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What store, if any, is downtown lacking?

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Photo of Greg Scott

“An electronic store or a small grocery store for people who live in the downtown area.”

Photo of Mahogany Green

“Maybe another major department store, where you can buy regular clothing, But for the most part, I love the downtown area.”

Photo of Grace Chin

“I miss the Casbah, which was like an organic grocery store; It was nice to be able to buy groceries downtown.”

Photo of Preston Burton,

“We could always use more variety as far as fashion trends; something alternative or grungy.”


zackattackku 5 years ago

Would love to see a Barnes & Noble downtown now that Borders is gone.

rtwngr 5 years ago

Try "Tapas". 800 block, east side.

Liberty275 5 years ago

You just want to see live bait.

Crazy_Larry 5 years ago

My business idea is to open a combination gun store/club, liquor store, and child day care it Bullets, Booze, and Brats (b-cubed). I could add a bait section too. I'm putting together a business plan and looking for investors...hoping to have a nationwide franchise within 5-years.

Alceste 5 years ago

A&P; Duckwalls; Town Crier; Pentimento; Tin Pan Alley; Union Cafe; Deluxe Cafe; Woolworth's; you know.....regular people shops: They'll never come back, either.....

jackpot 5 years ago

Something that gives S&H Green stamps?

Lisa Medsker 5 years ago

How about something that isn't a bar or restaurant? Like Alceste said: "regular people shops"!

RoeDapple 5 years ago

RoeDy's House of Paranoia and Prepper Supply (specializing in tinfoil hats, dog tags and camouflage lingerie)

Terry Sexton 5 years ago

A card shop, baby. Retirees like card shops. I mean with a full blown multi-line selection to please or offend that special person in countless ways. I'd muffin mine up, too, with a snack bar & a barista.

RoeDapple 5 years ago

Not sure, but if you need them I'll find out! ;-)

verity 5 years ago

Now I'm going to have to wipe my brain drive again.

Please have some consideration before you conjure up those kinds of images.

labmonkey 5 years ago

Are you sure Indyn isn't radioactive?

labmonkey 5 years ago

How about a union label type shop where they sell American made clothing and other items that are hard to find "Made in USA."

An actual, on topic answer for my #2500. I am only 1/5 the commenter Roe is.

Liberty275 5 years ago

In just what sort of novel items would you be interested? As president and/or governor, I will work to put an adult novelty in every pot.

Vote Liberty275 for governor and president.

Gart 5 years ago

Am on WEREALLMONKEYS side. A nice little whore house in Lawrence. Why not? The way this town throws money around and taxes us it would be fine with me. Problem is that the Whores would own the "elected" politicians. Hmm, probably same difference......

And, a place to buy smokes. Miss you, Round Corner.

And a store that sells bars of dirt and charges for the price of soap. Yeah, you know who.....

Gart 5 years ago

This is pretty good. For only $40 per, well- you know. Save a job??

Invest in a Bull.....O'Le'

Gart 5 years ago

What does a beef "Rendering Company" really render?

Gart 5 years ago

Answer: A coffee shop. There is absolutely no place to get a good cupajo downtown..........

Sorry for the rant. First night off in 12 days. No coffee. Am done.

LogicMan 5 years ago

On its east side, an Aldi. In the old bookstore?

overthemoon 5 years ago

If we're going for nostalgia...Drake's Bakery. Where you could get a real basic diner breakfast at 5 in the morning.

I'd say NO to all of the national chain restaurants and retail stores.

Terry Sexton 5 years ago

A pet rock store with make believe fairy dust.

kernal 5 years ago

Farm to Market Store like those in Tucson and Boulder. Milkman_dan if you like Trader Joe's you would love this store.

fan4kufootball 5 years ago

Hallmark Card store. Seems funny that although Lawrence has a Hallmark Cards production center here but no stores since the one on Iowa no longer carries Hallmark cards. I guess a few grocery stores and Walgreens here in Lawrence carry some.

castarke 5 years ago

Chic-fil-a or a place that specializes in hot dogs!!

Terry Sexton 5 years ago

looks like chic-filet doesn't deal in weeners.

ksjayhawk74 5 years ago

There's already a couple of places that specialize in hot dogs in Downtown Lawrence, they have carts.

intheknow 5 years ago

Going back to the good ol' days - NY Bagel. So sad that they couldn't hang on when Einstein's moved in. BEST BAGELS I HAVE EVER EATEN!! I still shed a tear when I walk the east side of the 800 block of Mass.

labmonkey 5 years ago

My favorite place to eat when I lived in Lawrence was MOJO's. It has now been replaced by some hippie restraunt.

jonnyboy 5 years ago

A "dime store" Ben Franklin like they have in Brookside in Kansas City.

