Strategizing for the Sidewalk Sale
July 9, 2014
The 55th annual Sidewalk Sale is on July 17 this year, and those who are familiar know that it’s “sun-up to sundown” affair that requires a bit of strategizing. With the help from director of Downtown Lawrence, Inc., Sally Zogry, here is a breakdown of the five-block territory to make sure shoppers know where to search, where to break and how to make the most out of the occasion.
Master craftsman: Ted’s Taphouse embraces craft beer movement
July 9, 2014
Ted’s Taphouse, 1004 Massachusetts St., is Lawrence’s only craft-beer-exclusive hang out spot, and big contributing factor to the craft beer movement in Lawrence.
Mrs. Mass.: Tips for the Sidewalk Sale
July 9, 2014
It’s practically an annual holiday in Lawrence. With downtown Lawrence abuzz before the sun rises, you know something good is going on.
Business Briefcase for July 7
July 6, 2014
The National Association of Counties recognized Douglas County with a 2014 Achievement Award for its Sustainability & Energy-Savings Reinvestment Fund project. SESRF was created in 2011 to save energy and reduce costs. Between 2009 and 2013, Douglas County reduced energy use by 17 percent, avoiding $144,106 in expenses.
New exhibit asks what’s with the gender imbalance in art?
Wonder Fair show features all female artists
July 6, 2014
When curators of a new show at Wonder Fair Gallery started counting how many female artists were represented in regional galleries compared with males, they discovered disparities. The gender gap at Wonder Fair, owner Meredith Moore admits, was pretty much equally as wide. By Sara Shepherd
Missouri offers truce in Kansas business battle
July 1, 2014
Kansas City, Mo. (ap) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Tuesday that he said could offer a truce to Kansas in a costly battle between the two states using lucrative tax breaks to lure businesses in the Kansas City region across the state line.
Voting underway for Toy Store’s Lego Contest
July 1, 2014
There are settings from “Star Wars,” scenes of horse show competitions, monsters, robots, food trucks and more. With its fourth annual Lego Contest well underway, the Toy Store is up to its neck in block-based constructions of peoples’ imaginations.
Business briefcase June 30
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Daphne Fautin, of Lawrence, was recently honored as a 2014 inductee into the International Forest of Friendship in Atchison. The Forest is a memorial to the world history of aviation and aerospace. Fautin is a professor at the University of Kansas.
Lawrence orders artists out of SeedCo building until codes issues addressed
June 26, 2014
A group of artists that helped the Warehouse Arts District earn its name is scrambling to relocate after learning their building doesn’t meet code requirements for them to be there. By Sara Shepherd
Conference center plans underway for downtown Lawrence site
June 24, 2014
Plans are in the works to convert one of downtown Lawrence’s larger pieces of property into a conference center surrounded by a hotel, apartments, retail development and an open-air plaza. By Chad Lawhorn
Teen brothers find market in Lawrence for unusual business
June 22, 2014
Brothers Kyson and Kendrick Gardner were looking for a business opportunity recently when they caught a whiff of their family’s garbage can. It wasn’t a pretty smell. So the teens from rural Douglas County asked their dad if he thought anyone would pay to have their trash containers cleaned. Their dad knew a guy who ran a similar service in Olathe; the guy in turn helped the Gardner boys set up their new business. While the idea may be a bit offbeat, it seems to have found a market in Lawrence. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence veterinarian brings old-time feel to treating animals
June 22, 2014
Walk into Lawrence’s Lewis Veterinary Clinic, and you might you feel like you’ve just stepped off a time machine, 50 years in the past. There’s not a computer in sight, no beeping from high-tech medical equipment (because there isn’t any). The receptionist still uses a typewriter and keeps patients’ records on paper. The office has an intercom system that’s never been used. But if you’re going to the no-frills clinic at Sixth Street and Lawrence Avenue, there’s a good chance veterinarian Herschel Lewis, 78, and his longtime office manager, Brenda Newell, know you, your family and your pets. Heck, they might have even taken care of your grandparents’ animals. By Giles Bruce
Business briefcase June 23
June 22, 2014
Lawrence’s Planning and Development Service Department will deliver a one-hour “Lunch and Learn” workshop on June 27 at City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St.
La Prima Tazza presents coffee-tasting, education series
June 18, 2014
La Prima Tazza is introducing a new coffee tasting and education series led by Greenstone Coffee Roasters’ Michael Schaetzel.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital to have wellness resource center at new public library
June 18, 2014
The new Lawrence Public Library will have numerous features, from a video game area to a recording studio to a coffee bar. Lawrence Memorial Hospital announced Wednesday that it will have one more: a health-and-wellness resource center. By Giles Bruce
Program helps youth with disabilities realize their potential
June 15, 2014
Since it started in 2008, Independence Inc.’s youth employment program has gotten 92 Lawrence youth community-based work trials. About a third of them have gone on to be hired by the businesses. By Giles Bruce
Business briefcase June 16
June 15, 2014
• The Oread and the Eldridge hotels in Lawrence announced that they received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The honor recognizes hospitality excellence and is given to establishments with consistently outstanding reviews on
Lawrence Memorial Hospital apologizes for erroneous billing letters
June 11, 2014
A billing company working on behalf of Lawrence Memorial Hospital recently mailed out more than 5,000 erroneous letters to patients informing them that their accounts were moving toward collections. The hospital says it asked the company, Columbia, S.C.-based AMCOL Systems, to send follow-up calls and letters informing patients of the mistake. LMH has ceased doing business with the company and is in the process of finding a new vendor. By Giles Bruce
Business briefcase June 9
June 8, 2014
Grandstand Glassware and Apparel has been named a finalist for the Governor’s Award of Excellence.