence.  read more >>

"The 10 oldest restaurants in Wichita" 05/13/16 Wichita Eagle


Back when Wichita was young, dining out was simpler. read more >>

"Panel to emerging leaders: Look for opportunities to lead" 05/13/16 Wichita Business Journal

Jeff Fluhr sees leadership as an opportunity to be an agent for change.  read more >>

"Dave Burk considers new Class A office space in downtown Wichita" 05/11/16 Wichita Eagle


Old Town developer Dave Burk is exploring building on land he owns at the northeast corner of Second and Santa Fe.  read more >>

"Indigo Lounge converts to Industry Old Town" 05/10/16 Wichita Eagle


It’s not every bar that gets a funeral before it closes, but Indigo Lounge did before it ceased doing business at the end of April.  read more >>

"Former Macy’s building in downtown Wichita draws weak response" 05/10/16 Wichita Eagle


Only one developer responded to the city of Wichita’s request to redevelop the Finney State Office Building.  read more >>

"Balancing act: How Wichita police keep Old Town safe Saturday nights" 05/07/16 Wichita Eagle

Wichita police officers Dustin Noll and Jamie Schepis pulled up carefully, a block and a half away from a suspicious house on a recent Saturday.  read more >>


"Pinnacle Lofts expected to be tenant-ready in July" 05/06/16 Wichita Eagle

Pre-leasing for the Pinnacle Lofts & Apartments downtown has started.  read more >>

"J.P. Weigand & Sons takes over leasing efforts at 125 N. Market" 05/03/16 Wichita Eagle

J.P. Weigand & Sons now serves as the leasing agent for the 125 N. Market building.  read more >>

"Garden of Eatin’ stationary restaurant opening within two weeks" 04/28/16 Wichita Eagle

Food truck Garden of Eatin’s brick-and-mortar restaurant in downtown Wichita is within two weeks of opening.  read more >>

"Wichita public radio station KMUW, 89.1, moves into Old Town" 04/26/16 Wichita Eagle

KMUW, 89.1, is moving into its new offices this week at 121 N. Mead.  read more >>

"Lemongrass owner to start Old Town valet service" 04/20/16 Wichita Eagle


Lemongrass isn’t the only new business Danny Nguyen is opening in Old Town.  read more >>

"Wichita hangs for-sale sign on Hyatt Regency Hotel" 04/19/16 Wichita Eagle


The Wichita City Council wants out of the hotel business.  read more >>

"Engineering firm Amec Foster Wheeler moving to Farm Credit Bank building" 04/18/16 Wichita Business Journal

The Farm Credit Bank Building in downtown Wichita will soon have a new tenant.  read more >>

"Pixius Communications acquires second company in a year" 04/14/16 Wichita Business Journal


Pixius Communications has acquired Hutchinson-based AngelComputing to further expand its presence in Reno County.  read more >>

"Report offers more safety measures for Wichita’s Old Town district" 04/14/16 Wichita Eagle


Old Town patrons could see a variety of new safety measures in place by the end of May, city officials said Thursday.  read more >>

"Former 360Ideas staffers growing start-up marketing company" 04/12/16 Wichita Business Journal

After a successful first year, Balefire Marketing + Advertising is looking to expand.  read more >>

"RSA Marketing, 360 Ideas merge" 04/11/16 Wichita Eagle

Two Wichita marketing agencies have merged to form a new firm, RSM Marketing Services.  read more >>


"Downtown Wichita gets a cleanup this weekend" 04/07/16 Wichita Business Journal

The city of Wichita is about to get a facelift.  read more >>

"Food truck season starts this weekend with rallies, many new trucks" 04/06/16 Wichita Eagle

The first Food Trucks at the Fountain rally that happened last month was just a test run.  read more >>

"Spaghetti Works building to be a 'live, play, work' concept" 04/04/16 Wichita Eagle


There are more apartments coming to downtown. 

"Landmark now marketing commercial space in Eaton Place" 04/04/16 Wichita Business Journal


Craig Simon has taken over as the new marketing agent for the commercial space in the Eaton Place.  read more >>

"High Touch Technologies buys Great Plains Communications" 04/04/16 Wichita Eagle

High Touch Technologies has purchased Great Plains Communications.  read more >>

"Kress Energy Center sells to local investors"  04/01/16 Wichita Eagle


For years, Minnesota investor Steve Cheney says he hung onto the Kress Energy Center.  read more >>

"KMUW moving to Old Town this month" 04/01/2016 Wichita Business Journal

Public radio station KMUW’s move to Old Town is finally becoming a reality.  read more >>

"Indigo Lounge to undergo major revamping and name change" 03/28/16 Wichita Eagle

For most of it’s almost 20 years in business, Indigo Lounge has been mainly a downstairs lounge.  read more >>

"REVIEW: Fall Out Boy brings rock, lasers and big crowd to Intrust arena" 03/22/16 Wichita Eagle


Intrust Bank Arena put on a rare show on Tuesday in which soda sales may have outpaced beer sales.  read more >>

"Downtown Wichita development project to be showcased in Washington, D.C." 03/22/16 Wichita Eagle


