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What store would you like to see come to Lawrence?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on November 28, 2010

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“Victoria’s Secret.”

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“I don’t like the chains, and the charm of Lawrence is the individual shops.”

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“I like seeing local stores. I don’t want to see any more chains.”

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“Adidas Originals.”


riverdrifter 7 years ago

Third. I still want a combination bar, bank, baitshop and steak joint that only offers the highest quality prime beef. There will be no endive salad.

therandyteacosy 7 years ago

I thought this town was already a combination bar and bank?

meggers 7 years ago

We already get that from the drum circles.

RoeDapple 7 years ago

A car dealership like this! With a drive-thru liquor and ammo store next door.

RaynRavyn 7 years ago

They don't sell Ammo, but Valley Falls (North and a little West of Lawrence) has a drive-thru liquor store!

Nick Yoho 7 years ago

out of the bars and into the cars!

Ricky_Vaughn 7 years ago

Rollin' down the street, smokin __, Sippin' on Gin and Juice With my mind on my money And my money on my mind...

Bill Lee 7 years ago

A big and tall men's clothing store. It can be local or a chain.

SeaFox 7 years ago

Anything but a KU apparel/Sporting goods store.

Oh, and can we get rid of Lids while we're at it? They're one of those chains Mr. Wachspress wants to not see.

Shane Rogers 7 years ago

Having just seen UHF again this past week, I'll second Spatula City! ;-)

Ron Holzwarth 7 years ago

And while we're at it, how about a Metropolitan Car Franchise?

Kookamooka 7 years ago

H & M, Trader Joes, Costco, IKEA, Art Mart, Paper Source. We've got everything else I need.

madameX 7 years ago

Yes! H&M! The closest one is in St. Louis, but that doesn't stop them from running commericals during 90210 and Gossip Girl...

LoveThsLife 7 years ago

I agree..just add Anthropologie to that list as well and I would be a happy girl.

Shane Rogers 7 years ago

I would like to see Best Buy expand their pathetically small store.....but that'll never happen because Lawrence doesn't like big box retail. I'd like to see Cracker Barrel come to Lawrence - not really a "retail store", but it does have a retail aspect. Definitely add Toys-R-Us to the list of "nice to have's". I know we have plenty of bookstores, but I kinda miss Books-a-million from my hometown area, they seemed to have a much better selection than what's available here.

Masttop 7 years ago

Best Buy's "pathetically small" store is based on their demographic decisions not the city's. Lawrence isn't considered a big enough market to support a larger store. Apparently we're not as important as some us of think.

Sunny Parker 7 years ago

I don't care. I'm heading to KC to do my shopping.

Richard Heckler 7 years ago

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Richard Heckler 7 years ago

Bring it all downtown instead of killing downtown!

How much more in taxes are residents willing to pay for more convenience? More and more retail like residential will not pay for themselves.

Suburban sprawl has been rightly blamed for many things: destroying green space, increasing air and water pollution, fracturing our neighborhoods and forcing us to drive gridlocked roads for every chore. But there is one consequence that usually goes unmentioned - sprawl is draining our pocketbooks and raising our taxes.

It would probably be more fiscal realistic to make a drive elsewhere once in awhile than to pay more taxes locally.

Art always has value - Can The Arts Save Your Small Town?

Can The Arts Save Your Small Town? ( Douglas County is mentioned in this)

by Joanne Steele on August 3, 2010

Last weekend I had one of those serendipitous happenings that keep my belief in magic alive.

Phoenixville First Fridays feature live music, open studios and gallery showings.

The topic of our monthly Revitalization Team meeting was to be art as an economic development tool. Who should appear at my info table at our small town summer festival but an expert in art towns!

Joe McArdle is a resident of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, a former steel town that revitalized itself by attracting artists and selling itself as an art town. They’ve been at it for years with great success.

Here are some of Joe’s sage suggestions:

deec 7 years ago

don't forget the jelice,wieners and kolace!

Chris Ogle 7 years ago

Good one, Original Bob, but now I have to get another keyboard.... Spilled coffee on the old one.

whats_going_on 7 years ago

VS I thought Olive Garden until I ate there last time...wasn't that good. I'll stick to Paisanos :-D

Ron Holzwarth 7 years ago

I was going to say Olive Garden, and then I read through the comments to see if that would be a repeat. But I'll second you on the "sometimes good, sometimes not" nature of the place. When it's good, it's great! But sometimes you have to rate it only a so-so, and not really worth the price.