A store that's a cross between the old Palace (cards), Penny Annies (is open in Eudora!!), has a soda fountain, fun stuff that isn't outrageously priced like Hobbs.

Definitely a bookstore....but people can't sit there and read the books so that when you go to buy a book, it looks like a used book!

Leslie Swearingen 5 years ago

A book store devoted to Patrick O'Brien's Aubrey/Maturin novels and all things from the British Navy from 1795-1815, and a few collectibles and odds and ends like cookbooks, a sextant, a bell, an hourglass, a sea chest, a really great model of the Surprise. Etc. etc.

pace 5 years ago

I hardly ever want a chain store, but I wish there was a Walgreens downtown, maybe on 10 hundred block.

patkindle 5 years ago

Free trade items only, best paid employees, with lots of benefits Lowest prices, discounts for seniors, and out of towners, Plus discounts for everyone not a senior, or out of towner Open all hours, free wifi and doggy friendly Free shuttle and delivery
Politically correct, diversity prone And hemp friendly

cf7286 5 years ago

I miss Play it Again Sports. I also think it would be kinda cool if there was a open air market for local venders to set up booths with all kinds of things for sale. I'm not trying to take anything away from the farmers market, but someting other than produce. The art fair is always fun to stroll through. Someting with that kind of vibe.

Maddy Griffin 5 years ago

A second hand children'sclothing store. There used to be 2 downtown, now there are none.Bring back Children's Orchard. And a Barnes & Noble.

Sherry Warren 5 years ago

Did that place called something like Doodlebugs close?

ksjayhawk74 5 years ago

How about a place that has Mexican food, ice cream and KU merchandise.

Xwards 5 years ago

Forget restaurants and bars...there's enough of those. How about a men's clothing store?

patkindle 5 years ago

Free trade items only, best paid employees, with lots of benefits Lowest prices, discounts for seniors, and out of towners, Plus discounts for everyone not a senior, or out of towner Open all hours, free wifi and doggy friendly Free shuttle and delivery Politically correct, diversity prone And hemp friendly

Flap Doodle 5 years ago

The text so nice you had to post it twice, pat?

Matthew Herbert 5 years ago

How about a more old crotchety, less organized version of Ernst & Sons.

JackMcKee 5 years ago

How does that place stay open? Is it just a novelty to the owners?

Liberty275 5 years ago

There are enough stores downtown for me to ignore. We don't need another one.

independent_rebel 5 years ago

What is really lacking, and what we really must have, is restaurant that serves us coffee, alcohol, mexician & chinese food, and pizza. No doubt it had better sell KU merchandise and overpriced nick-nacks, too. Of course, said business would need to be filled to the brim with drunk KU students and drunk homeless beggars. A bonus would be if there is some sort of "taxpayer-purchased art" located in front of the business. Oh, and it must be located in a building owned by either Doug Compton or George Paley.

Then, and only then, would it feel like Lawrence!

Jason Nowak 5 years ago

Gear Zone, Hot Topic, bring back 7th Heaven, an old fashion Arcade.

JackMcKee 5 years ago

Oh...a place that sells bongs, booze or Mexican would be nice.

gl0ck0wn3r 5 years ago

A gun store that isn't a pawn shop.

BabuTheOld 5 years ago

Decent clothing store for folks more like a branch than a twig, and between 35 and 60 yrs old. Weavers has the rest covered!

Lana Christie-Hayes 5 years ago

Red Lobster!!! .. or a discount store like Big Lot.

Jennifer Klopp 5 years ago

The comments are taking me back to the good old days of downtown Lawrence....remember Malott Toys, Haas Imports, Litwins/Penneys, Duckwalls (we used to buy school supplies there each year), Ben Franklins, Woolworths (they had a lunch counter, didn't they have a beauty parlor, too?), Drakes Bakery, Granada and The Varsity movie theaters, the A&P next to the Granada where we would buy Cracker Jacks to take to the movies, Lawrence National Bank with the cool huge clock and.....last but not least---The Red Dog Inn!! And BTW, does anyone remember the elevator operator in Weavers ('What floor please?') It was the cool old fashioned kind with the metal cage doors. Oh, I miss the old downtown Lawrence!

Richard Heckler 5 years ago

With a flooded retail market the choices are few that which can afford downtown rent and doing business in a high tax dollar paradise.

So many developers/property owners and tenants want tax dollar handouts from we the taxpayers so they may be assured of a profit.

What''s up with this nonsense?

James Minor 5 years ago

A store like the ones on the "Red Light District" in the Netherlands. Or a Vegan store where they don't sell anything because they don't like anything.

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