A downtown Wichita development project will be showcased as part of an international designer workshop later this year in Washington, D.C.  read more >>

"Flats 324 expansion expected to be at capacity before opening" 03/22/16 Wichita Business Journal


If initial demand is any indication, a 72-unit addition to the Flats 324 apartments won’t be difficult to fill.  read more >>

"Wichita developer pushing public-private partnership for Sedgwick County Comcare" 03/21/16 Wichita Business Journal

Wichita developer Jason Van Sickle is pushing a public-private partnership for Sedgwick County’s mental health agency, Comcare. read more >>

"Changes to enhance safety in Old Town on the fast track" 03/17/16 Wichita Eagle


More lighting and security cameras are coming to Old Town.  read more >>

"Fall Out Boy will bring its hits, sports anthems to Intrust Bank Arena" 03/17/16 Wichita Eagle


You may think you don’t know any of Fall Out Boy’s music, but that’s probably not the case.  read more >>

"Platinum Realty opens first permanent Wichita office at WaterWalk Place" 03/17/16 Wichita Eagle

There’s a new business opening at WaterWalk Place downtown near Main and Waterman, and while it’s not a coffee shop.  read more >>

"Two big buildings for sale in downtown Wichita will test appetite for redevelopment" 03/16/16 Wichita Eagle


Will two large office buildings going on the market buoy downtown Wichita’s remarkable revival.  read more >>

"WaterWalk plans to open more locations in Colorado, Texas" 03/15/16 Wichita Eagle


WaterWalk Hotel Apartments will add eight franchise locations.  read more >>

"Eagle to transfer printing Kansas City Star" 03/14/16 Wichita Eagle


The Wichita Eagle will transfer its printing and packaging operations to Kansas City, Mo., and as a result plans to sell its downtown buildings.  read more >>

"Kissy Nails to open at Zelman Lofts" 03/14/16 Wichita Eagle

Kissy Nails is opening downtown in the next month or so.   read more >>

"City issues RFQ on Finney building downtown" 03/10/16 Wichita Business Journal

The city of Wichita’s public building commission is seeking developer qualifications.  read more >>

"New tenants boost optimism at 125 N. Market" 03/07/15 Wichita Business Journal

Bryce Baker wants 125 N. Market to be at 60 percent occupancy by the end of the year.  read more >>

"WaterWalk food truck rallies return this month" 03/07/16 Wichita Eagle


Sure signs of spring. 

"Wichita Eagle staffers investigate new Scooter’s next door" 03/07/16 Wichita Eagle


The long-awaited Scooter’s Coffeehouse opened right next door.  read more >>

"Investment in downtown Wichita is impressive" 03/05/16 Wichita Eagle

It’s encouraging that investment in downtown Wichita is continuing.  read more >>

"CorTen owners, backers show off Market and Douglas project" 03/03/16 Wichita Eagle

The working space for CBD employees at the CorTen building at Market and Douglas isn’t the typical office setting.  read more >>

"Entrap Games, a room escape game, to open in Old Town" 03/03/16 Wichita Eagle

Much like when Wichita’s first trampoline park opened and a second immediately followed, there’s now a competing business for Wichita Room Escape.  read more >>

"Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers to play Orpheum" 03/02/16 Wichita Eagle

Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers will play the Orpheum on May 17.  read more >>

"Café 402 inside downtown YMCA is closed" 03/01/16 Wichita Eagle

Cafe 402 inside the downtown YMCA at 402 N. Market is closed, and directors say they’re still trying to decide whether to replace it.  read more >>

"Intrust Bank Arena records second-best year in 2015" 03/01/16 Wichita Eagle

Intrust Bank Arena recorded the second-best financial year in its six-year existence.  read more >>

"7 downtown Wichita projects in the works" 02/27/16 Wichita Eagle

Construction crews, bulldozers and cranes are going to continue to be a common sight in downtown.  read more >>

"Yahoo Travel shines spotlight on Wichita's Hotel at Old Town" 02/25/16 Wichita Business Journal

Yahoo Travel is recognizing the Hotel at Old Town in Wichita as the state’s hippest hotel.  read more >>

"Architect’s ‘hate-filled' list about Wichita gets clicks" 02/23/16 Wichita Eagle

Architect Eric Wittman decided to share a piece of his mind about the city.  read more >>

"Greater Wichita Partnership names Jamie Zellner to new communications position" 02/22/16 Wichita Business Journal

The Greater Wichita Partnership on Monday announced that it has appointed Jamie Zellner to the newly created position of vice president of strategic communications.  read more >>

"Salon Teased to move to the heart of Old Town" 02/22/16 Wichita Eagle

Five years after opening at Eaton Place at 509 E. Douglas, Leslie Way is moving her Salon Teased to the heart of Old Town at 916 E. Douglas.  read more >>

"Ten Minutes With: Diana Gordon, Orpheum Theatre" 02/19/16 Wichita Business Journal

Diana Gordon has landed what she describes as a dream job leading the Orpheum Performing Arts Centre.  read more >>

"Third Place Brewing winds through laborious licensing" 02/17/16 Wichita Eagle

Pilot Jason Algya says he read this week’s news about the future Augustino Brewing with interest.  read more >>

"Wichita's 1 Million Cups: week 2" 02/17/16 Wichita Business Journal

Two more Wichita entrepreneurs made presentations Wednesday. 