Jeff Cuttell 7 years ago

Chick Fil A---Red Lobster---a grocery store on 23rd and O Connell----Menards (because Lowes and HD suck compared to them).

whats_going_on 7 years ago

omg Chick Fil A is soooooooooooooooo nasty. Ew ew ew.

They do actually have KU. Not convenient for anyone else, but yeah.

(or at least, they used to)

independant1 7 years ago

A mom and pop diner like Drakes and a donut shop like Joe's.

whats_going_on 7 years ago

I think a Red Lobster would be good. Olive Garden maybe...but we have a couple nice places to get italian.

I'm thinking some chains don't want to come here because we have such a wide range of eating options?

kernal 7 years ago

I heard some Lawrencians like the food poisoning at Red Lobster in Topuka. Last time I ate there, it was mediocre, dirty and the wait staff obviously hated working there.

jonas_opines 7 years ago

Smokestack BBQ's all I'd really care about, or an OK Joes, or something else that is more than simply passable BBQ.

notanota 7 years ago

Eat at Granddaddy's. Their sides aren't much, but the BBQ is really good.

geekin_topekan 7 years ago

Geisha Steakhouse and Spa.

Jack In The Box.

Nick Yoho 7 years ago

I'd just like to say, I agree with you. mark it down.

Flap Doodle 7 years ago

I'd like to sell felled trees, amphibians, Poland China swine and Weimaraners. I'd call it Snap's House of Logs, Frogs, Hogs and Dogs. "One day my log will have something to say about this. My log saw something that night."

Scott Morgan 7 years ago

I would like a full service sporting goods store.

Rae Hudspeth 7 years ago

A permanent artist/craft market, with working studios, I'm thinking along the lines of the old Reuter's building converted. Most of all, I'd like to see a few blocks of downtown become pedestrian only space, room for all those outside patios and walkers.

vermont 7 years ago

Francis Sporting Goods does a great job of getting what you need and you're feeding/supporting a local family when you shop there. They give back to the community in various, substantial ways.

rollcar 7 years ago

Agreed! Francis is a great store, and I've bought several items there over the years, but if you are looking for a tent, or a tacklebox, or a shotgun, or an in-ground basketball system, or a weight bench, you're just out of luck. Perhaps they could special order, but who wants to buy an item sight-unseen when there are businesses out there that could offer in-store inventory? Sporting goods selection (of the non-KU apparel variety) is seriously lacking in this town for those of us who desire more than Target and WalMart have to offer.

kernal 7 years ago

Too bad Play It Again Sports moved to KC area and didn't leave a store in Lawrence. They used to carry weight benches.

Kyle Neuer 7 years ago

Trader Joe's Stroud's A nice, cheap Vietnamese sandwich shop. Bahn mi = yummy.

phoggyhawk 7 years ago

Trader Joe's and/or Hen House/Price Chopper on the east side, maybe by the new Tractor Supply. I get so tired of the traffic between Mass & Iowa on 23rd. With all the new development out east, a grocery store out there would thrive.

cozy 7 years ago

Gordmans...very nice home decor and other department selection--TJ Maxx seems more like a thrift store than a department store :(, Waffle House, Fazolis, Victorias Secret, Charlotte Russe or somewhere with inexpensive clothing and accessories. And of course, a grocery store in east and north lawrence.

whats_going_on 7 years ago

There are a lot of places you can get cheap clothes...Kieus, Buckle (at least shirts are pretty inexpensive), Britches, Kohls, Old Navy, Maurices, and JCP (although I really don't like the last 4, but they work for some).

