Since the beginning of the year, downtown Wichita Falls has seen the opening of a number of businesses so far and more is yet to come.
This could not be better timing as Downtown Proud officials work to revitalize the heart of our city.
Bill Andersen, 6th Street Winery owner, said he is an IT Specialist by trade and his wife a teacher, but this here is a new found passion.
Andersen, who grew up in Wichita Falls, is among those who are doing their part in bringing life back to downtown Wichita Falls.
“Downtown is on the move, there’s a good group of people putting money into the downtown area, the city has been good about supporting us with some 4B money,” Andersen said.
For Andersen, winemaking was initially a hobby: a craft he grew to love and now it is a business that the Downtown Wichita Falls Farmers Market played a hand in boosting.
“Farmers Market a lot of times will act as a business incubator and they’ll eventually be able to grow into a storefront and that’s exactly what happened with 6th Street Winery,” Executive Director of Downtown Development Jana Schmader said. “We are super thankful and super glad that this business came into fruition.”
“The Farmers Market has just been such a good incubator for us, we developed knowledge of what people like to drink and what our market would be before we got hire in the winery,” Anderson said.
Along with Downtown Development, Anderson is encouraging wine lovers to take a stroll downtown, have a glass and taste what local wines have to offer.
For about a month now, there has been the Wee-Chi-Tah Wine Trail.
This is where you receive a passport from the CVB and you can visit 6th Street Winery, Hook and Ladder or Horseshoe Bend and with each one, you visit you receive stamps to be entered to win a gift basket from each winery.
Click here for more details on 6th Street Winery.
Click here for details on the Wee-Chi-Tah Wine Trail.