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Auto dealership files plans to expand Lawrence operations; latest real estate statistics point to an aggressive sellers' market on the horizon

Chad Lawhorn

My truck now has more sand and salt than a Miami Beach margarita bar. With the winter crud continuing to pile up, maybe it would be easier just to buy a new vehicle than wash an old one. One local dealership may be thinking along those lines. Lawrence Kia has ...

Family members give update on future of downtown's Ernst & Son Hardware

Chad Lawhorn

They say going into Ernst & Son Hardware store is like going backward in a time machine. If so, buy me some Ice Melt, or a Feb. 19 ticket to the Caribbean, whichever one is handier. But since Rod Ernst’s death late last month, there’s been a question about whether ...

Fact-checking county commissioners on assertion that big budget cuts will come if voters reject jail/mental health sales tax

Chad Lawhorn

Passing a new tax often is about painting pictures. Supporters of the tax paint a pretty picture of what happens if the tax is approved, or they paint an ugly picture of what happens if it is rejected. As Douglas County commissioners try to convince voters to support a half-cent ...

Longtime Massachusetts Street restaurant closes; local baker semifinalist for James Beard award

Chad Lawhorn

The rumors are true. The once-popular downtown restaurant Ingredient has closed. The restaurant at 10th and Massachusetts streets had been dark for a couple of days, so I went there this morning to investigate. Owner Nick Wysong was there and confirmed he had decided to shut down the restaurant after ...

Missouri company chooses Lawrence to launch retail store for specialty soap business

Chad Lawhorn

It is flu season and we could all use more soap. (I also could use safety goggles to weather the buckets of Pine-Sol that certain members of my family dump on me. I think that is related to flu season.) Fortunately, there’s a new Lawrence business that can help. Evening ...

New report says Lawrence is not a very diverse place; as deportation cases make headlines, a look at our foreign-born population

Chad Lawhorn

It is that time of year when a new report comes out that reminds us that Lawrence it is not a very diverse place. It is also the time of year people act surprised by that finding. After all, I’m sure you are thinking Lawrence is a very diverse place, ...

New numbers show Lawrence added jobs in 2017, but failed to keep pace with Kansas City, Topeka

Chad Lawhorn

Since Lawrence is a big city now, I guess my morning commute should involve a subway. (I’ll plan on getting a footlong and three cookies for breakfast.) I’m, of course, referring to the [news that city planners estimate Lawrence’s population has crossed the 100,000 mark][1] in 2018. Not everything is ...

A longtime Austin bar owner has plans to expand a Massachusetts Street building, open a new bar

Chad Lawhorn

It sure looks like a bar operator in a major college town plans to plant himself on downtown Lawrence’s Massachusetts Street. Plans have been filed at Lawrence City Hall for a bar called Logie’s to take over the space at 728 Massachusetts St. That is the space currently occupied by ...

It was the year of the hotel, not apartments, in Lawrence; a look at 2017 building facts and figures

Chad Lawhorn

Let’s put the final nail in 2017 building activity in Lawrence. No, I promise, this does not involve me actually having a hammer. (You have one deck collapse like the stock market, and suddenly everybody gets nervous.) Instead, I’ve got the final statistics on the millions of dollars worth of ...

Veggie burger manufacturer plans to expand in Lawrence, seeks financial incentive from local taxpayers

Chad Lawhorn

It is the $30,000 veggie burger question. No, that’s not how much ketchup I would need in order to enjoy a veggie burger meal. Veggie burgers are quite popular, as evidenced by an expansion plan that has been filed by a Lawrence-based veggie burger manufacturer. Instead, the $30,000 is how ...

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