Shop Local: Vortex Souvenir

Vortex Souvenir

Vortex Souvenir

I was looking for a Wichita sticker to place on my laptop and a friend suggested I stop by Vortex Souvenir located at 607 W. Douglas in the Delano District. It’s probably the only storefront I’ve never stepped foot in along that stretch of businesses that begins with Hatman Jack’s. I had to end that and made sure to stop by.

Vortex Souvenir offers curated items produced by independent artists. According to their website, they aim to create a fun and stimulating environment that promotes creativity and inspiration within the local community.

From an outsider perspective, checking it out for the first time, Vortex Souvenir had a bit of everything.

There were t-shirts, cards, tote bags, hats, candles, books, signs, games, literally any type of gift you could think of for yourself or someone else.

They even had Kitty-Cat Klocks where the tails would move from side to side. It was quite mesmerizing.

There’s even a retro electro-mechanical pinball machine in the back of the store that people are welcome to play.

And in case you’re wondering, yes, I did get a Wichita sticker for my laptop. I almost went with the F*** Yeah Wichita one, but didn’t want to draw attention to me when I was at coffee shops. Perhaps I should get that sticker for the bottom of my laptop.

All in all, it was a pretty cool little niche shop with something for everyone. Next up, I’m in the hunt for a Wichita backpack.

For more on Vortex Souvenir, check out their Facebook or website. They can also be found at 607 W. Douglas, where their hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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