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Top 20 Neighborhood Amenities in Southwest, Wichita

The beautiful Southwest neighborhood is located within the central business district of the original city of Wichita, and it still has preserved its roots, like the Westway Plaza Shopping Center, and as well as a high concentration of education institutions and local business. The Osage Park is that pictoresque nook where all the traffic and the noise of the big city stops, and nature kicks in. Discover the local amenities of the Southwest area now!

Westway Plaza Shopping Center

Westway Plaza Shopping Center is a 223,587-square foot shopping center located in the Southwest area of the city of Wichita. It has recently undergone some repairs, and it looks as good as new. The center has a total of eleven individual retail buildings and here you can find everything you need. It features places like: Family Dollar, Subway, Pizza Hut, and many other shops and outlets.
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Truesdell Middle School

The work of Truesdell Middle School is to empower all students with the 21st century knowledge, skills and expectations, with everything that is necessary for succeeding. They provide a coherent, rigorous, safe and nurturing, culturally responsive learning environment. In 1991 it received an addition of the physically handicaped program, which caused an extensive remodeling of the facility to bring it up to full accessibility to the students with special needs. They offer music (in fact they have their own band, choir and orchestra) and drama classes.

Grades: 6-8
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Kelly Elementary School

Here, at the Kelly Liberal Arts Academy, all of the teachers work together to help each of the children succeed. Their art, music and gym departments work in tandem to create a special music program to showcase the students' hard work and achievements during the year. The art department even posts some of the students' work online, taking pride with their handiness and their hardwork. As far as the traditional academics goes, they emphasize a lot Reading and Math, and the activities related to those.

Grades: PK-5
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Wichita South High School

Wichita South High School, known locally as South, is a fully accreditedhigh school, serving students faithfully since 1959, located in Wichita, Kansas. It is also known as Wichita High School South. The school colors are blue and red and the enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year is 1,601 students. South is a member of the Kansas State High School Activities Association and offers a variety of sports programs. Athletic teams compete in the 6A division and the Greater Wichita Athletic League and are known as the Titans. Throughout its history, South has won 23 state championships in 7 of its 19 varsity sports, the majority of which are from the boys' basketball team and girls' gymnastics teams.

Grades: 9-12
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Osage Park

This 20-acre park was first acquired in 1957. It has one children's playground with one rubber pour-in-place safety surface, one paved parking lot with 94 stalls located on the east side of the park, one basketball/multi-use court with lighting, two softball diamonds (west and east, and only the east one has lighting) wtih player dugouts, bleachers and dirt in diamond, two lighted tennis courts with one wall for tennis practice, an interactive water fountain and of course, restrooms, inside the former Osage Recreation Center Building.
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Marchello's Restaurant

Marchello's Restaurant is a hidden gem in Wichita. It serves its customers authentic Italian cuisine since 1996. The moment you enter the restaurant, you get surrounded by the aroma of spices and homemade-like Italian food. Their dishes are one of a kind, thanks to the made on the spot marinara, alfredo, marsala sauces and the pizza crusts. The food is not the only amazing thing about this place, the staff adds more charm to it than it already has. And, they deliver!

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11am – 9pm, Friday – Saturday: 11am – 10pm, Sunday: 12pm – 9pm
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The thing about ALDI is that it is convenient and always near you. The have a wide assortment of all kind of products, and on top of that, they have their own authentic high-quality brands! Upon which you can save quite a lot of money. And if you're not familiar with their checkout process, you should bring a bag with you, or you can just buy a recyclable one from them!

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9am – 8pm, Saturday: 9am – 8pm, Sunday: 10am - 7pm
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El Mexico Cafe

El Mexico Cafe was declared 2012 Wichita's Favorite, and on good grounds too: the Iced Tea, the Guacamole and the best tacos in town. But if you're not that much of a fan of Mexican good, their menu is diverse and they have American food and specials for children as well. Though, you have to try the tacos. Trying one of those crispy goodies well change your whole viewpoint of Mexican food, if you're not a fan. But if you like it, then you will love it!
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Bionic Burger Hamburgers

The Bionic Burger is a Kansas specialty fast food restaurant, home of the 6 million dollar burger. This fine establishment is serving Kansas since 1949 and Wichita since 1977, it goes way back. This specific location is considered the best in town! The burgers here are pretty big and tasty, and the choice of seasonings you can add to their home fries is amazing! This place is cheap and fast. I recommend you try the fries with the cheddar topping, and the bacon double cheeseburger, you'll come back for more.

Hours: Lobby: 11:00am-10:00pm
Drive Thru: 11:00am-10:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am-9:00pm
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Roller City

Roller City is family owned and operated with adult supervision and security. Though in business since 1994, it has Wichita's only hardwood nothern maple rotunda skating floor. It also offers Wichita's best reasonably priced Birthday Party packages inculding everything needed for you party (well, except the cake). This wonderful indoor rink is open full year round, and the roller skating sessions for the public are one of its main attractions. They also offer Adult Roller Hockey.
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O.J. Watson Park

O.J. Watson Park was dedicated in 1965, and named after the former Board of Park Comissioner President O.J. Watson. The park is one of the largest ones in the City of Wichita park system. The peaceful 119 acre site offers a rustic setting, including a 40-acre lake for fishing and pedal boats (though if you intend to fish, a Kansas Fishing license is required). Additional amenities include: a miniature train ride, pony rides, miniature gold, sand volleyball courts, a campfire circle, hayrack rides, open shelters, charcoal grills, 3 playgrounds, drinking fountains, parking stalls and restroom facilities. Admission to the park is free, only the participation in some activities and all rides is charged. The park also offers a variety of recreational and educational programs for all ages.

