b20graham (Brandon Graham)

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Outstanding food. Outstanding Service. Just a really well done establishment.

June 17, 2014 at 8:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Downtown promoter seeks to close part of Massachusetts Street for free, outdoor movie

My name is Brandon Graham. I own Jefferson's and Papa Keno's downtown and I personally think this is a great idea. It won't necessarly benefit my buisiness at Papa Keno's to have traffic closed off in that block, but it's the greater good that I'm more concerned with. Mike Logan does a lot for our community with Granada and Abe and Jake's and brings lots of people TO LAWRENCE that otherwise wouldn't be here and this is part of the celebration of a historic location that he does a tremendous job with and I think is a great thing.

I understand some of the pushback, but as a business owner downtown that is dependant on traffic and people coming down to see us, this is a good thing. The street closings, etc that happen on about 10 days of the 365 day calendar are a good thing for every business down there, short and long term. If anybody disagrees, I will be happy to walk them through the math of why it makes sense for us as restaurant and retail shopt owners. These are the things that make us so unique and create continued interest in our downtown. What we have is sucah a rarity on a national scale, I think we often take it for granted. Downtown continues to get better and better and these events are a part of that economic and common sense fabric.

September 14, 2013 at 11:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Color Run bursts through downtown Lawrence

My name is Brandon Graham. I own two businesses downtown (Jefferson's and Papa Keno's) and I see both sides of the feedback here. We see benefit to our restaurants when this type of event happens to some degree. We also receive feedback, and see personally, that it hurts us to some degree because of the traffic challenges and road closings.

I understand where some of you are coming from with the feelings that the organization is using a charity claim to drive participation and profitiablity. At the end of the day, they are accountable for their claims by the consumer public and if they are not good folks, people will not run in their events.

They are however, making some kind of contribution to a local charity, and any amount is better than none. If they reached out to me and other business owners downtown to help raise a more substantial amount of money for something that was universal in nature to our community, I think they could position themselves better by doing that.

That being said, any event of any kind that brings focus to our city and in particular, our downtown is tough to not get behind. At least they are doing it here and not in Columbia!! I love the passion of our residents for each side of every issue and that's part of what makes this city so great. This is no different...maybe we can all work together to make the event even more locally tailored and get the organization to really make a big impact with an organization that needs assistance.

I don't know the ins and outs of the public policy component but I would guess that we have some of that built into the "cost of doing business" in the city. I can't speak to that for sure, so if there were an incremental expense to the city that is incurred and the organization that is making money off this event causes that by holding then run, then it's probably fair that they carry some of that freight.

I like having events like this in our beautiful downtown...it gets more and more people to see what we have to offer and tell other people. This is one of the most significant parts of this city's makeup and I couldn't be any more proud to be a part of itl.

September 14, 2013 at 10:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Color Run

My name is Brandon Graham. I own two businesses downtown (Jefferson's and Papa Keno's) and I see both sides of the feedback here. We see benefit to our restaurants when this type of event happens to some degree. We also receive feedback, and see personally, that it hurts us to some degree because of the traffic challenges and road closings.

I understand where some of you are coming from with the feelings that the organization is using a charity claim to drive participation and profitiablity. At the end of the day, they are accountable for their claims by the consumer public and if they are not good folks, people will not run in their events.

They are however, making some kind of contribution to a local charity, and any amount is better than none. If they reached out to me and other business owners downtown to help raise a more substantial amount of money for something that was universal in nature to our community, I think they could position themselves better by doing that.

That being said, any event of any kind that brings focus to our city and in particular, our downtown is tough to not get behind. At least they are doing it here and not in Columbia!! I love the passion of our residents for each side of every issue and that's part of what makes this city so great. This is no different...maybe we can all work together to make the event even more locally tailored and get the organization to really make a big impact with an organization that needs assistance.

