Tips for shopping in Wichita
With a population of just under 400,000, Wichita is Kansas' largest city, and a cultural center for the Great Plains region of the U.S. The city was also once nicknamed the “Air Capital of the World” because it was home to a number of aircraft pioneers and entrepreneurs including Clyde Cessna, Walter Beech and Bill Lear; the Cessna and Beechcraft operations are still based out of Wichita. Boeing and Airbus also maintain major production facilities in Wichita. Given Wichita's location in the middle of the Great Plains region and without any weather-mitigating geographic features, the city frequently sees extreme weather events including but not limited to tornadoes, blizzards, hailstorms, and high winds. The Waterfront is one of Wichita's premier neighborhoods, and the place to be for upscale shopping. Clifton Square is a great alternative for the alternative and “indie” shopper. If you're looking to escape the winter chill, the most popular mall in Wichita is Towne East Square, known in particular for its extensive food court.