I think i heard somewhere that they were trying to get a Fazolis here...I would LOVE that too, and I think it would do very well with all the college and high school students here.

cozy 7 years ago

LOL @ Kieus, Buckle, Britches, Maurices. Those are not inexpensive places that I am talking about. Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, are what Im referring to for inexpensive.

whats_going_on 7 years ago

I got that, thanks for clarifying.

cozy 7 years ago

Fazolis would be nice. I shouldnt have to have a date and get shnazzed up to get some spaghetti and meatballs. The drive thru option is nice. (no, im not fat. lol)

I actually do all of my clothes shopping at Gordmans. Its cheap and they have good brands and such awesome home decor. I cant stop talking about it, its so cheap and looks pretty expensive. lol.

sherbert 7 years ago

I bet all those folks shop elsewhere when they really need clothes or shoes though. Designer Show Warehouse DSW would be awesome!

lubyloo 7 years ago

Victoria's Secret, Ann Taylor Loft, Banana Republic, Lowes....

parrothead8 7 years ago

I'll see that In-n-Out Burger, and raise you a Waffle House.

The other business Lawrence could use is a Dave & Buster's-type place. There's very little to "do" in Lawrence...just places to "shop" and "eat." We need putt-putt, video games, go-karts, etc.

whats_going_on 7 years ago

I miss the putt putt and the skating rink :(

Godot 7 years ago

The home of the anti-capitalists and anti-corporatists, and we have people longing for a corporate chain to open up in Lawrence. You want a shopping venue? You think it will survive and make money? Then put up your own money and your hard work and your life, and do it yourself.

CLARKKENT 7 years ago


geekin_topekan 7 years ago

Chester Fried at Checkers was good. Haven't tried the new stuff though.

Church's (Topeka) only redeeming value is the Spicy Sprinkle. Maybe the Okra, if I'm in the mood.

kujhawk 7 years ago

It doesn't matter what the people of Lawrence want it's whatever the city will allow into Lawrence. A town this size should have several different choices of stores. Maybe one day, just maybe.

notanota 7 years ago

Yes, yes, yes. Of all the suggestions, this is the only one that would actually get people to drive out of town to come here and shop. Anyone got several million dollars to go in with me on a franchise? I'll put down a twenty...

parrothead8 7 years ago

Wow. Yeah, I wish I'd thought of that. An Ikea would be awesome. I'd even be happy if there was one in KC.

whats_going_on 7 years ago

didn't Circuit City go out of business?

amesn 7 years ago

Fazoli's is a great idea! Cheap, fast food italien that is surprisingly good! I also agree we could use a larger quantity sporting goods store..hmmm what would be awesome if we could get a Trader Joe's but I don't see it happening with 2 going up in KC (at least that's what I heard). Has anyone heard where and when Trader Joe's is coming to KC?

gphawk89 7 years ago

Used to like Fazoli's but their prices have gone sky high in the past few years. Still fast and good, though.

cozy 7 years ago

Everywhere has gone sky high in the past few years.

jehovah_bob 7 years ago

Because outlet stores have worked out so well for Lawrence in the past.

jehovah_bob 7 years ago

Because outlet stores have worked out so well for Lawrence in the past.

booyalab 7 years ago

A bar with a daycare attached. (if anyone steals my idea and is successful, I'm suing!)

Mark Thompson 7 years ago

I want "Everything But Ice" to come back

Bill Lee 7 years ago

When I was in the hotel business, I was frequently asked, "Where's Denny's?" Good questiion, not that I'm a big fan, but overnight eating options in Lawrence are rather limited.

notanota 7 years ago

I'm pretty sure we used to have one, and it failed.

Nick Yoho 7 years ago

you might be surprised at how many places to eat are open overnight these days.. Is there still an all night cereal bar?

Nick Yoho 7 years ago

you might be surprised at how many places to eat are open overnight these days.. Is there still an all night cereal bar?

cozy 7 years ago

We need a Waffle House. Its cheap and it would be a place to get "regulars" for business.

BigPrune 7 years ago

Most of the stores mentioned above will not come here because Lawrence doesn't have a large enough population to support their store, or, they tried to come to Lawrence but they got run out of town (Cracker Barrel), and others who want to come here cannot afford to pay the high price because everything is inflated since the City has restricted anything new that can be developed or it is owned by the three remaining "players" in town who want exorbitant prices.

Charlie Bannister 7 years ago

Waffle House. I think the kids would really dig it, especially late at night. Heck I'm 50 and I like it. I drive all the way to Shawnee to eat at the one there.

sinkorswim 7 years ago

Putt-Putt, skating rink, etc. IKEA, Trader Joe's, Costco, Victoria's Secret, Dillard's, Dick's Sporting Goods Red Lobster, Cracker Barrel, McCormick and Schmick's - a nice place to go!