I don't know the ins and outs of the public policy component but I would guess that we have some of that built into the "cost of doing business" in the city. I can't speak to that for sure, so if there were an incremental expense to the city that is incurred and the organization that is making money off this event causes that by holding then run, then it's probably fair that they carry some of that freight.

I like having events like this in our beautiful downtown...it gets more and more people to see what we have to offer and tell other people. This is one of the most significant parts of this city's makeup and I couldn't be any more proud to be a part of itl.

September 14, 2013 at 10:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pizza is the best in town. This is a true Lawrence institution. Nothing else compares.

August 25, 2013 at 1:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Agency, Lawrence bars prepare to fight fake IDs

I've long thought it was incredibly sad that a grown adult in this country can kill and be killed on behalf of his or her nation but cannot have a beer at the bar with their friends while having an adult conversation.

I do understand the other side of the argument and the horrific pain drunk driving has caused so many families, but I think there are reasonable solutions to some of that activity that affects so many more than under 21 adults.

If every 18 year old had to take a college level course for a semester, issued by the state, and had to pay for it in order to have a license to consume alcohol in in general and specifically in public, I think we might be ahead in so many ways. The individual would be very educated about all the harmful affects of overconsumption, see the very real damage that can be caused operating motor vehicles, and be educated about the health risks of long term over indulgence. If you educate young adults, have adult conversations with them, and treat them fairly, I'm still of the opinion that it gets through to them.

August 10, 2010 at 7:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Road work causing business to wilt, owner says

How about set up a garden center somewhere else in town that's more accessible when something like this happens and send flowers there to be sold? How about the farmers market? Or offer delivery? Or offer shipping? Do you have a database of all that customer information who are from KC and Topeka so you can send them an email or mailer? How about Facebook or any other social media platform? Do you know what that is? What has been done to be proactive? Excellent marketing through the JW.

June 16, 2010 at 12:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Johnny's customers facing another detour in North Lawrence

We went to Johnny's from 7 pm to 9:30 pm graduation Saturday. One of four tables eating during that time. Is that packed in Lawrence now? Terrible service to go along with mediocre food that was prepared by a guy not wearing gloves (saw it twice when using the restroom).

May 28, 2010 at 8:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence manufacturer to close next year

I'm a conservative Republican that firmly believes in hard work and capitalism. I have no idea how one comes up with "blame Obama" for this or any other economic disappointment taking place in communities across the country.

I don't agree with much of the President's ideas or agendas, but he is not the cause of the economic meltdown we have endured the last two years.

September 21, 2009 at 6:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Commissioners approve preliminary Wal-Mart plan

I seriously can't believe the level of ignorance and amazing stupidity of those posting on these boards. What statistics and facts do you use to come up with the accusations that are made on this thread? If Wal-Mart and any other business that is not locally owned are all bad, why do they do so well? I have no problem paying $14 for a hammer from the hardware store downtown instead of $9 at Home Depot for the same thing, because I can. I work hard, always have, and I choose to do that from time to time. Many can't do that same thing or don't want to...because it doesn't make economic sense.

Why is it that so many of you are anti-development? Don't you idiots realize that at one time the houses or apartments you live in were "developed" and the places and buildings you work in were "developed" and that you're way of life is possible because someone that works harder than you and is smarter than you took some risk and built something that wasn't there before? Downtown lawrence was developed...it just happened to be a long time ago. If it was never developed, you wouldn't have anything to whine about being protected. If small businesses don't work hard and market and compete with bigger businesses, then they will go under...that's life. If you want to stop it, then work there for free, shop there, and make sure everybody you know shops there.

I own a small business and have sold another one. I didn't pay benefits for employees with the previous one, and don't now. I can't afford it. If I, or any other business, paid for all the things that you morons think is right, then your beer would cost $8.50 a pint at Free State to cover every part time worker's benefits. I wish I could pay for them, but I can't...I still have a stack of applications an inch thick and Wal-Mart's will be a foot thick. Stop whining and go figure out a way to put them out of business or come up with something better. Good luck.

July 24, 2007 at 12:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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