"Downtown Wichita’s sit-down Scooter’s will open in three weeks" 02/16/16 Wichita Eagle

We finally have an opening date for the Scooter’s Coffee. read more >>

"Downtown parking garage reopens" 02/12/16 Wichita Business Journal

A long-closed downtown parking garage is back in operation.  read more >>

"Chamber panel optimistic about city's future" 02/11/16 Wichita Business Journal

City and county stakeholders and business leaders aren’t taking lightly a sobering report from a Harvard-trained analyst.  read more >>

"Sen. Pat Roberts to move Wichita office to 125 N. Market building" 02/08/16 Wichita Eagle

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts will soon have a new Wichita headquarters, according to the Republican’s communications director.  read more >>

"1 Million Cups Wichita will host first entrepreneur presentation next week" 02/03/16 Wichita Eagle

Wichita will gets its first taste of the 1 Million Cups event next week, but organizers hope it leads to a flood of entrepreneurial companies in years to come.  read more >>

"Wichita City Council approves new central library" 02/02/2016 Wichita Eagle

The Wichita City Council chambers erupted in applause Tuesday.  read more >>

"Wichita Festivals reports strong 2015 numbers" 01/26/16 Wichita Eagle 

Wichita Festivals on Tuesday released figures showing growth at its two flagship events – Riverfest and Autumn & Art – in 2015.  read more >>

"Finishing School for Modern Women gets downtown home" 01/26/15 Wichita Eagle

Jill Miller is putting the finishing touches on her Finishing School for Modern Women.  read more >>

"Union Station Smoothie King opens next week " 01/19/16 Wichita Business Journal


Another piece of the Union Station development will open next week.  read more >>

"SNT brings California high tech to Wichita’s downtown" 01/18/16 Wichita Eagle


Tech seems to be bubbling up all over Wichita.  read more >>

"WDDC: $180M in Douglas development initiated in 2015" 01/14/16 Wichita Business Journal

Douglas was a focal point for downtown development in 2015.  read more >>

"Farm Bureau Financial Services is latest CorTen tenant" 01/13/16 Wichita Eagle

Farm Bureau Financial Services agent Pamela Marcenaro is the latest new tenant of the CorTen building at Douglas and Market downtown.  read more >>

"New sign atop 125 N. Market building to change look of Wichita skyline" 01/12/16 Wichita Eagle

A new 9-foot-tall New York Life sign will be installed beginning Tuesday on top of the 125 N. Market building in downtown Wichita.  read more >>

"City to install warning system for Waterman underpass near Intrust arena" 01/11/16 Wichita Eagle

The city of Wichita has ordered a warning system for the Waterman Street railroad underpass near Intrust Bank Arena.  read more >>

"Space Station to open in Old Town on Saturday" 02/07/16 Wichita Eagle

Tevin Jacques is celebrating a grand opening of his new Space Station store.  read more >>

"Developer Bryce Baker helping to cook up vibrancy downtown" 01/06/16 Wichita Eagle

Bryce Baker believes in downtown Wichita. 

"Lemongrass: A Taste of Vietnam will open in Old Town Square in April" 01/05/16 Wichita Eagle

Another Wichita restaurateur has settled on a name for his new restaurant.  read more >>

"Greyhound relocating to city’s downtown transit station" 01/02/16 Wichita Eagle

Greyhound, the country’s largest intercity bus provider, will soon move to Wichita’s downtown transit center.  read more >>

"Ambassador sets itself apart with AAA designation" 01/01/16 Wichita Business Journal

If you’re looking for a AAA Four Diamond hotel in Kansas, you’re going to have to come to Wichita.  read more >>

"Group to buy, redevelop former Spaghetti Works building downtown" 12/27/15 Wichita Eagle

After a long period of inactivity, it looks like there’s once again hope.  read more >>

"PEC finds new use for former Chilton Billiards space downtown" 12/22/15 Wichita Business Journal

Professional Engineering Consultants is creating a health and fitness center in the former Chilton Billiards.  read more >>

"Garden Grill Cafe to get new owner, move" 12/21/15 Wichita Eagle


Downtown’s Garden Grill Cafe is in transition on a couple of levels.  read more >>

"Weigand-Omega expanding downtown office" 12/21/15 Wichita Business Journal

Weigand-Omega Management Inc. is expanding its downtown Wichita headquarters.  read more >>

"Accounting firm M&L commits to city’s ‘thriving core’" 12/21/15 Wichita Eagle

M&L CPAs Chartered will remain at its downtown location.  read more >>

"Visit Wichita - Garth Brooks shows worth $6.4 million in new economic activity" 12/18/15 Wichita Eagle

The series of Garth Brooks concerts earlier this month generated $6.4 million worth of new economic activity in the area.  read more >>

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