Hours: Winter (November 1 - March 16): Daily 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fall (October 1-31): Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Summer (March 17 - September 30): Daily 8:00 am - 10 pm
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Wizard's Asylum

Wizard's Asylum is Midwest's Best Source for Comics and Games. They have been in business for over 24 years and they know their job. They carry the largest selection of trade-paperbacks/graphic novels in Oklahoma and Kansas. They also have new and back-issue comics and offer a discounted subscription for their customers. On top of that, they have a cool selection of hard to find Euro boards games, as well as a complete supply of role-playing games and supplies, and also a wide variety of unique family and party members. Besides all that, they know what fun is about. During their weekly Magic the Gathering tournaments, there are plenty of opportunities for players to have fun, win prizes and get acquainted, as well as taking advantage of such as board game night, or just playing some cool video games.

Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm, Sunday: Noon - 5:00 pm
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Dillons is a Kansas specialty chain of grocery supermarkets. And there you can find everything thing you need: from books, cosmetics, liquor, and pharmaceutical products at their own Pharmacy, to cheese, deli and bakery goodies. They also have a Salad bar and Free Wi-Fi!
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The Walgreen Company (Walgreens) is the largest drug retailing chain in the United States. Walgreens provides access to consumer goods and services, plus pharmacy, photo studio, health and wellness services in the United States through its retail drugstores, Walgreens Health Services division, and Walgreens Health and Wellness division. Walgreens had 8,206 drugstores as of January 31, 2014.

Hours: Shop/Photo: 24/7, Pharmacy: 24/7
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Walmart Neighborhood Market

Walmart Neighborhood Market is a chain of grocery stores launched by Walmart in 1998. These stores are designed to be the opposite of vastly larger superstores. These smaller stores are meant to "woo shoppers with easier parking, less crowded aisles and quicker checkout." Walmart Neighborhood Market stores offer a variety of products, like: bakery, dairy, deli, frozen foods, grocery, meat, pharmacy, produce, seafood, snacks, liquor and so on.

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 6:00 am - 12:00 am
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Dollar Tree

Dollar Tree is a famous chain of discount variety stores that sells items for $1 or even less! It competes in the dollar store and low-end retail markets. Each Dollar Tree stocks a variety of products including national, regional, and private-label brands. Departments found in a Dollar Tree store include health and beauty, food and snacks, party, seasonal décor, housewares, glassware, dinnerware, household cleaning supplies, candy, toys, gifts, gift bags and wrap, stationery, craft supplies, teaching supplies, automotive, electronics, pet supplies, and books. Most Dollar Tree stores also sell frozen foods and dairy items such as milk, eggs, pizza, ice cream, frozen dinners, and pre-made baked goods. The stores are also accepting coupons.

Hours: Monday - Saturday: 8:00am – 10:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 9:00pm
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Curves is a women-only corporate wellness and fitness center. It offers a range of health programs to choose from, developed and taught my professionals who have been dedicating their lives to this center for quite a long time. Some of those programs include: Curves Complete, which is aimed at total weight loss and Curves Fitness, which aims at increasing energy, strength and flexibility. Regardless of the program you choose, Curves will help you achieve your goal.

Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:30am - 1:00pm | 3:00pm – 6:30pm, Saturday: 9:00am – 12:00pm, Sunday: Closed

Circle Cinema

Circle Cinema is the best place to catch a movie premiere at. It took great effort and work to build this place, and you will understand that once you head to the 4-feet wall. You will love it here. I recommend the left side of the theater best though. Because of the round design, you will also see everything that's going on down all around, not just enjoy your movie.
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Spangles Restaurants

Spangles serves the finest quality food made fresh and made to order, in a fast, cozy and friendly atmopshere, since they opened their first restaurant in 1978. Their exclusive 1/3 lb. Gourmet Supreme is voted the best burger year after year. And it's not just about the burgers, everything they serve is absolutely delicious. You have to check their burgers, that's a must, just as well as the pitas, gyros and sourdough treats – you will definitely want more.

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 6:30am – 10:00am, Friday – Saturday: 6:30am – 11:00pm, Sunday: 7:00am – 10:00pm
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Riverside Cafe South

Riverside Cafe South is set to become your favorite experience. The food is great and the atmosphere is better – just like grandma's house! This bustling cafe serves the best sweet potato fries in town, delicious and crunchy. You may also want to try their apple butter with raisin bread. Another perk of this great cafe is their punch card: eat there 10 times, next meal is free!

Hours: Monday – Saturday: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm, Sunday: 6:00am – 2:00pm
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Top 20 Neighborhood Amenities in Southwest, Wichita