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This is where you'll find the nitty-gritty, behind-the-scenes look at the Wichita lifestyle. Read about diverse choices in homes and neighborhoods where you can live how you want. Discover how innovation is part of all careers in Wichita. Receive the inside scoop on the foremost places to eat, drink and play. Still have questions? Reach out to any one of our Insiders that are already living out the relentlessly original life in Wichita. 

WHAT DO WICHITA, THE TECH INDUSTRY AND A CAT NAMED OREO HAVE IN COMMON?

Growing up in Michigan, I always wanted to move to California to pursue a career in technology and live by the beach and palm trees. After living in Silicon Valley working for Apple and living in Santa Barbara working for cybersecurity firm Novacoast, I decided to move to Wichita to help open a new Novacoast location. Click here to read more.

WHY I CHOSE WICHITA: ADVICE FOR INTERNS

I knew I’d be in for a change when I moved to Wichita from Dallas for a summer internship. I had no friends or family in the area and zero idea of how I was going to meet people and find things to do. I was welcomed with open arms to a city full of unique restaurants, events and ways to get involved. By the end of the summer, I realized it’s a big city with a community vibe. Click here to read more.

Make Your Mark and Live Bravely Onward

As a transplant to Wichita, my journey has been nothing short of amazing. I encountered new and challenging experiences when I moved from Chicago to Wichita, including a career transition from the private to the public sector. I became deeply connected to the community, discovered ways to engage with people and found avenues to give back in meaningful ways. In no time at all, I recognized that this was the place my family could call home for years to come. Click here to read more.

How I Found Belonging in Wichita: Ashley's Story

I started at AGH during my senior year at Wichita State University. When I received my bachelor’s degree in finance as a first generation Asian-American college graduate, I explored the different career paths that finance could bring. I decided to stay in Wichita after I was offered a full-time associate position at AGH. I didn’t realize that by pursuing this opportunity, I would grow to love my community, profession and find belonging here in Wichita. Click here to read more.

The #RelentlesslyOriginal Holiday Gift Guide

If you’re looking for average gifts, step aside. With family and friends across the globe, you want to give them something relentlessly original – something unique to the Wichita region that they can’t get anywhere else. If that’s you, read on. Use this as a tool to make your holiday gift-giving the best it’s ever been. Click here to read more.

ALL THINGS FALL IN WICHITA: MUST-TRY RESTAURANTS, SHOPS AND ACTIVITIES

The arrival of autumn is an opportunity for shops, restaurants and local businesses to get even more creative than usual. In Wichita, business owners go beyond the PSL (although, there are some delicious pumpkin spice options around here). They take the best parts of fall and create an experience you’ll be thinking about year-round. This is your bucketlist of must-try fall activities in the Wichita region. Click here to read more.

COLLABORATE AND INNOVATE: WORKING AT IMA

When I moved back to Wichita after being away for five years, many people asked me why. Looking at different opportunities in Dallas, Houston, Miami, Kansas City, Beijing and Milan, it never crossed my mind that Wichita would be at the top of my list – but I quickly realized the city is spearheading the charge in innovation. Click here to read more.

LOCAL BREWERY SCENE: WE GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS

Over the past decade, Wichita’s craft beer scene has grown from one brewery to nine within a 30-minute drive of downtown. While friendly competition is common among small business owners, Wichita’s breweries take it to the next level. Click here to read more.

WHAT IT'S LIKE TO LIVE DOWNTOWN

I remember growing up in Wichita and thinking “I will always live downtown.” The district’s art, culture and events were magnetic, even back then. After graduating from K-State in 2018 and moving to Texas and New Mexico, I returned to Wichita and knew exactly where I wanted to be. Click here to read more.

5 BOTANICA ATTRACTIONS FOR ALL THE FAMILY FUN

In the museum district along the Arkansas River is a place that literally grows beauty. Botanica, the Wichita Gardens, is the second-most visited cultural venue in the state – and it’s easy to see why. Nearly 30 different gardens dot the grounds and unique attractions welcome families and visitors of all ages. Discover what makes Botanica a one-of-a-kind experience you can only have in Wichita. Click here to read more.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Hutton's New HQ

The future of work is bright at the brand new headquarters of Hutton. Located in the central Wichita neighborhood of Delano, with Instagrammable views of downtown just across the river, the next-generation office building is a masterclass in Hutton’s architecture and construction expertise and a showcase of its purpose to “build life.” Click here to read more.

What Makes Residents Love Riverside

My girlfriend Maggie and I had some serious FOMO when it came to life in Riverside. We knew the neighborhood was historic and peaceful, but we didn’t know just how much we were missing out on until we settled in. That’s when we noticed the many nuances of Riverside that make it so original. Click here to read more.

THE BUZZ ON THE HIVE: A WOMEN-FOCUSED COWORKING SPACE IN WICHITA

COVID-19 has changed the world in a lot of ways. One effect that’s projected to stick around? Working from home. Fortunately, The Hive has been perfecting the remote work experience since 2018. As a women-focused community and coworking space in Wichita, it’s a sanctuary for professionals and entrepreneurs alike. Click here to read more.