Places I wish would return - Arensberg's (Brown's and Weaver's just aren't the same!), Little Women (no good children clothing shops anymore)

nobody1793 7 years ago

Last. I want a 3rd Wal-Mart. The other two aren't convenient enough.

whats_going_on 7 years ago

not going to happen. We have Smashburger, Freddy's and 5 guys now, In and Out would be a little bit of an overkill. Much like the gazillion pizza places we have.

parrothead8 7 years ago

You're right, and it's too bad. I wouldn't mind if some of those other burger places closed, and then we got an In-n-Out Burger.

snoozey 7 years ago

An intelligent blog training center would be a useful addition..

missmia 7 years ago

Agree with Chanel- Victoria's Secret.

booyalab 7 years ago

You mean all the homeless in one convenient spot for me to avoid? Yes, please!

slvrntrt 7 years ago

A Butcher. I can't believe we don't have one.

kernal 7 years ago

There used to be one, but he went out of business due to lack of. Is there still one in Lecompton?

slvrntrt 7 years ago

I go to DeSoto right now, they're really inexpensive.

slvrntrt 7 years ago

I go to DeSoto right now, they're really inexpensive.

whynaut 7 years ago

isn't there one in the basement of the community rec center at 11th and Vermont?

Richard Payton 7 years ago

p> has many retail outlets maybe we could rename ballonman for Lawrence, KS store. deec those wieners might be looking to expand but small store on Johnson Drive in Mission, KS likely not coming to Lawrence, KS.

Deja Coffin 7 years ago

I would love to see a Children's Place in Lawrence. Although I've been doing more shopping in Leavenworth and at the Legends so I guess if there was a Children's Place at the Legends I'd be happy. It's not because I don't love Lawrence and driving 45 minutes to get to Target..... but those areas are closer to my house..... or at least have less traffic lights and the empT slowing me down.

Nick Yoho 7 years ago

My Daughter and her friends would like to see Hot Topic come to town.

Sherry Warren 7 years ago

A fair trade boutique year round.

A Pike Place Market - all that fresh stuff is fabulous. But it just wouldn't be the same without Seattle

kernal 7 years ago

Trader Joes and Costco. We'll never get a Costco in Lawrence due to our size.

I like what The_Big_B said.

Lana Christie-Hayes 7 years ago

Fast Food... Go Chicken Go (I like the livers and gizzards!) :) For a restaurant...RED LOBSTER!!!! (we have NO real sea food restaurant in Lawrence) and though I like what The_Big-B said also, I don't really see that happening... But you never know I guess! Johnnies started in North Lawrence and is now around KC!!

Gail Grant 7 years ago

The Limited New York & Company Trader Joe (coming to KC finally) DSW Costco

Rae Hudspeth 7 years ago

Ah yes, Red Lobster, the WalMart of frozen reheated seafood. Try Anglers on mass st. It's sooo much better.

Checkers has its own butcher.
it amazes me how many people here ask for stores that we already have a much better version of here. We had a Whole Foods once. It didn't last, as the Merc is so much better.

slvrntrt 7 years ago

A grocery store butcher is not the same as a stand alone store where you can get processing, sides of beef, and a wide selection of animals to eat.

Denny2009 7 years ago

I would like to see an indoor ice rink.

Mike Ford 7 years ago

Lawrence will never have a Price Chopper, Hen House, Apple Market Grocery Store. Because those are Union Grocery Stores. And Lawrence does not like a Union Grocery Store in the town.

Frederic Gutknecht IV 7 years ago

Bubba's Gun Range, Gun Shop & Other S h i t e... Vermont St. BBQ REI

sustainabilitysister 7 years ago

More independent food stands at bars, more locally grown foods in restaurants, a REAL traditional shelter that does not turn people away when they're at capacity (you can't have a shelter that's trying to go "No Kill" without a traditional one in the same vicinity... this causes people to do inhumane things when their last and only humane option is closed to them), and a more environmentally sound sustainable city government.

justsomewench 6 years, 12 months ago

IMHO, we're in need of industry (manufacturing, services, what have you). Call it a job shop, if you must.

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