Town Talk column

An old-school record store finds a new home in North Lawrence

When I recently told my kids I had an old J.C. Penney turntable in the storm shelter, I thought I would have to explain what a turntable was. Actually, no need. (They are still confused, though, about a J.C. Penney.) Instead, they made me drag out the turntable. That tells you a bit about why a ...

Another longtime downtown retailer to close; Compton buys Mass. Street building

Sure, Amazon and the host of other online retailers are fierce competitors, but when Cinda Garrison decided to close her longtime downtown business, Prairie Patches, there were a pair of adversaries that were even tougher to defeat — her knees. Garrison recently confirmed the speculation ...

From bingo to kiddos: Longtime Eagles Lodge building to become pediatric center

I always assumed that if a medical office were ever to locate in the old Eagles Lodge building, it would be a heart specialist. That building’s bingo games were notorious for breaking hearts. (If you are scoring at home, I still have yet to ever win a bingo game in my life.) But instead, I ...

New ownership for one of Lawrence’s longtime Italian restaurants

Justin Wilk has eaten more pasta in the last month than at any other time in his life. For some of us that would be saying a lot since my motto once was “I put the uh-oh in Spaghetti O's.” But don’t worry, Wilk is not eating that low-brow fare. Instead, he’s become the owner of one of ...

French-style bakery set to open in downtown Lawrence

The only bad thing about butter is it doesn’t come with its own lollypop stick. If you are that type of butter lover, you’ll want to take note of a soon-to-open downtown bakery that promises lots of rich European creations. E Barn Farm Bakery is set to open in the former Sandbar sub ...

Student housing company files plans for 7-story building in downtown Lawrence

Story updated at 6:40 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15: A Chicago-based company that specializes in student housing has filed plans for a seven-story apartment and retail building to be constructed across the street from the historic Douglas County Courthouse. Core Spaces announced Monday afternoon that ...

Nonprofit buys downtown parking lot in hopes of helping historic building

Well, here’s one solution to the problem of finding a place to park downtown: Just buy yourself a parking lot. One has sold recently, and it may end up being a real boon for one of Lawrence’s oldest buildings. The Lawrence Preservation Alliance confirmed it has finalized a deal with US ...

Large East Hills Business Park employer to be sold as part of $400 million deal

One of Lawrence’s largest employers soon will have a new owner. The General Dynamics call center in the East Hills Business Park is part of a $400 million deal that will transfer ownership to a company that specializes in operating customer service centers for the federal government. A ...

See the latest plans for a big new building on Vermont Street

If plans hold true, a major new building is coming to Vermont Street — and likely more competition for a space in the city parking garage next to the library will materialize too. As promised, former City Commissioner Bob Schumm has come forward with another plan to build a multistory ...

With three-quarters of the year gone, Lawrence sales tax numbers still lackluster

Story updated at 4:27 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8: Nationally, there are plenty of signs that the economy is improving. Unemployment is at its lowest level since the 1960s, the stock market continues to post new highs, and there’s a rumor at my house that we’ll get to turn the thermostat all the ...