Outdoor venues becoming more popular in downtown Wichita Falls

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Outdoor venues are coming to Wichita Falls. It is something that has many people excited because of how it could diversify the city, particularly downtown.

Ted Klopf, Owner of Odd Duck Coffee, believes the more options the better.

"It's going to get people out on the streets, get people going throughout the different businesses, and it's going to help grow our economy," Klopf said.

He is one of many business owners excited about the future of downtown Wichita Falls and thinks the addition of an outdoor special events venue will enhance the Central Business District.

"For me, a successful downtown is one where someone can park and spend the entire day just going from place to place and enjoying the city," Klopf said.

Alicia Duran owns the space at 806 Travis Street and said it has been a dream she and her husband have had for a long time.

"I think it's awesome to have another place people can come and hang out and see what Wichita Falls is all about," Duran said.

Downtown Development Executive Director, Cynthia Laney, believes it will bring more diversity to downtown.

"You know Texans," she said. "We all like to sit down on our patio, whether it's having a glass of wine, a bottle of beer, or just sitting out there enjoying the kids and the late Texas sunsets."

Laney thinks it is just the first of many to come. Klopf urges people to jump on board with changes.

"If you haven't been down here in a while, things have changed quite a bit," Klopf said. "I encourage everyone to just come be a part of it. It's a lot of fun."

Laney said no matter what type of events the Duran's host in their outdoor venue, it will bring groups of people downtown that might not come otherwise.

She added that it is important to provide different atmospheres and opportunities so downtown and Wichita Falls can grow in more than just one direction.

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