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Plans being developed for former Sunrise Garden Center in eastern Lawrence; sales tax numbers show local holiday spending down slightly

Chad Lawhorn

Plans are in the works between a new nonprofit and a private business to take over the vacant eastern Lawrence property that formerly housed the Sunrise Garden Center. This spring will be another season that Lawrence green thumbs won’t be able to go to Sunrise Garden Center for bulbs, plants ...

Ulta Beauty, Boot Barn file plans to locate on south Iowa Street; rumors of Academy Sports; update on south of SLT development

Chad Lawhorn

Cowboy boots, a new pair of Wranglers and some fancy lipstick: A Saturday night destined to end poorly on Facebook. No, that’s not what I’m talking about at all. I’m talking about the newest national retailers that are coming to Lawrence. Ulta Beauty and Boot Barn have filed plans to ...

Kansas City's Spin Pizza coming to Sixth and Wakarusa area; rumor of another restaurant for South Iowa; Mojo's chicken wings make a return

Chad Lawhorn

One half of Lawrence’s great restaurant mystery is solved. (No, I haven’t found where the top button of my slacks went after all-you-can eat chicken fried steak night.) But now we do know the identity of one of the two restaurants locating next to the Wal-Mart at Sixth and Wakarusa: ...

Preparing for the arrival of the Rock Chalk Park audit

Chad Lawhorn

These past couple of weeks have been a little bit like the days leading up to Christmas: There has been a lot of guessing going on about what’s in the package. (80 percent chance of a pea green tie, in my experience.) The package I’m talking about today is the ...

Compton purchases former Borders Bookstore site; Incumbents, Rasmussen leading the pack in City Commission fundraising

Chad Lawhorn

Dreams of a downtown grocery store in the former Borders bookstore building at Seventh and New Hampshire appear to be much like the milk in my refrigerator: expired. Lawrence businessman Doug Compton has signed a deal to purchase the building, and he has no plans to move his proposed downtown ...

Take a look at the road projects Lawrence plans to build this summer

Chad Lawhorn

During these cold days of winter, I try to think of all the standard summer scenes to warm me up: baseball, a day at the lake, a hot tub full of bratwursts. But you know it is really cold when the thought of orange construction cones warms my cockles. But ...

Operator of The Cave admits liquor violations, but state drops fine to $2,000 as part of settlement; dates set for city and school board forums

Chad Lawhorn

The operator of The Cave, the large nightclub inside The Oread hotel, has pleaded guilty to four counts of violating the state law prohibiting establishments from giving away free liquor or advertising free liquor. But information from the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control division shows the nightclub received a smaller penalty ...

Facts, figures and a disturbing statistic about the South Lawrence Trafficway

Chad Lawhorn

When it comes to numbers and the South Lawrence Trafficway, we can all make jokes about the number of years it has taken to complete, or the number of arguments it has sparked. But when city, county and school board officials got briefed on the project Tuesday, one number was ...

Large apartment complex files plans for major renovation; the mystery numbers surrounding renters in Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

One of the city’s larger apartment complexes is set to get an upgrade. Plans have been filed for a significant remodeling of the apartment complex near 24th and Ousdahl that used to be known as Colony Woods. Paperwork filed at the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Department shows the complex has been ...

Lawrence lands on national list of cities that love to volunteer; City Hall set to impose new restrictions on payday, title loan companies

Chad Lawhorn

You know what they say about Lawrence: We’re a town full of do-gooders, which explains why there are people in the street jousting with snow shovels today to win the privilege of shoveling their neighbor’s sidewalk. Well, maybe that hasn’t quite been the case, but there is a national ranking ...

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