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August 19, 2010

Final Friday Local Buying Awareness Art Event

Planned by Delano Business Association

Heather Bohrer

The Delano Business Association is sponsoring an event to highlight local art and local buying for this month’s Final Friday. The August 27th event coincides with the Black Top Nationals, which promises to turn Wichita into the ultimate car, truck and motorcycle show venue during the 4 day affair August 26-29. Crowds are expected to be near 100,000 in the downtown/Delano area, and the group wants to encourage them to support local businesses. “We’re inviting everyone–locals and visitors– to come to Delano to shop at the many unique, locally owned stores,” said Jason Dilts, President of the Delano Business Association. “We hope visitors to Wichita will see that this is a city rich in culture and commerce.”

The Delano Business Association also aims to stress the significance of local buying to area consumers. According to statistics from the 3/50 Project, for every $100 spent at a locally owned, independent business, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. If you spend that at a national chain, only $43 stays in Wichita…and if you shop online, none of it does! “As private citizens, we can do our part to turn around the economy by keeping as many of our dollars local as possible. The best way to encourage development is to spend our dollars at the small businesses who have already invested their faith in our community” said Dilts.

Businesses will be open from at least 6-9pm on Friday, August 27th for this event. Art from local artists can be purchased during that time. Participating venues include:

Sew Much, 535 W. Douglas– Gary Behrens-West Wind Vistas, panoramic photography & Louise Fenn, multi-media

Siva Power Yoga, 535 West Douglas #110–Sophie B, photography

Bohemia Healing Spa & Apothecary, 609 W. Douglas– artistTBA

The Palette Bistro, 613 W. Douglas—artist TBA

Bungalow 26, 613 W. Douglas– Emily Ritter, mixed media & Kacy Crider, photography

Melange Jewelry, 718 W. Douglas—works by Nanetta Bananto & Mike Fallier

Savage Threads, 728 W. Douglas—works by Chelsie Christener

Blue Swallowtail Studio, 1712 W. Douglas– Madison Han, photography and Scott Iwig, paintings

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