Town Talk

Work underway to make old lumberyard into brewery, pizza place

All Lawrence is missing is a Tom T. Hall statue, and an order proclaiming his song “I Like Beer” as the town’s anthem. (If you aren’t a 1970s country music fan, you are missing out on Hall — and belt buckles that double as dinner plates.) All this is to say that Lawrence, indeed, is ...

West Lawrence grocery gets new tech that lets people largely skip checkout lines

Grocery shopping is becoming high-tech, and a west Lawrence store is on the cutting edge of it. The Dillons store at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive has become just the fourth store in the Dillons chain to allow customers to use new handheld technology that allows them to scan the prices of ...

Scenes from downtown Lawrence’s sidewalk sale, including hemp and poetry

Hemp and poetry is a winning combination at today’s Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale. There are many days that a slight variation of that combination is on display in downtown. But let’s not go there. Instead, let’s do some news and notes from today’s 59th annual sidewalk extravaganza. ...

Coffee, beer and music come together at new Iowa Street pub

Maybe Lawrence businessman Shaun Trenholm has come up with the next great political slogan, courtesy of his new business Shaun & Sons Artisan Pub and Coffeehouse. “Our slogan is 'It takes a pub in every village,'” Trenholm said. (I know some politicians who are willing to do the ...

Discount tool retailer plans to open store on 23rd Street

I frequently speculate about tools. (Surely these wire cutters are insulated against electrical shocks.) Well, I actually can report on some tool speculation that has turned out better. Over the past couple of months, I’ve speculated that the tool retailer Harbor Freight was coming to ...

Preservation group strikes deal to buy property near downtown

Here’s your chance to own a house that is next door to a property known for beer drinking and gymnastics. Sure, there probably are plenty of chances to buy such a house in certain Lawrence neighborhoods, but this one is unique nonetheless. The Lawrence Preservation Alliance has struck a ...

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 ...