Town Talk

Lawrence is the site of country music superstar art, thanks to local artist

Lawrence and its famed crop artist Stan Herd are back in the news, and this time with a bit of a country twang. Country music stars Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Kelsea Ballerini this week all posted mysterious images of crop art portraits of themselves but provided no other information about ...

The Merc plans downtown KCK store, nears completion on Lawrence solar project

Downtown Kansas City, Kan., is on track to have a bit of a Lawrence feel to it. No, the honk for hemp guy isn’t changing residences. Instead, it is another green Lawrence institution: The Merc. The cooperative grocer that is based at Ninth and Iowa streets has reached a tentative deal to ...

Jack in the Box plans fall through, but Hawaiian restaurant on tap

If you have ever wondered who would win a battle between a jack-in-the-box and a rice and macaroni salad-eating Hawaiian, bet on the latter. That’s my way of telling you that, indeed, plans for a Jack in the Box fast food restaurant on 23rd Street have fallen through and have been replaced by ...

With half a year on the books, Lawrence’s retail scene showing signs of cool down

I just got back from a foreign vacation, so my dollar sense is a little rusty. (So is my peso sense. Come to find out, 7,500 pesos won’t rent you a yacht but will get you seasick in a kayak.) Regardless, I am able to ascertain that the latest sales tax numbers from the city of Lawrence aren't ...

A look at Lawrence’s high gas prices and an update on plans for a Casey’s store

I’m not exactly sure where, but somewhere along Kansas Highway 10 east of Lawrence there is a magic gas portal. You pass through it heading east, and gas becomes a lot cheaper. Heading west it becomes a lot more expensive. This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned this, but I’ll do so ...

Mexican restaurant to close, but comfort food spot to take its place

Out with fancy Mexican food and in with something called a Midwest kitchen and bar. Downtown Lawrence’s Port Fonda has announced it soon will close, and a restaurant that puts its own twist on classic comfort food will open in its place. The Mexican restaurant Port Fonda will close at the ...

Lawrence bar and restaurant reopens after death of its owner and founder

The Slow Ride Roadhouse is on the road to recovery after tragedy. The North Lawrence bar and restaurant has reopened following the death of its owner and operator. Jesse del Campo Jr., 56, was killed in a two-vehicle motorcycle accident on July 16, 2017, between Lawrence and Eudora. After his ...

Plans filed for new apartment complex north of Memorial Stadium

There were plenty of times in college when I couldn’t find my car, and that was well before the trend of student apartment complexes with underground parking garages. In case you are wondering, that does appear to be a new trend in Lawrence. Plans have been filed for a new apartment complex ...

Lawrence once again has a Hallmark Gold Crown store, thanks to unique partnership

I know what the gold crown signifies when talking about a Hallmark Gold Crown store. It reminds me that I’ll need to melt one down to pay for all the Hallmark Christmas ornaments that will make their way to my house. For the last several years, buying those types of Hallmark specialty items ...