Unleashing Greatness: Real Men Real Heroes

During my junior year of high school, I joined the Real Men Real Heroes Teen Hero program. This program would do more for me than I thought possible – and even make me reconsider where to start my career. Click here to read more.

Local Self-Care Resources to Prevent Burnout

Now more than ever, people are on the verge of burnout – or maybe you waved past it on the chaos train headed to the “new normal.” Use these local products, resources and activities to help prevent burnout and get back on track to taking care of your #RelentlesslyOriginal self. Click here to read more.

AN ABUNDANCE OF OPPORTUNITY: TEXTRON AVIATION INTERN’S CHOICE TO WORK IN WICHITA

I always questioned, of all places, why was I born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. It wasn’t until I discovered my passion for aviation that I realized how incredibly lucky I was to grow up in the Air Capital of the World. Click here to read more.

50 REASONS WHY WICHITA IS #RELENTLESSLYORIGINAL

Wichita is turning 150 years young this summer. It’s seen a lot in the last century and a half, but one thing remains the same – Wichitans are tenacious, determined and innovative. In honor of the city’s sesquicentennial, here’s a list of 50 reasons why this is the #RelentlesslyOriginal place to work, live and play. Click here to read more.

A QUICK PIVOT: JOINING IN THE FIGHT AGAINST A PANDEMIC

A lot can happen in three days. You could travel to the moon, watch this video more than 4,000 times or attempt to eat one of everything off of Doo Dah Diner’s menu. Local company Automation-Plus managed to complete a vital task in only three days: its team developed a crucial component of COVID-19 testing kits. Click here to read more. 

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO A #RELENTLESSLYORIGINAL WICHITA DAY TRIP

Whether you’re a party of one or six, this is your ultimate guide to having the best day trip from Wichita. Destinations range from 30 minutes to an easy hour and a half drive, but all are great ways to make the most of your summer while maintaining social distancing. After you decide where to go, use the handy packing list at the end of the blog with local food, drinks and goods to enhance your day trip experience. Click here to read more.

Fighting COVID-19 with Face Masks and Fashion

Stella Hankins is the founder and owner of Bella Bonita Designs, a Wichita-based fashion label with a line of silk scrunchies, twillies and scarves. Her ultimate goal has always been to help people, specifically by hiring women in recovery like herself. When she realized the inevitable impact of COVID-19, Stella did just that and pivoted her business to sew face masks, while empowering the community to do the same. Click here to read more.

Innovating Through Times of Difficulty

This is not the first time Wichita has experienced difficulty, nor will it be the last. Through all the trials and uncertainties in this city’s history, there is one constant. Wichita does not back down from a challenge – it embraces it. Difficulty allows Wichitans to show the world what they’re really made of: grit, passion and innovation. Click here to read more. 

22 THINGS TO DO IN WICHITA DURING COVID-19

Whether you're staying at home with kiddos or doggos, finding things to do is the name of the game. Consider this your COVID-19 bucketlist with activities to do in and outside of your home, including entertainment just for kids (and the young at heart). Click here to read more.

SUPPORT #RELENTLESSLYORIGINAL WICHITA FROM ANYWHERE

Whether you’re down the street or across the globe, you can experience what makes the Wichita region #RelentlesslyOriginal. Local artists, musicians, makers and entrepreneurs sell one-of-a-kind products online, so you can discover and support the region during COVID-19 and beyond. Click here to read more.

Living the Green Life: Sustainability in Wichita

Wichita is not getting pinched this St. Patrick’s Day. With a plethora of green initiatives, residents and businesses find innovative ways to give the earth some love. From apartments to local produce, here’s a glimpse at a few of the region’s sustainability efforts. Click here to read more.

Mixing Grit and Tradition: The Pinole Blue Story

Eddie Sandoval’s family is from Chihuahua, Mexico. Growing up, he would take trips twice a year to visit and bring home pinole, a multiuse, nutrient-dense mixture of roasted ground maize savored by his family for generations. Little did he know it would become his life’s work. Click here to read more.

THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: A LOCAL PERSPECTIVE

The road that I live on has been named by some as “the prettiest road in Harvey County.” Within five minutes of arriving home after a long day of teaching, I can be walking on this road with my dog Blue, taking in the tall trees and sprawling fields that surround us. Click here to read more.

#RELENTLESSLYORIGINAL LOCAL CUISINE: COMFORT FOOD EDITION

When Kansas wind is surging and hunger strikes, the name of the game is comfort and warmth. Skip the microwave Ramen and try one of these relentlessly original Wichita restaurants, each boldly remastering the meaning of comfort food. Click here to read more.

WORKPLACE INNOVATION: CARGILL CONSTRUCTS HQ OF THE FUTURE

Imagine a workplace created with you in mind. No lonely cubicles, dugout vibes or fluorescent lighting. Instead, there is an employee café, a rooftop terrace and numerous wellness rooms. That’s Cargill Protein, one of the top two largest privately-held companies in the U.S. When it built its new headquarters in Wichita’s urban core, its top goal was to create a workspace that brought in the best and brightest minds to tackle challenges. Click here to read more.

FIVE FACTS ABOUT BIGFOOT BRIAN

At the start of the holiday season, a 7-foot tall bigfoot suddenly appeared in downtown Wichita. He’s been spotted at local shops and restaurants in the urban core, meeting new people and posing for photos. What’s the deal? Here are five things to know about the #RelentlesslyOriginal Bigfoot Brian roaming downtown. Click here to read more.

#RELENTLESSLYORIGINAL LIVING: OLD TOWN’S INNES STATION

Wichita is a hotbed for diverse and affordable living spaces. You can live in a luxury apartment facing the Arkansas River, in a tucked away upscale neighborhood or in a historic home with tree-lined streets. For those that long to be in the middle of everything with an original living space, Innes Station is a must-see. Click here to read more.

THREE INSTA-WORTHY FALL SPOTS IN WICHITA

There are a plethora of places in Wichita to take a one-of-a-kind photo, but the change in season makes some spots particularly fantastic. At these three locations, you can savor some of your favorite things about fall – warm-colored leaves, spooky vibes and cozy drinks – and get those Insta-worthy and #RelentlesslyOriginal snapshots. Click here to read more.

Careers in Tech: Pursue Success Your Way

The next big thing, a hidden gem and the best kept secret are all vast understatements for the Wichita region’s tech industry. How do you describe a sector that has deep roots in the local economy, thriving start-ups and an ever-growing list of diverse job opportunities? “Relentlessly original” is a start. In Wichita, you can pursue a successful career in tech your way. Click here to read more.

Embracing Fun Endlessly: A Family Day at the Fair

One of our family’s favorite things about Kansas is the mash up of different people, personalities, and possibilities. No matter where we go, we run into people from different backgrounds with different interests – with something to suit just about anyone. The Kansas State Fair is no exception. Our family ventured out on opening weekend to see what this year's Fair was all about. Click here to read more.

College Hill Heaven: A Day in the Life

This district is iconic: brick-paved streets lined with lofty trees and homes ranging from mansion-like and historic to cottage-esque and modern. Not only are its houses remarkable, residents relish the lifestyle and amenities the neighborhood offers, too. Discover a #RelentlesslyOriginal day in the life of a College Hill resident. Click here to read more.

My Summer in Wichita: A Koch Intern Experience

I’m convinced that the people who claim “there’s nothing to do in Wichita” have never actually been. I moved to Wichita for a summer internship with Koch Industries. While I was busy innovating and creating value during the day as a business systems analyst intern, my evenings were spent with fellow interns exploring the city. Click here to read more.

#RelentlesslyOriginal Local Cuisine: Cool Off from the Summer Sun

The dog days of summer call for sweet, cool relief. In Wichita, savor relentlessly original creations of ice cream, shaved ice, popsicles and more – all created by local innovators. What are you waiting for? Try these three can’t-miss eateries to beat that summer heat. Click here to read more.

Room to Roam: Welcome to Wide Open Spaces

If you want to be like the great outdoorsman Ron Swanson, now's your chance. Within a half hour drive (or less) of downtown Wichita, you’ll find your sweet spot. Build the workshop that you’ve been meaning to get to. Be the person in the office that owns chickens. Wear work boots and flannels one day and a suit the next. Why not build a gazebo or grow a garden? Click here to read more.

A PLACE WITH PURPOSE: HOW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES POWER INNOVATION

There are certain words and phrases lost in a Wichitan’s vocabulary: “all talk and no action” and “someone else will do it,” to name a couple. Fidelity Bank, Spirit AeroSystems and Textron Aviation break the mold of complacency brought by that mindset. Click here to read more.

THE LARGEST FESTIVAL IN THE STATE: Three Things to Know About Wichita's Riverfest

Riverfest is the largest and longest continuously running festival in the state and one of the largest outdoor festivals in the state. If you’re new to Wichita or need a recap, here are three things to know about one of Wichita’s most #RelentlesslyOriginal events. Click here to read more.

FROM DOWNTOWN LIVING TO DOMESTIC BLISS: Find the Neighborhood Vibe that Fits Your Life

Wichita offers the best of both worlds: bold city life and peaceful neighborhood vibes. Enjoy a tree-covered neighborhood during the day and rock out at Public at the Brickyard in the middle of downtown after dark. Uncover downtown’s first-ring neighborhoods Riverside or College Hill for an unexpected mix of historic homes and new developments. Click here to read more.

IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL: BE PART OF THE URBAN RENEWAL DOWNTOWN

Living in downtown Wichita is an unparalleled experience. It’s for the live-music lover, the art enthusiast, the trendy professional whose office is a block away and the urbanist who wants to be in the middle of it all. With thirty residential properties to choose from, there’s a place to live your best life. Click here to read more.

FOUNDERS IN FLIGHT: Why Wichita is the Air Capital of the World

In January 1925 four aviation pioneers — Clyde Cessna, Lloyd Stearman, Walter Beech and Olive Ann Mellor Beech — joined forces in Wichita to form Travel Air Manufacturing Company. It was the beginning of Wichita’s global leadership in corporate, commercial and defense aerospace; leadership that earned the city the title, “The Air Capital of the World.” Click here to read more.

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